Sunset Pools and Spas

Save a Life: Give the Gift of Swimming This Holiday Season

Learning how to swim can be fun, but it can also be a matter of safety and protection.

That’s why children in Australia’s province of Victoria will be required to show swimming proficiency and demonstrate swimming survival skills starting next year, according to an article posted by Swimming World. “Each student must earn the Victoria Water Safety Certificate, which shows proof of swimming ability, water safety knowledge and rescue skills,” the article says.

Swimming pool owners can learn a thing or two from Victoria’s education officials. Accidental drownings are a real concern, but can be preventable if the right precautions are taken. That’s why homeowners who have a pool or plan to build a pool should ensure that anybody in the household or who plans to use it knows how to swim—and swim well. Other safety precautions include installing a pool cover and having everyone in the household learn CPR.

The holiday season is the perfect time to encourage swimming pool safety for your loved ones. Swimming lessons make a great gift—and there are plenty of places that offer indoor lessons throughout the Chicagoland area.

When you are struggling to come up with a unique Christmas or Chanukah gift idea for your spouse or kids, remember: Give them the gift of swimming. In the end, it could save a life.


A Trick-or-Treat Safety Reminder

Halloween is a time for candy, costumes and fun; however, with all of the kids running around the neighborhood during this festive holiday, it’s also a time to reinforce safety precautions.

On Halloween it’s likely most of the kids you see from your neighborhood will be walking from door to door asking for treats. However, there is always the bunch that ends up sneaking around from yard to yard with the intention of playing tricks.

With that in mind, Sunset Pools and Spas kindly reminds all pool and spa owners to make sure their pools are properly covered for Halloween. This will help to prevent any trespassers from jumping in the pool, or even worse, accidentally falling in. This is especially important if you haven’t yet drained your pool for the off-season.

It would also be wise to ensure any other safety precautions you have for your pool and spa are also in place. If you have a gate surrounding your poolscape, make sure to lock the entryway. Also, turn on any backyard, porch or deck lights, so outside wanderers can see where they are going and don’t accidentally trip. While you obviously don’t want to make it easier for trespassers to enter your property by putting a spotlight on it, it’s more important to create a safe environment for anyone who happens to be walking near your pool in the dark.

These safety measures are not just important for Halloween when it seems like the entire community is out and about; they are imperative to follow any time of year to ensure the safety of anyone walking through your yard.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone. Trick or treat!


Imagine that it’s summer. It’s hot outside. The kids are antsy. They want to go swimming.

Especially in the unbearable heat, the idea of driving to the public pool, dealing with the massive crowds, and keeping track of your kids is not appealing. This is the moment when you wish you had your own private pool in your own backyard.

Having a private pool can be a true luxury, especially when you have kids that are always on the move and looking for something to do. However, having a private pool also comes with a lot of responsibility, which is why designing a pool that is safe for your kids is also important.

Consider a pool like the one pictured here. It provides a good example of a pool that was built with young children in mind. It was built with an automatic pool cover that homeowners can close when the pool is not in use. Additionally, a gate encloses the entire poolscape, providing an additional barrier between the water and the kids (or other guests who may not know how to swim).

Childproofing your pool is probably the most important step you can take when installing a pool in your yard. While there are several ways to go about this including teaching your child how to swim and installing an alarm system in the pool building the pool with child safety mechanisms already in place will help to provide an additional element of comfort and security during those times when the pool is not in use.