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!
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!
A Salt-Water Pool is Often the Pool of Choice
From Kevin Woodhurst
It can be complicated deciding which pool is best for your family. Many questions revolve around salt-water pools or chlorine free pools. Salt-water pools are NOT chlorine free pools. A salt-water pool is simply one that utilizes a chlorine generator. Chlorine generators have been around for decades. As technology and materials continue to evolve, chlorine generators continue to improve in performance.
Ocean water has a salt content of around 35,000 parts per million (“ppm”). Humans have a salt taste threshold of around 3,500 ppm. Most chlorine generators require a salt content of 2500 – 6000 ppm in the pool. A unit that needs less than 3500 ppm to operate effectively is optimal. If the salt content is higher, that warm, salty water will be pretty distasteful!
Swimming in a mild saline solution is much like taking a shower in soft water. Generally, when people swim in a non-chlorine generator pool (a pool with no salt water in it) they feel like their skin dries quicker upon exiting the pool. They may feel and/or see a whitish residual, chlorine flaking, on the skin. In a salt-water pool (one with a chlorine generator) the water feels smooth, your skin feels smooth and many people feel more refreshed.
What Does a Chlorine Generator Do?
A chlorine generator’s main function is to produce chlorine for the pool so you do not have to buy it, store it or handle it. These are big advantages for many pool owners. Chlorine generators, when functioning correctly, produce chlorine constantly (when the pump is running) with most units. This keeps a residual of chlorine in the pool that prevents algae from growing. The secret is keeping the cell free of calcium and mineral deposits–the cell itself is made up of precious metals-it must be maintained so it can continue to make chlorine.
Through the process of electrolysis, water passing over the chlorine generator cell produces chlorine that is instantaneously transformed into Hypochlorous acid. When any type of chlorine is added to water it ALL makes the SAME thing: Hypochlorous acid. It does not matter if it is Sodium Hypochlorite (liquid chlorine), Tri-chlor and Di-chlor or Lithium based, Cal-hypo or even gas chlorine–it all makes Hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is the active sanitizer; this is what kills algae and other harmful stuff in the water. Its effectiveness is totally predicated on balanced water conditions and, more importantly, proper pH. So, with a salt water system or chlorine generator, you still must maintain your water balance (pool chemistry) properly. As long as you do this, a chlorine generator is a good choice.
Do you prefer your hot tub in the summer or winter? Why?
Please comment with your answer on the Gib-San Facebook Page. The writer of one randomly selected answer will win a FREE package of water Test Strips and Hot Tub Aroma Memories just for participating! We will announce the winner in February, along with a new Pool Poll.