To derive the greatest benefit from your new pool, it is very important to carefully consider which size best fits the family’s needs. The selection of pool size and type depends on several issues.
Before selecting pool size and type, you should consider a few different things:
- Depth. How deep can the pool be without your children being out of their depth?
- Durability. Does the pool have to last for several seasons?
- Aesthetics. What fits best into your garden?
Depth matters to your children’s play options. It is best to be able to push off from the bottom when playing, and this is also means that they can regain their footing if they become disorientated.
On the other hand, children can easily lose interest in a pool that is too shallow, as this restricts their opportunities.
If you want your pool to last for several seasons and still remain a popular choice when your children have grown, it is a useful idea to measure them from the ground to their chin when they are on tiptoes and tilting their head back. This gives you a fair idea of a suitable pool depth.
Regardless of pool depth, children must never bathe without adult supervision, and it is always a good idea to teach the children to swim as young as possible in order that they feel safe in the water.
The cheapest solution is provided by inflatable plastic pools, also called ”Fast Set pools”, that will last between 1 and 3 seasons, depending on the degree of activity in and around the pool. They are a useful option if you wish to test the concept of water in the garden. This pool type is available in many different sizes, from 3.0 to 5.5 metres in diameter and depths between 0.7 and 1.2 metres.
If you are looking for a pool with somewhat longer durability, but which is still a less permanent solution, you should consider a framed pool on a steel framework or a steel wall pool with a durability of 10 to 15 years. See, for example, our own Kreta pool (range), which is a complete package solution. This type of pool is available in diameters from 3.5 metres to very large pools and in 0.90, 1.20, and 1.32 metre depths.
Aesthetics. What fits best into your garden?
People have different tastes, and some take it more seriously than others. This makes you the best judge as to whether you prefer a colourful plastic pool or a classic, white steel wall pool. It is worth remembering that you will be looking at it for several seasons.
If blue vinyl or white steel have limited appeal, you can have a pool in a dark anthracite, wood imitation or composite panels (range) that will look natural in the garden environment.
Enjoy the water!