When it comes to choosing a Swimming Pool Company
which suits your pocket and offers something a little more than just a Pool clean,
Then Look no further !
Welcome to Enchanting Blu Pool Services
The Professional Pool Company
which offers the widest range of Swimming Pool Accessories and Services such as Pool Repairs, Pool Maintenance, Swimming Pool Cleaning , Pool Renovations,Restoration and even custom rock features such as man caves, rock pools and features.
Whats New at Enchanting Blu?
People are always on the lookout for a good bargain and we are making it happen!
We kicking this winter off with our very own “Refer a Friend” special!
How does it work?
Lets say you know someone who has a swimming pool and needs it serviced, maintained or simply just needs some TLC.We are offering each person some cool discounts, gifts and giveaways! For every successful referral given to us using the contact us form or on our facebook page www.facebook.com/enchantingblu/ here is what you can look forward to.
- 1 successful referral = Free call out on your pool and 5% discount on the quoted cleaning service fee
- 3 successful referrals =R100 off your pool cleaning service and 2 free cleans
- 5 or more successful referrals = 1 free pool novelty, R100 off your pool service, R500 in cash and no call out fee ever as long as you are under our care.
Swimming and Pool Trivia to Share with Friends
An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs.
Swimming works out all of the body’s major muscles.
Swimming helps reduce stress.
Water’s buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.
Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance, which is over ten times that of the air.
Over 50% of world-class swimmers suffer from shoulder pain.
More than 50 years later, the home or residential swimming pool is ubiquitous and even the smallest world nations enjoy a thriving swimming pool industry (e.g. New Zealand pop. 4,116,900 [Source NZ Census 7 March 2006] – with 65,000 home swimming pools and 125,000 hot tub pools).
The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke.
The fastest and most efficient swim stroke is the crawl/ freestyle.
The turbopump on the Space Shuttle’s main engine is powerful enough to drain an average-sized swimming pool in 25 seconds.
Most swimmers at the highest levels of competition train from four to five hours per day and five to seven days per week. They will typically swim about six to twelve miles per day along with weight training and flexibility training.
The Olympics are swum in a 50 meter pool or long course pool. Pools used by the NCAA and high school swimming programs can be 25 yards to 25 meters. These pools are called short course pools.
An Olympic size pool depending on its size (50 meters X 25 yards or meters) can hold from 700,000 to 850,000 gallons of water.
Competitive swimmers use the term fast pool when they are describing a pool that has a good gutter system on the sides. This system allows the water to flow out easily and doesn’t allow waves to bounce back to the middle of the pool. The lane lines can also help control the waves and the deeper the pool is, the fewer waves hit the bottom and bounce back up to the surface. The lack of these waves provides less drag/ resistance for the swimmers, which gives them a faster time.
Florida is the only state with legislation on who can teach swimming. Life guards and swimming instructors must, by law, be certified.
As with any other type of exercise you need to stay hydrated while swimming and you need to drink water. Your core body temperature can rise as the activity increases. Your body also produces sweat as it does with other physical activity, but it is not as apparent since you are already wet.
Studies shown that the shark is fast in the water but not naturally hydrodynamic. The shark’s quickness is attributed to V-shaped ridges on its skin called dermal tentacles. These ridges decrease dray and turbulence around the shark’s body, allowing more efficiency. The result of these studies has brought a brand new fabric to the market for competitive swim wear. Speedo has produced a fabric that emulates shark’s skin. This fabric reduces drag and turbulence around the body, which helps a swimmer pass through the water more effectively. The suits made from the “Fast skin” fabric have only been on the market for a little while but are already changing the look of competitive swimming and its results.
The oldest form of stroke used is the breaststroke.
Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 BCE.
Swim fins were invented by Benjamin Franklin.
Swimming became an amateur sport in the late part of the nineteenth century.
Swimming first became an Olympic event in 1896.
Swimming in the Olympics started as a men’s event only but women were able to participate starting in 1912.
The Deep Eddy Swimming Pool, built in 1915, is the oldest known concrete swimming pool and was built in Texas.
After World War I and the departure of “Long John” style swimming costumes, interest in competitive swimming grew. Standards improved and training became essential.
The first woman to swim the English Channel is Gertrude Ederle, who was actually just a teenager at that time in 1926.
Home swimming pools became popular in the USA after World War II and the publicity given to swimming sports by Hollywood films like Esther Williams’ Million Dollar Mermaid made a home pool a desirable status symbol.
Actress Esther Williams popularized synchronized swimming when she starred in movies known as “aqua musicals” produced by MGM in the forties and fifties. Aqua musicals were about synchronized swimming.
In 1956, the US National Swimming Pool Institute was founded. It was later renamed to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, and now develops pool construction standards and provides training to pool builders and service technicians.
President Gerald Ford had the outdoor swimming pool built at the White House in 1975. In 1976, a pool house was added — with a secret, underground passage that lets the First Family and their guests to get from the White House to the pool without going outside.
Synchronized swimming first appeared in the Olympics during the 1984 games.
Records and Firsts
The first recorded swimming races were held in Japan in 36 B.C.
The first man to cross the English Channel swimming from England to France is Englishman Captain Matthew Webb in 1875.
The first swimming pool to go to sea on an ocean liner was installed on the White Star Line’s Adriatic in 1907.
In the USA, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia clubhouse (1907) boasts one of the world’s first modern above-ground swimming pools.
The oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915.
The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym.
Mark Spitz was the first Olympic swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad in the 1972 games.
The largest swimming pool ever built was reputedly created in Moscow after the Palace of Soviets remained uncompleted. The foundations were converted into an open air swimming pool after the process of de-Stalinisation after the fall of communism, Christ the Saviour Cathedral was re-built (it had originally been on the site) between 1995 and 2000.
In the 21st century, there seem to be many contenders for “the largest swimming pool on earth”, reputedly at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; at Club Med Camarina, Sicily; Sunlite Pool, Coney Island, Cincinnati; and Garden City, Kansas with their 220 foot by 330 foot pool (67m x 100m) that holds 26,000,000 gallons (100 million litres) of water. A recent construction in Tokyo, Japan may top them all.
The longest swimming pool is the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco. It is 480 meters (1,574 feet) long and 75 meters (246 feet) wide. It is filled with sea water and covers 8.9 acres (3.60 Ha).
The recreational diving center Nemo 33 near Brussels, Belgium is home to the world’s deepest swimming pool. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft).
The Fleishhacker Pool was the largest swimming pool in the United States. Opened on 23 April 1925, it measured 300 m by 45 m (1,000 ft by 150 ft) and was so large that the lifeguards required kayaks for patrol. It closed in 1971 due to low patronage.
According to the Guinness World Records the largest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has an area of 8 ha (19.77 acre), it was completed in December 2006.
The first filtration system for a swimming pool was introduced in 1910.
The first photo finish for a swimming competition was done in 1939.
The first swimmer to break the two minute barrier in the 200 meters was Don Schollander.
Winter is here and there is no better time to restore your pool then now!
Enchanting Blu is making each pool this year look extra special.So weather you have a old pool which is falling apart or a new pool looking for a face lift, we can make your dreams come true.
Enchanting Blu specializes in marbelite, fiberglass and Gunnite pools and we can convert or transform any swimming pool to fit your every need.
Think you can ignore your pool in winter if it looks blue? Think again.
When it comes to swimming pool maintenance, “the biggest mistake pool owners make, particularly in Gauteng, is to really neglect their pools in winter,” says Philip Hughes, general manager at Zodiac Pool Care. Although it’s extremely tempting to leave your swimming pool alone in winter because it’s cold, there’s no rain and the pool looks nice and blue, this is likely to cause you headaches come the start of spring, he warns.
When the weather is very cold, the water in your swimming pool is very cold and this inhibits the growth of bacteria and other nasties that would otherwise turn your crystal-clear pool into pea soup. But appearances are deceptive. Just because the pool is blue, it doesn’t necessarily follow that the water is healthy – or even fit to swim in. This is particularly true on the Highveld, where dry, cold winters mean that there is little climatic interference (like rain or thunderstorms) to turn your pool green during the winter months.
GOOD TO KNOW
Keep your water level at the desired level, because a swimming pool relies on being full to keep its shape – a water level that is too low increases the risk of surface cracks.
The good news is that swimming pool maintenance during winter can be performed at a much lower frequency than during the busy summer months. Instead of running the pump for 12 hours a day, the pump can probably be run for eight hours a day, advises Hughes, and you’ll probably only need to add chlorine two to three times a week rather than the daily application in summer. Ideally, you’ll want to keep the residual chlorine level in your pool at 1 – 3 parts per million. This is quite a wide band, but pool owners must keep the swimming pool maintained within that range throughout the year. “It’s necessary to keep the water chlorinated in some way throughout winter. Without a residual build-up of either chlorine, stabilizers, or whichever pool chemicals are required throughout winter, when swimming season starts in September, the pool will quickly turn green. If the pool is not being chlorinated in some way, either through added chlorine or through a salt chlorinator, it’s not healthy water and you definitely wouldn’t want to swim in that water,” cautions Hughes.
“The most critical thing is that you need to maintain certain chemical levels in your pool. Your pH levels should be between 7.2 – 7.4 or 7.0 – 7.2, depending on the surface,” he explains, while also maintaining residual chlorine. This requirement doesn’t change whether it’s the middle of winter or the middle of summer, but the frequency and quantity of chemicals that you add to the pool will differ, depending on the season, weather and bather load. There’s also no reason to stop testing your water just because it’s winter – keeping the pH balance of the swimming pool correct is the foundation of a healthy pool.
GOOD TO KNOW
Any swimming pool maintenance that is above ground (think filter or pump) is fairly straightforward for the competent DIY enthusiast, but when the problem is underground (piping or the filtration system), it’s best to err on the side of caution and call in the experts, recommends Hughes.
GET IN TOUCH
To find a Zodiac service centre near you, visit www.zodiac.co.za. Tell us what you do to keep your pool in tip-top condition during the winter by posting your comments and pictures on our Facebook page.
There’s always confusion when it comes to the best ways to close your pool for the year. Should you drain it or leave it alone? Are pool covers worth the money? As you’re hustling to get the rest of your property ready for winter, it’s easy to make mistakes or overlook details. Here are three of the most common mistakes people make as they winterize their pools.
Is your swimming pool ready for the winter?
Pool Closing Mistake 1: Skipping the Pool Cover
People often avoid covering their pool for the winter because pool covers are an additional cost. However, an uncovered pool will cost you far more over the span of a few short years than a simple pool cover.
For one thing, an uncovered pool will become a catch-all for leaves and debris. Those leaves will spend all winter stewing away in the bottom of your pool. In the spring, you’ll be welcomed with a nasty, sludgy mess. You’ll spend hours shoveling rotten leaves out of your pool, and the grime is likely to leave your pool stained. That means an expensive pool opening in the spring, or possibly even a new liner to make your pool look fresh.
A cover can protect your liner from the elements, too. Floating chunks of ice, branches, and other sharp objects can make it into the pool over the winter, which can cause liner cuts and tears. A cover can collect those things on top and keep them away from the liner itself. Also, year round sun exposure can reduce a liner’s lifespan. Covering the liner can prevent it from becoming brittle and fading too soon.
Pool Closing Mistake 2: Draining the Pool
To some people, it makes sense to drain the pool for the winter. After all, wouldn’t a giant block of ice do some kind of damage? The Arizona Department of Water Resources says otherwise. Pools very rarely need to be drained completely.
If you have a vinyl-lined above-ground pool, leaving it full for the winter will protect the vinyl liner from shrinkage and other damage. Since these pools are above ground level, keeping them full ensures that the wind will not damage the walls, liner, or frame.
While in-ground pools are fairly safe from wind, they do present their own challenges. As temperatures dip, the ground freezes and expands, putting pressure on your pool’s walls from the outside. The weight and force of the water inside your pool counteracts the pressure from the ground outside your pool. In other words, a drained in-ground pool has the potential to crack – or in extreme cases, cave in – when the ground freezes!
Pool Closing Mistake 3: Ignoring the Dangers of Snow, Ice and Giant Leaf Piles
So you’ve left your pool full of water and put the cover on – that should keep it safe over the winter, right? Not necessarily! You’ll still need to protect your pool from ice, and your pool cover from leaves, snow and other heavy debris.
Here are some helpful closing tips:
- Take care to pump excess water off of the cover as it collects. A little water is advised, as it keeps the cover from whipping in the wind, but too can put intense pressure on the straps and pool rails.
- Sweep or shop vac off leaves as they collect on top of the cover. Not only can they add to the weight of the cover, but they can cause the collected water to become swampy.
- Use a Gizmo ice compensator so that if your water freezes, the ice will squeeze inward on the Gizmo rather than outward on the pool walls.
These three mistakes are some of the most common that people make year after year. If you skip one of these steps, your pool isn’t likely to suffer catastrophic damage. However, the cleanup and repair process will end up costing you more than proper maintenance, and it will be yet another item on your already long spring to-do list!
Whats Hot At Enchanting Blu ?
Here are some really great winter specials from us to you
Pool Covers and Safety Nets
Get a Pool Cover or Safety Net supplied and fitted by us and receive the lowest price in South Africa with Peace of mind and 5 star service with prices starting from only R2500.00 which includes our installation, floor plates, hooks and float system
So when you think “Swimming Pool Repairs, Pool Maintenance and Swimming Pool Cleaning” Always Remember Enchanting Blu Pool Services, The pool company near you!
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