11 December 2017
How to throw a great Christmas pool party
Christmas is almost upon us, and preparations will soon be in full swing. Alongside the more traditional Christmas parties, pool owners might be thinking of throwing a festive pool party for all their friends and family. However, pools require certain preparation for a larger number of people using it. A pool party will also mean more clean-up and maintenance afterwards. In this post, we take a look at what you need to host a Christmas pool party and what to do once the revellers have gone home.
Preparing your pool
In the week preceding your party, it's best to shock your pool to ensure the chlorine levels are perfect. This is a good idea for two reasons. The first is that it will mean your pool water is in the best condition for your guests. The second is that it will help maintain the right chlorine level even with the added number of people. Depending on the size of your pool and the number of guests, the same amount of chlorine will be made to stretch much further than usual.
Depending on the size and location of your pool room, you may wish to consider lowering the temperature of the pool by a degree. This is especially true of a smaller or enclosed space, since your guests will raise the temperature of the room by all being in that space together.
It’s a good good idea to avoid decorations made from flimsy or temporary materials, such as tissue paper. The condensation that may form on tiled surfaces will make short work of paper, reducing it to mulch. Plastic decorations are your best bet. They'll resist the damp and look festive all night long. Likewise, small Christmas trees and baubles will both work well. Though be sure to place the tree well away from the pool itself as you don’t want its needles in the water.
During the Party
Before your party, you should designate a lifeguard. This might be a family member or friend who is a strong swimmer, but you can also try hiring a professional lifeguard for the event. Safety is paramount for a pool party. If there are going to be any children or elderly people who might need swimming aids, stock up with party floats and other swimming aids. It will make less confident swimmers feel much more secure as well as create a fun atmosphere.
Pool maintenance doesn't end before the pool party takes place. Having been the location of an excellent party, full of all your guests, your pool needs some care and attention after the event. Chlorine levels have likely dropped. If left unchecked, the water may become the breeding ground for bacteria or even algae.
It's a great idea to repeat the steps you took to prepare the pool beforehand – shock the pool, then test the water to make sure the chemical balance is normal. If needs be, use a pool net to clear the pool of any debris that may have fallen into the water during the party. Check the baskets in case anything has been sucked into the filters. If a guest loses anything in the pool, it could be tucked away there.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season