Swimming Pool Guides & Reviews by Certified Pool & Spa Operator®

The Top 10 Pool Alarms for Maintaining Your Family’s Safety

 Reviews & Buying Guide

It is common for homes to have security features like alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices can help prevent a serious tragedy from happening to someone in your home.

However, most homeowners don’t think about the tragedies that can happen on the outside of their homes, especially when their backyards have swimming pools in them. If children live in your home and there is a pool in the backyard, then an accident is very likely to happen. You hear stories in the news all the time about accidental drownings and injuries involving kids in swimming pools. If you want to prevent a tragedy like this from happening in your pool, then consider purchasing a pool alarm for it.

Benefits of a Pool Alarm

Most people purchase swimming pools specifically for their children to splash around in and have a good time. Unfortunately, in the United States, over 700 children die from accidental drownings per year. Also, five times as many children suffer submersion injuries which require them to go to the emergency room.

The real tragedy here is that most of these accidents could have been prevented. A pool alarm may not prevent every pool-related accident, but it can certainly reduce the chances of there being one in your pool. In some areas, the local laws require that you install a pool alarm.

Local Laws for Pool Alarms

In some states, pool owners are required to have pool alarms installed. If not the state, then the county or municipality may require pool alarms. So, it is important to ask the local code enforcement department of your area about whether pool alarm installations are legally required.

Of course, you should purchase a pool alarm anyway in order to prevent pool accidents. There are four types of pool alarms you can choose from. Pool alarms may go in the following places: the doors and windows near your pool, under the pool water, on the surface of the water, or on the wrist of the swimmer.

Each pool alarm functions in its own unique way. Some people like to use multiple types of alarms simultaneously to increase the safety and security in the pool.

Threshold Swimming Pool Alarms

A threshold swimming pool alarm should be installed on windows, sliding glass doors, or any area where people can gain pool access. Anyone who goes to your pool will be noticed if you do this.

1) iSmartAlarm DWS3R Contact Sensor

Pool pH Increaser

DWS3R, White

The iSmartAlarm DWS3R Contact Sensor is a high-tech security alarm for your home. It has wireless sensors which can be installed on anything, including windows and doors which lead to your swimming pool area. Whenever someone opens one of these windows or doors, the sensor detects this motion and sets off the alarm.

There are all sorts of other security components you can include with the DWS3R, including cameras and motion detectors. Using a smartphone and app, you can connect to your security alarm through the “If This Then That” service. This gives you the ability to use your phone to activate the alarm from any location with a Wi-Fi connection.

2) Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm

Techko S187D

Safe Pool Alarm

Do you want something simpler than having to use phones and apps? If so, the Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm can be moved and set up very easily. The alarm can be placed on windows, doors, garage doors, and sliding glass doors. It satisfies UL standards, which is important if the laws of your local area require pool owners to use threshold alarms near their pools.

3) Poolguard GAPT-2 Outdoor Pool Gate Alarm

Poolguard GAPT

2 Outdoor Pool Gate Alarm

Many threshold alarm models cannot be installed properly on gates. Fortunately, the Poolguard GAPT-2 is designed specifically for installations on gates, screens, or any area where pool alarms couldn’t normally be installed.

When the alarm is on the gate, the alarm gets set off whenever someone opens the gate. To prevent the alarm from going off when the gate is opened, an adult can press the “pass” button beforehand. Make sure the alarm is positioned high on the gate so that only someone as tall as an adult can reach it. You don’t want children to be able to reach.

Pool Alarms Which Have Surface Wave Sensors

Each time a person or heavy object enters a swimming pool, there is a lot of water that splashes out of it. There are also ripples and waves temporarily created on the surface of the water. If you have surface wave sensors floating on the surface, they can measure the severity of this water disturbance. The sensors are compatible with either above ground or inground pools.

4) PoolGuard Safety Buoy Alarm

PoolGuard PGRM-SB

Above Ground Pool Alarm

The PoolGuard Safety Buoy Alarm is a vibrant red-colored safety cone which serves as a pool alarm. The neat thing is you can be 200 feet away and still hear the sound of the alarm through the remote receiver that comes with it. The Safety Buoy Alarm is recommended for spas, smaller inground pools, and most above ground pools. It even satisfies ASTM standards.

5) Pool Patrol PA-30 Pool Alarm

Pool Patrol

PA-30 Pool Alarm

The Pool Patrol PA-30 Pool Alarm also includes a remote receiver which lets you hear the alarm from up to 200 feet away. You’ll know if the remote is activated by checking the indicator light.

You can eliminate false alarms by making sensitivity adjustments to how the alarm reacts. For instance, you can make it sound off when a child or small animal crosses the sensing ring, but not when a breeze passes by. You can even take the alarm with you to another pool which might be unsafe for children.

Pool Alarms Which Have Subsurface Sensors

A subsurface sensor is a permanent pool alarm installation. It contains a sensing arm which goes underwater to detect any disturbances there.

6) Poolguard PGRM-2 Inground Pool Alarm

Poolguard PGRM-2

In-Ground Pool Alarm

The Poolguard PGRM-2 is a white alarm for inground pools. To perform the installation, use an electric drill to make a little hole in the pool deck. The alarm stays on the side of the pool and is consistently on. Once a water disturbance is detected, the alarm will go off. The sound can be heard at the pool site and through the remote receiver as far away as 200 feet.

The alarm can be set to sleep mode whenever you want to use the pool. Be sure to take out the sensing arm first before you jump in the water. When you want to activate the alarm again, just put the sensing arm back in the water to activate it. The alarm satisfies all ASTM standards.

7) Blue Wave Poolwatch Alarm System

Lifebuoy Pool Alarm System

Pool Motion Sensor

The Blue Wave Poolwatch Alarm System can be installed on the pool rail or pool deck of an above ground or inground swimming pool. If you have an above ground pool, then you need to use screws to install the alarm onto the pool rail.

ASTM standards are met by this alarm. Any person or object larger than 18 pounds causes a disturbance that is detected by the alarm. Therefore, a dog or toddler that enters the pool will be detected. Don’t expect many false alarms from things like wind or heavy breezes. But if you have a very tiny dog, then an alarm with more sensitivity might be necessary. The remote receiver which comes with the alarm has a range of 100 feet.

8) PoolEye Above Ground Pool Alarm


Above Ground Pool Alarm

Above ground pool owners normally hate having to drill holes in their pool railing. If you’re one of these owners, then you’ll like the PoolEye Above Ground Pool Alarm. Although a section of the railing must be removed first, the section can slip back on after the sensor is installed. The alarm is suitable for small pools which are about 24 feet.

There is no remove receiver included. The alarm only sounds off around the pool area. This alarm may not satisfy your local laws regarding pool alarms, so check to make sure before purchasing it.

Wristband Alarms

Pool alarms are not traditionally installed on a swimmer’s wrist. But if you want a lot more safety measures in place, then put these wristband alarms on the wrists of children and mentally disabled people who may wander into your pool by accident.

9) Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Pool Alarm Kit

Turtle 2.0

Child Immersion Pool Kit

The Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Pool Alarm Kit comes with a wristband, key, power adapter, base, and USB cord. It takes a couple of minutes to set it up. For instance, if you want the wristband to go on your child’s wrist, you would put it on them and then lock it with a key. This prevents your child from taking off the wristband.

The sensor stays on constantly. Whenever it is exposed to water, the sound of the alarm comes out from the base. This base can be used with other wristbands too. If you want to use the wristband for pets, there are special adapters that can be purchased for this purpose.

10) My Buddy Tag w/ Silicone Wristband

My Buddy Tag

Silicone Wristband

The My Buddy Tag Silicone Wristband is suitable for children to wear. A few solid color choices are available, such as black, and the texture is smooth. Anyone can comfortably wear this wristband.

It can only adjust up to 8 inches, so make sure your child’s wrist isn’t too big to wear it. A coin screw keeps the wrist alarm in place. If you install the app for the wristband on your phone, it will send you alerts whenever the wristband is too far from your location.


Pool alarms are affordable and can possibly save someone’s life. With all the choices available, there is no reason not to invest in at least one pool alarm. They are easy to install and give you peace of mind that your kids are safe.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *