How Deep Should You Make Your Swimming Pool?


When designing a swimming pool, there are several factors that you need to consider. For instance, apart from choosing the right location and the configuration of your poolside area, you have to know how much water you will use in your swimming pool.

As you figure that out, it also helps to ask yourself how deep you want your swimming pool to be, as this will help mitigate hazards. For example, if your shallow end is not deep enough, it could be risky for diving activities that would otherwise be safe to do in the deep end.

Below are a couple of recommendations that you may want to consider when deciding how deep your swimming pool should be.

For the Kids’ Section: 3 Feet or Less

Watching your kids playing in the pool can be quite refreshing. However, you need to ensure their section is safe to prevent accidents. The first step is to keep the water as shallow as possible (about 3 feet) to allow them to get used to the feeling of being in the water. After some time, they will get over the initial fear of swimming and become more comfortable and relaxed.

For Swimming a Few Laps: 3 Feet or More

Swimming provides good aerobic exercise to keep your lungs and heart in good shape.  To achieve this, however, you need to have the right pool depth. Lap pools are particularly ideal for those who want to become pro swimmers, and the design works best if your pool length is greater than the depth.

For Water-Based Sports: 3.5 to 4 Feet

If you love to play water-based sports, having a swimming pool design with the right depth is critical. Team sports such as basketball and volleyball require a full range of motion when played in the water. As such, you need to even out both ends of your pool so that no team gets an unfair advantage.

For Relaxation and Chilling: 3.5 to 4 Feet 

There will be moments when you just want to relax or wade in the pool with family or friends after a long day. For this, you may want to consider keeping your water at least waist-high. If you have questions regarding swimming pools or would like advice on pool construction and maintenance, Phoenix Pools & Spas is here to help you. Give us a call today!

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