Watershape University
Long Beach, California

Western Pool & Spa Show 2024

The Western Pool & Spa Show, at the Long Beach Convention Center, consists of the industry’s largest seminar schedule. We provide classes from basics to the most advanced in both English and Spanish. We have an expansive exhibit floor, with valuable prize giveaways every hour.

Essential Classes (supports specific certifications)

CONSTRUCTION 3611: Essential Plaster Workshop
CONSTRUCTION 2241: Quality Shotcrete Placement for Pools — Know It When You See It
CONSTRUCTION 2711: Essential Major Renovations Workshop

Elective Classes

CONSTRUCTION 2252: Concrete Defect Identification and Prevention
CONSTRUCTION 2342: Thoughtful Equipment Installations — English & Spanish
CONSTRUCTION 1711: Pool Renovations Inspection Checklist — Considerations for Success
CONSTRUCTION 1641: Porcelain Pool Tile Installation — Technique and Best Practices
SERVICE 3121: Electricity, Bonding and Controls for Service Professionals

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Program Summaries

Course Description

This bi-lingual class defines and resolves frustrating disconnects that have long existed between pool builders, plaster applicators and service technicians. By combining these three disciplines and the key phases they encompass, students completing this class will fully understand concrete pool expectations in terms of finished application, successful start-up and satisfying project goals and intentions. The instructor panel features top experts in their respective fields: Bill Drakeley, Jon Temple and Robert Abinuman. The curriculum includes both hands-on instruction for application techniques, lecture, and supplemental instruction and reference materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Establish a base line of acceptable pool concrete surface substrates and surface profiles prepped and made ready for a new plaster application.
  • Discuss and demonstrate (in class) plaster design and mixology with related cementitious chemistry of a typical plaster mix.
  • Instruct on plaster application techniques and examine texture and bond ability characteristics.
  • Introduce moisture and submersion of new plaster applications and teach start up and pool care techniques for the new plaster.

Instructors

Bill Drakeley, ACI, IWI

Jon Temple

Robert Abinuman

Course Description

Although you may have used shotcrete subcontractors for years, do you know what to look for to be sure you’re achieving a quality installation? Shotcrete is a familiar and widely used concrete placement method used for various applications, including swimming pools. Compared to poured concrete, it involves fundamentally different equipment, material selection, crew responsibilities, application techniques, testing, curing, and personal protection. This course from Watershape University and the American Shotcrete Association provides crucial guidance on over 40 critical elements of shotcrete application that on-site pool-contractor personnel can use to properly evaluate the overall quality of shotcrete placement. Armed with this information, observers can readily use visual clues that confirm that the material’s placement is creating a high-quality and durable concrete pool shell .Key knowledge areas include an overview of material selections, equipment, placement techniques, finishing, curing, protection, testing, and jobsite safety. This vital information will help the pool contractor or owner verify that they are getting quality work from their shotcrete subcontractors. It may also be useful to the shotcrete contractor to better communicate and confirm the quality of their work to their pool contractors or owners.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the wet-mix and dry-mix (gunite) shotcrete process.
  • Describe ACI and other Industry standards that detail acceptable shotcrete placement.
  • Identify quality materials and placement methods.
  • Recognize proper application techniques, and missteps that can reduce the quality of the final
    product.

Instructors

Charles Hanskat, P.E., F.ACI, F.ASCEC.

Course Description

As existing pools age and ownership turns over to a new generation, major renovations have become a larger and larger part of the watershape construction market. This in-depth, two-day major renovation design course is formatted with a series of targeted lectures supporting an interactive renovation design project.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the scope and nuances of major renovation projects.
  • Review images that will inspire design and illustrate key concepts.
  • Develop a complete renovation project from site analysis, troubleshooting existing problems and failures, through first-draft design.
  • Describe the scope of work, design, material selection, structural engineering, mechanical systems, construction considerations and project management.

Instructors

Bill Drakeley, ACI, IWI

Paolo Benedetti IWI

Course Description

Inground concrete structures built to indefinitely contain water are prone to significant and potentially disastrous defects when not built correctly. This three-hour course begins with an overview of basic concrete science and cracking identification, and then moves into a careful analysis of specific failures common to concrete watershape construction. With that foundation, the focus shifts to effective preventive and corrective techniques, workmanship and performance standards that prevent costly defects and damage.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the causes of structural failures and how to identify them.
  • List basic formulas and scientific principles supporting reliable, watertight concrete vessels.
  • Define defect parameters and performance standards.
  • Identify common workmanship mistakes and corresponding preventive measures.

Instructors

Bill Drakeley, ACI, IWI

Course Description

Learn to install equipment like the pros. Stand out from the crowd with your well thought out and planned equipment installations that are both pleasing to the eye and mechanically sound.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine proper vessel specific flow rate based on volume.
  • Determine pipe line sizes based on specific flow rate requirements.
  • Determine drain cover selection based on vessel specific needs.
  • Determine pump and filter sizing based on vessel specific needs.

Instructors

Kevin Cobabe, IWI

JC Escudero, IWI

Course Description

Renovation services are expected to be a major source of revenue when the next economic downturn slows new construction. But, establishing an accurate and thorough list of corrections and navigating the inherent risks is important to protect your company. What if you had the ultimate checklist to review while inspecting the project for the first time?

Learning Objectives

  • List the structural, plumbing, electrical systems, and other components that need to be assessed during the first visit to the project site.
  • Identify items that need to be rectified simply because of standard and code changes that have been implemented since the project was originally constructed.
  • Discuss specific destructive and non-destructive tests that may be performed to gain insight into the performance of the project from a structural, hydraulic and electrical perspective.

Instructors

Paolo Benedetti, IWI

Course Description

Electricity and water are incompatible but with proper installation they can coexist safely. This short program provides an overview of electrical, bonding and controls with thoughtful attention to how a service professional interacts with them and what they should look for while servicing watershapes.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain voltage, current, resistance, voltage-drop, and other key electrical terms.
  • Distinguish the differences between high-voltage & low-voltage, grounding & bonding.
  • Formulate solutions to basic electrical problems.
  • List electrical equipment and repairs that will improve safety and your profits.

Instructors

Paolo Benedetti, IWI

Course Description

Porcelain tile is still the most popular choice for waterline tile in the pool and spa industry. But, it continues to be done incorrectly, leading to cracking, efflorescence, and delamination. A simple sequence of construction presented by a qualified professional using the correct preparation and materials can make the tile installation process much more robust.

Learning Objectives

  • Illustrate the proper sequence of preparation from raw concrete to leveling, floating and waterproofing prior to installing tile.
  • Describe the adjacent relationships between coping, tile, plaster, grout, flexible sealants, and even the radius of curvature of the walls.
  • Identify best practices and materials for supporting and installing porcelain tile over the prepared substrate for a long-lasting trouble-free finish.

Instructors

Jimmy Reed

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