About Blue Water – An Award Winning Pool Builder

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.

Mission Statement

To design elegant outdoor living experiences that customers love.

Vision Statement

To be West Michigan’s premier pool and outdoor escape provider.

Areas We Serve

Grand Haven, Muskegon, Cedar Springs, Ionia, Charlotte, Kalamazoo, Saugatuck, Holland, Grand Rapids, Rockford, Lowell, Ada, Caledonia, Hastings, West Olive, Zeeland, Sparta and Allegan.

Why We’re Unique

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 Chris Coble 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.

  • High quality, worry-free construction
  • Architecturally and environmentally responsible design
  • Construction and pool maintenance
  • New design or remodel existing
  • All types of pool and spas designs and features

One Of A Kind Swimming Pools

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.

About Michael Paré

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 14 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.

About Chris Coble

Director of Sales & Design

An active member of Grand Rapids’ Art and Music community, Chris brings a unique perspective to every project, infusing creativity and expertise into each design. He finds fulfillment in the process of turning thoughts and ideas into fully realized plans. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and son and playing music with his band. With a deep-seated commitment to positivity, excellence, and a knack for blending functionality with aesthetics, Chris is dedicated to bringing client’s outdoor dreams to life.

Our Services

We provide the following products and services for homeowners throughout the West Michigan area.

Our Reviews

Hear what homeowners say about Blue Water.

“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.”
Todd Wenzel

“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.”
Dee Yorker

“Great pools. High quality and they stand behind their product!”
Jeremy Barber

“The best pool design and builder in West Michigan. We are very happy with our pool.”
David Kleinpaste

“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.”
Paula Koenes

“We are completely satisfied with our Blue Water Pool. It’s amazing. Job well done!”
Todd Wenzel

“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.”
Sean McGavin

“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.

Leslie Kortes

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.”

Tony Fox

“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!”

Bev Vallance

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!”

Dean Webber

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.”

James Clay

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.

Tim Stoddard

Our Awards

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

Our Certifications

PHTA – “Pool and Hot Tub Alliance”

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

CPO® – Certified Pool Operator®

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.

CBP® – Certified Building Professional®

A Certified Building Professional® is an individual who has passed all the rigorous requirements of the PHTA’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.

More information at PHTA – Certified Pool & Spa Building Professional.

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