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.
Here at Blue Water, we help our clients transform their vision into a place of beauty and relaxation that they can enjoy for years to come.
To design elegant outdoor living experiences that customers love.
To be West Michigan’s premier pool and outdoor escape provider.
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 Michael Pare and Yvon Roush 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 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.
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With over 20 years of design experience drawing from illustration/fine arts, industrial design, and landscaping, Yvon enjoys sharing her passion for creating unique and noteworthy deliverables across west Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts Design from University of South Florida and continuing education from Kendall College of Design. Yvon’s artistic talents bridge the gap between creativity and engineering. She welcomes every opportunity to bring people closer to their outdoor dreams throughout the entire design process.
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
The PHTA was formed in 2019 through the merger of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and The National Swimming Pool Foundation. Both organizations have similar goals of making 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.
More information at: PHTA – Pool and Hot Tub Alliance
Most of Southernwind Pools cleaning and repair have the official pool operator certification.
The Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) certification program is the world’s leading education and certification program for keeping pools safer and keeping them open. Over 400,000 students have been trained since 1972.
CPO certification provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills required for proper pool operations. This course is available as both a blended training program or completely virtual (completely online).
For more information visit PHTA CPO Certification.