Shade Science, LLC Announces Pool Buoy, First Floating Pool Umbrella

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San Antonio-based company announces Pool Buoy, a floating pool umbrella, made of rust-resistant components and UV-rated fabric, that brings shade while in the pool.

The Pool Buoy is the first floating pool umbrella.

After years of development, we are excited to introduce a new and completely unique product to the pool industry, and to share it with families across the country who love the outdoors like we do.

Shade Science, LLC announces its launch of the Pool Buoy, the first and only floating pool umbrella. The seven-foot beach-style umbrella, made from aluminum and covered in UV-rated fabric, fits precisely into the patent-pending buoy. The specially designed weighted buoy is stable in both wind and waves, and the floating umbrella provides sun protection while floating freely in the pool.

Shade Science, LLC was founded in 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, but the idea for the Pool Buoy began in 2012. Founder Jeremy Sloan and his wife, Erica, purchased a home with a swimming pool and began spending more time poolside with their young daughters. With a strong family history of skin cancer, Sloan was inspired to create a tool that allowed his family to enjoy their time in the pool more responsibly. Sloan spent years refining the design, and with the help of industrial designer Matthew Lucero, the first Pool Buoy prototype was manufactured in January 2015.

“We built the Pool Buoy as a tool to reduce my family’s sun exposure,” said Sloan, Pool Buoy creator. “Once we started, we realized it was something that could benefit a wider audience. Whether you are hanging out with friends, unwinding alone, or having a family day at the pool, Pool Buoy is a perfect way to relax and enjoy the pool.”

The Pool Buoy is designed to be durable. The umbrella’s pole is made of aluminum to prevent rust. Heavy duty ABS plastic was specifically chosen for the main components because it will hold up to a pool’s chlorinated environment. The buoy is stabilized by a plastic-coated underwater weight, and withstands significant wind and wave turbulence without tipping. The entire unit weighs less than 15 pounds, and is designed to assemble in seconds. The unit can be disassembled and stored as needed. The Pool Buoy is available with umbrellas in two colors: royal blue and gardenia white.

“I am still shocked that this didn’t already exist,” said Erica Sloan, Director of Sales for Shade Science. “After years of development, we are excited to introduce a new and completely unique product to the pool industry, and to share it with families across the country who love the outdoors like we do."

The company launches a 45-day Kickstarter pre-sales campaign on Monday, February 16, 2015, to aid in purchasing a supplemental mold and to meet manufacturing commitments. The first products are expected to be delivered in late Spring 2015.

For more information about the Pool Buoy, visit the Kickstarter page at Kickstarter.com/poolbuoy OR visit http://www.mypoolbuoy.com, Facebook.com/mypoolbuoy, or find us on Twitter and Instagram @mypoolbuoy.

Media Contact:
Alyssa Smith
Shade Science, LLC Marketing Director
Alyssa(at)mypoolbuoy(dot)com
210-858-8205

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