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Family fun time with the staycation revolution

By Veda Dante

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he recent trend has been that summers have been getting warmer while at the same time some people are feeling less safe on our local beaches – leading more and more Australian families to turn to their own backyard swimming pool for rest and exercise. In 2020 covid accelerated that trend dramatically and people became keener than ever to stay at home – and in many cases, they weren’t even able to travel for the summer holidays and relaxation. This has led to more families looking for ways to make the most of their holidays at home. Some are even taking tips from commercial and public swimming pools to look for ways to keep their children happily occupied and enhance the overall experience. After all, lazing around your swimming 30  SPLASH!  December 2020/January 2021

pool is more enjoyable when you add toys and exercise equipment to the equation. While pool noodles or floating chairs remain perennial favourites, more active products are also starting to find a place in the pool owner’s backyard.

Unprecedented demand for waterplay products

SR Smith is a world leader in swimming pool deck equipment and manufacturer of swimming pool products for backyards, community pools, schools, parks and world class aquatic facilities. National sales manager Jeremy Smith says the demographics of SR Smith’s end-users range from pre-school all the way to adult. “We are seeing unprecedented demand for pool slides, games, diving boards and in-pool

furniture this year,” he says. “Feedback we’ve received from our dealers is that customers are spending more time in the backyard as their holiday plans have been postponed. “Also, families are spending more time at home, and the parents and grandparents are looking for ways to entertain the kids and keep them outside and off devices.” Smith says their products cater for all age groups, providing many years of healthy outdoor fun for any family. “The benefits of being active are well acknowledged and we support an active lifestyle with fun and family being integral elements. North American research shows that the addition of quality waterplay products to a swimming pool will increase family time through a minimum 25 per cent increase in pool usage. Another important fact is that leisure products

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SPLASH December 2020-January 2021  

SPLASH! is the leading trade publication for the Australasian “wet industry”, incorporating the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries....

SPLASH December 2020-January 2021  

SPLASH! is the leading trade publication for the Australasian “wet industry”, incorporating the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries....

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