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Webinar Series

PHTA brings experts directly to you through our webinar series. View the upcoming webinars as well as past recorded webinars.


August 23
4pm ET / 1pm PT


With the development of the 2022 California Residential Codes (CRC) Appendix AX, some might believe that all aspects of residential swimming pool and spa construction are covered. In fact, Appendix AX fails to recognize key design, construction and inspection requirements for residential pools and spas. The design and layout of swimming pools and spas can have a significant impact on your health and safety.

It is important for communities to utilize codes that cover all aspects of residential pool and spa construction including key design and inspection requirements. These requirements are paramount in ensuring the safety, structural integrity and sustainability of residential pools and spas.

This webinar, co-sponsored by the International Code Council and the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), will help you understand the importance of adopting modern swimming pool and spa codes, such as the 2021 International Swimming Pool and Spa code (ISPSC), and help Californians ensure their pools are both safe and enjoyable for many years to come.

In this webinar we will:

  • Review a copy of the 2022 California Residential Codes (CRC), Appendix AX
  • Discuss why it is important for California to adopt an updated code
  • Present an overview of the residential provisions in the 2021 ISPSC
  • Provide a sample of a draft ordinance for adoption


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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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


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

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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!


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

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the PHTA webinar series? It's a prime opportunity to be visible to a captive audience of existing and potential customers and unlock new opportunities. Showcase your expertise, receive qualified leads, and elevate your exposure with this exclusive opportunity.



Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Lou
  • Lyon Financial
  • MCC
  • Pentair
  • Raypak
  • WatkinsWellness

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