• Keeping Kids Safe in a Hot Tub

    Keeping Kids Safe in a Hot Tub

    Enjoying hot tub soaks as a family is a fantastic way to connect with loved ones, fun for kids, and effective relaxation at the end of the day. But if you have little ones, safety is always a concern. Check out this list below to make sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions this summer.

    Keep your hot tubbing fun and above all SAFE.

     

    1. Enclose and/or cover your hot tub

    Children who are too young to understand the dangers of water need barriers to accessing the tub when not in use, to prevent accidents. If your budget and space around the hot tub allows, consider surrounding it with a gate or fence. Putting up a fence with a self latching gate can ensure that your child cannot access the tub without your permission and supervision. Of course, at a minimum, you need a hot tub cover. Preferably lock-able, a cover will help trap heat/conserve energy as well as prevent curious kids from accessing the water. And make sure you explain to your kids that even if the tub is sturdily covered, playing on the tub cover is unsafe and not allowed.

     

    2. Stay vigilant with supervision

    An accident can happen in a matter of seconds, so make sure that you keep your kids at arms’ length supervision while they’re in the tub. Also keep them from fully submerging in the water, regardless of their swimming skill. And younger children, such as those under 5, should ideally be kept out of the tub altogether.

     

    3. Turn down the heat

    The max water temperature if kids are soaking should be 35°C (95°F), and the safest duration for them is 5-10 minutes. Also remember to keep kids hydrated while in the tub, providing water in water bottles or safe plastic cups.

     

    4. Educate kids on responsible hot tub use

    The usual precautions that apply to outdoor play should be emphasized here: No running, pushing, or horseplay around or in the hot tub. You can place slip resistant mats around the hot tub and remember to provide towels. And take care to keep hair, clothing, fingers, etc. far enough from the tub drains to prevent entrapment. Entrapment is when something is suctioned down into the drain and the risk of it increases with the strength of your pump. It’s a good idea to test your drains with a kitchen sponge for entrapment hazard, and remember to warn kids about this risk.

     

    With everyone on the same page about the dangers associated with carelessness in and around the tub, you’ll be ready to make summer memories with the family, with peace of mind for the safety of everyone soaking.

     

     

  • Building A Path To Your Hot Tub

    Building A Path To Your Hot Tub

    A hot tub is a must-have for any homeowner looking to create an oasis for relaxing and entertaining right in the comfort of their own backyard.

    Something we always stress to new buyers is the importance of placement when it comes to installing their outdoor hot tub. A hot tub is meant to be enjoyed daily, and to get the most use out of it 365 days a year, it needs to installed in a location that is convenient to access, and close to a doorway into the home.

    Creating a Pathway To Your Hot Tub

    Creating a pathway that leads from your house to the hot tub is not only critical for the safety and use of your spa at any time during the day or evening, it’s also important for ensuring the health of the water.

    Drudging through muddy grass or snow before entering into your hot tub will dirty the water faster, and increase the amount of time you spend on maintenance. That’s why we recommend including materials like brick, concrete or paving stones, as quick, clean solutions for connecting your home to your spa.

    And don’t just think about day time use! Add illuminating lighting to your steps and walkways to ensure easy access in the evening and night. We recommend using a mix of lighting sources, with solar-powered and low voltage lights intermixed with the utility focused path lighting, to create ambience and interest to the surrounding landscape as you highlight pathways.

    If you ever have any questions about hot tub installation or backyard design tips, please drop by your closest Beachcomber location and speak with one of our Hot Tub Experts.

  • Cheers to the Weekend

    Cheers to the Weekend

    There’s nothing better than long summer days and lazing pool side (or hot tub – side), with a frosty drink in hand. Check out the recipes below for some of our favourites, and avoid dehydration between hot tub soaks this weekend!

    Summer Drink Ideas from Beachcomber

     

    Tequila Sunrise

     

    Ingredients:

    2 tsp grenadine

    ice

    50 ml tequila

    1 tbsp triple sec

    1 large orange, or 2 small ones, juiced

    ½ lemon, juiced

    1 cocktail cherry

     

    1. Pour the grenadine into the base of a tall glass and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the tequila, triple sec and fruit juices. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
    2. Add a few ice cubes to the serving glass then carefully double strain the cocktail into it, trying not to disturb the grenadine layer too much. Add more ice if needed to fill the glass then garnish with a cherry on a stick or cocktail umbrella.

     

     

    Berry Splash

     

    Ingredients:

    50 ml vodka

    25 ml peach schnapps

    100 ml cranberry juice

    Dash of lime juice

    Ice

    Wedge of lime

     

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and a few drops of lime juice. Shake well then strain into a tumbler with extra ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

     

     

    Raspberry Fizz

     

    Ingredients:

    4 raspberries

    25 ml raspberry liqueur (such as Chambord)

    Champagne

     

    1. Put four raspberries in a mortar and crush with a pestle.
    2. Scoop the crushed raspberries into a champagne flute, add the raspberry liqueur, then top with chilled champagne.

     

     

    Melon Punch

     

    Ingredients:

    1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped into small chunks

    Small mint bunch, leaves picked

    500 ml vodka

    6 limes juiced, plus wedges to serve

    200 g sugar

    1-2 small melons (ie. ½ honeydew, ½ cantaloupe, and ½ watermelon)

    1 L sparkling water, chilled

     

    1. Put the cucumber and half the mint in a large bowl or jug, and pour over the vodka. Cover and leave to steep for at least 24 hrs or for up to 1 week in the fridge, stirring every few days. Strain through a fine sieve.
    2. Pour the vodka, lime juice and sugar into a larger jug. Stir well.
    3. Using a melon baller, scoop out as many melon balls as you can. Add them to the jug and leave to steep for 30 mins-1 hr in the fridge. Top up with sparkling water and add the remaining mint leaves just before serving with extra lime wedges.

     

     

    Pina Colada

     

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 cup ice

    1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen

    2 oz pineapple juice

    2 oz Coco Lopez coconut cream

    1 1/2 oz white rum

    1 oz dark rum

    Pineapple slices

     

    Blend the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark together, until smooth and frosty. Pour into glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.

     

     

    Keep safety in mind, and consider the use of plastic cups for your beverages. The Skimmer Tray Holder keeps your drinks floating safely while in your Beachcomber.

     

  • Getting Your Backyard Summer Ready

    Getting Your Backyard Summer Ready

    The summer season is the time of the year we cherish most. It’s when the days are longer, the family has more time to spend together, and when there’s no better place to be than outside! With the summer heat now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to make a few quick refreshes to your outdoor living spaces. Below are a few quick tips to get you started.

    Create the Perfect Summer Backyard

    Add in Colour

    There’s a freshness to the summer season that invites a strong use of bold, fresh colours to brighten up any space in the home. Nowhere can this be better used than in your outdoor living spaces. Colourful flowers and plants can help bring in a seasonal glow, with patterned pots and containers adding to the lightness of the mood. Another inexpensive solution is investing in brightly hued pillows and throws against your neutral furniture. This gives you flexibility throughout the year, and let’s you play with your design from season to season without breaking the bank.

    Prep The BBQ for Heavy Use

    Has your backyard grill been hibernating this winter? Before you get it out for a big summer BBQ, make sure you really wipe it down and give it a test run. Add BBQ storage for your grilling tools and a small table for prep work to create your own DIY outdoor kitchen, saving you multiple trips back and forth inside.

    Illuminate & Invite Conversation

    Lighting not only lends warmth and sophistication to an outdoor space, it also extends the time you have to enjoy it! Set up outdoor lanterns and string up bistro lights over your dining and living spaces to keep the party going after the sun sets. Another inexpensive solution is all-weather outdoor patio torches, adding a more natural illumination as you unwind in your own private oasis.

    Invest into a Backyard Centrepiece

    Every backyard needs something special to anchor the space. Think about how much room you have to play with and what would best satisfy the needs of you and your family to maximize the use you have of outdoor living. It might be a large dining room table and sectional couch if you plan on entertaining, a fire pit as a way to enjoy the space in more intimate surroundings, or if you are really looking for a showstopper for all year-round, an outdoor hot tub or spa will make your outdoor living room the only room you want to be in. While a hot tub might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer, now is the perfect time to start shopping, with easier installation and great deals on showroom floors before the fall models are unveiled.

  • Hot Tub Accessories You Need For Summer

    Hot Tub Accessories You Need For Summer

    In the middle of the summer, you might not always be thinking of jumping into a hot tub, but there’s actually easy ways to enjoy it all summer long, with a few adjustments you can read more about here.

    Here’s a few of the top accessories we recommend for summer hot tub use:

    Skimmer Tray Holder

    The Skimmer Tray Holder is the perfect way to keep a nice cold beverage safe and close by as you enjoy your hot tub soak. With three built-in cup holders, it’s a super handy accessory for transitioning deck drinks into your hot tub. Plastic, closed lid cups are always recommended for use in your Beachcomber, and while we can’t tell you what to put in them, always drink plenty of water before, during, and after hot tubbing (especially in the sun).

    Hot Tub Cover Protectant

    Your Beachcomber Hot Tub HEATSHIELD Cover is designed to enhance the beauty of your hot tub, so it is important to keep it protected against the harsh rays of the sun as well as against the elements of the weather. A hot tub cover protectant, such as Cover Care, can keep your cover looking spotless all summer long.

    ClearTech UVC Advanced Filtration

    Traditionally, hot tub water is maintained through added treatment programs to the water in order to balance and clarify. Beachcomber Hot Tubs has developed an easier way for hot tub water treatment, though our ClearTech UVC Filtration System upgrade. Harnessing the natural power of the sun’s UV light, this hot tub water treatment technology alters bacteria in hot tub water rendering it completely harmless and cuts down on your need for traditional sanitizers by up to 70%, while producing no harmful by-products as a result. Less chemicals, less owner upkeep, and even healthier water for you and your family to enjoy. There’s no better time to upgrade then when the sun’s UV rays are at their peak!

    Re-usable Party Cups

    Party Cup Express will let you custom print on re-usable party cups of all shapes and colours. You can shop by theme as well, for any event that summer throws at you. And for maximum spill proof safety, consider enclosed tumblers, with straws. The Hawaiian coconut cups available on Amazon, would be perfectly suited to a luau themed backyard gathering, and ensures that no fruity beverage ends up in your hot tub water!

    Spa Umbrella

    Your outdoor living space will feel more like an oasis if you create a sense of enclosure. In the summer, it’s also important to keep yourself and others safe from the strong rays of the sun throughout the day and into the evening. Adding a large patio umbrella provides flexible shading for you and your guests. Take it down at night and enjoy your view of the summer night sky.

    Towel Packs

    Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? But don’t rely on standard indoor towels for your hot tub and instead enjoy the warm embrace of Beachcomber’s 4 pack of embroidered hot tub towels to make every soaking experience enjoyable from the minute you walk out the door to the minute you step back inside.

  • BACKYARD DESIGN IDEAS FOR SUMMER

    BACKYARD DESIGN IDEAS FOR SUMMER

    Good backyards are functional. Great backyards are functional and beautiful. You can create the perfect backyard, reflecting both function and your own personal style, on any budget, by doing your research and making a plan. Here are a few tips for your own backyard dream design.

    Backyard Design Tips

    Layout

    Whether your space is small and intimate or large and spacious, think about the different zones for the various installations you have in mind and mark them out with tape during this initial design phase.

    Pathways

    Be realistic in how much you can fit into your space. If you are dealing with a smaller backyard, keep in mind that you still need traffic flow and pathways between the fixed items you are looking to include.

    View

    As you decide on the different zones for your backyard space, look at it from several different angles including your indoor windows. For the harmonious layout you hope to carry from inside the home into the outdoors, it’s important that you have a complete vision of what you will be looking at from various viewpoints.

    Take it in Stages

    Even if you’re on a budget and want to build your outdoor living area in stages, it’s recommended that you have the complete layout planned before you set-up permanent structures.

    Invest in the Long-term

    As you calculate your budget, think about the areas that mean the most to you. Certain landscaping details might be nice aesthetically, but over-allocating resources could quickly drain your resources. Investing into a quality table for outdoor conversation, and an outdoor hot tub that can be used by family and friends all year, provide incredible utility for your investment. Look at ways to dress up the details on a budget, while giving yourself the show-stopping enhancements you always wanted.

     

    Even if your yard is quite small, maximize space and function by setting apart specific areas. With a great plan in place, you can go ahead and get it done and be sure to plan enough time and resources.

     

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  • CREATING A BACKYARD OASIS

    CREATING A BACKYARD OASIS

    Your dream summer vacation is as close as your backyard. With the weather heating up, it’s time to start dressing up your outdoor living spaces and creating the ultimate retreat just steps from the door. Below are a few tips to get you started, on any budget!

    How To Design Your Backyard Getaway

    Think of your backyard as an extension of your indoor spaces

    Design your patio space like any other indoor living space when you are coming up with your concept. Think furnishings, lighting, colour, decorative accents, and overall design flow.

    Furnish for comfort & durability

    Today, there are so many affordable, stylish choices for outdoor furniture, it can be hard to know where to even start. Before you get overwhelmed by the selection, think about the main purpose of the space. Do you want a formal dining area with a table and chairs? A laid-back lounge with plush furnishings and accent tables? Start with the biggest pieces as you shop, and layer in accents later when you have the budget for it. 

    Ensure Shade and Privacy

    Your outdoor living space will feel more like an oasis if you create a sense of enclosure. Use lattice and landscaping to define the outdoor space and build privacy screens from the neighbours and inside spaces in the home. Add a large patio umbrella or a pergola to create shade to escape the summer sun. These can also be used to deliver focal points and separate your areas according to function, or provide transitions from one outdoor living space to another.

    Add Colour Through Accents & Planters

    Cushions are a great way to add comfort as well as infuse colour into your outdoor spaces. You can switch them up after a few years to create a totally new design feel, without having to spend a lot of money. When you are shopping, make sure you select cushions with an outdoor fabric that is UV and water resistance for added durability. Flowers and foliage are another way to add beautiful colours to your space as well as deliver privacy. 

    Invest In A Hot Tub or Spa

    For long, relaxing soaks at the end of the day, a hot tub or spa out on the deck is a must-have luxury. To determine the best location for the hot tub, consider privacy, access to the house, and whether you want the hot tub in the sunshine or shade. You’ll also need additional room for sitting and walking around the hot tub. Remember, a hot tub full of water weighs 2 tons, so it will need a foundation independent of the deck’s foundation.

    Outdoor Lighting

    You will want to enjoy your backyard getaway after the sun goes down. Include an array of outdoor lighting by starting with porch lights that illuminate access to the house and provide ambient lighting. For dining and conversation zones, candlelight, wall mount downlights, or dimmable electric lamps create a relaxed mood. Steps and walkways should be illuminated for safety. You can also use solar-powered lights or low voltage lights to add drama and interest to the landscape and to highlight paths. Combine a mix of lighting sources to make your backyard getaway a magical place after dark.

  • Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Ok, don’t panic – Father’s Day has crept up upon us yet again, but is still far enough away that you can plan accordingly to avoid getting yet another variation of the “#1 Dad” mug. (Not saying that he didn’t love those…)

    In advance of this Sunday, June 17th, consider the following three factors for gift giving success:

    Budget – As cliched as it sounds, it really is the thought that counts. If you’re on a budget or celebrating more than one special guy this weekend, think creatively and don’t despair.

    Type of Dad – Take into account the types of gifts that he usually puts to good use. If you gave him some sort of handyman tool for Christmas, but he struggles with changing lightbulbs, try something with a little more foresight for Father’s Day.

    Personalization Options — Whether it’s with an engraving or a monogram, personalizing a gift is a sure way to honor your father, and make him feel exclusive. Think of this as the grown up version of the handcrafted gifts you made him in school as a kid.

    Navy Seal Aluminum Wallet

    Considering that this wallet has ‘Navy Seal’ in the name, it’s safe to say that it will keep dad’s cards safe. An expandable track can hold up to 12 cards and the outer money clip will fit dozens of bills. Slim enough to fit in his front pocket, it’s also outfitted with RFID technology to protect his personal identity. And there’s a karmic bonus, as 5% of proceeds go towards the Navy SEAL Foundation, so he can feel good about his wallet upgrade.

    $84.61 at Huckberry.com

    Philips Beard Trimmer 7000

    With an astounding twenty length settings optimized for precision, this Philips beard trimmer could be the Rolls Royce of grooming tools. If dad’s beard has seen better days, you’re essentially gifting him with a path to self-improvement as well (so noble of you!)

    $55.99 (Regular $69.99) at the Bay

    Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire Cookbook

    In his new book, Chef Michael Symon gathers the best of his favorite BBQ dishes, all of which are surprisingly easy to make at home — even without a full smoker. From several different styles of ribs to a fireplace-roasted chicken to tips on best wood to use, it’s basically a BBQ bible, and can appeal to grill masters and BBQ amateurs alike.

    $34.48 at Amazon.ca

    Dark Chocolate Bourbon Bears

    Gummy bears that are dashing, dark and debonair?! If your dad has a sweet tooth, this upscale bourbon and dark chocolate version of an old candy classic could be just what he’s craving. The elegant box makes gift wrapping optional, and sets this as our best last-minute option.

    $38.19 at Sugarfina (Nordstrom)

    Beachcomber Bluetooth Speaker

    For a nod to the technophile or music buff, the waterproof Beachcomber outdoor speaker is an excellent outdoor entertaining solution, designed for use in the hot tub. It features a 6-watt output, carabineer clip, and a working range of up to 55 feet, and connects wirelessly with your smartphone and Bluetooth-enabled music devices.

    $99 (Regular $169) on the Beachcomber e-store

    Beachcomber Hot Tub + $500 Gift Credit

    Surprising dad with a hot tub is on the higher end of the gift giving scale in terms of wow factor (and budget). For the month of June, however, not only can you take advantage of a 6 month financing offer when you purchase a Beachcomber (no payments and 0% interest until 2019), but also snag an additional one week only offer — a $500 gift credit, available June 10th to 17th! Whether you choose to keep the $500 credit for yourself, or benevolently add it to dad’s gift (ie. to stock his Water Care supply), this is one gift guaranteed to be unforgettable!

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  • ENJOYING A HOT TUB WITH FRIENDS

    ENJOYING A HOT TUB WITH FRIENDS

    A backyard hot tub is a great place to relax and soothe your mind and muscles. It’s also the perfect place to invite over a friend or two to enjoy a soak together. Here’s a few of the reasons why you’ll soon be the best out of your best group of friends with a hot tub of your own.

     

    What A Beachcomber Hot Tub Offers: 

    It’s The Perfect Motivation & Reward

    Sometimes, the hardest thing is just getting started. While there’s plenty of ways to get outside and active at any time of the year, there’s some weekend mornings where even getting out of bed is hard enough. By sweetening the deal with a hot tub soak as the perfect reward, your backyard will be the perfect motivation for the whole group.

    Screen-Free Time

    You see it everywhere you go. A group of friends sitting together and staring down at their phones. We now spend more time with media technology than ever before, and that’s hurting the relationships we have right in front of us. Invite the group over for a hot tub, and give them the perfect spot to put their screens down, and really engage in a conversation while surrounded by warmth and relaxation.

    The Stress Relief Everyone Needs 

    The physical benefits of a hot tub are well known, with massaging hydrotherapy offering a great stimulus for relaxing muscles and alleviating tension, but did you realize a hot tub also offers your mind a whole host of positive relievers. Just 15 minutes in a hot tub helps calm your mind, promotes a restful night, and speeds the release of endorphins to naturally boost your mood. Spread the good energy amongst your friends, and give everyone a great jumpstart from their day or night!

    Enjoy Year-Round

    Even when the temperatures start heating up, you can turn the heat inside your Beachcomber Hot Tub down to enjoy even in the middle of summer. Learn more on how to use your hot tub in the summer.

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