Winter is right around the corner. Most Vancouver swimming pool owners are thinking about closing their water for the season.

But what if you did not have to? There are a number of ways to make use of your pool year round. Here are four of our favourites.

4 ways to use your Vancouver swimming pool in the winter


1. Use it as a cold plunge pool

Despite its long history in China and recognition within alternative medicine, cold water therapy is just now getting the attention it deserves in mainstream North American society. When water is between 10ºC and 12ºC, it offers a range of health benefits, such as:

  • increasing white blood cell counts
  • stabilizing blood pressure
  • stimulating nerves

Want to try cold water therapy for yourself? Use your pool for cold plunges throughout the winter.

This works best with small plunge pools instead of full-sized pools. It can work with both, though, if desired. Creating a cold plunge pool is simple. Just make sure the water is at the appropriate temperature and you are ready to go. You can even host your own polar dip parties!

2. Build a covered enclosure

Another way to use your Vancouver outdoor swimming pool year-round is to build a covered enclosure. Enclosures tend to look like little greenhouses over top your water. This way they give you climate control without eliminating your view. We love enclosures for a number of reasons, including:

  • They keep your water clean
  • They keep you comfortable no matter the outdoor temperature
  • They let you get more use out of your pool

Luckily, enclosures are quick to install. You even have enough time to get one put in before the ground freezes this year.

3. Have heating installed

While the air may turn cold, your water does not have to. All you need to keep your pool comfortable is to install heating. When you are ready for a winter swim, heat the water and you are good to go.

This is an ideal solution for homeowners who work out in their Vancouver swimming pools and want to continue their exercise routine. Just make sure that your water is not too warm for your level of physical activity.  

4. Build an indoor pool

Fed up with the Vancouver weather altogether? It may be time for an indoor pool. This will allow you to not just swim in the winter, but in the rain as well. You also will not have to deal with debris or spring maintenance.

As with outdoor pools, however, it is important to have proper safety precautions, including a pool cover.

If you want to use your Vancouver swimming pool this winter, book an appointment with us to discuss your options. Ready to winterize your pool? Make sure you follow this checklist!