Blue Water is an award-winning custom swimming pool and backyard environments company established in 1987. For well over thirty years, our company has built projects ranging from custom backyard spas and outdoor living areas to extraordinary, top-of-the-line swimming pools. Our recipe for success is simple: stunning and creative designs, a talented staff, excellent supervision, and extraordinary service. We are a proud recipient of dozens of design and construction awards along with our industry’s recognition as one of the best in the country.
We take great pride in our professional staff. Our team is made up of individuals who possess an innovative design style, top-notch professional construction skills, scrupulous attention to detail, and ability to foster great relationships with our customers, contractors, and vendors. We sincerely believe that our people are among the best in the business.
Blue Water Pools is the premier choice for swimming pools, spas, waterscapes, water features, and fountains, as well as disappearing edge pools and Gunite pools. That’s because each of these disciplines requires extensive experience and talent, and specialized equipment to build.
That’s what Scott Spear and Michael Pare bring to the project. Outstanding, award-winning designs, and meticulous attention to detail in the construction process.
With over 40 years of experience with concrete pools, our designers and craftsmen are among the best in the industry. Let our team of visionaries bring creativity, sophistication, and long-term enjoyment to your backyard living environment.
There is a great deal of art involved in creating your ideal pool, spa, or waterscape – and you are at the heart of the design process. We’ll start by discussing your choice of materials, the flow of colors, landscaping, surface textures, and the vision of what you want your space to look and feel. We’ll give you our expert take plus our best tips and recommendations to help make your vision even better and more beautiful.
Every custom swimming pool, spa, or water feature we build is one of a kind because it’s based on each client’s unique needs, the home architecture, and the landscape. Go big or go small, we do it all. Fancy a disappearing edge or lap pool, perhaps? We make water environments that rejuvenate the spirit, offer healthful recreation, and reflect your personality. Blue Water ensures you make great memories with family and friends in style.
Michael Paré is a licensed residential builder and has served as the founder and President of Blue Water (previously Blue Water Pools & Spas, Inc.) for more than 3 decades. Michael is a Certified Builder Professional (CBP®) in the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA®, previously known as APSP®/the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals) for the past 12 years. It’s worth noting that the CBP® designation is widely regarded as the highest certification obtainable within the Pool & Spa Industry.
Michael consistently strives to keep abreast of new industry developments and is looked upon by his peers with high regard for pool construction practices, techniques, and professionalism. He also currently serves as the President of the Lake Michigan Commerce Park Association in Grand Rapids, MI.
Michael understands the value of hard work and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to also work hard and succeed. He takes a sincere interest in other concerns when identified, and works diligently to hear those concerns and find ways to resolve them in a mutually agreeable manner.
Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and family. During the summer, when time permits, he goes boating and does various outdoor activities with family and friends. During wintertime, he travels too much warmer climates.
Scott Spear is the Sales and Design Manager at Blue Water. He’s been in the pool business for over 40 years and has both C-53 and C-27 contractor licenses in California and South Carolina. Scott has built multiple projects across the United States, including California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Washington, Missouri, Michigan, and other places across the country. He has received multiple design awards from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (now unified as Pool & Hot Tub Alliance) and has been featured in various magazine covers and articles such as Signature Pools, Luxury Pools, Aqua Magazine, Genesis Design School, and the Pool Studio Design Program.
Scott oversees his projects, starting from the design process all the way through its completion. He makes sure each and every detail is in order and ensures that everything gets handled in a professional manner. His vast knowledge and experience in outdoor living space construction is exceptional, and it shows through his innovative designs and ideas.
We provide the following products and services for homeowners throughout the West Michigan area.
“I wanted to thank you and Dawn and the rest of your team! The pool looks awesome!
We really appreciate how great you guys have been!”
Laura E. Morris
“There is no better company in GR to service your pool.”
“Beautiful pool designs-extremely unique, nothing else like it in our area, and Michael is very accommodating to the customer and what they are looking for.”
“Great pools. High quality and they stand behind their product!”
“The best pool design and builder in West Michigan. We are very happy with our pool.”
“Dependable service, costs more than others, but our pool ran better and was clean and usable. With less expensive maintenance companies, that was not the case.”
“We are completely satisfied with our Blue Water Pool. It’s amazing. Job well done!”
“The computer aided designs were very helpful and visualizing the overall design.
The level of service is top notch and options they provided in the design of our outdoor space seem limitless. They can do anything.”
“We are very happy with our pool and spa!”
Cameron and Kelly Vanlaningham
“Michael has a great team. They completed the work within a tight timeline. We’re happy with the results, and would love to work with them again.”
“We chose Blue Water because of their reputation, and because they were recommended by a friend. They’re not the cheapest company for sure, but we got what we paid for, and I’m really happy that we chose them.
We would absolutely use them again.”
“We started with a company out of Chicago and had LOTS of issues with them. We had to fire them mid-project. Fortunately, Michael and his team saved us. It was great working with them. Unlike the Chicago company, we had no problems with Blue Water. They were awesome!”
“Blue Water built our pool over 20 years ago, and it’s still holding up beautifully. The whole project was a great experience. We love those guys!”
“Michael is a good, honest, straight-shooting guy who runs a great company. It’s been great working with them. We will definitely use them again.”
“It was a great experience working with Blue Water, as they got my pool up and running right when I needed it. They were easy to work with; I’m glad I chose them.”
Yes, we’re proud. Blue Water has been winning awards as the best swimming pool builder for almost as long as we’ve been in business. But we never start a project intending to impress judges at some publication. We’re completely focused on our customers – the only judges we care about. The awards we receive are simple reminders that our passion, skill, and focus on serving our clients are what helped us become a premier builder in the swimming pool industry.
At Blue Water, we always go for the “Wow factor.” Each project is meticulously planned and built to satisfy even the most discerning eyes. But don’t take our word for it, take it from some of the best and most distinguished organizations and publications in the industry:
Pool & Spa Award – Masters of Design Showcase 2011
More Information: Pool & Spa News
AQUA Choice Award – Geometric Pool and Spa 2011
More Information: Aqua Magazine
AQUA Choice Award – Editors Picks 2007/2006
Aqua Choice Award – Concrete Pool 1st Place 2005
Aqua Choice Award – Concrete Pool 3rd Place 2004
Aqua Choice Award – Concrete Pool 1st Place 2003
Blue Water is a proud member of some of the best and most widely recognized groups and associations in the swimming pool industry.
The PHTA was formed in 2019 through the merger of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and The National Swimming Pool Foundation. Both organizations aim to make swimming safe, healthy, and fun, so the merger was a logical improvement.
PHTA is the world’s largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, supplier, retailers, and service professionals. PHTA offers pool and hot tub education and certification programs, provides valuable membership benefits, develops trusted industry standards, and advocates for critical legislation.
PHTA members adhere to a code of ethics in business and technical practices and share a strong commitment to the safe, healthful, and enjoyable use of industry products.
A Certified Building Professional® is an individual who has passed all the rigorous requirements of the APSP’s Certified Building Professional® training program. Graduates of the course learn the skills and value system pertaining to high ethical standards, commitment to the highest standards of workmanship and construction, business stability, and superior customer relations. After completion of the training, all graduates must complete continuing education requirements on an ongoing basis in order to maintain their CBP® certification.
The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 200,000 successful CPO® certifications in 44 countries.
CPO® certification courses are designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. It covers 14-16 hours of information from the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook (provided) and local codes taught by an NSPF® Instructor.
The CPO® program is widely accepted as the preferred certification for pool maintenance by local, state, and federal health departments.