Pool School 2019

 

You’re Invited!

Think Spring with Grilling how-to, food, pool maintenance info, fun, and discounted chemicals!

The Swimrite Crew is so excited for this year’s Pool School because it means spring. is. coming. There’s been wayyyy too much snow this month and we’re especially looking forward to this event. Come celebrate spring with us! 

Learn everything you need to know about your pool maintenance and your Big Green Egg Grill at this event. Come early for a Big Green Egg grilling demo with Stu at 5:30 p.m. followed by our pool school class presented by Chip at 7 p.m. Bring Questions!

Don’t forget about the BIGGEST pool and spa chemical sale of the year. Stock up for summer! *Our Chemical sale is happening all day April 10th!

RSVP for this event by calling the store OR click “going” on our Facebook event (this way we have enough yummy food for everyone)! 

Pat & Nicole Reeve Get Their New Hot Tub!

The Best Mother’s Day Yet 

Pat and Nicole Reeve got a new Marquis Spa last spring and we were honored to be a part of it! Pat and Nicole have their own TV show on the Outdoor Channel called Driven With Pat and Nicole where they capture some of the most pristine shots in the deer hunting world. As the midwesterners we are, to say we were stoked to work with them is an understatement! 

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at their experience in the video below! Ty helped them through the process of choosing the perfect spa for them and their family and our delivery crew including Brad and Kevin got them all set up! Today and everyday Pat, Nicole, and their kiddos enjoy their Marquis Spa. Check out their page for updates!  

2018 – Mother's Day Surprise!

Pat teamed up with Marquis Spas and surprised me with a new hot tub for Mother's Day! I cannot believe how he was able to put this all together compliments of Cashton! We are so excited to spend some quality family time in this beautiful tub! Feel free to checkout: http://www.marquisspas.com/ and see all their awesome products!

Posted by Driven with Pat & Nicole on Sunday, May 13, 2018

2018 – Mother's Day Continued!

Well, the Marquis Spas hot tub arrived! After a week of anticipation, we were finally able to install the fantastic Mother's Day surprise! 😎😊Be sure to take a look at all the wonderful tub options at: http://www.marquisspas.com/

Posted by Driven with Pat & Nicole on Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spa School

Join us on Tuesday, October 2nd from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for Spa School! Each year the Swimrite crew puts on a Spa School. If you haven’t been to one yet, now is your chance! At 5:30 p.m. the Big Green Egg grill master, Stu, will be hosting a grilling demo. This will give you a chance to learn how to make specific dishes, ask any questions you may have and taste test the food! Following the Grilling Demo at 7:00 p.m. Spa Water Class will begin hosted by Chip, our Bioguard representative. Chip will walk you through how to properly maintain your spa water through all seasons and answer any questions that you may have. 

**On THIS DAY ONLY all spa chemicals will be discounted!**

Find the event on Facebook and RSVP today! Or better yet, give the store a call to let us know we’re coming! 

Grilling For a Good Cause As Seen On WQOW

As Seen on WQOW

7th annual ‘Ribfest’ continues to grill for a good cause in Eau Claire

 

On Saturday, people in Eau Claire had the chance to fill up on brats, bacon wrapped chicken and, of course, delicious barbeque ribs.

The 7th annual Chippewa Valley Ribfest, hosted by Swimrite, was full of grilling enthusiasts and local meat-eaters. What started out as a simple rib competition, has evolved into an event that’s fun for the whole family, with live music, taste-testing and fundraising for Feed My People Food Bank

“Our main goal for the event is to break the $10,000 barrier, which we got awfully close last year. Just shy by about $500,” said Ty Schoettl, salesman for Swim Rite.

More than 300 pounds of chicken and 200 racks of ribs were grilled up for this year’s fest. Thirty grill masters participated in the grilling competition. And like in the past, News 18 was a proud sponsor of the event. 

Leader Telegram Features 7th Annual Chippewa Valley Ribfest Competition!

As Seen in the Leader Telegram

Annual Ribfest Draws Cooks, Hungry Fans 

Joseph Combs said he’s been perfecting his secret barbecue sauce recipe for a couple years. 

However, he won’t share it with anyone. When asked where it is written down, he laughs and points at his head.

“It’s all up here,” Combs said. “They don’t want to know it anyway, so they don’t have to cook.”

Combs, of Neillsville, was among 26 cooks who participated in the 7th annual Chippewa Valley Rib Fest, held at Swimrite Pools and Spas in Eau Claire. Combs spent an hour Friday night making his rib sauce.

“It’s spicy, sweet, and a bit of tang to it,” he said.

This was Combs’ first time participating in the cooking event.

“I’m impressed. I have a feeling it’s only going to get bigger,” Combs said.

Combs said he put his ribs on at 9:30 a.m., and slow-cooked them for 3½ hours.

Ty Schoettl, sales manager at Swimrite Pools, said the annual cook-off started as a grilling competition and it grew. They’ve had as many as 30 cooks in past years. The cooks this year came from across the state, plus from Minnesota and Illinois.

“We usually see 1,500 to 2,000 (visitors),” Schoettl said.

The cooks all began making their ribs early in the morning, followed by judging, then they were auctioned off in the afternoon.

Last year, Rib Fest raised just under $10,000. Schoettl said the goal is to top $10,000 this year, with the proceeds going to Feed My People Food Bank.

Paul Bjorklund of Eau Claire said this is his fifth time competing in the cook-off, and he enjoys the camaraderie.

“It’s also seeing the different (cooking) techniques,” Bjorklund said. “It’s about coming up with the right rub and perfecting your sauce. It’s also trying to do better than you did last year.”

One year, Bjorklund tried something different, bringing a jalapeno-flavored barbeque sauce, but he admits it didn’t go over well with a few judges. He went back to a sweet, tangy homemade sauce with plenty of brown sugar and “a mild amount of heat.”

Dave Platteter of Arcadia was also participating as a cook for the first time.

“We’ll be back. It’s a fun time,” Platteter said. “It’s a good cause, and I enjoy cooking. Maybe I’ll pick up a tip or two.”

Platteter said the secret to his ribs is he slow-cooks them at 250 degrees, adding that it takes 4 ½ hours for them to be ready.

“Low and slow,” he said of the temperature. “It breaks down the ribs to be tender, and doesn’t dry them out.”

Feed My People Food Bank executive director Emily Moore was thrilled with the turnout Saturday.

“It’s impressive. It shows how much work Swimrite and the other sponsors do to make this happen,” Moore said. “We’ll use the money to purchase meat — which seems appropriate with this being Rib Fest.”

Michael Lawler of Menomonie was among the patrons who showed up to grab a big plate of ribs, listen to the live music, and relax while eating. It was his first time attending the festival.

“I love it. Don’t change it,” Lawler said. “They did a nice job.”

Contact: chris.vetter@ecpc.com

Black Friday Event

Join Us!

Give a gift that will “wow” them! To kick off this year’s holiday season we’re hosting a two day event! Stop by Black Friday or Small Business Saturday for special deals and some holiday cheer. Enjoy fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate while receiving 10% off all in-store accessories and chemicals! It keeps getting better…purchase a spa and receive a free cover assist or step! Keep up with us during this event here!

Need Some Gift Ideas?

We’ve got you covered!

  • Pool Tables & Billiard Accessories
  • Big Green Egg Grill & Accessories
  • Green Mountain Grill & Accessories
  • Variety of indoor & outdoor saunas
  • Patio Furniture
  • New & used spas
  • Shuffleboard
  • Yeti Cooler & Accessories
  • Pelican Cooler & Accessories
  • And MORE!

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Just got Easier

Recipe for Success

The holidays are the most wonderful time of year…right? Coordinating family schedules, prepping for in-laws, cleaning the house all while preparing a dinner that doesn’t totally suck. We’ve got you! Fire up your Big Green Egg and follow these recipes for Thanksgiving success.

Click here for the perfect Turkey!

Click here for a holiday dinner rolls recipe!

The grand finale! Click here for a killer pecan pie recipe!

 

Wipe Out Your Winterizing Wonders

It’s officially here!

Although closing our pools isn’t exactly what we look forward to every year, the time is here. It’s not easy to put a date on it because as you know, Wisconsin weather is unpredictable and we have some helpful tips for you to make the winterizing process as easy as possible.

  1. Be Timely – Timing is everything! The ideal time to close your pool is when your water temperature stays at a consistent 50 degrees. The longer your pool can be open, the better. Asking your pool water to hold chlorine for six months is a lot to ask, but don’t wait too long! Make sure to winterize your pool before the pool water reaches below freezing temperatures. If it so happens that your filter is still connected to the pool during this time, it’s important to run it continuously to prevent any damage.
  2. Avoid Leaks – If at any time throughout the winter you lose water, it may cause severe damage to the pool structure. Please note, damage due to water loss during the winter is not covered by manufacturers warranty. Please take regular precautions to avoid future issues.
  3. Proper Use– If you have a pool, you know how tempting it can be to want to use it as an ice rink during the winter. This is extremely dangerous and decreases the lifespan of your cover.
  4. Repair Time – Winter is the perfect time for repairs. We want to make sure your pool is ready for swimming come summer, so get those repairs out of the way now!
  5. Open Early – April may seem too early to want to jump in the pool but the earlier you open, the better. Again, asking your pool to hold that chlorine for six months is a lot to ask. Get it opened up and get it ready for summer.

We have a feeling that your winter is short and your pool time is long this year. So let’s do this! Follow these steps to ensure your pool is swim-ready come April! If you have any questions, call us today. Our crew is ready for you!

 

Keeping Your Pool Pristine

The holiday weekend is here!

We know your weekend will be full of pool days and more pool days, or at least we hope. Although our store isn’t open we want to prepare you for whatever comes your way. Here are some simple tips from our Swimrite Crew to keep you ahead of your pool water this weekend.

1.  Keep it Clean!

We are aware that there may be more traffic than usual in your pool and it’s important to keep it clean to decrease the chances of any sort of bacteria growing. Some ways to do this is to make sure your pool deck is swept of any dirt or other debris prior to swimming. Also use a leaf net to get rid of any floating debris before anyone jumps in as well, doing this daily will be a big help!

2. Test

With swimmers come lotions, sunscreen, bug spray and other types of oils. It’s important to regularly test your chlorine levels to make sure everything is balanced. More people equals more contaminants so be ready to stay on top of it!

3. Treat

After a weekend of fun make sure to treat your water! You will more than likely be in need of a dose of shock on top of your weekly maintenance to keep those water levels balanced.

 

Lastly, don’t panic! You are a kickass pool owner. After all, you were trained by the best.

We hope your 4th of July is full of nothing but fun! We are excited to see all the fun pool pics!

Don’t Let Mother Nature Rule Your Fun

Pool Heat 101

Wisconsin weather allows for some unexpected temperatures and last week was a prime example of that. With fourth of July festivities on its way, don’t let mother nature rule your fun! No matter what your backyard condition is, we offer a variety of options to ensure that your pool temp is enjoyable for any type of weather because trust us, the kids will still want to swim!

Here’s the lowdown on our available options for you!

  1. Solar Blankets
    • You’ve heard about them but how to they work? Solar blankets’ main purpose is to hold heat in the pool. With the correct use of a solar blanket, you’ll see temperatures increase anywhere between zero and seven degrees. When you receive your solar blanket, you will notice that there are bubbles on only one side. It’s important to know that the bubbles face down towards to pool to most effectively hold the heat in. Lastly, a solar blanket or cover is vital to any pool trying to hold heat. It keeps warmth from escaping throughout the night!
  2. Solar Heaters
    • Solar heaters are another cost effective answer. The solar heater strives during summer months when the sun is shining. Common sense, right? What most people don’t know is that if you don’t shut it off at night, it will cool your pool down much faster than it warms it up. So to keep the heat, you have to stay on top of it. With a little sun and attention, the solar heater will give you a seven to ten degree increase in temperature.
  3. Electric Heaters
    • Now it’s down to the last two. With an electric heaters it all depends on the size of the pool. The reason for this is because as the pool size increases, the efficiency of the electric heater decreases. It’s too much work to keep up with! Electric heaters will do the trick if you have a small gallon sized pool or swim spa, it just depends on the situation.
  4. Gas Heaters
    • Gas heaters are the most common type of heaters that we deal with. They can be spendy but they are worth every bit of it because they allow the pool owner to be in complete control of the temperature of their pool water. Especially in our area, they provide you the most useable pool season. Although they come with more regulations, they are the most effective type of heater. We call them “On-Demand Heaters”! 

We understand that everyone has a different situation when it comes to their pool. That’s why we want you to call us to chat about your pool to ensure the most efficient heater for your situation. Contact us today! We’re excited to hook you up.