Clearwater Life

Shark Week: Bait

If you are going to have a successful Shark Week party, you are going to need to put some creative effort into your food and drink options! A Shark Week party has to have fun, shark-themed food! And you will have so much fun planning your party menu with your kids!

We've done some of the leg work for you with our Pinterest board:

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30th Anniversary of Shark Week

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Shark Week 2018 begins on July 22nd!!! Are you ready? We are! All this month leading up until the debut on July 22nd, we will be posting Shark Week ideas for you to get your kids or your grandchildren having all kinds of shark fun in your backyard and pool!

Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about Shark Week:

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We'll be back tomorrow with some Shark Week Party Ideas!

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Use Your Noodle (Part 1)

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If you have a pool, chances are you have a pool noodle! A pool noodle can be one of the cheapest aqua exercising tools! We've gathered a whole bunch of ideas on how you can use your noodle in pool to strengthen muscles, promote balance and burn calories!

Pool noodles come in different sizes and can be made from different materials. If you are an average sized adult, go with the regular pool noodle that you can find online at Amazon or a local retailer. If you are on the tall and larger side, go with the larger, wider pool noodle. The larger noodle will also give you more resistance. If you are in shape and the regular pool noodle isn't cutting it, give this one a try! This is the size you will look for, it is often called a "jumbo" noodle:

 

Here are some you can get started with today--we'll have more next time:

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Our Facebook Page has some water exercise videos you might want to watch--Henry posts a video every summer day at 2:00:

https://www.facebook.com/groupclearwater/videos/10157370434647977/

Remember to check with your doctor if you are at all uncertain about your physical ability to exercise in your pool! Start slowly and work your way into a regular routine!

https://www.pinterest.com/clearwater0127/clearwater-pools-aqua-exercise/

 

Shower Outdoors

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If you have a pool and kids, you need an outdoor shower! An outdoor shower is an essential ingredient to keeping mom happy! Think about all the dirt going into your pool because you don't have an outdoor shower...

Outdoor showers can be super luxurious and make you feel like you are on a desert island, or they can be simple and practical. If you are building a pool now, or plan to build one in the near future, consider incorporating an outdoor shower into your design. Run the plumbing for the shower when you run the pipes for the pool!

Here are just a few of the many outdoor shower ideas we have pinned for you:

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Find more ideas to keep your kids clean and out of your inside bathroom here:

https://www.pinterest.com/clearwater0127/clearwater-outdoor-showers/

Summer Reading: Not Just for Kids!

Reading over the summer isn't just a good idea for the kids! Parents and adults should have their own reading list! 

Websites like Goodreads are a great way to find out what is new, what is currently trending and what other people are saying about a book. We've put together a list of new releases and books that are on the NY Times Bestseller list. If you're lucky your local library will have a copy!

Do you read on a Kindle or tablet? Consider downloading the Overdrive App so you can borrow library e-books or audio books and get them delivered straight to your Kindle FOR FREE!!! But, if you do read with a tablet or phone of any kind, please make sure it is in a waterproof case before you start reading in the pool! Here's a few on Amazon--just click on the images:

Every Tuesday we'll post a "Ten for Tuesday" list! The list may be for books, but it could be a list of pool tunes, recipes, pool games or podcasts. Make sure you check back every Tuesday!

Here is a sampling of ten books we found trending on Goodreads and Amazon. Click on the book to go to the Amazon site where you can learn more about each book and purchase it if you want. We try and post links to Prime products! 

Next Tuesday we will have ten audio books worth a listen while you float in your pool! 

Bug Off!!!

Is your backyard full of mosquitoes at night? Well, that's not fun! There are many options for keeping the bugs away in your backyard paradise. From sprays to lights, we're going to take a look at the different options...

Bug Zapping Lights

Such a thing exists! You can strategically hang bug zapping lights around your yard anywhere you have an electrical outlet. This is a non-chemical way to prevent mosquitoes in your yard and pool area. Here are a few to consider:

Torches

If you are looking for some torches to provide ambient light and keep the bugs away, there are many options. The traditional Tikki torch with bug fuel is a very popular and effective way to go. Tabletop torches are also an option and they come in a wide variety of styles. We like these on Amazon:

Candles etc.

If you aren't excited about torches, perhaps a candle will suit your buggy needs. There are lots of options with candles, both natural repellent and stronger, more chemical ones. Here are just a few we found on Amazon:

 

Bug Spray

Bug sprays can be full of DEET or full of more environmentally friendly ingredients. Some sprays have a higher percentage of DEET than others, so read the label carefully. It is a personal preference, so here are a few options for both:

Wearable Protection

You can wear your bug protection! There are some practical and whimsical options for this category:

Ticks

You can't really escape ticks anymore, they seem to be everywhere. Unfortunately, Lyme's disease has become a reality for many. Doing what you can, and having what you need in case you need to remove ticks from yourself, a family member or a pet, is so important. Here are a few items that you might want to consider during this busy outdoor season:

It is going to be a hot and humid summer! Plan ahead and be prepared for buggy nights by the pool or in your backyard!

 

 

Are You Aqua-Fit?

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Have you heard that you can get in shape just by exercising in your pool? Well, you can! This summer, Clearwater will be posting lots of ideas about utilizing your pool and hot tub to build strength, trim down and get your heart rate going!

Today let's take a look at arm exercises...

Aqua Dumbbells can be purchased online or at your local sporting goods store. We found a nice pair and started using them to strengthen our arm and back muscles. Boy did they make a difference! Here are a few exercises that you can do with a pair of Aqua Dumbbells--try and do 10 repetitions of each set:

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Start with these arm exercise, but remember to check with your doctor if you are at all uncertain if aqua exercises are a good idea for you! Also, remember that you are using the pool's water as resistance! It may not seem like you are doing a lot, but you are! Start slow!

Check out Henry's daily Facebook video--he loves to use the Aqua Dumbbells: https://www.facebook.com/groupclearwater/videos/10157339633227977/

More aqua exercises can be found on our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/clearwater0127/clearwater-pools-aqua-exercise/

Take the Plunge...

The world is abuzz with the "Tiny House" movement! Have you seen any of the amazing Tiny House designs on HGTV or DIY? Check it out--there are so many tiny spaces around the world that are tiny and unique! Just as the world is looking towards minimalist living and all things "tiny," the pool world is also looking at a trend in what we at Clearwater like to call "Plunge Pools." 

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Plunge Pools are basically a "tiny" version of the traditional backyard pool. The "tiny" twist is in the size and shape. Take for instance the Plunge Pool above that our creative designer, Tim Wenrich, crafted for a Central PA client who was looking for a small pool with style that would blend into their E.P. Henry hardscape. Isn't that a great looking Plunge Pool? Even the dog looks like he loves it! Here is a view from above--see how the Plunge Pool is incorporated into the paver wall? Isn't that a great use of space?

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There are many ways Clearwater can take a small backyard and create a backyard paradise with a Plunge Pool. Don't let the size of your yard limit your dream to have a pool! A Plunge Pool can have a liner just as the large backyard inground pools do, as well as a heat pump. Think how much you will save since you only have to heat a "tiny" pool!

A Plunge Pool can be above ground, incorporated into your retaining wall as Tim did above, or it can be inground, surrounded by gardens and rich landscape features. Plunge Pools make excellent garden accents! Add a water feature and it will be very relaxing to sit by your Plunge Pool in your lush garden! 

Check out some of our favorite Plunge Pool designs:

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Have you now got the "tiny" ideas going around in your head for a Plunge Pool? Check out even more Plunge Pool ideas on our Pinterest board:

https://www.pinterest.com/clearwater0127/clearwater-plunge-pools/

Time to Swim Photo Contest!

It's that time of year again...

Get your cameras ready!

And get your video camera ready, too!

Clearwater is raising the bar on our summer photo contest! This year we want our customers to show off their pool and/or hot tub in new and creative ways! With all of the iPhone and Android apps for photography and video, it's time to see how creative our customers are with the theme "Time to Swim!"

Think you can you come up with something? We're giving you some ideas but we're pretty sure our customers are more creative than this:

Time to Splash

Time to Float

Time to Chill

We will have a photo AND video winner for the best "Time to Swim" pictures and videos taken in an above ground pool, an inground pool and a hot tub. That's three categories and 6 winners! Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to use at any of our Clearwater locations!

Start planning your "Time to Swim" entry! Work on this with your family! Pull out all the stops and show us your artistic talent!

But we do have a few rules...

1. You must keep it family friendly! 

We're a family business! That means if you are shooting a video keep the language clean and the swimsuits on! Keep the swimsuits on for photos, too!

2. Safe shots only, please!

We don't want any of you getting hurt while trying to win our contest! We're not looking for the craziest dive or belly flop--we're looking for the most creative image of you or your friends or your family diving or flopping!

3. You must share your entry on your Facebook page and tag Clearwater! You can't tag us if you haven't liked us, so go like us (click on image):

This is what it will look like when you tag us:

Every Friday we will share the best entries of the week on our Facebook page!

Remember to only include people who want to be on Facebook and whose parents permit them to be on Facebook!

4. You must say "If It's Time to Swim, It's Time for Clearwater!" in your video if you enter a video in the contest! 

We don't care when you say it, just say it and have fun saying it! 

5. Caption your image or video using the "Time to..." theme.

Do you exercise in your pool? Make a "Time to Work Out" video! Do you grill by the pool? Take some "Time to Eat" shots! Do you read while you float in your pool? "Time to Read" pic! The ideas are endless...

6. Use the hashtag #timeforclearwater when posting your photo or video on Facebook (and any other social media!). 

Who knows...you may be famous on Instagram for your #timeforclearwater images!

7. All photos and videos must be posted on Facebook and we must be tagged by August 17th.

We'll comment on your photo or video so you know we saw it!

Winners will be announced on Facebook September 1, 2015!

 

Time to Swim Bucks!

Clearwater's Summer Sale this year is bigger and better...

Stock up on your poolife or Baquacil chemicals for the rest of the summer and save big with our "Time to Swim Bucks" card! 

Here's how it works:

Spend $300 on any product we sell except pools or hot tubs and receive a coupon to come before 12/31/15 and spend $100 on us.

You can also spend it the day you earn it! 

We've got some NEW stylish, high-quality rafts and floatable chairs in stock that would be perfect to pick up with this promotion:

Soft, cool and comfortable, with a SunSoft™ fabric top, these ultra comfortable pool chairs and rafts have a “bean bag” like feel. Great for use in the pool, or simply relaxing poolside. Adjustable, multi-chamber air pockets allow you to customize your comfort level. Complete with handle and drain. Use all summer, deflate and easily store away in the winter.

                                      

These colorful, comfortable floats are high quality and even better? They are machine washable! Use the gentle cycle with mild soap.

Not ready to float away your Time to Swim Bucks? How about an automated cleaner? We've got these two fantastic cleaners from Dolphin that will save you time and effort cleaning your pool:

The Dolphin S50 is what you need if you have an above ground pool. 

Watch this video to see why you need one...

The Dolphin M400 is the inground pool robotic cleaner that our customers rave about:

So stop in and grab your "Time to Swim Bucks!" 

"If It's Time to Swim, It's Time for Clearwater!"