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Water Safety Month: The Importance of Teaching Your Kids to Swim

Learn To Swim

By Dana Robinson

The month of May brings to mind images of spring flowers, warmer weather, and of course, Mother’s Day. But in the pool community it’s also known as National Water Safety Month!

The annual campaign was created by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals to raise awareness about water safety and to help everyone have safe, fun experiences in and around the water. So, we’ve enlisted the help of Gizmo, Pool Scout’s lovable safety mascot, to explore the importance of teaching your children to swim.

The Stats

Let’s talk about the not-so-great numbers first: Last summer at least 163 children under the age of 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Nearly 70 percent of those victims were children under the age of five.

During the same time period in 2016, 205 children under age 15 drowned in swimming pools or spas. Nearly 70 percent of those victims were children under age five.

And now for the good news: Learning to swim can do more than save a child’s life. A four-year study by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research found that children who were taught to swim by age 5 experienced a number of cognitive and physical advantages over children who did not know how to swim. They were also more advanced in mathematics, counting, language, and following instructions.

A recent national survey commissioned by Swimways, a pool and outdoor recreational products manufacturer, revealed that parents were largely unaware of the fact that teaching a child to swim had such benefits.

“We believe that teaching a child to swim is one of the single most important things you can do for your child,” says Monica Jones, vice president of marketing at Swimways. “Just as you would teach them to read and write, we believe that every child deserves to be able to know how to swim…[its] not only important for their safety but [it] also opens up a lifetime of joy and discovery that only swimmers can experience.” Swimways celebrates National Learn To Swim Day, the third Saturday in the month of May, hosting an annual Learn to Swim Day event focusing on the importance of swim lessons.

Resources

If you haven’t signed your children up for swimming lessons yet, or perhaps you’d like to check out some adult classes for yourself, there’s still plenty of time to get water-ready for the summer.

The Red Cross has classes available nationwide. You can also find lessons via The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative, which aims to offer free or low-cost swim lessons to 1 million children this year.

Keeping Kids Engaged

But don’t go thinking that water safety simply begins and ends with a few swimming lessons. Elizabeth Beisel, two-time Olympic medalist and USA Swimming Foundation ambassador, offers up the following tips to keep kids safe and happy in the water:

  • Once your children have learned to swim, create consistent practice time to enhance their skills and increase their confidence.
  • Consider using water toys, pool floats, pool games and swim training gear to make learning to swim fun
  • Swimming uses a ton of energy. Remember to take breaks and keep kids hydrated to maintain their level of confidence in the water.

Pool Scouts is consistently striving to help spread the word about water safety. In addition to keeping your pools clean and healthy, our goal is to help everyone stay safe while enjoying all of the fun and relaxation that water can provide.

ABOUT POOL SCOUTS

Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit PoolScoutsFranchise.com.

 
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Argh, I Need To Deal With The Pool!

Pool Closing, Pool Cover, Winter Pools, Winterize Pool

If you are a pool owner and a pool owner like me, you’ve uttered the words in this blog title once or twice, “Argh, I need to deal with the pool!” This time of year in addition to raking the leaves and cleaning out the gutters, dealing with the pool is one of the bigger to-do’s on the list. While caring for your pool can be time consuming, confusing and let’s face it, a bit of an annoyance, it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to your pool, you have options. Whether you decide to have a chlorine or salt water pool, you have a choice. If you decide to heat or not heat your pool, you have a choice. Or if you’ll have a vinyl or gunite pool, you have a choice. Well good news, when it comes with pool maintenance this winter, you have a choice! For those pool owners who live in milder climates, and that would include anyone Maryland and south you have the option to leave your pool open in the winter months. While there are some very valid reasons for closing a pool during the winter months, there are some good reasons for leaving open year round. Check out the pros and cons of each.

Good Reasons To Close Your Pool This Winter

  • Safety for your pets and small children
  • Minimize wear and tear on your pool equipmentWinterize Pool, Cover, Close, Pool
  • Increases the life of your pool
  • Helps to keep the Fall and Winter elements out of your pool
  • Freezing temps and pipes bursts potential
Freezing pipes is the number one concern when it comes to keeping your pool open year-round. Simply put, when water freezes it expands there is the potential for pipes or equipment to be damaged. Properly draining your filter, pump, skimmer, and return lines during the closing process will help to ensure that your equipment does not crack during the cold winter months resulting in costly repairs or replacements. Additionally, covering your pool offers convenience. It will help reduce the leaves and debris that end up in your pool and if you take time to close your pool properly, the opening process can be much easier in the Spring.

Reasons to consider keeping your pool open during the winter months

  • Minimize costs for the closing and opening process
  • No need to worry about condition of or ordering a new cover
  • Keeps equipment running and minimizes minor repairs needed when opening season arrives
  • Minimal chemicals needed to rebalance water when warmer temps return
  • Aesthetically, it looks awfully pretty to see a pool surrounded by snow
Some important things to keep in mind should you decide to keep your pool open through the winter months: The filter will still need to run 4-5 hours a day (compared to the 10-12 hours recommended during the summer months) Should temps drop below freezing, run pump continually so pipes don’t freeze during this time Pool should be maintained and checked bi-weekly or monthly, which Pool Scouts is happy to do during the winter months The other choice you have in all of this is that you can allow your local pool professional manage and maintain your pool for you, giving you back the time and luxury of enjoying a pool! Pool Scouts can be that pool professional and will happily maintain or close your pool this season! Pool Scouts uses a thorough checklist for all visits including closings. As a customer, you will come to expect a different level of professionalism, communication and clarity of how your pool is being maintained. Our promise is Perfect Pools, Scout’s Honor! ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Virginia Beach, VA-based Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit PoolScoutsFranchise.com.
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Green Pool Got You Down?

green pool

The summer is flying right by and we cannot believe it is already August. Thankfully, we still have plenty of fun in the sun ahead of us, and whether you were ready two weeks ago or not, the kids still have half of their summer break left. Around this time of the summer, we often see many people dealing with the same, ever-so-irritating situation–a green pool. Lucky for you, we are here to tell you exactly why your pool is green and how you will make it look good-as-new!

So, why exactly is your pool green?

When the chlorine in a pool drops below 1 ppm, algae often grows. When algae grows in a pool, it will obviously begin to change color. In order to get rid of the algae, you may need to “shock” your pool. In other words, you will need to super-chlorinate the pool because chlorine kills algae. For regular pool upkeep, one lb of hypochlorite granular chlorine (calcium hypo-chloride) for every 10,000 gallons of water is necessary for shocking. During an algae infestation, it is going to take a lot more.

The water is probably one of three colors:

  1. Teal–this is the least adverse of the greens. In order to shock a pool of this shade, you will need 2 lbs of calcium hypo-chloride for every 10,000 gallons of water.
  2. Green (may appear swampy)–this is slightly serious, but don’t fret. This color calls for 3 lbs of calcium hypo-chloride for every 10,000 gallons of water.
  3. Black–if you have a black pool, it may (it will) need more work, or 4 lbs of calcium hypo-chloride for every 10,000 gallons of water.

Professional Pool Cleaning Company - Pool ScoutsProcess Break Down:

  • Before shocking, you will need to test the chemicals to ensure that the pH balance is between 7.4 and 7.6 and the alkalinity is between 100 ppm and 150 ppm. You will also need to make sure the filter is running.
  • Shocking should be done at night. To begin, pour the bag of calcium hypo-chloride into a bucket of pool water.
  • Next, evenly disperse the mixed bucket around the perimeter of the pool.
  • Once the first attempt is complete, wait until the morning to decide whether or not a second shock is necessary. If so, repeat the process.

Stay in Control:

  • After you’ve shocked once or twice, the pool will appear cloudy instead of green. At this point, you will keep the filter running and watch for a rise in filter pressure.
  • If the pressure rises 20-25%, clean or backwash the filter.
  • Continue to test the chemicals to make sure that the pH levels are between 7.4 and 7.6, the alkalinity is between 100 ppm and 150 ppm, and the chlorine reading stays between 1 ppm and 3 ppm.
  • Keep the filter running 24 hours a day. When the cloudiness fully clears up, take it down a notch and only run the filter for 15 hours a day.
  • Don’t forget to continue balancing your pool water weekly. Cyanuric acid (CYA) is what we add to chlorine in order to stabilize the water because it protects chlorine from the sun’s UV rays. This makes free chlorine levels last much longer. If CYA levels are low, the sun dissolves the chlorine. This will cause the need for you to add chlorine more often. However, if there is too much CYA, the chlorine will lose some of its necessary sanitizing properties. In order to keep your pool properly balanced, CYA levels should never surpass 50 ppm, and chlorine levels should always be about 7.5 percent of CYA levels.
  • Of course, always empty the skimmer baskets a few times a week.
  • Finally, you go back to only running the filter 10-12 hours a day.
Once the pool is back to normal and the water is glistening in the sunlight once again, the job should be done! You may choose to add an algaecide weekly to keep your pool sparkling, but this is up to you. Good luck from Pool Scouts! ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit PoolScoutsFranchise.com.
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Fun in the Fourth of July Sun

Get Your Pool Clean for the Fourth of July

Proud to be an American and ready to rock the red, white, and blue? Well, it’s your time to shine! On the Fourth of July in 1776, the Continental Congress of America adopted the Declaration of Independence. The federal holiday, also known as Independence Day, has been celebrated yearly ever since. You’re in luck, because July is right around the corner and this is the perfect opportunity to invite your neighbors and friends over to the backyard for a one-of-a-kind patriotic pool party. Here are eight unique party planning ideas that will appeal to not only those giddy grown-ups, but also the little ones. Start planning early and you’ll have a party worth talking about until next year’s!

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Ideas to Delight Your Pool Guests this 4th of July

  1. Of course, decorations should be red, white, and blue. Don’t worry, this won’t be hard at all. You can even allow your kids to join in on the fun and make it a bonding activity. Cover mason jars in red, white, and blue duct-tape or paint and put eating utensils in them. Place the jars at the end of your classic cookout buffet line. Choose a bright, patriotically spirited table-cloth!
  2. Decorate the area surrounding your pool with miniature American flags and fill the pool with red, white, and blue noodles and floating devices. String red, white, and blue bandanas or festive decorative garlands between trees and spray paint stars on the lawn.
  3. Don’t forget the music! Play catchy, upbeat tunes to set the happy tone of the party and keep the energy alive.
  4. Fill red, white, and blue balloons with water and divide your guests into teams of two for a water balloon toss. Each time a balloon is tossed without bursting, have them take a step back so they are further apart. This might not be fun to clean up, but it is well-worth the laughter.
  5. Conduct a cannonball contest. The kids love these, but the dads usually win.
  6. Throw red and blue diving sticks into the pool and divide the guests into two teams. Team one has to collect all of the red sticks and team two has to collect all of the blue sticks. Whichever team finishes first, wins.
  7. Hand out sparklers to all of the guests when the sun starts to go down–this will make for awesome pictures to commemorate the event!
  8. While having fun is the most important part of a party, don’t forget to keep it safe. Before your party starts, go over safety rules with the kiddos and make sure these rules are listed where everyone can see them in at least one spot outside the pool. Nothing takes the fun out of a party like worrying, so hire a designated lifeguard-on-duty to watch the pool during the party. This will make for tons of unforgettable stress-free fun for everyone.
Perfect Pool for the Holiday Of course, all of this wouldn’t be perfect without the perfect pool. Be sure to reach out to Pool Scouts to get your pool serviced either in anticipation for the big bash or after to help clean up post fun! You may be exhausted after pulling of this great party, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s bash! ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit PoolScoutsFranchise.com.  
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Keep Furry Friends Safe by the Pool

May is National Water Safety Month, and we’ve already talked about some key steps to keeping your pool safe. Those tips include being vigilant by the pool, keeping emergency numbers and kits nearby, and ensuring your perimeter fence is well maintained and up to code. Since it is so important to make sure all swimmers and guests in your pool area are safe, Gizmo, our safety mascot, asked us to share some ideas on how to keep our four legged friends safe around the pool too. Since dogs seem to be the real lovers of water, let’s focus on them first. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you and your pup are hanging out by the water.

Not All Dogs Love Water

First off, not all dogs are natural swimmers. Although most dogs know how to swim, not all are good at it. For example, I have two dogs, one of which swims like a fish, the other does the most uncoordinated version of the doggy paddle as possible! Needless to say, they don’t exactly get along in the pool.

Safety Gear

It is always a good idea to put a life jacket on your dog when out in open water or if your dog is getting tired from swimming in the pool. Lifejackets are also useful tools to help get your furry friend more comfortable in the water. Additionally, always be sure your dog knows where they can exit the pool either by the stairs or a ramp. The Scamper Ramp is a handy attachment that makes it easy for dogs to see and exit the pool.

Keep Your Pups Hydrated

Dogs can get overheated and exhausted swimming in the hot sun, so be sure to provide fresh water by the pool. Although pool water for the most part is harmless, ingested in high quantities, it can cause digestive irritation, so keep that water bowl nearby.

Let’s Not Forget Our Other Four-Legged Friends

If you own a pool, you know that dogs aren’t the only critters that end up in the water. Many a chipmunk and frog have found their demise by unwittingly falling into a pool. Use this easy ramp to give the little guys a fighting chance to get out, The Frog Log Critter Ramp. Check out more information here about protecting all creatures great and small when taking steps to keep your pool safe. Here at Pool Scouts, we can’t get enough pictures and videos of animals in pools. Like us on Facebook to see some of those fun posts and send us pictures of your own furry friends in the pool! Whether you are just opening your pool for the season or are in need of regular maintenance, give Pool Scouts a call. We offer weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly pool cleaning options to keep your pool up, running, and ready for your furry friends at all times!
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5 Steps To Keep Your Pool Safe This Season

Pool Scouts Water Safety Gizmo

Welcome to National Water Safety Month!  Each year Pool Scouts will spend the month of May talking about how we, as pool owners, can keep our backyards safe for family, friends and neighbors. Last year we introduced Gizmo, our Pool Safety Mascot, and he is back to offer up more advice. Part of my job here at Pool Scouts is to keep up with events and activities within the industry. Because of that, I am all too familiar with the statistics that are associated with the dangers of pools. It seems like every day I read about another drowning that could have been avoided with a few simple steps. So let’s get to them so we can focus on enjoying our pools! SECURE THE PERIMETER Ensure that the perimeter around your pool is secure and up to state requirements! This means that in some states, fences and gates should be at least than 5ft high and latches should be located on the inside of the gate. Your fence is the first line of defense to keeping your pool safe. Whether it is the yard fence or a life fence, making sure it is in good condition is so important. SUPERVISE AND REMOVE TEMPTATIONS The best way to keep all swimmers safe is to be a responsible observer. Keeping a watchful, undistracted eye on swimmers is key. Pool goers of all ages are susceptible to getting into trouble, leaving anyone unmonitored for any amount of time could make a difference. Additionally, be sure to remove all pool tools and floats from the pool and store in a secure place. These items are too tempting to little children to reach out and try to grab. BE PREPARED Should you find yourself faced with a swimmer in trouble, time is of the essence. Be sure to keep the pool area and those in charge of watching swimmers, prepared:
  • Keep safety equipment readily available: pool hook, flotation devices and first aid kit (equipped with scissors to cut hair or clothes that may get stuck in filter suction)
  • Post emergency phone numbers in the pool area and keep a phone within arm’s reach
  • Be up to date on CPR certification. The organization CPR Party make it easy and fun to get and stay certified
LEARN TO SWIM The USA Swimming Foundation states that the risk of drowning decreases by 88% when someone takes swim lessons! That is an impressive statistic, and with so many organizations promoting programs that help people learn to swim, it is easy to find readily available lessons that don’t cost a lot. TAKE THE PLEDGE With so many alarming statistics surrounding swimming, organizations around the country have committed to raising awareness and making efforts to educate others on the dangers of swimming and being near water. The USA Swimming Foundation runs the “Make A Splash” program, offering information and resources for adults and parents interested in lessons for themselves or their children. Both Pool Safely and The National Water Safety Month organization encourage you to “Take the Pledge” to be safe swimmers. The American Red Cross also offers an app to promote safe swimming for people of all ages. Summer and fun are synonymous, but keeping safe is important. As pool owners, it is important we do our part to ensure our pool is safe!    
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Quick Tips to Make Your Outdoor Space Pop

Pool Patio decor

Ah, spring! That first warm day after a long winter is unbeatable. Getting outside and basking in the warm sun makes it the best season of the year. But building the list of to do’s to spruce up the yard makes springtime a love-hate relationship for me. Part of me can’t wait to get out there and get my hands dirty, but as the list keeps growing, it gets a bit daunting. Let’s skip the dirty work (tree trimming, weeding and planting) and get right to the fun stuff – the final touches! I been busy researching tips for making my backyard and pool to make them an oasis this summer. Some of the trends I am seeing this year include plant walls for privacy and ambiance, furniture flips to make the old new and colorful again, and upgrading the lighting to make your yard more like an additional living space.

Tips for Enhancing Your Outdoor Space

There are so many ideas out there, but I decided to go to my fellow marketers to find out what their favorite ways are to decorate their outdoor spaces: I’m all about candles, I get pretty holders that add a pop of color to my backyard area, the bonus is that they’re also great for keeping the bugs away. – Kyle, Graphic Designer

Outdoor Pool Patio DecorI keep cushions and outdoor decor in plastic totes in my shed so it is easy to grab and set up.  I like to use bright colors and easy to clean items to keep it fun but simple.  – Amy, Dir of Direct Mail

I’m a big fan of a good outdoor rug. We put one on our patio and it made it feel so much more homey, but also brings color into the space. – Julie, Marketing Manager Do not being afraid to use fun pops of color, throw pillows, rugs, and don’t forget the flowers and plants. A small citrus tree can do wonders for a space. – Bridget, Online Marketing Manager

I’m a big fan of bistro lights. They’re a classy, easy way to brighten up any patio or yard, and you don’t need a lot of them to have a dramatic effect. Plus, they can double as holiday lights during the winter months! -Tracey, Marketing Assistant

Bistro Lights by pool patioMy tip is to use lighting to set the mood and personality of your space. It used to be the only option for lighting your outdoor space was Christmas lights but now you can get really creative with unique lanterns, string lights, Edison lights and more. It’s an easy way to make a big difference. -Angela, VP of Marketing

A few ideas I would love to incorporate include using a bar cart as a cute and convenient way to have beverages and snacks at arm’s reach. Additionally, hanging art on fences and in outdoor seating areas can really bring color outside and tie the space together. -Amanda, Online Marketing Specialist

Don’t Forget About The Pool

The most important component of a luxurious, comfortable back yard is a sparkling pool! I love looking out my back window to see a clean, inviting pool. Pool Scouts can help, whether it is answering your pool maintenance questions or showing up on time to get and keep your pool swim-ready all summer long. Have fun decorating your outdoor space and we look forward to helping you keep your pool pristine.
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Dreaming Of Summer? Tips To Have Your Pool Ready When Warmer Temps Hit

Woman sitting by her pool and watching the Pool Scouts technician clean her pool

At the Pool Scouts’ headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, we’ve been spoiled with some summer-like weather even though it’s the dead of winter. This week was downright beach weather. Yes, it was that nice out! Granted, the water was freezing, but the weather was splendid.

What is it about that warm weather that makes us feel so good? As a former New Englander, I love the winters. I spent my childhood skiing and sledding on the weekends and building snow forts on snow days. It was the best! Now living in the south, I don’t miss those freezing cold days, and while I still enjoy a snowfall once in awhile, I don’t miss the blizzard conditions.

Woman in sunglasses at the beach looking towards the sunScience tells us that there is a chemical reason why we crave sunshine. Sunshine provides us vitamin D which is essential to good health. Vitamin D helps to fight illnesses, boosts weight loss, and even helps to fight depression.

What does this have to do with pools? These warm weekends are giving us a taste of what’s to come and believe it or not, warm weather will be here before you know it. That means pool owners need to start thinking about getting their swimming pool ready for summer. Whether you covered your pool this winter or left it open, we have some tips to make sure your pool is swim ready and your backyard is party worthy when the temperatures rise over the next few months!

Spring Time Pool Opening Tips:

  1. Open Your Pool Early. The earlier you open and/or kickstart your pool, the less algae growth you’ll see, which ends to bloom more in warm weather.
  2. Protect Your Pool Surface and Liner. Heightened algae growth can be detrimental to your pool surface and liner, causing discoloration and staining.
  3. Keep equipment working smoothly. Equipment that sits dormant for too long can prove to cause issues at the beginning of the season. Minimize time that pumps and motors are shut down.
  4. Schedule Your Opening or Kickstart Service: Be sure to call your local Pool Scouts to get on the schedule! We offer full pool opening service as well as a kickstart openings.

Spring Gardening Tips From Better Homes and Gardens:

  1. Prep the beds. Remove older mulch from the winter, or if well composted, work into the top layer of the soil.
  2. Trim the shrubs. Spring is the time to prune, prior to blooming. On flowering bushes, be sure to prune above the buds to avoid cutting potential flower blooms!
  3. Plant those annuals. If you’ve been housing plants or growing veggies indoors during winter, late spring is the time to bring them out into the sunshine.
  4. Apply fresh mulch. If you mulch now, you’ll avoid weeding come summer time.
  5. Maintain the hardscape: Now is the time to repair patios and decks or refinish before the weather gets hot.

As we all grind through these winter months, some lucky enough to get a sneak peek of what’s to come, we encourage you to dream of summer! As one famous snowman once said, “I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the idea of summer and sun and all things hot!” He was on to something!

Be sure to reach out to your local Pool Scouts with any questions or concerns about your pool, or to schedule your springtime service so your pool is cannonball ready when you are!

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Holiday Giving for the Pool Owners In Your Life

Pool Scouts holiday gift ideas

The holiday season always seems to sneak up on everyone, and if you are anything like us here at Pool Scouts, the stress of thoughtful gift giving begins to rear its ugly head as this time nears. What do you get for the dad that has everything, or the mom that you can’t please? Or the friends and relatives you don’t see often but want to give a gift? Well, if they have a pool, we are here to help! Keeping up with all the latest pool trends can be tough. This year, give the pool owners in your life gifts that will keep on giving, to them and their family and friends who enjoy the pool.Pool Scouts gift ideas beach balls Here are a few ideas that are certain to be a hit come summertime! Emoji Beach Balls: These are sure to be popular with kids and grown-ups alike! Who doesn’t like a happy face? Put it on a beach ball, and make it fun for everyone! Pool Scouts Pool Owner Gift water feature and light   Underwater Light Show and Water Feature: For those pool owners that want to take it up a notch and make their pool THE place for parties, check out this combo water-light feature! This product not only adds a water fountain feature to your pool, it also puts on a light show on the floor of your pool at night! pool scouts holiday gift ideas   Towel Tree: Of course, there are those loved ones that prefer to be more practical in their gift giving and receiving. A towel tree is a perfect gift to keep towels within arm’s reach of the pool. A dual function gadget, it’s also great for drying towels in between dips in the pool. Pool Scouts colorful pool towel gift idea     Towels: You got the towel tree, now you need the towels! Give your pool goers the gift of luxury, so they can wrap themselves in these fluffy and colorful towels.   Pool Floats: And let’s not forget all of the pool float options. They now come in all shapes and sizes, everything from unicorns to floats with built-in drink holders, ice buckets and speakers. Our all-time favorite float here at Pool Scouts is the cockroach float, guaranteed to get a laugh! Pool Scouts favorite pool float, the cockaroachGift Cards: Let’s not forget Pool Scouts Gift Card! Give the gift of a clean, healthy pool! Call your Pool Scouts for details. The options are endless these days when it comes to accessorizing a pool. A gift for a pool owner is bound to be a winner, one that will get used over and over again! Wherever your gift giving takes you, the Pool Scouts team hopes that you have a wonderful holiday season. And remember, summer will be here before you know it! Be sure to reach out to your Pool Scouts to schedule your opening service. If you keep your pool open year-round, we can provide a Kickstart service in the spring that gets your pool clean and cannonball ready, Scout’s Honor. Happy Holidays! ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit PoolScoutsFranchise.com.
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The 2016 Election Reminds Us What Veterans Serve and Fight For

Veterans Day 2016 Pool Scouts

The 2016 election has just wrapped up and the results have the world in shock. The message from the media and the current administration is that elections (even ones as historic as this one) are what democracy is all about and to never under estimate the power that comes with that. The freedom to vote is a privilege and an honor, one that we can thank men and women in uniform for protecting. Appropriately, this week rounds out with Veterans Day, so let’s not forgot whose time, efforts and sacrifice afford us the opportunity to vote for whom we chose and continue to live a life of freedom and prosperity. The Pool Scouts headquarters resides in Virginia Beach, VA is right down the street from the world’s largest naval bases. Team members from operations like our Chief Operating Officer, Brian Garrison, down to some of our Pool Technicians, Ralph and David, have all served in the Navy. Beyond those who have served themselves, we have many teammates whose family members are currently in the service, so many of the employees here understand the sacrifices service men and women make for our country. As Veterans Day approaches, I urge you to not only remember all veterans’ service, but also take a moment to ask them their story. Even the simple question of ‘why they chose to serve’ could be enlightening for you, and show your thanks by hearing their story. My mom is a veteran, and although I know it wasn’t always easy for her, I smile when I think about the stories she tells. The time she spent serving our country wasn’t without great stories we are all still telling! Upon Veterans Pool Scoutscompleting nursing school in the middle of the Vietnam War, my mom enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Army. A nurse trained in acute, critical care, her first station was in Alaska. The first story I remember fondly is about her deployment. In typical military fashion, her deployment date was moved up which meant she also had to move up her wedding date with my dad. She shipped out two days after the wedding! The day she was to fly out, there was a terrible storm. While she was waiting to see if they were going to wait out the storm or take off, the pilot approached her and asked her for the orders. She was totally surprised and immediately told them they should ask someone else. Turns out, she was the ranking officer and the decision was hers. So they took off, typical of my mom to go for it! I’m immensely grateful for her service and dedication! My mom is just one example of how our service men and women commit and adjust during their time in the service. I am in awe of the tenacity she and so many others have and had to enlist in the midst of wartimes. There are so many amazing and interesting stories to glean from our veterans. So this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank those in your life who are serving or have served. Learn more about their experiences and be proud to know such strong individuals who represent our country!
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