Move Over Marco Polo! SkimBe Is Now Taking Over Pool Play…And More
Waterline Toys is excited to introduce our flagship pool toy SkimBe®….an innovative four season multi-aged toy that skips, skims, slides and jumps across water, snow, ice and other slick surfaces, bringing outdoor play to a new dimension.
This patented, polyurethane disc comes in three color options with a rocker bottom and perfect balance that, when thrown in a cross-body motion, or a flick of the wrist, delivers endless possibilities for play and challenges. Reminiscent of quality, family time skipping rocks or throwing a flying disc, pool toy SkimBe brings those memories together in one toy that offers year-round fun. Proven in the pool and beyond, SkimBe adds many more ways to play: challenge a friend or family member for a game of catch, challenge trick shots or come up with your own ideas.
SkimBe’s unique and patented design is poised to take the pool and outdoor fun market by storm. Users will also find it works great on snow, ice or any slick surface as a fun, year-round toy. In cold, winter months, SkimBe® can spice up a game of broomball or try SkimBe® out on a favorite sledding hill, build a ramp and see how far SkimBe® can skim and fly.
For added fun, our Skim to the PinTM product consists of two SkimBe® discs with three color options and a multi-use, floating target for a game of “Closest to the Pin.” Add a second set for a “Party Pack” and the game options expand.
SkimBe is here, in stock and ready to ship in three color options. Skim to the Pin is in stock and available in three color combinations and includes our floating target for added fun. Both are available for wholesale and retail distribution. Go to www.waterlinetoys.com and follow us on social media. @waterlinetoys @skimbe.games or Waterline Toys on Facebook. Media and sales inquiries, please call (949) 246-8798.
About Waterline Toys
At Waterline Toys, we know having fun SAFELY outside creates opportunities for fun and memories anytime, anywhere. In addition to the memories made, there are so many health benefits derived from play and the great outdoors including overall physical and mental health, social-emotional well-being, brain development and problem-solving skills. Whether you are a kid, college student, adult or family, people of all ages are spending more time outside and at home looking for new and exciting activities to entertain themselves and SkimBe® is the answer! However you SkimBe®, users are encouraged to share pictures and videos and show us at #howdoyouskimbe or #wheredoyouskimbe?
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Do Pools Make a Home More Sellable? Some Experts Say Yes
Experts consider homes with pools to be of higher value. On average, a swimming pool raises your home value by approximately 7%. In 2019, homes with pools had an extra $16,137 on their selling price. When the global pandemic hit last year, these same homes incorporated an additional $27,000 on their selling price compared to homes without their own private backyard oasis. Thus, pools definitely make a home more sellable, by how much depends on several factors.
Sellers who stay in warmer regions are more likely to obtain higher profits when selling a house with a pool. This is because there is a high demand for houses with swimming pools in areas with high temperatures. A realtor with Remax Gold, Julia Beals, says, “In California, houses with these features cost $50,000 more than houses without swimming pools.”
Managing editor for HomeLight, Caroline Feeney, says that the covid-19 pandemic forced most homeowners to revamp their backyard spaces. This is because they spent more time at home and all recreational facilities got closed. She says, “Many homeowners bought baby pools online to keep their kids occupied during summer. Also, homeowners were trying to create a mini-escapade in their backyards following the covid-19 travel restrictions.”
Does installing a swimming pool increase your property’s value?
In 2020, the global pandemic brought about a surge in demand for pool construction services. Therefore, realtors report that the selling price of homes with pools is likely to go up by a large percentage. Even so, don’t expect to recover all your total pool installation costs by selling your house. Constructing a pool is incredibly expensive. You might only recover a certain percentage of your pool construction costs. So, don’t sell your house with the hopes of recovering your pool construction costs. As a pool owner, ensure you keep your pool in good condition so that it can attract potential buyers quickly.
Practice all pool maintenance measures
Typically, every prospective buyer gets attracted to clean and well-maintained pools. Once they see that your pool is in good shape, they won’t hesitate to make their purchase. Therefore, you should do your very best to keep your swimming pool in good condition. Otherwise, you would turn off potential buyers. Feeney says, “If the customer sees the area as somewhere they can have fun with their families and relax, they won’t think twice about buying it. Regular pool maintenance undoubtedly makes your home more marketable.”
Clean the entire pool using the right equipment. Use a skimmer net to remove floating debris and a robotic cleaner to remove dirt inside the pool. Additionally, ensure you have the correct pool pH, calcium hardness levels, and chlorine levels in the pool. It would be best to hire a cleaning professional from time to time. You’ll only spend approximately $150 to $200 when you hire a cleaning professional. Before winter, close your pool through winterization. Moreover, always examine the swimming pool for cracks among any other signs of damage.
Pool safety is important
As a pool owner, you have to observe various safety regulations issued by the state. Every state has specific guidelines regarding pool safety. For instance, some states require you to fence your pool area and use an automatic pool cover. This way, you prevent your kids from falling into the pool accidentally. There is a broad spectrum of pool fences and covers available in the market. Always choose the one that caters to your requirements. When your pool has all safety features in place, it will attract potential buyers.
Keep your pool deck in good condition
Another way to market your home is to make sure your pool deck is in good condition. The pool deck significantly contributes to the aesthetics of your yard. There is a wide range of materials used to construct pool decks. Some include concrete, wood, and stone. Each of these materials offers distinctive aesthetics. Regardless of the deck material, always ensure your deck is in good shape. Check the pool deck to see whether it has cracks, among other defects. Fix your pool deck problems immediately after you identify them.
Keep the yard clean
Do your best to reduce clutter in your pool area. Ensure your area is free from toys and personal items. Also, sweep your pool area to remove all kinds of dirt and debris. Doing this helps you find a potential buyer quickly. You can also improve the aesthetics of the pool by adding extra water features. Some of the best water features to incorporate include pool lighting, waterfalls, sheer descents, spas, and pergolas. Keep in mind that water features help you increase the value of your pool.
From this post, it is clear to see that pools make a home more sellable. Nonetheless, it would be best if you kept your pool in good condition to attract more prospective buyers.
Many Public Pools Aren’t Passing Health Inspections
Although swimming pools are excellent sources of entertainment, these spectacular features require regular maintenance. Maintaining a pool helps you attain crystal clear pool water. Indisputably, commercial or public pools require more maintenance due to frequent usage. Thus, all public pool owners should ensure their pool is safe and clean for use. As a swimmer, you have to ensure that the pool is safe for use. You can do this by checking when last the pool got inspected.
Generally, local authorities close thousands of pools that don’t meet all safety and health regulations every year. Based on previous statistics, more than 75% of public pools violated one or two safety measures issued by the state. Therefore, it is essential to keep your pool in good shape. Request for frequent inspections by your local authorities before the situation gets out of hand.
Over the years, swimming pools have become a major cause of diseases. Swimming pools often contain a harmful parasite called cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium can survive in swimming pools even in the presence of chlorine. Luckily, there are specific techniques you can incorporate to get rid of this harmful parasite in your pool.
Removal of Cryptosporidium
One of the best ways to removing cryptosporidium is to foster maximum filtration. Nevertheless, note that you cannot get rid of these harmful parasites in one filtration. It would be best if you kept passing the pool water through the filter severally.
Also, as you do this, consider closing the pool until you filter all the water present in the pool. Ultraviolet pool sanitation systems are usually ideal in removing these harmful parasites. Conducting a pool shock also goes a long way in removing cryptosporidium.
Outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis
Cryptosporidium is the pathogen responsible for causing cryptosporidiosis. This harmful parasite is the leading cause of diarrhea connected to swimming pools. Although you can get cryptosporidiosis in other settings like farms, swimming in infected pools is common.
As public pool owners, it is essential to inform swimmers to avoid swimming if they have diarrhea. Also, swimmers should avoid swimming if they had diarrhea in the last 48 hours. Failure to do this would only lead to an increase in cryptosporidium in your pool. Advise them to come back when their symptoms stop for the safety of everyone.
Other safety measures you need to observe in the pool include:
- Advise parents to take their children to the toilet before they start swimming. Also, parents should consider giving their children frequent toilet breaks to prevent them from contaminating the pool.
- For small children, parents should use swimming diapers to prevent fecal leakages into the pool. Additionally, parents should wash their hands after changing the baby’s diapers. They should also dispose of their baby’s diapers appropriately.
- As a public pool owner, it would be best to formulate a strategy for handling fecal accidents that occur in your swimming pool.
Note that cryptosporidium is more common in shallow pools. Thus, ensure you observe maximum hygiene if you have a shallow pool. You can also reduce the risk of contamination by making sure your pool contractor observes all pool construction guidelines.
Water Main Contimation
Water companies report that at times, cryptosporidium may get into the water without their knowledge. Therefore, they advise boiling water before use or using an effective disinfectant agent to sanitize the water. If you are a pool owner, use the right sanitizing chemicals to kill all microorganisms in the pool water. Nevertheless, ensure you get advice from your water supplier on how to sanitize your pool water.
According to a previous survey done in 2013, the most cryptosporidium-contaminated swimming pools in Arizona, New York, and California were baby pools. The local authorities of the respective areas ordered the closure of these swimming pools. The most common problems were inaccurate water chemistry, less safety equipment, and low chlorine levels when inspecting these swimming pools. Note that low chlorine levels and high pH are usually connected. So, your pool might be having low chlorine levels due to high pH. A good percentage of pools violated pool safety regulations. Even worse, some of these violations were not minor.
Associate Director for Healthy Water, Michael Beach, says that these results are incredibly concerning. He says that all pool professionals should do their best to protect the public. On the flip side, swimmers should ensure the pool receives regular pool inspections from time to time.
The bottom line
It is sad to know that many public pools are not passing health inspections. As a result, most public pools are not safe for swimmers. All pool owners should ensure their pools undergo a frequent pool inspection. This way, they’ll keep their pool in good condition. Swimmers, on the other hand, should confirm whether the public pool is free from contaminants. Additionally, they should practice maximum hygiene while swimming in the pool.
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance President & CEO Sabeena Hickman Elected to National Drowning Prevention Alliance Board
(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is pleased to announce that its president and CEO, Sabeena Hickman, CAE, has been elected to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) Board of Directors.
NDPA’s mission statement is, “United, we can prevent the tragedy of drowning.” Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children ages 1–4, and number two for children up to age 14. NDPA says, “Not one more drowning.” It works closely with families who have lost loved ones to advocate for safer aquatic practices and provides a wide range of resources on drowning prevention.
Hickman joins seven other outstanding individuals on the NDPA Board of Directors who work in different parts of the pool industry, healthcare, and emergency services. Together, this group is committed to expanding and promoting NDPA’s lifesaving work.
Hickman was selected in part due to her work in expanding the Step Into Swim initiative and her belief that those working in the pool and hot tub industry should take a lead in drowning prevention efforts.
“As an alliance, we want to make sure that all facets of the pool and hot tub industry are included in the discussions about water safety,” explains Dr. Adam Katchmarchi, Executive Director, NDPA. “There is a close connection between NDPA and PHTA and what we’re both trying to achieve with water safety. We are pleased to have Hickman’s voice on our board to represent the industry. Also, on an individual level, Hickman’s nonprofit and association management experience will be incredibly valuable to our organization.”
“I am honored to serve on the NDPA Board of Directors,” says Hickman. “Drowning prevention should be top of mind for everyone in the pool and hot tub industry. We have a commitment to not just manufacture, build, or service pools and hot tubs, but to educate the public on using them safely. We can all play a role in preventing drownings and saving lives.”
To learn more about NDPA, visit ndpa.org.
For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.357.3918.
About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.
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