Choosing Your Swimming Pool's Size and Depth

by Pool Builders on 09-16-2008 in Articles

If you are planning on a swimming pool being installed in your backyard, you need to consider what the pool will be used for in order to determine the best size and depth for the pool. A pool meant to be used for recreational purposes will need to have a shallow end. The shape will not matter. If the pool is for swimming laps, it needs to be long and straight, and the ends need to be parallel with each other. If you are going to make swimming a part of your daily workout, but you are limited in the amount of space you can use for a pool, a swim spa might work out best for you.

Recreational pool users, which will probably mostly children, don't require a lot of depth. There needs to be a shallow end with a sloping floor, which will go from about 3 ft in depth to 4 or 5 ft in depth. A recreational pool can be any shape, which means you can choose a pool that will compliment your backyard.

For an athletic swimmer the pool needs long and narrow spaces with at least 4-5 ft. depth throughout the entire pool. This will prevent them from touching the bottom of the pool while they are swimming and will allow them to execute their turns at the end safely. For competitive swimmers in training the pool length needs to be at least 25 yards or 24 meters. This will enable them to develop their swimming style, which is usable in competition.

There is a way to incorporate a lap swimmer style pool with a recreational pool together in the same pool. The "L" shaped pool could accommodate both the lap swimmer and the recreational swimmers. The long end of the "L" could be reserved for the lap swimmer, while the shorter end of the "L" would be plenty of room for fun and games.

Another option you might need to consider is making room for a diving board, water slide and even a wading area for the smaller children. Although diving boards and water slides are popular there is some debate regarding the depth required for each along with the diving well size. This is a matter you may want to take up with your Texas pool designer. Because of the risk you may decide not to have either one. This will prevent unforeseen pool accidents, especially those involving children.

However, you might consider the wading pool. This is relatively safe and almost a necessity if you have very young children. The drawback is the young children will outgrow the wading pool quickly and be joining the rest of the family in the main pool. Another option you have is to build the wading pool separate from the main pool. After the children outgrow the need of the wading pool, you can then have it converted into a swirling spa.

As for shapes with a recreational pool the simple geometric shapes are the best for complementing a landscaped setting. The combination of the swimming pool along with landscaping will enhance the appearance of your backyard a great deal, and increase the value of your property. The geometric shaped pools can be found in suburban areas.

It can be difficult to incorporate an unusual shaped pool on residential lots. The pool will compete with and overpower the surrounding landscape. However, odd shapes can work well when the shape is used to blend with the natural features of your property, such as a bend in the pool to go around a large boulder or a tree.

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