Home Improvements

Getting In The Swim

The earliest recorded swimming pool was discovered in 1922 at an archaeological dig at Mohenjo-Daio in Pakistan. The 12 metre by 7 metre pool was brick lined and sealed with tar and is believed to have been dug in 3000BC. The ancient Greeks and Romans are also known to have had swimming pools. These were used for military training and physical exercise. In the 1800’s swimming pools became popular in the West, notably in Britain which has the oldest recorded swimming club. Back yard pools have become common additions to help us survive the scorching summer months. In the Southern States however, the often lie dormant and covered in winter unless they are heated. Solar heating is a great, low cost way of extending the useability of your pool into the cooler months. This helpful site helps you to find a reliable service to ensure to look at its best.
Whether you choose an in ground or above ground pool, you have a lot of options for design. In ground pools offer the most variety and flexibility in terms of shape and depth. If you want a pool you can dive in you will need an in ground pool that can handle a depth of some 18 metres for safety reasons. Look online at the options available and then visit some showrooms for further ideas and to speak to a pool builder in Gold Coast. You may not really need a big deep pool if you just want something for the kids to cool off in the summer so think about what you want the pool to do.
If you have elderly people in your household, young children or a disabled person a design to consider is the zero entry pool. In this design there is no ledge on one end or side and the floor surface slopes gently away as it would naturally in the ocean. This provides wheelchair and frame access and a non-threatening entry for children. It is also safer for young children than a defined edge as they can simply swim towards the “shore” rather than an edge where they have to hold on in deep water.
For families with young children, a pool fence and a safety net or pool cover is a must have, in fact a pool fence is a legal requirement. A safety net or cover is a good investment. Not only can it save lives but a cover helps to keep the pool clean, reduces evaporation and hold in heat over night, extending the use of the pool and reducing the maintenance. Another design feature that it is important to consider is providing shelter and shade for swimmers and people outside and around the pool area. You will get more use out of the area if it offers some protection from the sun during the day when the pool is in use.