Four Fun Pool Activities to Enjoy on Your Above the Ground Pool
Swimming is one of the most fun parts of summer. Not only is it great exercise, but it also brings the entire family – and our friends – together for a memorable get-together or party. However, having a pool is much more than doing the backstroke and the doggy paddle. There are several excellent pool games to help you get the most out of your above ground pool.
The first game on this list is a classic: Marco Polo- named after the 13th-century Italian adventurer, this game is a tradition for every pool party. You can play with only a pair of people, but it’s much better – and more fun – when the entire squad joins in. One person closes their eyes while shouting “Marco,” while the other players yell “polo!” but try not to be tagged. If you are tagged, you are Marco.
As long as you don’t get extremely competitive, Chicken Fight is a great pool game. Four players are the best group for this game, with two pairs in which one rides on the others’ shoulders. The objective of the contest is for the person on top to knock the other head into the water. Whether you can scratch or pull hair rests in your own set of rules, but generally, it is known as water wrestling. Be careful, and remember it is just a game.
Not everyone is excellent at handstands – but a handstand contest is still an accessible and fun pool activity. This game is relatively easy – if you can do a handstand. Each player will attempt to do a handstand underwater, and the last person to come for air is the winner. Don’t hurt yourself winning this game, but it is a great challenge. It takes incredible arm strength to excel at this party game.
Diving for Treasure
Another fun pool activity is to ‘dive for treasure.’ These can be pennies, small toys, and anything that can sink. Be concerned with the use of rocks, especially with above ground pools, as any sharp edges can rip at the bottom. Toss the treasure to the bottom, and it becomes a race to see who can find the trinkets at the bottom of the pool first. Googles are a must-have for this pool game.
Pool games can be a traditional activity, or something made up on the spot, as long as you have fun with friends and family. Investing in an above ground pool is a great way to gather your loved ones for a fun afternoon in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Nutgrass – Nutsedge Control – Above Ground Pools
Nutgrass And Above Ground Pools
Nutsedge or Nutgrass is a very stubborn weed that is most often found in the southern and eastern parts of the United States. This weed is can ruin landscaping, gardens etc. but is also known to wreak havoc on above ground pool liners. Sadly most above ground pool owners are unaware of the weeds existence until it’s too late. The good news is that Nutgrass damage is preventable and existing damage is repairable.
Gorilla Pad – NOT BEST Pool Liner Padding? Why?
Gorilla Pad Pool Floor Padding
When purchasing a new pool or replacing an old pool liner, putting something down on the pool bottom to protect the liner is a common quest. Most people wish to protect their investment and improve the quality of their pool. This is where pool floor padding and protection comes into play. We have touched on this subject many times in the past, but the questions keep coming. So I will explain what is best to put under a swimming pool liner during installation and why. Gorilla Pad may not be the best answer for many.
Doughboy Pools @ Pools Above Ground
Doughboy pools are synonymous with American quality. If you were a kid in the 1970’s, you likely remember the Doughboy pool. It was one of the first makes on the above ground pool market, and still going strong today. In a landscape filled with imported sub-par products, above ground pool owners still have high quality pools still available to them. Hoffinger Industries, who purchased Doughboy Recreational in 1974, is the only pool manufacturer in the world to make all their own products from raw materials. (more…)
Happy Bottom Pool Pad = Bad Choice
Happy Bottom Pool Pad = Bad Choice
This blog will likely change your mind about using Happy Bottom Pool Pad under your pool liner. I’m sure some people will give me flack for this one, but people ask me about Happy Bottom, and I am going to tell those who are willing to listen. I will also give you info on what works best for under pool liners and why.