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How to Get Rid of Pool Algae

From Swim University

Many of us swimming pool owners have experienced the morning that you wake up and realize that you have a green swimming pool.  While there are many potential causes for an algae bloom in your pool, as well as many different types of algae, we can all agree that the sight of the dreaded green caste or full-blown swamp bloom is less than inviting for your guests on a hot summer day.  Matt Giovanisi of Swim University tells us the causes of algae, the different types of algae that can plague your inground swimming pool, and the best methods to remove the algae in a hurry!

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Are you having a huge party and now your pool water is green? Or are you the kind of person who constantly has green pool water no matter what you do? Does it seem like there is no way to get rid of the algae in your pool?

Well you are in luck, cause we are about to explain...

Pool Algae: 3 Ways to Get Rid of it

First, let's learn a little bit about algae and how it's formed. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary it's:

...a plant or plantlike organism of any of several phyla, divisions, or classes of chiefly aquatic usually chlorophyll-containing nonvascular organisms of polyphyletic origin that usually include the green, yellow-green, brown, and red algae in the eukaryotes and especially formerly the cyanobacteria in the prokaryote.

To simplify that, algae is small plant-like organism which grows in pool water. There are three common forms:

Green or blue algae

Yellow or mustard algae

Black algae

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Swimming with the Stars: 12 Celebrities' Cool Pools

From Bob Vila

Maybe it is Cher's infinity edge that you would like to mimic in your own outdoor living space complete with custom inground swimming pool.  Perhaps the rustic look of Ralph Lauren's ranch swimming pool is more in line with your design taste.  Surely, you would love to use the idea that Lance Armstrong employed when he designed and installed a stone enclosed recreation area with outdoor fireplace and ample seating.  These are just a few of the amazing outdoor swimming pools that are enjoyed by your favorite celebrities.  Click here to see the post about the celebrity inground swimming pools and outdoor living spaces, and see if you can have something in our backyard that you can actually have in common with one of them!


Can the New Wave of Watery Workouts Help Your Arthritis?

Water exercise can be beneficial to many people -- young and old.

From WebMD

This ain't your grandma's water aerobics!  Over the last decade or so, the proliferation of studies surrounding the benefits of exercising in water and the advances in exercise equipment have made water aerobics one of the most efficient ways to get healthy available.  Working out in your inground swimming pool, says this post from WebMD, can benefit not only the aging and suffering, but people of any age.  Trainers and scientists alike are starting to come around to this fact, and the benefits to people of any age of working out in the pool are legion.  

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"If it's been a decade or more since you had a water fitness class, you'll see many changes," says Jane Katz, EdD, associate professor of health and physical education, City College of New York, and author of Aquafit: Water Workouts for Total Fitness. "Back then it would have been traditional skills of breathing, floating and swimming, which are still taught today, but with the addition of stretching and vertical exercises" done in a standing position.

Another difference, she says, is the abundance of exercise equipment. A lot of landlubber gear has made its way to the pool: handheld weights, rubber tubing, even bicycles and treadmills. Plus, the old aquatic stand-bys like fins and kickboards are no longer "one-size-fits all." They're engineered in a host of styles to suit specific applications.

Who Can Benefit From Water Exercise?

Water exercise can benefit virtually everyone, says Katz. A former Olympian, she teaches fitness and swimming to New York City firefighters and police officers and also has a special fondness for a class for women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. Athletes use water to rehabilitate after injury or to cross-train. People with arthritis or other disabilities that can't perform land exercise use water to improve fitness and range of motion and to relieve pain and stiffness.

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Town Swimming Pools: A Suburban Paradise

From Huffington Post

If you are one of the 10 million residential inground swimming pool owners in the United States, then congratulations!  You have a destination point for your friends, family, and neighbors to build a lifetime of memories in your own outdoor paradise.  Even if you have any of the many forms of swimming pools, be they inground or above ground, you might want to re-consider the commonality shared at your local community swimming pool or waterpark.  There are myriad benefits to visiting a public swimming pool faciliy, says this post from Huffington Post, and these include:

#1. No worries about balancing chlorine and pH levels, checking alkaline substances, monitoring calcium hardness and other unsightly buildup in the water. (Leave the alchemy to the lifeguards.)

#2. Sitting by the pool can be a refreshing break from checking email, text messages and telephone calls.

#3. It's an excuse to read a trashy novel.

#4. Swimming laps is relaxing. Just stroke, kick and breathe. Do it a few times back and forth and you've had a good workout.

#5. When is the last time you kicked around in a pair of flippers?

#6. Floating on your back and watching the clouds is good for the soul.

#7. Doing cannon balls off the diving board brings back memories. (Even hearing the occasional belly-flop is an auditory throwback.)

#8. It's nice to exchange pleasantries with neighbors you haven't seen since last summer.

#9. In August, it's a rarified ad-free zone from the bombardment of back-to-school commercials.

#10. The pool is the only place you can wear a bathing cap and no one will make fun of you. (And let's face it... it's the only place you can walk around half-naked in public and not get arrested.)

One more thing that crowns an afternoon at the pool:

#11. You can't beat an ice-cream sandwich from the snack bar.

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Keeping Little Ones Safe at the Pool or Lake This Summer

From Guardian Pool Fence

Most people feel safe at a public swimming pool or body of water when there is a lifeguard or lifeguards on duty.  Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children, according to this post from Guardian Fence Systems, and even more shocking is the fact that 19% of these drownings happened at a facility or area in which there was a lifeguard on duty!  This handy infographic gives an easy-to-understand guide to keeping your kids safe and sound while enjoying our many public facilities this summer.  Take responsibility for your own children's safety, and follow proper water safety procedures.

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Lake Safety

The second leading cause of death in children is drowning. This sobering statistic is reversible. While you might think that children drowning is directly caused by a lack of supervision, a whopping 19% of drownings happen at public pools or beaches where there is a lifeguard on duty!

When it comes to the safety of your children near water, it's untimely up to YOU. Preparing and teaching your children water safety can go a long way, but in the end someone must be watching each child 100% percent of the time. The average number of minutes between when a child was last seen before drowning is just 5 minutes. Watching children constantly is imperative.

What else can you do to keep your little ones safe at the pool, beach or lake this summer?

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