Plunge Pools

What are plunge pools?

If you have a smaller garden, or are simply looking for a compact swimming space, a plunge pool could be the perfect solution. Here at Compass Pools we offer a wide range of pool styles and designs to suit any garden. We work across the UK with dedicated contractors who happily provide their knowledge and expertise to each of our clients’ plunge pool installations.

But what exactly is a plunge pool? And what are they for?

These small, shallow pools are built for the purpose of lounging, wading and cooling off, rather than swimming and exercising. That’s not to say you can’t exercise in a plunge pool though, because you can if you install a swim jet system such as Fastlane by Endless Pools.

Typically, plunge pools are fairly small and shallow due to their limited dimensions. However, here at Compass Pools, we offer a wide range of designs for you to choose between so you can set how deep or shallow you want the pool to be. As mentioned, plunge pools are perfect for homes with smaller gardens, and are especially attractive due to their low build costs, easy maintenance and space-saving design.

For more information on the wide variety of pools we offer, please call us on 0333 4567 111 to speak to an experienced member of our team.

What are the Pros and Cons?

Plunge pools offer a variety of benefits over other swimming pool options. These typically include:


  • Lower building cost.
  • Easier to maintain.
  • Can still exercise in them.
  • Reduced water requirements.
  • Space-saving design.
  • Can be built inside or outside.
  • Faster installation time.
  • Can offer therapeutic benefits.


  • Smaller design.
  • Less well-suited to exercising.
  • Still require maintenance costs.
  • Exercise and heating systems come at an extra cost.

Fast plunge pool installation

One of the major benefits of choosing a Compass pool is the fast installation time we can offer. Most of the swimming pools built in the UK are constructed using concrete, which can be much more costly to repair and maintain. Our plunge pools, on the other hand, are created with a patented carbon ceramic composite shell that provide a number of advantages over concrete, including improved strength and durability.

Our shells are also much less likely to be affected by poor weather and are impenetrable to bacteria, meaning you won’t have to spend as much on chemicals or repair work costs. Our installation service is very quick and seamless as well: we simply lower the specially designed shell into a previously excavated hole and then connect all the plumbing and heating systems up. It really is as simple as that.

Available at affordable prices

Compass plunge pools are typically cheaper than standard concrete pools due to the fact that the carbon ceramic composite shell is delivered in one-piece. Our pools typically start from around £25,000, but the cost really varies depending on the exact style and design you choose. The price can also be affected if the build process is more challenging than usual – for example, in terms of digger access.

Another thing to consider when purchasing a plunge pool is any additional features you might want to include. For example, if you’re looking to exercise, a Fastlane swim jet system is a great addition. This provides a constant stream of water that you can swim against without changing position. Alternatively, if you’re after more of a hot tub feel, adding a heating system is essential. These can reach temperatures of up to 40oC so are perfect for the winter. Either of these options will increase the price, but they are really worth the extra money.

Small Compass Plunge Pool

Ideal for a smaller garden

Compass Pools come in a range of styles and shapes, so are an ideal choice for smaller gardens in any kind of property. While there can occasionally be challenges involved in getting digger access when excavating the hole for the one-piece pool, the pool’s installation doesn’t require a digger, so is a fairly streamlined process that shouldn’t disrupt you or your garden too much.

Get in touch

For more information on installing a plunge pool in your garden, our team at Compass Pools are ready and waiting to be of assistance. Our experienced staff can answer any questions or queries you might have, so please call us today on 0333 4567 111 or email us at

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