Swimming Pools and Meditation

A swimming pool is the perfect place for serene relaxation, and the natural choice for the practice of meditation.

When rowdy kids aren’t splashing and yelling, you can find your happy place, in the pool. Try a swimming meditation, floating meditation or seated meditation.

Swimming Meditation

pool-meditation-3One of the great things about swimming is that immersed in the water, you can tune out the outside world, and tune in to the rhythm of repeated movement and breathing. There is a sensory deprivation while swimming that makes a mindful mediation easy to achieve.

Buddhist monks have practiced moving meditation for centuries, just walking. Swimming can be a moving meditation, focus on the stroke and your breathing, and let other concerns slip away…

  • Swim Slowly: Save your sprints for later, this is all about rhythm.
  • Count it Out: Counting your breaths, strokes or laps helps focus.
  • Breathe: Deeply, in through the mouth, and out through the nose.

Floating Meditation

pool-meditation-2Surrounded and supported by buoyant water, floating softly – either on a pool float or just by yourself, is great all by itself, but when you add a mindful meditation exercise into the mix, you are truly getting the most out of your pool time.

If you find a back float uncomfortable, you can tread water with a slow eggbeater kick and gentle sculling with your hands, leaning your head back so water covers your ears.

Rest the mind, focus on the sensation of floating, and on your own breathing. Breathe deeply, and when thoughts compete for attention, let them float out of your mind…

  • Back Float, in a Savasana pose, or arms out to the side.
  • Tilt your head back, allow water to cover your ears.
  • Cover the eyes, with sunglasses or a small towel to block the sun.

Seated Meditation

pool-meditation-1A shady spot next to any pool of water can be the perfect spot to practice meditation. Mixing in some pool yoga stretches can help keep focus, while concentrating on the pose.

A swim out or large bench can be the perfect spot to sit in chest high water. Sitting on the top step or the second step of pool entry steps is another good spot. You can sit on a yoga mat or a pool noodle, for rough or hard surfaces.

  • Get Comfortable: No need for the Lotus position, sit however you like.
  • Breathe Deeply: Long and slow. Try a few Pranayama breathing techniques.
  • Flowing Water: A small pool fountain, or set a hose on the edge of the pool.

Start slowly, practicing for 10 minutes, eventually working up to 30 minute sessions. Remember that it’s a ‘practice’, so don’t beat yourself up when your mind wanders. Gently bring your focus back to your breathing, letting other thoughts drift away…

With a smartphone or tablet you can download one of the many meditation apps available, for a guided meditation.

Get your Calm On, America!

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Polaris Pressure Cleaner Retrofit Installation

The Polaris pressure cleaner revolutionized automatic pool cleaning when it was introduced in the early 70’s.

Before then, pool cleaners were really just ‘stirrer-uppers’; they didn’t actually vacuum the pool. Polaris took the booster pump design advanced by Arneson, and attached a pool cleaner with a venturi vacuum.

polaris-380-cleaner-at-intheswimThe nation’s largest pool builders began offering a choice of a vacuum cleaner line, or the newer, pressure cleaner line. Anthony Pools installed thousands of “Antho-Sweep” cleaners, a private labeled Polaris 180.

Today’s post is about installing a Polaris pressure cleaner on an inground pool – where none has existed before. In a nutshell, installing a Polaris cleaner involves 3 Steps:

  1. Install or Convert a dedicated cleaner pipe
  2. Wire up the booster pump to a Timeclock
  3. Cut the Polaris hoses to proper length


Dedicated simply means that the pipe is used only for one purpose, to connect the pool cleaner. You need a pipe (or hose) that carries water from the booster pump to the cleaner.

Converting a Suction Cleaner Line: Older pools, or pools in a suction cleaner market (Hi, Florida!), may have a dedicated suction cleaner line that brings water into the filter pump. By cutting and capping the pipe that goes into the pump, and redirecting the pipe to connect with the Polaris booster pump, you can convert the suction line into a pressure line.

Converting a Jandy Ray-Vac Line: Sylvan pools and others often installed a low-pressure pool cleaner line, after the pump but before the filter, with a 3-way valve to divert water through the Energy filter and to the Jandy Ray-Vac pool cleaner. Cut out the Energy filter and cap the pipe after the 3-way valve. Install a Tee fitting in the pool return pipe, after all other equipment, and after any spa jet line, to supply the booster pump with water.

Installing a New Dedicated Cleaner Line:  The first thing to do is to call811, and have a guy come out to mark the property for underground utilities, so you don’t hit any power or gas lines.

dig a trenchDig a Trench: After underground utilities are marked, trench from where the booster pump will be located on the equipment pad, to a point midway along the longest wall of the pool. From the edge of the deck to the pool, you can either go under the deck and thru the pool wall, or over the deck hose installation.

Thru the Wall:  For this method, you continue the trench underneath the pool deck, digging a tunnel beneath until you reach the wall. Then use a rotary hammer drill with a 7/8” bit to drill through the pool wall to the other side. Slide a ¾ inch PVC pipe through the wall with a ¾” threaded female fitting on the wall side. Chip out the wall on both sides so that you can make a thick, rounded patch around the pipe on both ends. Inject an epoxy sealant around the pipe on both sides of the wall, and then pack it  at least 1” deep and 4” wide with hydraulic cement. Finish around the pipe with pool plaster mix on the pool side.polaris-thru-the-wall

Over the Deck: For this method, stub the pipe up out of the ground next to the pool deck, and use a 90° fitting just above the height of the pool deck. Using quick connect garden hose fittings, attach a short length of 3/4″ HD garden hose, to run across the deck. On the pool side end of the hose, a garden hose adapter and Polaris G-9 adapter is used to connect the Polaris cleaner.Polaris over-the-deck


For the Polaris pressure pool cleaner to be fully automatic, one of it’s best features, you wire it to its own timeclock, which is powered by its own 15 or 20 amp breaker. If you have a 100 amp sub-panel (small grey breaker box) at the equipment pad, you probably have enough juice to add a new breaker.

intermatic-timer-for-polarisFrom the booster pump breaker, wires connect to the time clock, and from the timeclock, wires connect to the booster pump. Wires must be encased in conduit with proper connection fittings, and the booster pump must be connected to the bare copper bonding wire. An electrician should perform the work, or at least certify that your work meets local codes. See the Polaris booster pump owner’s manual for specific wiring specs.

The booster pump timeclock should be programmed or set to turn on the pump, only within the time that the filter pump is operating. In other words, the filter pump should always be running, when the cleaner booster pump is running. Most Polaris pool cleaner timers are set to run about 2 hours per day.


Polaris cleaners come with 32′ of hose, which is more than is needed for most pools. To prevent tangling and improve performance, excess hose is cut-off or trimmed.

The first step is to cut the 10′ section of hose that attaches to the pool cleaner, to the depth of your deepest part of the pool. You can measure your pool depth with a Tele-Pole, and then cut off any excess. In other words, cut the clear hose to match the depth of your pool.

With the hose connected to the wall and the cleaner, stretch out the hose to the furthest point of the pool, and mark the point on the hose. Remove equal amounts of excess hose from the second and third 10′ sections to total the amount of extra hose. Slide the hose floats down and reconnect hose swivels, with arrows in direction of water flow.polaris-hose-schematic

It’s a bit of work to install a Polaris pressure pool cleaner where none has existed before, but not impossible! If you want the best performing pool cleaner, you have to work for it, I suppose.

Or call your favorite pool service guy to install your Polaris Pool Cleaner. You’ll save hundreds buying it online, and he’ll be glad for the extra work.

Ryan Dornan
InTheSwim Staff Blogger

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6 Ways Competitive Swimmers Develop Self Discipline

Learn to develop self discipline as competitive swimmers.
Competitive swimmers need self discipline.

Competitive swimmers need to worry about more than just buying the competitive swimwear brands they choose. Along with swimwear and competitive swimming equipment in Dallas, Texas, you need to learn how to develop your self discipline for better performance. These six tips will help.

Treat It As a Skill

Self discipline isn’t something you are born with or that is an innate ability. You need to work at it, just as you do with any other aspect of swimming. Natural talent has nothing to do with it. Work hard and you will be able to achieve self discipline.

Start Small

It’s impossible to achieve self discipline after just one day. You’ll need to slowly change your habits one at a time. You are more likely to be successful if you take things one step at a time, rather than trying to do it all at once.

Be Realistic

Most people don’t understand where they stand in the area of self discipline. It’s important to have a realistic view of where you currently stand, along with where you are aiming to go. It may leave you feeling like you are lacking, but it’s critical in the long run to help you reach your goals.

Work Hard

You work hard at developing your swim technique, but you also have to work hard at self discipline. It seems everyone is looking for an easier way to do things. When it comes to developing self discipline in competitive swimmers, there’s no shortcut to achieve your goals.

Be Accountable

You will likely go through daily battles as you work toward your goal of complete self discipline. Creating a structured training regimen will help you maintain accountability. Your coach may also be able to help you with this aspect of your training.

It’s Easier When You Love It

It doesn’t matter how much self discipline you develop, it will always be difficult if you don’t love what you are doing. If you are forcing yourself to swim, rethink your hobbies. You will eventually resent swimming and your coach.

In addition to looking for the best competitive swimwear brands and competitive swimming equipment in Dallas, Texas, you need to work on self discipline to become a great competitive swimmer. When you follow these tips, you will find your self discipline is increasing so you will be able to train more effectively.

If you’re looking for the best competitive swimwear brands and competitive swimming equipment in Dallas, Texas, contact us. We carry all the products you need to become a better swimmer.