- 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
Over the years we have sold a variety of different natural stone top and synthetic top tables. Most of our manufacturers have been good about providing detailed instructions and handouts about proper care and sealing procedures for their tops. Now is the perfect time of year to make sure the proper precautions are taken to prevent any damage to your table. If it isn’t a glass top it is entirely possible your table may need a stone protectant or sealant. Generally you can get these products at your local home improvement stores, but some manufacturers have very specific products they recommend. These sealers will not only help prolong the life of your table against the harsh elements of winter, but will also reduce the impact of the sun’s UV rays and any spills you might have. Some tables need sealing twice a year and some only need it once, but this is once again your opportunity to protect your investment. We would gladly sell you a new table, but I’m sure you would prefer to just make yours last the way it was intended.—Craig
- 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 Savior 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 liters) 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.
The end of the swim season is a great time to swap out the sand in your filter! Sand needs to be changed every three to five seasons, to ensure the best filtration for your pool. This is also a great time to check your laterals for any cracks or weak spots and replace those as well.
This would also be a good time to ask about switching to ZEOsand instead of regular silica sand. This would help keep your pool even clearer AND would only need to be changed every five to seven years!
Come to the store for instructions on how to accomplish this task, or call our service department and let them do the dirty work for you! (513) 528-8878. –Tina
We get a decent amount of calls from customers fearing they have a leak in their pool. In many cases the perceived leak is little more than evaporation because of the dramatic difference between the overnight temperature and that of the water. Determining how much evaporation is normal isn’t, however, easy to accomplish. It can vary dramatically from night to night, week to week, and location to location. But there is a good way for you to check at home if you have a leak or science is at work. You can use a flat bottom bucket without ridges (so there isn’t a marking left on your liner) and place it on step so the water level in the bucket can match the same level in the pool. If the following day the level in the pool is lower than the bucket we can feel confident there is a leak. If the levels are still the same, we can surmise that evaporation is the culprit for your water loss. Thought this might be a helpful tip for anyone that stumbles across today’s blog. As always, thanks for reading.—Craig
When it is time to think about closing the pool for the season. For those of you that have an in-ground pool and it comes time for the new winter cover the question becomes do I stay with the water bag type or go for the safety cover, and if I do choose the safety cover do I pick the solid or the mesh. Each and every person is going to have their own slant on which of the 2 covers is better, and for each person there is a larger benefit for one over the other. For those of you that want zero maintenance over the winter season then the mesh is the right cover for you, but keep in mind for every plus there is a minus. In my opinion the minuses outweigh the pluses with the mesh cover, especially if you have a salt system. Keeping in mind that the salt system has 2 main requirements for proper operation, salt and cyanuric acid, and that these items are only removed from the pool by dilution of the water this may not be the right option for you. The average rainfall in the Cincinnati region from October 1st through April 30th is 22.4″ of precipitation. This is an awful lot of fresh water to be added to the pool. You will save up front on the cost with the purchase of the mesh cover, but will pay for it each and every year at start up. Once again this is my opinion, and I welcome your feedback.—Chris
I guess it depends on perspective. From a child’s eye view this is the saddest of times having to once again return to school. For those of you who may not be in the pool every day but like the inviting look of crystal blue water this may not be a happy time. I personally believe the opposite, and not just because my children have to go back to school. I have always been a fan of the fall, the color change of the leaves, bonfires, and most of all the start of football. I am one that doesn’t really care if it pro or college, of even 2 talented high school teams, I am willing to take the time to watch the game. Living in Cincinnati for all of my life it has always been easy to find talented high school teams, and for the last 15 years or so we have had a pretty solid college team, but now we even have a pretty talented pro team. Long and short a pretty good place to live to see some pretty good football on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.—Chris
So you built a deck all the way around your above-ground pool and now need to get a winter cover for it. Go the in-ground route and make it easy. Move up one size and use water tubes. For example, our 24’ pool cover will measure 28’ across. On your 24’ pool, that really doesn’t leave you much cover up on the deck. Calculating the cover laying on the water and then running to the wall, going straight up the wall, then covering the top rail to the deck, that will only leave you about a foot or less of cover on the deck. Move to a 28’ winter cover that measures 32’ across and the problem is solved. And please, I’m begging you, don’t try to secure the cover with concrete blocks, landscape timbers, oversize planters, or anything else that could—and will—damage the liner if it gets pulled into the pool. We see some of these things every year and it usually ends with a new liner or 150 pounds of planter dirt in the pool.
Lastly, don’t try and force the 24’ cover into working by driving nails through the grommets and into the deck. All you will do is dramatically increase the pressure on the cover at those grommets and open up spots for the wood to start splintering and rotting. The cover will rip and you’ll face lots of clean-up work in the spring when you have to deal with the mess inside your pool.
In my, what apparently is an ongoing series, Animals Love Hot Tubs. I
bring you Cuzzie, a cute little dog that can’t get enough of the
soothing therapy that only a hot tub can provide. This dog looks content!
If you have an above-ground pool, figuring out what cover you need is pretty simple. You tell us the pool size and we pull the cover.
But an in-ground pool is a little more complicated. For example, let’s say you have an 18 x 36 pool with built-in steps. We need to calculate your pool size based on overall dimensions, including the step. If the step is on the end, that effectively turns your pool into an 18 x 40 as far as winter cover requirements. Thus, we would recommend a 20 x 40 pool cover. Total cover dimensions are five feet larger than the pool size, making this a 25 x 45 foot total dimension. This leaves you plenty of room for those fun blue water bags that hold it down.
If your steps are on the side, your effective pool width now goes to 22 feet. This will usually get you a cover that is longer than you need but just fold any excess under the cover or cover more of the concrete on the ends. Either way—no problem.
Remember—if you have steps that add to the length or width, let us know or you will get a cover that simply doesn’t take cover the necessary area.