Winter is just around the corner! While many Vancouver swimming pool owners think about closing their pools for the colder months, there are a number of ways you can enjoy your pool all year long. 

1. Use your pool as a cold plunge pool 

Cold water therapy can be beneficial in many ways. When water is between 10ºC and 12ºC, it offers a range of health benefits, such as: 

  • Stabilizing blood pressure
  • Stimulating nerves
  • Increasing white blood cell counts 

You can try cold therapy by using your pool for cold plunges throughout the winter season. All you have to ensure is that the water is at the appropriate temperature and you are good to go. 

As a reminder, it is also important to take the necessary precautions to prevent your pool from freezing. For more information and tips, take a look at our recommendations here

2. Build a covered enclosure

One of the best ways to use your Vancouver swimming pool all year long is by building a covered enclosure. They can help keep your water clean, help you stay warm no matter the outdoor temperature and allow you to use your pool more times during the year. Most enclosures are clear and see-through, so you can still enjoy the view!

3. Add heat

Even if the air is cold, you can still keep the water in your pool at a moderate temperature. 

Popular ways of heating pools include:

  • Solar blankets
  • Heat pumps
  • Pool heat exchanger 

For more details on all three of these options, read tips on heating a pool during the winter

4. Install a hot tub 

Heating your pool is a great way to keep yourself warm, but you can even take it a step further by installing a hot tub. 

Taking a dip in your hot tub after a swim can help keep you extra warm. For more information on maintaining a hot tub during the winter, take a look at our tips.

5. Build an indoor pool 

Outdoor pools are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Rain, snow, sleet and hail – all staples of Vancouver winter weather – may make you second guess going outside for a swim. Plus, there is the added cost and time of winterizing an outdoor pool. You can avoid all of these issues by building a custom indoor pool that will always be available to use, no matter what the weather is doing outside.

To find out if building an indoor pool is right for you, read The pros and cons of installing an indoor pool in your home.

There are also pros and cons to keeping your pool open all year long that you should take into consideration. 

Pros:

  • Extends pool fun for the entire year.
  • Enjoy the view of beautiful winter nights.
  • You will not need a winter cover.
  • No need to go through the steps of winterizing in the winter and reopening the pool in the spring.
  • Say goodbye to spring maintenance.

Cons: 

  • Keeping the pool open during winter would increase your yearly pool expenses and electricity bills. 
  • The pool will require regular maintenance if it stays open in the winter months, including cleaning out debris, balancing the water and cleaning the filter. 

If you decide that you want to use your swimming pool for more than just the summer season, ensure that it has the proper care and it can be useful any time of the year. If you have any more questions about building your own custom Vancouver swimming pool to use all year long, please feel free to contact us today.