Tips for building a great lap pool
Over the years, the lap pool has proven to be one of the most popular choices for pool designs . The lap pool is designed to provide enough space to swim a lap. The design is long and narrow, allowing it to fit into almost any location.
There are several considerations we recommend when choosing a design for a lap pool for your home.
Location & size requirements
Location is the most important factor to consider when choosing a lap pool as it needs to be located in an area that will allow a stable, flat surface. The typical dimension for a lap pool is 25 yards long with a width that can vary depending on your needs. The depth should be between 4 and 5 feet.
If you’re training for a high level swim meet, the standard size pool that you will find at a gym or country club is Olympic size, or 50 meters (164 feet) long and 25 meters (82 feet) wide. These pools are large enough for eight racing lanes. Other meets may use Junior Olympic standards of 25 feet. Since most people don’t have the room for this large sized pool in their yards, you can choose a lap pool that is 15 meters long and one, two or three lanes in width.
Lap pools seem like they may be a bit inflexible when it comes to simply using them for recreation, but with a little thought they can actually be quite versatile. A few things you can do to customize the pool for greater enjoyment include:
- Choose an “L” shaped pool if you’d like to add a small extra area for recreational swimming.
- If you plan on using the pool for both laps and recreation, you’ll do best to create a sloping side to allow for a slightly shallower end.
Making your choice
A combination lap pool and recreational pool is possibly the best option for those with varied interests. Choosing a combo pool allows you to use the pool for other functions and it also is more appealing when reselling your home. Always think about the main use that you’ll have for the pool before you make a decision on the exact size and dimensions.