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Freedom Pool’s Service Magic–approved team brings a decade’s worth of experience and a family-business friendliness to every pool-related maintenance, repair, and installation job its members handle. Their one-time or weekly maintenance packages involve filter cleanings and a rebalancing of the chemicals in the pool. They can take care of a variety of parts and equipment, from patching simple leaks to replacing broken pumps to inflating pool floats styled like R2D2. Their installation services help to cut down on pool-related expenses by reducing chlorine with a salt system or lowering energy consumption with a variable-speed pump.
A top-notch pool is essential to competitive swimmers' training needs. Fortunately for them, Calphin Aquatic Club was cofounded by Xiaohong Wang, who was named to the Chinese National Team at age 16 and eventually earned a silver medal at the 1992 Summer Games. Now a coach, she has a distinct understanding of why quality counts when it comes to swimming. To that end, the club's main Fremont location houses a small indoor pool heated to 88 degrees and a larger pool heated to 82 degrees. The other locations also offer heated pools, including the Olympic-sized outdoor one in Sunnyvale.
All of these watering holes are kept pristine for lessons and training sessions. Young children tackle the small pool in Learn to Swim or Aqua Baby classes that teach them how to float and communicate telepathically with marine life. Meanwhile, older kids and adults can go from swimming novice to competitive master during group or private sessions that focus on the basics or specific strokes. But recreational swimmers shouldn't intimidated by Calphin Aquatic Club's professional edge. The pools also offer fitness programs, including swimming for fitness, aerobic exercise, and low-impact workouts for people with arthritis.
A swimmer stands at the edge of the pool, scanning the bottom for her lost goggles. The water is so crystal clear that she spots them immediately and dives to retrieve them. This pool was cleaned by Shane Allen's Pool Service, whose team uses green methods to maintain pool clarity and keep chemicals balanced. The technicians also repair any pool parts, including pumps, motors, and filters to keep water algae-free so pool owners don’t have to hire freelance catfish.
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