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#1 butch22

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 11:34 AM

Hi, We are having a builder put in an inground pool. We don't want it to be very deep because we want it to be a "sport" pool so we can play volleyball or basketball etc. We are not sure the best way to design it for optimal play. I have heard of pools that have a shallow end at both ends of the pool and a deeper middle or shallow leading off the stairs and gradually becoming deeper. I am 6'3'' and don't want the water to be too shallow, although I have 2 children that will be teenagers soon that might like it fairly shallow. How deep would you recommend the deepest part of the pool be for playing games? Which is the best design? If anyone has a pool that they use for games let me know your thoughts. Thanks

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 04:51 PM

Depending on the length of the pool, I've built sport pools 3' or 3.5' on the ends and 5' in the middle. That way a sport net can be put across the middle for water volleyball. The pool builder must maintain no greater than a 1 in 7 slope.
For every 1 foot of depth change it requires 7 feet of length. Diving pools have different rules. So, for example a 3' by 5' by 3' pool must be a minimum of 28'(best if 32 feet or longer so pool floor doesn't seem like a ski slope) long if the 5' depth is in the middle. Also, if the pool is greater than 5' in depth, it must have a bench or ladder (point of egress) so swimmers can exit that area (by building code). All depths mentioned are water level depths (not deck to surface depths). I hope this helps.

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 05:44 PM

Depending on the length of the pool, I've built sport pools 3' or 3.5' on the ends and 5' in the middle. That way a sport net can be put across the middle for water volleyball. The pool builder must maintain no greater than a 1 in 7 slope.
For every 1 foot of depth change it requires 7 feet of length. Diving pools have different rules. So, for example a 3' by 5' by 3' pool must be a minimum of 28'(best if 32 feet or longer so pool floor doesn't seem like a ski slope) long if the 5' depth is in the middle. Also, if the pool is greater than 5' in depth, it must have a bench or ladder (point of egress) so swimmers can exit that area (by building code). All depths mentioned are water level depths (not deck to surface depths). I hope this helps.

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