Epic! It’s a word you hear a lot these days, especially if you’ve got kids. But can you think of a better use of this adjective than describing your very own Olympic-sized pool?! Imagine it… the vast, seemingly never-ending clarity; the crisp, blue H2O; the weightlessness that goes on for days; and the boundless, ceaseless relaxation possibilities. What could, conceivably, be a more ideal addition to your backyard than a pool the size of an Olympic athlete’s playground? If you’ve come to a place in your life where your hard work and success have afforded you the opportunity to build your own gigantic pool the size of the ones used in the Olympics, you likely have questions that, pardon the bad pun, are making your head swim. Here are some tips on Olympic-sized pool designs from companies like Shoreline Pools that will help keep you from drowning in confusion.
The most important characteristics that will set your Olympic-sized swimming pool apart from other pools in your neighborhood are its specifications. An Olympic-sized swimming isn’t just humongous. It has to be built to certain specs that have been pre-set by FINA, the Federation Internationale de Natation, the International Federation (IF) that is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competition in water sports. A pool that is suitable for the Olympic Games must be 164 feet, 1 inch in length and 82 feet in width. (This is nearly half the size of a football field!) Its depth must be at least 6 feet, 7 inches, and it must hold at least 660,000 U.S. gallons of water, dependent upon the depth of the pool. In addition, it must have a water temperature that falls between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius, which in Fahrenheit is between 77 degrees and 82.4 degrees (just the temperature most folks would consider the ideal swimming conditions!). FINA has also designated rules for lane division in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. (Of course, if you own your own Olympic-sized pool, you don’t have to abide by these rules, unless you’re planning on inviting Michael Phelps to your next pool party!) Olympic-sized pools are designated by FINA as including 8 to 10 lanes of swimming area, making each lane about 8 to 10 feet in width.
Now that we’re done talking about all the boring stuff, here comes the good part! The features you can add to your brand new Olympic-sized swimming pool are nearly as boundless as the sea itself. These days, building your own Olympic-sized pool doesn’t mean having a giant ugly concrete thing in your backyard that looks like it belongs in a school yard or a giant, echoing arena with annoying whistles blowing all around you. Today’s pool construction industry is positively swimming in luxurious new designs that bring paradise to life right in your backyard living space.
Another term for it is ‘infinity,’ and it’s become one of the most chichi things going when it comes to swimming pool luxury. The negative edge design means that one edge of your pool isn’t there, giving the breathtaking illusion that your pool is flowing into your yard’s landscape.
You read that right… backyard drive-in! Can you think of anything more relaxing and entertaining for your pool parties than including your very own drive-in with it?! Including a huge, portable movie screen and projector is the perfect addition to your new backyard entertainment oasis.
Of course, no pool party is complete without a swanky bar that party guests can swim up to, grab their favorite refreshing cocktail, and sit pool-side, relaxing and chatting with best friends. These and other luxurious features can be built to your own specifications that no Olympic committee can dictate… limited only by your imagination!
Owning an Olympic-sized pool is a dream not many folks can dive into. If you’re one of the fortunate few who have arrived at the place where your dough meets your dreams, it may be time to dip into your very own colossally-sized backyard in-ground pool. Having an Olympic-sized pool is an ideal way to create the oasis of your wildest fantasies right in your own living space. Contact a pool construction or pool renovation company for design ideas. Okay, just one more bad swimming pun… take the plunge today