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Water Safety Facts You Need to Know

Water Safety Facts You Need to Know

May is National Water Safety Month! The sun has broken free from its wintry prison and summer is making its way around the mountain. Since you’ve already begun to think about re-opening your pool for the summer, now’s the perfect time to study up on Water Safety in order to protect your children from the dangers of the water.

National Water Safety Month

Among unintentional injuries, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Most of these deaths occur in a backyard pool.

Rising temperatures and drier climates are leading more and more people to purchase backyard pools for their families to enjoy during the hot months, and while pools are a great investment, it is vital to practice good water safety habits around your children to ensure their overall safety and protection.

If we’ve Aqua Quipped your life with a swimming pool, hot tub, or swim spa, take care to read through this whole list and learn as much as you can about Water Safety so you can pass along the knowledge to your friends, family, and neighbors.

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Courtesy of the “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program and apsp.org, here are a few simple steps you can take in order to save lives and prevent water-related accidents:

Stay close, be alert, and watch children in and around the pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or hot tub
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • If a child is missing, check the pool or hot tub first
  • Have a phone close by when you or your family is using a pool or hot tub
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors

Learn and practice water safety skills

  • Teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, updating your skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so you can assist in pool emergencies

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Have appropriate equipment for your pool or hot tub

  • Install a fence around your pool or hot tub with self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your hot tub
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water

fenced-in above ground pool for maximized safety

At Aqua Quip, you can find everything you need to ensure a safe backyard environment for your kids. Whether it’s fences, gates, stairs, or auto-locks, we’ll take care of the set up while you can rest easy knowing your child is safe; however, while having the necessary equipment can be noticeably helpful, there are always other ways to sneak past. Always keep an eye on your kids when they’re outside near the pool no matter what. Drowning can happen in 10 seconds. Don’t let it happen to your kids.

If you’re in need of a fence or gate for your pool, please contact us at sales@aquaquip.com and we’ll get you set up with the proper safety equipment.

For more Water Safety tips or information about National Water Safety month, visit nationalwatersafetymonth.org/Consumers/Safety-Tips

5 Activities You Didn’t Know You Could Do in a Swim Spa

5 Activities You Didn’t Know You Could Do in a Swim Spa

If you didn’t already know, a Swim Spa is a two-in-one swimming pool and hot tub, and it’s revolutionizing exercise and relaxation. Ranging in length between 12 and 19 feet, Swim Spas can be used by the whole family. Or, if you’d rather keep it to yourself, that’s okay too.

Swim Spas are endless pools that combine powerful jets with plenty of room so you can swim laps without actually swimming laps (AKA who needs to turn when you can swim in a forever-straight line?). Once you’ve beat your personal record, you can sit back and relax with hydrotherapy jets to massage your muscles after your workout. It’s the best of both worlds! But that’s not all you can do in a Swim Spa. Surprised? We’ve got news for you: the possibilities are endless. (Like your pool!)

1. Water Walking

water walking and strength training swim spa

You know, you don’t have to swim in your swim spa. With the jets on a low setting, your Hydropool swim spa becomes a water treadmill so you can walk with less impact, and slight resistance to strengthen your legs. Add water weights to your workout for an upper-body exercise while you walk.

 

 2. Canoeing, Kayaking, or Paddle Boarding*

paddle boarding in a swim spa

If you’re a big fan of row, row, rowing your boat, guess what! You can practice your kayaking and canoeing skills in your swim spa. Just grab a boat or board and an oar or two, adjust your speed, and get going! You’ll be a master in no-time.

*If Paddle Boarding is your go-to water activity, we suggest you remain seated; standing in your swim spa can be dangerous.

 

3. Body Surfing

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Attach a rope or cord to connect your surf board to the front of your Hydropool swim spa, and hold on tight! Turn up the speed and watch your friends and family hang on for endless fun. You can also tie an inner tube or a knee board to your swim spa to brush up on your skills before showing off your mastered talents at your next lakeside retreat.

 

4. Strength and Resistance Training

Each Hydropool swim spa comes equipped with small attachments on both ends so you can connect bands, ropes, and cords for your various water activities and aerobic exercises. With the jets turned off and resistance bands attached, you can choose from a plethora of different workouts to help strengthen your arms and legs. Exercising in the water adds another level of resistance and ensures you’re getting both your strength and cardio workouts in. The buoyancy of the water also takes away a lot of the impact you would get in a regular workout, saving your knees in the long-run.

 

5. Lazy River Inner-Tubing

innertubing in a swim spa

Just because you can exercise in a swim spa, doesn’t mean you have to. Hydropool’s self-cleaning swim spas create a circular jet cycle. You know what that means. Set yourself up in your favorite inner tube and let the jets push and pull you around your swim spa for a make-shift lazy river! Grab a book, set the jets to a slow speed, and relax as you float around your swim spa.

 

This is just the beginning! Hydropool swim spas are incredibly versatile when it comes to water activities; if you can think it, you can do it. For more information on Hydropool swim spas, go to our website: www.aquaquip.com/swimspas

Chlorine-Free/Bromine-Free Spa Care

Chlorine-Free/Bromine-Free Spa Care

BaquaSpa System

With the chlorine-free, bromine-free BaquaSpa® System you can enjoy all the conforts of your hot tub with three easy steps for keeping it clean and clear.

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BaquaSpa® Waterline Control

Prevents formation of waterline deposits on the spa shell.

Step 2 – BaquaSpa® Oxidizer

A liquid oxidizer consisting of specially stabilized hydrogen peroxide. Keeps spa water sparkling clear by oxidizing organic compounds.

Step 3 – BaquaSpa® Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control

The principal chemical in the BaquaSpa Water Care System. A bromine-free, chlorine-free liquid sanitizer that provides effective control of bacteria and protects against staining and discoloration due to metals.

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It stores indefinitely, is highly stable in elevated temperatures, and lasts longer than bromine- or chlorine-based sanitizers.

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Once-A-Week 3-Step Pool Care Program

Once-A-Week 3-Step Pool Care Program

Let’s face it, you bought a pool to use it, not CLEAN it. Nevertheless, you have to clean it sometime. Thanks to our 3-Step Pool Care Program, that’s only once a week. From start to finish the program takes just minutes of your time. That’s minutes instead of hours to keep your pool water crystal clear and brilliant.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

STEP 1 Sanitize to kill bacteria
STEP 2 Oxidize and clarify for sparkling clear water
STEP 3 Prevent algae growth

BioGuard’s Once-a-Week 3-Step Program is ideal for above-ground and in-ground pools that meet the following qualifiers:

Here are the specifics:

STEP 1:

Keep pool water sanitized with BioGuard Smart Sticks®

  • Extra long-lasting chlorine sanitizer that dissolves slowly, and all but stops dissolving when pump is off
  • Kills and prevents bacteria, while maintaining proper chlorine levels
  • Easy to apply to skimmer, no special feeder required.

*If pump circulation is more than 12 hours per day, Smart Sticks may need to be applied more often than once per week.

STEP 2:

Keep pool water clear with BioGuard Smart Shock™

STEP 3:

Keep algae out with BioGuard Back-Up®

  • Specially formulated to work with Smart Sticks and Smart Shock to prevent algae before it starts
  • Long-lasting formula works even harder when water temperatures rise in mid-summer
  • Won’t evaporate or stain pool surfaces
  • No need to mix or pre-dissolve

Optimize the Program! Enhance our 3-Step Program with Optimizer® Plus®! Optimizer Plus suppresses algae, makes pH control easier, and softens pool water. You’ll love your pool’s NEW diamond-like sparkle and “soft” feel!

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Chlorine-Free Pool Care Program

Chlorine-Free Pool Care Program

Baquacil Pool Sanitizing Systems

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The Difference Is Clear

The benefits of the BAQUACIL® Pool Care Systems are many. The chlorine-free formulation is gentle and non-irritating to eyes and skin, it’s gentle on swimsuits and pool liners. The BAQUACIL System keeps water clear, silky and soft, and most of all, it’s easy to use. BAQUACIL offers three simple 3-step, three product chlorine-free systems.

BAQUACIL CDX™ System

The BAQUACIL CDX System is an enhanced CHLORINE-FREE system specially formulated to maintain a consistent oxidizer residual in pool water.

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The oxidizer residual in pool water plays a significant role in removing contaminants that put a strain on the pool and keeping the pool clear all season long. This system is ideal for all pools.

Step 1 — Sanitize with: BAQUACIL Sanitizer and Algistat
Step 2 — Oxidize with: BAQUACIL Oxidizer
Step 3 — Maintain Oxidizer Residual and Water Clarity with BAQUACIL CDX

For areas where algae problems are prevalent or in pools with a history of recurring algae, a preventative dose of BAQUACIL Algicide or BAQUACIL Performance Algicide may be added to the weekly CDX maintenance system during the hottest months of the summer.. Be sure to follow label directions for dosage recommendations.

BAQUACIL Standard System

The 2nd BAQUACIL Standard System is a simple chlorine-free 3-step pool care system composed of three core products:

Step 1 — Sanitize with: BAQUACIL Sanitizer and Algistat
Step 2 — Oxidize with BAQUACIL Oxidizer
Step 3 — Prevent Algae with BAQUACIL Algicide

BAQUACIL Sanitizer and Algistat provides protection to swimmers against a wide variety of bacteria, while the BAQUACIL Algicide helps control the growth of unsightly algae in the water and the BAQUACIL Oxidizer breaks down swimmer waste and other organic material in the pool.

3-Step Pool Care Program

3-Step Pool Care Program

BioGuard Systems

Pool care should be as easy as possible. With BioGuard’s 3-Step pool care Program it is. This convenient system helps you keep your pool sparkling clear. What’s more, it only requires minutes per week to apply. That leaves hours free for the real reason you got your pool: FUN.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

STEP 1 Sanitize to kill bacteria
STEP 2 Oxidize and clarify for sparkling clear water
STEP 3 Prevent algae growth

BioGuard’s 3-Step Program is ideal for pools of any size or surface that meets the following qualifiers:

Here are the specifics:

STEP 1:

Keep pool water sanitized and silky smooth with BioGuard’s Silk Tabs™ and Silk Sticks™ containing SilkGuard Technology.

      • Kill bacteria
      • Control Algae
      • Are dispensable in feeders, floaters or skimmers Contains Sunshield Technology so that chlorine is protected from sunlight for long-lasting sanitation

SilkGuard Technology:

      • Makes water silky smooth
      • Protects pool equipment for longer life
      • Prevents metal staining and corrosion
      • Reduces scale formation
      • Softens water

STEP 2:

Restore water sparkle with Burn Out® 35 or Burn Out ® Extreme

      • Superchlorinating formula oxidizes undesirable compounds that cause eye and skin irritation and dull water
      • Prevent problems from compounds including perspiration, urine, suntan oil and cosmetics
      • Maintains sparkling clean, clear water

STEP 3:

    • Keep algae out with BioGuard Back-Up®
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Excitement over Charity at the Seattle Home Show!

Excitement over Charity at the Seattle Home Show!

What an amazing second weekend we had for Swim for Charity!! We started the weekend by still riding on our excitement from the first weekend and the huge success we had. The stories, fundraising and home show attendant excitement was more than we could have ever expected. The second weekend was no let down.

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After the two weekends the total donation (pledged and otherwise collected) totaled $14,688! Thank you to everyone who participated in our event! We had an absolute blast and are so thrilled to have raised so much for Habitat for Humanity!

Swim for Charity – Everyone Contributes!

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Swim for Charity is well over with. On Sunday the swimmers managed to raise $2,730 which puts us at a total of $6,818 for the entire event so far.

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Swim for Charity at the Seattle Home Show

Swim for Charity at the Seattle Home Show

content_pic1Are you a swimmer? Want to try out a Hydropool swim spa? How about donating your time and sign up to swim for charity at the Seattle Home Show? Starting this Saturday, February 16th you can swim for charity and Aqua Quip, the Seattle Home Show and BECU donate $5 for every minute to Habitat for Humanity. If you can swim for 30 minutes or more – we double the donation!

The Hydropool AquaTrainer will be set up in booth #048 at the Seattle Home Show at Centurylink Field. An hour at a time (weekends only) each contestant gets to swim for as long as they can. If you can stay swimming, not touching the sides or bottom for more than 30 minutes, we double our donation! You can see the schedule here. Times are filling up fast so make sure you arrange for your slot today! We also encourage friends and family to step up and add to the donation, if they can’t swim themselves.

Rules:

  • Each participant will be allowed to swim continuously up to 1 hour in an AquaTrainer Swim Spa by Hydropool
  • While swimming the swimmer cannot touch any part of the SwimSpa, any person or thing
  • The swim time will end once the swimmer has touched any part of the spa, any person or thing or the 1 hr has been completed
  • Any participants must be 18 or older or have a parent or legal guardian sign.

Official description:

Aqua Quip and BECU are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity for a Swim for Charity Event at this year’s Seattle Home Show. Participants can sign up to swim for up to 1 hour in a Hydropool AquaTrainer Swim Spa. Seattle Home Show, BECU and Aqua Quip will make a combined donation of $5/min that each participant is able to swim for Habitat for Humanity. If a participant swims for more than 30 minutes – then the combined donation will be $10/min. Participants are also encouraged to ask family and friends to come down and cheer their swimmer on and sponsor them for an additional donation.