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Pool Boy

Posted by Andy in San Diego on 2nd September 2014

My business takes me to many swimming pools nearby in the warm climate where I live. My job is to keep my customer's pools clean, safe and in good condition.

My Workwear

Working in an outdoor job like mine I have to carefully avoid sunburn. I also don't have the time to get changed into swimwear at each customer's pool. My clothes must be clean and made of a material that doesn't fluff up the pool filters.

For my work in and around the pool I wear quick drying, loose fitting clothes like a T-shirt or swim shirt, a breathable anorak, and matching pants of the same soft Nylon material. This is the most comfortable outfit for my work in the sun and water.

First Checks

When I arrive, I check the filters, pumps and other gear, followed by a check of the diving boards, make sure they are safe and clean. I bounce a few times, then I put up the hood of my anorak and dive into the pool for my next cleaning task.

Pool Cleaning

Wind, birds and people often drop a few small things into the pool. My task is to dive down and pick them all up.

Then I get the suction cleaner out which looks like a big vacuum cleaner and sweep the pool floor from the poolside. This takes a while, so my clothes dry out quickly in the warm weather.

Brushing the Edge

Next I get out a brush and a pot with bicarbonate soda to clean the scum line round the pool. This is best done from within the pool and so I get wet again.

Final Shower

When done, I take a shower to rinse my clothes from all the chlorine using a mild shampoo to completely lather up from top to bottom. This makes my clothes last longer as the chlorine can damage them.

While I ride my bicycle to visit my next customer my clothes dry out quickly, looking clean and proper when I arrive for my next appointment, ready to go into the water again.