Whether you’re a parent looking forward to swimming with your kids, a barbeque pool party enthusiast or a fan of lounging and tanning, we can all agree on one thing.
Pools are wonderful.
Now, it’s been a few months since we could last swim outdoors – so let’s brush up on our pool essentials to make sure you prepare yourself – and your pool – for a season of unforgettable fun.
- Cold Drinks
What’s the first thing you want after a swim and a long tanning session by the pool?
If you’re like most people, the answer is “a cold drink”. Nothing beats a refreshing beverage on a hot summer’s day – and it’s a great way to make sure you stay hydrated.
Another thing that’ll help you stay cool is…
- Brimmed Hat
Getting a sun-stroke or sun-burn because you forgot to wear a hat can ruin your day. That’s why it’s important to take care and cover your head when you’re at the swimming pool. Brimmed hats tend to be light and have the added benefit of protecting your face and eyes from U.V. rays.
Just don’t forget to bring some…
- Sun cream or Sun Spray
2 in 3 Australian adults will get skin cancer before they turn 70. Fortunately, this form of cancer is almost always treatable – but it’s still best to use creams and sprays that block carcinogenic U.V. rays. This’ll all but eliminate your chances of getting melanoma.
When choosing a product, bear in mind that SPF-labeled products do not protect you from U.V. rays; instead, look for creams that have both UVA and UVB labels on them.
Once you’ve made sure your skin is safe, do the same for your feet with…
Keep your feet and nails safe with a pair of flip-flops! Not only is this hygienic – most of them are designed to be non-slippery, which means you can run around the pool area as much as you want while keeping yourself and other people safe.
- Swim Bags
First, you need a spacious pool bag to hold everything you need for your fun, comfort and security at the pool. That means flip-flops; hats; sun screens and sprays; drinks and cups.
Second, you need an inner bag. You don’t want wet swimwear getting the rest of your stuff soggy – so pack it separately in a smaller, waterproof, sealable bag.
If you buy an inner bag, you can more or less use any bag as the bigger, outer bag. No wet objects will be in it – so it doesn’t have to be waterproof.
Now that you’ve got everything you need to have some safe fun at the pool, let’s move on to tips 6-10, which cover swimming pool maintenance and safety!
Swimming Pool Safety & Maintenance Essentials
- Use pool covers & barriers
It’s important to keep insects, animals and people from accidentally falling into your pool. The best way to do this is with a fence or gated barrier.
If this is impractical or unwanted, you should still get a cover – and place it over the pool when you’re not using it. This will make sure nobody ends up in your pool by accident – and prevent debris from falling in.
- Make Sure Your Pool Pump Motor is Water-Free
It’s been a long winter, and chances are that you haven’t looked at your pool’s pump motor for a while. It’s important to do so now to make sure that it’s completely moisture-free.
This is because pump motors, while usually sealed, have a habit of cracking when the seasons change. The last thing you want is for your pump to get ruined because a little water got on it – so take a few minutes to check out its motor before filling up your pool.
- Check and/or Replace Your Filters
You wouldn’t want to go swimming in a dirty pool, right? Right!
That’s why you need to make sure that your pool filters are in working order now, before summer gets into full swing.
Bear in mind that filters can break, grow mold and accumulate dirt – even if you bought them just last year. This is especially common now, when most pools haven’t been used for months.
If something is wrong with your filters, or they fail to block debris – a surefire sign that a filter needs replacement – buying a new one will be inexpensive.
- Check Your Pool’s Structural Integrity
Before you fill up your pool, it’s important to make sure it’s not broken or leaking. A leak can wreck your garden, run up a massive utility bill and annoy neighbors; if you’ve got one, it’s best to nip it in the bud now!
Telltale signs of a leak are broken or cracked tiles. If you see one or more, you may want to hire pool repair professionals to repair it for good.
- Consider Getting Pool Cleaning Services
Summer pool care is about more than just cleaning your pool yourself. It’s also about maintaining a proper balance of chlorine and other cleaning chemicals; making sure there is no bacteria in your water; sanitizing your pool pump and filters.
If you’re not 100% confident in your own abilities to do all of the above on your own, you may be better off hiring professional pool cleaners – at least at the start of the season, when your pool hasn’t been used for a while.
Now that you’ve brushed up on your poolside essentials and swimming pool care & maintenance, it’s finally time to hit the pool and have some fun!
Did we miss out anything you never go to the pool without? Let us know in the comments below – and if you need any swimmingpool services in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas, call us for a free quote by using the number at the top/bottom of this page.