Throw a Spectacular Pool Party

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Party Ideas

  • Send invitations stamped with a seaside theme: mermaids, shells, dolphins, pirates, etc.
  • Decorate your desserts with mini paper umbrellas.
  • Fill plastic beach buckets with fun party favors like goldfish crackers, paper fans, and digging toys.
  • Decorate inexpensive flip-flops and straw hats with small shells.
  • Hot glue fake flowers on bathing caps.
  • Float a couple dozen rubber duckies in the pool.

Pool Party Pointers

  • As the temperature soars, keep all prepared food properly chilled. Large disposable aluminum baking pans make great ice beds for bowls and platters.
  • Stock extra towels, goggles, sunblock, insect repellant, ponytail bands, beach balls, foam noodles, squirt toys, etc.
  • Supply plastic bags to tote wet things home.
  • Glassware is a big poolside no-no; use unbreakable cups instead.
Swimming Tips for All Levels

Swimming Tips for All Levels


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Swimming tips for beginners but also more exerienced swimmers. Quickly fix certain aspects of your technique and swim strokes.

Older brother helping younger brother with swim goggles

When you take up swimming, you often feel awkward and wonder what advanced swimmers do to avoid such and such problem or how they obtain such and such effect. Then, as time passes by, you learn some swimming tips and tricks that improve your technique and you become a better swimmer.

There are certain things that advanced swimmers do that take time to master but there are other things they do that anyone can do if only they know how. So this section provides those quick tips and tricks so that you can shorten your learning curve as much as possible.

The Tips

Breathing While Swimming – Basic Exercises and Tips: When you learn how to swim, breathing in a relaxed fashion can be difficult at first because the fears of getting water into your lungs and drowning can manifest themselves. However, it is important to master breathing to relax, swim with correct technique and ensure that the body’s oxygen needs are met. This article describes basic breathing tips and drills to overcome these issues.

Swimming and Breathing In the Four Strokes: This article describes some tips for swimming and breathing in the most popular swimming strokes. It also teaches how to breathe seamlessly taking into account each swim stroke’s peculiarities.

Breathing and Swimming Drills for the Freestyle Swim Stroke: Breathing and swimming issues are pretty common while learning the freestyle stroke. The progressive swimming drills in this article will help you learn or improve the breathing technique used in freestyle.

10 Freestyle Swimming Technique Tips to Improve Your Stroke: Having a good freestyle swimming technique is essential for an effective stroke. Being effective means either being relaxed while swimming at slow to moderate speed or swimming fast without being exhausted to quickly. The swimming tips in this article will help you become a more effective freestyle swimmer.

How To Teach Yourself To Swim – Tricks To Learn Better And Faster: If you want to teach yourself to swim and don’t have access to a swim coach or swimming lessons, don’t despair! The tips in this article will help you if you want to learn a new stroke or improve your current swimming strokes by yourself.

Creating Swimmers

The below article is courtesy of Healthy Pools.

Learning to swim is an investment that can pay dividends in health, enjoyment and living a long life. Knowing how to swim can mean the difference between life and death, and opens up a world of other activities, like sailing, canoeing, fishing and water skiing, making them safer and more fun. This summer, the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s (NSPF’s) Step Into SwimTMCampaign will help up to 1,000 children become swimmers, including children living in rural areas with limited opportunities for swimming lessons.

The non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) reports that four organizations received a total of $70,000 Step Into SwimTM gifts from the NSPF this year. Those gifts were funded by donations to the Campaign, which were matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation. According to a news release by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, one of those programs supported the American Red Cross and New York State Parks department. The collaboration, and the Step Into SwimTM gift, enabled the Red Cross to train over 15 new instructors this summer. The Parks Department made the swim lessons available for free in five New York state parks. New York state residents can check the schedule of swimming lessons for potential lessons in their areas. We applaud these groups and their efforts to share the gift of swimming.

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