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Glossary of Terms
These definitions are used in the Awards of Excellence entry process:
Aboveground/Onground Swimming Pool:
A removable pool of any shape that can be readily disassembled or stored and reassembled.
Automatic Safety Cover:
A power cover with tracks that can be operated by a key or by an electronically controlled electric motor.
Classic Residential Pool:
A pool ten or more years old that has not had any significant cosmetic changes, accessory add-ons or modernizations.
A permanently installed unit with hydromassage jets that is constructed out of concrete (gunite, shotcrete, etc.). May or may not be attached to a pool.
Includes pools made of a one-piece shell, as well as pools with fiberglass and/or metal walls and concrete or rolled glass floor.
Refers to a style of design that combines non-geometric curves and/or straight lines to form the pool’s shape.
Refers to a style of design that combines straight lines and angles, and/or radius curves to form the pool’s shape.
A unit with hydromassage jets that is manufactured from prefabricated materials at a factory. Hot tubs may be “self-contained” or “non-self-contained.”
Non-self-contained Hot Tub:
Also known as a “hot tub shell,” this type of hot tub is permanent once installed. The pump, heater and filter are located separately—they are not an integral part of the unit.
Self-contained Hot Tub:
Also known as a “portable hot tub.” Surrounded by a cabinet that houses the controls, the pump, heater and filter. Portable hot tubs can be moved to another location and reinstalled.
Made by humans rather than occurring in nature.
Refers to a pool of any shape or design that incorporates a natural setting (e.g., woods, desert, or mountain setting) and natural water and/or landscape features (e.g., rock waterfalls, streambeds, koi ponds).
An installation that has undergone cosmetic changes, accessory add-ons or modernizations. Includes both residential and commercial installations. The original pool must be in some existence.
Open to the public and constructed for recreational use and/or competitive swimming. Includes water parks.
Nonresidential pool such as a pool built for a hotel/motel or apartment complex.
Hot tub or spa that has a means of producing a swimming current in a portion of the vessel. Can be manufactured from prefabricated materials at a factory or constructed out of concrete (gunite, shotcrete, etc.).
Refers to pools with the following shapes: “rectangle,” “Roman-ended,” “Grecian-ended.”
Water feature detail in which water flows over the edge of at least one of the pool walls and is collected in a catch basin.
Installation that features a vinyl liner that forms the finish on the wall frame and floor.
Non-bathing water feature such as a fountain, not connected to or part of a swimming pool, used only for aesthetic purposes.