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Webinar Series

PHTA brings experts directly to you through our webinar series. Register for upcoming webinars or listen to past recorded webinars.

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Upcoming

April 17, 2024
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET
1 PHTA CEU

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Our understanding that water heals and renews seems to be an ingrained and ancient knowledge. In this course, we'll explore that instinct, and review the research and conclusions of 5 scientists across various fields who proved and reaffirmed that knowledge. You will then learn how discoveries of water-related properties relates to the pool and spa industry, and your business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how available potable water has been used through the years
  • Explore the value of potable water to the mind and body, and how to turn it into an opportunity
  • Understand the fundamentals of wellness theory and how it relates to water
  • Gain an understanding of our industry's impact on potable water usage and how we can improve
Boulifard

Presenter: Paul John Boulifard
Paul John Boulifard, Architect + LEED AP, is the GENESIS® Design Faculty Chair. Paul is a designer and architect with a wide range of professional and academic experiences. He has worked on large-scale projects ranging from skyscrapers, healthcare facilities, and performing arts centers while at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven, Connecticut, to small-scale civic buildings at Cherry Huffman Architects in Raleigh, North Carolina. More recently, he has collaborated with Manuel Zeitlin Architects, Van Pond Architect, William C. Johnson Architect, David Kidd Architect, Root ARCH, and Centric Architecture in Nashville, Tennessee. In conjunction with these professional activities, he has taught at the university level on an adjunct basis at such notable institutions as Wesleyan University and Connecticut College, and locally at Watkins College of Art. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the North Carolina State University College of Design and a Master of Architecture from the Yale University School of Architecture. He also has studied in France and Spain.

June 12, 2024
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET
1 PHTA CEU

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Not every backyard swimming pool and spa project needs the attention of an engineer, but occasionally a builder finds himself over his head with soil foundation issues, cantilevered structures, pier supported pools, deep fills, adjacent structures, complex hydraulics, logistical issues such as remote access, elevated pool structures, and other, more complicated issues. This brief 1-hour seminar takes students through the ins and outs of hiring a consulting engineer to assist with swimming pool and spa design. Items discussed will include the qualifications a pool professional should look for in an engineer, the types of engineers and firms that routinely take on swimming pool engagements, fee structures, professional liability insurance, and division of responsibility. And finally, we will discuss training your engineer for your individual type of pool work and building relationships for the long-term.

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop for the student a personal criterion for when an engineer is necessary and when one is not
  • To investigate the process of finding and vetting engineering professionals on the basis of their experience and qualifications
  • To prepare builders to discuss contractual arrangements and fees with engineers
  • To enable builders to create a plan for building a relationship with an engineer or firm by cooperative training specifically in the types and locations in which the builder specializes
Brannon

Presenter: Terry Brannon, P.E.
Terry Brannon, P.E., is the GENESIS® Engineering Faculty Chair. He is a graduate engineer licensed first in Texas in 1976 and is currently licensed as a professional engineer in close to two dozen states. He founded his consulting firm in 1977 which he then sold to his employees before his retirement in 2021. He has engineered a $40 million water park as well as $50,000 splash pads and hundreds of smaller pools and spas. In retirement, Terry heads up the engineering faculty for GENESIS®, the educational arm of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, and writes curricula for PHTA.

September 18, 2024
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET
1 PHTA CEU

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How can pool and spa retailers strengthen their showroom design — including their product selection — to increase profits and make the customer’s shopping experience more enjoyable than ever? Ted Lawrence, a well-known retail specialist with over 30 years of experience in the pool and spa industry, discusses best practices to maximize your retail sales. Not only will he suggest new products to increase revenues, he will discuss product placement, of both new and tried-and-true products, within your store to make the most of your retail square footage and warehouse space.

TedLawrence

Presenter: Ted Lawrence
Ted Lawrence is the Vice President of Pro Sales at KIK/BioLab and has served the swimming pool industry for over 33 years. Ted has owned and operated his own retail stores, ecommerce sites, managed large-scale retail operations, and held several leadership positions in the pool distribution space where he oversaw four national chemical brands and retail product strategies for the organization. Ted also serves as the vice-chair of the PHTA Manufacturers Council and volunteers his time as a mentor to many in the industry. Ted holds bachelor's degrees in both Economics & Finance from Penn State where he was a nationally ranked student athlete.

On-Demand

Our industry is constantly changing and evolving. Making the right legal decisions for your business can feel like navigating your way through an obstacle course. This session with Steve Getzoff and Alex Horton will help you protect your business and help you create a map for dealing with some of the biggest challenges you face. Whether it's contracts, regulations, codes and standards, or insurance issues keeping you up at night, watching this webinar will help you prepare to make the right decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to stay abreast of the ever changing legal and regulatory landscape
  • How to understand and comply with codes and standards
  • How to create effective and proper contracts and subcontracts
  • Know what insurance you need
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) classification of employees vs. independent contractors

CEUs: 1

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass.

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

Join the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) for an in-depth webinar on water safety and drowning prevention. Advancements in water safety have been occurring at a very rapid rate in recent years and it can be difficult to keep up. This webinar will include a review of the latest drowning and aquatic injury statistics, updates on the launch of the U.S. National Water Safety Action Plan, and the latest tools and resources from the NDPA that will help you impact water safety with your clients and in your communities. This informative webinar will cover multiple aspects of water safety, including the latest science and innovation, that will empower you to take action and make a difference with this lifesaving cause.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the latest drowning and aquatic injury statistics and facts.
  • Engage with and understand the purpose of the US National Water Safety Action Plan
  • Utilize new and existing resources and tools to impact water safety in their local communities

CEUs: 1

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass.

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

Recorded January 11, 2024

This complimentary webinar will guide you through how to implement a PHTA Apprenticeship Program at your company. You will learn about the essential aspects, including registration procedures, standards, appendix details, and online education.

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Recorded December 13, 2023

This complimentary webinar, presented by experts from the Institute for American Apprenticeship, is for pool, spa, and hot tub professonials interested in starting an apprenticeship program in their business. Learn about all the benefits of the PHTA Apprenticeship Programs, including increased retention, employee satisfaction, and defined skill sets. If you are interested in launching a program or have recently started the process, this webinar is for you. This webinar covers:

  • What are the PHTA Apprenticeship Programs?
  • What are the benefits to you, as the employer?
  • What are the benefits for the apprentices?

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Recorded December 7, 2022

As the dust settled from the midterm elections, PHTA provided a webinar discussing the impacts of the results on the pool, spa, and hot tub industry, and answered questions about the upcoming 118th Congress. This is an insider's outlook on the effects of a changing Congressional landscape and the impact a divided Congress will have on agenda-setting and legislation.

For the benefit of PHTA members, election analysis and commentary was presented by PHTA's Federal/Congressional lobbyists, D.C. Legislative and Regulatory Services, Inc. (DCLRS), a veteran lobbying firm with over 30 years of experience. DCLRS provided an "inside-the-Beltway" perspective on industry opportunities in the upcoming Congress, discussed opportunities for member involvement, and answered members' questions.

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The current ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 Entrapment Avoidance Standard defines the maximum flow rate to address entrapment methods, most commonly hair entrapment. Correctly understanding how the standard defines the maximum flow rate, calculating TDH and measuring the system TDH at the pump's drain is vital to a properly designed and safe water vessel. In this course, Ken Gregory will examine the Standard, break down the explanations, and provide you the vital calculation tools to properly calculate the TDH and flow rate for your project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine current ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 Standard
  • Define TDH
  • Utilize the PHTA Calculation form to calculate proper flow rate
  • Examine entrapment methods:
    • Hair Entrapment
    • Body Entrapment
    • Limb Entrapment

Mechanical Entrapment Speaker: Ken Gregory
Mr. Gregory was a Commercial Pool Contactor with over 40 years of experience in the design, sales, construction management, and maintenance of residential and commercial pools. He has designed and built pools ranging from a few hundred square feet to several thousand. This includes filtration, chemical controls, UV light systems, variable frequency drives, flow controls, and heating systems of all types. He was directly responsible for all facets of the design process, cost estimating, specifications, and construction management of all commercial projects. Ken was on the original code committee that produced this ISPSC and presently is a member of the ICC PMG Council representing the swimming pool industry.

CEUs: 1.5

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

PHTA outside legal counsel, Steven Getzoff, and PHTA federal lobbyist, Carl Chidlow, will provide an overview of "The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021" and the ability of employers to apply for a first or second round of Payroll Protection funds, along with other tidbits included in the legislation of interest to our membership. In addition, a preview of what to anticipate at the federal level in 2021 with the new Administration and 117th Congress will be provided. The session will be moderated by PHTA Vice President of Government Affairs & Codes, Jennifer Hatfield.

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Are you looking for ways to maximize your water quality and chemical efficiencies? Then join us for this PHTA webinar as Alicia Stephens guides you through the addition of chemicals beyond just sanitizers and oxidizers. We'll examine ways to improve water clarity, bather comfort, and reduce maintenance issues, and define what products and technology can impact the swimming experience beyond just keeping bathers safe from disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the impact that specialty chemicals can have on water quality
  • Create a pool maintenance plan that maximizes efficiency and bather experience
  • Review pool chemicals beyond sanitizers and oxidizers

CEUs: 1

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

The past 12 months have provided us with many new experiences. With shifts in consumers' buying trends and expectations to retailers, staying relevant is vital to your organization's continued success. During this session, focused on retailers, current PHTA Retail Council Chair Joe DeFuria and council member Jamie Puchmeyer will review consumer adjustments made in 2020 and provide an outlook on continued success in 2021.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify examples to stay retail-relevant in the changing times
  • Discuss ways to retain and enhance your customer experience
  • Provide case studies of retail success stories

CEUs: 0.5

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

During this 90-minute session, Terry Arko will provide a basic introduction to pool water chemistry. This course is especially beneficial for those new to the industry or those focused on residential service.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the challenges of source water
  • Define why pool chemicals are necessary
  • Review the properties of chlorine in water
  • Examine chlorine and water balance

CEUs: 1.5

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

During this session, we will examine pathogens responsible for disease outbreaks and how to combat them. We'll review the advantages and disadvantages of different disinfectants, along with the recommendations in the ANSI/APSP-11 standard.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common pathogens that cause Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)
  • Examine recent changes to ANSI/APSP-11
  • Define Remediate Bodily Fluid Contamination, per CDC Recommendations
  • Discuss pros and cons of different disinfection systems

CEUs: 1

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

The Virginia Graeme Baker Act (VGBA) standard for drain covers has changed, which means new information is available for Pool Professionals. The update will be implemented as a rolling change, and as new drain covers arrive, installers will receive more information with them. Join this webinar to get up to speed on what's changed and take advantage of the opportunity to have questions answered by a subject matter expert.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the recently enacted revision to the VGBA standard
  • Discuss this change moving forward and how it impacts current inventory in the market
  • Identify resources for additional information post-webinar

Presenter: Steve Barnes
Steve Barnes is the Director of Science and Compliance for Aquastar Pool Products. He is the Chairman of PHTA Technical Committee, ANSI/APSP-16 the Federal VGB Pool & Spa Safety Act drain cover standard, and ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 Standard for Residential Swimming Pool Energy Efficiency. He is also a member of the ICC Swimming Pool and Spa Code Committee and ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance. Steve has 37 years of experience in the pool industry, dating back to 1984 where he began as a hydraulics research and development lab technician, moving into lab management, and new product development. Steve's career focus is on helping pool contractors make pool ownership more convenient, cost effective, and safe.

CEUs: 1

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

This program will provide an overview and explanation of the new PHTA pathways from CBP to a Certified Master Pool Builder and Design Professional.

CEUs: 1

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

The presenters will host this live webinar on the showroom and discuss best business practices for selling custom products.

Presenters:

  • Dan McManus, President & CEO, Evosus, Inc.
  • Steve Ruscigno, Vice President & General Manager, Oregon Hot Tub

CEUs: 0.5

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

Find out how working with manufacturers' agents can be a better-than-ever response to the pressures to grow sales in today's competitive market environment. This webinar will cover what a manufacturers' agent is, important go-to-market strategy questions, benefits of outsourcing field sales, myths and misconceptions, and more. Manufacturers, this webinar is for you!

Presenters:

  • Tracy Thornburg, Thornburg Enterprises, Inc., Chair of the PHTA Manufacturers Agents Council
  • Colt Blithe, Blithe Sales Company

CEUs: 0.5

PHTA Members: View this recording for free with the PHTA Class Pass

Non-Members: Purchase recording ($79)

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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

  • Biolab
  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Heritage Pool Supply Group
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  • Lyon Financial
  • Pentair
  • Raypak
  • WatkinsWellness
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