Most people’s first association with a swimming pool is from a children’s book, “The Little Mermaid.” The beautiful, if not a little naive, character in the Hans Christian Andersen classic will hopefully not be the one you associate with when thinking about the sport. The idea of splashing around in a large pool with your friends and family may sound wonderful, but the reality can be very different. If you’re considering a pool renovation, here’s some general information you should know about swimming pools that may surprise you.
How Big Is The Pool?
The size of the pool is one of the most important considerations if you’re planning on using it. For adults looking for some fun in the sun, a 6-meter pool may be enough. However, if you’re a competitive swimmer or belong to a swimming club, you may want to consider a pool that is at least 12 meters long to be able to perform optimally. The bigger the pool, the more people can swim at the same time, and there’s something truly exhilarating about moving through the water with a large group of friends or family. If you have a large yard, you can even set up a competition among yourself and your kids to see who can swim the greatest length underwater. The feeling of accomplishment is unmatched.
What’s The Difference Between A Pool And A Spa?
The name speaks for itself, right? Pools are for swimming and spas are for relaxing. Well, not exactly. There is a difference between a pool and a spa, although both are generally found near a body of water. A spa is usually a more exclusive environment where you can massage your muscles or listen to calm, relaxing music while you soak in a Jacuzzi or steam room. Pools are generally easier to access and more practical places where you can swim and socialize with friends and family. If you have a specific area in mind for relaxing, consider what type of atmosphere you want to create and make the necessary changes to reflect that atmosphere. For example, if you want to create a spa-type atmosphere, paint the walls aquamarine and put down some comfortable lounge seating around the pool area.
What Is The Properly Equipment For A Pool?
To properly swim in a pool, you first need to determine how you plan on using it. For example, if you want to do some competitive swimming or work on your flexibility, you may want to invest in some swimsuits that are designed for that purpose. Once you’ve determined the purpose of the pool, it’s easier to decide what type of pool equipment you need to have. For example, if you want to be able to dive into the water, you’ll need a ladder, and if you want to do some freestyle swimming, you’ll need a lifeguard chair or a floatation device. Make sure to get all of the proper equipment before you begin using the pool, as it will make the experience much more enjoyable.
How To Take Proper Care Of The Pool?
Taking care of a pool can be both complicated and time-consuming. Simply stated, it requires vigilance and constant attention. Without careful consideration to the above suggestions, you may end up with a pool that is neither safe nor enjoyable to use. Here are some basic suggestions that will help get you started:
- Check for any leaks around the pool area, especially near the perimeter. (These are the spots where the pipes are located that transport water from the ground to the pool area.) If you discover any, stop using the water and contact a professional to resolve the issue.
- Inspect the pool area for debris such as leaves and twigs that might accumulate during the summer. Keep an eye out for signs of algae growth as well. Cleaning the pool area regularly will help keep the water clear and sparkling as well as smelling wonderful.
- Check the pH level of the pool water regularly with a pH test kit. If the pH level is above seven, the pool water is considered alkaline and may affect the health of the fish in the water. You can adjust the pH level of the water with the proper chemicals at any local pool store. However, if you keep an eye on the pH level and maintain it within the proper range, you will be able to enjoy the pool without having to worry about harming the environment in any way.
- Test the temperature of the water regularly so you know what type of swimsuit to wear when entering the pool. Cold water makes you more susceptible to frostbite and drowning, so it’s best to stay away from shallow pools during cold months. The water gets progressively warmer as you go further from the shore, so try to avoid this as well. A good rule of thumb is to always swim between 70% and 80% of your maximum capacity. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the experience without any worries.
- Keep a close eye on your children around the pool area. Make sure they do not run around unattended or play in the water without adult supervision. Keep a close eye on them during the summer months when they are around the pool area so they do not end up in the water unsupervised. This is more likely to happen when there are no adults present to watch them. It might also happen when you’re watching TV or reading a book, and suddenly hear a splashing sound behind you. You’ll then immediately turn around to see one of your children in the pool, or worse, under the water. Even if it’s unintentional on their part, children still need to be taught to respect the water and always ask for permission before playing in it. This way, you’ll prevent any accidents and save the day when something unexpected happens. Children should also be taught to always stay near the water’s edge when around the pool area. This is so they do not fall in accidentally and become victims of drowning. It’s also a good idea to put down some tiles or a mosaic around the pool area so you can more easily clean it up if any water gets spilled on the ground. These are just some of the things you need to keep in mind so you can enjoy the simple yet beautiful act of taking a walk on the beach, or around your neighborhood pool.