An important factor to consider when planning your new in-ground pool is how deep it can be and how deep do you actually want it to be. There are several reasons as to why this is an important decision to be made before finalizing the plans for your pool.
What Is The Maximum Depth?
To begin with, the maximum depth for pools is typically 8 feet, although we can build deeper pools. The pros of having a pool of this depth begin with the fact that this would allow you to install a diving board.
If you are building your pool with high activity in mind, then you will definitely want to consider adding a diving board for the ability to actually dive and do flips and other such activities.
When you have a deeper pool you can also have more fun with diving games like throwing toys to the bottom of the pool.
Why Not Have A Deep Pool?
The cons of a deep pool begin with the fact that it can make it harder to play games like volleyball. They can also exclude more people from enjoying the water due to limited swimming ability—this also means there is a higher risk for pool-related injuries.
Because of these risks, more pool owners tend to go with shallower pools so as to be able to include everyone in the enjoyment.
Why Is 8ft Typically The Max?
You might be wondering why the maximum depth for your pool is 8 feet. Technically speaking, it’s not the absolute max, however, it is the standard for deeper pools and there really is no need to have it be any deeper.
8 feet is also the minimum depth if you are going to have a diving board installed with your pool. Along with that requirement, there are also regulations that have to do with the angle at which the pool begins to become shallower.
Worrying about that stipulation can be left to your local pool professional who will know all about these regulations and needs for pool depths.
How Do You Decide?
So, how do you decide what your pool-depth should be? Well, you’ll want to begin by thinking about who will be using your pool the majority of the time and how this decision will impact how you use your pool over its lifetime.
If you have young children, you may be hesitant to make your pool deeper, but once your children have grown into teenagers, would they want to have a deep end with a diving board?
Ultimately it’s a decision that will vary based on each individual and how you and your family plan on using your pool. From our experience, shallow pools tend to be the more popular decision.
If you have any concerns or questions, your local pool expert would be more than happy to lend their expertise and come to a conclusion with you based on what you want and what would be the best choice for your family’s pool needs.