by Jeannie on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

What are RANGS, you ask?  Well, I’ll get to that in a minute….first, lets talk about famous customers!  Being the only competitive swim shop in Arkansas, I occasionally get a local celebrity come in the door and it’s always a treat for me!  Today, a retired Arkansas politician came in to pick up his RANGS.  He had been waiting for them for about a month….I finally got my shipment in and he was excited to get them!

You know, you watch these important figures on TV and they are always serious and business-like and bigger than life.  Especially, those that make decisions that impact all of us.  But…when they are here, they are just regular people….Often they show up on their way home from the pool and they may have on workout clothes or have wet hair.  They may need help choosing their goggles or swimsuit and they often want advice on equipment or even stroke technique or workouts.  All of sudden, I feel pretty important! 

Not bad for a small business owner!

Most of these celebrities are pretty down to earth, but I do have one customer who insists on being called by his title.  He is a nationally recognized politician and when he calls the store he always refers to himself by his title and complete name.  In this day of casualness, it sounds so odd!  But, he is a really nice guy and I love visiting with him.  Occasionally, he will send his assistant to pick things up for him and it ALWAYS freaks them out when I hand them a Speedo brief.  They are obviously not swimmers!  I guess they just can’t imagine their boss in a teeny tiny Speedo!  

Seeing these local political figures, I often wonder if I should just keep the conversation to swimming, or can I ask about the issues?  I usually, just keep it to swimming…..I assume they need time off too.  It must be hard to live in a fishbowl all of the time.

 

Okay, so I said I would tell you about RANGS.  They are a great American made product!  They are pull buoys that you attach to your leg instead of holding a pull buoy between your legs.  The inventor, Steve Freiderang (hence the name RANGS) is a coach and swim product inventor in California.  He is constantly looking for ways to make swimmers work better and go faster.  He has tons of inventions and Splashwear is his premier dealer….not bad for a little tiny swim shop in Arkansas!  Anyway, here is a brief description of his RANGS in his words:

“This is a new type of pull buoy system that is easy to use and does not fall off.  They are great for all strokes and fasten with Velcro.  You can develop upper body strength without worrying about sacrificing rhythm or your technique.  You can focus on pulling and not on keeping your legs squeezed together.  They encourage long-axis rotation and develop proper swimming angles and balance of stroke.”

Steve also has many other swimming inventions and is dedicated to helping all swimmers perform at their peak.  Working with Steve is like dealing with a whirling dervish….all energy! 

If you have any questions about RANGS just call me at the store…I’ll be happy to help!

 

Come in and see me….You can be a famous customer, or at least I’ll treat you like one!

 

Happy Swimming!

Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Today was a great day at Splashwear.  I got to visit with some great new customers (teaser) and help several teams with their team orders.  So, I'll make you wait on the news about the new customers.....that comes in a minute!!  

Most of the day I took orders and worked on custom suits designs for teams.  I love designing suits.  It scratches my artistic itch!  I've always been creative and designing suits is right up my alley!  I spend a lot of time with all of my vendors but one of Splashwear's specialties is.....Q Swimwear custom team suits!  They are incredible.  Such cute suits!!  And so unique.  Getting a custom suit is a great option for any team!  There are a few different companies that make custom suits, but in my opinion...Q is, by far, the best!

I love dealing with Q.  Their number one concern is making the customer happy...and that's pretty major!  I deal with vendors every day and most of them are good, but Q is incredible!  I always know that they will go above and beyond the call of duty to make me and my customer completely satisfied!  I love working with them!  Now...you might wonder what the big deal is....well, when you get a custom suit, you can have it designed to be completely unique...a suit no one else will have!  And, you can get that same print forever!  When you buy a print suit off the rack, you  can only get the suit for a two years at the most...then they are discontinued.  Q's suits are made of polyester so they last a long time.  Don't worry about sizing....I have sizing kits!  

 

 

 

Aren't these great!  You are only limited by your imagination!  What could be better than that!?
Anyway....that is how I spend most of my day.  I helped several teams with custom suits...these are just two!
 
Now....for the big news!  I also got to visit with a long time customer....he coaches a YMCA team in Arkansas.  He brought in his wife and their new additons.... two adorable little adopted daughters.  They are precious.  The 5 year old will be swimming on Daddy's swim team this summer.  That is so exciting!  I'm so happy for them.  Their little family went from just a couple of two to a family of 4!  And such a wonderful familly they have!  Lucky parents and lucky little girls....and now I know I have two more long time customers!!  :) 
 
Happy Swimming!
 
Let me know your good news!!
 
Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM
 

Is this how your desk looks?  I heard that Einstein had a messy desk, so I'm going with it!  Well, at least that's my excuse.  This is where I spend my workdays, filling orders, paying bills, ordering, receiving, paying taxes, payroll, talking to customers, designing custom team swimsuits and whatever else needs to be done!  Ahhhh...the life of a business owner!  I tell my husband that I'm a fireman....I spend all day putting out fires...You know what I mean......"Johnny needs  tech suit YESTERDAY!!"  Those are the worst for me, because I really want to make my customers happy and I stress until I get them what they want WHEN they want it!  But...don't get me wrong....I'm not complaining....we ALL have stressful jobs...this is just mine and I love it!  I feel so blessed to have this business.  It has been good to me and swimmers, swim parents/grandparents are the best customers anywhere!  No, I really mean it!  Swimming is such a great sport, so those involved are great too!  I'll just continue to put out those fires...with a smile on my face! :)

As for today....well, it's pretty slow in the store right now, so Kara and I caught up with all our adventures from this weekend, then got busy.  I filled orders while she hung up new Lifeguard suits.  And, the new Dolfin Uglies are in...they are always so cute.  It amazes me that they continue to come up with cute new prints every season.  They are adorable!  We also put a LOT of great suits in the Grab Bag bins...so if you need practice suits, we gotcha covered.  Come by the store for a great selection.  Oh...I also designed a new Q Custom team suit for the Magnolia Dolphins Summer League Siwm Team in Magnolia, Arkansas.  The suit adorable and they really like it!  

As for the rest of the day...well it's time to do my bookkeeping and go home.  Now, don't get me wrong...just because I'm going home doesn't mean my work day is over...Oh noooo....I will work through the night as I'm watching tv or at my pottery class, I'm constantly responding to emails and inquiries.  It never really ends...but as I said, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way!  

So....this is my life, Welcome to it!  Feel free to post your thoughts or questions and I'll respond!

Happy Swimming and....

Keep a Messy Desk!

Jeannie 

 

 

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by Jeannie on Apr 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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Now we can print a real photograph directly on your swimsuits. This is truly a custom swimsuit!

Just choose the swimsuit style, sizes, and send us the photo and team logo you would like to use. For more information, call us at 1-866-218-SWIM(7946).

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by Jeannie on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:44 PM
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March 2012....that's the release date!  Speedo's new hot item is called Speedo Booms.  Fur lined deck boots for females. They feature an exclusive lightweight rubber compound that provides the ultimate traction.  The fur lining has an anti-microbial coating to help reduce the growth of odor causing bacteria.  The top of the boot can roll down to any height and will show off the fur lining.  It also has a snap loop to hold your goggles or anything else you need to keep track of.  They can also be personalized with your team logo!  They come in black, navy, bronze and black and white zebra print.  These will fly off the shelves! Be sure to get your order in early! 

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by Jeannie on Jul 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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Finis Aqua PulseFinis took their time, to make sure they got this product perfect......and it is! 

You will never stop to check your heart rate again. The AquaPulse™ verbally announces your heartrate while you swim.Just put  the AquaPulse™ inside your goggle strap, attach the soft rubber clip to your earlobe, and go swim. It uses an infrared sensor to monitor capillary blood flow, your heart beat is detected through your earlobe. The heart rate is then audibly communicated to you in real time, where the information is transmitted directly to your inner ear via Bone Conduction Technology. No ear buds, cumbersome chest straps, or watch devices are needed.

The heart rate announcements are made regularly in 10-second, 20-second, 30-second, 45-second, 1-minute, 2-minute or 5-minute increments. Push the “Instant Heart Rate” button to hear your last recorded reading again. Complete with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, you can use the AquaPulse™ from five to eight hours depending on the interval setting. Simply plug the integrated USB directly into a USB port on your computer to recharge.

We had to wait.....but patience is again rewarded!! Click here to add buy online.

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by Jeannie on Apr 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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SoZebra Haze Swimsuime fads seem to hang on and on.......and lucky for us.....animal prints seem to be here to stay!  What better way to show your wild side, than a cute leopard print on your training suit or great zebra stripes on your team suit?  Speedo's Zebra Haze has been one of the most popular prints this year!  It comes in great colors; blue, red, green, gold, orange and purple.  You can get that fabulous print in Speedo's flyback or 2-piece style for women.  For the guys, the Zebra Haze comes in spliced jammer or an all over print brief

Animal Print Swimsuit - Dolfin MeowAdoretex Felina is a great looking leopard print perfect for those long training sessions!   

Dolfin makes Meow, a really cute reversible suit in both a string back and 2-piece designs.  This cute leopard print is pink on one side and reverses to turquoise on the other!  Dolfin also makes a matching Meow lycra cap!

The Finals Pink Panther is a gorgeous print and you'll definitely stand out in this suit!

So, if you're feeling a little wild.......try an animal print swimsuit.......... you'll "ROAR" through your swim!!

 

 

 

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by Jeannie on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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Congratulations to the Lyons Township High School Boys Swim Team for winning the Illinois State High School Sectional Meet, at Downers Grove (North) High School, Saturday, February 19.  In Illinois, to qualify for the State Meet swimmers must achieve their qualifying time at the Sectional Meet, so it's a pressure-packed meet. The Lions, entered the meet with ZERO qualifying times achieved during the regular season. 

At the end of the day, the team qualified all three relays (200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Free Relay).  Additionally, the team qualified individual swimmers in the 200 free, 50 free, 100 free (two swimmers), 500 free, and 100 fly. Every member of the team posted personal best times, and the 400 Free Relay achieved a Junior National time, 3:11.73.

Here you can see the happy boys outfitted in great swim parkas from Splashwear! Great job Lyons Township and good luck at State!

2011 Illinois Sectional Swim Meet Champions

2011 Illinois Sectional Swim Meet Champions

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The Swimovate Pool Mate hit the swimming scene last year with a bang and this year they made it even better.  The Swimovate Pool Mate Pro not only tracks your workout on the watch itself, but it can also download your workout to your computer. 

The watch contains motion sensors to automatically monitor the motion of your arm when swimming so you don’t have to worry about counting laps yourself and can concentrate on your technique or just relax and swim. The Pro package includes a download pod that plugs into your USB port and cable. The watch will simply and automatically transfer the data via Infrared link to the pod and your PC.

In addition to the statistics for the overall session it will record the same data for each individual set so you can see how all these metrics change through a swim session. You can even time your rest periods between sets. All data is stored in a large memory in the watch for review during or after a swim session (over 100 LOGS can be stored before download).

The included software is simple and intuitive to use and has multiple language support.

Pool Mate Main screen

Key software features

  • Download data from the Pool-Mate watch or add swims manually.
  • Grade your swim- Great, good, ok or bad!
  • Add notes or edit data
  • Select any session and examine in detail including individual sets within the swim
  • Graphical analysis of your stroke count, times, speed etc  see how they have changed over time.
  • See how far you have swum this week or year.
  • Multiple swimmer support
  • See how many cup cakes you have burnt off in your swim!
  • View your fastest times, best stroke count etc. at a glance.
  • Multiple language support
  • Save as .csv file

Swimovate PoolMate details pageThe watch is Water Resistant to 50 metres, works with all the major strokes, any length of pool over 18 metres whether yards or metres and doesn’t require any calibration.

PoolMate PodPoolMate Pod docking  Swimovate Pool Mate

 

 

 

 

 

Pod Transferring data

As well as full digital watch functions including 12 or 24 hour format, alarm and backlight. It also has a useful Chrono mode so you can time your running, cycling, openwater swims or triathlons.

 

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