For many pool pros, podcasts have emerged as a popular way to
keep up with best practices and industry trends while driving from customer to
While it’s not a replacement for trade shows or conferences, it’s
a valuable method for gaining free industry knowledge from your colleagues and
experts. These audio talk shows are perfect to listen to while driving, working
out or even while you service a pool.
Below, three podcast hosts discuss their contributions to the industry they love.
The Chlorine King
Erik Taylor, host of The Chlorine King Podcast, loves podcasting
perhaps almost as much as he loves pool service.
The Chlorine King covers topics such as how to run your business
and deal with clients, troubleshooting, new industry technology and more. “I want to educate and empower
people to be the best they can be so one-by-one we can lift the industry as a
whole,” Taylor says. “My goal
is for all of us to be seen on the same level as an electrician or plumber. I
love education and sharing knowledge; I feel my episodes do just that.”
This year, his episodes
will focus on the financial side of the pool industry. He plans to interview
experts on how to help pool professionals make better business decisions.
As for starting the
podcast, he saw a gap in industry content he wanted to fill. His friend David
Van Brunt of the Pool Guy Podcast Show started his podcast right around the
same time. Taylor was Van Brunt’s first guest.
“I really enjoyed answering his
questions and sharing knowledge,” Taylor says. “So, I decided to start mine to help my own followers, but also to
complement his show and followers.”
Another favorite industry
podcast? The Pool Chasers. “Their
podcast has taken off and is making a huge impact in our industry,” Taylor
says. “It was a privilege to
be asked onto their show, and I was very excited when they agreed to be on my
In the end, Taylor hopes
his podcasting efforts showcase him as a true pro. “I feel that I am making the industry a
more professional ‘career’ versus just a job or being known as ‘the pool guy,’ ” he says. “I love helping the pool professional
The Pool Guy Podcast
To say David Van Brunt is passionate about the pool industry may
be an understatement. Almost daily, he shares his 25-plus years of pool
experience on the Pool Guy Podcast Show.
As of March 2020, he has more than 300 podcasts posted.
“I really like
touching on things that affect the service pro,” he says, “from those real tough service accounts,
troubleshooting, vacation time, business management and just about everything
that the average service pro will encounter on their pool route and in their
Before he ventured into
podcasting, YouTube took up a lot of his time. Since 2012, he’s been sharing
how-to videos and tips. He thought videos were good but that podcasts would
work better for techs in the field. One of his frequent guests is Fred Schweer
“These are my favorite interviews
because Fred knows what he’s talking about… knows his product like the back of
his hand,” Van Brunt says, “and
it is always refreshing to talk to someone who actually knows their product.”
In the coming months,
listeners can expect to hear a lot about pool chemistry. He also plans to
continue with the popular Buying a Pool Route and Pool Service Business 101
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Van Brunt aims to banish
the stereotype of a typical pool servicer and instead focuses on building
confidence. “Gone will be the
image of a guy in a tank top and flip flops, a beat-up old truck with a pole
and net in the back,” he says. “The
podcast allows me to help the service pro by imparting the 25 years of industry
knowledge I have accumulated in a concise, easy-to-understand format.”
Ask The Masters Podcast
When Grant Smith considers the Ask The Masters podcast, he says, “We’re mentoring people who are
Smith, along with three
other pool pros — Paolo Benedetti,
Rick Chafey and David Penton — use the podcast for open discussion on
pool industry design and construction challenges. Their show guests share
expertise in hardscape, plaster and tile application, among other topics.
In February 2018, the podcast was created on a “whim” and posted online. After being so
well-received, the quad got bit by the podcast bug. Since then, they’ve
released 38 podcasts with another 22 planned.
we’re sharing is out there already. It’s just that nobody looks it up,” Smith
says. “We’re saying, ‘This is
the proper way to build a pool.’ ”
“We want to
educate people and spread the word of doing things correctly,” he adds. “A lot of these guys we interview
are people who move the dial in the pool industry.”
Need a new podcast? Check out these offerings from fellow pool pros:
Pool Guy Podcast Show Host: David Van Brunt Content releases: Monday through Friday Episodes to date: 300+
“David’s podcast was actually one of the first podcasts for the pool industry. It carried over from his knowledge on his YouTube channel, so it only made sense to listen. It was something I could listen to while I was cleaning pools and increase my knowledge base at the same time.”
Erik Taylor Pool Guy Podcast Show listener Owner, Chlorine King Pool Service Seminole, Florida
Ask The Masters Podcast Hosts: Rick Chafey, David Penton, Paolo Benedetti, Grant Smith Content releases: Weekly Episodes to date: 60
“As a design, construction management and building contractor, the podcast has been a real pleasure and I consider it an asset. I enjoy the straight talk by business peers who are in the field, real time, constructing projects. The insights are so very appreciated and valuable. It has been nice to utilize what would normally be down time, such as a long commute, and tune in.”
Kenneth Mullins Ask The Masters podcast listener Owner, Pro Tech Pools Los Altos, California
“The Chlorine King podcast covers a vast array of topics, benefiting pool professionals of all levels, from a novice just getting started to a seasoned business owner. I most enjoy Erik’s genuine willingness to share his knowledge in a selfless effort to raise the industry standard.”
Derek Kuda The Chlorine King podcast listener Owner, Poolseye Lake Mary, Florida
Other industry podcasts to check out:
Pool Chasers Podcast Hosts: Greg Villafana and Tyler Rasmussen Content releases: Weekly Episodes to date: over 75 This interview-style podcast invites guests from the field to discuss business building, success and failures, along with specialty services topics.
United Pool Association Podcast Host: Steve Homer Content releases: Varies Episodes to date: 18 This podcast connects with an audience of swimming pool professionals to inspire and create dialogue to encourage industry best practices.
The Aquanut Podcast Hosts: Derrick Todd and Rudy Stankowitz Content releases: Weekly Launched January 2020 Geared toward homeowners and new service pros with unique insight into the world of swimming pools.