Living Poolside

A Fathers Day Reflection: Why Dads Love Swimming Pools

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Wed, Jun 17, 2015


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!

Tags: entertaining by the pool, Fitness & wellness, swimming and fitness, Fathers Day, Family Fitness, Family Outdoors, swimming

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.



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!


Tags: Fitness, Living Poolside, Holidays Poolside, poolside snacks, Food & Fun, Master Pools Guild, Family Fitness, Poolside entertaining, swimming

Remember Ice, Ice Baby! Cooling Off By The Pool!

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, May 23, 2013

Staying hydrated during the hot summer months is very important. One of your body's best reminders to drink fluids is when you sweat.  Swimming, like any athletic activity, causes your body temperature to rise and your body sweats to keep from overheating. It is not as noticeable because you are in the water, but you can become dehydrated.

All swimmers, from competitive athletes to families splashing around, need to drink fluids before, during and after swimming.  Feeling thirsty should not be the guide - have some water every 15 minutes, if possible.  

To make that more of an appealing process, encourage your family and poolside guests to add a splash of flavor to those tall glasses of water with our Keep-Em’ Cool Cube recipe:

Keep-Em’ Cool Cubes


OJ/Lime Cubed Version


  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

Directions Combine orange juice, lime juice, and lime zest in a bowl.  Pour into and freeze in an ice-cube tray.

Cucumber/Basil Blocks Version


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cucumber (peeled and seeded)
  • 1/4 cup torn basil
  • Coarse salt

Directions Combine water, cucumber, basil, and salt in a blender. Process till relatively smooth then freeze in an ice-cube tray.

ake these flavored ice cubes in advance and be ready to serve them poolside – your guests will love the  infused taste of the fruit, veggies & herbs when placed in a tall glass of water.

Enjoy your time with friends & family Living Poolside!

Tags: Living Poolside, poolside snacks, celebrate poolside, Food & Fun, Master Pools Guild, Family Fitness, Poolside entertaining, swimming

Sunscreen Questions Answered...

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, May 20, 2013

As we plan to spend our summers Living Poolside, undoubtedly we will be looking at our supply of sunscreen.  Here are a few things to remember before you lather up!


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Define SPF again?

SPF = Sun Protection Factor: “SPF 15, for example, means it would take your skin 15 times longer to get red than if you were wearing no protection at all. So if your unprotected skin begins to redden after 10 minutes in the sun, then with a generous coat of SPF 15, it would take 150 minutes for your skin to begin to turn red, but to get this protection, you'd have to slather sunscreen on as thick as icing.”  Per the WebMD website. 

They go on to suggest buying the SPF 30…

"So we're really getting, say, half the number that's on the bottle so just buy the [SPF] 30," That's what the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends, too.”

Please remember that additional factors including the sun's intensity, your geographic location and your skin type also come into play and affect the effectiveness of any sunscreen so use the SPF as a guide but not a guarantee

What does broad spectrum mean?

A product carrying a “broad spectrum” label means that it offers protection from both UVA & UVB rays.

Should I apply the lotion while I am indoors or does it really matter?

Experts suggest that sunscreen be applied initially while indoors, 15 to 30 minutes prior to going outside.

How much is enough?

A medium frame adult should use a quantity of sunscreen approximately the size of a golf ball. 

Is it water resistant?

In 2012 sunscreen manufacturers were required to add clear messages on the labels stating how long water-resistant sunscreens maintain protection after the user swims or sweats.  Labels must specify either 40 or 70 minutes of protection.  If the lotion is not water resistant, it is required to carry a warning label to that effect.

Does it protect against skin cancer?

If the product has an SPF rating of 15 or higher the label can list it as protecting against skin cancer. 

Are The Guidelines Different For Children?

Use sparingly on babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you keep a baby under the age of 6 months out of the sun. We suggest discussing this with your pediatrician in advance – they can assist you in making the right choices for your little one. 

No Sprays! The FDA is exploring the risks of inhaling spray sunscreens, which could be greatest among children. Until the agency completes its analysis, they recommend spray sunscreens not be used on or by children unless you have no other product available. In that case, spray it on your hands first, then rub it on your child. And as with all sunscreens, be especially careful when applying it to faces and take care to avoid their eyes and mouth.

Reapply often. Reapply after swimming or toweling off unless the lotion is listed as water resistant in which case you can follow the instructions on the label.

***Check the expiration dates!  Sunscreen does expire so make sure to check the expiration dates on the containers!***

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only.  

Tags: Living Poolside, Food & Fun, Family Fitness, Pool Q&A, swimming

Why Dads Buy Swimming Pools?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Feb 20, 2013


Why Dads Buy Swimming Pools?

You take that final turn into your driveway and with a slow roll you enter your parking spot.  You have had a long productive day and now it’s time to completely unwind.   Walking into the house you feel like royalty when the little ones come running with the “Daddy play with me” list.  Off you go to get changed on this warm summer daylight savings evening.  As you walk out of your back door into the lush green surroundings of your garden, you hear the satisfying sound of water falling across rocks, through your garden and into your own swimming pool.  Yes, relaxation is just a few steps away when you hear “Daddy watch what I can do” from number one son as you duck the beach ball coming at you from your little girl.  You grew up with a swimming pool in your backyard and you can’t help but pause and remember all the stuff you did and enjoyed when you were their ages. 

You can remember never wanting to get out of the swimming pool which is no different than the kids are now.  You can remember never taking the time to pick up all the toys around the swimming pool or get them off the bottom of the pool, just like they do now.  You can remember never getting enough time to show off your tricks you worked on all day, just like they are doing now.   And then your memory is jogged by a wave of water from a perfectly placed cannon ball by son number two…just like you used to do to your Dad.  Isn’t it something that the fun you had around the pool is so much like what your children want from you…attention, time, love, and encouragement.  When all is said and it was not the type of swimming pool, nor the size of the swimming pool, nor the toys around and in your swimming pool that mattered one bit as long as Dad was here to play.  That is all they remember!  Their memory is all about Dad and how much fun you are to be around.

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Building a back yard playground is always more fun when water is involved.  There are times when swimming pools can be classified as big puddles for big kids and nothing can replace the goofy times, the fun memories, and the permanent connections you create as a family around that swimming pool.  Play hard, pick up together, tighten a screw or rinse a filter as a team and what you have done is turned a well designed swimming pool into a tool for creating family memories.

Little boys have dreams and little boys grow up to be young men who can chase those dreams.  Too quickly they grow up and go out on their own hoping to realize the same quality family time they have enjoyed with their family.  They will enjoy the thought that they too will be able to watch their family grow up as they “hang” around home.   Deep down inside that is why Dad’s buy swimming pools.  But never forget that swimming pools can also be one of Moms favorite toys as they see the fun their kids have in the “water toy” during the day, just waiting for Dad to come home.  Dinner will be easy tonight…dogs on the barbeque, her famous baked beans, and potato chips with dip, brownies and milk.  Dads are smart; they buy swimming pools, play with the kids and keep Mom happy.  The recipe is timeless!


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Why We Believe Swimming Is The Best Fitness Program For All Ages

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jan 04, 2013

It is the time of year where many of us are focusing on improved fitness & wellness programs for ourselves & for our families.  While some may say our vision is a bit narrowly focused, here at Living Poolside, we do truly believe that swimming is the best fitness activity for all ages.

 Here’s why:

 1) Swimming not only burns calories, but boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body, all without putting stress on your joints. This is the ONLY exercise that can make this claim. This is a huge plus for Arthritis sufferers. 

 2) Swimmers of all ages are found to have more lean muscle and trimmer waists and hips.

 3) Water's neutralizing effect on gravity makes your body virtually weightless and allows you to swim almost daily without risking injury. 

 4) Studies have shown, habitual swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their actual age.

Wouldn’t you agree that these are 4 great reasons to make swimming a major part of your fitness routine?  But there is more…

Yet another benefit of swimming for fitness is stress relief.  Swimming relaxes your body and soothes your mind.  The process of swimming increases the oxygen flowing into your muscles.  You focus on regulating your breathing and almost without realizing it, you experience the healing properties of being in the water.  A workout in the swimming pool will leave you feeling physically and mentally refreshed.

Weights For The Pool

 As the popularity of swimming for fitness has increased, many fitness professionals and sports enthusiasts have designed specialized aquatic equipment i.e. aquatic weights, stationary bikes and treadmills and programs such as yoga in the pool, water Zumba classes and even  POOL-ates  that blend other fitness activities and swimming.   Swimmers are often amazed at the enjoyment and fitness benefits gained by moving their fitness program into the swimming pool.  As a true lifetime sport swimming can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  So, join us here at Living Poolside & make swimming an integral part of a fitness program for you and your family!

Please note it is important to always check with your health care professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

This contribution to Living Poolside comes from Kris Adcock, AdcockPool, Spa & Billiards, MS.

Kris Adcock & her family.

  Kris Adcock & Her Family.

Tags: Fitness, Living Poolside, Adcock Pool Spa & Billiards, Master Pools Guild, Family Fitness, swimming

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.

London 2012

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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