Pool Scouts Partners with Hope Floats Foundation to Provide Swim Lessons

up close photo of little girl swimming

In celebration of Water Safety Month, Pool Scouts franchisees raised money throughout the month of May to provide swim lessons to children who otherwise would not be able to afford them. Each participating franchisee donated $1 per pool cleaning in May to Hope Floats Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to protect every child’s life from drowning. The donations raised will go towards providing swimming lessons to underprivileged children in each franchisee’s individual territory. 

We are proud to announce that with the help of our Pool Scouts locations and a very generous corporate donation match from Hope Floats Foundation owner Cindy Tonnesen and husband Dave, we were able to raise $16,630! This will provide nearly 800 swim lessons to children so that they can learn the valuable life-saving skill of swimming.

How Water Safety Month Started

Water Safety Month is an annual awareness campaign that occurs each May and focuses on promoting the importance of water safety for children and adults alike. This campaign began with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals who hoped to raise awareness about water safety and to help all children and their families to have positive and safe experiences around the water. 

“We couldn’t be more proud to partner with Hope Floats and are thrilled with the results we saw for our 2021 campaign,” said Pool Scouts president Michael Wagner. “Water safety is obviously extremely important to us and we’re always looking for ways to make our communities and neighbors more safe when it comes to enjoying the water.” 

The Startling Statistics

The leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 and the second leading cause of death in children under 14 is drowning. Hope Floats Foundation has made it their mission to teach less fortunate children about the potential dangers of swimming, to teach them water safety and safe swimming practices. 

Swimming pools account for at least 75% of drowning deaths in children under 15, so Pool Scouts has made it a priority to spread awareness about the importance of learning to swim, providing a safe environment for all families. 

Pool Scouts is Committed to Changing Those Stats

Underwater Photo of Mom & Son Swimming in a PoolHope Floats Foundation has committed itself to changing these overwhelming statistics by providing lessons to children whose families are unable to provide them with swimming lessons. Pool Scouts works alongside Hope Floats Foundation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim. 

We recognize that the ability to swim is one of the most valuable skills to promote a safe, happy life for your children, and we take great pride in the work that we do with Hope Floats Foundation to make this a reality.

Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise which focuses on delivering quality service and providing pool cleaning services, maintenance and minor repairs for residential pools. In addition to keeping your pools clean, Pool Scouts takes water safety very seriously and advocates for the spread of safe water practices not only during Water Safety Month, but all year round. 

Pool Scouts’ goal is to keep your family and children safe, while also helping you enjoy your pool and relaxation by the water. For more information, visit https://poolscouts.com.

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Hiring Rates Struggling to Keep Up with Customer Demand in Service Industry

Pool technician testing pool water

As COVID-19 cases are rapidly decreasing, mandates are being lifted throughout the country. Summer is quickly approaching and we are getting that much closer to start living a “normal” life again. People might feel more comfortable being around others outside of their immediate circle, and are getting out more! With the newfound confidence to go out in public and socialize, restaurants are filling up. Demand for home services and other service-based business models is also the highest we’ve seen in years.

Customer Demand Rising More Quickly Than Employment

Customer demand is rising more quickly than businesses can hire though to fulfill this new increased demand. Many businesses had to let employees go at the start of COVID-19, and are still trying to gain an adequate level of staff to keep up with the rising volume of customers.

On almost every restaurant’s website or in their window you’ll see “Now Hiring” messaging front and center. With almost all businesses currently hiring, job-seekers are able to be more selective with employment opportunities. This leaves employers in a difficult position, competing with other similar businesses to grab the attention of viable candidates. The same way we’re seeing a seller’s market with housing, it’s an employee’s market in the hiring industry.

Companies Offering Competitive Benefits

In order to stay competitive, companies are getting creative with how they’re getting people to apply. Minimum wage isn’t cutting it like it used to – people expect added perks. What can the employer do for them? This Wall Street Journal article shares that companies are offering a variety of benefits, from signing bonuses, to higher pay and even paying for employees’ college tuition once they’ve worked at a company for a few months. Other businesses are offering referral bonuses, immediate pay, or even bonuses for making it past a certain amount of time without quitting. It’s imperative that companies communicate that they truly value their employees to even be considered as an option.

The Service Industry as a Whole Experiencing Hiring Shortages

While the restaurant industry is one of the industries getting hit the hardest, they’re not alone. The service industry as a whole has struggled over the past few months. It’s become difficult not only to get quality candidates, but to get candidates period.

Pool Scouts has seen some of these same recent challenges with our pool technician recruitment. However, when we do hire new employees after a detailed interview and screening process, we provide a variety of perks and ensure each team member feels valued. And of course, thorough training so they can have the confidence to do the work. At Pool Scouts, employee morale is a top priority.  When employees feel prioritized, they will provide that same level of support to customers and truly care about the work they’re doing. That level of quality and reliability that Pool Scouts provides is more important than getting a pool cleaned as quickly as possible.

Like almost every business, we’re still wading through these hiring challenges to meet the demand for pool cleaning services – especially as more and more people are investing in back yard pools. More so than past years, for many locations we may require advance planning, flexibility and/or patience from our customers when it comes to scheduling. Additionally, if you or someone you know, is looking for work, check out our open job postings around the country. As always, we’re committed to Perfect Pools, Scout’s Honor.

   
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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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Dive Into Fall Fun in Raleigh, NC!

Dive Into Fall Fun in Raleigh, NC

  Over the last couple months of summer, we’ve been so excited to watch Pool Scouts begin to expand across the nation, offering quality pool cleaning services to customers across multiple states. ferriswheelOne of our first franchise locations to open this year is in Raleigh, North Carolina so we thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about Raleigh in this month’s blog post. For example, did you know there are approximately 7,000 pools in Raleigh?  And as you expand across the Greater Triangle Area that number jumps up to almost 15,000 pools!  Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and also known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees – which means a lot of leaves making their way into all those pools across the city!  Guess it’s a good thing we’ve made our way into town. Tiffiny Consoli, Pool Scouts of the Greater Triangle Area owner and operator, has been running the business for a couple months and is proud to be servicing a community she’s been a part of for over a decade. Tiffiny brings one of a kind energy, smarts and kindness to the business and we’re thrilled to have her as part of the team! Another interesting fact about Raleigh is that folks from all over the country converge in the city this time of year. While the fall season is marked with visits to small town pumpkin patches and rural apple orchards, Raleigh hosts one of the largest and longest running fairs in the country! The annual North Carolina State Fair, held the second week in October, is a spectacle you don’t want to miss. Having in lived in North Carolina myself, I can attest that it is fun event worth the visit! If you need more of an incentive to check it out, here are some interesting facts about the NC State Fair that might peak your interest:
  1. The NC Fair has been running since 1853, giving it a long legacy of 163 years! It has only failed to take place six times in its history for reasons surrounding the Civil War and World War II – understandable. During the 1870s and 1880s, the mills in the area would close their doors so the workers could attend the fair. It has been held in its current location since 1928.
  2. The fair runs for eleven days straight. Exhibits include:
    • Antique Farm Machinery: displays of vintage farming tools including traditional spinning wheel and antique trackers.goat
    • Field of Dreams: This gives grown-ups and kids the chance to experience what it’s like to be a farmer, offering them the opportunity to take part in the “farm to table” experience.
    • Heritage Circle: Always been fascinated by wood carving or blacksmithing? The Circles offers fairgoers a chance to step back in time and see these activities in action.
    • The State Fair Ark: Just as it sounds, the Ark has all sorts of championship animals on display: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, etc.
    • Village of Yesteryear: One of the more popular sights at the fair, the Village features artists and crafters from all over selling their wears.
  3. In addition to the various exhibits that offer you a taste of history, there are numerous competitions and loads of fun entertainment. There are horse shows, baking contests, concerts, fireworks, carnival rides, and more.
  The description above provides an overview of the fair, but doesn’t really do it justice. There is so much to see and do, you won’t be disappointed! My favorite part by far is the fried dough! So hopefully you know a little more about Raleigh than you did before today’s read, and if you live nearby you may be lucky enough to check out the fair. Just remember to keep an eye out for our bold, red and blue Pool Scouts van driving through the neighborhoods of Raleigh as well. You can find out more about the new Pool Scouts location serving the Triangle Area as well special offers on cleaning services and pool closing services by visiting Triangle.PoolScouts.com.
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