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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:50

To Dive or Not to Dive, that is the question

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A Safer Swim: Deter Diving

From Pools Spas & Patios

Like anything else, including a deep end or diving well in a residential inground swimming pool is a cyclical trend.  It seems that new residential installations either by and large include them for a few years, and then trend away from diving wells toward more recreational or sport pools.  There has been a recent trend in the Platinum Pools market to include more deep ends for diving, and the question that is asked alot of us is "What would you recommend?"

This is a difficult question to answer.  Many people have their reasons for including a deep end for diving, but some haven't properly vetted the issue. While a deep pool can provide the safety required for diving, it also takes away from the shallow or recreational areas of the pool, where the swimmers spend 95% of the time in a swimming pool.

This post from Pools, Spas and Patios gives the most common sense approach, which is that if your patrons intend to dive into your pool, it is incumbent upon you, the inground swimming pool owner, to ensure that they are either a) doing so into a safe area that was designed for diving, or b) they are not allowed to dive into the swimming pool.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Only a small number of backyard pools are actually safe for diving. For an inground pool to be dive-friendly, it needs to have a sufficient and constant depth, with no risk the divers will hit an upslope. The path of the dive should be barrier free and the water clarity should allow for swimmers to see any underwater hazards. No swimmer should ever dive into an above-ground pool, under any circumstances.

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The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz

From How Stuff Works

Many DIY'ers fancy themselves experts in their respective fields.  Whether you consider yourself an expert mechanic because you can re-build your dirt bike engine, an expert carpenter because you were able to fix your deck, or an expert exterminator because you engaged in an all out assault on the pests in your home by systematically setting traps and insecticides everywhere; the do-it-yourselfer always thinks that he/she is able to tackle any situation.  This post from How Stuff Works aims to put the avid DIY inground swimming pool "expert" to the test, by putting them through the paces in the Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz.

Here are some examples of the questions:

What may be the result of regular pool skimming?

How often should you clean the strainer basket?

How can you minimize the growth of algae buildup on pool walls and tile?

Well Inground Swimming Pool expert, how do you think you stack up?  Click here to take the quiz and find out!

MADE FOR SHADE: STYLISH GAZEBOS, CANOPIES, AND PERGOLAS

From Pool & Spa Outdoor

Anyone who has spent a long day sitting in the sun, soaking up the nourishing rays, knows that you can reach your limit.  Children and sun worshippers alike can always hit the point of getting too much of a good thing.  If your inground swimming pool or outdoor living space doesn't have any shaded areas provided by a tree canopy or other shading vehicle, this situation could prematurely end the precious day of fun with the family.  If you live in a seasonal climate, those days are indeed quite precious, as they are severly limited!  To preclude this unfortunate situation, savvy outdoor living enthusiasts can plan for some clever shaded areas of rest by designing and installing stylish structures to complement the outdoor living space.  These structures can take the form of a Gazebo, Canopy, Pergola or Umbrella.  This post from Pool & Spa Outdoor gives some great ideas for designing the perfect shade structure to preserve that precious time with your family.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Summer means spending a lot more time outdoors and having a little fun in the sun. But if you're spending any length of time outdoors during steamy summer days, you'll probably want some shade to get a break from the heat.

Deck, patio, and table umbrellas are a simple option, but if you're looking for something more permanent to add both shade and style to your backyard, consider a gazebo or pergola. Check out these stylish structures for ideas.

Custom Gazebos

Geremia Pools gazebo bridge boulders  come in all different sizes and materials and are the perfect structure to add beauty, shade, and seating to your backyard. Many come with built-in benches for seating, although many homeowners will furnish with outdoor furniture. Since they can stay up year-round, they become a permanent fixture in your backyard.

Left: Set in the middle of a private grove, this large gazebo features a red tiled roof and has an ornate architectural style. Boulder accents and beautiful landscaping give this pool a natural look, while the bridge adds charm to the entire poolscape.

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Hotel Pool In Morocco Has Visitors Seeing Red

From Aqua

As a custom inground swimming pool builder, we get asked this question quite a bit: "What color will my pool water be when it is complete?".  As we tell our clients, this is an extremely difficult question to answer.  Water is a reflective medium, and is dynamic.  Depending on the foliage surrounding the pool, the other reflections, the quality of the light on any particular day and the sky, the water can take on a range of tones and hues.  Utilizing good color theory and being cognizant of the reflective properties of water, however, the skilled designer can more accurately corral this range of colors and give the client a reasonable expectation of what the range of finished colors will look like in their inground swimming pool.  This post from Aqua Magazine, however, takes the color selection to an entire new plane.  While most people have a mental picture in their minds of a body of water being in the blue range, this hotel pool in Morocco turns conventional swimming pool colors on its head!

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The swimming pool at the Murano Hotel Marrakech, in Morocco, is the perfect example of how even the simplest design can make a pool unique. Lined with red tile, this pool appears to be a deep scarlet rather than the typical azure we are used to.

The view of the pool itself combined with the red sky during a Moroccan sunset is breathtaking. To reserve a room at the Murano Hotel Marrakech and for a chance to swim in this fabulous pool, visit

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How to Design Your Own Inground Pool

From Pool Pricer

You've always wanted the ultimate staycation in your own backyard.  You know the value of having your family and your friends congregating at the destination point that is your own outdoor living space, but you have never known how to get started.  The design of an outdoor living space, especially one that includes an inground swimming pool, can be a daunting task.  Luckily, you are about to read a post that will ameliorate your anxiety!  This article from Pool Pricer gives you a simple, step-by-step guide to getting started on your design, and will set you on the way towards outoor living nirvana.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

A great swimming pool starts with a great design. In fact, to be honest, sometimes a mediocre swimming pool starts with a great design – meaning it doesn't live up to expectations due to poor execution. Point is, if you don't have a great pool on paper, you can't hope to end up with one in your backyard. It's the basis for everything that follows.

Of course, not everyone has the budget for a professional architect, or perhaps even the more basic design services of a pool contractor. Whether you've decided to install the pool yourself, or plan to eventually hire a builder, you can design your own inground pool by following the steps below. As you might imagine, this is just a high-level overview – there are tons of details and hours (or days) or work involved with each step. However, the end result is definitely worth it.

1. Decide What Type of Pool You Want

Drawing of a boy diving off a diving board

As you go through the long planning process, almost everything is likely to get tweaked at some point along the way. That's to be expected, so don't sweat it too much if you don't know everything you want right away. That said, it's hard to get anywhere if you don't at least know whether you want a standard rectangular (or oval) pool, an elongated lap pool, or a tiny square plunge pool. You probably already have some idea of what you want or else you wouldn't have gotten even this far. Now is the time to nail it down.

2. Prioritize Features

Make a list of all the different features you envision for your pool, divided up into must-haves and like-to-haves. Things on your must-have list should include all required features (pool pump and filter, for example), along with anything that makes or breaks your decision to get a pool in the first place. For example, a diving board might be optional for most people, but if you're really intent on diving, then there's no point in considering a design that doesn't have one.

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