Pool Fun

When you’re hanging around the swimming pool with your friends, why not try to impress them with your knowledge of all things water-trivia related.

The swimming pool builders at Hawaiian Pools have compiled a list of water fun facts so you can impress your friends!

  • Did you know that close to 70% of all people in the United States don’t know how to swim?
  • Did you know that the average person’s body makes 25,000 quarts of saliva over the course of a lifetime; that’s enough saliva to fill two swimming pools!
  • The most popular swimming stroke? The crawl (also known as freestyle). It’s also considered the fastest stroke (two facts in one!)
  • Did you know that swimming strengthens all of your body’s major muscles as well as your heart and lungs?
  • Did you know that an hour of swimming can burn off close to 700 calories; that’s more than walking or biking.
  • Swimming is the best cardiovascular exercise you can undertake because the water’s resistance is 10 times stronger than the air.
  • Did you know that swimming reduces stress?
  • Did you know that swimming is a perfect, no impact exercise for anyone needing physical therapy or rehabilitation from another injury.
  • Did you know the slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breast stroke?
  • Did you know the bikini was named after a nuclear testing site in the South Pacific called Bikini Atoll?

The next time you’re relaxing in the swimming pool, toss out some of this trivia and test your friends’ knowledge! Feel free to add this additional bit of trivia… an elephant can swim up to 20 miles per day, using their trunks as snorkels!

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You know that in summer months people love to take a dip in your backyard pool but consider throwing a themed pool party with a few of our hints and tips complete with decorations, games, food and invitations.

Invite your girlfriends and have a women’s only spa day. Invite your friends to a day of lounging by the swimming pool, sipping cocktails and getting manicures and pedicures! Hire the services of a beautician or a manicurist for an afternoon of pampering. Offer each guest a pretty gift container filled with nail files, nail polish, toe separators, pumice and indulgent lotions. Once the mani/pedis are over, relax poolside at tables draped in pink or purple (or your favorite color!) and provide light snacks, fruits and mini cupcakes.

“Speak Like A Pirate Day” happens every year in September! How about a fun Pirate-themed party for the kids? Send rolled-up and tied with a ribbon treasure map invitations and make your swimming pool be the “X” where the treasure hunt fun begins! Deliver the invitations inside an empty water bottle; add a few chocolate coins or some gold jewelry to make it more festive. Offer the kids some pirate-themed games like looking for underwater-buried treasure. To do this drop heavy plastic coins and small toys into the swimming pool and let the kids jump in and find them. Offer prizes to the child that finds the most items. Make sure there are adults on hand to watch the children as they go underwater looking for the prizes. Have a “best cannonball” contest by having the children walk the plank (diving board). Have a “sword” fight with swimming pool noodles. Have red and black beach balls; use red and black beach towels and tablecloths. Use ship-themed table decorations, scatter shells and gold pieces (chocolate candy) and even costume jewelry around the tables to enhance the theme. Provide pirate hats and let the fun begin!

Remember the fun you used to have at drive-in theaters? Host a drive-in (dive-in!) swimming pool party. Make certain you have inflatable lounge chairs and inflatable floating tables and chairs, move your big screen TV outside or rent a projector and hang a sheet and watch the movie on that. Pick a couple of favorite movies in a specific theme and then choose invitations to match. Watch water-themed movies such as The Little Mermaid or Jaws. Offer popcorn, candy and beverages and enjoy the party once the sun goes down.

Regardless of the theme of your swimming pool party, here are some additional items to keep on hand making any swimming pool party a success:

  • Have extra towels and flip flops on hand
  • Have a room set aside for guests to change into and out of their bathing suits
  • Keep plastic drink cups available – no glassware poolside
  • Keep the chairs and table set ups fluid and easy to move around for easy conversation
  • Inflatables are always fun; have a lot on hand
  • Keep candles, tiki torches and citronella candles on hand for when the sun comes down and the bugs come out
  • Place bottles of sunscreen in plain sight so guests can relax and avoid sunburn.
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