Category Archives: Custom pool builders

Newly opened Jacksboro public pool receives AED life saving device

A device designed to increase the chances of being able to save a person’s life if they have drowned was recently donated by the Faith Community Hospital (FCH) Charitable Foundation to the management of the new Jacksboro pool on Tuesday, August 20. Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation representative Lynda Pack received the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from FCH Charitable Foundation president Blain Rumage.

Immediately after the AED was presented, FCH emergency medical services director Jeff Miller supervised American Red Cross Emergency Medical Services training of lifeguards and pool staff.

The portable AED device is used during CPR for cardiac arrest emergencies in order to examine a victim’s heart beat and administer electrical shock therapy when necessary.

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Varsity swim team promotes pool safety

The varsity swim and dive team from Lowell High School in Massachusetts traveled to an elementary school in the area in order to discuss water and pool safety with nearly 180 students.

After a drowning occurred at the high school’s pool over the summer, the swim coach decided that the returning swim and dive team starters should do something positive for the community.

Over the summer, a 17-year-old boy drowned in the pool, but it is unknown whether the teenager could swim. The Medical Examiner’s office determined that the death was an accident. After the incident, the state’s Department of Public Health did a review on the school department’s pool safety and multiple citations were given as a result.

The swim and dive team read the book Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim: A Children’s Guide to Water Safety to the children in order to promote the importance of learning to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has stated that nearly 70 percent of black and Hispanic children do not know how to swim.

Pool safety is a very important topic to discuss with children if you have a pool at your home. If you have  young children, a custom home pool may be the best solution for you so that you can customize the safety features that you and your family need. Contact the Austin custom pool builders today by calling 512-914-0554.

Reasons to upgrade your swimming pool

The Texas summer heat can be somewhat overwhelming, but one popular way to cope with the high temperatures and still enjoy the great outdoors is to add a pool to the backyard. A pool can be the center of many entertaining events and parties for years to come. If you already have a pool but do not think that it is up to par, this may be a great time to make upgrades to it.

When upgrading your pool, you can add multiple features that fit your family’s needs. A few examples of common pool upgrades include adding aesthetically pleasing features such as waterfalls and new landscape, add a new deck to create sitting space for your guests, or add lighting features so that you can see in the pool at night.

If you had the pool built when your children were very young and now feel as if they have outgrown it, you can add depth to the pool or even change the shape to increase the size.

No matter what features you wish to add, contact the custom pool professionals at Athena Pools in order to discuss your ideas and determine the best plan for you and your family. Call our offices at 512-914-0554 today.

Michael Phelps sets record for most Olympic medals ever

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps set a record last night for the most Olympic medals won by a single person. On Tuesday, he anchored the U.S. gold medal-winning 4×200 meter relay, and with this, he won his 19th Olympic medal.

With barely any time to celebrate this important achievement, Phelps was back in the pool the next day in order to race in the semifinal of the men’s 200 meter individual medley.

After Phelps secured his 19th medal, President Barack Obama congratulated the Olympian via Twitter stating, “Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. – bo.”

The custom pool builders at Athena Pools would like to congratulate Michael Phelps for his tremendous achievement.

Despite controversy, chair lifts still required for public pools

New requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act state that public pools must be made accessible to people with disabilities. As such, chair lifts must be installed in all public spas, swimming pools, and wading pools by January 31, 2013, for ease of entry and exit.

This January 2013 date is an extension of the original March 2012 deadline, but many public pools are still trying to fight the order.

Public pools are against these requirements because the chairs cost nearly $8,000, and many pools will now need to hire lifeguards to operate the devices. This is a major concern for pools that do not normally have lifeguards on staff.

If you or a loved one is looking for a custom pool builder in order to change your backyard into the perfect outdoor get-together spot, contact the Austin custom pool builders of Athena Pools by calling 512-914-0554 today and learn more about the custom pool building process.

Swimming pool choices: Salt water vs. chlorine

The addition of a swimming pool to the family’s backyard is typically very exciting. It is important to be fully aware of the options and responsibilities that you will have as a pool owner so that you can install the pool that is right for your needs.

One of the most significant decisions to be made is whether you a traditional chlorine pool or a salt water pool will be built. Each has its own benefits, but many people are unaware of those associated with salt water pools due to their smaller number.

A salt water pool uses a salt chlorine generator to convert the salt into mild forms of chlorine. This chlorine is then slowly released into the water to kill bacteria that may be harmful to swimmers without exposing these individuals to potent chemicals that could irritate the skin. Many who have this type of pool have stated that they are much easier to maintain because there is no need to add chemicals regularly.

If you are interesting in having a custom pool built and would like to learn more about what to consider during the process, contact the Austin custom pool professionals of Athena Pools today.

City of Phoenix to extend hours at nine pools

The city of Phoenix has announced that due to extra money in their budget, they will be extending the summer hours at nine pools.

On weekends through Sept. 3, nine pools will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and admission will be $3 for adults and $1 for children. Also, the pools will offer classes, such as swim lessons and water aerobics, throughout the summer. Other pools that will not remain open until Labor Day will close July 29.

While public pools are a wonderful resource, there is something truly special about having a pool in your own backyard. If you or a loved one is interested in having a swimming pool installed , contact the Austin custom pool professionals of Athena Pools to discuss the benefits of a custom pool.

High summer temperatures are sending Texas residents to the pool

Cities in the state of Texas have now opened up their pools in order to help residents in the city cool off. The city of Lubbock opened four swimming pools since the temperatures have hit over 100 degrees.

Lubbock Parks and Recreation opened four swimming pools for a summer schedule. Most of the pools will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Along with the opening of pools comes with the the beginning of swim lessons for young children.  The pool temperature will be around 67 degrees and is a great way to keep your kids cool and active during the summer months.

If you are considering having a custom pool built so that you can have a great place to enjoy the summer months, contact the Austin custom pool builders of Athena Pools today by calling 512-914-0554.