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Narellan Pools releases new AR App for Fiberglass Pools

Narellan Pools released a new AR App for Fiberglass Pools. Their augmented reality allows you to visualize a pool in your own backyard.

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Narellan Pools AR App

Fiberglass swimming pool brand, Narellan Pools, has entered the digital technology space with its new augmented reality app.

The Narellan Pools AR App is an interactive and detailed app that allows prospective clients to visualize the pool they’ve always wanted, at home in ‘3D’, ‘full-scale’, or ‘in miniature’ modes. The app enables clients to digitally place a Narellan Pools swimming pool to scale, in their backyard, through the power of augmented reality.

Now available to download for iOS and Android in the USA, Narellan Pools AR takes the process of designing a pool out of the showroom and into the home. Narellan Pools recognizes that potential clients can feel hesitant about making a pool purchase, given how difficult it can be to visualize the final result without seeing a picture of the project beforehand. The app ensures clients feel more confident about how their vision will come to life before they move forward with a purchase.

Narellan Pools new AR app allows homeowners to instantly visualize an inground pool in their own backyard.

Licensees and contractors can utilize the app to their advantage by encouraging potential leads to download the app and visualize their new pool right in their backyard. In a time of social distancing, Narellan Pools AR is an essential tool in reaching clients who can’t meet in the showroom.

“Our new app is another way we’re delivering a world-class client experience.”

Chris Meyer, Narellan Pools’ Managing Director

“The AR App is the first step to owning a Narellan Pool for our clients of today, and the future. Our clients want to create a home that is a sanctuary from modern day life. A pool is an extension of our homes for exercise, recreation, relaxation, and refuge. The AR App allows the buying journey to begin right away, meaning you can start creating the pool of your dreams by using the power of your mobile device.”

The Narellan Pools AR App doesn’t just allow clients to place any shape from the Narellan Pools range in their backyard virtually, it also lets them change the pool’s size and color to see what will align with their dream best. Users don’t have to be in their backyard to use the app, either. With the ‘in-miniature’ mode, they can adjust scaling to fit any space, so they can easily show someone a pool design on their kitchen table for instance.

AR apps have typically been created for small consumer products, games, or gimmicks, as development can get more complex with large products. Narellan Pools was keen to buck the trend and launch an augmented reality app that showcased a large consumer product – in this case, a swimming pool.

“There was a lot of work involved to make sure the Narellan Pools AR App stands out in the market.”

Peter Baily, Narellan Pools’ Chief Development Officer.

“Getting that pool scaling right was key to providing clients a realistic and helpful experience. We’re excited that the app is already helping consumers to make a buying decision around the pool of their dreams.”

The easy-to-use app offers a huge array of features such as the sharing functionality, so clients can send their pool ideas to family and friends and the ability for clients to include an AR image with their contact details when requesting a free quote from a licensee.

Narellan Pools AR is another exciting way for contractors to connect with clients throughout the USA to experience our American made pools, which are handcrafted with care in state-of-the-art facilities.

About Narellan Pools

From humble beginnings in a chicken shed in south western Sydney, Australia nearly 50 years ago, Narellan Pools has grown to become a leading manufacturer of advanced fiberglass pools. Narellan Pools are now available in North America. We have an incredible network of highly trained and passionate local pool builders who love bringing their clients’ dreams to life.

Narellan Pools are the quintessential client-centric business where the client is truly at the core of everything we do. We are committed to delivering the world’s best and most loved client experiences by delivering quality products at all times, operating with integrity and respect, and providing professional advice and personalised service. To learn more, visit

Media Contact:

Peter Baily
Chief Development Officer– Narellan Pools
+61 2 9684 8007

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Waterline Toys Wins Moms Choice Gold Award

Pool Toys SkimBe and Skim To The Pin both win Moms Choice Award

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Pool Toy SkimBe and Skim To The Pin both win Moms Choice Gold Award


The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named Waterline Toys’ debut products – SkimBe® and Skim To The Pin® – as winners of the prestigious Gold Award in the “Best In Family-Friendly Products” category. This evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.

“We are thrilled to earn this award from Mom’s Choice, Honoring Excellence,” says Sheri Morgan, Owner of Waterline, “especially since Q4 2020 marked our entry into the toy industry, with SkimBe and Skim To The Pin as our debut products.”

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval.

“Our aim to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”

“We’re also delighted with both consumer and trade response to SkimBe and its Skim To The Pin game,” added Ms.Morgan, “given its unique appeal as an outdoor toy that’s truly year-round, equally fun in the water as well as the ice and snow.”


A beach walk and handmade toy has evolved into a family start-up centered around a fun, pool and water toy that plays all year round! We know having fun and playing, SAFELY, in and around water creates opportunities for fun and memories anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re a kid, college student, adult or family, people of all ages get together outside to play. Play offers memorable moments, positive and engaging experiences that strengthen our physical, mental and social-emotional health. We know how important it is to find multi-generational ways for families to be together having fun because we are raising a family too and families come in all sizes, and ages and finding ways to play together is so important.

Play with SkimBe® with family, friends, or solo. Play Skim to the Pin®, our water version of “closest to the pin” or create your own ways to play. You can slide it, skim it, skip it, and jump it. Just don’t leave it behind! So grab a SkimBe, get outside, have some fun and make some memories. #howdoyouskimbe #wheredoyouskimbe

About the Mom’s Choice Awards®

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries.

Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

Learn more about the Mom’s Choice Awards by visiting their website:

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Barry M. Schwartz/Schwartz Public Relations Associates/

212-677-8700, ext. 118

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Structure Studios Announces Version 3 of Industry-Leading Design Software

Version 3 Combines Stunning 3D Technology with Radically Improved Performance

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Pool Rendering Software - VIP3D Version 3 - Structure Studios

Structure Studios today announced the release of Vip3D Version 3, Pool Studio Version 3, and VizTerra Version 3, all available for download now. With a totally redesigned 3D Engine and a dramatically improved 3D library, Version 3 of each software package gives pool designers, landscapers, and builders the tools they need to quickly and easily create elegant 3D presentations that amaze and delight their customers.

VIP3D Version 3

Version 3 leverages the most advanced technology to make available powerful and innovative tools, features, models, and materials that radically improve the design process. With Version 3, users can emotionally engage more clients with stunning, interactive, and immersive presentations that make their virtual outdoor living spaces feel like home.

VIP3D Version 3 is the most popular softwares being used today for generating sophisticated 3D pool renderings.

“Last year alone, designers created 1.8 million outdoor living projects with our software.”

Noah nehlich – structure studios

“After a year of remarkable growth in the pool and landscape industry, including a significant uptick in project inquiries and high demand for pool and landscape design and installation, Version 3 now makes it faster and easier for designers, landscapers, and builders to rise to the occasion and not just meet that demand but also share with their clients a vision of their outdoor living space like none other.” said Noah Nehlich.

Version 3.0 includes numerous enhancements such as grass, strip lighting, and exciting new visual effects.

New Enhancements for Elegant 3D Presentations

The many new features and benefits of Version 3 include numerous time-saving tools that make it as enjoyable for designers to create outdoor living spaces as it is for clients to explore them.

  • Next-level realistic real-time 3D rendering
  • Edit shapes instantly in 3D
  • More automatic terrain data
  • All new material library

Vip3D Version 3 also includes exclusive new features, like 3D grass, strip lighting, and new visual effects and materials, as well as exclusive new tools, like Fast Mode, professional camera tools, and sky and water controls, that make it incredibly easy to add the perfect finishing touches to projects, faster and more beautifully than ever before.

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Version 3 is available now as a completely free update for all current Vip3D, Pool Studio, and VizTerra members and as a download for new members. For membership terms, system requirements, and help determining if your current system is compatible with Version 3, visit or call (800) 778-8996.

About Structure Studios

Since 2000, Structure Studios of Henderson, Nevada, has been offering the highest quality, most realistic, and easiest-to-use professional real-time 3D design and presentation software in the industry. By continuously improving the most revolutionary and innovative 3D design software, Structure Studios fulfills the goal of improving lives through 3D experiences by empowering designers, builders, and landscapers to achieve absolutely spectacular results. To learn more about Structure Studios, visit or call (800) 778-8996.

Media Contact

Stefanie Dunn
Structure Studios
(702) 433-0274

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Claffey Pools Helps Residents Recover From Freeze Damage, With Help from Above

Claffey Pools team of nearly 100 employees are working tirelessly to restore nearly 1,000 area pool systems after the recent deep freeze.

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Claffey Pools Helps Residents Recover From Freeze Damage, With Help from Above

After a freezing winter storm shut down power in Texas in February, many pool owners experienced damage. With plumbing lines and equipment compromised, tens of thousands of pools across Texas were damaged beyond use. The Claffey Pools team of nearly 100 employees continues to work tirelessly to restore nearly 1,000 area pool systems. Serving North Texas for more than 30 years, Claffey Pools specializes in pool construction, service and renovation. Several weeks later, the Claffey Pools team can see the finish line on what has been and will be its most complicated and challenging endeavor. We sat down with Claffey Pools president Charlie Claffey to learn more about how his team weathered the storm.

FOR MORE THAN 34 YEARS… Claffey Pools has built more than 10,000 pools in North Texas. The Claffey Pools team is ranked third in the United States according to the “Pool and Spa News” Top 50 builders. Claffey Pools helps lead the industry by assisting in the adoption of Texas’ first uniform pool building code, serving the Texas Pool and Spa Coali- tion, the International Code Council, the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance and the Master Pools Guild.

WE ARE INDUSTRY LEADERS BECAUSE… of the tireless efforts of our staff, the talents of our trade partners and a culture centered on a passionate commitment for excellence.

TEXAS WAS DEVASTATED… by this winter weather. The never-before-seen cold, combined with power outages that, in some cases, lasted for days, caused immeasurable damage to homes and pools across the state. In what may go down as the single largest weather-related disaster in our nation’s history, swimming pools that rely on electricity to keep water moving were frozen solid.

WE WERE OVERWHELMED… with hundreds of calls, emails and texts in the days of the freeze. Our team assisted hundreds of clients at all hours of the night with calls and field visits. After the first few days, it was apparent that managing the requests without centralized communication and processes was impossible. In less than 24 hours, our team developed a web portal that gathered the data necessary to categorize damages and dispatch field personnel. The portal went live at 5 p.m. on February 18. By February 20, we were faced with the daunting task of performing nearly 900 freeze assessments.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE… in the last month can only be explained as miraculous. With our backs against the wall, the God-inspired ideas, systems, communication and execution is unfounded. The teamwork of employees, trade partners, supply side partners and manufacturing partners will forever change us. Our team, with daily help from above, has performed 900 assessments and estimates and repaired over 700 pools, covering a 120-mile radius, in just seven weeks. From what we are being told, the industry will be lucky to finish the balance of the repairs in seven months.

WE HAVE INCREDIBLE… team members that have worked seven-day weeks since the freeze event started — many working 20 hour days. We have incredible trade partners and manufacturing relationships that have been critical to the process. We have amazing people who have done amazing things.

WE ARE GRATEFUL… to God for the inspiration and guidance. From being inspired to clear the entire supply side chain inventory before anyone else reacted to being guided to design website portals, mechanized assessments and workflow management tools, our team has always been a step ahead.

THANK YOU… to our loyal clients. Throughout the entire process, our amazing clients have allowed us to pilot processes, use their homes as assessment training grounds, helped us feed our employees and even remodeled a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in one week — just to allow us to hold a never-before-seen amount of product. The friendships that are created as a result of working for so many of you is what makes each day special. Thank you.

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Claffey Pools

1625 Brumlow Avenue, Southlake, Texas 76092

Phone 817.488.5795

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