I don’t think I have ever met a child that didn’t love a good swimming pool. Whether it is a pool in your backyard or a giant wave pool at a swim park, kids love pools. If you do happen to own a swimming pool, you already know how much work it is to properly maintain. So why not enlist a little help from your children to take care of the swimming pool?
Teach Your Kids How to Take Care of the Swimming Pool
- Sutro Blog
- 27 Apr, 2016
The post Teach Your Kids How to Take Care of the Swimming Pool first appeared on Swim University.
I don’t think I have ever met a child that didn’t love a good swimming pool. Whether it is a pool in your backyard or a giant wave pool at a swim park, kids love pools.
If you do happen to own a swimming pool, you already know how much work it is to properly maintain. So why not enlist a little help from your children to take care of the swimming pool?[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640.0"] image courtesy of www.swimuniversity.com[/caption]
While they may not be able to help you with every task depending on their age, you can still begin to teach them how to properly care for this wet playground that they love and get them to help you when you head outside to do a little pool maintenance. If you do, you will quickly find that your chores around the pool will take you significantly less time so you can spend more time enjoying your pool than you do maintaining it.
1. Teach Them to Respect the Water
Most children view pools as the ultimate playground, and rightly so. After all, a swimming pool is one of the best places that both you and your kids can have an incredible time swimming and just playing in the water. At the same time, it is paramount that you remember the dangers associated with swimming pools as well.
While you don’t want to scare your kids, they need to be taught about the potential dangers associated with pools and the importance of always being careful when around the pool or working on the pool. Kids will be kids, but that doesn’t mean they can’t understand the potential dangers a swimming pool may pose and what they need to do if they accidentally fall in.
2. Don’t Forget the Swimming Lessons
No one should ever work in and around a pool if they don’t know how to swim at least a little bit. Kids especially should already have some swimming lessons under their belt either taught by you or by a certified instructor before you take them out to the pool area and begin showing them how to properly take care of a pool.
One little slip or one off-balanced lean could result in your child splashing down into the pool while they are helping you. If they don’t know how to swim, you could have the perfect recipe for a disaster on your hands.
3. Start Slow
In the beginning, and especially if you have relatively young children, start very slow. Show them the basics of keeping a pool clean, for example. If they are big enough to hold the net, show them how to skim the surface of the water to remove leaves and bugs that are floating at the top of the surface.
Once they have mastered that technique, consider showing them how to clean the skimmer or start and run the vacuum to clean the sides of the pool as well. In the beginning, focus on cleaning the pool and remove the dirt they can see. No child in the beginning will understand the sometimes complex details of water chemistry or how to deal with a troubled pump, but they can definitely help you clean it out.
4. Give Them Responsibility
As they get more comfortable with their pool duties, consider assigning them one of the duties as their own. Leave it up to them to go out and skim the surface of the pool or head outside and vacuum the edges or turn on and off the robot. Whatever the task, show them how often it needs to be done and what you expect exactly, and then let them handle it.
Don’t stand over them and make sure they get it done. The occasional reminder should be enough. Most children will take to this task readily as they love to swim in a nice clean pool and will be proud to say that the reason the pool is so clean is because they took the time to clean it.
5. Continue Their Education As They Grow
As your child grows up, he/she will become capable of understanding and performing more advanced tasks when it comes to pool care. Once they are teenagers, they should be capable of completely taking care of the pool with your supervision.
First, teach them about water chemistry and what type of chemistry you need in your pool for the best water quality possible. Show them how to test the water and how to add chlorine, acid or base to the water in order to maintain proper water quality.
Once they have mastered this art, it is time to get even more in depth as you show them how to deal with the filters and pumps of your pool’s system and how to properly drain and add water to your pool. Eventually, with a little practice, they will be able to completely care for the pool without you having to do anything.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyTorswJT6Q?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
Final Thoughts on Teaching Your Kids How to Take Care of the Swimming Pool
While not all kids will enjoy the task, it is important to teach them how to care for a pool if they ever want to own one themselves someday. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with getting their help with the maintenance of something they love to use day in and day out during the summer. It will teach them responsibility and the importance of taking care of what they have, both valuable lessons to take to adulthood.
Of course, in the end, it also means that you get a little help from your family with the care of your pool, making it much easier and faster to maintain so you can spend more time enjoying it and less time taking care of it.