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Use Your Noodle Decorating

by Tracy Kunzler

Spruce Up Your Next Party with Swim Noodle Decorating!

When it comes to poolside decorating, think outside the pool and use your noodle! You can find pool noodles at major retailers like Target for all your decorating needs. Here are a just a few ideas to get you started with noodle decorating:

Pool Noodle Garlands

Make festive garlands by slicing pool noodles and stringing the slices onto twine! Not only does this make a festive garland, but it can also serve as a colorful, floating divider to designate or mark off the deep end for less experienced swimmers.

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How to Host a Pool Party with a Purpose

Have you heard about Summer Smile Splash? If not, it’s Operation Smile’s latest fundraising campaign and SwimWays is the sponsor! It’s a fun way to get your family and friends involved with a wonderful cause that’s close to your heart and the hearts of many more. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults around the world. The organization has a mobilized force of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from more than 80 countries who donate their time and talents, providing safe and effective surgeries.

Did you know that just $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery? Host a ‘Pool Party with a Purpose’ to spread awareness and raise surgery funds for Operation Smile so they can help even more children born with cleft lip or cleft palate. Simply visit the Summer Smile Splash web page to register your event and get started.

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Red, White and Blue Fourth of July Pool Party

by Tracy Kunzler

How to Throw a Fourth of July Pool Party

The fourth of July is an important, yet casual holiday occurring during the hottest time of the year, so why not celebrate it in and around the pool? Think about it – it really is the “poolitically correct” thing to do, and a truth I hold to be self-evident. And, since it’s a time to celebrate freedom, let’s liberate party hosts from complicated recipes and elaborate party prep! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this fun celebration for guests AND hosts! All men may be created equal, but all pool parties are not! Continue reading

Sun, Sand, and Waves – Keeping Safe at the Beach Part 2

by Mario Vittone

In the past five years, it seems that water safety organizations have done a pretty good job at raising the public awareness.  The news always seems to kick off summer with warnings about drowning prevention and warnings about rip currents, there are water safety day’s and awareness campaigns, and tons of messages out there about the safety value of learning to swim.  But a trip to the beach is more than just a trip to a really big body of water.  Keep these other things in mind the next time you head down to the sand, and have a safer and more enjoyable summer.

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