As a veteran helicopter rescue swimmer and then an investigator for the United States Coast Guard, I’ve seen a lot of boating trips gone wrong. Accidents are accidents, but after twenty years on the job, I noticed that most of the things that get boaters into trouble are easy to avoid. With a little planning and preparation, you can dramatically decrease your chances of ever having to call for help. Consider the following before your family’s next day on the water to make sure the fun stays that way.
First of all, remember the difference between where you are going and what you are doing. “Fishing” is a “what” – if you prepare to go fishing and forget about the “where” you may find yourself in real trouble. So… Continue reading →
Delight Your “Chums” With a Jawsome Shark Week Pool Party!
The beginning of August marks the start of The Discovery Channel’s incredibly popular Shark Week, so why not invite your “chums” for a fun, shark-themed pool party to kick it all off? I’ve got a jawsome party plan that’s fun and easy enough for any host to sink his or her teeth into with something to appeal to shark bait – er, I mean guests – of all ages! Continue reading →
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.
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.
Event planning skills need a little help? Check out our tips so you can throw an amazing pool party! Continue reading →