Living Poolside

25 Reasons To Own A Swimming Pool!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jun 15, 2018

We believe you will find this list of 25 reasons to own a swimming pool useful.  Whether you are in the process of adding a swimming pool to your home or just beginning to consider the idea AND, we believe of few of these interesting facts may surprise you!

Swimming Pool Fun With Family

Family & Friends - Always Our No. 1 Consideration.

  1. Teach your children to swim!
  2. Pool toys for kids of all ages (new floats are amazing for adults relaxing!)
  3. Stop the “We are bored” for the summer.
  4. Encourages family togetherness.
  5. Making memories in & around the centerpiece of your outdoor living area.
  6. Pool parties for all ages: child, teenagers, adults!
  7. Your backyard is the hangout for #6 keeping everyone close!
  8. The best place to fire up that grill.
  9. Date night under the stars.
  10. With the use of heaters, chillers, fireplaces & today’s pool houses, the pool area is useable 12 months a year – year round resort living!
  11. Pools are an entertainer’s paradise!
  12. Today’s technology makes owning a pool practically maintenance free while controlling your total pool environment with a swipe of your thumb!

Family floats in swimming pool

Health & Wellness Always A Close 2nd!

  1. A good investment in a more active & healthy lifestyle.
  2. Swimming is a life skill and a lifetime sport.
  3. One of the best ways to keep your children safe in & around water is to teach them to swim at an early age.
  4. Swimming is proven to increase self-esteem in children.
  5. The perfect place to relax & unwind.
  6. Swimming is easy on the joints.
  7. Swimming can help you sleep better.
  8. Beat the heat of the summer.
  9. Benefits your immune system.
  10. Benefits your brain!
  11. Great exercise for those who need activities easy on the joints.
  12. Slows the aging process.
  13. Swimming utilizes/exercises almost every muscle in the body.

Family Play In Swimming Pool

Want to hear more or looking for a resource to answer your specific questions?  Check out our associate locator & find a Master Pools Guild member builder near you!

We wish you a lifetime of memories and active, outdoor living poolside!!!!

Family dinner beside swimming pool

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Perfect Poolside Popsicle

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

 

With only 3 ingredients.

Gluten free & under 100 calories a serving!

 Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Makes: 6 POPSICLES

Prep time: 10 MINUTES 

Total time: 6-8 HOURS 

These super simple, protein-packed 3 Ingredient Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles will help keep family and friends hydrated on those poolside summer afternoons!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons agave or honey
  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt

Equipment Needed:

  • Popsicle molds
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Blend the blueberries in a blender or a food processor at a high-speed setting until nearly liquefied.  You want to achieve a smoothie-like consistency.
  2. Pour the blueberry mixture into a large bowl adding the agave/honey. Next, slowly stir in the yogurt, gently mixing the three ingredients.
  3. For a tie-dye look do not fully blend the yogurt and blueberries. The mixture will be thick.  Give it a taste and adjust by adding more sweetener if needed/desired.
  4. Pour mixture evenly into each popsicle molds inserting sticks before freezing.
  5. Quickly run popsicle molds under warm water to easily remove the frozen treats & enjoy!!!

*Try replacing the blueberries with other summer favorite fruits and enjoy a variety of versions Living Poolside!

 

 

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Fun In The Pool - The History Of The Marco Polo Game!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

What's The Story With The Game Marco Polo?

Fun In The Pool

Swimmers everywhere will be playing the game of Marco Polo in the pool this year but how many of those swimmers can tell you where the game originated?  Why not offer up a little history with the fun?

The history of the game refers to a time when Marco Polo was travelling with his family members,  Niccolo, and Maffeo.  They were exploring and traveling to China in order to meet with the great Khan.

During the journey, Marco became very tired and fell asleep on his horse. Sensing this, his horse dropped back from the large, fast moving caravan. Eventually Marco woke up and did not see his family.  He began to hear voices within the desert and thought that his family was searching for him and calling his name "Marco". He began to respond to those cries with "Polo". It turned out that Marco Polo was actually hallucinating -  they were not calling him.  His family did search for and find him.

The game can be traced back to the 1700's when it was played on land and called "Blind Man's Bluff"

 

How Do You Play?

You will need three players or more.

Everyone gets into the pool.

Decide who will be "Marco" or "It".

"Marco" goes to the side of the pool and covers his/her eyes and counts to ten while the other players move as quietly as they can to different areas of the pool. 

When "Marco" stops counting he/she keeps their eyes closed but trys to locate someone else in the pool. 

The players can move away from "Marco" to avoid being tagged - trying to make the least amount of noise possible to avoid being detected.

When "Marco" wants a clue as to everyone's positions, he/she yells out "MARCO!" to which all the other players must respond by yelling "POLO!" 

This will help "Marco" find another player to tag.  Once another player is tagged they then become "Marco" and the game starts again.

If a player sits on the side of the pool during the game they are a "fish out of water."  If "Marco" calls "fish out of water" then that swimmer becomes "Marco" and the game starts again.

Here's to hours of fun playing Marco Polo!!! 


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A Fathers Day Reflection: Why Dads Love Swimming Pools

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

MEandDadSplash

He takes that final turn into the driveway and with a slow roll he enters his parking spot.  He has had a long productive day and now its time to unwind.  Walking into the house he feels like royalty when the little ones come running with the “Daddy play with me” list.  Off he goes to get changed on this warm summer evening. 

He walks out the back door into the lush green surroundings and hears the calming sounds of water falling across the rocks.  Relaxation is just a few steps away.  He hears a “Daddy watch what I can do” from his son and ducks the beach ball coming at him from his little girl.  He grew up with a swimming pool in his back yard and can't help but pause and remember all the fun times growing up in and around the pool.

He remembers never wanting to get out of the swimming pool – no different than his kids are now.  He remembers never picking up the toys around the pool – just like they do now.  He remembers working all day on that new trick, waiting to show it to dad when he gets home…just like now.  Memories of the goofy times, family celebrations and memories created around the swimming pool are too many to count.  Then, a perfectly timed cannon ball brings him back from his trip down memory lane.  He smiles thinking that his children want the same things from him that he wanted from his dad, attention, time, love and encouragement.  His definition of the happiness of summer: time spent with his family in and around their swimming pool. That's why dads love swimming pools.  

Wishing all dads a happy, healthy summer spent Living Poolside!

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Staying Cool as a Cucumber Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 29, 2015

Cucumber Water

Water infused with cucumber has long been served at day spas, health clubs and many of the world’s most exclusive resorts.  Its popularity has grown largely due to its health benefits and great taste. The basic cucumber water recipe contains just two ingredients:  Cucumber and water.  Simple but oh so refreshing!  Here’s a quick how to: 

Cucumber Water Instructions 
1. Slice a cleaned, peeled cucumber into slices of ½ thickness (unpeeled can be used if that is your preference)
2. Combine cucumber slices in a pitcher of water and top with ice. The slices tend to float and the ice will help to keep them submerged.
3. Allow to sit for at least an hour. (Best results if allowed to sit overnight in the refrigerator.) 
Alternative:  Purchase a fruit infusing water pitcher.  The pitcher holds the cucumber slices in an internal fusing chamber. 
Whether using an infusing pitcher or a regular glass or clear plastic pitcher they all look fantastic and will encourage poolside family and friends to drink more water and stay hydrated in style. 
Refill the pitcher as needed.  One pitcher can be refilled several times over the course of a day and the cucumbers will continue to flavor the water.  Discard your cucumbers (or devour them) after 24 hours. 

Benefits of Cucumber Water

  • Keeps you hydrated.
  • Helps flush and detox your body.
  • Keeps you feeling more full so you don’t eat as much.
  • Reported to increase metabolism (which can aid weight loss).
  • Helps your skin & muscles – The silica in cucumbers helps the skin stay soft and smooth and also helps your muscle tissues stay healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen to your healthy lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best (a must for swimmers). A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your body in general.
  • Known as a “superfood”, which basically means they’re very nutrient rich and good for you.  Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin B and rich in potassium and magnesium (which may help to lower blood pressure).   
More Cucumber Water Ideas
The mild flavor of cucumbers can be paired with many different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Here are a few combinations to consider:
Cucumber & Lemon
Cucumber & Mint
Cucumber & Lime
Cucumber & Pineapple
Get creative and try several.  Here's to your finding your favorite cucumber combination and keeping your family and friends hydrated and loving the life of living poolside this summer!
 

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Considering A Lazy River or Swim In Place: A Must Read

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Considering a lazy river or a swim in place water flow system for your pool?  Check out this except from a recent release on Riverflow Current Systems:

For river swimmer Mimi Hughes, taking on a challenge is nothing new. “I like doing open water swims in the lake or in the ocean. I meditate while I swim, that’s my quiet time. That’s how I get through swimming 8 hours at a time.” Hughes said.

Hughes, an accomplished and revered open water swimmer from Tennessee has made open water swimming a part of her life. From swimming the Bering Strait between Alaska to Russia, to conquering the foreboding waters around Alcatraz through the San Francisco Bay to the mainland then tackling the Tennessee River in her quest to raise public awareness about the river’s polluted conditions Hughes is no stranger to a variety of water current and unusual conditions. “I was worried when I was trying out the Riverflow Pump system that I would get bored. But I was wrong, very wrong.”

Within the current of the pool, Hughes found her comfort zone, her swimming rhythm and worked with the current. “I actually like the feel of a water current as opposed to just a swim. For someone like me who loves open water swimming, I didn’t think I’d like the confinement of the pool. But, the Riverflow current gave me the feeling of being in the open water. I truly felt like I was there. ” Hughes explained.


However, Mimi was not the only challenger in the Riverflow try. Tesla Hughes, Mimi’s daughter also has a lengthy list of swimming accolades. A former Michigan State University swimmer and an Olympic trial candidate, Tesla was ranked 27th in the world for the mile freestyle in the early 2000’s.

Now, an established police officer, Tesla continues her training to compete in the World Police and Fire Games, where she has brought home a number of gold medals. “I felt like I was getting a really good workout in. We turned up the current and I could only maintain my speed training for about a minute.” Tesla explained. “ I was completely surprised by the Riverflow system. I’m always judgmental about swim-in-place type of training pools and honestly had my doubts. I was worried it would be a leisure swim and I wouldn’t be able to work on my speed, that wasn’t the case with Riverflow, I was very impressed.” Tesla said. So impressed, she is hoping to put in her own Riverflow system. “My husband and I have already spoken about it, open pool times are difficult and my work schedule is hectic, having a Riverflow system available to me at all times would be ideal.” 

For more information/resources on swimming pool design, visit our online resource center!  Here's to a lifetime of wellness & memories Living Poolside!

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Kids Summer Fun Series Week 6: If You Wish You Were A Fish

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Aug 02, 2013

This week our fun and games focus on a fish theme.   

Fish In A Whirlpool

This game works best in shallow water (players’ feet need to touch the bottom of the pool). Begin the game by lining up all the players single file in a circle  - the more players the better.  Get everyone to squeeze up as close as possible to the person in front of him or her. Ask the players to begin a slow walk around in a circle (hopefully you have enough players so you are close to the edge of the pool) then go to a jog, and finally get them to run as fast as they can. By this time, the water will be moving so rapidly that all players can ride the current.  If the players tuck themselves into a ball position it is even more fun & the goal can be to be the last person/fish to become un-tucked. 

 It’s also a fun challenge to run in the opposite direction!

 

Dolphins in the Water

Set players up in pairs. 

One child is the “arms” and one is the “legs.”

In the water, the “legs” hold the “arms” by the waist.

The “arms” are told to move their arms only & the “legs” move their legs only.

Let the dolphin teams select their own “dolphin” names.  Time the pairs to determine the fastest.

 

Catchn’ Fish Snack

 FishSnack

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter

Celery Sticks (or you can use big, thick, pretzle sticks)

Goldfish Crackers

Directions:

Dab a bit of peanut butter on the end of celery sticks & let your kids “fish away” catching the goldfish crackers.  

We hope you enjoy this week's snack & activities, may they help to keep you in the swim   ><((">  of things & enjoying your time Living Poolside this summer!

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Kids Summer Fun Series Week 4: Wonderful Watermelon

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Jul 18, 2013

 

WonderfulWatermelon

Like swimming & pool side fun, the season of the watermelon is in full swing.  So, this week’s Kid’s Summer Fun Series post focuses on the sweet, juicy, summer time favorite – the watermelon.  We have listed two fun games below, one focused on the "older kids" & we have 2 recipes listed below - the second can be adjusted just a bit for the adults.  So, join us in declaring this week the wonderful week of the watermelon & enjoy this fruit both in & out of the pool!

Swimming Pool Games:

Watermelon Relay:

Of all the relay races in swimming pool history, truly one of the most popular is the watermelon race. All you need is two teams & two watermelons.  Perform the race as a relay.  Typically, the rule is that you can only push the watermelon when your feet are not touching the bottom of the pool.  Team members push up & back & the next team member takes over.  First team with all members completing the process wins.

Watermelon Polo:

Older “Kids” (including the adults) might want to try a game of Watermelon Polo.  Guaranteed laughs - Use baby oil or vegetable oil to lightly grease  a large watermelon, and then place it in the center of the pool. Blow a whistle, and then have two teams  kick, push or swim with the watermelon in an effort to get the watermelon to the opposing team’s side of the pool while the opposing team tries to do the same.   Note your team immediately loses if you damage the melon in any way.

Recipes:

Watermelon Pops:

The simplest of icy treats.  All you need is the watermelon & popcicle sticks.  Cut the melon in wedges, insert the stick & you can serve them as is or (& this is our personal favorite) put them in the freezer for an hour & let the freeze for the “coolest” of treats.

Watermelon-Lime Fresca:

Serves 4 (fills one blender)

2 pounds seedless watermelon (1/8th of a good-size watermelon)
1 cup cold water
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar

The key is to use the ripest watermelon you can find.

Simply toss the above ingredients into a blender & process adjusting the sweetness - agave - to your liking. Adults may add a splash of Vodka.

So grab a watermelon or two & enjoy Living Poolside this week!!!!

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Kids Summer Fun Series Week 2: Fourth of July Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Jul 03, 2013

The Master Pools Guild Living Poolside’s Kids Summer Fun Series! Where we share a fun activity & a great poolside snack each week.

Summer Fun Week # 2 Celebrating Independence Day

Even if you don’t reside in the USA, you can have a splashing good time with this set of games & poolside fun.

4thofJuly

Games:

Crossing the Potomac Race:

Putting a new spin on a pool time favorite – the raft race, Crossing the Potomac can be performed solo or by teams.  Each team needs a raft.  Teams begin at one end of the pool & race to the other end.  One team member pushes the raft while the remainder of the team members are on the raft either laying across or sitting..  Team members on the raft can help push along or not.  Make your own rules & change this up.  For example, let the raft riders only use their legs to help.

Cannon Ball Splash Contest:

Nothing brings everyone together more than a cannon ball contest.  Get your contestants, find a prize for the winner & have the audience judge by applause. ALWAYS exercise caution when jumping off the side of a pool. 

Cannon Ball Run Relay Race:

Divide into teams.  Each team needs a beach ball which will be the cannon ball.  The object of the game is for each swimmer to move the cannon ball from one end of the pool to the other but only using their nose! Another great race for a relay!

Star Spangled Splash Dance:

Divide into teams (or individuals can complete).  Have teams choreograph an Independence Day themed water ballet (use pool noodles/floats etc. for props).  Then invite family, friends & neighbors to watch the premiere.  Great to have in the evening with pool lights adding that dramatic flair to the presentation.  Have multiple “awards” so each team is a winner (i.e most original, most patriotic, most “red,white & blue”).

Star Spangle the Food & Beverages:

Cup Station:

Avoid the mix up of cups (which typically happens at parties) by providing guests with a cup station.  Set up a table that has plastic cups (solid color), markers, in black, blue, silver & star stickers in patriotic colors & have everyone decorate & place their names on their cups.  The kids can help decorate cups for their parents too.  This not only avoids cup confusion but will also help reduce the overall number of cups you use.

Frozen Stars:

We loved the star shaped ice cube trays we found (at Wal-Mart for .98 Cents!)

We used them to make red, star shaped ice cubes (we used Crystal Light

Pomegranate Sugar Free) which will be kid fun & friendly served poolside in lemonade.

Fruity Stars:

Next, grab a star shaped cookie cutter (or hand it off to a kid helper) & dive into the watermelon.

Add blueberries & a few strawberries for a super star fruit salad! Another possibility would be to skewer the fruit & put those star shapes on the top of the skewer.

Whatever you do to celebrate, here’s to celebrating your holiday & Living Poolside!

 

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Kids Summer Fun Series Week 1: Swimming Pool Scrabble & Pizza Rolls

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Jun 24, 2013

Living Poolside’s Kids Summer Fun Series!

Welcome to the Master Pools Guild, Living Poolside Kids Summer Fun Series, where we will share a fun activity & a great poolside snack each week.

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Summer Fun Week # 1

Summertime!  Life’s pace slows down a bit and for many of us the kids are out of school & spending more time in the pool.  Just because school may be out, does not mean we can’t sneak a bit of learning in! 

Swimming Pool Scrabble:

Buy several sponges &, using a black sharpie marker place large letters on the sponges.  Let the fun & learning begin!  For the younger set, just identifying the letters can be fun.  For the older kids have them dive in & retrieve letters to build a specific word or use the sponges to see how many words they can make.  They can work in teams or individually.  The possibilities & the fun are endless!  And the learning, well that is just an added extra.

All that fun is bound to work up an appetite.  Here is a great recipe that is easy to eat poolside. 

Poolside Pizza Rolls

 Ingredients

  • 1 (8-inch) whole-wheat flour tortilla

  • 2 tablespoon(s) prepared pizza sauce

  • 10 baby spinach leaves

  • 3 tablespoon(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella

 Directions
  • Place tortilla on a plate & spread pizza sauce over it.

  • Top with even layer of spinach.

  • Sprinkle cheese on top.

  • Microwave on high till cheese is just melted, approx 45 sec.

  • Carefully roll tortilla up – can be sliced into pieces once it cools.

  Makes one serving

So there you have it!  They can spend a morning or afternoon splashing, spelling & enjoying a healthy snack that even includes a green leafy vegetable! Stay tuned for more fun activities and snack ideas from Living Poolside’s Kids Summer Fun Series!

 

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