Category Archives: Pool Equipment & Accessories

Automatic Pool Covers – New Pool Must Have

One touch opening and closing, fully automatic pool covers are the latest addition to today’s pool designs. It only takes minutes to complete a cycle, but saves on physical effort and reduces potential injuries from having to pull heavy covers on a regular basis.

Automatic Pool CoversAutomatic pool covers also reduces heat and water loss by closing the pool whenever it’s not in use. The ease of operation means that this task is more likely to get done, and get done right. In addition, the cover can also be integrated with a solar blanket type of cover for additional savings in pools operations.

For information on pool accessories such as automatic pool covers contact Gib-San Pools or view its new website http://www.pooldesignandbuild.ca

It’s All Fun and Pool Games

The kids are out for summer…time to get outside! Nothing beats jumping in the pool, and we have some great ideas to keep them entertained in the pool for hours!

Climb a Mountain

AquaClimb® is a modular rock climbing wall system for your swimming pool! The panels can be turned  in four different orientations to change the level of ease and difficulty. The height of the wall is restricted by the depth of the pool.

Texas Hold ‘Em

Bringing your favorite game into the cool of the pool! Aces are high and the water is wild!  Play poker, Go Fish, 21…all bets are off when it comes to this floatable card table!

Take a Dip, Take a Dunk

Cool off with a game of H-O-R-S-E…team up and keep score. Or host a slam dunk contest. This swimming pool basketball hoop makes your backyard the hottest place in the neighborhood to cool off!

Spike It!

Lots of action-packed fun begins when you bring a volleyball net to your pool! Easily mounts on your pool deck.

Solid Slap Shot

Stay cool during a heated game of tabletop ping pong. The floating table keeps the fun in the water!

Keep your backyard the centerpiece for fun and entertainment this summer, but please remember children MUST be supervised at all times in the pool, and remove all pool toys so that they won’t be a distraction to young children and keep the pool securely locked. And lastly, HAVE FUN!

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Water Features Can Sooth and Excite

Water features continue to be one of the most popular design trends for swimming pools. Whether you are looking to add a dramatic centerpiece, architectural accents or the excitement of moving water, the right water feature will influence the ambiance of your entire backyard. For many, including a water feature can be the final piece to the puzzle in designing the ultimate backyard paradise.

Your choices are only limited by your imagination and personal tastes, so research what’s available, find inspiration by looking at online photo galleries and speak with local pool and landscape design professionals.

Popular Water Features Include:

  • Waterfalls – Falling water adds beauty and tranquility to any poolscape. Waterfall designs are nearly unlimited. A water feature like the Pentair MagicFalls® can produce waterfalls right from your pool walls with rain, sheet or curtain effects.  Waterfalls can also be produced by having a multi-level pool or they can be built right into the landscape and include additional components like rocks to perfectly match your poolscape design.
  • Fountains – No longer just for large luxurious pools, fountains can be a beautiful backdrop for your poolscape or a fun feature to splash and play in.
  • Laminars – These graceful arcs of water are so smooth, they look glass-like.  The water enters the pool with a gentle splash. A light source can be added to create a breathtaking evening light show.
  • Deck Jets – These elegant streams of arching water can transform any pool into a soothing fountain. Deck jets work well in combinations to create unique designs of arching water and are usually fully adjustable.
  • Cascades – A gentle wall of water splashes into your pool for a soothing effect that also adds class and style. Cascades are available in a number of sizes and can be used side-by-side to cover longer distances.
  • Scuppers and Wall Accents – Usually appearing in surrounding walls, scuppers are another feature that provides a splash of water into your pool. Available in nearly any shape…including shells, lion heads, rosettes, sconces and fleur-de-lis, they can be used to compliment other water features or stand alone.
  • Water Bowls – Available in many sizes, water bowls can accentuate your landscape and pool with a soothing water spillway.
  • Vanishing Edges – A visual effect of water extending off into the distance is a truly luxurious feature. Your pool edge will appear to simply vanish against the horizon.

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The Six Keys to Basic Spa Care

Preventing problems before they occur will give you more enjoyment from your sparkling clear spa – not to mention the perfect environment for relaxing with family and friends.

Designing Spaces Master Pools Guild Interview with Ed Gibbs of Gib-San Pools

Looking to get started on your dream backyards this summer? This episode of designing spaces interviews Ed Gibbs, owner and operator of Gib-San Pools Ltd.  Ed gives some excellent tips on what to consider when selecting a design for a new pool and how to select a pool builder you can trust.

Why Choose LED Pool Lighting?

High-Definition Lighting That Lasts The growing popularity of color-changing LED lighting for pools and spas is primarily due to the brilliant-lighting effects of newer systems. The difference between old technology (incandescent) pool lighting and LED pool lighting is like comparing a standard definition television to a high-definition television—the colors and visual quality are simply stronger, brighter and more appealing.

Many pool owners also choose LED pool lighting because it is a more eco-friendly option. Not only do LEDs use far less electricity, an LED light can last six times longer than an incandescent light of equal brightness.

The Most Energy-Efficient Lighting Available An LED (or light emitting diode) is a small semi conductor device that converts electrical energy directly into light.  Since there is no filament, an LED does not heat up the way an incandescent bulb does, which wastes up to 80% of the electricity routed to it to produce heat rather than light.  An LED light like the Pentair IntelliBrite® 5g White LED provides a noticeably brighter light while using 86% less energy than an incandescent bulb—resulting in significant energy savings.

Brilliant Colors for Unmatched Visual Appeal The main attraction of LED lighting is the stunning visual appeal and ability to change up the lighting to suit any mood or event. Today’s best color-changing LED pool lights feature numerous light options—from static colors like blue, green, magenta, red and white to dynamic pre-programmed light shows that enhance nighttime poolscapes with rich and vibrant colors. Plus, most allow you to also choose the speed at which the colors change, further allowing you to achieve a particular ambiance.

Choosing the particular color or light show for your pool is usually a simple process of stepping through the selections until you find your desired setting. Other systems allow you to include a dedicated controller to make choosing and programming your lights even easier and synchronize LED lights in your pool, spa and landscape.

LED Lighting Outlasts the Competition The typical life span of an incandescent light is 5,000 hours, whereas LED lights have been proven to last 30,000 to 50,000 hours. The reason for their extended life is the durable, solid state technology, which has no internal filament to wear out.

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In the past, LED pool lighting has received negative feedback because if one LED burned out all of the LEDs would stop working, similar to old holiday lights. However, new LED pool lighting systems like the IntelliBrite 5g Color LED will continue to work even when one of its LEDs burn out.

Posted by Kris – Community Manager FYI Pools: To read more visit http://poolfyi.com/profiles/blogs/why-choose-led-pool-lighting

AquaDome, the largest Cylindrical Aquarium Elevator

This is the largest Cylindrical Aquarium Elevator in the world, the AquaDom. The AquaDom can be found in Berlin at the Radisson SAS Hotel lobby.

The glass tube in the hotel lobby is called AquaDom. It is the largest acrylic cylinder in the world, filled with about 900,000 liters of seawater. There even is an elevator inside the aquarium.

It’s considered the largest of its kind to be built and stands at 25 meters tall and is filled with roughly 900,000 liters of sea water which is home to 2600 fish of 56 different species, artificial colorful corals and rock formations. It has a a diameter of over 11 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation.

There are various employees working daily inside the cylinder maintaining it and feeding the tropical sea fish.

It isn’t necessary to be a deep sea diver to enjoy the views at the bottom. A visitor can simply take the glass elevator ride through the middle of the aquarium from the bottom to the top to reach the sightseeing point and panoramic restaurant under the glass roof.

The elevator slides up and down in the middle of the cylinder allowing the visitors to take a quick look into the aquarium from a different angle.

There’s enough work for the divers who work daily in the AquaDome, inch by inch is being cleaned while visitors pass by in the elevator.

The AquaDom opened in 2003 and cost around 12.8m euros to build. The aquarium is built with synthetic glass and designed by the architect Sergei Tchoban. It is now the main attraction of the Berlin Sea Life Center. The feeding of the fish and the cleaning of the fish tank is performed daily by a pair of full-time divers.

The result is an amazing design and concept although one can argue about the huge amount of sea water that’s being used in this aquarium and the ecological effects, but spectacular it is.

A panoramic view at the hotel lobby and aquarium from the restaurant above the AquaDome.

Source: Icm-corp.com

Sun Protection Fact!

Did You know?

Even animals practice sun protection! Chimpanzees avoid the midday sun and  hippos secrete a pink-colored oil that acts like a sunscreen to protect their skin from sunburn.

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Pool Possibilities Explorer by Pentair – Online Virtual Design Application

When building a swimming pool, the possibilities are endless. Whether you plan to create a relaxing sanctuary, an exotic oasis or a fun-filled gathering place for family and friends, use our tool to discover more about the choices available to bring your vision to life. When you’re finished, you’ll be able to print a reference guide of your selections to review with your Gib-San Sales Associate.

Select the link to start your design: http://www.pentairpool.com/pool-possibilities-explorer/#/home/eyJzY2VuZSI6W119