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Certified Pool & Spa Operator Certification Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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(Alexandria, Va.) – The Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) certification program is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023. In the last five decades, more than 500,000 pool, spa, and hot tub industry professionals have earned this certification, awarded exclusively by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA).

CPO is the world’s leading education and certification program for keeping pools safer and keeping them open. It provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills required for proper pool operations. CPO certification satisfies state and local jurisdiction requirements for pool operator professionals.

The formal introduction of the CPO certification was a benchmark in the realization that those who operated and managed swimming pools needed some type of formal training to safeguard their patrons. In 1973 the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) took the first steps to develop a program, that could be taught by well qualified aquatic specialists, by introducing a text that covered the basic knowledge an operator might need.

PHTA would like to give a special thank you and tribute to the late Leif Zars, who provided the space and additional resources to NSPF (known as NSPI at the time) when the CPO program was first introduced in San Antonio, TX, in 1973. Zars was the chair of the national association’s drain cover standard writing committee when it drafted the first standard cited in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA) that was done with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP).

By 1978, Zars established the first Instructor School Institute that was held in Dallas, TX, a move that would allow the CPO course to be offered nationally. Three of the 50 certified candidates (Bruce Carney, Fontaine C. Piper, and Phillip Reynolds) became members of the original Instructor Education Committee, and Piper and Reynolds are still part of the PHTA Instructor Assessment Committee to this day.

When NSPF and APSP merged into PHTA in 2019, CPO remained the most popular professional certification in the industry. To meet this high demand and ensure all CPO students receive the highest quality of instruction, PHTA offers the CPO Instructor Assessment School twice a year. Currently, there are more than 700 CPO instructors around the world who provide training in 122 different countries.

Over the years, the CPO certification course materials have been updated and expanded to keep pace with changes in technology and in knowledge. The most significant changes occurred in 2005 and again just recently in 2021 with the introduction of a significantly updated operator’s manual.

“The CPO program continues to be the gold standard by which state health departments develop and define their individual standards,” says Fontaine C. Piper, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of Truman State University and Chair of the PHTA Instructor Assessment Committee. “Without the original CPO certification program, the operational quality of aquatic facilities would not be as exceptional as it is today.”

“Congratulations to PHTA on the 50th anniversary of the CPO program!” says Zach Skinner, Chair of the CPO Advisory Council. “I took my first CPO certification course in 2000 and I continue to be amazed at the opportunities for lifelong learning within this community 23 years later. Serving as the Chair of the CPO Advisory Council has made it even more evident how CPO certification provides structure and framework to assist swimming pool operators and improves safety for guests. I look forward to continued program growth and expansion in years to come.”

“I have that honor of being able to help new CPOs in their journey to service their customers and to help new instructors formulate their own unique style to teach the CPO course,” says Wayne Ivusich, Vice Chair of the CPO Advisory Council and member of the PHTA Instructor Assessment Committee. “After 31 years in the industry, I’ve seen and experienced an incredible wave of needed education and am happy to be a small part of that wave. Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the CPO program, and here’s to 50 more!”

The 50th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year, culminating in the 50th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration at the 2023 World Aquatic Health Conference, November 13-15 in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information, please contact Amy Willer, PHTA’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at awiller@phta.org or 703-838-0083, ext. 121.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

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Spa Parts Experts Adds Popular Spa and Hot Tub Brands to its Offerings

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Spa Parts Experts is undoubtedly relentless in delivering premium quality parts to meet the spa and hot tub needs of customers, judging by the continuous expansion of its inventory. In a related development, Spa Parts Experts currently offers products from leading brands in the market, with the likes of Balboa Water Group and Sundance Spa Parts in the store’s inventory.

The global spa market will hit $185.5 billion by 2030, a significant increase from the $102.9 billion recorded in 2022, according to a report by Astute Analytica. Over the years, the market has witnessed a series of evolution, with spas revamping their offerings to deliver an all-inclusive wellness approach. One of the major challenges that continue to trouble the industry and its stakeholders, especially spas, is access to quality equipment. However, Spa Parts Experts has been able to make a difference by bringing parts from top brands and making them available at unbeatable prices.

Spa Parts Experts aims to meet the diverse needs of clients, helping them to deliver the best wellness experience to their customers by offering a blend of quality and affordability. The store currently offers a wide array of parts from Balboa Water Group, one of the top brands in high demand that creates high-quality spa parts, all available at competitive rates.

There is also a huge collection of spa parts from Sundance Spa Parts, another world-renowned brand popular for creating top quality spa parts, with a presence across the globe. Spa Parts Experts has particularly distinguished itself in the industry for the comprehensiveness of its inventory, leveraging a strong network and partnership with big brands as mentioned above, and offering products such as Sundance Circuit boards as well as Balboa Circuit boards.

To learn more about the huge variety of parts offered by Spa Parts Experts, visit – https://spapartsexperts.com/.


About Spa Parts Experts

Spa Parts Experts is a top provider of high-quality and long-lasting parts for spas and hot tubs. The company was launched to enable customers to get quality parts without paying through their noses, thanks to a user-friendly online platform that hosts products from top brands in different parts of the world.

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Phone: 888-926-2964
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King Technology: The EPA Helps Protect Residential Pools & Hot Tubs

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King Technology: The EPA Helps Protect Residential Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

MINNEAPOLIS, May 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — King Technology: frogproducts.com

Online purchasing has a dark side. Learn to check for EPA registration when buying pool and hot tub sanitizing products.

Recent news1 reveals that some chlorine tablets sold online aren’t registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Without an EPA label, pool and hot tub owners cannot be confident that the product purchased will keep pool and hot tub water free of harmful contaminants and may not be safe for use.

The EPA ensures that people have access to accurate information about personal health and environmental risks for certain classes of chemicals.

Notably, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, FIFRA, requires pool and hot tub chemicals that kill or control algae and bacteria in the water that are sold or distributed in the United States – including imported pesticides2 – to be registered with the EPA. That includes chlorine tablets, chlorine pool shock, liquid chlorine, and algaecide.

To obtain EPA registration, a product must complete complex, rigorous processes that involve extensive testing, evaluation, and reviews to ensure that the product is safe and effective for its intended use. This takes years to complete.

EPA registered products must comply with stringent labeling requirements. All products must include an EPA Registration Number, an EPA Establishment Number, Active Ingredient Statement, Directions for Use and Storage and Disposal Statements.

Only two product brands currently on the market contain EPA registered sanitizing minerals for swimming pool and hot tubs, FROG® and Nature 2®.

Only products that meet the EPA’s strict standards are allowed to be sold and used as sanitizers in swimming pools and hot tubs.

While online shopping has become a way of life, it has allowed many products to enter the market with false claims of water sanitization stating EPA registration when they are not EPA registered.

To know if a product is EPA registered, look at the product label. It will include the EPA Registration Number. It will always begin with “EPA Reg. No.” followed by a number that represents the company that owns the registration then a dash and another number representing the ingredients in that product. For example, “EPA Reg. No. 53735–11”

This tells you that the product is registered with the EPA and has passed all EPA requirements.

The label will also have an EPA Establishment Number that shows where the product was produced. For example, EPA Est. No. 071209-AZ-001.

Anyone may look up the EPA Registration Number to verify it; one resource is NPIRS.

Every pool and hot tub requires a method to sanitize the water, and owners have many options to accomplish this. If using packaged sanitizers, always make sure they are registered with the EPA.

One brand, FROG, has many EPA registered sanitizing options for pools and hot tubs.

For more information, contact [email protected] or 952-933-6118.

  1. Pool Magazine, April 14, 2023
  2. EPA definition of pesticide: A pesticide is intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest.

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Bullfrog Spas Unveils New Premium Clear Comfort AOP System

The All-New Bullfrog Spas Offering Leverages the Market-Leading
CCW25 AOP System From Clear Comfort

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Bullfrog Spas Unveils New Premium Clear Comfort AOP System

Louisville, Colorado – April 25, 2023 – Clear Comfort is pleased to announce a partnership with Bullfrog Spas, a leading manufacturer of premium spas and hot tubs, to offer their revolutionary AOP systems in premium Bullfrog Spas models. With the CCW25 AOP system integration, Bullfrog Spas owners can experience best-in-class water quality, low-touch water care and easy maintenance. Powered by the patented Hydroxyl-Based AOP (advanced oxidation process), the CCW25 AOP system uniquely delivers direct hydroxyl injection into the spa circulation system to destroy unwanted contaminants on contact, cleanse the water, keep it crystal clear and safe to use. 

With the all-new CCW25 AOP system offering, Bullfrog Spas’ market-leading designs deliver owners the ultimate experience in ease of use, health and wellness. 

“The CCW25 is a critical piece of the industry-leading water care experience we’d like to provide for our customers,” said Dan Sjoblom, President of Bullfrog Spas. “We know our customers expect the best when it comes to easy water care. We feel like the Clear Comfort AOP system helps us meet or even exceed those expectations, giving them the peace of mind that comes from knowing their water is safe and clean.”

Bullfrog Spas is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality hot tub and spa experiences, and the Clear Comfort CCW25 AOP system enhances this commitment. With the CCW25 AOP system, Bullfrog Spas owners can ensure that their hot tubs and spas will be a source of relaxation and enjoyment for years to come.

“Clear Comfort is proud to partner with Bullfrog Spas,” said Steve Berens, CEO and Co-Founder of Clear Comfort. “Bullfrog has been the market-leading innovator in style, form and function in the spa industry for over two decades. The Bullfrog Spa customer continues to benefit from the company’s commitment to forward-thinking design and engineering.”

More than ever before, spa owners are actively seeking to enhance their personal wellness and healthy lifestyle. Bullfrog Spas’ new CCW25 AOP system delivers non-corrosive water care, while minimizing chlorine, bromine and other toxic chemicals to healthier levels than municipal drinking water. Additionally, the CCW25 AOP system allows spa owners to have clearer water that’s kind to eyes, skin, and lungs, as well as surfaces and equipment.

The all-new Bullfrog Spas CCW25 AOP system provides owners of portable spas, swim spas, plunge pools and personal hot tubs:

  • Powerful, full-flow AOP water treatment from the patented, award-winning and first-to-market Hydroxyl-Based AOP spa sanitation;
  • Healthy, non-corrosive and soft-feeling spa water with less toxic chemicals than drinking water;
  • Low-touch water treatment without toxic chemical handling after every use;
  • Fast system maintenance with a 1-minute cartridge replacement each year;
  • Fully certified for safety and performance.

About Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog Spas is a leading manufacturer of premium hot tubs that are designed with innovation, luxury, and quality in mind. The company has been in business for over 25 years and has received numerous awards and accolades for its commitment to design, innovation, and excellence. Bullfrog Spas is headquartered in the Salt Lake City, UT metro area and has dealerships located throughout North America and around the world. To learn more about Bullfrog Spas, visit www.bullfrogspas.com

About Clear Comfort

Clear Comfort, Inc. manufactures and sells Today’s Best AOP treatment systems that deliver the best, healthiest and most sustainable water to Play and Thrive. Powered by a patented Hydroxyl-Based Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) technology, Clear Comfort is a leader in water treatment innovation for pools, spas, aquatic facilities, livestock, agriculture and other industrial water management. With headquarters and manufacturing based in Colorado, the award-winning Clear Comfort AOP systems are sustainably “Made in the USA.” Clear Comfort is a proud Impact Driven company dedicated to creating healthy, ethical and sustainable water solutions. Today, Clear Comfort AOP systems are trusted in the leading recreation centers, universities, resorts, water parks, major league sports organizations, homes, greenhouses, farms and more. To learn more about Clear Comfort, please visit clearcomfort.com.

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