One of the first questions we get asked when consulting with a new client on their requirements is “How big should we build our pool?”. Or, we also often hear, “I want a ten metre by five metre pool” (because 10m x 5m is the most common size for rectangular domestic pools). It really is an open-ended question, as it is dependent on many factors, and more often than not, customers are looking for guidance on issues such as this. Therefore, by way of guidance, we would suggest the following list of questions to ask yourself which will guide the size, shape and profile of the pool that will actually best suit your needs and desires.
- How much do we want to pay to run our pool?
- How do we want to use our pool?
- Who will be using our pool?
- How tall (or short!) are the people who are going to be using the pool?
- How much space is available in our garden (or building, if an indoor pool)?
By answering these questions can we tailor your pool to your precise needs.
In practice, it’s difficult to conceptualise a swimming pool’s size and we often find in our experience that architects and garden designers will place an outline on a drawing often without giving thought to the practicalities involved. And why should they? It’s not within the field of their experience.
So, we would advise that before getting any quotes for a new pool, speak to a Compass Pools designer who will work closely with you to specify a pool tailored to your family’s needs and desires.
Swimming Pool Depth Notes:
An important consideration is the depth of your pool. Spata (swimming pool and allied trades association) standards layout the minimum water depth for most swimming strokes require 1.1m in depth. For this reason the shallow end on all compass pools is set to 1.1m. The standards also advise a minimum depth for a shallow dive is 1.5m (with a minimum length of 7.6m). All flat bottom compass pools with the exception of some small models have a constant water depth of 1.5m. Whichever pool you choose every compass pool has a safety rail running around the perimeter of the pool at approx 80cm bellow the water level to allow younger bathers to stand at the deep end. Its worth bearing in mind that children grow up very fast and choosing a pool depth for them now might limit the pools use in the future.
Where a compass pool has a deep and shallow end it is of a continuous gradient type, the ensure that there are no fall offs or ledges that swimmers can unexpectedly slip.