Sunset Pools and Spas

Encouraging Safer Swimming

Think back to your last vacation. If you went to a tropical destination, I’m guessing you can recall the feeling of sunshine on your face, the time spent lounging by the pool, and splashing around in the water with your significant other or kids.

Now concentrate even more. Can you remember seeing a lifeguard on duty?

If not, it’s quite possible one wasn’t even there.

While many vacation spots do have regular lifeguards on duty, other hotels and cruise ships don't have lifeguards on board to watch over the pools, leaving guests to swim at their own risk.

Leading by Example

Royal Caribbean International is one hospitality company looking to change and improve how it views swimming safety, according to an article by Travel Agent Central. By the end of June 2017, every Royal Caribbean cruise ship will have certified lifeguards on board overseeing all pools during hours of operation.

The hiring move is an important step in the hospitality industry, and part of a broader program to encourage swimming safety in the pool and while out at sea. This includes “swim vests for children 4 – 12 years old, a water safety presentation in the Adventure Ocean kids program as well as a teen 411 session on water safety.”

The Significance of Better Safety

On average, more than 3,500 people unintentionally drown each year in the United States, according to the most recent statistics provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—a truly horrific and unbelievable statistic.

Those of us in the swimming industry have an undeniable responsibility to help reduce these numbers by encouraging safe swimming practices. Royal Caribbean is on the right track. We must remember to applaud efforts that highlight the importance of swimming safety, and follow these examples for the safety of both our clients and our loved ones.




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.