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Central Texas Swimming Pool Builder Testimonials

Sometimes the best way to figure out whether a pool builder is any good, is to hear what other people say about them.  Following are some comments (and videos) we've collected over the years...



Ocean Quest Pool by Lew Akins featured on “HGTV's Cool Pools”

"Lew, I stopped by your store in Belton this morning to thank you for building such a great pool for us about 30 years ago. With seven local grandkids, our usage has only increased with the passage of time."


"Thanks again."


Alan and Gene Katzberg

"You guys are awesome! We couldn't be happier with the finished product and the exceptional service. Great service, communication and product!"


Mr and Mrs. Leisinger

"We are so very pleased with the pool design and the exceptional support we have had with your company. We would not want to work with any other company. Toby was FANTASTIC throughout the process - so friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We cant say enough good things!

Thank You for such a great experience!"


D G East

"I first met Lew about five years ago and it wasn't very soon that he was doing my pool. I was just toying with the idea, but after meeting Lew and hearing the excitement that he was showing that literally I couldn't do anything but build a pool. I don't know that I've seen anything add so much value or so much or so much fun to our backyard. You can use it and it doesn't matter how hot it is, you can always go in your backyard. Then when it gets cold we just enjoy looking at the pool and we never cover it up, so it's been a great asset. The other thing I really enjoy, being in the custom homebuilding business, is being able to send a client over to talk to Lew. It's been a great relationship and I look forward to many more pools."


Gerald W Drews

Drew Custom Homes


"It's just a phenomenal pool. It's been awesome."


Carol Grassel

Corpus Christi, TX


"Everyone we have come in contact with at Ocean Quest has been really nice and professional. Ronnie our pool designer captured our thoughts on the paper and in the ground. I would like to thank Slade for being so patient with me and all my questions. He informed us on every aspect of the process completely.


Maria English

"We have worked with Ronnie Potts before and there is no one better at listening to what we want and designing a pool that is 'Spot On'."



"Outstanding service provided throughtout the process. Would definitely recommend Ocean Quest Pools to anyone in the market for purchasing a pool. Very professional company from the pool design an throughout the construction process. Final product was beyond expectations and your team was great to work with."


Brian A Miller

Belton, TX

"We were so happy with our pool when it was originally completed.  It was exactly what we wanted with all the stone work and beautiful coping.  Well, when your crew showed up at 3 PM on Friday, August 31st, and said that all the stones were pretty much loose and that they would redo it all, we said of course.  The gentleman explained that would have been just a matter of time before all those stones would come off.


When they finished a little before 6 PM, we were blown away.  It was gorgeous and we couldn't be happier! They did a fantastic job  putting it all back and cleaning up the lines.  We can't thank you enough for this amazing job!


Also, I don't know if Justin Wade works for you but he is another tremendous credit to your company.  He is always so upbeat and friendly and does a fantastic job taking care of the pool for us.  That young man is truly a tremendous asset to you and Ocean Quest.


Thank you,"


Linda & Bob Crusing

"David was able to create our pool as we had envisioned. Everyone treated us like family. We never had a thing to complain about. Everyone was very helpful. Kim was excellent at helping us decide on a hot tub. I cant say enough good things about the team at Ocean Quest Pools.


We love our new pool."


M. Frost

"Will be singing your praises for ages!"


Don and Wendy Stricklin

"I just had y'all install a pool and spa for me in May. After four months of enjoying it--night and day--I wanted to write you a note.


I can honestly say that it is well worth the money! Brett Lovett did an incredible job, making sure that every detail was perfect! He is very conscientious and noble. Ronnie did a great job in designing it!


My husband and I have enjoyed this summer more than any other summer!


Thanks for running such a great company with honest, and hard working people!"


Deborah and Jonathan Ford, Gatesville, TX


"Our designer John was very helpful! He spent quite a bit of time visiting with us Waco and Temple home shows and even came to the house to answer more questions. Our construction supervisors Brett & Danny were great also all the entire team was excellent. I am are very pleased with the design of our pool and we defiantly have noticed that we spend a lot more time in our backyard now thanks to Ocean Quest Pools. We love our pool and I would recommend Ocean Quest Pools to everyone. "


Melissa Houchin

"I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how pleased I was with John Himill and his crew. They are an outstanding group of men and provided a great product, on time and on budget."


"People are quick to criticize but slow to praise; it seems to me these days.These guys deserve some praise."


"I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you, but your reputation precedes you and I hope to have that opportunity in the near futur."


"I'd keep these guys around if I were you..."


Scott Martin

"Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins has built 2 pools for us. At our old house, and at our new house. Both times the design and craftsmanship have been outstanding. They explain the entire process, provide a manual/timetable and do exactly what they say - when they say they will do it. We have not had one problem. Both of our pools have been absolutely BEAUTIFUL."


"I recommend them only if you want perfection with no hassles or problems."


Kelly Nix

"I just wanted to let you know what a great employee you have in Jeremy. We were one of his last visits of a long work day yesterday and even then, he was energetic, super helpful, really nice, and very knowledgeable. I really appreciate the time he took here and that he didn't rush through it. It isn't often that folks get truly great service these days; Ocean Quest is definitely the exception. You guys take great care of your customers. Thank you so much!"


Eryn Logan
Bartlett, TX

"This is for Lew - Slade has done an incredible job for us AFTER the sale - he has been very helpful for the first year after you built our pool - outstanding employee."


Tim Kennedy

"Lew, and Brian - This pool is amazingly gorgeous. I think this may be the best money we've ever spent except for food and shelter. Thank you so very much. It's unbelievably wonderful and literally a dream come true. I can hardly believe my eyes every morning. I've imagined it for 15 years (at least) and now it's really here. I even came out in the middle of the night last night just to make sure it was still here."


"I'm still amazed at how you immediately grasped what we were after, even before I met you and showed you any pictures. It's not like anything I've ever seen and it's absolutely perfect."


"Thanks again so much and please have people call us for a reference ANYTIME! We are so proud of it."


Dale and Lauren Barron, Waco Texas

"We just had Sundek come out and recolor our deck, patio, walkway, and stairs. Eva and I are in a state of shock. Our decking/patio/walkway/stairs looks better than it did when the pool was new. Our decking / pool looks absolutely beautiful."


"Your folks were amazing; they cared about what they did; answered our questions; and ensured that the work site was clean when they left. We are so thankful for you and the gentlemen that did the work."


"I don't think people realize how inexpensive it is to have a "facelift" done. Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins is the best!"


Rick Keagle

"This was my first negative edge pool, your information saved me from making multiple mistakes. I appreciate you sharing your experience and for that you really can't put a price pin that. Thank You again."


Patrick Livingston,

Construction and Renovation, The Pool Company

“I recently had Ocean Quest install a pool and was very happy with the whole procedure.  The pool looks great, it was finished ahead of schedule and is of very good quality.  Slade was fantastic.  He was very knowledgeable, helpful and went to great lengths to help me.  I love my pool!


Larry Light, Lorena TX

We are very pleased with the aesthetics of our pool, and use the backyard more than ever before.”



Great job, and product.  We are very happy and proud of our pool and the entire pool area.”


Rick Shelton, Crawford, TX

"Art - You mentioned you were interested in building a pool. Attached you will find a picture of the pool that Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins built for my family last July. I would recommend Lew & his team, without hesitation! We could not be more pleased with the final product and the integrity Lew & his team.


I'm not sure where you are in your process, but if you are seriously considering the idea, I would urge you to talk with Lew about what sort of pool you are envisioning. The diversity of OQ's pools and their desire to tailor a pool to your own tastes is remarkable.


We wanted a more traditional style that was visually interesting yet had clean lines. That's exactly what OQ designed and built for us.


You should meet with Lew Akins of Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins. His website is His phone number is 254-933-8370."

"You know me well enough to know that I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I believe you and your team to be well-meaning and honest people. Not to mention you build a superior product with a proven and successful track record. And a streamlined process in place helping to manage timeline expectations throughout the construction phase. Each of your crews were not only competent, but equally, if not more important, courteous and accommodating.


In spite of the few glitches we encountered during our project, you and your team honored your commitments on all fronts and that caused me to gain a lot of respect for you.


Lew, I have only positive things to say about you and your company. I am definitely a fan......"



Melisa Durrett

"Lew, I want to let you know how much we are enjoying our new pool and we never imagined it would change the entire complexity of our home and back yard. Please express our appreciate to your crews, especially Mike and Chris, for a beautiful, well designed and constructed pool."


Mike Simon, CIC

Waco, TX

"The experience with Ocean Quest was good. We had an ongoing landscaping project that was very challenging and they worked well with the landscapers. We are happy with our pool."


Mary Freeman

Woodway, TX

"I'm very happy with the pool. I think it was extremely well built."


Sharon Ellis

Belton, TX

"I think you guys did a super job. I'm a homebuilder myself and in the construction business and I think each and every one of the various subcontractors you had were all outstanding. We're very happy with the pool."


Dale Cannon

Killeen, TX

"I'm happy with my pool and haven't had any problems with it. We would recommend Ocean Quest - as a matter of fact I think we have. We're satisfied customers."


Michael Borchers

Lampasas, TX

"I was impressed with the professionalism involved in the layout of the pool. They placed my pool perfectly on my lot and I was real impressed with that. I was also impressed with the workmanship of the pool. You'll notice little things that are finished with an Ocean Quest pool that might not be finished in another pool. I've had my pool now for 2 years and I'm very pleased with everything. Any time I call them they are here within a week to help me and they have followed up on their warranty work to the letter perfectly. We were swimming in our pool within 90 days of the time we broke ground. I didn't believe that could happen!"


David Byrd

Waco, TX

"The pool is wonderful. We are happy with the pool and it's gorgeous."


Lois Anderson
Killeen, TX

"Our pool is beautiful. We are very well pleased with the way it looks. We had a waterfall built and the rockwork is just really out of this world. We just love it."


Barbara Garland

Waco, TX

"We love the pool! Ya done good! Thanks again."


Stu McLennan

Waco, Texas

"Overall it was a good experience. They were good professionals and the manager was great. They built a great pool and it was more than expected. Everything they said they'd do they exceeded that."

Russell Janak

Belton, TX

"I was very happy with the whole process. I thought they did a great job and we couldn't be happier with the pool. We've had it in now for two years and we love it. We think it's beautiful and we're very happy with the overall experience."


Robert Kelch

Killeen, TX

"Our pool is great. Everyone was very helpful and we haven't had any problems."

Jill Blanton

Clifton, TX

"Ronnie and Steven were both great. They did a good job and are very professional and we're extremely happy with our pool."


James Altic

Belton, TX

"The pool was wonderful and functional. We often come home, sit outside, have a couple of drinks, listen to the waterfall and take in the view. We love it and we've very, very pleased with it. It was exactly what we had envisioned when we first talked to them and tried to put this thing together.


They were the most professional group of people who clearly know a lot about pools and we very quickly got a sense of their expertise. It was a great experience from beginning to end."


Liz Corn

Killeen, Texas

"Our experience with Lew Akins was great. They followed the plan like they said they would and we had no problems. They were wonderful to work with and I would absolutely use them again. In fact, we've recommended them to several people who have used them."


Stacey Hinojosa

Waco, Texas

"It was a pleasure working with you. It was a great experience having our pool built by Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins. We look forward to many years of enjoyment."


Keith & Sherri Richbourg

Waco, Texas

"It was great working with Lew Akins and we really like the spa. We use it 12 months a year!"


Robert and Judith Lippard

Harker Heights, Texas

"Our experience working with him has been great. We have since worked with them on lots of homes."

Sorrels & Gunn Homebuilders

Waco, Texas

"Thank you for our beautiful pool and for our patience!"


The Zucaro Family

Belton, TX

"This note of thanks is long overdue. I want to personally take the time to thank each and every person that was instrumental in physically building my pool. Ronnie, I can not thank you enough for your professionalism, your personal touch and your uncanny ability to walk through my front door and visualize how magnificent my pool would be in the end and how much I would love it. Thank you for your vision and for making me see it through to the end.

This pool company keeps on giving long after the water is in the pool. You all are everything you advertise but far more than you admit. I am proud to be an Ocean Quest Pool owner."


The Weller Family

Killeen, Texas

"Travis loves the pool!"


The Barr Family

Killeen, Texas

"I wanted to take the opportunity to thank the members of your team for their continued attention and support following the construction of our pool this year. This construction process itself did not always go as smoothly as I'm sure we all would have liked, and I don't think we ever anticipated the extent of the destruction to our existing yard, but since the completion of the pool I can only say that your staff have been wonderful and patient in giving their attention and assistance to every unfinished detail or problem that has arisen.


Very often in the construction business, companies are just not interested once they have received payment for the job, but this has certainly not been the situation with Ocean Quest. Our beautiful pool speaks for itself in recommending your company, and we would not hesitate to add our personal testimonies to the quality of your work and the continued support of your staff."

The Burgess Family

Belton, Texas

"We really had no idea that the finished product could be as breathtaking as it is. You certainly had the vision that we lacked. Our new poolscape is not only beautiful, but functional. All of your personnel were tidy and courteous during the job and kept us informed the entire way of the schedule. I really can't express our pleasure with the job you did for us."


Tom Kirvan

Palisades Point

Belton, Texas

"We are very pleased with our pool. It is just beautiful."


Ronnie and Stacie Schoepf

Salado, TX

"I would definitely recommend Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins."


Jason Howton

Salado, TX

"Ronnie was very effective in turning our vision into reality."


Firth family

Belton, TX

"Everyone loves the esthetic placement of our pool next to the wooded area above the river."


Dr. Terry Proctor

Temple, TX

"Great job"


David Kuebler

Belton TX

"Everything is great!"


Saladino family

Belton, TX

"The pool turned out just as Ronnie said it would. Our superintendent (Slade maintained constant communication during the process. Everything was discussed in detail. The pool turned out nicer than we ever expected. We enjoy it all the time. We constantly mention to our friends the Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins gave us the most for our money."


Felix Rodreguez

Nolanville, TX

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