Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pool Toys for Water Confidence

Mario Vittone - Water Safety Expert

Mario Vittone – Water Safety Expert

Water safety expert, Mario Vittone, has written a special feature article for our main website called Pool Toys for Water Confidence. Did you know that the best way to build confidence in the water is through play? In his article Mario explains how water fun helps children develop their swimming ability and build water confidence, he also gives some pointers on what pool toys to use to get started.

“Though I grew up on summer swim teams and went to more than my fair share of swim practices, I believe a great deal of my confidence and ability in the water was developed not when I was “learning” to swim – but rather when I was just playing in the water. I was learning how to be a better swimmer and didn’t even know it was happening.” - Mario Vittone

Click here to read the full feature article by Mario on SwimWays.com

Summer of Spring Float Giveaway

This giveaway is now over – thank you for your entries! Winners are listed below – please check your email.

Hopefully summer has finally made an appearance in your neck of the woods! It certainly has at the SwimWays brand headquarters in Virginia Beach, give or take a few rainy days!

You may have noticed that we’ve been quite busy redesigning SwimWays.com, so to celebrate the website relaunch we’re hosting a Spring Float Giveaway! Our Spring Float line consists of some of the most comfortable and durable fabric-covered pool floats you can find. The patented Inner Spring twist-and-fold action and included storage tote make it ultra-portable – so it travels with you.

Enter our Summer of Spring Float Giveaway for your chance to win one of three Spring Float prize packs. Check them out!

Spring Float (Mostly) Dry Prize Pack

  • One (1) Spring Float SunDry Lounger (Color/style received will vary)
  • One (1) Spring Float Papasan (Color/style received will vary)

Spring Float (Mostly) Dry Prize Pack

Spring Float Chillax Prize Pack

  • One (1) Spring Float Recliner (Color/style received will vary)
  • One (1) Spring Float Graphic Prints (Color/style received will vary)

Spring Float Chillax Prize Pack

Spring Float Socialize Prize Pack

  • One (1) Spring Float SunSeat – Blue
  • One (1) Spring Float Papasan (Color/style received will vary)

Spring Float Socialize Prize Pack

Like what you see? Read on!

Who can enter the giveaway?

U.S. residents of the United States and District of Columbia age 18 and older are eligible to enter the giveaway. (Read the Official Rules under the “terms and conditions” link under the entry form below.)

How do I enter the giveaway?

1. Enter your information in the entry form below. (See official rules – listed under the “terms and conditions” link just below the entry form – for alternate snail mail entry method.)

2. Increase your odds of winning by doing one (or all!) of these activities:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us how you plan to spend your summer.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, like us on Facebook, and Tweet about this giveaway.

Don’t forget to use the entry form to get credit for these activities!

When will winners be selected?

This giveaway is open from 12:00 PM EST on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to 12:00 PM EST on Friday July 5, 2013. Qualified entrants will be randomly drawn after the entry period concludes and will be notified within 72 hours. Winners will be announced here no later than Monday, July 8th.

Good luck! And don’t forget to tell your friends about the SwimWays Summer of Spring Float Giveaway by sharing this post!

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Give Dad the Gift He Really Wants This Father’s Day

by Tracy Kunzler

Sunday, June 16 is Father’s day, and it’s very important to celebrate dads, because they’re the ones who kill the spiders. A June 2012 survey conducted by RetailMeNot.com found that quality time spent with the family is the gift dads most want to receive on Father’s Day! The gifts dads said they least appreciate receiving are neckties and “#1 Dad” T-shirts. (I am guessing soap-on-a-rope would be up there too!) So, give dad what he really wants this year – quality time with the family! Following are three EASY celebrations (the name of this page is “Relax” after all) that dads of all generations will enjoy. (Of course, anyone named “Dad” will need to be responsible for eliminating any spiders interfering with the festivities!).

Golf Par-Tee

If your dad likes golf, this par-tee will suit him to a “tee!”

Menu

Serve this casual buffet on a table lined with artificial grass (found at hardware stores) for the look of a putting green!

Flavored “Tees”

Make up batches of a variety of flavored “tees” and “tee-off” with a “tee-tasting!” There are lots of flavored teas on your grocer’s shelves these days that you can either brew or make up from a powdered mix.

Journeyofparenthood.com

Via journeyofparenthood.com

Golf Club Sandwiches

Make up a platter of club sandwiches (turkey, bacon, lettuce tomato and mayo on a variety of breads), insert a golf tee into each in lieu of a toothpick, (we like the way they did this on journeyofparenthood.com) and voilà! Your theme-appropriate main “course” is ready!

“Chip Shots”

Fill foil cupcake liners (tin cups) with a variety of gourmet-flavored potato chips. Find liners in the bakery aisle of your grocery near cake-decorating supplies.

“Wedge” Salads

Good Clean Fun Wedge salad

Via goodcleanfuneating.blogspot.com

Remember this childhood and diner favorite? For a simple wedge salad, cut a head of iceberg lettuce into small wedges. Top each with your favorite bleu cheese (or ranch) dressing, chopped tomato, crumbled bacon, bleu cheese and a few slivers of red onion. Serve immediately. We found these pretty wedge salads on the blog “Good. Clean. Fun.”

Tin cup-cakes

Make dad’s favorite flavor of cupcakes in foil (“tin cup”) liners or buy pre-made cupcakes and set into foil liners (found in the bakery aisle of the grocery store.) Frost the cupcakes (if homemade), top with coconut colored with green food coloring or green jimmies to look like grass, insert a golf tee in each. If you like, use a dab of frosting as “glue” to adhere a white gumball to the top of each tee as a golf ball!

Gifts and Activities

SwimWays Pro-Chip Spring GolfThis tee-rific gift doubles as a party activity for dad! SwimWays Pro-Chip Spring Golf Game can be played on land or in the pool! The twist-and-fold floating target green opens and closes with a flip of the wrist. Game includes 1 floating golf target, 12 golf balls (3 red, 3 orange, 3 yellow, 3 blue), chipping pad, and 1 movable 18th hole flag along with a carry/storage bag. Assign a different color ball to each player in rotating foursomes to have a backyard golf tournament! Sold at various stores across the country or get it here. Other fun golf-related activities for your par-tee include playing croquet and ladder golf.