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Enjoy recreational activities in your backyard swimming pool!

We’ve already talked to you about add-on’s for your existing swimming pool or new pool design in past blog posts - under water illumination, vinyl pool liner replacements & spa. Much of those add-on’s are geared towards luxury and comfort. This blog post is all about activity through recreational add-on’s.

We recommend adding a Waterslide, Diving Board or Splash Pad

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Fun Water Activities,  Backyard Cool!

Many of today’s kids are missing out on fun outdoor activities we all used to enjoy. There are so many pressures for modern day parents that it becomes easier to keep the kids safely indoors. It’s hard to find the time for the family to workout, so building a recreational add-on in your own backyard could become a significant life improvement for your entire family.

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Whether you already have a swimming pool or are about to have us build your new pool, we can offer suggestions that will make your backyard space an oasis of tranquility and fun retreat all in one.

Waterslide

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We think a waterslide is the ultimate recreational ad-on for your backyard swimming pool because it gives you a feeling of having a water park in your own backyard. The modern swimming pool slides we install come in an assortment of sizes and styles. The kind of slide you pick will depend on the type of swimming pool you already have or are building as well as the amount of space and personal preference you desire. We wonder sometimes, if the kind of slide some people pick match their personalities? Want to play it safe? Let us know you’d like a  a gentle curve at the bottom instead of a straight and sudden drop into the swimming pool. Need more adventure? Have us install  spiral corkscrew slide. Either way, we know for sure your life will instantly become more exciting!  Do you already have a pool design with rocks and landscaping? No worries, we can probably upgrade.

Diving Board

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Diving boards are iconic. How many diving board photos with movie stars or cute little kids have you admired? Adding a diving board is a classic upgrade that will change the dynamics of your back yard pool in a fun way. Diving boards have changed over the years, so be sure to ask about the different sizes, colors and functionality available for your backyard space.

Splash Pad Video

Thanks to BeachEdgePools in Arizona for putting together this awesome video about Splash Pads.

The video says it all! Splash Pads are fun.

Be on the look out for a future Add-On’s blog post covering Custom Entry’s, In-Water Benches and Table, Tanning Ledge, Grotto and Swim Up Bar. We recommend leaving these type of add-on’s to the professionals to ensure meeting safety and code standards.

All of us here at Aqua Fun Inc would like to thank you for reading our blog! If you know anyone who would like to know more about Recreational Add-On’s, then be sure to share this article.

If you need more information on how you can keep your family entertained in the pool, call Aqua Fun Inc. today – (770) 419-7119.

Thank you,
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.

Aqua Fun Social Media Links

Our team at Aqua Fun Inc. understands the power of social media. We hope that you will get to know us better by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

This Fall Season we plan to run specials only on social media, so be sure to become a fan and share the love! Here’s the best place to start finding the best swimming pool specials, articles, funny moments and interesting facts:

  1. Facebook 

    Become our fan on Facebook

    Become our fan on Facebook

  2. Twitter - Do you twitter? Follow us @MyAquaFun.

  3. Google+  - Since Google rules the universe, we figured we may as well become plus’ers (Google+).

  4. Pinterest - You’ll love the fun we have here! Swimming Pool Exercises, Water Funny, Cool Pool Designs and Marilyn Monroe Pool pics are a few boards to enjoy!

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Aqua Fun is on Pinterest

Aqua Fun is on Pinterest

Be sure to leave us a comment below if you have any questions or comments about our social media. We hope to build a trusting, long term relationship with you. If you are a home owner, living in North Georgia and the entire Metro Atlanta Area then we can build and / or service your pool. Get to know us better.

We want to be your choice for all your inground swimming pool needs. Call Aqua Fun Inc. for your Vinyl Liner Replacement today (770) 419-7119 or  contact us.
Thank you,
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.

Here are our Top Classic Pool Games

Sharks and Minnows | Marco PoloDiving For TreasureCannon Ball | Belly Flop | Water BalletUnderwater Tea Party
Courtesy of willowgrovedaycamp on Flickr

photo courtesy of willowgrovedaycamp on flickr

  • Sharks and Minnows

In its most basic of form, sharks & minnows is merely a game of water tag. The game begins with one shark and several minnows. The shark lurks in one end (or the middle) of the pool. The minnows stand at the other end. When the shark hollers “Minnows in!” or a similar phrase, the minnows jump or dive into the pool and try to swim to the other side without getting tagged by the shark. Every minnow the shark tags joins the shark’s team and helps to tag other minnows. The last minnow becomes the first shark in the next round.

There are different rules depending when a minnow can be tagged.  Version one, a minnow can’t be tagged if he/she is fully submerged under water. In that case, the shark can either wait for the minnow to surface for a breath, or the shark can try to pull him/her to the surface to earn the tag.

In another version of the game, slyness is critical. The game begins with the shark facing away from the pool. The shark can only turn around when he /she hears a minnow in the water. Minnows who enter the water without noise and swims without splashing are compensated with a head start toward the other side.

Safe zones are also favored. If a minnow touches the safe zone (for example, the diving board or pool drain), the shark can’t tag it.

Sharks and Minnows Classic Pool Game!

Sharks and Minnows Classic Pool Game!

  • Marco Polo

This is the king of classic pool games. Way before school children learned about the 13th century Italian explorer Marco Polo, they became authorities in this aquatic adaptation of Blind Man’s Bluff.

To play Marco Polo, you need minimum of two people, but it’s ultimate with a small crowd. One person becomes “Marco.” That person, Marco,  must close his / her eyes and attempt to tag the rest of the people in the swimming pool. To locate the other players, he / she uses a primitive form of sonar, yelling out “Marco!” to which everyone else must respond, “Polo!” Using the direction of the voices as a guide, the blind Marco lunges after his Polos. The first person to be tagged is the new Marco.

The rules for Marco Polo are fairly simple, yet enforcing them can be tricky. The Marco might try to sneak a peek, or the Polos might not yell “Polo.” To combat this trickery, some players allow the Marco to yell, “Fish out of water!” when he suspects someone of leaving the pool [source: Retroland]. If he’s right, the “fish” becomes the new Marco. ( **cited source below)

Classic Pool Game - Marco Polo

Classic Pool Game – Marco Polo

  • Diving For Treasure

Best for goggle wearers. Here are the rules, choose a small, non-floating object and toss it into the pool. Have the kids race to find the object and pick it up first.

When we were kids, we used pennies and rocks as the treasure, but now they sell special dive rings and dive sticks just for the game! ( **cited source below)

 

  • Cannon Ball Contest

This is a lot of fun especially when you want to make a big splash! You can do this off the side of the pool or from a diving board. Good form is when you can get a safe jog to the edge of the diving board or pool, jump high and outward, pull knees to chest and gather yourself in a round ball to hit the water with a thud leaving a giant wave in your wake. The bigger you are, the larger the splash generally speaking. If you manage to get everyone wet around you then it was a good one!

classic pool game blog from Aqua Fun Inc.

Cannon Ball!

  • Belly Flop Contest

The classic belly flop can hurt so this one is more fun to watch. We think it’s self explanatory!

photo courtesy of brooke. on flickr

photo courtesy of brooke. on flickr

  • Water Ballet

The last two classic water games are generally more for the girls, not to say boys don’t enjoy them as well, but water ballet consists of whirling, twirling and pointing of the toes. It’s easy to be graceful in the water.

photo courtesy of branditressler on flickr

photo courtesy of branditressler on flickr

  • Underwater Tea Party

Tea Party’s can provide hours of fun for little girls. Best left to goggle wearing kids who are not afraid to hold their breath as long as possible. Just use your imagination and pour the tea!

Underwater Tea Party

photo courtesy of tasayu on flickr

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All of us here at Aqua Fun Inc would like to thank you for reading our blog! If you know anyone who would like to know more about Classic Pool Games, then be sure to share this article.

If you need more information on how you can keep your family entertained in the pool, call Aqua Fun Inc. today – (770) 419-7119 or schedule time to talk here.

Thank you,
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.

We cited our information online from these sources:
  1. **Roos, Dave.  "10 Classic Swimming Pool Games"  26 July 2013.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/backyard-fun-games/10-swimming-pool-games.htm>  06 July 2014.
  2. Retroland

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The month of May is National Water Safety Month

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Aqua Fun keeps your family safe!

Although you should always use these safety tips, the month of May is designated to focus heavily on water safety. Here are a few tips that will help keep your backyard pool an oasis of relaxation and fun.

  1. Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean.  There is no substitute for adult supervision.
  2. Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
  3. The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate.  The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
  4. Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened.  Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
  5. Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient.  Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.
  6. Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
  7. Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
  8. Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
  9. Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
  10. Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.
  11. If a child is missing, always check the pool first.  Seconds count.
  12. Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
  13. Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.
  14. Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
  15. Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
  16. Do not consider children “drownproof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.
This information was provided by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance 

If you need more information on how you can keep your family safe in the pool, call Aqua Fun Inc. today – (770) 419-7119 or schedule time to talk here.

Thank you,
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.

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Thank you to all service men and women for your sacrifice!

Thank you!

All of us here at Aqua Fun Inc. would like to say thank you to those who sacrificed their lives so that the rest of us can live free! To celebrate freedom, we hope you can spend memorable time with family and friends on this wonderful day.

aqua fun inc., pools builder, Get the grill going honey! There’s nothing better than a staycation in your own backyard. Invite your friends and family over to celebrate Memorial Day.

Celebrate!

Try this simple recipe by Bobby Flay:

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes, cooked through, cut into wedges
  • Canola oil, for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon Bobby Flay Poultry Rub
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Directions

  • Brush the potato wedges with oil and season with rub, salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, until nicely marked.
  • Whisk the syrup with the mustard. Brush the potatoes with the glaze and turn a few times to caramelize.

Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Give us a call if we can help with your Pool Opening, Vinyl Liner Replacement or if you’d like to give your existing pool an upgrade. Do you want to swim in a new pool by Summer? No problem, we can get it done! Call (770) 419-7119 or schedule a time to talk here.

Thank you,

Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc,

Pool Lighting Upgrade

If you are thinking about upgrading your backyard pool, the time is now. Our last blog covered replacing your vinyl liner for a quick face-lift. Not only are there aesthetic reasons behind pool liner replacement but it can also be a structural necessity.

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Dramatic Pool Lighting. See More on our Pinterest Board – Light the Way Swimming Pools – Click the photo for more fabulous underwater illumination!

However, if you are looking for a dramatic effect, underwater illumination and backyard lighting in general will be one of the most effective ways to meet this goal. Lighting will extend your swimming life and give a magical ambiance for night swimming.

You can add lighting to gunite, vinyl lined and fiberglass pools in most any color you could imagine.

There are different types of lighting for your backyard and pool to choose from: (Click here for more pictures on our Pinterest Board)

  • Colour changing – Choose a constantly changing underwater light show. Or, pause and bathe your pool or spa in a single captivating color.
  • White – LED Eco-friendly, reliable and standard
  • Landscape – Add to your real landscape but also add attention to your water features

Let our team of professional pool and landscape designers help you upgrade your inground pool and backyard will be a magical experience.

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White Waterfall Lighting

If you are searching for an affordable yet superior pool builder and designer, we hope you will consider us! Aqua Fun Inc. is a premier pool design, construction and service company in North Georgia. The husband and wife team of Andrew and Rachel Cook head up the dedicated crew of pool, spa and construction specialists. Andrew’s involvement in the pool industry began in 1987 – read more here.

Schedule your Free Consultation here!

Thank you,

Andrew and Rachel Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
(770) 419-7119

Give your pool a face-lift

Vinyl Liner Replacement, quickest way to renew your in-ground pool

This has been an unusually harsh Winter in Georgia, especially in the North Georgia area. Now it’s time to reward yourself with the best possible spring and summer. How can you do this? Give your swimming pool a fresh look , read more below.

Call to schedule your Vinyl Liner Replacement (770) 419-7119 

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Fresh Look

Modernize – a new pool liner makes the water color look refreshing and tropical blue. If your pool liner is fading because of the harsh chemicals or UV rays, a new vinyl liner is just what you need to brighten things up!

Coordinate- by matching your liner pattern with the color of your step or spa.

Upgrade- make any backyard oasis look better by choosing from a traditional or exotic pattern.

A Vinyl Liner Replacement with Aqua Fun, Inc consist of: 

  • Replace face plates, gaskets, and screws for skimmers, main drains, and wall returns.
  • One Hour of Touch up on Bottom prior to Installing New Liner.
  • Remove and Haul away old liner.
  • Clean Fixtures.

See for yourself - Watch our quick video on Vinyl Liner Replacement and pool clean up

We want to be your choice for all your inground swimming pool needs. Call Aqua Fun Inc. for your Vinyl Liner Replacement today (770) 419-7119 or contact us here – click to contact us .

Atlanta Snow Storm 2014

Atlanta Snow Storm 2014

The  2014 Snow Storm in Atlanta not a good day for swimming

We found some intriguing online swimming pool photos of the January 28th 2014 snow storm that you may enjoy. This historical snow storm left Atlanta paralyzed but as you can see it was not all bad. We must have a member of the Polar Bear Club in Atlanta,poised and ready to take the frigid plunge…look closer though…this pool has a winter cover.

Did you have time to prepare your pool for the snow and freezing temperatures? For the most part, this storm was not expected. Did you officially Winterize your pool or did you wing it this winter? We would like to know, feel free to leave us a comment below.

Inground Swimming pool covered or uncovered for winter?

Evans, GA pool in winter

Uploaded by: NoleDawg — Evans, GA (Current Weather Conditions)

 

Did you ever get the chance to lower the water level and drain those pipes?

If not, were you at least able to run the pump over night so it would not freeze?

Our professional team at Aqua Fun Inc. is here to help if your pool was affected by the storm.

If you did not cover your pool this winter then you may want to consider balancing the pool’s chemicals, definitely clean out the pool of any debris and keep an eye on the pump and mechanics of the pool.

Another Metro Atlanta Pool in the Snow Storm 2014

Another Metro Atlanta Pool in the Snow Storm 2014

Don’t have time or don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself?  Give us a call at (770) 419- 7119 or schedule an appointment here.

Thank you,

Andrew and Rachel Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
(770) 419-7119

 

Add a spa to your inground pool design

Are you already an inground swimming pool owner? Still looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

  • Increase the value of your home
  • Increase your health
  • Increase the fun in your life

Mark Twain said this after visiting a hot tub in Baden-Baden, Germany:
After 10 minutes you forget the time. After 20 minutes you forget the world.

Built-in Spa

Thinking about a new swimming pool that will be ready by this spring and summer? Design it with a built-in spa and use your backyard all year round. Schedule your free consultation – click here

Physical and Emotional Benefits of built-in hot Spa

  • stress relief
  • better sleep
  • joint pain
  • blood pressure
  • fibromyalgia
  • Type 2 Diabetes 
  • chronic pain
  • back pain
  • cardiovascular improvements – Soaking in a spa simulates exercise. It increases the heart rate, yet it doesn’t increase blood pressure. In fact, study participants who relaxed in spas had a decrease in blood pressure, while participants who exercised on bicycles experienced in increase in blood pressure. The regular use of spas and hot tubs gives you some of the same health benefits of exercise but with less heart stress – * Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic Ok’s Spas for Heart Patients

Not a fad!

According to wikipedia*,  the healing benefits of hydrotherapy have been known to many of the world’s great cultures, with a history that dates back thousands of years. Egyptians bathed in heated waters treated with flowers and herbs, while the Greeks believed that water therapy was essential to optimal health. In India, hydrotherapy was essential to well-being, with treatments that included inhaling steam to optimize the respiratory system.

Have fun!

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Photo Courtesy of Hornung, on Flickr

Hopefully we proved why you ought to have an inground swimming pool with a built-in spa. Our last blog post about 6 more weeks of winter explains more about why NOW is a perfect time to schedule your free consultation- check it out here. You can build a brand new pool and spa or simply reconstruct your current design to add a spa. We are your

Either way Aqua Fun Inc.’s professional team of experienced, licensed & insured pool builders and designers will be happy to meet with you to discuss your inground spa options. Give us a call! (770) 419-7119

Thank you,

Andrew and Rachel Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
(770) 419-7119

* http://www.prlog.org/10311491-the-surprising-health-benefits-of-hot-tubs.html
* Cardiovascular responses to immersion in a hot tub in comparison with exercise in male subjects with coronary artery   disease. Allison TG, Miller TD, Squires RW, Gau GT. Mayo Clin Proc. 1993 Jan;68(1):19-25.
  PMID: 8417250 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrotherapy

Good news for North Georgia neighbors who want to build, repair or replace their inground pools!

The Ground Hog retreated and that means six more weeks of winter.  Now you have six  more weeks to get your Inground Pool  built or repaired, schedule it here.

Six more weeks of Winter!

Six more weeks of Winter!

Take advantage of the down time. In general, the most popular time of the year for us here at Aqua Fun is in the spring and summer months. So we suggest that you, our North Georgia neighbors, plan ahead. Want to swim by April? Request your free quote here. Here are some suggestions that could aid the process of building your new pool and spa. We want to make it as easy as possible for you:

  • Get Pre-Qualified for financing – click here
  • If you dream it, research a few things and have an idea before the scheduled appointment.
    • Here are things to consider:
      • Gunite or Fiberglass?
      • Shape – kidney, small, classic rectangle, lap, free form, geometric?
      • Spa – read more
      • Lighting

Follow Rachel Cook’s board Light the way! Swimming Pools on Pinterest.

    • Decking

Pool Decking

      • Not sure if you want an Above Ground pool or an Inground Pool? read more

Need Inground Pool Repair, Replacement and/or Renovation to your pool cover, liner, or deck?

Here are a few points to consider when you are deciding on a smaller repair or a full out reconstruction.

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Major Pool Maintenance

      • storm damage repair
      • natural wear and tear
      • Addition of water features such as a waterfall, bubblers, scuppers
      • Conversion to salt water system – read more
      • Addition of tanning ledges or swim-up bar features
      • Liner replacement and interior resurfacing – read more

Thank you,
Andrew and Rachel Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
Phone: (770) 419-7119

 

 

 

 

Ground Hog Photo Courtesy of Blogger Heather Sanders
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