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How Deep Should Your Pool Be?

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When you start deciding on all the specifics of the pool you’ll build, you need to consider all the different factors. One of the decisions that you might make is how deep your pool should be. Ultimately, this all comes down to how you are going to utilize your pool. Once you consider all the different possibilities and determine its purpose, you should be able to come up with your decision.

Before you start speculating on all the different depths you would like your pool to be, you should know that, depending on where you live, there are specific rules/restrictions on how deep your pool can be. You can ask your local pool builder what the guidelines are like in your area, but typically your pool can be about 10-feet deep, enough to dive into.

Finding Your Pool’s Purpose

The first thing you should do to find the pool’s purpose is ask yourself a few questions. Do you have kids that will use the pool? Are you okay with them jumping in from a slide or diving board? Do you want the pool builders to simply help you build a lap pool? How much money do you have to spend? These few questions can really narrow your options fast!

ALL-PURPOSE — If you have a family that will want to play and walk around in a shallow part of your pool but also practice their diving and flipping abilities, you might want to ask the pool builders to construct a multi-leveled pool. This way, on one end, you can have kids and adults alike diving in the pool, and on the other side, they can casually play in the shallow end. These pools usually are about 3-feet in the shallow end and then slope down to 8-10 feet for the deep end.

LAP POOL — Perhaps you know that you just want to do some laps every day or every other day, a shallow lap pool will work nicely. These pools are usually 4-feet to 5-feet deep and can be more cost-efficient thanks to the size.

BOWL — For those individuals that are more interested in the aesthetic, you may want a pool with a unique bowling shape. These pools usually slope from all the walls and hit a maximum depth in the center of the pool — usually around 8/9-feet deep. Here, you can relax by the poolside, relax on a flotation device, dive in, dip in and hold to the side, or exercise by treading water. Pool builders would agree that these pools do work for just about anyone but tend to be more teenage/adult-friendly.

Whatever purpose you decide to go with, remember you budget and plan accordingly. Once you know your budget and purpose, you should be able to inform your pool builders what depth you are looking for. From there, they should be able to help you come up with a design.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, you can turn to us, the pool building experts at Odyssey Pools.