Don’t ask members of the Polar Bear Club how warm it has to be to swim. These winter swimmers plunge into the Atlantic Ocean every Sunday from November until April and revel in the chill. Swimming temperatures are a matter of preference — some people can tolerate much colder temperatures than others.
According to The United States Water Fitness Association, water temperatures for younger children and the elderly will generally need warmer temperatures ranging from 84 to 94 degrees Fahrenheit, while a comfortable pool temperature for adults is 85 to 89 degrees. If you are swimming for fitness, cooler temperatures of 78 to 84 degrees are recommended.
Furthermore, according to USA swimming the following are some general water temperature guidelines:
82 degree water (and lower)
- Competitive swim team training
- Adult aerobic lap swimming
- High intensity vertical water exercise
Note: The ideal air temperature for these activities is 78-80 degrees; never higher than 82 degrees. The more aerobic the activity, the lower the air temperature needs to be.
86 – 88 degree water
- Moderate vertical water exercise and water walking
- Younger age (10-under) swim training
- Low intensity lap swimming
- Synchronized swimming
- Recreational swimming
Note: The ideal air temperature for these activities is 82-84 degrees; never higher than 84 degrees and slightly lower is OK.
90 – 92 degree water
- Aquatic therapy
- Learn-to-swim for children
Note: The ideal air temperature for these activities is 84 degrees; never higher than 84 degrees and slightly lower is OK.
While there seems to be a very small range of optimal temperatures for swimming, aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy, the good news is that our bodies can adapt to temperatures quickly.
As far as warm water goes, the preparation for handling it isn’t as well researched, but it’s best to keep warm water for lounging around in.
If you’re looking for a perfect pool temperature, not too hot, not too cold, 77 – 82 degrees (25 – 28°C) may be the way to go according to most recreational swimmers.
Keep it cool for competitions
In most cases, pools should be comfortable, and the average swimmer will agree with this. However, there are times where swimmers aren’t interested in how the water feels. Instead, they’re interested in going as fast as humanly possible.
Competitive swimmers require different conditions than the average participant. According to USA Swimming, competitive swimmers are one of the few categories where lower water temps are preferred for best results. Lower water temperatures equal to or lesser than 82 degrees are generally cold enough for athletes competing or training. Any warmer, and swimmers may overheat in the water and their performance may suffer. Temperatures in the low 80s and high 70s are also recommended for adult aerobic lap swimming and any other high intensity water exercises.
What is the best water temp for beginners?
According to the United States Water Fitness Association, most pools across the country rest between 86 and 88 degrees. This is the temperature that most people find comfortable when first learning how to swim. Some age groups may benefit from slightly more targeted temperature ranges, such as 3- to 5-year-olds at 86 to 90 degrees and 6- to 13-year-olds at 84 to 86 degrees, but no serious injuries will result from a pool that hovers around the high 80s.
This temperature is also perfect for recreational swimming activities, synchronized swimming, diving, water walking and low-intensity lap swimming. You should also note that water and air temperature are two sides of the patron safety coin. Activities that cause swimmers to breathe harder require cooler air, and a pool between 86 and 88 degrees should never have air higher than 84 degrees around it. Slightly lower air temperatures don’t cause immediate problems either.
Higher temperatures are beneficial for Aquatic therapy
If cooler pools are better suited for high-intensity activities such as competitive swimming and athletic training, While pools should be never above 95 degrees, anywhere in the 90-92 degree range creates a comfortable, yet therapeutically warm environment for older swimmers or infants and toddlers learning how to swim or preforming aquatic therapy and exercise. Higher temperatures stimulate blood flow to the muscles and can reduce joint pain.
Find the sweet spot
Odds are that your pool will host more than just one of the above types of swimming activities. Is there a single temperature that you can set your pool at to keep every type of swimmer happy?
According to the Washington Post, that answer is yes – 85 degrees. Donny Wensinger, manager of Virginia’s Great Waves Waterpark, told the news source that 2014’s mild summer caused him to experiment with his temperatures. Above 85 degrees, Wensigner had packed parking lots, long lines and crowded pools. Below that number, the people disappeared.
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Most of us can say we’ve experienced a sleepless night or two in our lives and remember the effects of it the following day. The headache, the lack of concentration, the increased awareness of even the most minor aches and pains, and just feeling emotionally drained. I think most of us can say we know how not getting a restful night’s sleep can just flat our ruin our day.
The sad truth is that in our fast-paced, stress filled lives; we’re experiencing these sleepless nights on a more frequent basis. We are constantly trying to keep our heads above water, so to speak. With work, kids, and social life, we run our bodies down. Which leads me to ask why we don’t focus on one of the most important keys to keeping us going; how to get a better night’s rest and enjoy our lives?
I don’t think we realize how much sleep plays a role in the proper functioning of our bodies. While sleeping, your brain is preparing itself to function properly. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn better and retain information. The health benefits of sleeping are tremendous: your blood cells and heart are repairing themselves, and hormones which are responsible for making you feel hungry or full are balancing out. Sleeping also affects how your body reacts to insulin along with how well your immune system functions; sleep deprivation can alter your immune system which is crucial in fighting against sickness and disease.
Not only does sleeping have tremendous benefits, but the lack of it has serious health ramifications. Lack of sleep can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and risk of stroke. Sleep deprivation can be deadly when it comes to driving; the ability to drive while sleep-deprived is estimated to be almost the same as driving drunk.
So what can we do to sleep better at night? More importantly, how do we get the deep sleep which we benefit most from? Studies show that your body temperature naturally cools down when you fall asleep; this process helps you go into a deep sleep, which is the most beneficial type of sleep. One way to help this process is to raise your body temperature before you go to bed to ease into this process. Relaxing for about 15-20 minutes in a spa about an hour before bed can ensure your body temperature is elevated and the process of cooling down takes place easing your body into the deep sleep it desperately needs.
But it doesn’t stop there! The hydrotherapy from a spa promotes relaxation and eases tension in joints and muscles, reducing the chances that these aches and pains will keep you awake at night. Using a spa promotes the release of endorphins which naturally block stress and pain signals from going to the brain as well, again preparing the best odds for your body to be at ease to fall into a deep sleep. Using a spa regularly before bedtime clearly increases your chances of a better night’s rest, which leads to a better, healthier, more productive lifestyle.Continue Reading
To a New York native the concept of summertime in California was full of images of backyards and outdoor barbeques, enjoying the sun like no where else in the nation. To Joe Secard, this connotation was especially important. Born and raised in Utica, New York, he and his wife Mary Ann moved to California seeking this utopia shortly after they wed in 1955. The two eventually bought a home in La Puente and in 1958 Joe decided to fully embrace his new place of residence and purchased a Doughboy pool. Shortly after, a neighbor of his with small children voiced his intentions to do the same, and thus an idea was born. Joe found a wholesale dealer in downtown Los Angeles and purchased a brand new Doughboy. Bringing it home to his neighbor, he was able to sell it and make a $35 profit. Though when he bought his original pool he had no intention of selling, Mr. Secard saw a need in the market and an opportunity that could not be passed up. Word began to spread through his neighborhood and soon others wanted to purchase this new luxury from Joe. For the next two summers Joe bought and sold wholesale Doughboy pools out of his backyard. As his demand grew larger, he decided to run a classified ad for a never used pool still in the box. The response was so great he began to be able to buy in bulk. Throughout this period, Joe had been working as a machinist to make a living. In the summer of 1960 he took a two-week vacation from his job to allow his sole focus to be on the pools. He was so overwhelmed by the response and success during these weeks that he told his boss he could not go back to his job. Now fully committed to the pool business, Joe spent the remainder of the year researching, collecting data, and looking for a location for his first store. In 1961 he found the right one and the very first Secard Pools retail store was opened in Pico Rivera. By 1963 there was a definite demand to open more stores. At this time, Joe’s four siblings were still living in New York. Capitalizing on his chance, he moved all four of them out to California, along with his mother and father, and put them to work in four new stores. At this time, the stores were only open April through August, as people were only buying pools during the hot summer months. Brainstorming how to allow the stores to stay open year-round, Joe came up with the idea to sell billiard tables. He implemented this and since 1964 the stores have been open all twelve months. As the company grew and developed, Secard Pools was able to branch out and differentiate the products sold. The Islander pool was developed and they began physically digging and building pools, rather than just selling above ground models. Additionally, there became a market for pool accessories and maintenance items, all of which are still sold in Secard stores today. Throughout the years, Joe learned along the way what worked in the business and consequently, what not to do. Coming from humble beginnings, Joe was not a very educated man, but nonetheless attests his successes to a keen “common sense” – one that has made him infinitely wise.Continue Reading
I learned in a recent study that 72% of consumers are influenced by reviews posted online. Funny enough, that statistic is supported by the fact that you are currently reading this blog and hopefully considering purchasing one of our products. A great deal of the customers that Secard Pools has earned over the past 55 years, have come by word of mouth. In today’s social network savvy world, word of mouth is no longer spoken between friends and neighbors. Instead, experiences are more commonly blogged about on public forums and review sites. We love this. It gives us the opportunity to reach a broader audience and even more importantly, allows us to hear what people are saying about our company. It sure is exciting to see all of the positive response but with 10 locations servicing over 10,000 customers a year, we may sometimes fall short of our high customer service standards. Sure, the weight of a less than favorable review can sometimes feel like a blow to the gut, but it’s in this moment that we learn the most about ourselves. It’s in this moment that we stand above our competition and take action for our customers. Having the opportunity to improve the way we service our customers is one of our greatest privileges.
With review sites popping up on the radar daily it is sometimes hard for consumers to sift through the multitude of pages to find anything helpful. Therefore, we’ve created our own review site at www.secardpoolsreviews.com at an attempt to create a “one stop shop” for reviews about Secard Pools. Good, bad or indifferent, this website was created to allow our customers to have a place where they can sound off and be heard directly by the management of Secard Pools. We care about our customers and want you to be heard.
Now, let’s talk about the obvious here. Not all reviews are credible. A little hard homework and some online searching will tell you that there are some companies out there that businesses actually pay just to sit and write positive reviews for them. You should understand that this type of dishonesty is beneath our business practices and you will never find manufactured reviews on our site. This is also why you will not find only 100% positive reviews on secardpoolsreviews.com. We believe that an honest experience will get us more in return than paying for fake appreciation.
So, to speed up the process of deciding whether or not to buy from us, we have already laid some of the groundwork by pulling existing reviews from well renowned websites like Yelp, Google, Yahoo & Customer lobby and posted them directly on the site. Each of our locations has been given its own segment and we appreciate any feedback you would like to offer. You can go directly to our review site by clicking HERE.
For immediate attention, I’m here to help. Should any of our customers ever feel something is not right, have an unresolved issue or would like sing the praises of their favorite Secard representative, I can be contact directly at:
Secard Pools & Spas
9292 9th St.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
A spa is just like anything else that’s built to enjoy and use on a regular basis and requires a moderate amount of care and maintenance. If the care of your spa is provided as a routine part of ownership, it will continue to give you years of enjoyment. Neglect of anything, including your home spa, results in damage, decay and repairs. The bottom line? Be nice to your spa and it will be nice to you. Let’s take a look at some of the basics:
Water and Chemicals
Keeping your spa’s water clean and clear benefits the health of both you and the spa. Oils from your skin, suntan lotions, detergent residue from bathing suits and grime should be controlled. All of these not only degrade your water; they can also harm your spa’s equipment and components. This is the benefit of keeping the proper chemicals and additives in your water. Manufacturer’s instructions should always be followed. If you have hard water in your area, use a product to balance your calcium levels. Excess calcium levels lead to scaling and erosion of your jets and mechanical equipment. If you use the spa often or have several persons using the spa, drain and replace the water every 90 to 120 days.
Keep your spa clean. Never use abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on the acrylic surfaces. Use only recommended cleaning agents specifically designed for spas and hot tubs. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for these. Cleaning the filter at least once a week will extend its life as well. Soak the filter once a month to loosen and remove residue and replace the filter about once a year. Make sure your pump, jets and filtration are operating properly and before using, always check your pH level and add chemicals as needed.
Your spa’s cover is designed not only to keep in the heat but also to protect you spa’s acrylic surface. Leaving your spa uncovered and exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time can lead to cracks and blisters in the acrylic shell. This type of neglect will most often not be covered by the spa manufacturer’s warranty. Be sure to always keep your spa covered and locked down when not in use. You can extend the life of your cover by simply keeping it clean. Remove dust and debris buildup regularly with a wet rag or vinyl cleaning solution. After treating the water with chemicals, keep the cover off for at least 20 minutes. Do not run the jets at high speed while the cover is on the tub and clean the inside area with a dry cloth about once a week to remove damaging chemical residue. Lastly, spa covers are not designed to support any weight so refrain from sitting on or storing heavy items on top of your spa cover.
Examine your spa for small problems while cleaning, adding chemicals or using. Catch problems early, make the necessary repairs and minor problems will remain minor instead of becoming big, costly problems.
Use Your Spa
Don’t let your spa sit idle. If you live where winter temperatures are prohibitive, winterize you spa or drain if needed. All other times, keep you chemicals balanced, perform routine maintenance and enjoy the use of your spa. Leaving the spa idle and ignoring routing maintenance will gradually cause deterioration of the water and your spa as well as the equipment. Take responsibility, keep your spa in good working order and use it. The care you give it will reward you with a spa that returns your investment year after year.Continue Reading
A relaxing evening in the spa can be the best part of any day. It offers its user a sanctuary from the trials and worries of the office or a hard day’s work. The worst aspect of that relaxing period could be that you may be paying more than you should for those precious, peaceful moments. Heat loss and inefficiency in spas can be a drain on your electricity. On average, a spa costs over $360.00 annually to heat. Reducing heat loss is one way to lower energy usage and ultimately the costs of owning a spa.
If you’re in the market for a new spa, read on as we will discuss some of the features to look for. If you already have an energy hoarding unit that you’re not ready to part with, there’s a few tips we’ve addressed here for you as well.
New Features on Spas
To make owning a spa more affordable, manufacturers have come up with innovative ways to upgrade equipment and improve features on their tubs without aggressively affecting your pocket book. When shopping for a spa, ask your dealer about the energy efficiency of the unit. Here’s what to look for:
- Spa Covers — Insulated spa covers keep most of the heat inside the spa. Make sure your cover is equipped with straps that lock the cover down to the unit. Not only will you improve the safety aspect of your spa, but a tightly sealed cover greatly reduces heat loss from around the edges. Check to make sure your spa’s cover will be tapered or sloped; creating a run off for any excess rain water that may build up on the cover. As spa covers age, you may notice the weight of the cover increasing as the foam inside becomes saturated with moisture. Once this happens, replace the cover immediately as a water logged cover will have lost most of it’s insulating qualities.
- Insulation — At minimum, the shell and plumbing of the spa should have a generous amount of insulation. Even though most heat is lost from the top, well-insulated interiors reduce heat loss from below. If you live in an area that experiences extremely low temperatures or snow conditions, ask about a “full foam” option. This encapsulates the entire underbelly of the spa with solid foam for optimum insulation.
- Pumps — Energy-efficient pumps are becoming more common in spas. Make sure that your spa has at least one 2 speed pump for filtration. Most spas are pre-programmed to filter twice a day for two hours a day. Rather than going full bore for those 4 hours, running the filtration pump on low speed will greatly reduce the amount of electricity used.
- Heaters — Modern heaters utilize improved heat transfer with less waste. An undersized heater will require your spa to run longer and draw more energy. If you are into the technical jargon, as a good rule of thumb you should have a 1.5 kilowatt heater in a 110 volt unit and a 5.5 kilowatt heater in a 220 volt unit.
- Go Green – Not literally! “Going green” is not the fondest term in the pool and spa industry as it is sometimes associated with poor water chemistry. When discussing energy usage, “going green” means decreasing consumption of electricity and ultimately lowering your carbon footprint. Some spa manufactures specialize in just this. Ask your dealer to see their most energy efficient models. These units most often do not feature large jet quantities or the latest iPod stereo, but they certainly create a relaxing oasis on low energy usage.
Making an Existing Spa More Efficient
There are a few things you can do to improve your current spa. Some are common sense, others may not have occurred to you. Just a few steps can help you reduce the cost of operating your current spa:
- You should never locate a spa on an open deck. If you have one on a deck, the open air beneath robs the heat from your spa. Underpin the deck with insulation board and siding if possible. This will help keep the temperature beneath the deck much warmer and prevent breezes from chilling your spa from below.
- Lower the temperature of your thermostat when not in use. Keep your spa at 80 – 90 degrees and turn it up an hour or so before using. This will save energy over keeping it at a higher temperature all the time.
- Use shrubs, privacy panels or fencing around the spa area as windbreaks to retain the spa heat better.
- If your spa is equipped with them, make sure your air venturi valves are closed when the spa is not in use. An air venturi valve blends air from outside your spa with the water in the jets. Pumping cold ambient air inside the spa will drastically lower the temperature and cause it to constantly run trying to maintain its heat.
- Turn the thermostat very low or off when on vacation.
You’ll get more spa for the money by following these few tips. Keeping operating costs down will increase your enjoyment, knowing your spa is costing you pennies per day instead of dollars.Continue Reading