Statistics claim 85% of Aussies live within 50km of a beach. That doesn’t mean we can hit the sands whenever we want, but it does mean our prevailing weather is hot and humid. Making a swimming pool an essential part of many aussie households. If you plan it right, you can even install a tank below your pool. The available space and your budget will dictate the size of your pool.
Serious swimmers prefer to practice in Olympic pools, but few homes have that kind of space. An Olympic pool is up to 3m deep, and your landscape and soil type would have to be strong enough to accommodate that. Plus it would have to be an in-ground model to support all that weight.
For home fitness, a lap pool can be useful, especially for narrower yards, though you’re still limited to the sizing options offered by your pool company. As a general guideline, diving pools have to be 2.8m or more to avoid head injuries. If your pool is a metre or two, you’re safer jumping in feet first. Using a ladder, or installing pool steps.
Kids need smaller swim spaces, but they’ll soon outgrow anything shallower than a metre.
Just splashing about
If you merely want an excuse to get wet on a hot day, then a footbath or inflatable is adequate. But for proper swimming and pool games, you want to manage basic strokes without your feet touching the ground.
Concrete site-poured pools are recommended for enhanced depth, because you can make them any size you want.
Look forward to building your local Gold Coast swimming pool soon.