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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.
 

Concrete Spa:
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.
 

Fiberglass 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.
 

Freeform:
Refers to a style of design that combines non-geometric curves and/or straight lines to form the pool’s shape.
 

Geometric:
Refers to a style of design that combines straight lines and angles, and/or radius curves to form the pool’s shape.
 

Hot Tub:
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.
 

Man-made:
Made by humans rather than occurring in nature.

Natural:
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).

Pool Renovation:
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.
 

Public Pool:
Open to the public and constructed for recreational use and/or competitive swimming. Includes water parks.
 

Semipublic Pool:
Nonresidential pool such as a pool built for a hotel/motel or apartment complex.
 

Swim Spa:
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.).
 

Traditional:
Refers to pools with the following shapes: “rectangle,” “Roman-ended,” “Grecian-ended.”
 

Vanishing Edge:
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.
 

Vinyl-lined Pool:
Installation that features a vinyl liner that forms the finish on the wall frame and floor.
 

Water Feature:
Non-bathing water feature such as a fountain, not connected to or part of a swimming pool, used only for aesthetic purposes.

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