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30 Apr 2019

Are Kid’s Swim Floaties Safe?

Swimming pools are so much fun but safety is every pool owner’s priority. Floaties: protect your child in the water with this convenient wearable flotation device. Sounds like a good idea? You might think so, but according to Kid Nurse floaties are actually dangerous, and you should avoid them like the plague. Are Kid’s Swim Floaties Safe?

Are Kid's Swim Floaties Safe?

What is wrong with floaties?

Floaties are a toy, plain and simple. They may look like safety devices but they are not. They are not life jackets and they are definitely not approved by the US Coast Guard.

Okay, so if floaties are a toy, what makes them so dangerous? The main problem is that parents think they are a safety device. It makes sense why people would think this. They look like they would help a child float. And they do. Sometimes. Other times they don’t

Floaties are not securely attached to a child and children are good at wriggling out of things. What good is a safety device if your kid may get out of it at any minute?

Floaties also teach young children the wrong lesson: I can jump in the water and I will just float. Unfortunately, younger children may not understand that they must have the floaties on in order to float. Your child might think it is safe to step into a lake in the park while not wearing floaties. Teach your children to have a healthy respect for the water.

Speaking of teaching, a great way to protect children from drowning is swimming classes. If your child knows how to swim, they will be much safer in the water.

Facts about floaties

  • They are not safety devices
  • They are toys
  • They don’t make your children any safer
  • Someone should always be watching a child when they are in the water

So throw out your floaties, tell your friends not to buy them, and always keep an eye on children in the water. Also, get your kids to those swimming lessons as soon as you can. That’s the way to protect your child.

If you have any questions about swimming pools, please contact us.

18 Dec 2018

11 Reasons Why You Need a Swimming Pool

Swimming is one of the best types of exercise for men, women, and children, offering benefits for both mental and physical health. Swimming is a low impact, highly aerobic form of exercise, and burns lots of calories. It also increases your heart rate, tones your muscles, and helps you manage your weight. Below we have listed 11 reasons why you need a swimming pool.

11 Reasons Why You Need a Swimming Pool

  1.    Swimming is a whole-body workout. While you swim, you are working every major muscle group in your body, including your arms, torso, legs, and stomach.
  2.    Swimming increases your heart rate. Your heart rate will increase to healthy levels without added stress to your body while in the pool.
  3.    Swimming makes you stronger. Spending time in the pool enhances your overall fitness, while improving your body strength.
  4.    Swimming helps manage your weight. You’ll burn lots of calories in the pool, which will help keep your weight under control or assist in weight loss. Swimming will burn between 413 and 931 calories per hour, depending on your current weight, and your workout intensity. These calorie counts are comparable to more intense and impactful exercises like running or cycling.
  5.    Swimming is safer than other forms of exercise. A serious advantage for swimmers is that they suffer an injury during exercise at a lot lower rate than runners or cyclists. One easy way to prove this is with a study that compared injuries incurred during the running, cycling, and swimming parts of a triathlon. Injuries during running were 50 percent, 43 percent during cycling, and just 7 percent as a result of swimming.
  6.     Swimming tones your muscles. Especially when it comes to your upper body and your legs, not much beats swimming for a lean and toned look.
  7.    Swimming is great exercise at any age. From young children to senior citizens, swimming is a great way to stay in shape regardless of your age and beginning fitness level. You can swim at a pace that is comfortable for you until your fitness level allows you to advance.
  8.    Swimming builds cardiovascular strength. Cardiovascular, or cardio, exercise, involves your heart, lungs, and circulatory system and is key to overall health. In fact, research shows that regular swimmer’s mortality rate is half that of people who are inactive. Plus, a 2016 study indicated lower blood pressure and blood sugar were the results of regular swimming.
  9.    Swimming can be a lifesaving skill. Aside from the mental and physical benefits of swimming, it can also be a truly life-saving ability to have when needed.
  10.    Swimming is a great rehab activity for people with injuries. For those people with knee or other joint issues, like arthritis, swimming can be great as a rehabilitation exercise. Water supports your muscles gently while allowing you to work them harder than if on land.
  11.    It’s just fun! Swimming is more social and more fun than jogging, biking, or weight lifting, but gives you just as good a workout. Plus, pool parties are the best parties in Texas!

If you are looking for a high-quality custom swimming pool that is durable and adds value to your property, choose Varsity Swimming Pools. Varsity will create the backyard oasis that suits your home and your lifestyle. Call us today at 210-559-9553 so we can show you why Varsity Pools is the premier pool company of San Antonio and South Texas.

25 Jul 2018

What Shape Should Your Swimming Pool Be?

Dry summer heat is miserable. If you want to relax in your backyard but there’s no way to cool down, it’s time to start thinking about building a pool. Not only do swimming pools increase the sell ability and curb appeal of your property, they’re a great way to have fun and beat the heat. But before you hire a company to start building, think about what shape you would like your pool to be.

What Shape Should Your Swimming Pool Be?

What do you want to use the pool for?

Every pool has a different purpose. Maybe you want to entertain more than you want to swim laps. Or a convenient way to incorporate exercise into your mornings is what you’re looking for. Still other people want a pool for sunbathing and relaxation.

Depending on the primary activity you have in mind, square footage matters. Rectangular pools can give you clear swimming paths and a lot of area. Kidney pools also give a lot of swimming room whereas a figure-8 pool has a lower area to perimeter ratio, which makes construction more expensive.

If you’re primarily looking for a pool where everyone can have fun, a rounded pool like kidneys and figure-8s are a great way to incorporate features like steps, hot tubs, and water features. Having the same features near a rectangular pool is tricky and will usually use up more of your total backyard.

What does your property look like?

Some shapes blend in with different house constructions than others. A classic kidney swimming pool, for example, works best with a mid-century house or a backyard that has been landscaped for a family with children.

More contemporary houses, on the other hand, can have more experimental or starkly designed swimming pool shapes, such as rectangles. Contemporary houses are also more likely to have figure-8 pools than kidney pools.

The shape of your swimming pool will have a big influence on how you use it. Make sure you keep both your future plans and a potential house sale in mind, and go to Varsity Pools here for more expert advice.

06 Mar 2018

How to Get Your Pool Ready for the Spring

How to Get Your Pool Ready for the Spring

Spring is almost here, and, depending on your part of the country, that means swimming season is about to start. Whether you’ve had a harsh winter or just a few freezes, your pool will need some maintenance before it’s ready for use. Here are some of the most important things to do to get your pool ready:

Start your pool cleaning earlier than you expect to start swimming.

Whether you do your own pool maintenance or you hire someone, starting in March helps you avoid the spring and summer rush. Not only that, but chemically cleaning your pool can help wipe out any hardy strains of algae that survived the winter before conditions are ripe for it to really flourish. Waiting until May or even April can leave you with a pool clogged with algae, mold, and plant detritus: not only is that much less pleasant to clean, too much build-up could damage your filter.

Talk to your manufacturer or pool contractor about maintenance. 

There’s a lot of different advice available for the best ways to take care of your pools. While the broad strokes are correct — focus on the filter, preventative maintenance is better than cycles of waiting and cleaning, and check the fine print on the chemicals you use — different pools need different levels of care and have their own quirks. If you’re in the middle of getting a new pool installed, ask the company now about how to best take long-term care of it.

Spring cleaning is about to begin, and getting a head start on your pool will make summer maintenance easier. Go to Varsity Pools here for tips and potential renovations.

18 Sep 2017

What Do You Get When You Hire a Varsity Pools Pool Builder?

A pool should be more than just a body of water dug into your backyard. Whether you’re looking to have a swimming pool, a therapy hot tub, or both a pool and a hot tub, the surrounding environment is just as important when it comes to enjoying your new landscape. That’s why when choosing a pool builder every factor should build on each other until you have a cool oasis that is both a pleasure to relax around and to swim in.

What Do You Get When You Hire a Varsity Pools Pool Builder?

What all do you get when you use Varsity Pool as your pool builder?

  • Custom pool designs: No matter whether you live in a dense urban environment or have a large backyard, we can design a pool that fits both it and the activities you have planned for the summer and your family. Your pool can be customized to take into account all of your safety concerns while still giving you a unique, beautiful swimming pool that is perfect for swimming and relaxing.
  • A living landscape around the pool:  Pools are about more than just swimming, they’re also about enjoying your backyard with your family and friends.  This is why Varsity Pools focuses on creating a welcoming backyard environment filled with anything from inbuilt water features to small gardens to wrap-around patios that integrate with the pool. Our builders can help make the vision you have for your pool and backyard as a whole a reality.

Don’t let your pool be just a circle or oval in your backyard.  We can help you assess, design, and implement a plan for your pool that will be the perfect summer getaway for years to come. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Varsity Pools here.