August 30th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Arlington, TX, Parks and Recreation offer some great swimming classes for kids, as well as quality facilities and recreational opportunities for the entire family. They offer classes that are indoor and outdoor so your kids can swim year-round! They offer all of their information online at http://www.arlingtontx.gov/parks/simple/aquatics_swimclasses.html, and they even have a facebook, youtube, and twitter page so you can stay up to date via internet and social media! Their classes start with children as young as 6 months old and go up to adults! They also offer private lessons for those that don’t enjoy group activities or those that feel they really need one-on-one attention to reach their swimming goals. The instructors are phenomenal and very passionate about what they do, and they will ensure that your child leaves with the skill, talent, and confidence needed to be successful in the pool! There are several different age groups and times to get your child involved—so go get after it!
August 29th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Natural Chemistry 4-in-1 Clear is a revolutionary new way to treat your swimming pool water naturally. Natural Chemistry’s Clear is able to be used on any type of pool, from mineral to chlorine to salt without any problems. A common issue with shocking your pool with a calcium hypochlorite product is that is affects your pH levels. With Clear, it will not affect those pH levels because it is a natural product.
Natural Chemistry 4-in-1 Clear uses an all-natural ingredient found in crabs and other sea life called Chitosan. Chitosan is found in crabs and it attracts small particles of debris in the water. Clear is used to quickly and effectively clear problem water and to polish other water by moving suspended particles.
To use the product if your water is cloudy, apply 1 oz directly to the water per 5000 gallons. If you just want to clean up the water, apply 1 oz directly to the water per 7000 gallons.
For more information on Natural Chemistry 4-in-1 Clear, contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com.
August 28th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
The Citta Del Mare Hotel Village is a large village that lots of amenities, ranging from saunas, to four swimming pools, and a water slide that looks like a lot of fun. It has restaurants, a nightclub, a club for your children to go when you want to see a show. The Citta Del Mare Hotel Village has everything that you could want in a hotel and so much more, including motor boating, water skiing and various other activities. Located on the coastline of Italy, the Citta Del Mare Hotel Village is an excellent vacation spot for your entire family.
For more information, check out their website here, and check back later at PoguePoolSpa.com for more cool vacation spots.
August 27th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Covering your pool when you close up for the season is vital for your pool’s health. It helps to protect the water in the pool as well as the liner from the harsh elements like snow, wind, ice, dirt, and debris. Since it is protection for your pool, it catches all these elements and gets very dirty. Therefore, cleaning your pool cover is extremely important to do before you open your pool.
303 has amazing cleaners that help you remove the dirt and debris, as well as removing most difficult stains. It is safe for all water-safe fabrics and surfaces. Their products are made at the highest standards and created to give you a quality product with satisfaction. Besides cleaners, they also have Protectants and a Fabric Guard.
The 303 High Tech Fabric Guard is great for your pool cover because it helps to replenish and restore the liners ability to repel water to factory new levels. It protects against soiling, water-based stains, and even oil-based stains and is safe for a variety of different fabrics.
When you are looking for a brand to trust. 303 Products is the way to go. For more information on 303 Products, check out this article at PoguePoolSpa.com.
August 26th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Learning how to swim is vital for children these days. With so many swimming pools and swimming activities, it is a skill that can help save lives and build self confidence. With the Swim Masters Swim Program, their goal is to provide “a healthy and fun environment for children and adults to learn the joys of swimming through positive teaching and reinforcement techniques.” They offer a great variety of programs that are designed to enrich the lives of all the people that are involved. After taking their swimming lessons, they vow that your child will be more confident, more respectful towards water and pool safety, and feel very successful during their fun time of learning. The classes can be registered for online and they accept PayPal as a safe way to pay for your classes online. The classes are first come, first serve —so get started today!
For more information, visit http://www.swimmastersplano.com/.
August 23rd, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Natural Chemistry created a unique blend of enzymes that eliminate and permanently prevent non-living contaminant buildup. This SmartZyme technology binds to non-living organic contaminants and reduces them to smaller and smaller parts until they are oxidized by the sanitizer or reduced to water and air.
Natural Chemistry has several amazing products for your pool and spa, but a brand new product that was just launched in 2013 is absolutely remarkable. It is called Bug Break Free and is a natural and safe pest control for the backyard. It kills and repels fleas and ticks and is even effective on black flies and mosquitoes. The hose end sprayer allows for no mess and an easy application. The product contains cinnamon oil, cedar wood oil, and clove oil—which creates a very pleasant smell and is able t be used on all outdoor surfaces and vegetation, including lawns, trees, shrubs, and even flowers. A 32 ounce bottle covers the average sized backyard and has a documented residual for up to 7 days.
For more information on Bug BreakFree, contact the pros at poguepoolspa.com.
August 22nd, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
A successful pool barrier prevents a child from getting over, under, or through the barrier and keeps the child from gaining access to the pool when adults are not present.
To prevent a child from getting OVER a pool barrier. The first thing that you need to do is make sure it is not too low. If the child is tall enough, they can easily climb over the barrier—which makes the barrier useless. Make sure you watch out for climbing options. If the barrier has handholds or footholds, make sure they won’t serve as a climbing option for your child to use to climb over the barrier. Also look for any indentions or protrusions if your barrier is solid. This could also be used to help your child climb over. Barrier height is also another factor. Make sure the barrier is at least 48” above grade, measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Some states, countries, or municipalities require a barrier of 60”, so be sure to read the rules in your area.
To prevent a child from getting UNDER a pool barrier, the maximum clearance at the bottom of the barrier should not exceed 4” above the surface or ground when the measurement is done on the side of the barrier facing away from the pool. This helps prevent a small child from getting underneath the barrier to the pool, or even from getting stuck between the two. It is also recommended that if the bottom of the gate or fence rests on a non-solid surface like grass or gravel, the measurement should not exceed 2”. This is because it is easy for a child or animal to dig a hole which could give them access to the pool and make the barrier useless.
To prevent a child from getting THROUGH the pool barrier, you first need to restrict the sizes of the opening in a barrier and use self-closing and self-latching gates. If your neighbors have a pool or spa, make sure they also have pool barriers that are safe for your child, just in case something happens and your child ends up over there. To prevent a young child from getting through a fence or other barrier, all opening should be small enough so that a 4” diameter sphere cannot pass through. This size is based on the head breadth and chest depth of a young child. When children play, you would be surprised the things they can get into! Make sure they are being safe and keep your pool off limits unless your child has adult supervision.
It’s better to be safe than sorry!
For more information on Pool Safety or Swimming Pool Barriers, contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com.
August 21st, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Learning how to swim is an extremely important part of a child’s life. It helps to save lives and it also helps to build confidence in a person by helping to develop the person as a whole—spirit, mind, and body. It also helps to keep a child healthy, which is a great benefit.
The YMCA of Dallas offers classes that are divided into ability groups and trained instructors to emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance, and social skills—while guiding students with praise and encouragement. They have kids group swimming lessons available for kids as young as 6 months old and up. It teaches safety around the water, drowning prevention strategies, and enhances the progressions of swimming ability. Their adult swim lessons are for kids age 14 and up, which teaches the basic fundamentals of floatation and introduces swimming. The classes help the child to overcome the uneasiness that can be associated with adults learning how to swim. It also emphasizes the front crawl and elementary backstroke.
For those that do not want open lessons, the Y offers Private and Semi-Private swim lessons for ages 3 and up. The private swim lessons are 30 minutes long and taught one-on-one with the instructor. The semi-private lessons are for groups of 3 or less with one instructor.
Get started in swim lessons today, you won’t be sorry! For more information, contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com.
August 19th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Pentair has a great control system called the Pentair EasyTouch Control System, that provides automation controls in an easy-to-use panel built into the outdoor enclosure that allows for full system setup, programming, and everyday operation. All of the functions in the Pentair Easy Touch Control System are controlled with one-button access from the self-contained load center or one of the optional controllers. There’s no need to memorize operating sequences, open and close valves, reset timers or thermostats. The built-in diagnostics are technologically advanced and include:
- Automatic verification of the display
- Relay outputs
- Valve outputs
- Sensor inputs
- Communication ports
- Diagnostic screen for reports of failure to help with trouble shooting and repair purposes
The Pentair EasyTouch Control System is easy to use and affordable so it’s a great addition to your pool. First produced in 2005, several updates have made it compatible with new products such as IntelliBrite 5G pool and spa lights.
For more information on the Pentair EasyTouch Control System, contact the pros at poguepoolspa.com.
August 19th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Created by hotelier Adrian Zecha and architects Wendell Burnette, Marwan Al-Sayed, and Rick Joy, Amangiri is the swimmer’s paradise. Amangiri is located in southern Utah in Canyon Point. It is a stunning desert resort, which sounds like a crazy combination but is actually incredibly beautiful. It is designed to blend into the landscape with neutral tones and natural elements and was constructed to accommodate a 165-million-year-old Entrada sandstone rock escarpment. However, this escarpment does not appear as an intrusion to the resort but rather an awe-inspiring look that speaks to the harmony between natural and man-mad environments. This unique poolscape can be admired both day and night with their king-sized poolside daybeds and adjacent spa and campfire terraces. This resort is a must-see pool paradise that is one for the record books!
For more information on the Amangiri Resort, check out their website here. Otherwise, stay tuned here at PoguePoolSpa.com for more cool resorts and pools.