May 2022

May 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 5 FSPA PRESIDENT Government Affairs of Florida, successfully maneuvered SB222 through the state House of Representatives and the Senate. If signed by the governor, this allows exemptions for swimming pool contractors to oversee the work of non-licensed subcontractors – a great step forward for swimming pool construction and workplace safety in the state of Florida. Proper construction of new pools, and spas and maintenance of existing pools and spas, is another critical component of water safety and the FSPA knows this is achieved through education. Our association links members to innovative learning opportunities at our annual expo and throughout the year. At this year’s Everything Under the Sunsm Expo, the FSPA offered the Florida Public Pool Specialistsm (FPPS) certification, gas licensing courses, handson workshops, and 65 continuing education courses to keep our members informed of best practices for safe swimming environments. One additional learning opportunity is FSPA's Apprenticeship Program – a highly structured system for on-the-job training and mentorship under the skillful eye of a FSPA member. We also provide safety resources for pool professionals as well as pool owners at Water safety can only be complete with skilled swimmers. Swimming lessons are vital for all residents of Florida. With water nearly everywhere we live and work, swimming is a survival skill. The FSPA is proud to announce the passing of SB364 creating the Florida Swims specialty license plate. If the bill is signed by the governor, the plate will help fund FSPA’s Florida Swims Foundation and swimming lessons across the state of Florida. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get one of these plates for your car (or your entire fleet!). May is National Water Safety Month, but we want the citizens of Florida safe in the water every month. Thank you for all you do to make this happen. It is my honor to work alongside you to raise awareness of water safety and showcase the greatness of our industry. We rise together.