Living Poolside

Guacamole Poolside, A Master Pools Favorite

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Aug 31, 2012

Add a little Fiesta to your poolside entertaining!




  • 2 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 small or 1 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)



In a large bowl place the scooped avocado &, using a potato masher, mash.  Add all remaining ingredients mixing well.  If time permits, cover & place in fridge to cool for 1 hour and then serve.  If you are pressed for time, you can purchase prepared Pico de Gallo & substitute that for all ingredients except avocados, lime juice & optional garlic. 

Add tortilla chips &/or your favorite veggies for dipping & serve poolside!


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Customize Control of Your Swimming Pool Anywhere & Anytime!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Aug 20, 2012


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Master Pools Guild vendor partner, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. has launched its new iAquaLink™, a mobile control system which allows you to adjust and program your pool wirelessly, via a standalone kit or in conjunction with AquaLink® pool controllers. The device works from any virtually smartphone or tablet, and has an easy to use graphical interface. Imagine adjusting your pool or inground spa before you leave work so it’s ready as soon as you get home.

The apps are available for Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store® or Google Play® (formerly Android Market® .  A mobile web-app is also available for use on other smartphones, tablets and eReaders with color touch-screens.

Free App, Free Service
Zodiac provides the iAquaLink apps and ongoing, cloud-based service for free, with only the hardware requiring purchase. Zodiac is offering two bundled kits for pool owners who don’t yet have an automated control system, available for pool and pool/spa combinations.

Control Everything Anytime, Anywhere
It’s easy to have your iAquaLink installed, just call a Master Pools Guild member or home automation specialist for installation in just three steps. Once installed, you can monitor and control all major pool and spa equipment anytime, anywhere. Top features include:

  • Simple setup and programming of variable speed pumps, cleaners, temperature control, lighting, waterfalls, and monitoring of system status, among other features

  • Ability to be used on more mobile device platforms than any other pool control system

  • Operability with virtually all web-browsers, and most color touchscreen smart devices, tablets, e-readers, and smartphones.

  • Capability to be used as the only user interface, or can be combined with Zodiac’s complete line of Jandy wall-mounted or wireless AquaLink controllers, including upgrade options to support any AquaLink control system ever made

  • Wireless installation via Wi-Fi or hardwired installation via Ethernet cable

  • One connection point from router to control for more reliable connectivity

  • Multiple pools & locations can be controlled from a single app

David Goldman, director of product development, automation and sanitation, at Zodiac, says, "Using our free app with a smart phone or any web-enabled device, consumers can control their pool, even when on the go. iAquaLink is the most versatile, intuitive, and user-friendly mobile pool controller ever." He adds, "We are very enthusiastic about this innovative new product."

Visit this link for an iAquaLink Welcome Brochure and Quick Start Guide available for downloads.  For more information on the range of controllers Zodiac provides, contact your nearest Master Pools Guild member.

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Memphis Pool - Generations Of Swimming Pools & Memories

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Every Sunday growing up, I would take a trip two houses over to my grandparents to work in the garden with my grandfather and play board games with my grandmother until they made me drive back on my four-wheeler before dark.  This was my favorite part of the week and this bond that was formed with my grandparents made me look up to them in all aspects of their life.  One of my other favorite memories was going to work with my grandparents before I was old enough to have a “real job”.  I would clean windows and do other odd jobs at the stores and felt so cool because my grandparents owned the business and my dad ran the construction division. As a child, I was so proud to have my family own such a great community-based business. 

                As soon as I turned 16, I knew exactly where I was going to apply for a job (and yes, they made me apply like everyone else). Fortunately, I got the job and that is where my years with Memphis Pool began.  I worked in the stores all through high school and when I came home from college for the summers.  I learned all of the ins and outs of the business and got to know a lot of the customers.  Most of them did not know that my family owned the business.  What they did know is that I had been working there for a long time and they always enjoyed seeing a familiar face to give them advice on trouble shooting their pool problems.  This was, and still is, my favorite part of Memphis Pool.  The customers have been coming to the stores for years and have formed relationships with a lot of the staff.  You often hear them reference my grandfather at some point, mainly because they think this will get them a discount, but also because they are proud of the fact they have been a long time customer.

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 Working in the family business has strengthened my relationship with my grandparents and my dad in various aspects of all of our lives. We have a unique working relationship that I will always cherish.  I am now the sales and marketing director for Memphis Pool and could not be more proud to be a 3rd generation family member working in the business.  We are celebrating our 60th anniversary this year and we are looking forward to the many years to come and all of the exciting changes ahead for the pool industry!

Karlye Reed Smith

Memphis Pool

 We are proud to say that Memphis Pool, headquartered in Memphis, TN, is a long standing member of the Master Pools Guild.  Swimming pool designs by Memphis Pool are ever present in the Gold category of our annual Excellence Awards contest.  A leader in the pool and spa industry, Memphis Pool enjoys the respect and admiration of their colleagues and dedication and friendship of their customers both of which span generations.

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Falcon Pools, Ltd. - Swimming & The London Olympic Tradition

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Aug 09, 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Games mark the third time London has hosted the Modern Olympics.  Prior hosting by London includes the Games in 1908 and 1948. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will make London the only city in the world to have hosted the Games three times. Londoners are very proud to hold the sole title of Three Time Olympic Hosts, and I have to say the whole country is buzzing at the moment; it’s incredible how much sport can lift an entire nation!

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1908 Olympic Swimming Facility London

With such a longstanding history of Olympic tradition, London has played a major role in the evolution of the sport of Olympic Swimming.  At the first few modern Olympic Games, Swimming events were held in open water. At Parisin 1900, for instance, they took place in the River Seine. However, the rules were formalized in 1908, when the London Games staged the first Olympic Swimming competition to be held in a pool.

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2012 Olympic Swimming Facility London

While the venue for the sport may have changed, the excitement and support for this sport and the Olympic experience is at an all- time high.  With more than 130 world leaders gathering in London for the Opening Ceremony, Prime Minister David Cameron said it was an opportunity to show the world “the best of Britain”.

“It's very exciting ... I think it's a great opportunity to show the world the best ofBritain, a country that's got an incredibly rich past but actually a very exciting and vibrant future.”

I agree with the Prime Minister however, while we wish all the athletes’ success in their individual games and hope all enjoy visiting our city, Falcon Pools Ltd. & myself, have to say we have been cheering on Team GB! I am certain all the Master Pools Guild members have been cheering on their respective teams as well. 

It is good to see Team GB up high in the medal table, and with swimming close to our hearts we have to mention Michael Phelps – a true Olympic Legend!

I hope everyone has enjoyed watching the games as much as I have, and I am proud to say the atmosphere for all the events has been electrifying!

Lee Woodhams

Falcon Pools, Ltd.

For over 38 years Falcon Pools has been designing and building bespoke swimming pools in Surrey, Middlesex and the surrounding areas.  Their awards & accolades are too numerous for us to list here.  The Master Pools Guild is proud to count them among our membership & grateful for their contributions to our organization & our industry.

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