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Poolside Weddings

Poolside Weddings

The perfect wedding day is a day that you’ve probably dreamed of a time or twenty, long before it was on the horizon. There may have been a few nightmares about how to pay for it, too. Hosting weddings and the accompanying events like rehearsal dinners and bridal showers at home has become much more than an affordable alternative to high priced resort venues. It’s on trend to host the big day at home and even more so to host it poolside.

Tips from a former wedding coordinator

Any outdoor event should have a backup plan in case of bad weather. You wouldn’t settle for the old “it doesn’t rain that time of year” pitch from a fancy resort venue, so don’t do it with your poolside wedding at home. Whatever the worst-case scenario is for you, plan that out as thoroughly as you will your plan A.

Pro Tip: If you’re renting a tent to hold the reception, consider also using it as the ceremony location in the event of rain. If a tent is not in the picture, think about possibly removing furniture from the house to accommodate the reception. It’s best to plan ahead and keep an eye on the weather in the days leading up to the big day so these decisions can be made before the tables and chairs are already setup.

You may think that none of your guests will end up in the pool at your reception, but please plan on it happening. It may be a good idea to have some towels on standby (keep them out of sight; no need to give anyone ideas). Think of them as insurance and pray you won’t need to use them, but if you do, you won’t be running around to get Uncle Bill a towel in the middle of the celebration.

Pro Tip: For evening weddings, line the perimeter of your pool with flowers and candles to define the edge of the pool at night. This may help avoid some accidental plunges. I recommend using acrylic candle holders in case of capsize or collision. No one wants to pick up broken glass from the bottom of the pool. Floating arrangements alone won’t define the pool’s edge, but they are a beautiful addition to poolside wedding décor.

Pool Safety: Consider having at least one designated sober adult watching the pool, especially if you are inviting children or serving alcohol at your event. It takes less than a minute for tragedy to strike and nothing ruins the magic of a wedding faster than a loved one getting injured or worse.

I’m sure you are focused on the wedding décor and looking up every YouTube video and Pinterest board to make it a dream wedding. Make sure you put that same effort into getting your home and pool area in tip top shape.

Consider the outside of your house and how it will look to guests and in wedding photos. Does it need to be pressure cleaned or painted? Is your lawn and landscaping up to the challenge of being the wedding backdrop? The pool is an area where photographers love to center wedding photos. The reflective quality that a pool provides can add an unmatched artistic flair to your wedding photos. Is your pool crystal clear, algae free, and camera ready?

Pro Tip: If your pool is not in wedding shape, use Revive!® and E-Z POOL®; a match made in heaven (or at least Florida).

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Pinterest – Pool Wedding

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Aquatic-based Exercise

Aquatic-based Exercise

When you hear “water exercise,” chances are you picture a grandma in a pool with a hair cap doing water aerobics; there may or may not be flowers and floaties involved. But pool fitness isn’t just for Grandma anymore. Today, people of all ages are taking to the pool to help reach their fitness goals. Even professional athletes and collegiate sports teams are enjoying the benefits of aquatic-based exercise. They’re using pools and swim spas to not only rehab injured athletes but also diversify their everyday training programs both during and off season.

There are many forms of aquatic based exercise available including aqua yoga, water walking, water aerobics, and swimming. The techniques may vary, but they all take advantage of the buoyancy and resistance provided by the water to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Like most people, I’m not quite on the level of a professional athlete. Let’s just say that I’m more likely to tear my ACL walking my dog than I am being taken down by a linebacker. With reported benefits like increased circulation, flexibility, balance, and muscle tone, decreased joint stress and improved heart health, aquatic-based exercise is a great way to improve overall health for people of all ages and abilities. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Pro Tips:

  • Regardless of which aquatic-based exercise you choose, be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Just because you’re in a pool, that doesn’t mean you’re not sweating.
  • Remember that increased organic debris (in this case sweat) can throw off your pool’s chemistry. APi® offers products that work to break down and rid water of unwanted organic debris. Revive!®, EZymePRO®, RevivePRO®
  • These products can be used in your own personal pool or spa and are also available for use in fitness facilities, community centers, hotels and the like. Ask about them the next time you’re headed to the pool!
  • Consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Avoid swimming alone for safety reasons.

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Top 5 Pool Gift Ideas

‘Twas less than a month before Christmas and all through the house
People were worrying and getting stressed out.
No stockings were hung, no presents with bows.
The tree wasn’t purchased; you know how that goes.
What to buy for loved ones, was the number one worry.
Then, to make sure it’s delivered in time, you really must hurry.
We put together our Top 5 Pool Gift Ideas for this gift giving season.
So, you can sit back, relax, and remember the reason.

Catchy poem aside, trying to come up with new gift ideas each year can be a challenge. Most people have someone on their shopping list that they can’t think of gift ideas for. We’ve put together our Top 5 Pool Gift Ideas to help you narrow down the vast choices out there. Hopefully this will help you mark one or two people off your shopping list and help you enjoy a little more of this holiday season.

(Please note that we are not affiliated with these products or businesses.)

  1. Whether you’re still swimming in your pool during the winter or need to wait until next pool season to use these, LED Ball Lights bring color and light to your pool. I think these would be a great addition to any evening poolside party even if the water is too cold to swim.
  2. There always seems to be a shortage of hooks or chairs to hang wet towels on. The Pool and Spa Valet not only gives you more towel hanging space, but also offers you a place to put your sunscreen so it’s easily available. The best part is that you can place it front and center on the pool deck or move it out of the way. It’s freestanding.
  3. These days everyone is monogramming just about everything: their purses, key chains, door mats, and more. Why not monogram your pool? The Monogrammed Pool Mat is an easy way to personalize your pool and is easily removable when you decide you need a change in style or a deep clean.
  4. In case you needed a reason to never leave your pool again, the Floating Mesh Pool Chair might just be it.
  5. The Froglog is a lily-pad-like float that helps frogs rescue themselves from your pool by offering them an escape route. Who doesn’t want to save the frogs?

Pro Tip: Have you ever noticed a ring of crud on the bottom of your pool floats and toys? Regardless of which pool gift you purchase, you should maintain your pool water chemistry to help your new items have a longer life and keep them from developing that gross ring on the bottom. The easiest way to care for your pool is to start with Revive!® START UP / CLEAN UP and maintain it with E-Z POOL®.

30 Days of Giving

30 Days of Giving

This time of year is filled with opportunities to sit back, count our blessings, and hopefully pay those blessings forward. At APi we are taking the 30 days of November to focus on some of the opportunities that we’ve been given to help our communities, whether they are local, national, or international. We’re looking at how our employees and our company give back with hope that it will inspire you to help your community, in whatever way you can.

Life can be hectic. There are days where I just can’t imagine adding one more thing to my to do list. I’ve found that making time to give back to others helps me appreciate my own blessings that much more. I read once that if you are in a state of gratitude, you can’t be anything else at the same time. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that the more I focus on being grateful for the people and things I have in my life, the more I want to pay those blessings forward and help others. The more that I help others, the more grateful I feel and the less overwhelmed I feel by my life.

We’ve compiled a list of ways that our company as a whole and our team of individuals give back to our communities. We’ll be sharing tips on our Facebook page each day of November, with ways we give back to our community including random acts of kindness, volunteer opportunities, and charities that are near and dear to us.

One such organization is Aquatics Empowered, an association to help rural towns and their citizens gain access to aquatics facilities for water therapy. Their first worldwide fundraising event, Hot Tubbing for Hope, is being held November 15th and 16th at a pool or spa near you. They are asking everyone to spend time in a hot tub or pool, share pictures of family, friends, and pets participating, and donate to their organization. Donations received will go towards helping individuals with disabilities, seniors, veterans, children, and other charities in need of aquatic therapy resources. Pro Tip: Our EZ SPA line of products can help make your hot tub picture-perfect in time for the Hot Tubbing for Hope fundraising event.

We hope that you will join the APi family and participate with your own 30 Days of Giving, but even 1 small act of kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s life and in your community.

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