WPSS promises education & discounts
Service professionals can look forward to big discounts at Long Beach restaurants and local recreation sites at the 37th annual Western Pool and Spa show.
The Western Show, strategically located in the heart of Long Beach, is convenient to lots of shops and restaurants. Sightseeing opportunities abound, including the Long Beach Aquarium, as well as the historic Queen Mary, once a luxury cruise ship, now a historic landmark, hotel and entertainment venue. This year, our publication and the show’s organizers contacted restaurants and entertainment venues to provide discounts to convention attendees who show their conference badges. Significant discounts are now offered to convention goers' at the Aquarium and the Queen Mary, and a great many Long Beach restaurants have also made special offers. See page 24 and 25 for participating venues.
This year, the show’s organizers expect attendance to top 10,000, making the Western Pool and Spa show, in the Long Beach Convention Center scheduled March 12-14, one of the premier industry tradeshows in the United States. And no wonder: with more than 150 manufacturers and distributors showcasing their services and wares, and a wide variety of seminars — 84 in all — the Western Show has combined an educational program unmatched in the country.
Today, it provides an ideal opportunity for service technicians to meet and talk to manufacturers and distributors while offering a venue to get detailed training on the products. And while the education is beneficial for its own sake, attendees can also use the educational opportunities presented at the Western Show to gain credits, good for professional certification in water chemistry and equipment maintenance. Such certification is becoming increasingly important to get ahead in a competitive market place.
Western's educational program covers virtually every subject a service professional will likely encounter over the course of his profession. This year, more than 30 new classes were added to the educational schedule. This reflects the growing complexity of the pool service profession, not withstanding the additional seminars on electricity, newer technologies such as UV and ozone, chemical automation seminars, and two-day Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer. Moreover, a total of 10 classes will be offered in Spanish.
Seminars will be presented in nine classrooms on Thursday, from 1 to 5:45 p.m.; Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. For a complete schedule of classes refer to pages 5, 6 and 8 of this issue. The educational opportunities continue in the exhibit hall, which opens on Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m., continuing Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Here, professionals are provided an opportunity to get details on new products that could help to improve the efficiency of their businesses. And when the exhibit hall closes each evening, pool service veterans will have plenty of time to network and talk shop over dinner. This year, since we went out and found some deals (see page 24-25 for complete list), don’t forget to bring your badge to get your discount!
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