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Piscine Global expo to highlight increasing professionalism among pool specialists

Piscine Global expo to highlight increasing professionalism among pool specialists
June 30, 2018

The organisers of Piscine Global, the leading swimming pool and wellness event, have highlighted major transformation among pool specialists over the past decade, due to profound changes in the requests formulated by clients looking for the latest innovations and new approaches.

Pool specialists have had to train themselves and extend the scope of their expertise to fields such as design, environmental aspects, home automation and safety to continue developing on the flourishing market for pools.

The sector is becoming more professional and structured. Today, being a pool specialist involves integrating and/or coordinating the 10 main specialities required to implement a pool project:

• Sales
• Layout (equivalent to surveying in the public works sector)
• Earthworks
• Basic masonry (concrete, cement, reinforcements)
• Project coordination
• Construction of the pool (shaping)
• Hydraulics and plumbing (pool basin, filters, pumps)
• Waterproofing of the pool (works and inspection)
• Fittings and finishings
• Client training on water treatment and general pool use

The pool specialist must also have a developer and designer’s vision, as Miguel Silva (pictured below), trainer at Yaka Consult, stresses “clients expect a pool specialist to be a designer-developer but to keep a strong identity as a pool expert, with three dimensions: pool builder, finishing and aesthetics specialist, and guarantor of pool water balance management”.

One of the most striking changes in client needs in the past few years is the growing demand for pools that are user-friendly and simple to use. Clients want a pool that is easy to set up, nice to look at and easy to maintain. They want to be able to walk into this new outdoor living space – the garden – in which the pool is the key feature. The process starts by determining the position of the pool, and then developing the surrounding areas.

Silva advises “for pool specialists, this implies cultivating their attentiveness to their clients’ needs. The goal is not to build the pool that the specialist wants, but to create the ones the clients want. They want to choose, obtain the relevant information and make their own choices.

“The adviser aspect of the trade is now essential. Clients want a project manager who is going to handle everything from A to Z and provide guidance.”

In the past few years, demands in the field of pools and spas have undergone profound changes, and these have had a direct impact on the profession.

Connected objects 
Demand for ‘connected pools’ has added a digital edge to the trade, with pool specialists having to seek training on the new devices to be capable of selling and installing these connected tools, and explaining to their clients how to use them. 

Environment and energy
Clients are increasingly sensitive to the consumption of water and energy by their pool and the environmental impact of its operation, particularly with regard to water treatment. They now ask themselves: ‘What is the environmental footprint of my pool?’. 

Pool specialists have had to acquire knowledge on the topic to be able to answer these questions accurately.

The visual pollution aspect is also an issue that clients are raising. Pool specialists must consider the integration of the pool into its surroundings, as clients are increasingly sensitive to aesthetics.

Contribution of 3D design and drones
Pool specialists have been training themselves and hiring staff with the relevant skills to create previews of their clients’ projects, particularly in 3D (this aspect really started developing in 2014). Today, this trend is going even further with the use of drones to take photos, make videos and show the clients what their pool will look like. 

As Silva explains “clients are willing to pay for this service because the 3D mock-up gives them a better picture of how their pool will blend into in the surroundings. 

“Landscapers have been using these tools for several years and this is a growing trend among pool specialists.”

Wellness and chemistry
Today’s pool specialists are true wellness and spas experts. They have expert knowledge of water and its chemistry and know how to manage its balance (for temperatures ranging from 30 to 40°). Pool specialists have hence won back market shares by positioning themselves as specialists in wellness through water.

What are the prospects for the future?
Silva concludes “this market is going to continue to change. There is also increasing demand in the pool renovation market. This very large market is going to push pool specialists to get trained, acquire new technical skills and organise themselves in networks.

“Today, pool specialists must be not just managers but also coordinators, like a conductor leading an orchestra. The pool sector is no longer an artisan sector. It spans many trades but it has kept the goodwill and the consideration for other people’s work that have always characterised it. 

“More and more skills are being incorporated into the pool specialists’ services because clients are demanding them. They want to have a single contact person (project manager) and experts in all the different aspects.”

The skills required from pool specialists are going to keep on broadening and the profession is going to grow with them. These trends will addressed at the Piscine Global Europe 2018 exhibition being held from 13th to 16th November 2018 at Eurexpo in the French city of Lyon.

Click here to view Piscine Global's snapshot of the Pool specialists' profession.

Click here for more information on Piscine Global Europe in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

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24th March 2017 - THIRD EDITION OF PISCINE GLOBAL ASIA TO FOCUS ON POOL DESIGN 

30th June 2016 - PISCINE ASIA TO PRESENT THE LATEST INNOVATIONS IN ASIA’S AQUATIC INDUSTRY

 13th April 2016 - REPORT SUGGESTS NEW TECHNOLOGIES COULD DELIVER SIGNIFICANT ENERGY SAVINGS FOR AQUATIC CENTRES

1st April 2016 - AQUATICS AND RECREATION VICTORIA RELEASES ENERGY BENCHMARKING STUDY FOR AQUATIC CENTRES

4th May 2015 - PISCINE SPLASH! ASIA TO ATTRACT AQUATIC INDUSTRY LEADERS


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