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Pool Covers In the News

What do cows and pool covers have in common?

Strangely, in the case of the story I'm about to mention, a lot.

About two weeks ago, various news outlets reported a story involving a cow that had somehow found its way into an Oklahoma City swimming pool.

According to reports, a hole in the pool liner allowed the cow to slip through and into the water. Fortunately, the cow seemed to have emerged unharmed after being rescued by firefighters.

Although one article says the pool liner was designed to withstand the weight of an elephant, in this particular case, the pool liner did not do its job.

The Lesson: This story serves as a reminder about how important it is to have a reliable and safe pool cover that can fulfill its purpose any time the pool is not in use. While it's not likely a cow is going to make its way into your pool or spa, a pool cover can prevent any living being from falling into the water, whether an animal or a small child. 

For even more information about the benefits of installing a proper pool cover, click here.

Finding Motivation in Friends

Some people swim for exercise, and others swim for fun, but it's not often we have the opportunity to write about combining the two.

In many instances, swimming for exercise can be a solitary activity. For example, if you're swimming laps in a pool lane, you aren't likely to be talking to the person in the lane next to you between freestyle or backstrokes (or while you're coming up for air from under water). However, a group of swimmers in London has found a way to bring a social aspect to swimming.

The Swim Dem Crew is a group of swimmers who meet every week for both training and socialization simultaneously. They are a good example of how swimming for exercise doesn't have to be an activity that you tackle alone. Below are some tips for how you can make your regular swimming regimen a social activity, as well:

  • Join a swim club similar to Swim Dem Crew.
  • Take a group swimming lesson or water aerobics class at your local gym or community center.
  • Sign up for a team-based water sport, such as water polo or synchronized swimming.

While swimming laps may not seem like the most team-friendly sport, there are plenty of ways to socialize or find motivation from others at the pool—you just have to know where to look.


Lapping in Luxury: A One-of-a-Kind Indoor Pool

A new concept for an indoor swimming pool will literally leave a future homeowner lapping in luxury.

The concept: a swimming pool that takes up the entire second floor of a three-story house. The owner: well, that is still to be determined.

According to a November article published in Forbes, there is a $2 million price tag attached to building such a house, which has been named Villa Clessidra. At the time the article was written, it didn’t appear there was a particular investor attached to the project designed by a Netherlands-based architect—the original client who had been interested in building a “groundbreaking residence,” backed out, the article said.

“With the swimming pool strategically placed at the center of the house, where part of it could be seen through a transparent zone, the house feels very much like a human aquarium when anyone swims in it,” the article said. The pool will even be visible through the floor of the master bedroom, providing a view from above.

It’s always fun to highlight elite projects such as this, because they demonstrate how—within reason, budget and the rules of physics—designing your dream pool does not have to come with boundaries. Sometimes a little imagination and the right design team can do the trick.