How To Throw Pool Parties: Pool Party Decorations and Games

From howtodothings.com

Throwing a swimming pool party isn't as easy as it looks.  Just having a pool, as cool as that is, doesn't mean that the pool party being thrown will be one that the kids or adults will talk about for years to come.  This post from howtodothings.com presents some great ideas for throwing that legendary pool party for either kids or adults, which includes pre party pool care, games and toys, as well as out of water festivities.  Make sure you plan accordingly to make your pool party one that will not be easily forgotten!

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SIMPLE SWIMMING POOL GAMES

From Creative Connections for Kids

One doesn't have to invest in expensive swimming pool toys and gadgets to make swimming time fun for one's kids.  This post from Creative Connections For Kids presents some very simple, inexpensive, and easy to implement games for the little ones, which will help make their family time in the swimming pool fun, and help them appreciate the swimming pool as a vehicle for their recreation and exercise for a lifetime.

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Use Your Noodle: Pool Noodle Backyard Games

From Parents.com

Three easy ways to turn inexpensive pool noodles into awesome backyard toys.

Parents are always looking for DIY ways to create fun for their kids.  During the summer, parents look for ways to keep their kids active, and outdoors.  This post from Parents.com presents three unique DIY games that parents can create for their kids' outdoor fun utilizing swimming pool noodles.  This proves once and for all that the pool noodle isn't just for pools anymore.

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How to Fix Cloudy Pool Water

From Swim University

A cloudy swimming pool can sometimes feel like an riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.   There are many reasons that can cause a pool to cloud up, and attempts to correct the problem can often exacerbate it.  What a cloudy pool really requires is a common-sense approach and a step-by-step troubleshooting guide, and that is exactly what this post from Matt Giovanisci from Swim University provides in this post.   Identifying the causes of cloudy swimming pool water, then moving towards solutions makes this post a timely one for swimming pool owners and service professionals across the country this Spring.

Draining a swimming pool: Do you know where the water goes?

From Simi Valley Acorn

In areas in which swimming pools are put away for the Winter and re-opened for the Summer, the opening of the pool is a ritual that is always a harbinger of warmer swimming weather.  One of the tasks undertaken while opening a pool for the Summer is draining down the swimming pool to remove debris, and to restart the swimming pool water balance for the upcoming season.  Environementally conscious people may ask where the swimming pool discharge is going, and whether that is safe for the environment?  This post from Simi Valley Acorn addresses those concerns thoroughly, and hopefully will put the Earth conscious watchdogs at ease.

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Swimming Pools 101: Plan Now for Next Summer

From Yahoo News

Planning a custom inground swimming pool in one's yard can be a daunting task.  Many people lack the courage just to get started.  Those intrepid homeowners that take the first step are always rewarded with a lifetime of splashing memories with friends and family.  This post from Yahoo News gives an easy step-by-step guide for those timid homeowners that haven't found the motivation to take that first step as of yet.  

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Tired, Aching Feet? End Foot Pain With These Easy Hot Tub Exercises

From Olympic Hot Tub

Over the past few years, the proliferation of hot tub workouts has made this previously recreation-only amenity a theraputic option for a variety of ailments.  Purported to help cure the symptoms of a cold, as well as to be the perfect venue for yoga, the hot tub has moved beyond its original intent.  This post from Olympic Hot Tub takes the theraputic value of a hot tub to a new level by focusing on a very specific ailment that plagues scores of people worldwide, foot pain.  Click on the link to read why hot tubs can relieve pain and help strengthen one's feet.  As the old saying goes, "if your feet feel good, you feel good!"

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Cartridge Filtration For Pool Clearning Requires Delicate Balance

From Pool & Spa News

Filter performance is a balance of efficiency, load capacity and durability

Keeping one's swimming pool water clean, clear, and sanitary is not always as easy as it looks.  Most pool owners rely on the equipment provided to them by their swimming pool professional to do the job of filtration, without really understanding what is happening at the microscopic level.  Additionally, they are not aware of the means and methods of their filtration, circulation or sanitization systems.  This post from PSN presents one such filter medium known as the cartridge filter, and discusses its pros and cons versus the other media availalable to polish your swimming pool water.

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5 tips for beginner freestylers

From Swim Smooth

Freestyle is a fantastic stroke to be able to swim...
...and the great news is that anyone can learn!

Most of us who started swimming at a very young age take swimming for granted.  Because it is a skill that becomes ingrained into our subconscious, most of us forget how imtimidating and hard it was to learn how to swim at first.  Adults or older kids that first start to learn to swim find that learning the strokes only adds to the intimidation.  This post from Swim Smooth gives an easy to follow guide to learning the freestyle technique, which will help the beginner swimmer gain confidence and mastery in no time.

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