The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) have agreed in principle to merge the two organizations.
The APSP and NSPF boards made the decision at a meeting last week, according to a media release announcing the merger. A process is underway to plan and implement the merger. Both boards said the merger would better support the present and future needs of the aquatic industry, according to the release.
Rich Garbee, chairman of the APSP board, and G. Bruce Dunn, chairman of the NSPF board, said in a joint statement: "The aquatics industry has seen dramatic changes over the past 10 years. APSP and NSPF each have a distinguished history of service to our industry. We are excited to build a vision where we can achieve even more together."
The APSP is the world's oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub and spa manufacturers; distributors; manufacturers' agents; designers; builders; installers; suppliers; retailers and service professionals. The organization is dedicated to the growth and development of its members' businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas. Its services include professional development, advancing legislation and regulation at federal and local levels, consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs and spas.
NSPF's goal is to make pools safer, keep pools open and attract more usage to pools, spas and aquatic facilities. The non-profit organization offers NSPF and Genesis educational programs. All of the proceeds from its educational products fund research and help create swimmers through its Step Into Swim campaign, which has a goal to create one million more swimmers within 10 years.