Pools, spas, hot tubs, lap pools all offer many cardiovascular and strengthening health benefits. In fact, according to a study done by the University of South Carolina, swimming has been shown to have more benefits than running or jogging. However, pool safety is the first responsibility.
There is no substitute for adult supervision. While kids are in the pool, an adult should provide his or her full attention to the activities. Reading a book, sunning, grilling or cooking in your outdoor kitchen; they are all distractions that prevent you from keeping a sharp eye on swimmers.
While adult supervision is a must, there are other layers of protection that can be added to your swimming pool so that if someone falls, there is another layer of protection. Some of the protective options for your pool or spa include:
- Self-latching gates or doors
- Safety covers
- Outside phone
Our team of designers can help you determine the best solutions for your swimming pool and incorporate all the desired safety features during your initial build or for existing pools.
Kids love to play in and around the pool, but adults often enjoy it as much. Slides, diving boards, basketball hoops or volleyball nets all add to the enjoyment of a pool in your backyard. When having fun, it’s important to remember not to dive in head first or dive near other swimmers. Always know the depth of the water your “playing” in so you’re completely aware of your surroundings. Enter the pool feet first for safety purposes.
No matter how well prepared you may be, there may come a time when an emergency arises. Knowing CPR and having a phone outside can be valuable when minutes count. The American Red Cross and other organizations have CPR classes throughout the year.
Maintain your pool. Keeping your pool clean and in top shape is very important. If you’re going to check the chemicals yourself, be sure you’ve been properly trained by a professional. Hawaiian Pool Builders can also service your pool to ensure chemicals are properly balanced and stored.
How many times did you hear the word WALK lovingly shouted at you as a kid? This couldn’t be more important than while your children are near the pool. Running is a recipe for a slip and fall so mimic your mom and remind the kids to WALK when on the pool deck.
Learn to swim. Check the local Y or other organizations in your area and learn to be a good swimmer as this is vital for children and adults alike! Knowing how to swim will increase your enjoyment of the pool!
Everyone loves a swimming pool and while the fun never seems to end, be sure to keep safety top of mind for hours of wonderful outdoor enjoyment.