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Complete Guide to Lap Pools

A Complete Guide to Lap Pools

The first versions of lap pools existed in Greek and Roman times. A modern take on this ancient aquatic structure came to the US via Cleo Baldon. She was an LA-based architect, furniture designer, and landscape architect.

She patterned the design on the irrigation trenches located in Washington’s apple orchards. But, of course, these were not created to swim in. But Baldon used this childhood memory to create gorgeous, modern lap pools.

Lap pools were first primarily used to help maintain physical fitness. They allowed users to get their daily exercises by doing laps along the length of the pool. 

Now they’re adding a new aesthetic to backyards all over America. If you’re interested in adding one to your home, read on to find out more.

All About Lap Pools

Lap pools are characteristically elongated with a narrow width. The focus is usually on the length of the pool, as its primary purpose is to facilitate lap swimming. They save on space and are perfect for indoor installation as well.

Lap pool usage continues to increase as people look for different exercise methods. Using a lap pool can help improve your fitness level.

Having one in your home allows you to skip the gym. Instead, you can get an all-body workout while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

But when thinking about using a lap pool, it doesn’t strictly have to be about exercise. It’s also a great place to spend time with family and entertain guests as well. However, before installing a lap pool, there are some things you should know.

What is the Smallest Size for a Lap Pool?

Suppose you’re interested in installing a lap pool but don’t have a lot of space, that’s ok. An Olympic-length swimming pool is usually 50 feet long. Some other lap pools can even be as long as 75 feet.

Their widths range from six to eight feet. However, you can still get your laps in a pool that’s 20-30 feet long. That’s usually the smallest size used for a lap pool.

Limited space doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your dream pool. A reputable pool builder can use a small area to create an exciting design for you.

How Deep is a Lap Pool?

When it comes to the depth of your lap pool, this can range from 3-1/2 feet to 5 feet. It mustn’t be too shallow. Anything less, and swimmers can scrape their hands against the bottom of the pool. 

If you’re serious about your laps and flip turns, your lap pool should be no shallower than four feet deep. 

A Pool Designed to Fit Your Space

This article provides a few lap pool tips to get you started before installation. Limited space can be a challenge for many things. But not for lap pools. It’s one of the reasons for its design.

No matter how small you build your pool, ensure that you love the final product. Base the design on usage. Whether exercising, entertaining or relaxing, you’ll need to hire an experienced pool company that can guide you.

Precision Pools & Spas can. We design a variety of pools. 

We can customize your lap pool too. Contact us to learn more.

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