Swimming & Pool Fun Facts

Being a pool owner can be a lot of work. While we love to help you make light of that work, we also want to be part of the fun! Test your pool pro knowledge with these fun facts and figures.

Did you know…?

1. The largest backyard swimming pool is located in El Campo, Texas and has a 500 foot lazy river. It holds 600,000 gallons of water and used to be a pond. It’s true what they say, everything really is bigger in Texas!

Photo credits: http://homesoftherich.net/

2.There are over 10.6 million swimming pools in the United States.

3. California is the state with the most swimming pools in the United States with over 3 million pools!

4. In 1907 the RMS Adriatic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool on board. The Titanic, which was built around the same time, had a heated swimming pool on board.

5. An hour of strenuous swimming will burn about 650 calories, more than walking or riding a bike for the same amount of time.

6. Swimming became an Olympic event in 1896. Women were allowed to compete starting in 1912. Today there are 16 swimming events but a men’s 800-meter freestyle, women’s 1,500-meter freestyle and a 4×100-meter medley mixed-gender relay are being added for the 2020 Olympic Games.

7. An Olympic size swimming pool can hold 700,000-850,000 gallons of water.

8. The world’s largest pool, according to the Guinness World Records, was built in Algarrobo, Chile in 2006. The Alfonso del Mar Seawater Pool is 3,324 feet long and covers 19.7 acres!

Photo credits: Urban Peek

9. The cannonball is the most popular way to jump into the pool.

10. President Gerald Ford had an outdoor pool built at the White House in 1975.

11. 65% of Americans don’t know how to swim.

12. Benjamin Franklin invented swim fins. Unlike today’s foot flippers, the first fins were worn on your hands.

13. Australia builds more personal swimming pools per capita than any other country in the world. Since most of Australia is considered a desert or semi-arid, it’s no surprise!

14. The world record for breath holding underwater is 24 minutes achieved in 2016 by Aleix Segura Vendrell (Spain), in Barcelona, Spain! Vendrell is a avid free diver.

15. The breaststroke is thought to be the oldest of all swimming strokes. “Drawings in an Egyptian cave, appropriately called the Cave of Swimmers, depict swimmers in various poses, with the leg whipping motion believed to having been inspired by frogs.” – Your Swim Log

16. Swimming dates back to 2500 BCE as seen in ancient Egyptian cave paintings.

17. Elephants can swim an average of 20 miles a day using their trunks as snorkels.

Photo credits: Bosham Gallery

18. 38% of pools having a diving board.

19. A resort in Port Dickson, Malaysia has 643 swimming pools, not including the private swimming pools at each villa!

Photo credits: Lexis-Hibiscus Port Dickson Hotel

20. A filtration system for swimming pools was invented in 1910 at Brown University, using chlorine. Public drinking water was being sanitized with chlorination and sand filtration, so they applied the same concept to swimming pools.

Have a fun fact to add? Drop us a line in the comments!

Automatic Chlorinators: A Must Have for Pool Owners

Chlorine is a vital tool used by most pool owners to sanitize pool water. There are a few ways to dispense the chlorine into your pool, but an automatic chlorinator takes the hassle and headache out of handling chlorine.

An automatic chlorinator (also called a chemical feeder) is your best bet when it comes to dispensers because it offers consistent chlorine feed. The chlorine is fed into your pool plumbing after all the equipment, protecting the pump, filter and heater from corrosion.

Putting chlorine tabs directly into your skimmer basket can damage your liner as seen here.

Simply add chlorine tablets, adjust the valve and let your chlorinator do the work. Use test strips to get your chlorine levels just right.

If you have a pool heater, be sure to check your warranty’s requirements. An automatic chlorinator or salt water chlorine generator is mandatory and use of other chlorination methods may void your warranty.

Tracy’s Tip: When operating your automatic chlorinator, turn your pool pump on and turn the valve so it is fully open. Run the pump for a minute or so to remove the highly concentrated chlorine from the vessel. Then you can open the top of your chlorinator to add tablets without getting a blast of chlorine gas in your face. If you are exposed to chlorine gas, Poison Control recommends standing in a steamy shower for at least 20 minutes to get rid of the chlorine intake.

Schedule your automatic chlorinator installation today – we are currently scheduling fall and spring installations!  >> Contact us

Our Pool Float Favorites

What is more fun than finding the perfect pool float for every member of the family? Here are a few of our favorite Swimline pool floats, currently available in our retail store. We hope you will drop by to check out the whole collection and find your favorite!

1. SunSoft Island


2. Water Park Slide


3. The Biggest Giant Swan


4.  Floating Mattress Lounger


5.  Giant Lucky Ducky Float


6. The Cube


7. SunSoft Lounge


8. Giant Hippo Ride-On Float


9. Sofskin Floating Mattress


10. Tropical Tiki Bar

Which float is your favorite? Post your vote in the comments!

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