Swimming Pool Games
No summer is complete without competitive games in the swimming pool. These classic games are fun and safe for both children and adults to enjoy all season long.
Marco Polo is a long-time favorite of swimmers everywhere. One player closes their eyes and calls out “Marco” as they try to find the other players. Other swimmers must respond with “Polo” and try to avoid the “it” player. Once a player is captured, they become “Marco” and the game starts over.
Sharks & Minnows
This game is a little more advanced, and should be reserved for older children and adults or strong swimmers. The players line up on one side of the pool, with the “shark” players in the middle of the water. On the count of three, the “minnows” dive into the water and must swim from their side of the pool to the other. The sharks can only tag the minnows when any part of their body is above water. Once tagged, a minnow becomes a shark and can tag other players. For younger players, you can establish safe zones throughout the pool for them to catch their breath.
To play Octopus, choose one player to be “it” and have the other players line up on one side of the pool. Once they’re chosen, players must swim from one side to the other without being tagged. If they’re tagged, they hold hands with the “it” player until there’s only one player left and the game starts over.
Treasure Hunt can be played with a variety of sinkable objects, including coins, seashells, or rocks. The items are scattered across the pool, and players must swim to the bottom and collect as many items as they can before the time is up. The player with the most items at the end of the round is the winner.
These games are fun and safe for swimmers of all age. So get out there and enjoy the summer with your friends and family.
How Often Should You Clean Your Pool?
If there’s one thing you can say about homeowners in Phoenix, AZ, it’s that we love our pools. But one of the most important parts of pool ownership is proper maintenance. Not only can this keep your pool looking beautiful, but it can also extend its longevity and function. A common question we get from our customers is how often a pool should be cleaned to keep it in tip-top shape. This quick guide will break down each step of pool cleaning and how often it should happen.
Daily: Debris Removal
Removing debris is the simplest and most frequent form of pool cleaning. This involves skimming the surface of the pool with a net to remove leaves, insects, and other common items. You should also empty the strainer baskets to help improve circulation and reduce the amount of chlorine you need to add to your pool.
Once a Week: Vacuuming & Tile Cleaning
Vacuuming is another way to keep the water in your pool clear. Some pool vacuums can be left in the water to do the work, while others must be manually swept over the surface of the water. During this weekly maintenance, you should also brush down the tile of the pool to maintain its appearance and to remove algae and other residue. Choose your brush based on the type of surface in your pool. Pools with tile should be cleaned with softer brushes to avoid scratching the surface, while plaster-lined pools can be cleaned with stiffer bristles.
Twice a Season: Clean the Filter
Your pool’s filtration system is a vital part of maintaining a healthy pool. The frequency of the filter cleaning will depend on the type of filter you have and how often the pool is used. As a rule of thumb, aim for a minimum of twice a season. Mid-summer and fall are good times to plan for this maintenance.