November 29th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

When the kids begin to get stir crazy in the wintertime and there is no pool for them to jump into, look no further than the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin. Located on 600 acres in Wisconsin Dells, they are America’s largest waterpark resort. They offer diverse lodging options for all families: 444 guest rooms, 28 Vacation Villas, 88 Frontier Condominiums, and 35 cabins. Waterpark passes are included in your stay and are exclusively for the use of their registered guests. What does this mean? It means that you are at the run of 500,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor water parks. That’s over 12 football fields of water to explore! The resort even has lazer tag, mini golf, aquariums, sky ropes course, a Wildkids’ club, arcades, 3-D mini golf, pottery, strolling paths, Go-Karts, and more! There are even several areas to dine, drink coffee, and shop, and they even have areas for weddings and meetings so you can mix business with pleasure! So what are you waiting for?! Book your stay now and get out of that winter slump!

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Wilderness Resort

November 29th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Protect your Pool Cover with Winter Cover Seal

A pool cover is a great way to protect your above ground pool during the winter months, but it may not prevent air from slipping underneath the cover and damaging it.

The Winter Cover Seal does just that. It is a 500 ft long x 15″ wide piece of material made out of a unique blend of tough poly blend film that you wrap around your pool to completely seal out the wind.

The Cover Seal contains a special blend of resins that enable it to stretch and hold tightly over a long period of time, even with extremely cold temperatures, it is also packed with U.V. inhibitors so the sun won’t weaken its hold.

Since Winter Cover Seal provides an airtight seal, your pool water will be clear the next spring, and you can expect an even longer life span from your winter pool cover.

To check how many times a single package will wrap around your pool click here.

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Winter Cover Seal

November 28th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

The Importance of CPR

In June, there were two incidents that could have ended tragically. In California, an 80-year old man collapsed and stopped breathing. A pool service technician was at the scene. He performed CPR until a police officer arrived. The officer had a defibrillator which he used to kick start the man’s heart and bring him back to consciousness. In Florida, a service technician happened to be in the right place at the right time. He spotted a little girl flailing her arms in a pond and pulled the 5-year old out using a pole. She wasn’t breathing, but after a series of chest compressions she began breathing and recovered.

Although both stories have a happy ending, it isn’t because the techs knew cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In both cases a 911 dispatcher instructed the rescuers on how to perform basic first aid. With few knowing what to do in these urgent situations, they panic. Because the minutes between losing consciousness and death are very few, having a handle on the basics—such as knowing how to use a reaching assist or flotation device or perform CPR—can make all the difference.

With so many cases involving service technicians and the crossover between the lifeguarding and service departments at pool management firms, the infrastructure is in place for all employees to receive training. While independent contractors must take this into their own hands, professional associations are already working on getting all of their employees educated on what to do in a life threatening situation. Knowledge is power and there are many resources out there to become CPR certified and receive the basic skills and knowledge needed for basic first aid. The courses offered by the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross for CPR certification last only 4 hours, for knowledge that can save many, many lives. Act now, and help save lives today.

For more information on getting your CPR certification visit the American Heart Association, or the American Red Cross.

November 28th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton


Deck-O-Grip is a slip resistant,  non-yellowing, acrylic-based liquid deck treatment.

Deck-O-Grip is easy to apply, and can go on new or existing concrete. It seals all concrete surfaces giving them a glossy appearance.The clear layer that Deck-O-Grip creates, makes the concrete dust proof, it improves abrasion and stain resistance, and provides blush resistance in damp areas.

Deck-O-Grip is designed to retain and enhance the appearance of colored concrete. It does this by improving resistance to rain, sun, freezing temperatures, and pool chemicals.

It also contains a slip-resistant additive that makes the deck a non-slip surface that’s easy to clean.

Once applied, it takes 30-60 minutes to be dry to the touch.

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November 27th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

H2O Jogger

The H2O Jogger is a belt that allows you to practice running while in the water.

It’s symmetrical design allows you to remain balanced vertically while floating in water.

The H2O Jogger is made of EVA foam, so it will last a long time and won’t absorb any water.

A web nylon belt helps provide a secure fit.

The H2O Jogger is available in two sizes: Small/Medium, which is 26″ and is for users under 160 lbs, and Large/X-Large, which is 29″ for users over 160 lbs.

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H2O Jogger

November 27th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Recycled Products Do Make A Difference

Sometimes we forget to recycle. We might think that it’s okay if we don’t recycle because everyone else does. Surely our thirty cans a month don’t make that big of a difference, right? Wrong. Here’s a short list of a few items made from recycled materials:

  • Bags, totes, wallets
  • Leather iPad covers
  • Cardboard FM radios
  • Active wear
  • iPhone covers
  • Backpacks
  • Kitchenware
  • Bottle openers
  • Kitchen towels
  • Hats
  • Bicycles
  • Toys

The list goes on, but one of the most interesting things I have seen is from a 1973 article in Pool News that shows a couple of guys who made a swimming pool out of recycled aluminum cans. The empty cans were bound together with a protective fiberglass that they had created and it took 37,000 cans to build the pool. So before you throw those cans away, stop and remember the many things that can be done with recycled materials!

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November 26th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Pool Care with Song

These days, it is tough to sit down and read a book about how to fix your pool and care for your pool. With our hectic lives and crazy schedules, we would rather just use our own assumptions for how we should take care of things. Matt Giovanisci, musician, filmmaker, and blogger, has created a way to make learning about pool care fun. He realized how important it is to properly care for your pool and has found a way to make even the busiest person stop and listen.

Giovanisci created, a website where consumers can learn about pool and spa care though blogs, eBooks, information graphics, and music videos. His music videos are part of what shot his success to the top because it was something that no one has seen before in the pool and spa industry. His topics range from landscaping to robotic cleaners. He used his 17 years of industry knowledge to help him create his website. He has also published a hot tub handbook that is an illustrated tub care guide. And is also in the process of publishing a DVD for hot tub yoga enthusiasts.

While is always here to give you information and insight on all your pool and spa needs, we also commend and appreciate Giovanisci’s hard work and dedication to a topic that we are extremely passionate about—pool care. It’s worth checking out!

November 26th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort & Spa in Lijiang, China

Pool season might be ending with the arrival of fall, but that means hot tub season is just beginning. The Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort in China is a 122-room resort in the Yunnan province of southwestern China. Each Garden Villa features a lush private courtyard complete with its own two-person, 100-degree hot tub that looks out on the famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. So if you don’t like to share or simply want some privacy in the tub, this is the resort for you. They even have their own local plum wine and Chinese tea available for you as you soak.

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Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort & Spa


November 25th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Outdoor Living’s Daniel Shimek

Throughout life, we find those people that we admire and look up to for their hard work and their passion for doing what they love. Daniel Shimek is one of those people. Born in 1948, he ended up losing his long lasting battle with cancer in 2013.

Shimek began his career by creating indoor wood and gas fireplaces. With his hard work and innovativeness, he became one of the largest manufacturers of hearth products in North America. His $600 million Heat and Glo company dominated the fireplace market. His interest in outdoor living grew and he created a small company with less than 50 employees that became extremely successful. Outdoor Living, Shimek’s company, provides consumers with all their needs and wants for the outdoors without having to go to several different retailers to get it.

For those who knew him, they rant and rave about his kindness, his constructive and helpful criticism, and most of all his passion for hard work.


November 25th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Neoprene Fingerless Force Gloves

The Neoprene Fingerless Force Gloves are a great addition to your swimming or underwater exercise session. They have a webbed hand that adds 50% hand resistance and helps with working out your arms, shoulder, and chest.

The gloves are color coded by size and feature a zipper closure with a lock for a secure fit. They are made out of neoprene so that the user has a better grip if they decide to add water weights or anything else to their water session. The neoprene is also durable, allowing for a longer life.

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Neoprene Fingerless Force Gloves!