Splish, Splash! Swimming Pool Safety everyone should knowWritten by Rebecca Blain
By Rebecca Blain of http://www.everything-swimming-pools.com
For many young adults and children all over world, there is nothing more enjoyable than spending a beautiful summer day at pool.
As pools provide a healthy and fun method of cooling off, more homes have taken to having pools of all types installed.
While they can be fun and entertaining, there are many child and adult deaths per year due to presence of pools in yards of homes.
Despite this, more are being installed every year as summer heat becomes more intolerable for many people.
In order to be able to enjoy luxuries of a swimming pool without risk, there are steps that you need to take to ensure swimming pool safety. Below, you will find various aspects of pool care and safety, along with information on how to best protect your children, family members and pets.
- Above Ground Pools
- In ground Pools
- Filter, Pumps, and other Mechanical Parts
- Chlorine and other Pool Chemicals
- Seasonal Pool Care and Maintenance
- Enjoying your Pool
Above Ground Pools One of most common types of pools are above ground swimming pools. These pools come in all shapes and sizes, as well as colors, and adorn many backyards all over world. They tend to lean towards being more obtrusive than in ground, as well as provide a variety of different safety hazards.
First, when you set up pool, you need to make certain that ladder to get in and out of pool is extremely secure and stable. Falling from ladder of an above ground pool is one of leading causes of injuries, so you need to make certain that your ladder is set up in a way to minimize chances of injury.
In addition to this, you should always enforce rule that your guests and children should not sit on railing of pool. This is dangerous for many reasons. First, falling off and hitting ground can cause injuries. Second, if you are really unfortunately, pool could collapse. If this occurs, injury is a real likelihood.
In ground Pools The in ground pool is one of most desired pool types for home owners. These pools are elegant in appearance, easier to care for than above ground variety, and give you more options for depth. However, there are safety risks involved with having an in ground pool.
First, you need to make certain that there is always someone watching pool when there are children around. Child death due to falling into an in ground pool is greater than risks with above ground. This is why keeping area fenced, or pool covered with boards or other impenetrable materials is a necessity if you have small children. While this problem is still present with above ground pools, this is largest risk associated with this pool type.
Also, you need to make certain that you enforce rule that there should be absolutely no running around pool. Slipping on wet concrete is a real concern, and injuries as a result tend to be severe. With a few precautions, injuries shouldn't occur with any pool, including above and in ground pools.
Endless Summer Surf CampWritten by Misha Troyan
Endless Summer Surf Camp
Read Jetsetters Magazine at www.jetsettersmagazine.com
Read Jetsetters Magazine at www.jetsettersmagazine.com To read this entire feature FREE with photos cut and paste this link: www.jetsettersmagazine.com/archive/jetezine/sports02/surfing/endless/endless.html
Dawn patrol. The morning is exploding out of east, a half-box of crayons streaking across sky.
Slowly, reluctantly, a bed-head emerges from warm confines of a sleeping bag, followed by an arm, then a body. Eventually there are four or five of us milling about, sleepy-eyed, blinking away night. One of us is munching away on Raisin Bran, staple of his morning breakfasts, with thousand-mile stare of a man sleep-deprived. Another is finding comfort in his coffee, and well, he should, considering he woke surf camp staff at 6 a.m. to get it. When we find out that that only those with their own equipment can hit water, we are disappointed, but understand liability issues. So we are reduced to spectators, watching from bluffs above beach. The sunrise has reached far horizon now, where ocean is beginning to distinguish itself from sky. Down below, we see several lone surfers paddling into morning gray, looking for that first set.
Such a devotion to surfing may surprise some, but those familiar with surfing understand. "Once you catch that first wave, when you stand up and you make your first turn, you get hooked," explained Jason Senn, owner of Endless Summer Surf Camp in San Clemente, California. Sun-baked and ocean-washed, Jason has been a part of camp since 1991, when he was brought aboard as director. According to him, most rewarding part of his job is seeing progression of his students throughout week. In fact, several of his alumni surf competitively today. There is a downside, however. "Surfing can become an addiction. You start making excuses to go surfing. Missing class, missing work." Dawn patrol was a testament to that.
By 9:30 a.m., well after Dawn Patrol had returned from its first foray, rest of day campers had arrived (there were roughly 12 day campers and 12 overnighters). We assembled on beach, and although morning fog was still hazy along beach, it was already growing warm. A soft off-shore breeze carried smell of salt and sun block. After a quick briefing about basics of surfing and water safety, we were matched up with our instructors, about 3 students per staff member. After a few more detailed lessons, we hit surf.
Three things I learned this day: 1) Surfing is tough. One aspect that is not emphasized on TV is paddling out. Getting pounded by wave after wave while your shoulder and trapezius muscles are screaming Fire! with exertion makes you very humble, very fast. There's a reason why surfers look way they do; 2) You can't breath underwater, and 3) I don't plan on quitting my day job to join pro surf tour any time soon.