6 Ways to Prepare your Swimming Pool for the Best Family Summer Ever
23 October 2017
Summer is fast approaching and that means anyone with a swimming
pool is soon set to become the most popular kid in class.
But before you let your children and their friends jump into the
water this summer, make sure your family and pool area are properly
prepared so that everyone can have fun and be safe.
Here are six simple tips that will make summer days by the pool
a memorable experience for all the right reasons.
Make your pool area a safe environment
A safe day by the pool is a fun day. Every home is slightly
different and making a set of rules for pool use in your house is
an easy way to ensure your children and their friends avoid any
nasty accidents. Make sure to explain these rules carefully to your
children and quiz them on the rules before they go for a dip as a
Check that your pool gate, pool fencing and decking or tiling
are in good condition. Accidents do happen so you want to make sure
your surroundings are as safe as possible to minimise the chance of
It's easy to forget to stay hydrated when you're having fun in
the pool. Set up an easily accessible water source outside with
plastic cups to avoid glass near the pool. This gives your children
a visible reminder that they need to stay hydrated. Also, set it up
in the shade to also give people a break from the sun.
Remember to always have an adult near the pool when children are
swimming to keep an eye on things, remind children when they need a
break and reinforce your house's pool rules.
Be sun smart
Invest in some SPF 50+ sunscreen and a collection of hats to
avoid a lot of peeling sunburn and cold showers. Make sure they
give the sunscreen enough time to sink in before jumping in the
water, otherwise it may wash off.
To avoid getting roasted, set up a shaded area near the pool
where people can have a break from the sun.
Having set time limits on pool usage for the kids might not be
the most popular decision but can also help to avoid possible days
Keep your pool clean
If you have neglected your pool in the winter months (which we
totally all do), buy a chemical testing kit so you know what you
need to get your pool crystal clear again. Once you get your hands
on the right chemicals, make sure to follow the instructions very
carefully and store them out of reach of tiny fingers.
You never know what might be underneath the pile of leaves at
the bottom of your pool, so make sure you also put in the effort to
use a pool vacuum.
Stock up on new pool equipment
Ever tried to clean a pool with outdated or broken equipment? We
don't recommend it. If your vacuum and scoop are no longer in
working condition, save yourself hours of hassle and invest in new
Don't stop there! Your inflatable flamingo might be looking a
bit sad after months in the shed, and pool noodles can begin to
break down over time so stock up on some safe, new pool toys so
that everyone can have a fun time in the pool.
Learn CPR & First Aid
In the event of an emergency, knowing what to do can literally
be a matter of life and death. That's why we recommend touching up
your CPR and First Aid knowledge to ensure you can help when
YMCA, Surf Life
Saving SA and Royal
Life Saving all hold intensive courses in these areas.
Sign your kids up for VACSWIM
The best way to ensure your kids are confident, competent and
water safe in the pool this summer is by enrolling them in one of
our VACSWIM programs.
Let your children gain the knowledge and the skills to allow
your children to look after themselves and their swimming buddies
in the water while you supervise and take part in the fun times,
Click here to find out more
about where and how you can enrol your children in a VACSWIM
program near you.
Finally, remember that in a life-threatening or urgent situation
phone the emergency services on 000.