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The Health Benefits of Swimming

The Health Benefits of Swimming
Swimming is more than a fun summer activity to help beat the heat - it’s one of the best workouts for your body.

2017 Poolside Reading List

2017 Poolside Reading List
When it’s pool season, nothing feels better than laying out by the pool with a new summertime read. To refresh your reading list, we’ve compiled some of our favorite summer reads for 2017.

Where to Take Swimming Lessons in Tulsa

Where to Take Swimming Lessons in Tulsa
Many organizations in the Tulsa area offer summer and year-round swimming lessons. We have compiled a list of lesson locations, as well as a map and contact information to help you schedule swimming lessons before they fill up.

Why Choose a Saltwater Pool Over Chlorine?

Why Choose a Saltwater Pool Over Chlorine?
While costlier than chlorine swimming pools, saltwater pools offer many attractive benefits. Not only do saltwater pools have significantly lower chemical intensity than a chlorine pool, but they also require less maintenance. The water is gentler on swimmers’ skin and has a surprisingly low salt content.

Which Pool is Right for You: Comparing Fiberglass, Vinyl, and Gunite Pools

Which Pool is Right for You: Comparing Fiberglass, Vinyl, and Gunite Pools
There are three different materials to choose from when buying and installing an inground pool – vinyl, fiberglass, and gunite. Each material provides a distinct pool owner’s experience. Choosing the right pool depends on what your vision and expectations are.

Comprehensive Guide to Poolside Plants in Oklahoma

Comprehensive Guide to Poolside Plants in Oklahoma
Landscaping can add so much beauty to a backyard space, especially for pool owners. Learn what plants thrive in Oklahoma and how to use them to create the backyard space of your dreams.

Special Features That Will Turn Your Pool into a Backyard Oasis

Special Features That Will Turn Your Pool into a Backyard Oasis
Whether you want to use your pool to entertain your family and friends, or want a quiet place to escape and relax, we aim to create the right ambiance for your unique needs. Incorporating custom-designed special features into your pool is the perfect way to turn a simple concept into a backyard oasis.

Breaking Down Pool Costs

Breaking Down Pool Costs
For many, purchasing an inground pool can be overwhelming due to confusing bills, hidden costs, and ongoing expenses. At Blue Haven Pools & Spas, we want our customers to be financially in-the-know before we ever start construction on a new pool. We’ve outlined the full breakdown of costs for purchasing, installing, and maintaining an inground pool in Tulsa to help you prepare for the financial commitment of purchasing a pool from start to finish.

Employee Spotlight: Brendan Schmidt

Employee Spotlight: Brendan Schmidt
When designing a pool, many people focus on aesthetic alone. However, there is so much more to it than that. Designing a custom pool involves overall appearance, high quality materials, equipment, plumbing, and structural design. That’s why it’s important to work with a pool designer who you can trust. In this Employee Spotlight, Brendan Schmidt, a pool designer at Blue Haven Tulsa, offers a few insider tips on how to design a pool you will enjoy for years to come.

The Complete Checklist for Pool Care in a Storm

The Complete Checklist for Pool Care in a Storm
Oklahoma weather is often unpredictable and harsh. The high winds and flooding that accompany severe storms can contaminate your pool with dirt, debris, and bacteria. Proper care is imperative to keep your pool clean and damage-free. We’ve outlined the steps you can take to prepare for both winter storms and thunderstorms to help you keep your pool in top condition.

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Hot Tub this Fall

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Hot Tub this Fall
Fall is in the air. As the weather cools down, and we don our cable knit sweaters and sip our pumpkin spiced lattes, we say goodbye to hot summer days by the pool.
Not so fast! It may be too cool for the pool, but fall is the perfect time to enjoy your hot tub before closing up shop for the winter.

Choosing the Perfect Pool Cover

Choosing the Perfect Pool Cover
Pool covers can help save money, provide safety, or protect against chilly months. We’ll highlight winter covers, safety pool covers, automatic covers, solar covers, and thermal pool covers and what their benefits and uses are so pool owners can be better informed before purchasing one.

The 5 Best Pool Smartphone Apps

The 5 Best Pool Smartphone Apps
Below we’ll highlight the five best pool smartphone apps to control and maintain your pool or hot tub, and one we think everyone should have – especially if they have little ones running around.

The 7 Best Pool Workouts

The 7 Best Pool Workouts
Every four years the world is glued to their TVs, cell phones or web browsers to cheer on their home country and see the magic that is the Summer Olympic Games. This year’s events will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5 through 21. More than 200 countries will compete in 306 events in 28 sports.
To prepare for the Olympic Games, we rounded up the 7 best pool workouts so anyone can feel like they’re Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin or Jenny Thompson.

Pool Games

Pool Games
Splish, splash, it’s time to jump in the pool! From old favorites like Marco Polo or a belly flop contest, to ones you’ve never heard of like atomic whirlpool or F-I-S-H, we’ve rounded up our favorite pool games for you and your family to try out this summer.

How to Create Poolside Ambiance

How to Create Poolside Ambiance
Whether the pool is a gathering place for the family, a fun destination for grandkids, or a great party place for friends, it is one of the central hubs of the home. To make the most of that time outdoors, creating the right poolside ambiance is a must. How do you do it? Read on to find out four popular ways to turn your pool area into a true oasis!

Hot Tub Maintenance

Hot Tub Maintenance
Much like having a pool, hot tubs aren't just all fun and games - you have to take care of them properly. So what's involved in a good hot tub maintenance plan? We break it down below:

Family Events in Tulsa - Summer 2016

Family Events in Tulsa - Summer 2016
Summer is here and what better way to spend it than at some of the great events in Tulsa and its surrounding communities. From concerts, festivals, arts, culture and sporting events, there’s plenty to see and do while the kiddos are out of school.

Poolside: The Complete Series

Poolside: The Complete Series
Last year, we created a “poolside” blog series that covered everything from books to read poolside, music, food and more. To celebrate summer’s arrival, we turned the series into a handy PDF guide for you to download and enjoy.

Seasonal Inground Pool Maintenance in Oklahoma

Seasonal Inground Pool Maintenance in Oklahoma
An inground pool is a great investment - not only for your property value but in the enjoyment of your home. But like any good investment, it requires upkeep and maintenance. If you maintain a regular schedule in cleaning and checking chemical balances, your pool tasks will take a fairly short amount of time.

Pool Party Themes

Pool Party Themes
If you're the one with the pool in the neighborhood, then your house is the place to be! Turn yourself into a super pool party host by having the best theme party ever to kick off the summer this year. Here are a couple fun ideas to consider.

Seasonal Savings: The Best Time to Buy a Pool in Oklahoma

Seasonal Savings: The Best Time to Buy a Pool in Oklahoma
If you’ve decided to install a pool on your property, the next major decision is to decide when to have it installed. A pool is an extensive construction project that can take a few weeks or a few months, depending on the project, the weather and your needs. Pools can be installed any time of year, but each season has pros and cons.

Tulsa Christmas Events Guide

Tulsa Christmas Events Guide
Pack up the family and celebrate the season by exploring all the holiday events Tulsa has to offer this Christmas! From ice skating to sipping hot coca while taking in one of the many light displays, there are plenty of events that will fill you with holiday cheer.

Prepping Your Hot Tub for Winter

Prepping Your Hot Tub for Winter
It's getting chilly out there! Jack Frost is going to be nipping at your nose in no time! With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare your spa system for the cold winter nights by draining and flushing your spa. Here are some great tips to maintain your spa for the upcoming frosty nights.

Fire & Water: Combining Elements for a Stunning Backyard

Fire & Water: Combining Elements for a Stunning Backyard
A simple addition of a fire element can cost just a few hundred dollars and completely change the look of your home. This not only makes your yard more pleasant for you and your guests, it can also add value if you decide to sell your home. The following ideas are some inexpensive ways to add a fire or water element to your home so your outdoor living area is just as pleasant as your indoor living space.

Natural Pools: What Are They and Are They Right for You?

Natural Pools: What Are They and Are They Right for You?
First and foremost, natural pools are made by using a membrane that separates the inner workings of the pool and the outside dirt, stones and plant life. It is possible to use the existing landscaping and add waterfalls and flower gardens as well as painted murals that mimic nature. If you can think it, you can build it. There are many images available on the internet that can give you wonderful information and inspiration.

3 Ways to Use Your Hot Tub for Halloween

3 Ways to Use Your Hot Tub for Halloween
All Hallows Eve is upon us – a time for trick-or-treating, carving jack-o’-lanterns, exploring haunted houses, lighting bonfires and, of course, costume parties!
So on this spooky night, why not add a twist to typical Halloween party by incorporating your hot tub?

Swimming Pool Salt Water Conversion FAQs

Swimming Pool Salt Water Conversion FAQs
You may have heard about salt water systems as a growing alternative for home pool systems. This system uses a special chlorine generator that can cut down on maintenance and related costs, as well as make your pool water less irritating to skin, hair and eyes. In most cases, converting your pool to a salt water system is fairly simple: Here are common questions about the process and what you need to know.

Swimming Pool Safety Devices

Swimming Pool Safety Devices
Swimming pools are a great way for your family and friends to beat the heat this summer without leaving the comfort of your own home, but certain precautions need to be taken. Whether you’re taking a belly flop from the diving board or playing Marco Polo, it is important to stay safe and prevent accidents and injuries. Most accidental drownings occur in backyard swimming pools.

Benefits of Water Exercise

Benefits of Water Exercise
Many people dismiss water exercise without taking into account the potential benefits it has to offer. The truth is, anyone interested in increasing their personal fitness levels, conditioning their body, boosting heart health, or looking for powerfully effective, low-impact methods of working out, may find water exercises are the most effective in achieving their goals.

Creating a Pool Maintenance Schedule

Creating a Pool Maintenance Schedule
One of the challenges of owning a swimming pool is the maintenance required to make sure your water remains crystal clear, but it may not be as daunting a task as you think. By following this simple guide you can enjoy your pool all summer long without worrying about bacteria or organic growth building up.

How Much Value Will a Swimming Pool Add to Your Home?

How Much Value Will a Swimming Pool Add to Your Home?
Planning and maintenance will help a pool add value to a home. Pools are an investment. In the right circumstances, the addition of an attractive in-ground pool can assist sellers and be a plus to the right buyer.

Poolside: Music To Enjoy at the Swimming Pool

Poolside: Music To Enjoy at the Swimming Pool
These tunes are perfect for the next time you’re partying at the pool or even if you’re by yourself lying on the deck chair catching rays.

2015 Family Swimsuit Trends

2015 Family Swimsuit Trends
Summer will be here before you know it, making this a perfect time to get new swimwear for everyone in your family. If you don’t want to settle for traditional swimsuits and accessories, go shopping with this year’s trends in mind. You’ll find a great selection of exciting options for you, your spouse and your kids.

Poolside: Drinks to Enjoy

Poolside: Drinks to Enjoy
This time our experts look at savory drinks to enjoy at the side of the swimming pool. Not all of them have umbrellas and not all of them have fruit in them, but they’re all very appropriate for the warm weather and lounging.

Poolside: Swimming Pool Cuisine

Poolside: Swimming Pool Cuisine
Everyone loves to eat and swimming and basking in the sun can bring on an appetite. Here are several dishes that make perfect poolside snacks and/or meals.

Poolside: Essential Gadgets To Use at the Swimming Pool

Poolside: Essential Gadgets To Use at the Swimming Pool
Here are several gadgets that are fun and safe to use when you’re enjoying a day at the swimming pool or for the next time you have an awesome pool party.

Poolside: A Guide to Furniture for Your Swimming Pool Area

Poolside: A Guide to Furniture for Your Swimming Pool Area
This time in our Poolside series we look at the creature comforts of furniture appropriate for use on the swimming deck or patio near your swimming pool.

Poolside: Books To Read While Lounging at the Pool

Poolside: Books To Read While Lounging at the Pool
In our Poolside series we give you tips on how to best enjoy your swimming pool, from reading choices to lights and speakers. This time we look select several books to enjoy by the pool.

Facts About Swimmers in the United States

Facts About Swimmers in the United States
How many people in the United States don't know how to swim? The figure might shock you.

Advantages of a Concrete Swimming Pool

Advantages of a Concrete Swimming Pool
A swimming pool is an investment that reaps great rewards, both in the value of your home and property, but also in the health and happiness of your family. But what sort of swimming pool should you build? There are three types of inground pools: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. Here's a look at the advantages of a concrete swimming pool.

Choosing a Landscaper in Tulsa

Choosing a Landscaper in Tulsa
So you want to transform your back yard in 2015? Or maybe you finally want to put a pool in and you need a landscaper to do some work first. How do you find a good landscaper in Tulsa?

Best Pool Designs for 2015

Best Pool Designs for 2015
It doesn't seem like winter in Tulsa but it is. We may not have a lot of snow and wind, but it's also not nice enough to be in our pools. But we can daydream about our swimming pools or the swimming pool we want.

The Healing Power of Spas

The Healing Power of Spas
In ancient times Romans would travel to a tiny Belgian town named “Spa” to reportedly drink from the mineral waters there that were rich in iron. It was thought that several illnesses could be treated by the waters in Spa.

Choosing a Pool Contractor in Tulsa

Choosing a Pool Contractor in Tulsa
Blue Haven Pools & Spas is proud to be part of the Tulsa community where we have served many customers and helped make their backyard dreams come true.

Is It Possible To Swim in a Pool Filled with Jello?

Is It Possible To Swim in a Pool Filled with Jello?
Everyone loves crazy science questions. Will a bullet shot in the air hurt you when it comes back to earth? (It probably would.) “What would happen to the rotation of the earth if everyone in the world jumped in the air at once?” (Not much, even if they were all grouped in an area as tightly as possible.)

Tulsa Family Events Guide for November

Tulsa Family Events Guide for November
So you’ve winterized your swimming pool and the backyard is quieting down. Now what? There are lots of great family activities this fall in Oklahoma. Here’s a guide to family-friendly events in and around Tulsa in November.

Swimming Pool Buyers' Guide

Swimming Pool Buyers' Guide
Most of us will buy a few cars in our lifetime, and many of us will also buy a home or two. But you probably never thought about the process of buying a pool, or at least few people have. It’s most likely a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.

What You Should Know If You're Thinking about Financing a Swimming Pool

What You Should Know If You're Thinking about Financing a Swimming Pool
It's easy to see why any Oklahoma City area homeowner (or would-be homeowner) would want to think about installing a swimming pool on their property. An increasingly popular trend in home improvement and renovation projects is adding or enhancing outdoor living spaces. With the hot Oklahoma summers, the prospect of relaxing and cooling off in your own backyard swimming pool is incredibly enticing. As anxious as you might be to turn your outdoor area into a resort-like oasis, there are a few impo

These are the 16 People We See at The Swimming Pool


It’s the weekend and you’re going to the public pool. When you arrive poolside you’re bound to encounter at least a few of these characters. Or maybe you are one of these people. 

How To Clean an Inground Pool

Man cleaning pool
It’s important to maintain your inground pool to extend the life of the pool, protect your investment, and ensure safety. Here’s a guide to cleaning an inground pool, which should be cleaned once per week at minimum. 

How Many of These Movie Swimming Pool Scenes Do You Remember?

 
We love the movies and we love swimming. How many of these famous movie scenes that took place in and around swimming pools do you remember? 

A Guide to Tulsa Public Swimming Pools

Two girls underwater swimming
It’s getting hot in Oklahoma, and that means you need to find a pool. This guide lists major pools, water playgrounds and splash pads around the Tulsa area. If you need to cool off, these water features are a great way to enjoy the day with your whole family. They may not be as nice as owning your own pool, but they are all safe, easy ways to enjoy the summer heat. 

7 Top Water and Pool Slides


Picture this: It's a steaming hot, mid-summer day. You've patiently waited your turn and now you've finally reached the very top of a giant water slide. You look around you, surveying the landscape for miles. You can feel the wind blowing through your hair and your skin tingles with anticipation. In an instant, you take the leap.

Building a Pool? Here’s What You Need to Know Before Diving In


Owning a swimming pool can bring a lot of joy to its owners, as it improves the appearance of your property and helps make classic summertime traditions – barbecues, family reunions – even more enjoyable. But before you get set to break ground on your new pool project, you should take a few steps to make sure you have your pool built properly and within budget.