Top Pool Tips for Snowbirds

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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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Bundle Up Your Pool For Winter

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Do I Need to Close My Pool?

… if you live somewhere with a notable change in the seasons (i.e. not Texas or Florida) then the answer is likely yes! Once the water temperature remains consistently below 65°F, it’s time to start thinking about closing up shop.

We get it. Closing your pool indicates putting the swim cap on summer. With all the fun (and warm!) memories from those balmy months, it can be hard to admit that it’s finally time to take the plunge and close up your pool for the season. But the last thing you want is for your pool to freeze! In fact, that is the number one concern.

Reasons to Close Your Pool

Fall leaves floating in swimming pool water

There are multiple reasons why you should close your pool in colder climate regions. Simply put, when water freezes it expands and there is the potential for pipes or equipment to be damaged. Properly draining your filter, pump, skimmer and return lines will help to ensure that your equipment does not crack during the cold winter months, resulting in costly repair or replacement.

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. Pro tip: when you schedule your pool closing with Pool Scouts, go ahead and schedule your pool opening as well!

What if I want to keep my pool open?

Leaving your pool open all year is a viable option for some and may save you a few dollars in the long run! Just make sure to do it right. Here are a few 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 we are happy to do during the winter months

Two pool technicians putting a pool cover on a swimming pool

For your pool closing service needs, Pool Scouts is your go-to source. Give us a call at 844-775-2742 or click here to find a location near you. We prep your pool for hibernation and make sure it’s ready to use the following season. In fact, when you call to schedule your pool closing, you can go ahead and schedule your opening service! That way, you can count down the days until you are swimming laps again or enjoying a cocktail at the water’s edge.

If you’re planning to keep your pool open year-round, be sure to keep us on the schedule bi-weekly or monthly for your pool maintenance needs.

Still unsure what to do with your backyard oasis? No worries. Pool Scouts is more than happy to answer your pool closing and winterizing service questions! Give us a call or drop us a note with any inquiries you might have.

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How to Throw a Safe Kids’ Pool Party

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Children who were born during the warm spring and summer months routinely experience a perk that fall and winter babies have only dreamed of—annual birthday pool parties!

These fortunate kids have the luxury of mixing their birthday celebrations with cannonball dives and games of Marco Polo. But along with all of the sun and fun comes the additional threat of pool-related mishaps, like injuries or even drowning. Parents can help mitigate these threats by following a few simple rules:

Designate a Water Watcher

Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization that strives to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries, recommends having a designated Water Watcher when children are swimming near adults. A Water Watcher is an adult who agrees to keep a close eye on the kids in the water, without distractions, and wear a Water Watcher tag. After a designated amount of time (15-20 minutes), the card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for supervising the kids. This allows all of the adults to share in the fun of the party, as well as the responsibility for the children’s safety.

To designate an official Water Watcher at your next kids’ pool party, download the Water Watcher tag here.

Learn CPR

Accidents happen, and you just never know when cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can help save a child’s life. If a child is drowning his/her heart could stop beating. CPR is used to keep oxygenated blood flowing, which helps keep vital organs alive. The American Heart Association believes that keeping the blood flow active extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation once trained medical staff arrive.

To find a CPR certification class in your area, click here. Classes may also be available at a local community college or university.

Establish the Rules Early On

Before the kids jump into the pool it’s a good idea to sit them down for a minute or two and go over a few safety rules. Misty Selph, program developer, and Jennifer White, swim school specialist, at the Starfish Aquatics Institute, recommend establishing the following rules:

  • No running
  • Jump in feet first
  • No pushing or shoving
  • No holding others under the water
  • Look before you jump in the water to make sure that it’s clear of people and toys

Know Your Swimmers

Selph and White also recommend that the adults who are hosting the party know the swimming ability of the children attending. Non-swimmers need to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket because, sadly, inflatable water wings can easily come off or deflate and put children at risk. Parents either need to bring their own lifejackets or make sure that the host is providing them.

Make Sure the Pool is Clean and Clear

Cloudy pool water can be caused by a number of things, including improper chlorine and pH balance–issues that can usually be remedied by adding the right mix of chemicals to the water. But cloudy water is not only unattractive to the eye; it can also be extremely dangerous. The cloudy haze of the water makes it all but impossible to see if a child is slowly sinking to the to bottom of the pool or is in any other kind of danger. So, make sure to keep that pool clean and clear before those party invitations go out.

Pool Scouts is here to clean up before and after your pool party! Be sure to give us a call to help out this party season!

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How To Avoid Sunburn

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Where would we be without the sun? Cold, pale and starving, that’s where. The sun is the source of all life on this planet, and mild exposure to its plentiful rays can help boost your immune system and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. However, too much sun can result in a myriad of problems, including sunburn. And as the swim season gets underway you and your family are even more prone to the dangers of sun exposure. But don’t fret. Human ingenuity has created ways for all of us to enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer without the side effects of scorched skin. So, you can enjoy your time at the pool, the park, the ocean or the camping grounds, and still return home with the fresh, healthy skin that you left with.

Preventing Sunburns

Sunburns are arguably the top hazard of spending too much time outdoors in warm weather (bug bites and profuse sweating are tied for second place.) These burns are not only irritating to the touch, but they can result in blistering, peeling skin and eventually lead to skin cancer. “Unprotected skin will burn in about 10-30 minutes, depending on the time of day, your skin type, and your altitude,” says Dr. Janet H. Prystowsky, board certified dermatologist. “By the time you notice warning signs, like redness, sensitivity, and warm skin, you’re likely well on your way to being sunburnt.”

To reduce your chances of too much sun exposure you could hide indoors all summer or seek refuge under a shady tree or canopy–but that’s hardly the way to make the most of the summer season. Your best line of defense against a sunburn, during the summer or any time of the year, is wearing sunscreen.

What Kind?

Prystowsky recommends using a formula that is water-resistant and contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, which block both UVA and UVB radiation. She also recommends using a formula that has an SPF of 30-50. Yes, there are sunscreens on the market that offer SPF levels up to 100, but “after SPF 50, the difference in protection becomes less significant,” she says. “SPF 100 is not twice as protective as SPF 50. The real determining factor of protection is applying enough and reapplying frequently.”

How Much?

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating. And be sure to apply that sunscreen all over your body. “Even if you are wearing a shirt, put sunscreen on underneath,” says Prystowsky. She also notes that the ears, ankles, feet, and the back of your neck are places that are often overlooked–so don’t forget to slather it on in those areas as well. And if you think that you’ve applied enough sunscreen then you should still probably apply more. Prystowsky notes that the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass, but that most people only use half that amount. So, keep on slathering until your entire body is covered. After all, you never can have too much protection.

Pool Scouts likes to help our clients maximize their fun in the sun. So, if you agree to keep your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays, we’ll agree to provide you with a clean, sparkling pool to jump into all season long.

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Argh, I Need To Deal With The Pool!

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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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Why Hair Turns Green In The Pool And 9 Ways To Fix It!

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All you blondes out there are probably dealing with similar struggles this summer. If your hair turns green after taking a splash in the pool, you’re certainly not alone. Green hair can be an irritating setback during a season expected to be fun and free, so we are here to explain the mystery and solve the problem!

At some point in time, you’ve probably heard that blonde hair turns green after a swim-session because of the chlorine in pool water. You most likely believed chlorine to be the culprit from that point on. You’re not completely wrong, but the truth is, copper is actually the main factor at fault. Copper is a metal found in water. Even tap water with a high copper content can give your hair a green tint! However, the green color is more likely to show up after swimming in the pool because pool water contains chlorine. Chlorine and copper bond together to form a film that sticks to the proteins in each strand of hair, causing the hair to turn green.

How to Prevent and/or Fix Green Hair

We know this is an annoyance, even while knowing it isn’t permanent. Whether you’re hoping to prevent green hair before it appears or trying to wash the green out of your hair after a swim, here are a few solutions to test.

  1. Leave-in conditioner – If you apply leave-in conditioner before swimming, the pool water won’t stick to your hair as easily.
  2. Wet hair – Don’t get in the pool with dry hair. If you start with wet hair, chlorine and copper won’t hang onto your hair as tightly.
  3. Always, always, always wash your hair as soon as you are done swimming for the day.
  4. V8/Tomato Juice – Coat your hair with tomato juice or V8 and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Wash and condition as normal when you are finished.
  5. Ketchup – Coat your hair in ketchup. Either wrap it in up tinfoil or put on a swim cap and let it sit for about 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.
  6. Aspirin – Crush 6-8 aspirin tablets inside a bowl, add warm water to it, and let it dissolve. Put the aspirin-water mixture into your hair and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse it out with clean water, then shampoo and condition normally.
  7. Baking soda – Use ¼ – ½ a cup of baking soda and mix water with it in order to make a paste. Massage the paste into green hair and rinse it out with clean water, then wash and condition normally. The amount of times this needs to be done will depend on the intensity of the green color.
  8. Lemon juice – Saturate your hair with lemon juice and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as normal.
  9. Lemon Kool-Aid – Mix the Kool-Aid with water and apply it to the green areas in the hair and let it sit for several minutes. Shampoo and condition normally.

Try these tricks on yourself or your kids. You’ll finally be able to enjoy a pool day without having to worry about losing those gorgeous golden locks! Good luck!

Get on the Schedule

Give Pool Scouts a call at 844-775-2742 for all of your pool service needs! Or fill out the form to the right for a free estimate. We’ll keep your backyard oasis cannonball ready at all times. Perfect Pools, Scout’s Honor.

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Green Pool Got You Down?

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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

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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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Diving into the Summer Feet First

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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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5 Steps To Keep Your Pool Safe This Season

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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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