When the folks at Backyard Ocean asked if our family would like to try out a pool, it took me about .001 seconds to reply, “heck, yes!”. We live in Houston – and it’s basically been “summer” for a few weeks now. We recently moved into our new home, and although we have a spacious back yard, we decided against installing an in-ground pool at this time. Our kiddos are still so young and we value the green (read: RUNNING) space to play and garden. However, a filtered above ground pool, such as the 9′ x 26″ Float to Fill Ring Pool Set, is absolutely perfect.
My husband set up and filled the pool in less than an hour. We found a great spot for the pool in our side yard that is close enough to run the cord for the filter to an outdoor plug (the instructions recommend not using an extension cord). Since we don’t want our newly sodded grass to suffer, and seeing as set up is so easy and quick, we decided we can put up the pool for a couple days at a time and move it around the yard to different locations. The water came directly from our hose, so it was ccccooooolllllddddd, and only my older son and husband were brave enough to take the first plunge. The pool is plenty big for several adults to sit down and stretch out. My husband had just taken a long bike ride and was looking forward to a relaxing and cooling dip in the pool…as you can see that went well…
This will come to no surprise to you – but I am a nervous nelly with my boys’ safety, especially around water. I really appreciated the large and clear warnings printed on the pool so everyone has safety top of mind. According to the American Red Cross, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years. Understanding risks is so important. This article from American Red Cross‘s website is full of great information on how to understand the risks, maintain supervision, and respond to an aquatic emergency so you can have fun without the fear.
Backyard Ocean currently has a sale on pools through May 22nd and offers free shipping on orders over $100. If you are in the market for an above-ground pool, definitely head over to their site to browse through their large inventory.
Author: Candace Thomas
We received an above-ground pool free of charge from Backyard Ocean for the purposes of writing this post. Although I received this product gratis, my opinions are all my own – always, and my philosophy is that I only write about products I recommend. If I don’t love it, you won’t hear about it! xo