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Pool Cover Specialists Promotes Safety & Conservation with Mobile Showroom


Pool Cover Specialists Mobile ShowroomPool Cover Specialists (PCS), an international automatic swimming pool cover manufacturer, launched their Mobile Showroom and Training Center on October 25, 2010. The custom-built van is now traveling the country promoting pool safety and energy conservation. 

 

"Pool owners need to know that there are potential solutions to help reduce drowning deaths and save energy in backyard pools, and I'm spending the next year traveling the country on a mission to inform consumers, dealers and distributors, that pool covers save lives, save energy, and save money," stated Randy Mathis, VP and Mobile STC project coordinator for PCS.

Mr. Mathis went on to say: "Look, the energy-saving information and proof is confirmed by studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, and show that automatic swimming pool covers, create a win/win scenario for the consumer and the environment by saving pool owners as much as 83 percent on their pool heating costs. Automatic pool covers provide pool owners with multiple solutions: They help make a pool environmentally green by eliminating up to 93 percent of the water, chemical and heat loss associated with evaporation. And they create the most effective barrier protection available, by completely isolating the pool water from children, pets, and unauthorized individuals."

This ambitious undertaking has taken PCS months of planning and preparation and was made possible in part thanks to the support of some very large players in the pool industry, including ISPACA (International Swimming Pool and Automatic Cover Association), a pool cover industry advocate and association promoting pool safety and environmental responsibility. PCS has been officially designated by ISPACA as the association's "Traveling Ambassadors for Pool Safety and Energy Conservation.” In that role, PCS will have the opportunity to visit small towns and large cities across the country and talk with pool builders, local governments, consumers, and pool owners—both in person at special events and during live, local radio, and TV station interviews—about the importance of pool safety and the energy conservation or "green" benefits realized through the use of automatic swimming pool covers.

Pleatco Crowns the 2010 Perfect Pool Guy & Gal

Pleatco, LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of Premium Pool & Spa Filter Cartridges, is its third year as a sponsor of the Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal contest. This competition is an innovative way to honor the hard-working men and women of the pool service industry. With over 150 contestants, this year’s entrants were as impressive as ever.


This year’s Perfect Pool Guy and Gal winners are:

  • Rich Tarricone of Aquatic Pool Systems, LLC, Florida
  • Sabrina Clonts of Kenco Pools, Texas

"From all of us here at Pleatco, thank you to everyone who entered, nominated, and voted in our third annual 'Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy Contest,' " said Howard Smith, Pleatco's Chief Executive Officer. "We have been truly overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of the hundreds of nominated entrants and the thousands of votes cast. The entries were extremely powerful and heartfelt across the board."

 

“Over the three years that Pleatco has sponsored this contest, we’ve learned that being a professional pool or spa service technician is more than a job…it’s a passion. Many homeowner’s treat their service Guy or Gal like family; it’s a special relationship." said Pleatco Chief Operating Officer, John Antretter. "A pool or spa is an integral part of a home—a way to relax and it’s a place for a family to share time together. Homeowners trust their service professional to keep their ‘backyard-oasis’ safe."

 

Both winners received a trip for two to the International Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo hosted in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort on November 3 – 5, as well as a $5,000 continuing education scholarship from Genesis Three Design Group to attend the G3 Certified Pool Operator Program. 


Rich Tarricone, who has worked in the pool industry for 29 years, was overwhelmed to learn of his new title. “To me, this award acts as a symbol of achievement and recognition as I celebrate my survival not only in life but in my pool career,” said Tarricone. He went on to say, “It will always be a reminder for all my hard work and the gratitude that I owe my many friends, family, peers, and mentors who continue to believe in me. My hope is it will be a reminder to all pool people out there that with hard work and involvement, you can make a career out of being a true pool professional.”

 

Sabrina Clonts, who has been in the industry for thirteen years, was thrilled to win the 2010 Pool Gal title. "I first signed up for the free t-shirt,” revealed Clonts, “but I have been very shocked that it has taken me this far. It’s great that I have my friends, family, and co-workers cheering me on.” Clonts also shared that her favorite part of the industry is her customers, whom she considers her extended family and something like this can change your life!

 

With so many worthy entrants, Pleatco once again expanded the contest and created additional awards. "During our final interviews, we were impressed with the caliber of so many individuals that we felt it was proper to recognize the outstanding achievements of several other entrants,” commented Pleatco’s COO, John Antretter. "In that spirit, we selected contestants for four other Special Awards based on their contribution towards their community and the pool and spa industry."

 

Those winners include: 

 

    • 2010 Industry Achievement Awards to Dan Stebner of Sun Peak’s Aquatics (SPA) in British Columbia, Canada; Nick Falco of Aquaguard Pools Inc in Illinois; and Brian Baraga of Pool Buoy Pool Service in Ohio.
    • 2010 Big Heart Award to Courtney Wilson of Perry’s Pool Shop in Indiana.
    • 2010 Future Leadership Awards to Jonathan Santoscoy of True Blue Pool Service in Texas; Adam Litke of All Seasons’ Pools & Spas in California.
    • 2010 Most Creative Entry Award to Steve Miller of Crystal Rivers Spas in Colorado.

Seven Runner-Up Finalists were also named:

  • Kevin James of Aquidneck Pools & Spas, Rhode Island
  • Paul O’Neil of The Pool Sitter, Ontario, Canada
  • Len Garavalia of Monarch Poolcare, Virginia
  • Steve Reid of Today’s Swim and Patio, Arizona
  • Kelly Kalfsbeek of Bright Sun Pool/Spa Service, California
  • Amanda Miller of Sunshine Pools, Texas
  • Kent Simpson of Cornerstone Pools, California

About Pleatco

Pleatco, based in Glen Cove, N.Y., has served the pool & spa community for the past 35 years as a leading manufacturer of unique free flow core filter cartridge technology.

Michael Phelps and Master Spas Create New Line of Signature Swim Spas

Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas
World swimming champion and sports icon Michael Phelps and the engineering design team of Master Spas® have teamed up to create and introduce a new signature line of swim spas. The collaborative effort has resulted in a full line of new swim spas under the brand name of Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas. This new line of signature swim spas was debuted at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, November 3 through 5, 2010.

 

The Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas was designed and developed with the input of Mr. Phelps, Coach Bob Bowman, and a team of Master Spas’ experienced engineers. The signature line of swim spas provides a solution for all fitness levels, health regimens, and spaces not typically conducive for accessible, year-round aquatic exercise and hydrothermal therapy. The line features six new and different, premium swim spas for residential settings and one premium, commercial-grade swim spa ideal for fitness centers, universities, and physical therapy centers.

 

Mr. Phelps and Mr. Bowman, in conjunction with Master Spas, are actively promoting the sport of swimming and the health benefits associated with aquatic exercise and spa therapy.

 

“One of the biggest goals I have in my career is to grow the sport of swimming in as many ways as possible, and the ability to partner with Master Spas’ to create a signature line of swim spas is another unique way to help the sport,” stated Phelps. “Our goal with this line of swim spas is to create more and better opportunities for everyone interested in swimming, from exercise enthusiasts through the next generation of competitive swimmers.”

 

The distinguishing difference of the Phelps-designed swim spas is the unique, patented Wave Propulsion™ Technology that provides an exceptionally wide, deep, and smooth current for a superior swimming experience. The propeller drive system generates a turbulent-free current.

 

“Working with Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman to create this new line of signature swim spas is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us,” states Bob Lauter, CEO of Master Spas. “It is a tremendous honor to have this level of input that will draw global attention to the pool and spa industry and help promote the benefits of swimming and aquatic exercise.”

 

Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas For elite swimmers, the MP Signature Model features the largest swim area and more advanced Wave Propulsion™ Technology with an incredible 40 percent more power than standard Wave Propulsion™ Technology. All models include the exclusive, proprietary Swim Number System that allows swimmers of all levels to control the speed of the current—at the touch of a button, the speed is fully adjustable from 0 to 60.

 

“We designed the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas as an efficient and effective training tool for competitive swimming,” explains Bob Bowman, Hall of Fame swim coach and personal coach for Mr. Phelps, “but our goal was to create a swim spa that can apply to individual fitness levels as well. Aquatic exercise is extremely beneficial for building overall strength and endurance.”

 

Each model of the MP Signature Model includes an Aquatic Exercise System, which includes a rowing kit and resistance bands and comes standard on all models. A workout DVD along with an exercise booklet designed specifically for Master Spas is available to assist beginning, intermediate, and advanced swimmers to fully maximize the swim spa’s capabilities. Optional underwater cameras can be installed to record a swimmer’s stroke for easy reviewing in order to help his or her performance.

 

As with all Master Spas product lines, a portion of the swim spa is designed with hydrothermal therapy jets and seating that target major muscle groups. A special standing therapy cove works on hard-to-reach spots like hips, lower back, and legs. The Xtreme Therapy Seat (XTS) is ergonomically designed for comfort and a twin power pump system for maximum muscle massage.

 

Installation is quick (typically less than a day), without digging for footers. A concrete pad, patio, or prepared deck is sufficient, and partial in-ground installation is also available. Climate factors are eliminated with the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas, as each unit offers maximum energy efficiency, and an optional automatic cover lift will remove the insulated hard cover at the touch of a button.

 

About Master Spas®

 

Master Spas is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 90 miles north of Indianapolis. Operating on a
27-acre campus with more than 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution, Master Spas is one of the largest manufacturers of portable spas, luxury hot tubs, and premium swim spas in North America. The company’s management team boasts more than 100 years of spa manufacturing success and one of the strongest track records in the industry. 

 

About Michael Phelps

 

Michael Phelps is widely recognized as the most accomplished swimmer of all time. Phelps—who holds more gold medals, world championships, and world records than any other swimmer—remains steadfast in his efforts to grow the sport of swimming and encourage active and healthy lifestyles, especially for children. He established the Michael Phelps Foundation in 2008 and launched the Michael Phelps Swim School in 2009.

 

About Bob Bowman

 

Bob Bowman is the CEO and Head Coach of North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Baltimore, MD where he also serves as the personal coach to Michael Phelps. Over the course of his 24-year-career, Bowman has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in the sport of swimming with wealth of knowledge and experience on the international, collegiate and club levels. Recently inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Bowman has received USA Swimming Foundation’s Golden Goggle for Coach of the Year honors for three consecutive years (2006 – 08). 

 

Caption: World swimming champion Michael Phelps in his new signature line of swim spas by Master Spas.

 

Photos courtesy of Master Spas


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