Check out our selection of pool accessories that will help you start summer off right! We carry all of this, and much more, at BYCP!
- Pool Alarms, which alert you to large objects breaking the pool’s surface
- Pool Fountains that add elegance and charm to your pool
- Maintenance Equipment, such as brushes and nets
- Pool Lights, for dazzling decoration and function
- Outdoor Clocks and Thermometers
- Anti-Entrapment devices which provide safety
- Pool Signs with safety message, clever reminders, etc.
- Pool-side organizers
Making improvements to your swimming pool can be as simple as adding a floating pool light or as complex as changing your liner for a new look. We will chronicle a series of pool improvement trends that home owners are currently using to spruce the pool up just in time for summer.
One pool improvement that I find particularly pleasing to the whole family is adding a new and exciting swimming pool slide. With varying angles of curve, water use, and colors, there are so many options in pool slides today. You can even add a water park type feel with a slide that spins you around 360 degrees before splashing you into your pool. A new slide will provide fun and excitement to every member of your family.
Even though I’m still wearing my winter weather gear, I’m thinking ahead to warmer days when I can soak up the sun at the pool and the beach. Nothing is more relaxing than floating on calm waters while being bathed by the warm rays of the sun, so finding just the right pool float is a big deal.
Many times, I prefer to float solo, but I like to be prepared with refreshments so I don’t have to leave my comfy lounger every time I need a cool drink. That’s why I love the Oversized Cooler Couch. This one-person pool float has a handy built-in cooler that holds ice and drinks. With two drink holders, this float makes it possible to enjoy soda on one hand and water on the other. The other advantage of this particular pool float is the position of the reclined back. It’s not fully reclined, and it’s not completely upright, either. It’s just right for reading a book or magazine, or for taking a comfortable cat nap.
Sometimes, I feel like floating with a friend…or five. The Cabana Islander Pool Float is a serious float that can support up to six people. It has a removable cabana top that can be attached when the sun is too strong, or detached when we want to warm things up. There’s even a center swim porthole, a boarding platform, and a 16 quart floating cooler that can be tethered to this impressive floating wonder. When I crave conversation with friends but I don’t want to leave the water, the Cabana Islander delivers.
Frigid temperatures make summer feel like a distant dream, but until it arrives, my thoughts can be filled with fantasies of floating on the water and basking in the warmth of a bright, summer sun.
Indoor and outdoor water parks seem to be in every town these days, and their numbers continue to grow. Savvy parents know that these “vacation destinations” are rarely worth the expensive admission fee. Additionally, indoor and outdoor water parks use an excessive amount of chemicals in their water to keep bacteria and germs from hundreds of visitors at bay, which leads to irritated eyes and skin. Kids love these places, though, so how do parents entice their young ones to stay home and enjoy the swimming pool in their own backyards?
One easy way to make the backyard pool more exciting for kids is to add a pool slide for action packed fun. Pool slides made for backyard swimming pools don’t reach the dizzying heights of those at the local water park, but there are no lines to wait in, no crowds to wade through, and kids can slide to their heart’s content. Add a couple of friends to the mix, and families can enjoy full days of free fun at home.
One of the advantages of owning your own backyard swimming pool, whether it be an above ground pool or an in ground pool, is enjoying the freedom of swimming at any time of the day or night. Night time swimming, though, is not safe unless your swimming pool is equipped with pool lights to illuminate the sides and bottom of the swimming pool.* Swimming pool lights come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and shapes, and choosing the right one depends only on the type of pool you have and your own personal tastes.
In ground swimming pool lights are often installed when the pool itself is constructed, but this is not the case for above ground pools. Above ground pool lights must be attached to the pool in one of several ways. Some lights hook over the top of the pool wall, some are mounted to the side of the pool wall, and some are installed directly to your pool’s return line. Each option has its own advantages, but many above ground pool owners prefer lights that hook over the top of the pool wall because this prevents the need to drill holes in the side of the swimming pool and makes the lights easier to remove or adjust.
Another choice to be made when selecting swimming lights is color. White lights are the standard choice, but colors add ambiance and fun to the swimming experience. Some lights offer the best of both worlds — a white bulb and different colored lenses that can be snapped into place as desired. Other lights are able to cycle through a series of different colors for an ever-changing effect.
Some of the most fun and colorful swimming pool lights are floating lights. Floating lights can illuminate both in ground and above ground pools, and they come in a multitude of creative styles. Floating lights that resemble lily pads or graceful jelly fish are just two examples of the unique pool lights available. Some floating lights feature a fountain on the top which sprays colorful streams of water. A favorite choice for pool parties are floating lights whose multiple colors spin and dance underwater like a kaleidoscope.
Having so many choices for swimming pool lights makes the selection process fun, but the choice itself doesn’t matter as much as ensuring that there are some kind of lights installed in your backyard swimming pool. Safety should always be the first consideration.
*Safety Note: Children, even older children who may have strong swimming skills, should never be permitted to swim after dark unless closely supervised by a responsible adult.