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Top Five World's Best Natural Swimming Pools [PICTURES]

Some of the most amazing design inspirations come from Mother Nature, and the inground swimming pool design is certainly no exception.  This post from the International Business Times gives five breathtaking examples of what naturally-occurring swimming pools can provide in terms of design inspiration, and should likely inform some spectacular inground swimming pool designs going forward.

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Monday, 17 March 2014 14:24

BENEFITS OF EXERCISING IN WATER

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BENEFITS OF EXERCISING IN WATER

While it doesn't necessarily feel like you are working as hard as you are while in water, the benefits of working out in a swimming pool are legion.  Not only does the water provide resistance and keep you cooler, it is easier on the joints.  In this posting from swimmingpool.com, the many benefits of taking your workout while in the swimming pool are outlined and expounded upon.

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There are many benefits of working out in swimming pools. Not only is it easier to stay cooler in a pool, but the workout itself has massive perks. Here are some additional benefits:

The average thirty minute pool workout burns approximately 300 calories. It takes the elimination of 3500 calories to burn off a pound of body fat. A minimum three to four times per week pool workout is recommended, so a mere three to four weeks will result in measurable weight loss. Use the swimming calorie calculator to see how many calories you can burn with each swimming workout.

Pool workouts are a great way to build up cardio endurance. When in cooler water, the blood moves through the body at a faster rate to warm it up. When coupled with an aerobic program the result is an improved cardiovascular performance over time.

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Friday, 14 March 2014 09:04

New Invention aims to prevent drownings

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Anti- Entrapment Invention Hits Market

From Pool and Spa News

The Virginia Graeme Baker act has literally changed the face of the swimming pool industry.  Both residential and commercial pools have required significant retrofits to ensure safety and to be compliant with rapidly-changing codes as a result of the VGB act.  This post from Pool and Spa news illustrates what some old fashioned ingenuity can do to solve a pressing problem, and could be the ultimate answer to this safety concern. 

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Three SVRS pioneers have joined forces to introduce a new product they believe could change the landscape of anti-entrapment equipment.

In the 1990s, the phenomenon of suction entrapment was becoming more commonly known. David Stingl and Paul McKain sought to address these incidents by inventing the first two safety vacuum release systems, meant to remove the vacuum that can form in pool plumbing and cause entrapment. In 1996, Stingl founded Stingl Products with Tony Sirianni. Paul McKain's PlaySafe hit the market about a year later.

The three have teamed up to offer the Pool and Spa Drain ProteKtor, a small device meant to prevent three of the five types of entrapment. It plugs directly into the drain pipe inside the sump, thus preventing access to the opening and, developers believe, answering widespread concerns about the hazards of a drain if the cover should come off.

The device incorporates technology from Ron Schroader, developer of Drainsafe outlet covers, one of the few brands to escape a massive Consumer Product Safety Commission drain cover recall in 2011.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:50

The Empty Swimming Pool as Hypnotic Art

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The Hypnotic Architecture Of Empty Swimming Pools

From Huffington Post

This post from Huffington Post gives an entirely new perspective on vacant swimming pools.  The breathtaking photography of a mundane vista evokes a visceral response from the viewer.  

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We have to admit, we haven't spent much time ogling the architecture of public pools. But those days are over, at least after catching a glimpse of Franck Bohbot's hypnotic photos of empty swimming vessels.

Without the lifeguards, floaties and rowdy swimmers trying to sneak a dive in the shallow end, pools take on a strangely sublime, towering force. Somewhere between an art deco hotel, an ancient Roman temple and a Wes Anderson set, the brightly colored swim spots morph into modern day halls of mirrors.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:57

Moving Into a House with a Pool

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Moving Into a House with a Pool

From Guardian Pool Fence Systems

Buying a home is a daunting experience, regardless of the home's scale.  Buying and moving into a home with an inground swimming pool is orders of magnitude more so.  Most people don't understand how inground swimming pools work, and even seasoned home inspectors can be baffled by the workings and machinations of swimming pool filtration systems, structural issues related to concrete pools, water chemistry, pool surface issues, etc.  Not to mention the fact that many old residential swimming pools haven't been brought up to snuff on the latest safety regulations related to anti-entrapment safetly.  In this post by Guardian Pool Fence systems, the pitfalls and factors that need to be considered are outlined in a simple and easy to understand format.  This is a good first step towards putting the new homeowner's mind at ease.

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A move is a huge life event, and one that can certainly go a variety of directions. If you're considering moving into a home with a pool, there are a variety of factors you absolutely must consider before pulling the trigger. Once you've decided on the best movers in your area, turn your attention to figuring out your potential pool situation. Here's what you need to think about.

1. Safety

The most important consideration involved is whether or not you have children. If you do, pool safety becomes paramount. Is the pool gated or fenced in? Do the doors to the yard have handles or locks out of the reach of your kids? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 202 kids drowned in pools between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2013. This is unquestionably item number one on your list.

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