inground pool depth

Inground Pool Depth

August 24th, 2019 | By: Mitchell Knapp | Pool Design Blog

The process of building custom pools is a detailed one. With all the time, money, and decisions that go into it, it can feel like an overwhelming production. Working with a landscape architect or pool designer helps make the process easier to navigate. It provides you a professional who can be there from start to finish, with decision making assistance along the way. Choosing materials, colors, pool features and determining the ideal inground pool depth for your property, all need to be taken into consideration. So how do you decide what works best for you and your family?

Deciding to add a swimming pool to your home is a big decision. From the cost involved, the permits and construction stages, working on a design, choosing materials, and the maintenance required, it is a detailed and time consuming process. While there are many custom stages of the process, there are also restrictions and guidelines that need to be followed. Depending on the state you live in, and the town you live in, there will be different rules and regulations that you need to follow. In this state, there are NJ pool fence laws that we need to abide by for all our New Jersey based projects.

Consider your lifestyle and the overall purpose of the pool. Will it be for diving or leisure? Swimming laps or shallow for games and children? While it may not seem like a major decision initially, the length and depth of your pool will dictate much of its function.

Determining an Inground Pool Depth that is Best For You

The staggered depths of three to six feet on a slanted pool is the common depth choice for most homeowners. That is the most common option presented when designing a new inground pool. Everything is customizable, however to best suit the needs of the client. Some factors to consider when deciding the final dimensions include the height of family members, the purpose of the pool, and the size of the pool.

For example. The shallow end needs to be a depth that is comfortable for all your family members to be able to stand. If playing volleyball or basketball or pool games in the shallow end is a priority, the depth needs to accommodate everyone from children to adults comfortably. Sun decks are a great addition to include in the shallow end, to allow for safe play for young children. However, they often take up much of the playing space for older children in the shallow end.

Swimming pools should have a minimum depth of three feet to accommodate for both adults and children, and a maximum depth of four to five feet, for safety. For diving, you will need deeper. If you have a family of swimmers who swim laps, the minimum depth of five feet is necessary as well as a length of 25 meters.

Inground Pool Depth Options

What is the minimum depth for diving in a pool? The safe pool depth for jumping or diving is at least 9 feet deep. Keep in mind, the deeper the pool the more water needed. Inground pool depth will also effect the cost involved in filling and cleaning the pool.

Important Factors to Remember:

  • Diving – least 9 feet deep
  • Sun decks provide a nice shallow option in the pool for lounging, and safe children play.
  • Height of family members is to be taken into consideration in determining depths.
  • Deeper means more water and more to clean, which will increase budget.

If you are interested in building a new pool for 2020, and are looking for professionals to help with the design and build, feel free to contact us today. We spend the fall and winter months planning ahead, to make sure you will be ready to swim come warm weather. Our designers can come meet for a free consultation, and explain more of our process and answer any other question you may have, regarding inground pool depth, or the design and build process. We look forward to working with you.

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