50 Years of Fun Under the Sun | AQUA Magazine

50 Years of Fun Under the Sun

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Led by the Florida Swimming Pool Association, what began as a small tabletop event in 1972 has evolved into a trade show averaging over 200 exhibitors and 4,000- plus attendees each year. The 2022 Everything Under the Sun Expo is on track to hit pre-pandemic attendance and exhibition numbers — and Executive Director Elizabeth McMurray couldn’t be happier.

“I am so excited about this year’s show. Our show has had many iterations over the years, and its continued growth and evolution is reflective of the changes in our industry and our association,” she says.

Education offerings begin on Wednesday morning, and the Welcome & Awards reception is set for Thursday night. The Friday Night Party will take place at Howl at the Moon, featuring a variety of food, drinks and a dueling piano performance. The Exhibit Hall will open Friday and Saturday.

This year’s event features a well-rounded education program, with over 157 hours of learning opportunities through 65 sessions. In addition, a number of Learning Labs will be held across the Exhibit Hall.

As the Expo’s new executive director, McMurray certainly has big shoes to fill — but she’s ready for the challenge. “Our previous executive director [Wendy Parker Barsell] created quite the legacy with the growth of this show during her tenure here. She was a specialist in putting together a seamless event that really took all perspectives into consideration,” says McMurray. “Our team is building on that foundation this year and highlighting our history, feedback that I’ve garnered from previous attendees and exhibitors on improvements they feel we can make, and really thinking outside the box on garnering interest from different types of exhibitors.”

With 50 strong years of growth and development behind the event, McMurray looks toward the future of the Expo with nothing but optimism. “Really, the sky’s the limit,” she says. “We have such an amazing group of staff, volunteers, members, board of directors, and attendees and exhibitors that we can continue to grow and expand our horizons based on their input and needs. Anything is possible with these folks, I truly believe that.”

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LP Gas Master Qualifier Endorsed Program

Florida Public Pool Specialist (Day 1)

GENESIS: Design 180: Drawing for Professionals (Day 1)

GENESIS: Engineering 211: Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas (Day 1)

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

LP Gas CE - Florida Laws and Rules

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Florida Public Pool Specialist (Day 2)

GENESIS: Design 180: Drawing for Professionals (Day 2)

GENESIS: Engineering 211: Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas (Day 2)

Customer-Driven Sales

9:00 a.m. - 10:50 p.m.

Common Myths of Water Chemistry & Testing

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 p.m.

Overview of Primary Insurance Coverages and Policies for Business

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

FBC Advanced Module: 2020 Swimming Pool Updates

2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

DOT Regulations for the Pool Industry

4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Florida Workers’ Compensation Laws and Requirements

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome & Awards Reception - Sunburst Room - OCCC

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Selecting, Operating and Maintaining Recreational Water Features

The Importance of Incident Investigations

What Happens If I Do That?

8:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Basic Recreational Water Chemistry & Testing Company Culture - The Glue That Binds Your Company Together

Comprehensive Swimming Pool Inspections With Leak Detection

GENESIS: Engineering 151: The Do’s and Don’ts of Pool Engineering & Construction

Optimizing Profits in Pool Construction

The VGBA Standard Changed: What Your Company Needs to Know

Water Features: Design, Construction and Performance

Writing Your Business Plan

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

FBC 2020 Public Pool Sizing Site Specific Safety Plans Waterproofing Concrete Pools

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Advanced Building Module: 2017 Pool/Spa Energy Efficiency Regulations

Cost Saving Methods for Business Insurance

Making Waves With Technology

Your Worst Plumbing Nightmares and Expert Solutions

10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Electrical Principles and Requirements for Pools and Spas

GENESIS: Engineering 155: Elevated Pool Construction

Monthly Money Matters - The Monthly Financial Review

Options and Considerations for Pool Renovations and Repairs

Proper Inground Spa Jet Design in a Variable-Speed World

Unique Aspects of Hot Water Chemistry VSPs and the DOE

10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Industrial Grade VFD Alternatives

Maximize NOT Minimize - Selling to the Commercial Market

Variable-Heat Pumps - The Ultimate Heating Efficiency

11:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Swimming Pool & Spa Basic Electrical Requirements

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FSPA Annual Membership Meeting

12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Driver Screening & the Importance of MVR Policies

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Friday Night Party - Howl at the Moon

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Creating In-Pool Entertainment Zones

Key Performance Indicators for Your Department

Understanding Circulation, Hydraulics and Reduced Speed Technology

A Comprehensive Understanding of Performing Leak Detection 

Can I Do That? Swimming Pool License Scope of Work and Limitations

8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

GENESIS: Construction 171: Project Profiles - An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction

Plan Your Next Technology Project Like a Pro

Pool and Spa Filtration Options and Circulation Requirements

Recreational Water Balance 101 

Safety and Compliance: How to Build, Renovate or Repair

Web-Based Automation and Voice Commands

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

64E-9 Health Code Violations for Public Pools

Pool Chlorine Mysteries: Chlorine’s Annoying Disappearing Act: How to Fix It and Increase Profits

Strategies for Reducing of Workers’ Compensation Cost

9:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Business Planning and Development Exploring ORP

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

DBPR CILB Laws and Rules

Employee Retention Strategies

Gas Pool Heater Not Working – Common Gas Supply Issues and Troubleshooting

Lockout/Tagout of Hazardous Energy

Prevent Pool Popping Accidents

Salt Chlorine Generators for Beginners

10:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

GENESIS: Construction 309: The Beauty of the Edge - Vanishing Edge, Grass Edge, Perimeter Overflow Pools

Inline Chlorine Generation: Generadores de Cloro Salino de Hoy: Instalacion y gestion

Making Water Move – Hydraulics for the Pool Professional 

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