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The Backstory of Pool Noodles

December 21, 2023
The best pool noodles from Alcot Plastics Ltd. in Guelph, ON

We are all familiar with colourful floating cylindrical tubes known as pool noodles. Also known as water woggles, they are arguably the most popular pool toy in the world. Did you know? The term "water woggle" derives from a trademark by Koswell Holdings. This company marketed water woggles as a foam pool toy in the 1980s. The term "noodle" derives from another trademark held by Jakks Pacific based in Santa Monica, California. Jakks Pacific developed and marketed FunNoodle as a foam tube pool toy. Have you ever wondered how this fun pool toy came to be? If yes, read this blog until the end. In this blog, we dive deeper into the fascinating backstory of pool noodles. 


The Fascinating Story of Pool Noodles

Pool noodles originated in the late 1980s as a practical solution to a common problem - protecting people from sharp pool edges. Foam noodles were also used by swimmers early on to stay afloat or simply have fun in the pool. Water woggles turned out to be an effective replacement for traditional round water tubes. 
The popularity of foam noodles grew exponentially in just a few years. Soon enough it was spotted in every pool, especially across North America. As the popularity of water woggles grew, people began to become more creative with their uses. The exceptional buoyancy and flexibility of foam noodles made them apt for a wide range of applications. 
People started making use of foam noodles for water exercises, swim lessons, and even therapy sessions. Their versatility also led to inventive applications in kid-friendly games, pool parties, and relaxation in both backyard pools and public water parks.
Alcot Plastics Ltd. in Guelph, ON, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of polyethylene foam products including pool noodles. We manufacture pool noodles in different dimensions to meet your specific requirements. With years of experience and expertise in foam manufacturing, Alcot Plastics ensures top-quality pool noodles that meet the demands of both individuals and commercial establishments. Call us today to place an order.