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Cool Pool Add-On Features

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Maybe when you first put your swimming pool in you were doing so on a limited budget and skipped out on some of the cool features you would have liked.

With today’s incredible line of swimming pool accessories and equipment, you can now think about adding those features at a reasonable price and without too much hassle.

Here is a round-up of some of those super cool pool features that you may not have realized you could do.

Before I run them down for you, I have not put pricing on these because this tends to change and may also be dependent on the type of swimming pool and existing equipment.

However, it is good to know that there are many models within a feature category so there is bound to be one that fits your budget.

Swimming Pool Add-Ons

Here are some swimming pool add-ons to customize your pool:

  • Fiber Optic Lighting: Outline the shape of your swimming pool with fiber optic lighting that changes color. You can also change out the bulb on your pool and spa light to create a light show that will be fun for everyone.
  • Fountains: Fountains add a great feature that makes it feel cooler on a hot day. Combined with the fiber optic lighting, you could have your very own water and light show in the evenings.
  • Decking: Whether it is brick, stone, or stamped concrete, decking finishes off your backyard oasis and ties it into an existing patio.
  • Pool Bar: This is a fun swimming pool feature that brings the party into the water. You can relax with your drinks in the water and maybe even get the poker game into the pool!
  • Waterfall: A rock waterfall creates a beautiful and refreshing focal point for your pool. It can also be turned into something spectacular with a grotto or even rock slide.
  • Spa Spillover: A spa spillover is an easy way to create a waterfall feature without resorting to adding the big rock waterfall. It offers a relaxing sound and some extra refreshment on those hot days!
  • Seating Bench: Adding a seating bench inside the pool provides more places to relax in the water without having to use a float or be stuck at the shallow end.
  • Slides and Diving Boards: From straight and curving slides to spring diving boards, you can easily add everyone’s favorite way to get into the pool!
  • Automatic Pool Cover: As a safety strategy, automatic covers can keep little ones and pets safe not to mention keep a lot of leaves and debris out of the swimming pool.

These are just some of the more popular swimming pool add-ons.

We have many other options and can provide you with a range of prices, models, and brands to suit your budget. Get started now so you can have it installed in time for this season’s pool time!

Never Too Early for Thinking Summer Pool Toys

Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Okay, it’s February but the past few days of mild, sunny weather remind us that summer is not too far away. That means starting to think about firing up the swimming pool and finding some new swimming pool toys to enjoy.

After all, if you have hit the local Target, WalMart, or even pool supply store, they are already filling their shelves with swim suits and pool toys.

To get you thinking about the upcoming fun in the sun, here are some new cool pool toys from ToySplash.com that I know my kids will be most likely be hitting me up for not to mention a few I might secretly like to have:

  • Cyclone Spinner Float: This cool toy holds up to five kids, which allows for four around the circle and one in the middle. You can spin it slow but everyone will most likely want to have it spun fast! Lots of fun with this one!
  • Manta Ray Dual Squirter Set: Kids lay on their own inflatable float and use it as a kickboard as they shoot from built-in squirt guns. I see my two boys going to town with a wild water gun fight with this pool toy!
  • Alien Eyeball Toss:  Weighted eye ‘balls’ can be tossed into this pool float that has different holes to catch each of the boys. It’s a great take on the traditional ball toss game.
  • Flood Force Water Canon: This works on land or sea. You can place the large water reservoir into the pool while you turn the crank to soak anyone in range. If the kids want to play with it out of the pool, all you have to do is fill up the reservoir and put the cap on.
  • PoolTunes Floating iPod Speaker Light: Keep your iPod on land, safe and sound, while you enjoy music for hours from the pool with this floating speaker. Keeps the neighbors from getting irritated when you blast the patio stereo while you can enjoy the music while floating around in the swimming pool.
  • Floating Card Game Station: Who says you need to keep poker or blackjack on land? With the floating card game station, you can take the game into the swimming pool. It features two inflatable chairs with drink holders (a must!) and an inflatable table. Don’t worry! The table and chairs have bungee ties so you don’t float away when you have that winning hand! This is my kind of toy!

Be sure to check back because we have some more goodies to share with you as the weather heats up!

Swimming Pool: Not Just for Fun – It’s for Fun Workouts, Too!

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Summer has finally arrived in the Antelope Valley. Both Palmdale and Lancaster are hitting triple digits this week – even as high as 108 and 109. That’s hot! It certainly slows us all down and may even infringe on our good intentions when it comes to exercising.

If you have a swimming pool, then you are in luck – you can keep up with your exercise regimen while staying cool and mixing up your workout. Just a 30-minute workout in the pool is believed to burn off 300 calories!

Numerous great ideas about how a swimming pool could be used for exercise were recently released by SwimmingPool.com. I thought I would share some of these in this week’s blog to help readers out there determined to keep to their outdoor exercising without feeling wilted by the heat.

Swimming Pool Exercises for Adults

Swimming pool workouts are an excellent way to build up endurance without doing damage to muscles and joints thanks to the buoyancy of water. The cool water and support of the water also keeps you from feeling tired and slowing down your exercise effort.

Along with great stress relief and the relaxation benefits, the swimming pool can be used for a number of workouts:

  • There is the obvious lap-based exercise.
  • Other swimming pool exercises include leg lifts and water squats.
  • You can also choose to do water jogging or water walking.
  • There are many water aerobic routines also available online. Fitness Magazine offers numerous toning exercises here with pictures that illustrate how to correctly do each exercise.

Swimming Pool Exercises for Kids

Whether kids realize it or not during all that fun and splashing, they are getting in some good exercise, too, like these offered at SwimmingPool.com and at LivingStrong.com. Here are some great ideas to ensure kids keep moving all, of course, with the supervision of adults at all times:

  • Water sports are a favorite at our house, including water basketball, water volleyball, football toss, and water baseball with a splash ball and pool noodle.
  • Competition is often a great exercise motivator in kids, so relay races are a great way to build up kids’ swimming endurance. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a great incentive at the end of the race like a Popsicle or Otter Pop.
  • Scavenger hunts are fun, too, and encourage kids to dive down underwater to find objects, helping them strengthen their muscles as they push through the water.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

Just remember: if you are using the swimming pool nearly every day during the summer, you will need to keep up with maintenance a bit more. It is recommended that you check chemicals daily or every other day just to ensure the right balance of chemicals.

The sun and swim use will quickly use up all chlorine. You don’t want your pool to go green and not be able to use it for exercise fun, so be sure to stay on top of this if you maintenance your pool or in-between weekly stops from your pool technician.

Our Favorite Kids’ Swimming Pool Toys

Posted on: June 8th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Summer fun is easy in our back yard. As a pool contractor and technician, I, too, have a swimming pool – and it is widely used by my two boys, ages 6 ½ and 9, not to mention my wife who often floats by with a cool drink in her hand. We have tried out any number of swimming pool toys and have put together our list of favorites that you may find useful when deciding what type of splash to make this season. Here are our top five so far:

#1: The Aqua Zooka Water Gun — Above anything, the boys like to splash each other and these water guns allow you to shoot water quite far. In fact, they were even trying to spray the pigeons off the roof of our two-story house (sorry, bird lovers, but they have made themselves to home and made quite a mess!). It’s easy to operate and fill as well as built to last unlike other flimsy water guns we’ve tried in the past. It can fire up to 60 feet! So you know what kind of cool water fights can ensue. These don’t sink to the bottom either thanks to their EVA handles.

#2: Dive Rings — The youngest member of our household has just decided he likes to go underwater and dives down to the bottom of the shallow end while the older one has already grown fins and spends a lot of time diving in the deep end. Dive rings are a fun way to encourage your kids to have fun underwater and make for a fun game. And, in our case, create the usual competitive streaks for hours of ‘who is fastest than the other.’ These are a cheap way to wear your kids out!

#3: Toypedos – Similar to the dive rings, these toys encourage young swimmers to have some underwater fun. These rubber toys are solid and are fun to watch as they stream through the water for up to 30 feet. Again, this is a fairly low-cost swimming pool toy to add to the toy box.

#4: Gobble Gobble Guppies – New to our toy box this year is this cheap and cheerful toy we picked up at Wal-Mart. Who can resist trying to see if the shark can gobble up all the guppies that float by – well, at least the youngest member of our family has fun with this in the pool as he adds his own sound effects and dives into the water to catch all the guppies. This is cute and fun plus it keeps little hands busy!

#5: Swim Noodle – These are good for all kinds of things. My kids especially like to use them to smack each other from afar or simply poke mom and dad if we appear to be too relaxed. These are durable, long lasting, reasonably priced and versatile in terms of fun. Our favorite pool noodles have come from Costco as they are about five times as thick as a regular pool noodle. I wouldn’t recommend smacking someone with these, but I have been able to fold them into a really comfortable noodle chair to float around the pool.

That’s not to say that we don’t have more because our swim toy chest is overflowing with all types of things, but these are the ones we use most often and, therefore, have gotten the biggest bang for our buck. What are your favorites? Let us know!

You Can Do What in a Pool? Some Fun Pool Toys for This Season

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Dave 2 Comments

Summer is here – well, spring is here but just last weekend in the Antelope Valley it felt like summer and the kids were begging to jump in the pool as temperatures in Palmdale broke 90 degrees. Now, as I write this, it may be raining again. That doesn’t mean I or you can’t start thinking about what fun is to be had in the swimming pool this summer.

It got me thinking about sharing some of the latest cool swimming pool toys that I’ve seen recently. Of course, in my own pool, water cannons, basketball, and volleyball still rule. However, I’m thinking about picking up some of these to keep the wife and kids amused this summer and you might think about them too!

Toys for Me and You

These  are definitely some of the most flat out awesome pool toys I have ever seen! For starters, there is a two-person river float and it has a built in cooler! Just think of it as the perfect spot for you and that special someone who never likes to be too far from a fresh cold one.

Not up for romantic gestures? More of a party guy? Check out the inflatable beer pong raft. Yes, you read that right. It’s an inflatable raft that doubles as a beer pong table! And, possibly a life saving device though I am sure the company that made this does not endorse it in any way as a life saving device. 

Toys for the Kids

Okay, so after playing beer pong in a pool, you would probably be immensely entertained by some  great water toys! That’s because throwing shark torpedoes at people is fun at any age!

Probably the Coolest Raft Ever

Imagine a giant waterproof floating bean bag! This is perfect for when the kids are worn out or you know just to float in MAD style on! Yes, it’s that awesome! Check it out here along with a bunch of other cool pool gadgets.

Speaking of ‘Cool Pools’

Is your pool just too warm in the summer? Do you go out to your pool to cool off and just find yourself wading in 90-degree water? If you have this problem, I have discovered the cure!  That’s right, you can get misters to cool your pool, and it’s been proven to actually work! Want to swim in a cool pool? Mist Cooling’s pool coolers are a step in the right direction, and they are available for in-ground and above ground pools.

Let’s Get this Party Started!

These are just a few of a pretty awesome line of cool trinkets and gadgets out there and available for you and your