Watershape University
Atlantic City Convention Center

The Pool & Spa Show 2023

The Pool & Spa Show returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center January 22-26, 2023 with two days of pre-conference education and three more days of general track seminars and opportunities to catch up with manufacturers and Watershape University on the show floor. Registration for all classes and the expo itself are managed through The Pool & Spa Show website.

Essential Classes (supports specific certifications)

BUSINESS 2122: OSHA 10-Hour General Industry for Aquatic Professionals
ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

Elective Classes (supports general CEU requirements)

BUSINESS 2321: Marketing Renovation Services
BUSINESS 3342: The Structured Sales Process
DESIGN 3422: Artistry of Vanishing Edge Design and Details
ENGINEERING 3332: HVAC & Indoor Pools
CONSTRUCTION 2921: Profiling Outstanding Projects, Start to Finish – IN SPANISH


Program Summaries

OSHA 10 refers to the OSHA Ten-Hour Training that is part of the OSHA Outreach Training Program. This is the only OSHA 10 program focused on the aquatics industry! This version is based on the General Industry category but is infused with two more hours of industry-specific hazards and examples. Protect yourself, employees, clients, your business and, most importantly, your bottom line, by avoiding costly mistakes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss employee rights, employer responsibilities, how to file complaints, potential penalties and liabilities.
  • List key OSHA compliance requirements and identify, abate, avoid and prevent job-related hazards.
  • Evaluate and maintain a safe work environment including PPE and aquatics industry specific tools and considerations.
  • Identify documentation requirements for workplace injuries or death.


Lauren M. Broom, B.S., R.S. — Space Coast Pool School

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

This rigorous 16-hour program provides detailed instruction in fluid engineering for custom pools, spas, and other types of watershapes. Activities includes a detailed project worth 50%, and an online exam accounting for the remaining 50% of the passing score. ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering is a prerequisite for this program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the meaning and scope of advanced hydraulics, hydrology, and fluid dynamics design, including complex gravity-fed and water-in-transit systems.
  • Detail water-in-transit engineering including vanishing edges, slot-edges, gutters, and water features.
  • Demonstrate use of the WatershapeAdvisor® series of software worksheets, including surge basin design, gravity and drainage systems, channels, lazy rivers, level-bottom slot channels, and more.
  • Practice analyzing vanishing edge and slot-edge pool and spa combinations, as a class project.


  • Duration: 16 hours
  • IACET CEUs: 1.6
  • All students who complete the course and evaluation form receive a Certificate of Completion documenting 1.6 IACET CEUs even if they do not continue with the Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) certification.
IACET Accredited Provider


  • A typical course runs 8-hours per day spanning 2-consecutive days (16 hours)
  • Complete attendance is required
  • Ask questions as they come up
  • Manual is provided in class
  • Instructors are available for questions during the lectures
  • Travel, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the student
  • Watershape University provides lunch for both days
  • $1,800
  • Instructors: David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI


Watershape University’s ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop builds on the ENGINEERING 2311 content with a focus on gravity systems, vanishing and slot-edge pools, weirs, etc. It pushes students wishing to master their fluid mechanics in all aspects of design.
ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop supports the following certifications:
International Watershape Institute (IWI)
International Watershape Institute (IWI)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)

Licensing and CEUs

The Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) certification may be used for contractor licensing and required continuing education in certain jurisdictions. The CWP certification builds upon the CWF certification; therefore, all Certified Watershape Professionals (CWPs) are also CWFs which support licensing in the following jurisdictions:


ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop is intended for and attended by architects, landscape architects, designers, builders, installers, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, and service and maintenance professionals — particularly those looking to master the fluid mechanics of vanishing and slot-edge pools, spas and waterfeatures.

Level: 4 – Senior / Advanced / Applied Theory

The prerequisite for ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop is:

  • ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop more→
  • Or approved equal

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop is a prerequisite for:

  • None

Manual Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Fluid Statics, Dynamics and Water-in-Transit
  • Gravity Flow
  • Natural Swimming Ponds
  • Channels
  • Weirs
  • Slot-Edges
  • Project Introduction
  • Software Setup
  • Surge Basins
  • Lazy Rivers
ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

Authorized Faculty

David J. Peterson, P.E. IWI

David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI

President/CEO — Watershape Consulting, Inc.

Peterson is President/CEO of Watershape Consulting, Inc., an international planning, design and engineering firm providing owners, architects, contractors, and the legal profession with services relating to residential, commercial and institutional pools, spas and water features.

He obtained his B.S. Civil Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a registered engineer in several states. Peterson has been in the watershape industry since 1994 when he began his career designing life support systems for large aquariums and marine mammal exhibits. He was Vice President Engineering at Polaris Pool Systems where he developed and patented several products.

Peterson reorganized the Genesis 3 Design Group into GENESIS® University in 2012. When GENESIS merged with the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) in 2016, Peterson became Director of Education for GENESIS, a position he held until forming Watershape University.

Inflation, supply chain issues and labor scarcity are all conspiring to disrupt the economic boom that the watershaping industry has enjoyed for the last two years. New construction is slowing down and this trend is expected to continue but our industry can succeed with minor and major renovations. These 90-minutes could save your business!

Learning Outcomes

  • List tools that builders can use to identify potential pool, spa and outdoor living renovation projects for targeted marketing purposes.
  • Distinguish the differences between marketing new construction versus renovation construction.
  • Appraise the opportunities to sell “major renovations” that expand the scope of work well beyond plaster, tile and coping for maximized profits.
  • Formulate a plan for developing a renovation-focused marketing strategy to be implemented within 30 days.


Brett Lloyd Abbott — President & Senior Consultant of MYM Austin Inc.

Is your sales process guided by an efficient repeatable process that you can easily train new employees? Science-based sales focuses on the buyer. When you design an effective structured sales process you will minimize your time and maximize your effectiveness in closing more deals quickly.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how to effectively use the latest technology to your advantage from delivering your personality through online meetings to closing the deal with a digital signature.
  • Identify why clients respond positively or negatively to certain sales techniques based on demographics.
  • Compose a superior proposal and client presentation that will close-out your competition.
  • Evaluate clients and quickly determine if you should reel or retreat.


Scott Payne, IWI – President of Scott Payne Custom Pools LLC

There are infinitely many detail options available for water-in-transit watershapes such as vanishing edge, slot-edge, and gutter pools, spas, and waterfeatures. Design aesthetics push us in certain directions while structural and mechanical engineering pulls us in others. The best solution must consider everything as a whole and this program lays it all out for you. Get inspired by beautiful imagery and reveal what’s hidden behind these amazing projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the principles of design that make water-in-transit systems successful, including balance, harmony, movement, unity and variety.
  • Employ one or more of several design options such as vanishing edges, slot-edges, raised perimeter-overflows, gutters, plant-edges, and other edge details to create a work of art.
  • Evaluate edge details and how they affect spillways, catch basin sizes, mechanical design, surge basin volume, structural engineering, and other considerations.
  • Compare the most common edge options from aesthetic and line-of-sight issues to engineering concerns for easier selection in any particular project.


David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI – President/CEO of Watershape Consulting Inc.

Bill Drakeley, ACI, IWI – Principal of Drakeley Swimming Pool Company LLC

Building indoor pools can be much different from working in outdoor settings. Indoor pools require extensive collaboration with other designers, consultants and trades, and the watershaper must be prepared for a process that can span years. This course focuses on what it takes to succeed in the world of indoor pools with a focus on HVAC and air-handling technology, which is critical to creating an enjoyable, safe and serviceable aquatic setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • List the terminology regarding indoor pool HVAC systems.
  • Discuss the scope of the watershaper’s work regarding HVAC on indoor pool projects.
  • Examine the key differences between indoor and outdoor watershape construction.
  • Discuss project photos and details.


David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI — President/CEO of Watershape Consulting, Inc.
Kevin P. Ruddy, IWI — President of Omega Pool Structures, Inc.

WU’s Project Profile Track highlights outstanding and unique work presented by the industry’s leading designers and builders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review high-end residential project profiles.Examine, project conditions, client expectations and design challenges.
  • Describe the collaborative process with clients and other project team members.
  • List design changes, engineering considerations, project limitations, design and detail execution.
  • Discuss completed projects and learning experiences/takeaways.


Joan Roca, IWI – Joan Roca Master Pool Designs