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Incorporate the Pool When Kids go Back to School

LIttle kids jumping in a pool

While summer has come to a close and the children are back to school, the weather remains warm and virtual learners remain in the house. Swimming pools are a great way to provide entertainment for the kids when not in class. They can also be incorporated into school to make learning fun, or to encourage kids to take much needed screen breaks. Here are some fun and easy ways to incorporate your pool into the daily virtual learning schedule.

4 Ways to Incorporate Your Pool into Virtual Learning

  1. Home School P.E. There are plenty of ways to exercise in the pool, including swimming laps, kicking with a kickboard, water aerobics, and obstacle courses to name a few. To create an obstacle course, use whatever objects you have around the house, such as hula hoops, beach balls and swim noodles, that you can use as challenges both in and out of the pool. You can change it up to be as easy or difficult as needed depending on the racer’s skill sets. Water basketball is another great way to use the pool for fun physical education.
  2. Screen Breaks. During the day it is important for kids to take breaks from the computer screen and get some fresh air. What better way to give their brain a break than to go outside and lounge by the pool or to take a quick dip? The pool also provides a serene background for yoga and breathing exercises to calm the mind and help focus.
  3.  Learning Games. Pool games are not only fun, they can also be used as a learning tool for your children. There are several fun games you can play with your kids to help reinforce the lessons they are learning in school. For example, you can do a coin toss where you throw different coins to the bottom of the pool and have your child dive down for the coins. Once they’ve collected all the coins in the pool, they count how much they are worth. Interested in more games, including ones to help learn sight words? Click here to find eight more learning games to play.
  4. Two adults lounging in the pool on floats and smilingParent “Me Time.”Let’s face it, having the children learning at home adds another level of stress for parents in charge of the kids. There are moments when you need to step away and relax. Once the kids are settled into their live online courses, take a moment for yourself. Grab your favorite book or a blanket and curl up in a lounge chair by the pool. You will go back inside recharged and ready to deal with the next set of obstacles that comes your way.
To ensure you’re taking full advantage of your pool, let Pool Scouts take care of cleaning and maintaining it for you. You should be focused on enjoying your pool, not cleaning it. Especially with all the busyness that comes with getting the kids back in the school groove. Give Pool Scouts a call at 844-775-2742 so you can get back to swimming!
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Top 5 Ways to Relax By The Pool

Woman reading by the pool and relaxing

Summer is in full swing, and with COVID-19 cases still on the rise across the country, it looks like our time at home won’t be decreasing any time soon. While this isn’t how you might have hoped to spend your summer, there are plenty of ways to come up with fun ideas for activities at home. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy your home, one of the easiest ways to kick back and relax is to take advantage of your backyard, starting with your pool. Read these easy tips on how to get ultimate relaxation right from your backyard!

5 Easy Ways to Relax by the Pool

  1. Make sure to keep a refreshing beverage with you at all times. No matter how cool your pool is, the summer heat will have you fading fast if you don’t keep a thirst quencher nearby at all times. Bring a cooler with a few waters to keep poolside so you don’t have to keep making trips into the house. And if you want to throw in a hard seltzer or a wine cooler for good measure, by all means do so!
  2. Four pool floats in a clear blue swimming poolKeep a few floats on hand. Finding the perfect float can be difficult, and when you’ve finally found the perfect one, it’s often unexpectedly carried away by the wind in a storm or popped by a rowdy kid. That’s why it’s important to do your research and keep a spare float or two tucked away. Things to take into consideration when finding the perfect float: how much you want to be submerged in the pool vs. out of the pool? Do you want a soft or firm float? There’s all the extra bells and whistles to think about too (drink holder, speaker, dry area for your phone, etc). Once you’ve decided on your float necessities, you can make sure you have the ultimate relaxation float on hand at all times.
  3. Have pool snacks nearby at all times. Ideally, snacks won’t be messy or in a container that will blow away in the wind. Here’s a list of easy recipes for easy poolside snacking, including snacks such as trail mixes and granola bars. Having simple, grabbable foods that you can leave out nearby will also be a great way to keep the kids occupied so you can get back to relaxing.
  4. Invest in comfy outdoor chairs. If you’re committed to having a relaxing day by the pool, you’ll need to invest in comfortable pool chairs. This is where you’ll be spending most of your time, so it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable.
  5. Create a relaxing poolside playlist. Whether your preference is simple steel drums in the background, or a hot country countdown playlist, having background music that makes you feel like you’re on vacation is key. Online streaming services like Amazon Music or Spotify have some great options for poolside playlists to set the mood. Close your eyes, relax, and transport yourself from your backyard to that Caribbean beach you’ve been dreaming about!

To ensure you’re taking full advantage of your pool for relaxation, let Pool Scouts take care of cleaning and maintaining your pool. You should be focusing on enjoying your pool, not cleaning it. Give Pool Scouts a call at 844-775-2742 so you can get back to relaxing!

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Water Safety Made Fun for the Family

Kids playing in the pool with pool toys

May is National Water Safety Month, and there’s no better time to put safe practices in place! Time in the pool is sure to increase as families stuck at home look for fun activities, and as summer approaches that will only bring more opportunity for days in the pool.

Increased time in the pool also means increased risk of drowning. That’s why water safety awareness is an initiative Pool Scouts firmly believes in, not just during May but throughout the year. We have some practical steps you and your family can take to make time spent in the pool safe AND fun.

Family jumping into poolWater Safety Games

Games are a great way to get the entire family engaged while spending time in the pool. When you throw in a little competition, it’s sure to get everyone’s attention. Here are a few games that teach different aspects of water safety. It’s recommended that all games below be played in the shallow end of your pool.

  • A Scavenger Hunt in the pool is a great way for kids to have fun in the pool while teaching them not to be afraid of water. Divide the family into teams and have them dive for items that are heavy enough to sink to the bottom of the pool.
  • The game Atomic Whirlpool teaches children about currents. In this game, everyone gathers in a circle, and begins walking in a circle. Then everyone will gradually change to a jog, and finally a run, staying in a circle. Once there’s a whirlpool going, everyone stops and tries to go in the other direction. This one is also great exercise!
  • Red Light Green Light is a game that teaches listening to swim instructors, and to stop when they hear a whistle blow. Much like the land version, when the instructor says ‘green light’ everyone will advance toward the instructor. When they say ‘red light’ everyone must stop. Anyone who moves when they say ‘red light’ is out. Whoever gets to the instructor first wins.

Other Fun Ways to Incorporate Water Safety

  • Use water toys, such as pool noodles, to help make swimming fun and safe. However, make sure to not have too many floats in the pool at once, as this can make it difficult to see kids swimming, and remove them from the pool when play is done so they don’t become temptations for little swimmers once everyone is out of the pool.
  • Online water safety can be just as fun on a gloomy day. Check out this site, which includes a pool safety song featuring Laurie Berkner and an app with water safety games. Be sure to check out our water safety activity pages as well, featuring Fleur the Flamingo!
  • Always swim with a buddy. Making sure children always have a buddy to swim with will be fun for them, but also ensures they’re never alone in the pool.

Tips for A Safer Pool

In addition to making sure your family is aware of water safety, here are some other important practices you should always have in place.

  • Install proper barriers or alarms around your pool. Having the proper barrier or an alarm will ensure no one is in the pool area when it’s not swim time. In addition, teach children to never try and climb over the gate or fence.
  • Know how to perform CPR. Keep up with a current CPR certification, so that you’re always prepared.
  • Have a designated water watcher. Make sure that when there are children in the pool, there is an adult assigned as the ‘designated water watcher.’
  • Check chemicals on a regular basis. This is especially important right now as everyone works to keep a healthy and clean environment. Keeping a clean pool can help kill viruses and germs. Check pH and sanitizer levels daily before using your pool. Maintain a 7.2 pH and a 3-5ppm chlorine level. If you’re tired of the constant upkeep of pool chemicals, give Pool Scouts a call!

With these water safety tips and best practices, you can enjoy your pool knowing that your family is informed and prepared. For more information on water safety, visit our Water Safety page.

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How to Enjoy Your Pool During Social Distancing

Family playing in their backyard swimming pool

While spring and summer may look a little different than normal, it’s still important to get outside! Just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean that your backyard activities have to take a hit. After all, the CDC has explained that coronavirus, or COVID-19, is not spread through pools or hot tubs as long as they are properly maintained and disinfected. (More on that here.)

Little girl relaxing in a pool float in the swimming poolWith all the benefits that Vitamin D brings to your body and immune system, we’d argue that soaking up sunshine and fresh air is more important now than ever.  Not to mention, swimming is a great form of exercise to support cardiovascular health. Going outside for pool time can also help manage some of the stress and uncertainty during this time and support your mental health in addition to your physical health.

Pool Activities for the Whole Family

We’ve come up with a few fun pool games to share with you and your family. Need more ideas? Here’s a list of 40 pool games to continue the family bonding.

  • Create an obstacle course race involving your pool. This can include as many or as little objects as you’d like and can be changed up to be easy or difficult depending on the racer’s skill sets. Have teams race to the tree in the backyard, then hula hoop for 10 seconds (if you drop it, you have to start the hula hooping over). Once you complete the hula hoop challenge, walk to the pool and jump in, grab a pool noodle and swim from one end of the pool to the other. Whoever finishes first is the winner and gets to come up with the next obstacle course.
  • Boat Racing. For this activity, you can choose teams or play individually. Each team or person has 30 minutes to create a boat made of whatever supplies you have lying around the house (cardboard, colored paper, markers, etc). Make sure to name your boat! Once the time is up, teams will put their boats in the pool, and the one that stays afloat longest wins!
  • Diving board contest. You can get as creative as you’d like with this one. Have contestants compete by jumping off the diving board one at a time with whatever jump the “judge” comes up with. It could be biggest splash, best belly flop, most creative dive, etc.
  • The Invisible Bottle Game. For this game, you’ll split up into two teams and fill an empty clear 2-liter bottle (or water bottle) with pool water. Both teams will face away from the pool, while one person throws the bottle into the pool. When they hear the splash, they can turn around and try to find the clear bottle. Whoever finds it first is the winner.

These are just a few ideas of games to get you started, but pool time really opens up the door to get creative. We encourage you to think outside the box and invent games of your own. The sillier the better! During a difficult time like this, it’s important to stay positive, keep moving and lean on loved ones. Pool games are a sure fire way to take your mind off of current health concerns and focus on fun.

If you have concerns or questions around what’s safe in regards to your pool, we’ve put together a page that answers some of your questions, as well as sharing the benefits of utilizing your pool.

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Top Pool Tips for Snowbirds

Older couple splashing along the edge of a pool and smiling

What Are Snowbirds?

No, it’s not an actual bird. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the definition, winter visitors (the more politically correct term), more commonly known as “snowbirds,” are seasonal travelers, usually retirees, who head south when colder weather approaches. Some of the most popular warm weather states that these travelers head to are Florida and Texas.

Do Snowbirds Have Pools?

Back view of Elderly couple lying by pool at hotel resortYou better believe it! In fact, snowbirds frequently have pools in both their northern, more permanent residence, and at their sunny, southern getaway home. While they must close up shop before heading south as colder weather approaches, they then get to migrate down to warmer temperatures and a pool that will stay open all year long. Since these different locations require different pool care and maintenance, we have a few tips on how Pool Scouts can help prep a pool for the cold winter weather, and also how to maintain for a year-round perfect pool.

How To Close and Open A Pool When Heading South

Pool Scouts has locations in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina to help with your pool closing needs, and will also be around once it’s time to open your pool back up in the spring. Here are a few of the services that a professional Pool Scouts technician will perform. To read the full list, visit our Closing Services page.

Closing and Winterizing Service

  • Test and balance water
  • Blow off pool deck and equipment pad
  • Lower water level and backwash filter
  • Add winterizing chemicals

Once you’re ready to head north as things warm up, Pool Scouts is ready to dive in and take the plunge. Take a look at our Opening Services page for the full break-down of what’s included.

Pool Opening Service

  • Remove, clean and prepare cover for storage
  • Remove plugs and prep pool lines
  • Blow off deck area and equipment pad
  • Start and prime the pool pump

How To Maintain A Year-Round Pool Once Down South

Pool Scouts has a recurring swimming pool cleaning service that will allow winter visitors to make the most of their time in the warmer weather. The last thing you want to worry about is your pool! We’ve got your back. With multiple locations throughout some of the more popular snowbird destination states such as Florida and Texas, we are happy to service our winter visitors. Here are a few of the steps included in our year-round pool cleaning service.

  • Remove leaves and debris from pool surface
  • Clean tile surface at the waterline
  • Empty and clean the skimmer baskets
  • Clean or backwash the filter
  • Check the filter pressure 

While snowbirds have the ultimate dream of a getaway home, and often times getaway pool, this results in more maintenance. Not to worry, Pool Scouts is there every step of the way to make sure that relaxation is the only item on their checklist, living their ultimate luxury lifestyle without the worry of taking care of a pool. Give us a call at 844-775-2742 today!

 
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Diving into the Summer Feet First

Water Fight

Although it may seem as though summer started weeks ago, let’s not forget that the official first day of summer is June 21st! The temperature is rising, the kids are already sunburnt and worn out, and your personal pool has been occupied every day since the middle of May. The question is: How will you bring all of that enthusiasm from the “beginning of summer” back for the actual beginning of summer ? Here are a few fun yet relaxing activities for the first days of summer.

Date Night By the Pool

Movie Night PopcornHire a sitter, and instead of making sure the kids are kept busy, let them have some downtime via a movie night with all the fixin’s: popcorn, candy and maybe even a little soda (what a treat)! Instead of enforcing bedtime, have them roll out the sleeping bags in the family room and camp out, falling asleep to the movie. Meanwhile, you should be outside, relaxing by the pool with some wine, lanterns, music, and other neighborhood moms and dads. The kids probably need this time and so do you!

Have a pajama day.

When the kids wake up, let them stay in their pajamas all day long. Don’t make them change clothes until it is time for them to change into more pajamas.

Have a daiquiri day.

Unleash the fruit and the blender from the ‘fridge and help the kids make their own fruity concoctions. Bring your pitcher out to the pool, sip your smoothie, and catch some rays. Take a dip when you feel the heat calls for it.

Summer Reading?

Summer Reading Make those summer reading requirements a little less dreadful and a little more exciting for the kids. Have them read by the pool instead of confining them to a silent room indoors. Allow them to take a splash for each ten pages they read.

Take Time For an Evening Dip!

Have a family nighttime swim session. Bring the whole fam’ out to the pool for a moonlit swim right before bed. This will allow you to combine a healthy, end-of-the-day activity with some good, quality family bonding time– bonding time that doesn’t include watching a movie.

Have a picnic by the pool.

Pack sandwiches and popsicles, unfold a blanket, and eat lunch outside in swim suits. Cool off and float around the pool on a noodle afterwards.   After a week of lazy swims and summer relaxation, morale will be higher for everyone and the start of summer will have you back on your feet for the rest of the season. Pool Scouts is your go to source for getting and keeping your pool swim-ready. Offering a menu of services, you can be sure your pool will be sparkling for summer fun!   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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