What are the pool sitting tips?
Be aware of council and other authority regulations and requirements and prevailing winds.
Consider physical aspects such as sun and shade requirements and prevailing winds. Consider noise from neighbours, nearby roads, schools or playgrounds. Make the most potential views from the pool. The owners are likely to spend more time looking at the pool than actually swimming in it, so think carefully about the view of the pool. The owners are likely to spend more time looking at the pool than actually swimming in it, so think carefully about the view of the pool.
Easement and by laws may affect the location of a pool. Avoid building over underground services such as sewer, stormwater, electric,gas and water supply. Although adults should always be in the pool enclosure when supervising children swimming, having a view of the pool from key points in the house (such as the kitchen and entertainment areas) may be additionally helpful to see if children are trying to gain access to the pool. Avoid siting pools near large as lateral roots can place pressure on the pool and damage pipe work over the years.
Restrictive access to level garden and entertaining areas can be improved by incorporating a pool at the house level (or slightly lower)and in direct relationship with informal living areas. On a small medium-sized property, consider siting the pool closer to the boundary in order to maximise garden and lawn areas between the house and the pool. This also gives the impression of the property being larger than it is.
Determine the soil conditions that may be encountered during excavation. This will not only influence the cost of excavation and backfill but may also determine whether or not such costs will be included in the contract as part of the contract sum or as a Provisional Sum item. In some areas and locations a geophysical survey may be necessary.
2. Is the pool fence safe?
JM Pools outlines the common factors that compromises a fencing system
- Gates are not self-closing or self-latching from all points
- Gates open towards pool instead of swinging away from the pool
- Climbable items (including vegetation and what constitutes climbable vegetation, gate hinges) within the No climb zone
- Poor installation of the pool barrier, especially on deck
- Doors and windows opening directly into the pool area
- Weak barrier strength (barriers must be able to withstand up to 33kg of force)
- Rusted metal components laconic.
To maximise the efficiency and reliability of your pool fencing system, Jackson recommended the following:
- Become a proactive pool owner instead of a reactive one.
- Be aware of current compliance requirements.( you can collect from our offices)
- Check modifications to the pool barrier are in accordance with the relevant standards.
- Check vegetation with in the No Climb Zone.
- Remove climbable objects and structures that potentially reduce the effective height of the barrier.
- Prevent hinges from becoming hand and foot hold for climbing by spacing them at least 900mm apart)
- Ensure doors and windows are compliant with child resistant standards.
Ensure close supervision by a responsible adult, which is arguably the most effective safety precaution of all.
3. Peeing in the pool. Why we do it and why it is a bad thing?
Everyone who gets into a pool benefits from the water being as clean as possible. The irritating, “chlorine-like smell” (chloramines) comes from contaminants in the water reacting with the chlorine disinfectant in the water. How can people help to keep the water clean?
- People should take a shower using soap and warm water before entering the pool.
- Everyone should always take a “pee break” before getting into the pool.
- No one should get into the pool if they are, or have recently been, suffering with diarrhea.
Facility managers can help by assuring patrons have a clean bathroom and hot water for a warm shower.
Since last summer’s games, there has been quite a debate about competition swimmers peeing in the pool during workouts as pool pros, we all know full well this practice occurs regardless of age, gender and swimming ability.
First of all, why do we need or want to pee while swimming? The need and want to pee in the pool is actually physiological. There is even a term for it: immersion diuresis.
We go in the pool for two reasons: pressure and temperature. When we immerse ourselves in the pool, we become buoyant. When we become buoyant, the blood retreats from the limbs back to the torso. The body interprets this as too much fluid so it signals the kidneys to get rid of any excess fluid we may have. The temperature of the water affects our bodies the same way: the cooler the water, the more the blood retreats from the limbs to the torso.
Why peeing in the pool a bad thing? Although sterile until it reaches the urethra, urine has high levels of ammonia, organic compounds, crystallized salts and, generally, has a low pH2
Crystallized salts tend to cloudy up the water while ammonia and organic compounds will build up chloramines. So if enough people pee in the pool, you can end up with a cloudy pool that is low in pH, high in uric acid,chloramines and higher TDS levels.
Obviously none of this is good for our pools.
Now that we know why we pee in the pool, and why the practice is bad, what can we do to start changing the habits of the patrons of our pools?
We have to recognize that while we may have dozens of programs going on in our pools, we actually have only two kinds of patrons: the pros and everyone else. The pros are the swim team members and lap swimmers. The pros wish to get their work out completed in the shortest time frame possible. Getting out of the pool to use the restroom prolongs the workout and interrupts the “zone” that allows swimmers to autonomously swim for thousands of yards at a time.
Changing the habit of the swim team starts with changing the mindset of the coach. Swim coaches want to keep the work out going and get it completed. Interrupting a workout to let everyone take a break would interfere with most coach’s plans.
Changing the habits of lap swimmers is equally tricky because, like most people, lap swimmers may not take too kindly to the suggestion that they need to be reminded to go to the bathroom.
Most, if not all, aquatics facilities already have a rule on hand that is normally enforced: no one in the pool unless lifeguards are on duty. What if the facility made it a rule that no life guards would be on duty from the top of every hour to 10minutes after?
Closing the pool for 10minutes every hour work like a dream at day-care centers and many small fitness clubs. But a huge natatorium? A radical idea indeed.
Understandably, this would not go down very well with the pros that normally swim for 2-2.5 hours straight.
For coaches teaching those aged 10 and under stopping a workout and ordering everyone out of the pool to go potty is pretty straight forward and fairly easy.
It starts getting tricky when the swimmers enter the “tween” years. Tween and teens start saying, “Wait a minute, I am not a young child and shouldn’t be ordered to the bathroom like one. ”I know when I need to go potty and I don’t need anyone to tell me that”. The idea is not to “order” anyone to the restroom but to close the pool for 10minutes every hour so there isn’t much else to do but go to the restroom.
Obviously if we want swimmers to use the restroom as opposed to the pool, coaches will need to work with facility managers to maximize their work out time in the most efficient manner possible. A team that normally has a two-hour workout might need to look at expanding to 2,5 hours to accommodate restroom breaks. This would be tough, not hust for the coach but for the swimmers and families of the swimmers would have to adjust their schedules to fit the swimmers. The facility would then need to look to moving around the other programs that also utilize the pool.
To make this happen, strong leadership and cooperation between aquatics directors, coaches and instructors of the various programs is needed.
As for everyone else that uses the pool, this shouldn’t be an issue as most programs last 50 minutes or less anyway.