It’s sometimes awkward for me to describe Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins, because it feels like I’m bragging. But these are the facts. I started in the pool business in San Diego in the late ‘70’s. In 1981, my then-employer (Neptune Pools) sent me to Texas. In 1984, the California headquarters abruptly went out of business, leaving many Austin-area homeowners with unfinished pools. I immediately founded Ocean Quest Pools in Austin, and finished every one of those unfinished Neptune pools.


Over the next fifteen years, our Ocean Quest team built and perfected the vanishing edge concept and the “natural pool“ concept, and many other innovative designs. In the twelve years from 1987 to 1998, we won well over one hundred industry awards.



In 1998, I was ready to move more into the consulting side of the business, so I sold the Austin business to my top designer and salesperson, Sandy Vollentine. I formed Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins in Belton Texas, and began teaching other pool builders how to build award-winning, breath-taking pools. Later that same year, the National Spa & Pool Institute (NSPI) awarded me with their first-ever “Hall Of Fame“ award.


Since that time, we’ve built close to 1000 beautiful, innovative and energy-efficient swimming pools - some "vanishing edge," some "perimeter overflow," some truly spectacular "backyard resorts," and many wonderful yet very budget-friendly backyard swimming pools. At last count, we’d won more than 60 additional awards, which puts my lifetime total well over 200.


In 2004 we gained the exclusive rights to carry the world-famous Jacuzzi hot tubs. some years later, we added Nordic hot tubs, and "swim spas" from Marquis. We always carry multiple models on our showroom floor in Belton.


Our company and work has been praised in many magazines. And I wrote a column for Pool & Spa News for many years. You can check out some of those articles here.


I’m glad you decided to check out our website. To see our award-winning pools, and the many amazing features that are available with today’s pools, just check out our Gallery. Or get our free report and DVD. In addition to the various “backyard tours“ of our pools, it will give you some great advice about how to choose a pool builder. I hate to admit it, but there are some unscrupulous pool builders out there. And unfortunately, it's not that easy to tell the difference between high quality and “cut corners“ pool builders, unless you know what questions to ask. Our report and comparison checklist will give you that, and much more.


A swimming pool should bring you many years of care-free fun and enjoyment. No matter who you choose to build your new backyard dream, we want your pool-buying experience to be a good one. If we can help in any way, just give us a call at (254) 933-8370.


We look forward to serving you.



Lew Akins


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Waco Office  •  125 Topeka Drive (Suite C)  •  Waco TX 76712  •  (254) 662-6655

Belton Office  •  2606 S. IH 35  •  Belton TX 76513  •  (254) 933-8370