Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some of the questions our satisfied customers have asked us, if your question is not listed here please Contact Us on our easy to use reply form.
- Why Buy a Pool Net?
- Why a Katchakid?
- How Strong is the Katchakid?
- What Happens if my Child Falls or Crawls onto the Katchakid?
- What if my Child Falls Face Down on The Katchakid?
- Can a Child remove the Katchakid or Crawl Underneath it?
- How is the Katchakid secured to the pool?
- What is the Central Tensioning System?
- How long does it take to remove and replace the Katchakid and is it difficult?
- Will the Katchakid Interfere with my Pool Cleaner?
- Is the Katchakid Affected by the Sun and or Pool Chemicals?
- My Pool has a Complex Shape with a Negative Edge can it be Covered?
- What about Rockeries and Fountains - Will the Katchakid spoil my Water Feature?
- How Long Can I Expect my Katchakid to last?
Every parent knows the real worry of having open water near. The sad fact is we could lose one of our children in just 30 seconds. Pool fences are great security but what if the gate is left open? What if the child climbs over? For a pool alarm to be activated the child is already in the water. With a pool net all those fears fade away. We have never had a drowning with a correctly installed Katchakid.back to the top
Katchakid is the original pool safety net system.
With now over 30 years experience in this field we lead the pool safety net industry worldwide.
Every system, every innovation, every advance within the pool net business, that we have seen, has been a
Katchakid development. At the same time as we welcome more children being protected, by having more pools netted,
we feel we must warn against inferior reproductions of the Katchakid. A net is not just a net and your child's life
is at stake with a poor quality imitation
The Katchakid pool nets are manufactured in durable High Density Polyethylene Braid 4mm in thickness. The ASTM bureau requires all nets and covers to support the weight of 485lbs and the Katchakid complies with this standard. The Katchakid is strong enough to support the weight of any adult.
The Katchakid serves as a barrier between the child and the water. As long as the net is in good condition, properly positioned and tensioned, the net will support the weight of a young child near the pool's edge. Katchakid's unique mesh size has a dual action: small enough to prevent a toddler's head from penetrating the net while simultaneously large enough to discourage movement. Most children will find the Katchakid uncomfortable and abrasive to move on, which will deter any further crawling on the net.
This is obviously dependent of the age and weight of your child but most children under 5 years will be kept off the water and out of danger. If a child over 5 years falls face down on the Katchakid they are usually capable enough to get straight back up and off of the net.
The Katchakid cannot be removed by most children under 12 years of age. If properly positioned, anchored and tensioned the net should not have any perimeter gaps for a child to crawl underneath.
The Katchakid is custom shaped during installation either by our expert
technicians or by you during a Katchakid DIY fitting. The Katchakid is then attached by a small stainless steel component to
patented brass or nylon fasteners, spaced at +/- 30" intervals around the pool. For further information and pictures go to Katchakid Fittings.
Katchakid first pioneered and patented the initial Central Tensioning System (CTS) in 1988. The CTS today is a multifaceted system that uses a series of pulley's set in a circular fashion, which open and close to control the tension of the net. The correct configuration and size of the CTS together with a necessary amount of pulleys determine a pool nets efficiency. The Katchakid uses an average of 12 to 16 pulleys per net. Larger pools, those over 40ft., usually require 2 CTS systems allowing the Katchakid to be removed, replaced and tightened with relative ease.
It generally takes 4 -5 minutes to remove the Katchakid and 8 -10 minutes to replace the net on an average swimming pool. Close to half of the Katchakid's regular users are female so we have developed our CTS system with this consideration.
No. When properly positioned, anchored and tensioned the Katchakid will not interfere with most standard pool cleaning equipment.
No. The Katchakid pool netting is treated with laboratory developed maximum UV stabilized inhibitors. The Katchakid will not shrink or deteriorate when subjected to harsh climatic conditions. Our material will not fade.
30 years of operation equals a lot of nets and covers. There is no type of water feature that Katchakid hasn't made safe - from water reservoirs to municipality swimming pools and ponds. This vast experience makes it possible for us to undertake and cover any variety of water feature or unsafe area with total confidence. Over the years we have fitted nets and covers on:
- Chemical plants
- Municipalities - pools and ponds
- Orchestra pits
- Sub-divisions - up to 80ft long
- Water Reservoirs and Towers
- Wave pools
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Katchakid over the years has developed a variety of fittings and materials to use with garden features that are unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing. Our coal jet-black pond netting is designed so that one looks through it rather than at it. Once the net is established and plants have grown up through we find that one doesn't perceive the mesh at all. For an example click here.
We would estimate that a Katchakid that has been treated with a reasonable amount of care would last an average of eight years.