Top Waterproof Gadgets 19th July 2016
Everyone loves their gadgets but if you’re a keen swimmer and want to use your favourite gizmos in your luxury swimming pool, you’ll need to find some that are waterproof.
Here is our pick of the best water-resistant gadgets you can get your hands on.
Finis V2 Neptune MP3 Player
Most people listen to their favourite tunes when exercising, with the up-tempo songs often helping them to work out faster. But this is obviously difficult to do when you’re constantly underwater.
However, the Finis V2 Neptune MP3 player makes it possible – even without putting headphones in your ears!
It plays music using tiny vibrations against your cheek, and has a capacity of up to a 1,000 songs, so you can swim for an extremely long time before you get to the end of your playlist.
Waterproof Pouch For Phones
If you don’t want to do lengths, but simply love your swimming pool for lounging about it on a warm day, you could do with a waterproof pouch for your phone.
Let’s face it – we all reach for our phones even when we’re in the bath or pool, so to prevent it falling in and breaking, you can protect it with a water-resistant cover.
With a touchscreen function, you can even continue to use your phone to text your friends or update your Facebook status!
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
However, if you’re a hardcore swimmer and want to track your progress, you should consider investing in the Garmin Forerunner 920XT.
This tracker counts your strokes, and monitors your pace and speed. It also recognises stroke types and encourages you to achieve your personal best by constantly pushing you to do better.
It also sends the information to the Garmin Connect site wirelessly, enabling you to store the data so you can analyse your performance once you’re out of the pool.
Pool Inspiration: Barcelona 18th July 2016
If you want a creative and unique luxury pool, inspired by one of the most beautiful places in the world, it’d be difficult to find more fertile ground for inspiration than Barcelona. The city is renowned for its ceramic artworks, with the mosaic creations of Antoni Gaudi at Park Güell proving fodder for tourists seeking Barcelona’s sights and creatives seeking stimulation alike.
So, the big question is, how can you distil Barcelona’s spirit into your pool design? Let’s look at the colours, shapes and materials of the city’s streets could be adapted into your luxury pool design.
If you love the mosaic style of Gaudi’s Catalan modernist artworks, then you’ve certainly come to the right pool designers. We’re experts in beautiful, intricate designs using bold colours to achieve spectacular results. The overriding colour which forms the base of his designs is undoubtedly the collection of traditional ceramic blues and rich indigos – just look at the striking blue and white tower at Park Güell. However, these colours are regularly teamed up with vibrant yellow for gorgeous, sunny contrast.
When it comes to choosing shapes, the nature of Gaudi’s work is beautifully irregular, organic and freeform – not something you can achieve with a pack of off the shelf pool tiles. Our hand-crafted tiles, however, are made bespoke for the intricacies of your pool design, no matter how many curves and swirls you want.
After all, your pool doesn’t just need to be somewhere you swim – it should be something beautiful to be admired in its own right. Just remember, if you get a little creative with your choice of pool designer, you don’t have to be stuck with a blue rectangle – rather something that inspires and invigorates your day-to-day life.
4 Of The Best Apps For Swimmers 13th July 2016
Now’s the time to start combining your unique swimming pools with a touch of technology here and there. Did you know that there are countless apps out there for keen swimmers that can really help you foster a genuine interest in this sport? Here are four of our favourites.
Wild Swimming Britain
Available on the iPhone and iPad, this app is perfect for anyone living in the UK who wants to give wild swimming a go. It features all the best locations around the country so you can spend more time swimming and less time working out where to go.
Are you in the US? Then this is the app for you. It features 17,000 locations around the country so you can always find a swimming pool wherever you are. Now you never need to give up on your fitness goals!
This is the best way to set and reach your goals, tracking your swims and challenging yourself and your friends. You can log swims, times, strokes, notes and sets, sharing them all to Apple Health as you go.
Swimming Pool Games & Fitness
This app comes with a big selection of different swimming pool games, as well as ideas for pool parties and fitness plans. There’s also a swimming calorie counter to use if you fancy it. This app is the best of both worlds – now you can have fun and keep fit in the pool, depending on how the mood strikes you.
Pool Inspiration: Marrakech 12th July 2016
When you’re looking for luxury swimming pool design, you might want to be inspired by your property’s location in the style you choose. This could be as far as the colours traditionally popular in the country, choosing designs inspired by the environment and nature, or even adopting elements of the local traditions.
This time around, we’re going to look for inspiration from a country renowned for its own ceramics heritage – Morocco. If you’ve ever stayed in a Riad in Marrakech, you’ll know just how important tiles are for the interiors of the local homes. Riads, in particular, are often based around a central pool, blurring the lines between the outdoors and indoors.
However, when it comes to making a unique swimming pool, you may want to take inspiration, without opting for traditional Moroccan tiles.
The first place you might look for inspiration is shape. The classic shapes of Marrakech are the intricate Arabesques of the souk – something that you are seeing more and more in luxury tiles. This could be tile shape or even in the pattern of a tile, creating a repeating pattern throughout.
This ornate shape could even be used for the silhouette of you pool, raised above the ground or set in with curves and points for a luxurious visual interest.
Next up is your colour palette. Think of Morocco and you’ll think rich, bold hues inspired by either the desert or the ocean. Oranges, reds, greens and yellows sit against deep, indigo blues – the latter making ideal fodder for the background of your pool, embracing the former in small amounts for the detail of you design.
Get Ready For Return Of Warm Weather 8th July 2016
One of the best things about having a luxury swimming pool, especially one that is outdoors, is you can certainly make the most of any warm weather Britain gets by lying by the pool or taking a refreshing splash in the water.
And while there has not been much reason to sunbathe by the pool recently, according to weather experts, warm temperatures are set to be on their way.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge reassured the public that hot weather will return this week, with temperatures reaching the mid-20Cs by the weekend.
The good spell will be caused by high pressure moving eastwards, and southern England is set to experience the best of the sunshine.
Mr Partridge said: “It is turning gradually warmer through the week with highs of 24C likely by Friday and again staying warm and dry in the south.”
That means tennis fans may also be able to enjoy watching the Wimbledon men’s finals on Sunday (July 10th) poolside from the comfort of their sunny garden.
So make sure your swimming pool is clean and ready to be used by the weekend, as it has no doubt been covered up for much of June.
It would hardly be surprising as the Met Office recorded it as the 11th wettest June since 1910, with an impressive 101.8mm falling on average across the UK. This is nearly two-fifths more than normal!
What’s more, there were only 138 hours of sunshine in Britain last month, 81 per cent of average figures.
5 Of The Best Swimwear Styles For Men 7th July 2016
Summer is now in full flow so no doubt you’re all spending your evenings and weekends lounging around your luxury pools. But have you spared a thought for your swimming trunks and pool shoes? It could well be time for a swimwear update if it’s been a year or two since you’ve invested in a new pair of trunks. Here are five of our favourite styles to keep you looking cool as the weather hots up.
Polo Ralph Lauren striped swim shorts
These striped polyester swim shorts are perfect whether you’re by the pool at home or sunning yourself in St Barts. Blue and white stripes are idea for summer and these are trunks that will never really go out of style – so they make the perfect investment, wouldn’t you say?
Hurley Phantom Block Party Solid men’s boardshorts
This offering from Nike is perfect for the sportier among you. They’re made from water-repelling stretch fabric so you can move freely in the water and they sit just above the knee, allowing for a greater range of movement. There’s also a patch pocket with pocket flap and a fly closure that allows for a snug and adjustable fit.
ASOS Runner Swim Shorts
These come with a drawstring waistband, mesh lining and side slant pockets – and the best part is that they can be used in the pool or can double up as a pair of running shorts if you’re feeling particularly active. The 80s throwback styling is a bonus as well.
O’Neill Superfreak Board Shorts
These are made from a special quick-drying material that ensures long-lasting wear and durability – a great buy for anyone who likes to get out into the sea for a surf as well as spending time by the pool. They’re also perfect for patriots!
Speedo Men’s Fluidfuse Jammer
If you’re into fitness swimming, these Speedos are a must. They’re perfect for regular pool use thanks to how comfy they are and they won’t hinder you as you pass through the water – so you’ll be beating your best time before you know it.
Pool Safety Tips From Olympic Gold Medallist 1st July 2016
If you have a luxury swimming pool at home, it’s important that you know all about pool safety – especially if you have young children who are keen to enjoy splashing about.
Brooke Bennett, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, runs a swim academy in Brandon, Tampa and Clearwater over in the US and has come up with a few tips to help parents ensure that their children can enjoy swimming safely and responsibly, WTSP reports.
She emphasises the importance of teaching your kids to swim to the wall if they find themselves in difficulty, rather than swimming to a parent or grandparent. They need to view the wall as their safe space, she says.
Another key step to take is spending ten minutes with your child showing them around a pool if they’re unfamiliar with it. A parent should also be chosen to be on pool watch patrol if there’s a party going on so potentially dangerous situations can be diffused immediately.
Bennett also advised teaching kids to flip onto their backs if they’re struggling, then float to the wall and climb to safety.
“We want to teach them not to walk into water. We teach them right from wrong and they need to learn the water is off limits without a parent or guardian,” she was quoted as saying.
Taking a lifeguarding course might be a good idea as well if you’re concerned about swimming pool safety. There are sure to be many on offer in your local area so do some research to see what’s going on where.