May 30th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

pH Balance by Leisure Time

When the pH isn’t balanced, stuff can get a little crazy. Last year I read an article stating that the entire high school swim team lost all their hair due to it being unbalanced.

The ideal pH level for a spa is between 7.2 and 7.8. Unless it is very badly maintained it shouldn’t lead to hair loss, but why risk it. I would hate to lose my hair swimming in spa!

Leisure Time has a unique pH balancer, called pH balance, which does just what the name says. It stops your pH from drifting. Thereby eliminating the need for constant adjustment.

Use a bottle per 500 gallons every time the spa is refilled:

  1. Adjust the pH and total alkalinity of the freshly filled spa to the proper lelvels
  2. Add the entire bottle to an already filled spa while the filter is running
  3. Watch the pH instantly increase or decrease as needed

This one of a kind chemical is compatible with Chlorine, bromine, ozone and mineral purification systems. And it is not recommended for use in hard water areas.

For more information on this and other spa chemicals, contact the pros at

 pH Balance


May 30th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Autism Speaks Announces Scholarship Recipients

Earlier this month, I did a blog on Autism Speaks and their scholarship program. They offer scholarships to organizations that offer swimming programs specifically for individuals with autism. The scholarships are awarded quarterly, so you can always apply .

This quarters winners are:

Congratulations to these organizations, and luck next quarter! National Water Safety Month may be over, but water safety should always be a concern.

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May 29th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Basildon Lifeguard Saves Heart attack Victim

Earlier this month, Emily Jones, a 22 year old lifeguard, saved John Mitchell’s life after he fell unconscious  at the Basildon Sporting Village.

John Mitchell is a regular at the Basildon pool. He wears a pacemaker and has a heart condition but that doesn’t stop him from swimming regularly.

That morning, Miss Jones was on duty at the pool when she saw Mr. Mitchell go for his swim. He swam about ten meters, then went to the side of the pool. Once there, he suddenly collapsed and fell unconscious.

Miss Jones and her manager pulled Mr Mitchell out of the pool, and she started CPR.

The ambulance arrived 6 minutes later, and that’s when Mr. Mitchell took a breath. Miss Jones had been performing CPR that entire time.

Since then, Mr. Mitchell has made a full recovery.

Jones works as a first responder in Brentwood. She was awarded a Royal Life Saving Society Certificate of Meritorious Action on May 25th for her quick thinking at the  Basildon Sporting Village.

Stories like this, showcase the importance of CPR. Check out for more industry news.

Emily Johns saves John Mitchell at the Basildon Sporting Village

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May 29th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Waterway ClearWater II D.E. Filter

Waterway’s ClearWater II DE filter helps keep your above ground pool sparkly clean. All of Waterway’s products are designed, engineered, and manufactured here in the U.S.A. All of their products are made from premium NSF approved materials and meet all certifications and standards.

Features include:

  • True Spiral Laminar flow that even;y distributes D.E.
  • Automatic hydraulic regenation
  • High flow rate
  • Modular grid system that makes maintenance easy
  • Union gate valve with a 1.5″ hose adapter drain shut off
  • Flush stainless steel pressure gauge
  • Low-profile air relief plug
  • Heavy duty lid handle
  • Automatic air bleed capacity

For more information on this and other D.E. filters, contact the pros at

Waterway ClearWater II DE Filter

May 28th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Children Shocked by an Electric Current in a Pool

Security footage has emerged of several children being shocked by an electric current in the swimming pool.

The three children were swimming in the community pool at the Palms West Condomimiums in Hialeah, Florida.

In the video you can see a young girl go limp instantly when she touches the metal rail in the shallow end. A man is shocked while trying to pull her out, but eventually manages to do so.

A little bit later, another child is helped out of the pool from the side.

During all this, a young girl floats seemingly lifelessly in the water.

Eventually the young girl was saved by her grandfather who rushed in to pull her out.

Inspectors say the electrical current resulted from an improperly grounded pool pump that malfunctioned and electrified the water.

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May 28th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Pentair Intellichlor Salt Chlorine Generator

Saltwater pools are becoming more and more common. People like how they feel, and the fact that you use less chemicals. The Pentair Intellichlor Salt Chlorine Generator uses common table salt to produce all the chlorine your pool needs. It does so safely, effectively, and automatically.

Here’s how it works:

  • You add the salt, less than a teaspoon per gallon
  • Once the salt is dissolved it flows through the generator cell
  • Inside the generator cell, the dissolved salt is electrolytically converted into pure chlorine
  • The chlorine is then distributed throughout the pool sanitizing it, keeping it fresh, clear and safe for swimmers

The Pentair Intellichlor Salt Chlorine Generator is user-friendly and is easy to read. Additionally, the control electronics are isolated inside the cell, ensuring a longer life.

For more information, contact the pros at

Pentair Intellichlor Salt Chlorine Generator

May 27th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Drowning is Nothing Like TV portrays it to be

Do you know what drowning looks like? Do you think someone that is drowning flails and trashes around the water screaming for help?

If you do, you’re wrong. Drowning is a silent killer. It’s part of why it is one of the leading causes of unintentional death.

There is actually a thing called Instinctive Drowning Response, which is how victims tend to respond:

  1. A victim is typically physiologically incapable of calling out. The body’s priority is to get oxygen, not call for help.
  2. The victim’s mouth is not above water long, so they barely have time to exhale and inhale before they go back underwater.
  3. A victim’s natural instinct is to press his/her arms outwards and downwards onto the surface so we can leverage our bodies upward.
  4. Waving our arms up in the air is voluntary, the victim has to stop drowning in order to wave their arms.
  5. To stay above water, a drowning victim needs to kick. They typically don’t, and tend to struggle on the surface up to 60 seconds.

If you’re not looking for it, you won’t see this happening until it is too late. An article on Medical News Today lists what to watch for:

  • Eyes are closed or appear glassy and unfocused
  • Head is tilted back with the mouth open or low in the water with the mouth at water level
  • Hair covers forehead and eyes
  • Hyperpentilation/gasping
  • Trying to swim in one direction but not going anywhere
  • trying to roll onto their back, or their body is vertical and they aren’t using their legs

Until I did more research on it, I thought drowning looked like it does on TV. But it’s misconceptions like that that can lead to the loss of life.

Check out for more blogs, and the video below to see what drowning really looks like for yourself.



May 27th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

SeaKlear Phosphate Remover

If you’re a pool owner, or work in the industry you’ve heard of phosphates. You’ve also heard you need a phosphate remover to keep your pool looking nice.

Do you know where phosphates come from though? Phosphates come from:

  • Fertilizers
  • Leaves, flowers, other debris
  • You!

Yes you, phosphates come from your dead skin cells, your sweat, the detergent in your swimsuit and more.

SeaKlear’s Phosphate Remover makes removing phosphates from your pool simple. It also makes overdosing a thing of the past!

Signs that your pool has too many phosphates include: discolored, cloudy water; poor water quality that requires extra chemicals; excessive scale damage to heaters; and lower efficiency of salt generator systems.

To use SeaKlear Phosphate Remover, make sure your filter system is clean or backwashed first:

  1. Calculate how much product you will need
  2. Pour the product directly into the deep end of the pool
  3. Follow up with SeaKlear Natural Clarifier or add 1 SeaKlear Mighty Pod Cloudy PoolCure
  4. Run the filter 24 hours
  5. Check your phosphate levels to ensure they’re below 125 ppb. Reapply if necessary

For more information, contact the pros at

SeaKlear Phosphate Remover



May 26th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Pool Brushes

Pool brushes are invaluable for pool owners. Brushing your pool regularly can help keep your pool open. Sounds crazy? If your pool gets too dirty, you have to close it until it’s suitable for swimmers.

Plaster pools especially need to be brushed regularly to prevent dirt from occupying the pores in the walls.

Steel bristled pool brushes are especially effective for scrubbing algae off the pool walls. However, a steel bristled brush should NOT be used on a vinyl lined pool.

If you brush your pool regularly and properly, it can reduce the amount of time you spend vacuuming your pool.

To brush your pool properly:

  • Brush from the shallow end of the pool towards the deep end in overlapping strokes
  • Circle the pool towards the main drain

This will cause most of the dirt to be swept into the filter. Head over to to check out our collection of pool brushes.

 pool brushes

May 26th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Secondary Drowning

Despite all the research I’ve been doing on water safety this month, it wasn’t until recently that I heard of secondary drowning. And I can’t believe it! This is a phenomenon that everyone who has kids or spends time around them needs to know.

I first heard about it when a link popped up on my news feed about it, I clicked the link and it led be to an article on The article was written by Lindsay Kujawa and chronicles her recent experience with secondary drowning.

On that fateful day, her son, Ronin, was sitting on a step playing. Lindsay turned away less than 5 seconds and when she looked back he was gone.

She pulled him out out of the pool ASAP and he looked fine, just exhausted.

When they went home though, Ronin didn’t seem like himself. She called his pediatrician who said to take him to the ER immediately.

At the hospital, they took a chest x-ray which showed little Ronin’s lungs aspirated (he had water trapped in his lungs) .

Thankfully he recuperated and tragedy was avoided. Because of this near tragedy however, Lindsay and now you and I all know about secondary drowning.

Secondary drowning occurs when the victim has fluid in their lungs. Even if it’s a small amount of water it can cause major problems.

That small amount of fluid can fill the pores which means it reduces the lungs ability to oxygenate blood as it passes through. Which means that slowly but surely, the oxygen level in the blood will drop.

It is almost impossible to detect, but there are a few signs. The main ones are a sudden change in personality or energy level.

Secondary drowning can be treated, but it must be done quickly. If a child has a near drowning experience, keep an eye on them. Watch for a sudden change in personality or energy level. If you notice these changes, rush them to the ER. It could save their life.