Will Your Infant Really Benefit from Swimming?

When it comes to babies and swimming, the internet is divided. While there are some who love the idea, there are others who think it’s just not right to have infants start swimming when they’re a year old or younger.

But what is the reality? Is there something like “swimming too early”? Do kids stand to get hurt when they’re made to swim too young? Or does swimming help infants? In this article, we explore the world of infant swimming.

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At what age can a baby start to swim?

Contrary to popular belief, newborns aren’t born with the natural ability to swim, “because they spent 9 months in amniotic fluid”. A foetus floating in amniotic fluid is in no way similar to a person floating in a swimming pool.

 When you see videos titled “Newborn swimming” on YouTube, what looks like a baby swimming, is just the newborn’s primal fight or flight survival instinct kicking in. While the newborn can stay afloat for a few seconds, he/she won’t be able to really swim.

 Just as with any movement (such as walking), a baby human needs to be taught how to swim. It’s just that the way an infant is taught is different from how a school-aged child would be taught.

 But, in saying this, experts say that it’s perfectly safe to have your baby in the pool anytime between 3 months and 1 year.

How are kids that young made to swim?

Parental/guardian support and supervision are imperative for children this young. Your infant will not be able to raise his/her head out of the water until they’re 12 months or older. Even when they are able to, this may last only a few seconds or minutes. You’ll need to give their necks and heads support as you help them float on the water.

 Hiring a baby/infant swim instructor can be very helpful, as they can help your infant gain mobility and flexibility by moving their limbs in a swimming motion. They can also play simple and safe games with your infant in the water. This helps them strengthen their tiny bodies and also become more alert and responsive.

How does swimming benefit infants in the first place?

Swimming helps the infant’s muscular and bone development

The motion of swimming that you or an instructor make the baby do, can strengthen the infant’s muscles and bones. This can be incredibly helpful as the infant grows.

Swimming makes your baby’s brain more plastic and ready for higher-order cognitive development

Swimming requires the body to learn how to navigate a new environment that is completely different from what humans are normally used to. As a growing baby, your infant’s plastic brain will have an easier time coping with the changing environments and learning new ways to subconsciously deal with being in the water. As his/her neurons fire and build new connections, your infant’s brain becomes more powerful. His/her hand-eye coordination and mind-body connection will improve significantly. The infant’s ability to learn will also be significantly better. This makes your baby ready for more cognitively challenging tasks in the future.

Swimming improves the infant’s sleep patterns

Swimming relaxes the muscles and reduces any muscular stress your infant feels. You’ll notice your baby sleeping better and having longer periods of sleep after he/she swims. This is great, because when your baby sleeps, so can you.

Swimming reduces your infant’s risk of drowning

When you get your baby used to the water and start helping them mimic the strokes of swimming, you get them ready for active training when they’re older. This familiarity with the water will mean your child is less likely to panic in the pool when older. Plus, they’ll be equipped with the foundational training necessary to stay afloat, which is imperative to prevent drowning. In fact, baby/infant swimming instructors actually teach techniques to infants, where the babies subconsciously know how to save themselves from drowning. They roll onto their back, so they start to safely float until the parent/guardian gets to them.

Swimming improves the baby’s lung capacity

Since the infant is exposed to very short periods underwater (usually just 1-2 seconds), their lungs start to adapt to the new breathing technique. The infant’s lungs, heart and entire cardiovascular system will become stronger and more effective in circulating clean air throughout his/her body.

Swimming helps parent/guardian and infant bond closely

Swimming with your infant means you spend more hours than usual with your baby. As you hold your infant, the skin-to-skin contact between the infant and parent/guardian (specifically the mother), releases oxytocin in the body. This is called the “love hormone” by doctors because it increases feelings of love and companionship. Oxytocin increases the bonding between the parent/guardian and the baby. By swimming with your infant, you can set the foundation for a beautiful relationship.

Swimming improves the baby’s appetite

Since swimming engages all of your infant’s muscles, joints and bones, it can be tiring and hunger-inducing. You’ll see that after the swim your infant is ready for the breast or bottle and they won’t be too fussy when drinking either.

Swimming can be a great confidence booster and a personality developer

When your infant is able to swim from a very young age, it builds their confidence and makes them develop a healthy self-image. Additionally, if your baby swims around other children or adults, their socialization skills will also improve. Plus, they will want to be active and involved in family experiences. Overall, you’ll notice that your little one is shaping into a wonderful human being partially thanks to swimming.

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Have your own fibreglass pool installed at home and keep your baby safe and happy

Taking your baby to the public pool can be dangerous, because they may get exposed to numerous viruses, bacteria and fungi, which can cause infection and diseases. Keep your baby healthy, happy and safe, by having a brand new fibreglass pool built and installed at home. This pool will be yours to use anytime you want. You can make sure your infant is protected from germs, while also ensuring that he/she receives water time every day. You can also find great opportunities to bond with your little one and have wonderful family time as well.

 Doesn’t that sound lovely? So, get in touch with our team at Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand. We are experienced fibreglass pool installers. We can design a bespoke pool just for you, with proper safety tools and installations that will be ideal for your infant. Contact us for more information.

Why is Your Pool Warranty So Important?

There can be a lot of unforeseen and costly pitfalls in life. In order to protect yourself from these, you have insurance policies. A warranty works in a similar way, except it agrees to provide coverage for a product against unexpected losses or problems. Fibreglass pool warranties work the same way. Regardless of what type of pool you have or what elements you avail of, you can use warranties to protect your investment.

It is important to note that fibreglass pools are of high quality. Even though they are relatively new to the market, their reputation has been stellar. If you get one from a reputable contractor, the chances of problems will reduce significantly. However, this doesn’t mean that something unforeseeable might not pop up. Fibreglass pools are a big investment and you must make sure that you get coverage for any defects, wear, or damage. If not, you might have to pay a lot for pool replacements and repairs.

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Fibreglass Pool Warranties

In the case of a fibreglass pool warranty, you sign a contract with the licensed builder. If you want, you can get a structural warranty as well, which comes from the company that manufactured the mould. Depending on the manufacturer, this can vary. You have to ask the manufacturer and builder about what the warranty entails and what will be covered. 

A lot of builders will offer you structural warranties for more than a decade. Your pool will be microchipped to ensure that they can know the source of their problems and rectify it as soon as possible. With the microchip, they can pinpoint the exact issue that occurred on the exact day.

A pool shell warranty is different from your equipment and installation warranty as it comes from the manufacturer. It covers the internal shell of your fibreglass pool. Depending on the manufacturer, the warranty period might differ. Discuss your options with the pool builder and learn more about the warranty.

There will be some differences in the terms and conditions as well. You can decide what repair costs you want to include and those which you want to exclude. Your manufacturer will let you know the dos and don’ts of your pool. If not, you can usually find them on their websites. If you want to make sure that your warranty doesn’t get void, you have to stick to these guidelines. If possible, journal all the maintenance schedules.

What does a fibreglass pool warranty cover?

Most pool companies provide long warranties with the fibreglass pool. This is because they know that their construction method is of high standard and the materials used in the installation are of high quality. These warranties also cover several areas of the fibreglass pool. Here are some of the options you might have:

Osmosis warranty

Osmosis occurs when there are bubbles or blisters on the surface of your pool. When this happens, water penetrates the fibreglass. The warranty covers weakened pool structure, blistering, and peeling caused by osmosis or chemicals. It is usually offered for a period of 10 years.

Equipment warranty

There are a lot of equipment and moving parts in a fibreglass pool that are required for it to function properly. These components ensure that your pool water is clean and safe. Every part will have a different warranty from the manufacturer. Depending on each piece of equipment, the warranties will vary between 1 to 3 years. However, if you want to make sure that your equipment remains in top shape, you must follow every single guideline written in the user manual. In case your equipment gets faulty because you didn’t abide by these guidelines, the repair or replacement won’t be covered.

Structural warranty

In this form of warranty, you will get coverage for manufacturing defects. It basically guarantees your fibreglass pool’s structural integrity. Make sure that the warranty offers coverage for 10 years.

Internal warranty

The internal pool warranty is for when the fibreglass pool’s internal gel coat colour finish gets affected by weather conditions or fades away. It usually offers a coverage of 10 years.

Installation warranty

You need a pool installation warranty to ensure that you are protected from any installation defects. You usually get coverage of 2 years for non-structural defects and 6-7 years for structural defects. Read your contract thoroughly to make sure that you get the right coverage for the right period of time.

There are some other warranties that you might get such as plumbing warranty, pencil compaction warranty, and paving warranty. These warranties are usually for 5 to 10 years.

What to do when there is a problem?

The first person to contact after experiencing an issue with the fibreglass pool is the builder. They have years of experience dealing with the issues and will be able to help you. If you are unhappy with their service, you can seek information from the Fair Trading authority, and they can recommend a third-party company.

However, it is recommended that you get your fibreglass pool installation done by a reputable builder as they will be able to help you during a problem as well. With their help, the whole process, including the excavation, installation, and making sure that the pool functions optimally, will be easy-going and smooth. Their work will be of top quality, which will reduce the number of problems you face in the future.

In Conclusion

After the pool has been installed, you have to take care of it properly. With regular maintenance, your fibreglass pool’s longevity will increase and there won’t be as many malfunctions. For fibreglass pools, a comprehensive pool handover must be done. How well your pool works in the future will depend on the water balance and pH of your pool. You have to maintain the chemical balance or else you will be facing a lot of issues in the future. Also, buy a pool cover as it will significantly reduce the operation costs. Since the water won’t be exposed to sunlight or air, it won’t evaporate easily. 

So, we hope that this article helped you understand what pool warranties are and why they are important. Investing in them today will save you a lot of money and hassles in the future.

Is my backyard suited for a swimming pool?

There are many things you will need to consider regarding whether your backyard is suitable for a swimming pool. All backyards can be varying in terms of the layout, size, access, and the quality of the soil. Regardless of whether you have a challenging block or not, you should be consulting with an experienced pool builder.

It is even more important if you have a sloped block or restricted access, to work with a pool builder who is confident and has the experience in installing pools in similar yards. This is for your assurance that they can provide your space with the most suitable design. 

Not only are the rock and slope in your background things to consider when planning your outdoor area and dream swimming pool. The team at Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand can give you some more information and the options you can choose, based on your backyard. If there are any questions regarding the suitability of a fibreglass pool for your home, feel free to call our friendly team at Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand today! 

Installing A Fibreglass Pool On A Sloping Block: 

Our state-of-the-art technology allows our team to be able to design fibreglass pools that will fit into practically any backyard. A lot of new and existing homes are built on some sort of sloping land. When installing on a slope, you can build a deck or patio around the pool, to allow the entertaining area and pool to come together into an attractive feature for your home. In cases where the slope can be flattened with some extra construction work, the best option might be adding a retaining wall to separate higher areas of your yard to the lower ones. The most important issue to address when putting in a swimming pool, or any landscaping on a sloping block is the drainage. Drainage must be installed and directed away from the home, to avoid the water flowing towards it. While drainage is very important for all pools, it is even more important for a pool built on a sloping block, because if it rains excessively or there’s a leak in your pool, it can erode the slope and damage the foundations, or even worse- your home. 

The costs associated with installing a fibreglass pool on a sloping block is varied. Total costs will depend on the machinery access and the steepness of the block, plus the quality of the soil and if there is rock present. To save money and time on the excavation and earthworks, when installing a fibreglass pool, it is best to avoid the steepest part of the yard. 

Considerations For How Much Space You Need For Your Pool In Your Yard: 

  • Will you landscape around your pool? 

  • Do you need space around the pool for daybeds and other furniture?

  • Will you require privacy from your neighbours? 

  • Will you add features like a pool shower, slides or water features in the future?

  • Will you need a grass area for kids to play and pets to use? 

  • Is outdoor entertaining a priority to you?

Generally, a pool and its surrounds will occupy about 25% of the total area of your backyard. This allows you the additional space to be able to create an entertaining area or room for the kids. If you are worried you don’t have the space to accommodate a swimming pool, keep in mind that we have a variety of pools to suit all backyards. The smallest pool is our Plunge Slimline pool (4.2m x 1.6m).

A good tip if you have limited space, is to install the pool close to the house or fence, as this will make the area that you have look bigger.

Council Regulations & Utilities: 

In the early stages of the process to install a pool, check with your local council regarding any zoning, safety or building regulations that you will need to comply with, and apply for a permit. Each state’s rules are slightly different. The important thing you need to avoid is installing the pool over storm drains, power, sewers, and gas pipes, as this will be quite costly if any repairs need to be made. Your local council will give you information of the utilities locations, and your pool expert can make sure not to install the pool on them.

Also, the other regulations to keep in mind are fencing laws. Australian law states that every swimming pool and spa must have a fence around it. You will find it easier to organise the pool fence in your yard, even before choosing your swimming pool, because the fence you legally need might impact the size of pool you are able to choose. Also, keep in mind if your property is in a flood zone, as there will generally be a lot more engineering work that will need to go into installing your new fibreglass pool. Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand have many years of experience in the pool building industry and we assist you to ensure all legal requirements are made throughout the process. 

We understand that the decision to invest in a swimming pool is lengthy and costly, so we pride ourselves on being honest and open with communication throughout the whole process from beginning to the end. Hopefully, you have found value in this article, and maybe have even found some hope if you had previously felt that your yard was too small or too steep! If you are in the market of purchasing a top-quality fibreglass swimming pool and would likesome advice around the suitability of your backyard, then please feel free to give the team at Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand a call today so our friendly team can help you!

Can A Fibreglass Pool Have Waterslides?

If the main swimmers of your swimming pool are going to be children, adding a water slide to your outdoor entertaining area makes a lot of sense. Not only as a fun activity for your children and their friends, water activities like waterslides, will burn off all of that extra energy kids seem to have!

At Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand we don’t sell water slides. However, we can give you some more information about how in most cases, you will be able to install a water slide in your backyard. There are a few things to consider regarding the size of your block, the backyard layout and shape, as well as how much space you have around your pool. Plus, you will need to confirm access and location for the water supply of the slide. 

The benefits of having a slide are not only advantageous for the kids, but there are also reasons why the adults benefit too! Obviously, having a waterslide is fun! Adding a waterslide can take your outdoor entertaining area to the next level. Did you know that the sound of running water is great for mediative purposes? The water running from your slide can create a tranquil sound, especially if it is not being used by noisy kids! Just relaxing and listening to the sound of the running water can boost your mood. The water running off your waterslide creates a tranquil sound, even more so when it is not being used by noisy kids! Another benefit of adding the right water slide for your pool, can change the overall appearance of your outdoor area, and make it look more aesthetically pleasing. 

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What you need to consider: 

Council approval and insurance: 

You will need to check with the local council before you toy with the idea of buying a slide to get installed. You will need to make sure you are not breaching any regulations or safety codes. Plus, it is important to let your insurance company know you have installed a slide as it could affect your cover and premiums. 


There are many types of freestanding water slides which are suitable to be installed on your fibreglass pool. Water slides which are sold for domestic use will come in many designs and a variety of styles. You might like to choose a slide with a soft curve, or one which is full of twists and turns might be more your style! You could even go for one that is completely straight and let the kids get up to super speed for a big splash in the pool! Once you have chosen the style of

water slide you want you then will have to decide if you want it to turn right or left when entering the water! 


The most common water slides on the market are made from Polyethylene or acrylic. These are great choices because of their longevity and strength. The slide which you purchase must also be UV resistant. Otherwise, your slide can fade very quickly from being exposed to the sun. This will make it look old and can even present safety risks if the material cracks or breaks when someone is using it. Please be aware that if your water slide is made of metal, it will get scorching hot in the sun and can cause serious burns, even if water has been continually flowing down it. To make it simple- do not choose a metal slide! 

Colour, features and specifications: 

The most popular colour choice of waterslides is blue and tan. When you select the colour of your water slide, you need to find something that is going to match with the colour of your pool as well as your home. More important than colour, make sure you look at the safety features that the water slide you have chosen has. The slide should have a non-slip ladder, with strong handrails, and be constructed with salt and rust resistant materials. 

Water supply: 

A water slide can have its own water supply, by taking water from your pool to create a continuous stream of water from the top of the waterslide. It’s the same sort of experience as you would get from a slide at a real water park! A slide with its own water supply, is more fun as well as safer too. It’s safer because your legs won’t stick to the hot and dry slide on the way down. You can avoid the hassle of trying to achieve the same effect by having to use a garden hose at the top of the slide that will just get in the way. A water slide with its own water supply also saves on water as it uses water from your pool rather than the tap. You have control to adjust the water flow from a slow trickle to a rapid stream. 

Professional advice: 

As always, before purchasing your slide, it is recommended to speak to a professional first. A pool builder can assess your swimming pool and the surrounding area to offer advice on which style and design of waterslide would work best. If you have the space, it is clever to place your water slide in a position where it faces your entertainment area and house. Then you can keep an eye out more easily when the children are using it. 

Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand is all about creating stunning and luxurious fibreglass pools, while water slides are not something we install, we do, however, have extensive experience in the pool industry and our friendly team can offer helpful advice regarding waterslides. Give us a call today, and our friendly team at Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand are more than happy to help!

Why It's Important to Keep Your Pool Area Clean During the Winter Months 

The swimming pool can be your family's favourite place to hang out during the summer months. You're likely to find people splashing water, enjoying themselves, and having fun during the sunny days of summer. But this can change drastically as soon as the winter months appear. 

If winter has set in, there’s nothing to worry about since summer will arrive soon enough. But before summer comes back, you need to ensure that the fibreglass pool is clean, healthy, and ready for your family members to use. This is why it’s necessary to clean your pool from time to time, even when it’s offseason. Your pool will still need attention from you. 

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Why Maintaining Your Pool Is Important 

If you neglect your swimming pool during the winter months, then you’ll find that this is a mistake that turns out to be costly later on. When you keep your fibreglass pool water clean, you ensure that: 

  • The water health of the pool is maintained 

  • Health-related issues from swimming in the water can be avoided 

  • Expensive repairs can be avoided 

  • Pool toys can be safely stored 

  • The pool can be protected from damage 

Pool cleaning is both necessary and can help you protect your fibreglass pool. That way, as soon as summer arrives, using the pool is no problem. When your fibreglass pool is clean, you’ll find minimal growth of algae, as well as low debris accumulation. There are many other benefits to maintaining your pool as well. 

Cleaning your pool isn’t important just for the pool itself but also for the garden adjacent to it. You also ensure that the pool toys are maintained, as well as the trees that are close to the pool. 

Here is how you can keep your fibreglass pool clean during the winter months. 

Safely Storing Pool Accessories and Toys 

The first thing you should do is gather all the pool accessories and toys that won’t be used during the winter months. Children love their pool toys, and can spend hours entertained with them by the pool. You don’t want to have to buy new pool toys every summer, so safely storing the old pool toys is a good idea. 

You can also reduce incidents related to tripping over the toys and protect the toys from sun damage by safely storing them. Keep in mind that there are proper ways of storing these toys. If a toy is wet or has moisture, then it may develop mould and mildew. These are unhealthy for kids and bad for the toys as well. This is why pool toys should be stored in covered areas, such as a garage or a basement. This can also protect them from gathering dust or exposure to the snow. 

You can also consider using talcum powder as a way to protect inflatables from sticking together. This prevents damage as well. Store them in airtight containers. You can also think about cleaning the fences next to the pool. All pool accessories like umbrellas, chairs etc should be safely stored away as well. 

Maintaining the Garden 

If you want to keep your fibreglass pool clean during the winter months, then you’ll also need to care for the garden area adjacent to it. The trees will need to be trimmed. Falling leaves can also lead to a mess forming in a pool that is uncovered. If you cover your pool, then these leaves can gather on top of the pool cover and gather moisture. If you now your lawn and prime your trees, then you can prevent this from happening. 

Note that wet, rotting or soggy leaves have a tendency of being perfect for algae. You wouldn’t want an algae bloom in your pool, so keep the area around your pool clean. 

Taking Stock of Pool Chemicals 

Pool chemicals are needed to maintain the water health of your fibreglass pool. Any containers of pool chemicals you have can become useless upon the onset of the new season for swimming. This is why you should take stock to note what is useful and what isn’t. If any chemicals have become redundant, then you’ll need to discard them. Useful chemicals should be locked carefully so that kids and pets cannot access them. 

If you clean your pool area before the winter season starts, then this can save you a lot of work later on. 

Maintaining the Water Chemistry 

Chemicals used for pool closing are essential for keeping the water in the pool clean during the winter season. You’ll need to analyse the level of pool chemicals to determine the pH, the alkalinity, as well as the water hardness. You’ll also need to know how much free chlorine is in your pool before you can add chemicals to it. 

There are also winter algaecides that you can consider, as well as pool enzymes. These help maintain the water in the pool during the winter months. You can also visit a nearby pool store to learn what the best chemical options for balancing the pool water are. 

Cleaning the Pool Water 

Even if you and your family don’t use the pool during the winter months, algae have no such preferences. This is why you’ll need to maintain the water health of your fibreglass pool in the winter months as well. You can drain out some of the water and keep the pool covered during the winter. If you clean your pool thoroughly, then you can save effort when opening the pool during summer again. 

Consider giving your fibreglass pool a good scrub before you close it. Scrub the walls as well as the floor to remove any trace of algae. You can also think about making use of a leaf net so that debris can be removed before making your pool ready for winter. You’ll need to run filters as well so that tiny particles that could lead to the growth of algae can be cleaned out. 

Covering Your Pool 

If you cover your fibreglass pool, then you can ensure that the water is clean and that a lot of effort isn’t required when reopening your pool. You can also prevent problems like debris accumulating in the pool, algae, and even accidental falls. Having a pool cover also ensures that the rate of evaporation of the pool water is reduced and pool chemicals aren’t diluted. 


Taking care of your fibreglass swimming pool during the winter months is important, and it can help ensure that the water health of your pool is maintained. Use this guide to properly take care of your fibreglass pool during winter. 

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Can Fibreglass Pools Be Heated?

The best way to beat the summer heat is to take a dip in your swimming pool but what about the colder winter months?

Winter hibernation is natural for bears and bumblebees, not for your pool! Why neglect your pool in winter when you can use it with a heating system in place. Are you thinking if your fibreglass pool can be heated? Yes, it can be! 

It may sound unconventional but isn’t the thought of swimming in warm water on cold days exciting? Maximize your pool use when you have invested so much in its installation and maintenance. 

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Are fibreglass pools suitable for heating?

Fibreglass pools are the easiest and quickest to heat, and they also retain heat better compared to vinyl-lined and concrete pools. That simply means you save on your energy bills. A pool heating system can be a blessing on cold winter days. You can continue your swimming workout, relax those sore muscles, and enjoy some fun time with your family in the pool.

You have various heating options available for your fibreglass pool. The most effective are solar heating, heat pumps, and gas pumps. The heating system that is best for your pool depends on the size, frequency of use, purpose, climate, and availability of the sun.

Understanding different options for heating a fibreglass pool

To make an informed decision it is important to know all the pool heating options and their pros and cons. 

Solar Heating

Solar power is one of the cleanest and most effective sources of pool heating. It is a cost-effective solution and extremely popular among pool owners all around the world. As the name suggests, it uses energy from the sun without releasing any harmful gases that cause air pollution. This environment-friendly option may have higher instalment expenses but in the long run, it will save you electricity and fuel bills compared to the other pool heating solutions.

As solar heaters harness the sun’s energy to warm your pool water, the system works best in sunny regions. Placing the solar panels in the sunniest spot in your home, like the roof or backyard can maximise the benefits. Solar heaters are low-maintenance equipment and do not involve much cleaning. Solar heaters can increase your pool’s temperature by up to 2 degrees within a couple of hours on clear, sunny days. On days with a cloud cover, it may take longer than usual to warm your pool, but a solar heater will not fail to work on most days. 

If you are looking at pro-environment, solar energy, you have several options to consider. 

Solar panels can be installed on sunny spots like the roof or lawn. They are easy to install and usually come with a warranty. Solar panels are suitable for small and large fibreglass pools. The working system is simple. It involves a solar collector, a pump, a valve, and a filter for removing debris. The water moves through the filter and is lifted by a low energy consuming pump to the solar collectors. These collectors are heated by the sun’s thermal energy and pass the heat to the water. The warm water is then sent back to the pool. A flow control valve diverts water through the collectors.

Solar panels occupy a large area for installation. Their heating efficiency depends on how many panels have been installed. With more panels, the heating can be quick and efficient. 

Solar mats are blanket-like units suitable for heating small pools. These solar mats are heated up by absorbing sun rays. When the pool water is pumped through these warm solar mats, they successfully raise the temperature of the pool water. Solar mats come in different shapes and sizes to suit different pool requirements. You need enough area to accommodate solar mats. The process of heating is rather slow through this method.

Solar dome pool heaters are compact in design as compared to solar panels and solar mats. This heating equipment looks cool and is ideal for heating inground and above-ground pools. The piping used for heating and circulating water is placed in the domes. Ideal for use in small pools, dome solar heaters may require some extra energy to pump water. These domes require less investment compared to solar mats.

Solar heaters can also be used in combination with other heating systems on days when the skies are overcast. This will reduce energy bills and keep your pool comfortably heated.

Solar blankets look like sheets of bubble wrap that float on the surface of your pool to keep the water warm. These are effective in heating the pool water during the y and trapping the heat at night. You can keep the solar blanket floating when the pool is not in use and roll it up when you want to swim. These solar blankets can be cut to fit the size of your pool making them ideal for any pool. 

Pros Of Solar Heating

  • Energy efficiency
  • Environment-friendly
  • Cost-effective
  • Makes no noise

Cons Of Solar Heating

  • Reliant on the sun 
  • Takes longer to heat water
  • Initial expenses are high

Gas Heating

Heating your pool with a gas heater or a gas pump is the most expensive method of warming your pool. However, you can use gas heating equipment any time of the year to maintain a consistent water temperature. 

Gas heating systems are reliable and heat water quickly and effectively. The running cost is expensive. Many homeowners use gas pool heating equipment in combination with solar heating to save valuable dollars. 

Pros Of Gas Heating

  • Lower installation cost
  • Quick heating
  • Not reliable on weather
  • Ideal for small pools and spas

Cons Of Gas Heating

  • Not an environment-friendly option
  • Running cost is high
  • Best used as a backup in combination with cheaper and eco-friendly heating alternatives

Electric Heaters

As the name suggests, electric heat pumps run on electricity. They are popular among homeowners as a pool heating choice. Electric heaters collect heat from the surrounding air. The air is then passed over a heat exchanger and an evaporator coil. The pump sends water into a heating tank where it gets warm and is sent back to the pool. The continuous exchange of hot and cold water keeps the pool temperature at a comfortable level.

Electric pool heaters can make your energy bills jump high. These are good for places with weak sunlight. Ideally, running electric heaters as a backup in combination with solar-powered pool heaters can be a money-saving option for you. 

Pros Of Electric Heat Pump

  • Costs less than its gas counterpart
  • Helps maintain a consistent temperature
  • Ideal for pools that are frequently used
  • Effective in warmer climates

Cons Of Electric Heat Pump

  • Takes considerable time to heat water
  • Not so efficient in cooler climates

Which pool heating option is right for me?

As mentioned, every pool heating option has its pros and cons. You can choose any method to heat your fibreglass pool. However, before taking a decision you must consider these important things.

  1. Budget

  2. Size of your pool

  3. How often do you need to heat your pool

  4. Will you benefit from heating your pool?

If you are confused and cannot decide, the ideal option is to discuss it with pool professionals. They have the experience and the knowledge to guide you select what suits your fibreglass pool and requirements best.

Can Fibreglass Pools Be Installed Above Ground?

Always dreamt of having a pool in your home? Worried about your backyard being unsuitable for an in-ground pool? Don’t get stressed, there’s always a solution!

Fibreglass pools are the easiest and quickest to install because they are pre-constructed in factories. Apart from that, fibreglass pools offer several other benefits. They are available in a wide range of designs that can fit into almost any backyard. For properties that do not have a suitable layout for an in-ground pool, the next best option is an above ground pool. Yes, it’s possible!

Fibreglass pools can be installed above the ground. Placing your pool above ground can also be highly beneficial. Fibreglass pools offer great flexibility when it comes to installations. It is possible to install fibreglass pools either inground, partially inground, or above ground. Above ground fibreglass pool shells are thicker and fortified for extensive support. With the right kind of installation, an above ground pool can be one of the best great assets in your home.

We have lots of information that will answer your questions about fibreglass pools! Check out our blogs here!

Before looking at how fibreglass pools can be installed above ground, it is important to know all your options.

Inground Pool

Inground pools are the most conventional, classic pools that come to mind whenever you first think of installing a pool in your home. As the name suggests, an inground pool is completely submerged in the ground. To install or construct an inground pool in your backyard, it needs to be flat and spacious. An inground pool requires digging to create a cavity on the ground for housing the pool. Inground pools are the most popular but also the most expensive option. In an inground pool, the edges are levelled with the ground around the pool and are covered with tiles, stones, or other finishes. 

Partially Above-Ground

Not so common, partially above-ground pools or semi-inground pools can be an ideal option for properties with an uneven backyard that has slopes, and ridges. These pools are partially-submerged into the ground and a major part of the pool remains above the ground. These pools are not as aesthetically pleasing as inground pools as a part of the pool wall is visible. However, with modern design concepts, the wall can be hidden with decking or stonework. Some amount of excavation is required for installing partially inground pools. However, they cost less than inground pools but more than above ground pools. 

Fully Above-Ground Pool

The name says it all! An above-ground pool is defined by its name and stands completely above the ground. The shell of an above ground fibreglass pool is not sunk into the ground and that saves tons of excavation expense. However, an above ground fibreglass pool in your home does not mean compromising on the aesthetics. There are several ways to customise the pool surroundings to give it a stylish and luxurious look with disappearing edges. 

The best part about considering installing an above ground fibreglass pool is the cost factor. As there is no extensive digging involved, you can save thousands of dollars and get the same pool comfort in your backyard. 

Advantages of Above Ground Fibreglass Pools

The advantages that above ground pools offer make them extremely desirable. 


Above ground pools are much cheaper compared to inground and partially above-ground pools. If you opt for an above ground fibreglass pool, you can avoid a lot of expenses that go into excavation and installation. The pool quality remains the same, you do not have to compromise on safety or convenience if you choose to go with an above ground fibreglass pool. You can have unlimited hours of fun with friends and family and host poolside parties as you would do with any other pool.

If your budget cannot accommodate an inground pool but you desire to have one in your home an above ground pool can be your best option.


High-quality fibreglass pools are strong and durable. Even when installed above ground, fibreglass pool shells offer great durability due to their high tactile strength. Above ground fibreglass pools are constructed to be slightly flexible so that they do not crack easily and can accommodate minor earth movements. Long-lasting, and reliable, fibreglass pools offer structural integrity. 


Installation of above ground pools is the quickest as you do not require to wait for any excavation work. Your backyard will not be teeming with workers and machinery for months. Above ground fibreglass pools are convenient to install and will allow you to use your pool within just a few days. You don’t have to dream about hosting pool parties and relaxing in your pool for months. You can enjoy them sooner than you think! 


Many homeowners are not open to the idea of installing an above ground pool because they are worried about how a pool sitting above the ground will look. Most property owners are used to looking at inground pools and a new idea always does not appeal to them. You will be surprised to see how beautifully above ground pools can be customised and incorporated with the surrounding using various landscape features and finishes. A well planned above ground pool can be a statement piece in your backyard 

If your backyard cannot accommodate an inground pool, don’t get disheartened. Explore the possibilities of an above ground pool and the stunning options available will surprise you. What you may think will look out of place will turn into a beauty with professional help from your bool builder. 

Above ground fibreglass pools may not last as long as inground pools but you can enjoy them for ten to fifteen years or more depending on how well maintained your pool is. Above ground pools are great for homeowners who do not want to invest more and are not able to install an inground pool. Chat to our friendly team today about getting an above ground fibreglass pool!

Can Fibreglass pools be saltwater? 

Saltwater is becoming a very popular choice amongst pool owners, and a question which is often asked is “Can fibreglass pools be saltwater?”

Fibreglass pools are highly compatible with saltwater and is just another consideration you need to take into account when planning your new swimming pool. Alongside the shape and design, you need to consider which sanitising agent that you will choose to sanitise your pool. The traditional method of chlorinated pools will typically require more maintenance and is actually more expensive to buy than salt, although the initial costs of installing a saltwater chlorinator is more expensive than a chlorine system. When buying a new pool, more and more people are opting for salt water, and even people who are already pool owners are converting their chlorine system into a saltwater one. One of the main reasons for this is they are more economical and are not as harsh on the body. 

Wonder whether you should by a fibreglass pool or a concrete pool? Get the answers here!

What is the Difference Between Saltwater and Chlorine? 

Essentially both systems will sanitise your water using chlorine. However the salt chlorine generator converts the salt into chlorine using a process called electrolysis to remove the algae and bacteria and keep your pool clean. Salt is added at a high level to the water using a salt chlorine generator. The generator will directly convert it into chlorine to sanitise the pool. So you won’t have to worry about actually tasting a lot of salt. Swimming pools have salinity levels that are 1/10th the salinity level of the ocean. A chlorine system cleans your pool with concentrated doses of chlorine, whereas a saltwater system still maintains the quality of the water to the same standard that traditional chlorine systems do, it just uses less chlorine. 

Benefits of Salt Water: 


The chlorine levels are much lower than the concentration of chlorine, this eliminates exposure and contact to harsh chemicals. Unlike chlorine, with salt you can keep your eyes open underwater without having to worry about damage or have any pain. 

No Chlorine Smell: 

You will not have to be worried about leaving the pool smelling like chlorine. Salt water pools have very low concentrations of chlorine which aren’t harsh on the body. 

More Economical: 

Saltwater pools are more economical to run than chlorine. Salt is cheaper than traditional chlorine. Chlorine is around $150 a year whereas salt is around $20. 


The process of electrolysis in the saltwater system releases hypochlorous acid to help maintain a clean pool. 

Good for Skin: 

Saltwater is also known to feel softer and increases the ability of the skin to lock in moisture to help to nourish your skin. People with allergies or sensitive skin can use the pool risk free. Saltwater has no damaging effects on the skin, hair, or body like chlorine does.

Less Maintenance:

The chlorinator units make the chlorine automatically when the pool pumps switch on, maintaining a consistent level of chlorine. This means there is no risk of overdosing the pool with harsh chemicals and making it unsafe to swim in. 

Challenges of Salt Water: 


Saltwater won’t damage the interior of a fibreglass pool, however it can corrode components around your pool. Natural stone, plaster or other objects with metal parts can get damaged by the saltwater if they are near the pool. Also, if your saltwater chlorinator system is not looked after regularly, the salt can erode and damage your equipment as well. 

Need to Run the Pump More Often: 

The pool pump will need to run for a minimum of 8 hours per day, maybe even longer for larger pools. 

More Challenging to Balance the Water: 

Saltwater pools will typically require more effort to balance the water levels. Hiring a professional is a good idea, and checking your water chemistry levels on a regular basis, because mineral deposits can build up in the salt cell and inhibit the system from working to its full potential. 

Upfront Cost:

The initial cost of a saltwater system to install is more expensive than the traditional chlorine system. When comparing the two long term, there is not a significant saving either way. However, the chlorine system can last longer than a saltwater system as the salt places additional wear on the equipment. 

Salt Water is the Preferred Choice for Fibreglass Pools: 

More and more families are opting for salt water systems, as they also don’t want to experience the smell or the eye-burning that comes with traditional chlorine. Salt water will keep your fibreglass pool clean, and can even feel silky when you’re in the water. When choosing saltwater, you need to look after the area around your fibreglass pool. If you have concrete, equipment, or a timber deck around your pool, they will be subjected to splashing from the pool. Whilst these surfaces will dry over time, the concentration of the salt is quite high and can be corrosive to objects which have metal or aluminium fittings. Using fresh water to wash down these surfaces after you use the pool, will prevent this from occurring. Also make sure that the handrails that you are installing are compatible with the salt water system. 

While swimming pools can either use a salt water system or a chlorine system, it’s important for you to understand the benefits and challenges of both chlorine and salt water, so that you can keep your pool in top condition. Most people are familiar with the traditional chlorine pools, and now that salt water pools have emerged, it is fast becoming a popular choice for families. There are a lot of things to take into account when deciding on which sanitising system to choose for your pool, and making the decision ultimately comes down to the individual and which type they prefer best. If you want further information or advice, please reach out to our friendly team at Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand, and we will be happy to help.

Fibreglass Vs Concrete

Which Is Better and Why?

Choosing the right pool for your home is an important and life changing decision. It might be the biggest investment that you ever make to your home. When making this decision, the most common two types of pools in homeowners backyards are Fibreglass and Concrete. While concrete pools have always been a popular choice due to its durability and being able to be customised and designed exactly how you want, in recent years fibreglass has become a more increasingly popular choice. Fibreglass pools have significantly lower costs, are much quicker to install and are an extremely durable material. Let’s take a look at some advantages and disadvantages of both concrete and fibreglass pools. 

Concrete Swimming Pools

Advantages Of Concrete Pools 

Challenges Of Concrete Pools

A concrete pool is not going to be a great option for those who are impatient. This is because a concrete inground pool will need to be built from scratch, and this can take around three months to be installed, depending on weather and soil conditions. 

The process of installing a concrete pool includes excavating the pool hole, and then pouring in the concrete. Once the concrete is in, it will need to be sprayed and left to cure. The hard work like tiling, pebbling, paving, and the fencing and finishing details takes a long time as it is very laborious. You may be surprised that installing a concrete swimming pool could take several months to complete from beginning to end! Wind and rain will slow down or even stop your concrete pool installation as well. Keep in mind there could be further costs associated with drying out waterlogged soil, and draining all of the water out!

In terms of costs, concrete pools are more expensive than fibreglass pools, as they are built from scratch individually for each customer. Concrete pools are extremely strong and sturdy, but unfortunately, they are not compatible with all types of soils. If your soil is not compacted enough or unstable, the pool is at risk of sinking and slipping.

Algae is attracted to the concrete walls and floor as it is a porous surface, so you need to keep in mind that it will require more chemicals to sanitise the water and surfaces. Including more brushing over the walls and floor to clean away build-up. This is more apparent over the warmer months. Also, concrete pools will require an expensive resurface or acid wash every seven to twelve years. This can be messy, time-consuming and a very expensive process. 

The great thing about concrete pools is that there is more variety, you can choose from different shapes and colours and interior textures. Plus you can choose it to be painted or tiled or pebbled, however with a fibreglass pool you’re more limited with the design options. 

Fibreglass Swimming Pools

Advantages Of Fibreglass Pools 

Challenges Of Fibreglass Pools

A fibreglass pool is manufactured off-site, then delivered to your house and lifted into place. The full process requires soil to be excavated, and then once the pool has been installed, it will be filled with water and then backfilled with soil. The final stages of a fibreglass pool installation are connecting your pump and electrics like lighting and filtration, and any landscaping. Would you believe that this whole process could be finished within a week? This turnaround for installation is a lot quicker than a concrete pool.

Fibreglass pools have a smooth gel-coat finish and are soft underfoot. A lot of people enjoy swimming in a fibreglass pool because there is a lower risk of scraping yourself on sharp edges which you can find on the surface of concrete pools. Also, fibreglass pools will have warmer water as they retain heat compared to concrete pools.

Fibreglass pools are mass-produced, so while this means you can have a fast installation, it also means your pool won’t be a unique ‘one-off’ design. Unlike with concrete pools, which can be designed to suit any specifications. However, there are lots of added extras you can choose to customise a fibreglass pool like having an inbuilt spa, or a tanning ledge and even steps.

The hi-tech gel coating that a fibreglass pool has means it is smooth and non-porous and has less opportunity for algae or mould to grow. This is great in terms of maintenance costs, as it means minimised cleaning time and less chemicals needed to balance your pool. Also you can expect lower bills and energy consumption compared to concrete pools.

So Which Is Best, Fibreglass or Concrete?

While it looks like fibreglass pools have the winning edge over concrete pools, it is ultimately your choice, and you need to be comfortable with the decision you make. There are many Fibreglass pools on offer in an extensive range of different shapes, styles and sizes. Here at Barrier Reef Pools New Zealand, our team will be more than happy to assist you in any way we can, so reach out to us today for more information about how a fibreglass pool can be the newest addition to your home.