Watch The Magic Happen…

Pool Repairs and Renovations are a huge and exciting part of the Robust Pools portfolio. About 6 or 7 years ago the turnover on Renovations far exceeded that of New Pool Installations. This just shows that, when looked after and cherished, your swimming pool is a huge asset and can add tremendous value to your home/property. Cue the Magic… Doing a complete overhaul on an old pool can be very exciting and extremely satisfying! We take something that is neglected, run down, damaged or just outdated – add some good ol’ creativity, a dash of Robust magic, stir in some dedication, and voila! – We have turned it into something beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, modern and magical! How can we help you? Robust Pools offers a variety of services, one of them being renovations and repairs to existing swimming pools and pool surrounds. Here are a few of our Renovation and Repair services: Fibreglass linings (3 year guarantee) Marble plaster (1 year guarantee) Filter systems Paving and water features General pool repairs and renovations Insurance work Contact the Robust Pools Team to discuss or book your Magical Pool Renovation. Pop us an email or give us a shout! We are happy to help. Office: 031 312 1332 Email: info@robustpools.co.za   Click here to view more of our Magical Before & After pics!

Robust Pools goes to School!

The Robust Pools Team takes great pride in everything that we do, and we are always looking for ways to improve our work and services so that we can offer you and future clients greater value for money. Back to Basics On Wednesday 08 March 2017, Robust Pools sent some of our Fibreglass Team Members to NCS Resins for a refresher course in Fibreglass Lining. The course was held by Eric Hilderbrandt at the NCS Resins Training Facility. (Above: Jeros) (Above: Vela) (From Left to Right: Vela, Steve, Jeros) (From Left to Right – Group Photo: Jeros, Steve,Vela) A huge thank you to NCS Resins and Eric Hilderbrandt for a wonderful refresher course. It was well put together and extremely informative. For more information contact NCS Resins on 031 713 0600

NSPI Awards 2016

On the 22nd July 2016 we descended on the breathtaking Drakensberg for the annual NSPI Awards weekend. Well done to Bruce Deeley-Smith and the Robust Pools Team for scooping the prestigious Silver Award at the 2016 National Spa and Pool Institute award evening. We are extremely proud of the dedication and passion that our staff put into their work at Robust Pools. A great weekend was had by all. Thank you to the NSPI for a wonderful weekend away and a huge thumbs up to all the Pool Companies that won an Award. Visit our website to view all of our Awards

Swimming Pool Safety & First Aid

  A swimming pool provides an excellent space for backyard fun so you want to be sure it’s kept safe and protected for your family and pets. Most regions require inground pools to be fenced in, but experts recommend using additional safety systems such as pool alarms and pool safety covers to create layers of protection. But always remember: there is no substitute for constant adult supervision and staying within an arm’s reach of your child. Pool Safety Nothing is more synonymous with summertime than swimming pools. While pools are one of the most fun ways to beat the summer heat, they do pose danger if used without proper caution. Here are some pool safety tips to keep swimmers safe and sound. Always maintain constant adult supervision.Never leave children alone in or near the swimming pool or hot tub, even for a minute. During social gatherings, have adults take turns being the designated “water watcher” to supervise children and prevent accidents around the pool area. Keep a telephone and emergency numbers by the pool. Block access to the pool. Install a four-sided safety pool fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent children and pets from accessing the pool. Remove steps to aboveground swimming pools when not in use. Establish pool rules to prevent injuries. Discuss the pool rules with children and pool guests, such as no running around the swimming pool, no diving into the shallow end or from the side of the pool, and no sliding down a waterslide head-first. Teach your children to swim. The National Safety Council suggests enrolling children in swimming lessons as early as age three, and the American Red Cross says most children are ready by age four. Learn CPR. Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn what to do in the event of an emergency. Ensure that babysitters, grandparents and others who care for your children know these lifesaving skills as well. Find a Swimming and Water Safety course in your area by contacting your local Red Cross Chapter at www.redcross.org. Protect your pool and your family by enabling multiple layers of security. The prevailing strategy behind pool safety systems is similar to that of the packaging on a child’s toy. As most parents are aware, numerous barriers prevent access to a packaged toy. And though a pool is not sealed with ultra-thick plastic, nor does it feature a battery cover requiring a screwdriver, it too should be protected by numerous layers. While there’s no better safety plan than constant adult supervision, you can also help prevent accidents by using a safety cover, building a fence, and installing an alarm system. What to do in the Event of Drowning or Near-Drowning According to Marc Van Heerden (general manager coastal, Netcare 911), having multiple layers of safety such as a certified safety net, a fence with locked gate, a child-minder and a surface alarm around the pool and spa areas at home or around other open bodies of water can prevent accidents and drowning. “A basic course in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can make a dramatic difference in the outcome should the skills be applied timeously,” asserts Van Heerden. Get the victim out of the water as soon as possible, but do not become a victim yourself. Make sure it is safe for you to enter the water first. Handle the victim with care. Many submersion incidents are associated with neck injuries, so keep movement to the back and neck to a minimum. Assess to see if the victim is awake by asking, “Hello, can you hear me?” Check for breathing by looking at the chest for no longer than 10 seconds. If the victim is not breathing or not breathing normally (i.e. gasping), call for immediate medical assistance. Call, or have someone call, a recognised medical emergency service provider such as Netcare 911 on 082 911 as soon as possible. Whoever calls for the ambulance must give the dispatcher an accurate location of the incident and a contact number at the scene. Never hang up on the operator and always return to the rescuer to inform them that you have called for help. Check for a pulse within 10 seconds, if no pulse can be found begin CPR immediately. If a definite pulse is felt provide rescue breaths (1 breath every 5 to 6 seconds). CPR is vital, even if it is an amateur administering it. Keep on doing it until someone who is trained in advanced life support arrives and can take over. All parents should learn how to administer child CPR as it differs from adult CPR.There has also recently been a worldwide revision in the CPR technique and it is important that even current first aiders be retrained according to the new protocols. Free Online First Aid Courses Firstaidforfree.com offers free online first aid and CPR courses that anyone can take. The free online first aid training could equip you with the skills and knowledge to help save someone’s life. Simply work your way through the free online first aid courses to develop your lifesaving knowledge. Once you’re done, you can download a free first aid & CPR certificate. Article information was sourced from: http://www.poolspaoutdoor.com/blog/entryid/95/summer-safety-tips-for-pool-sun-heat-bug-protection.aspx http://www.poolspaoutdoor.com/pools/safety/articles/safe-and-sound.aspx http://carteblanche.dstv.com/drowning-tips/ http://www.firstaidforfree.com

Does your swimming pool need a makeover?

Well look no further… Robust Pools has the solution to your Swimming Pool blues. Since 1988, Robust Pools has been providing families in and around KZN with “a lifetime of fun”. We specialize in New Pools and Renovations. Different Types of Repairs and Renovations: Fibreglass linings Marble plaster Filter systems Paving and water features General pool repairs and renovations Insurance work Fibreglass Linings: (3 Year Guarantee) Robust Pools fibreglass line pools as per the NSPI minimum requirements. Robust Pools use an Isophthallic Polyester Resin which is a specialized resin used in a wide range of critical applications where a tough, high performance, water and chemical resistant resin is required. This specialized Isophthallic Polyester Resin is used in combination with a layer of 450 g/m2 Chop Strand Mat ( glass reinforcement ) and a layer of tissue and a final outercoating of Isophthallic Pool Coat. Marble Plaster: (1 Year Guarantee) Robust Pools re-marble plaster pools as per the NSPI minimum requirements. The marble dust is imported from Namibia and the white cement from Belgium. The Marble plaster is mixed as a ratio of 2x marble dust to 1x white cement to form a white, water resistant plaster layer. Please note: there is no guarantee against the marble plaster staining. Filter Systems: Robust Pools specialize in the repairing of all filter systems including the PoolMaid. We carry a range of PoolMaid spares, including: Filter Bags Manifolds and diffusers Weir baskets Pumps – either spec or quality Paving and Water Features: Robust Pools have won numerous national pool awards for quality and is the only pool company to have on two occasions won the Prestigious Corobrik National Award for Excellence in Paving, so our paving and brick work is of the highest quality. General Pool Repairs and Renovations: Robust Pools does top quality pool renovations like re-sizing your existing swimming pool as well as repairing damaged and cracked pools. Insurance Work: Robust Pools is authorized with various Insurance Companies to carry out insurance repairs. Award Winning Service: Robust Pools have numerous NSPI Awards have also been issued with a Silver Long Service Certificate in recognition of 20 years of loyal service to the NSPI KZN Chapter.

5 Reasons to install a Swimming Pool in your back yard.

5 Reasons to install a Swimming Pool in your back yard. Having your own, private pool is a dream come true for most people. Even though they all want it for different reasons, it doesnt diminish their desire even one bit. Some believe that having a pool in your back yard is a matter of luxury and prestige when there is in fact, a lot more to it. With this in mind, here are 5 key reasons why installing a swimming pool in your own back yard may be a great idea… 1. Good for your fitness Most people don’t know this but swimming is one of the best cardio exercises out there. In fact, some people even consider swimming to be superior to running. The major reason behind this is the fact that swimming is a lot safer. While you run, your knees and feet are under a lot of pressure. Combine this with uneven terrain and bad running shoes and what you get is an injury just waiting to happen. On the other hand, swimming is not only an effective but also completely safe method of shaping up. 2. No more crowds The greatest downside of swimming, is having to deal with crowds and work hours, every time you feel like going for a swim at a public pool. By installing your own swimming pool you can completely forget about this inconvenience. Sure, it might not be the most cost-effective idea ever but not everything in life can be measured in hard currency. Sometimes it’s worth spending a bit more to give yourself these small luxuries. 3. Raises the price of your property Regardless of how much your property may be worth now, once you install a swimming pool in your back yard its price will sky rocket. You may not have the intention of selling your family home but you never know what tomorrow may bring. If you do decide to sell your property, the presence of a beautifully constructed pool will increase its price so much that it will more than cover any costs of the pools construction. 4. Great entertainment On those hot summer days, there is literally no better entertainment than to go swimming in one of those amazing fiberglass pools or to even just chill next to it. So why not utilize your pool area by installing a fabulous fountain or water feature, a wooden deck or even a beautiful braai area. Add a few pieces of outdoor furniture you are ready to go. For the final touch, you could install an awning or lapa and protect your sitting area from the harmful sun rays and UV light that they contain. 5. Kids love it Finally, if you want to do something nice for your kids there is really nothing better than installing a swimming pool for them to play in. This is also a perfect place where you can safely and efficiently teach your kids to swim. Naturally you need to teach them to respect the pool first and warn younger kids never to play around the pool without adult supervision. Stay tuned for our upcoming pool safety article. In the end there are so many reasons for you to install a swimming pool in your back yard and not a single one against it. It would be foolish to let an opportunity like this slide. Building a beautiful pool will certainly be a decision that you will never come to regret. Contact Robust Pools for more information about installing a pool in your back yard! Original Article was sourced from: http://thingsthatmakepeoplegoaww.com/5-reason-to-install-swimming-pool-in-your-backyard/

The Pool Safety Hazard You Don’t Know About

The Pool Safety Hazard You Don’t Know About The surprising and serious water safety risk most parents don’t even know to watch out for: faulty pool drains that can trap or injure your child.In June 2007, 6-year-old Abbey Taylor was swimming with her family at her local pool. But when her parents called out that it was time to go, they saw that she didn’t look quite right. Abbey stood up unsteadily from the kiddie pool, took a few steps sideways, and fell into the adult pool. There was no blood, but Abbey complained that her stomach hurt. It was hours later, after surgery for what doctors thought was a rectal tear, that her parents got the devastating news: Abbey had been disemboweled, her small intestine ripped from her body, by the suction from an uncovered pool drain. Although she fought for nine months through 16 surgeries, including a liver, small bowel and pancreas transplant, Abbey passed away on March 20, 2008. Pool drain entrapments can occur when a swimmer’s body or clothing become entangled in a faulty drain or grate, causing drowning or serious injuries. Pool drain accidents don’t happen often, but they do happen. Sadly, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says an 8-year-old girl has already been injured this summer. And a similar incident, which claimed the life of 7-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker (granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III), inspired passage of the Pool & Spa Safety Act, which requires anti-entrapment drain covers and other safety devices at public pools and spas. How can you make sure something like this never happens to your child? The CPSC recommends these precautions: If you own a home pool, make sure federally-compliant drain covers are installed properly. Also, check to see if yours was one of the 1 million recalled this spring. Inspect your drain cover regularly to make sure it’s not broken or missing. If you frequent a neighborhood pool or spa, advocate for regular checks by a qualified pool and spa safety inspector. You can remind pool managers that properly maintained drain covers are the law. If you’re swimming in a pool and don’t know if it has been inspected, it’s safest to keep kids away from drains, pipes, and other openings. For more information on drain cover hazards and pool safety, check out the CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign and Abbey’s Hope, the charitable foundation started in Abbey Taylor’s name. Original article was sourced from: http://www.parenting.com/article/pool-safety-hazard-you-dont-know-about

Swimming & water use in SA

Swimming & water use in SA On average, homes with swimming pools use more than twice as much water outdoors than homes without swimming pools. Many homes have swimming pools, which use a lot of water. This fact sheet provides advice on ways to minimise the water use of arid zone pools. The climatic conditions of South Africa that create high water evaporation are the same conditions that make a swimming pool so attractive: high temperatures and long summers. The relatively cheap cost of water is also a factor in encouraging households to fill up the pool without much consideration of water loss and water use. However, South Africa is a water poor country and we face severe restrictions around pool use, it is time to take some steps to manage the water use of the swimming pool. Evaporation What is evaporation? As we know from boiling water and seeing it turn into steam, a simple definition of evaporation is the process whereby liquid water becomes a gas and dissipates as the water temperature is increased.During summer, evaporation rates increase and the water level in the pool begins to drop rapidly. In a single day up to 300 litres of pool water can evaporate under the harsh sun, which is about 30 buckets. Over the year almost the entire pool volume will evaporate away if not topped up. Environmental conditions, such as humidity, wind, over-night air temperatures, and higher pool water temperature, all affect the rate of evaporation. The size of the pool is also a factor: bigger pool = more water loss. In different areas the rate of loss varies, but a general figure of 35mm to 45mm per week Refer: (Dr Jeremy Gibberd CSIR) during summer will be a clear indication. This is under normal conditions. Abnormal conditions will increase water loss drastically. Conditions such as: Heated pools Water features Pools in open windy areas Rim flow pools Topping Up Do you know how much water flows from your backyard hose per minute? The average supply is around 17 litres per minute. Topping up the pool everyday or second day in summer can work out to a lot of water: 17 litres x 30 minutes x 30 days = 15, 300 litres a month! Combine this top-up with water lost through evaporation (approximately 9000ℓ per month) and your pool’s water use could be up to 24 000 litres per month.Check for leaks – increased water loss or needing more chemicals are clues to unseen leaks. Pool Covers Pool covers work by insulating the pool water from wind and heat evaporation. Cover the pool in winter and non-swimming periods and lower maintenance costs and water loss all year around. Using a pool cover reduces evaporation by 90 to 95%. Pool blankets and “liquid” pool covers are not as effective but do still reduce evaporation rates by 40+%.The added benefits of covering the pool when not in use are: Reducing the cleaning time by preventing debris from falling on the pool surface Reducing the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool clean Backwash, Cleaning and Draining Pool maintenance must be done regularly to make sure that the water is safe to swim in, however there are ways to minimise the amount of water needed to clean the filters.Sand filters are common and require backwashing once every 2 weeks depending on circumstances. Only backwash until the glass goes clear – backwashing for longer will waste excessive amounts of water. Other filters can be manually cleaned. Cartridge filters are maintained by rinsing out and soaking in solution if needed and only need to be replaced every two to three years. Remember: Proper chemical balancing can prevent and cure most water clarity problems. Pools can often go 10 years without draining and refilling. Waterwise Pool Rules – to keep water in the pool: No bombing or excessive splashing Drip dry on the top step so the water goes back into the pool Ask pool users to top it up with a bucket so they are aware of the amount of water being used Only run pool fountains and waterfalls when you’re entertaining, as they increase evaporation Avoid overfilling the pool: the water level should be about half way up the skimmer box opening for the filter to function properly Think about lowering the water level to reduce losses from splashing Plant or install windbreaks around the pool as even light winds will increase evaporation rates Compiled by: GD Snygans Original article was sourced from: http://www.nspi.co.za/files/art-of-interest/23-articles/articles-of-interest/149-evaporation-swimming-water-use-in-sa.html

Swimming Pool Safety

Swimming Pool Safety A swimming pool provides an excellent space for backyard fun so you want to be sure it’s kept safe and protected for your family and pets. Most regions require inground pools to be fenced in, but experts recommend using additional safety systems such as pool alarms and pool safety covers to create layers of protection. But always remember: there is no substitute for constant adult supervision and staying within an arm’s reach of your child. The Medical Research Council (MRC) of South Africa consistently (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) lists the following as the three leading causes of accidental death in children under the age of 5 years: Motor vehicle accidents, where the child is a pedestrian Fires, such as shack fires Drownings What this means for you is: Since you drive your child around and you live in a middle- or upper-class home, the most likely way you will lose your child is through a drowning. 102 people died in home drownings in 2003 – most of them children aged 1 to 4 years. Your pool is a luxury, making it safe for your child is an absolute necessity. What Can I Do to Make My Pool Safer? The good news is, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to make your pool safer, but you can ONLY achieve this by adding multiple LAYERS OF SAFETY, in combination, to make it almost impossible for your child to reach or enter your pool, Jacuzzi or spa without you knowing. You should NEVER rely on only one barrier to safeguard your child. For example, studies in the USA show that children are twice as likely to drown in fenced pools because a fence creates a false sense of security. 70% of all child pool drownings occur in fenced pools. Thinking that you can maintain safety by keeping an eye on your child around the pool is another dangerously common mistake – made by 90% of parents and guardians of drowning victims in the USA. Even a good quality pool net is effective only if it is properly fitted and on! When the net is removed, other Layers of Safety must be in place to protect your child. NO semi-solid or solid cover is recommended for safety. In order to make your pool safer, you must use TWO OR MORE of the following Layers of Safety: A good, subsurface pool alarm to alert you if your child enters your pool without you noticing. A well-maintained, SABS approved fence, with a lockable, self-latching, spring-loaded gate. A well-fitted, good quality net that can hold your child above water over the entire surface of the pool. Door and gate alarms at the entrances to your pool area. You should also encourage safety-conscious behaviours, including: Never leave a child alone around your pool, even for a few minutes to answer the phone etc. Never allow yourself to be distracted while watching children around the pool. Learn to perform child CPR – lives can be saved by immediate, effective First Aid. As soon as your child is old enough, swimming lessons are a must. Take responsibility for your child’s life and add Layers of Safety to your pool today. Original Article was sourced from: http://www.nspi.co.za/files/art-of-interest/23-articles/articles-of-interest/46-how-dangerous-is-my-pool.html

Is Swim Training a Good Cardio Workout?

Is Swim Training a Good Cardio Workout? Cardiovascular exercise refers to the kind of workout that gets your blood pumping, raises your heart rate, boosts your lung capacity and burns calories. Swimming achieves all four of these with the added benefit of weightlessness that reduces impact on your joints. Cardiovascular exercise is only as good as the effort you put into it. Finding the appropriate pace while swimming can ensure maximum cardiovascular benefits. A Stronger Heart Because swimming allows you to feel relatively weightless and glide through the water, you may not realize the hard work you are performing. However, the movements involved with swimming, such as the breaststroke that requires you to propel your arms up and over the water while moving your legs, provide a challenging workout. These movements require your body to send more oxygen and blood to your tissues. The heart has to pump harder to accomplish this. Because your heart consists of muscular tissue, this increased pumping strengthens your heart muscle, improving your cardiovascular conditioning. A Quick Calorie Burn Swimming, regardless of the stroke you use to move through the water, is an effective way to burn calories. Harvard Medical School notes that in 30 minutes of swimming the backstroke, a 125-pound person burns 240 calories. The same person burns 300 calories in 30 minutes of swimming the breaststroke and 330 calories in half an hour of swimming the front crawl or butterfly. Better Than Land-Based Workouts While swimming, your heart beats an estimated 17 times less per minute when compared with working out on solid ground, reports the American Council on Exercise. However, this does not mean you are working out less strenuously or are taking away from your cardiovascular benefits. The heart is less taxed because you do not have to make impact with the ground. Additionally, swimming is an ideal exercise for those who experience knee, ankle and hip pain during high-impact exercises such as running. Swimming For Any Level If you are a beginning swimmer, the American Council on Exercise recommends finding a local gym or aquatics center that offers swimming lessons. A certified swimming instructor can teach you proper swimming techniques and various swimming strokes. If you are an intermediate or advanced swimmer, vary your swimming workouts to continue to challenge your cardiovascular system. You can accomplish this by increasing the duration of your swimming sessions or quickening your pace. Original Article was sourced from: http://www.livestrong.com/article/328069-is-swim-training-a-good-cardio-workout/