Have you opened your swimming pool yet? No? Well you better get going! Typically March is the best time to open an above ground swimming pool, and if you haven’t checked the calendar in a while, it’s May!!
Don’t panic! This spring has been quite cold when compared to past springs. The danger lies in the temperature of the pool water. If the temperature rises higher than 65 degrees it creates the perfect environment for natural organics such as bacteria and algae to thrive. So you still have time, but you need to hurry!
How do you open a swimming pool with a typical chlorine system? Here are the steps:
1. Set up the filter system and pump.
2. Increase water levels to above the second screw in the Skimmer Gasket.
3. Start the Pool Filter System and start the circulation of the water.
4. Look at your water. Is it clear or green? (If green skip to step #8)
5. Is the water clear? Now you can test the water for pH and alkalinity with swimming pool test strips.
6. Add chemicals to gain the pH and alkalinity levels needed – consider a Spring Start Up Kit.
7. The water will need to be “shocked” to ensure the chlorine is working properly with Pool Shock; with Dy Chlor II Chlorine Pool Shock.
8. Is there green water in your pool? Chlorine tablets will kill off the green, which is actually algae;
9. With the increase in chlorine, you will need to increase the amount of Chlorine Shock; view Blast Chlorine Shock here. Most pools require a pound o fDy Chlor II for every 10,000 gallons of pool water. This will help keep the chlorine active, killing algae and bacteria.
10. Now it’s time to Vacuum out the algae that has fallen to the bottom.
11. With a Sand Filter, you could set your pump to “pump to waste”, and vacuum the waste to the pump.
12. If you use this technique with an “element filter system”, you will need to clean out your filter right away.
Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength,flexability and stamina. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company encourages all children and adults to learn how to swim. It’s never too late. Basic swimming skills and water safety practices save lives every day.
The AGP Company 18′ swim spa is our largest and most luxurious spa. It measures 18’ and accommodates 6 adults and 1 swimmer. It has 75 illuminated stainless steel jets and 3 powerful swim jets. It is powered with three 5 BHP pumps, two 7 BHP pumps, and has the ozone equipped enhanced filtration system. It also comes with an optional Infinity stereo, 10 fountain jets and attractive underwater LED lighting. The Platinum swim spa is a great option for the entire family for years of fitness and fun. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company has several models on display.
Bullfrog Spas has unveiled a new look and technology in two lines of all new hot tubs for 2013. The A Series is a sleek full-featured luxury line and the R Series is a quality driven mid-price line. These all new spas are now available locally at Authorized Bullfrog Spas Retailers around the world. TheSouth Texas dealer is the Above Ground Pool & Spa Company in San Antonio.
The new Bullfrog Spas have been entirely re-engineered and redesigned with a sleek look and re-engineered hydrotherapy technology called the JetPak Therapy System. This proprietary and patented hydro-massage technology allows the spa user to customize and personalize their hot tub with the jetted massages of their choice.
The look of the new Bullfrog Spas has been entirely re-imagined with a move towards a sleek modern aesthetic that is beautiful and functional. To achieve clean lines and a more modern look Bullfrog has pioneered the use of computerized design technology and flush mounted jets, unique processes in the portable hot tub industry.
Underneath the hood Bullfrog’s JetPak Therapy System has revolutionized efficiency in water delivery. The new JetPak Therapy System does away with nearly all of the traditional plumbing, instead using Bullfrog’s proprietary H2Air manifold. This engineered water delivery system mixes water and air in the correct proportions in a single chamber and then sends it directly to each jet, thereby creating a more efficient system with little to no piping and more powerful and reliable jets.
Aquatic exercise is sweeping the nation as one of the best ways to strengthen your body and lose weight! Exercising in water gives you a greater range of motion to maximize your muscle toning results!
The muscles through your whole body get a more intense workout due to water’s natural resistance; 12 times the resistance of air!
The low-impact effect of water fitness puts very little strain on the bones and joints while allowing you to use water’s natural resistance to strengthen your muscles. This makes water aerobics an ideal activity for anyone going through physical therapy, those with joint injuries, pregnant women. Great for active, older persons.
Aquatic Exercise is not new. There are all types of styles, programs and routines. The problem we have is they are based on in-ground pools – and they are very limited. Our AGP Company swim spa is actually leading the way in developing aquatic therapy exercises that are designed for the pool and for in-home use. In other words, they are aquatic exercises you can do without a trainer, therapist or specialist. We have a 365 day a year private therapy station. Heated and private.
AGP Company swim spas are available in many different sizes, starting at 12 feet in length.
AGP Company swim spas are designed with specialized jets on one end that allow you to swim with or without a tether or harness against the current, “like a treadmill in water.” The resistant swim current can be adjusted to suit the individual’s skill level, creating a swimming experience superior to that of any inground or aboveground pool.
Turn off the current and your swim spa becomes a kid-friendly splash pool! Instead of fighting the crowds at the nearest community swimming pool, your kids can have fun in the comfort and safety of their own back yard.
With the swim-in-place harness and the specially designed anti-slip floor, a swim spa becomes the perfect training environment, where users can do a variety of fitness exercises, including walking, jogging and water aerobics. The resistance factor of exercising in water will make your workout even more effective and beneficial, while protecting joints from damaging impact.
After your workout, you’ll appreciate the therapeutic massage offered by the swim spa’s hydrotherapy jets and comfortable contoured seats. Some models include a hot tub on one end for a full range of targeted massage at warmer temperatures. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company have several models on display in their showroom in San Antonio, Texas.
There is no better way to relax. “People like having a tub at home because it’s a refuge, a place to go to start or end your day. You can soak away any pains or aches… it’s like your own little spa. It’s a way of treating yourself at home the way you would want to be treated if someone else was looking after you.”
If you’re at a point in your life where you want to start enjoying it more, then a hot tub might be one of the best choices you can make. You work hard, you’ve saved up money and now you want to make your domain into a simple oasis, and come home to your own little taste of luxury every day.
One of the quickest ways to upgrade your home and your quality of life is to add a hot tub to your back yard. Having a hot tub on your property will motivate your loved ones to spend more time at your house and focused relaxation is extremely healthy for you. You can achieve this with a hot tub.
In addition, many hot tubs on the market today are beautiful and choosing the right color and design will turn your backyard into in enchanted place where the flowers, shrubbery, backyard furniture and hot tub color all compliment one another.
More Quality Time
If you are like most people, there are special people in your life that you love spending time with. Sometimes you need an extra reason to invite them to your home. Having a hot tub is always a reason for good friends and loved ones to visit. You can spend time in the hot tub with them, or they can enjoy it while you cook some food up on the grill. Hot tubs are great for bringing people over and keeping them entertained.
The Benefits of Relaxation
As a society, we are starting to learn how genuinely important relaxation is to our overall health. Without proper relaxation our body does not have time to rejuvenate. In fact, excess stress can cause serious heart problems. Though life can seem to spin out of control sometimes because of other people, you can take control of your own health by taking the time to relax yourself completely whenever you can. Having a hot tub can afford you this opportunity on a regular basis.
Think of Your Backyard as An Outside Room
You can choose your large hot tub based on color or performance and most of them will seat 5 to 7 adults. While many above ground hot tubs can have a similar look, you can find them in darker, earthy wood tones and lighter earthy tones. Many of the inserts or linings can have a unique pattern or color, however the standard ribbed outer-body look is a design that looks good with most outdoor decor, floral and foliage schemes.
Your backyard should be considered an extra room in your house. It should be a place where you find enjoyment and peace, and a place in which you take pride.
Olympic racing and FINA events mandate a water temperature between 77 – 82 degrees (25 – 28°C), whereas synchronized swimming requires an 81-degree (give or take a degree) pool.
Any member of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club would tell you that swimming in frigid water is an adrenaline rush, or a “boon to one’s stamina.” Meanwhile, devotees of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon go bananas for the 104-113 degree (40 – 45°C) hot springs. One thing is for certain — varying degrees of water temperatures can have major effects on your body.
While there can be serious health concerns on both sides of the spectrum, a little nudge in one direction or another can have a big impact on your health. But it may not have as big an impact on your fat burn as you’d like.
The old adage “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” suggests that in life you just can’t have it all. In at least one case, we know that it’s not true. When it comes to a swim spa from AGP Company, you can have it all. When you buy a swim spa, you get a pool, hot tub and aquatic fitness center all rolled into one. A swim spa is a one piece fiberglass reinforced acrylic min-pool. It’s designed so that you can swim, jog, exercise or play in it. Because it’s smaller than a traditional in ground pool, a swim spa needs less space, takes less time to maintain, and uses less energy to heat and operate. It’s a great product to have for family fun and fitness at an affordable price. And, at The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company, we can’t wait to help you select the right swim spa model for you.