Running in Water
Zero-depth entry pools provide unique challenges for lifeguards

From Aquatics International

We've all seen Baywatch, and marveled at the physiques of the men and women lifeguards for the show.  Obviously, these are Hollywood actors, but anyone who has spent time around a waterpark or ocean realize that the depictions of Lifeguards as fit and sound are not fiction.  Lifeguards have to take physical fitness seriously, but also need to be mentally acute and aware of their surroundings.  This post from Aquatics International presents some Lifeguard training drills that simulate real-life distress situations.  A zero depth entry pool is very helpful in creating these situations, but these drills help keep the people that are guarding your safety while around the pool or beach sharp as a tack.

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Health Benefits Of Swimming Every Senior Should Know 

From Discount Medical Supplies

As we age, it becomes harder and harder to stay active.  Running, Biking, and other vigorous higher impact activites become harder for seniors, and cause injury.  The importance of staying active to maintain health and longevity cannot be overstated, however.  This post from Discount Medical Supplies presents swimming as the perfect answer for seniors to stay active and healthy.  Swimming offers benefits to muscles, coordination and posture, joints, and overall health.

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How a Hot Tub Can Help You Fall Asleep Faster

From Swim University

Hot Tubs have gained tremendous notoriety for their ability to relax one, their ability to provide rehabilitation for injuries, and their ability to provide a wonderful gathering place for intimacy and friends.  One of the least publicized, and least understood benefits from hot tub usage is the ability to help people that suffer from insomnia.  This post from Matt Giovanisci at Swim University presents not only the conjecture that a hot tub can help people fall asleep, it talks about the reasons why and how it actually works.

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In Vogue
Saltwater pools and automatic covers are popular among homeowners

From Pool & Spa News

We Americans love to be at the cutting edge of technology.  One needs look no further than the television market to realize that todays cutting edge technology can be yesterdays news in 6 months.  Outdoor Living, and specifically Inground Swimming Pool Design is no different, altough the curve for change is much slower than in the aforementioned consumer electronics sector.  This post from Pool & Spa News gives some major trends in the outdoor living space from a Swimming Pool industry perspective. 

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Scale Problems In Saltwater Pools

From Aqua

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, while describing the lure of a friend's offer of a "lift",  inadvertendtly used the perfect simile to describe the lure of saltwater pools: "Like the lure of the siren's song. Never what it seems to be, yet who among us can resist?".  The lure of a maintenance free pool, which is how the salt water chlorine generator has been disingenuiously presented to the general public, has caused innumerable issues for both the swimming pool owners and for the equipment manufacturers.  So what is the truth about salt water pools?  This post from Aqua magazine addresses one major component of these types of systems that causes ongoing and potentially harmful results.  Luckily, this issue can properly be dealt with, but that would require attention, which seems to be something that certain salt water pool owners aren't necessarily willing to give.

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How to Maintain Your Spa or Hot Tub

from Wiki How

In large portions of the Country, the Hot Tub represents the only water recreation that one will experience until around June.  Hot tubs provide therapy, warmth, and relaxation to countless Americans during the winter months as well as the Summer months.  Unfortunately, due to the smaller volume of water compared to a swimming pool, as well as the super heated temperatures desired, the hot tub is a volatile entity that requires vigilance in the maintenance regimen.  Luckily, this post from Wiki How provides a simple-to-follow guide to hot tub maintenance that will make the daunting task manageable.

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Fail Compilation | Belly Flops

From Funny Fellaz Youtube Channel

We've all seen it, and we've all probably at one time experienced it;  whether it be accidentally or intentionally.  The belly flop sometimes rears its ugly head at pool parties, by those who are a little long in the waistband.  For your viewing pleasure, kindly take 80 seconds out of your hectic schedule for a chuckle at the most hilarious and likely painful belly flops.