Pool Slide - Find the Right One

by Pool Builders on 02-08-2008 in Articles

There are literally hundreds of accessories for any swimming pool, from basketball hoops and floating chairs, to beach balls and snorkels. But without question the single most popular accessory for any pool is the slide. And why shouldn't they be? Since you yourself were a child, going down the slide has always been a source of fun for children everywhere. Making the fun ride down the slide at a swimming pool seems like a natural choice. However, what kind of slide should you look for, and how should it be used? These are important questions to consider when looking for the perfect slide for your pool.

The first thing you should know is that there are many different kinds of slides. Some are designed for in-ground pools, others for above-ground. Be sure you're buying the right kind of slide.

In-ground pools come in two general makes: mobile and stationary. Mobile slides are those that you assemble and can set-up in about fifteen to twenty minutes. You can set them anywhere around the pool, and they are easily movable. When you're done with the pool, you can just as easily disassemble the slide and put it away in your shed until the next time you want to use it. A stationary slide, on the other hand, is a slide that is permanently fixed to the ground, most likely bolted down. Each type has their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, while mobile slides can easily be moved around the pool area, they are more flimsy than bolted slides. On an especially windy day, your mobile slide may blow over while the stationary is almost guaranteed to stay standing. Stationary slides on the other hand cannot move, and can get in the way when you're doing yard cleaning.

Above-ground pools, on the other hand, are almost exclusively mobile due to the nature of an above-ground pool, and how they are often times taken down at the end of the summer.

There are also many different styles of slides to choose from. While a straight, downward slope is all good and fun, a few twists and turns can add an extra bit of excitement to the slide down. Some slides can have you doing up to three rotations before splashdown, and almost all pool slides are water slides.

Safety on these slides should be first and foremost in both the construction of your slide, and the use of your slide. Many slides nowadays include enclosed tubes and deep, curved bed ways to ensure that there are no accidents. Tell your kids not to goof around while either climbing the latter or going down the slide, and unless the slide is at the absolute deepest end of the pool don't allow your child to slide down head first. Sliding head first into the pool is always a risk, as the child could hit his head either off the pool floor or a wall, or could sustain other neck injuries from hitting the water awkwardly. Making sure everyone follows the safety guidelines is always a wise decision.

Pool slides are a great buy for anyone looking to add some extra excitement to the pool time fun. Sturdy and safe, they can be used by the whole family. However, you should be sure to look for the perfect deal, and know what you're buying before you make any kind of investment.

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