APSP Presents Tips for Extending Summertime Pool Fun into the Fall and Beyond

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For most people, Labor Day marks the end of summer. But according to The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), summer lasts well into fall and, in some locales, all year long for pool owners who have a distinct advantage in being able to enjoy the fun, relaxation that being in and around the water offers.

For most people, Labor Day marks the end of summer. But according to The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), summer lasts well into fall and, in some locales, all year long for pool owners who have a distinct advantage in being able to enjoy the fun, relaxation that being in and around the water offers.

“From festive get-togethers to swim breaks in crisp and refreshing solitude, Labor Day can be just the start of a new season of enjoyment for pool owners. In northern parts of the country, many can defer closing their pools for a month or two, and in some places, the pool and spa lifestyle doesn’t have to end at all,” said Bill Weber, President and CEO of APSP.

The world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to both the needs of its member professionals and to the enjoyment and safety of pools, spas, and hot tubs presents a number of tips for extending summertime fun around the pool into fall and beyond:

Consider Some Practical Features:

1. Turn on the heat.

With an economical and energy-efficient heater, your pool can stay invitingly warm while the air around you cools.

2. Light it up.

From fairy lights on a fence or landscaping to more extensive built-in lighting, you can turn your pool and spa into an evening or early morning invitation for relaxation and refreshment.

3. Think solar.

A solar blanket draped across the surface of your pool can help trap the warmth of the sun for a more welcoming temperature for your after-work dip. If you’re thinking of more extensive renovations, consult an APSP professional for ideas on solar and thermodynamic systems to keep your pool at an even temperature year-round, economically and efficiently.

Create new traditions with poolside get-togethers:

1. Tailgate poolside.

Football fans can enjoy the pre-and-post-game party and halftime with a savory sampling of foods and beverages at poolside. For pool-owners with a big screen at water’s edge, the tailgating doesn’t have to stop when the team takes the field.

2. School Days Celebration

School’s back in session, so why not take a break from work and everyday chores to join other parents for a lunch or coffee around the pool. Early in September, even the most northern climates can still entertain a “grown-ups only” swim break.

3. Celebrate Halloween and Harvest

Throw on a hoodie over the bathing suit and take your spooky fun outside. Add some festive lights and decorations and your party will sparkle like refreshing pool water.

4. Add Boots to Bathing Suits

Pick the coolest (or coldest) month of the year for your “Boots and Bathing Suits” party. Dress it up or dress it down, depending on your climate, poolscape, and personal taste.

For more ideas on building summertime fun into other seasons of the year, visit APSP.org. To locate a pool and hot tub professional who can offer individualized expertise and advice, visit APSP.org/MemberLocator.

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About APSP

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.

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