When it comes to pool depth, there is no one size fits all answer. That is because the best depth for your pool depends on how you plan to use it. We have created a series of questions and answers to help you discover what depth you should be considering for your pool. 


How to establish the right pool depth for you


1. Will children be the primary pool users?

If your children are going to be the ones mainly using the pool, you can opt for a depth of 3 feet or less. Just remember that your kids may outgrow a shallower pool faster. Have toddlers? You may want to add a splash deck for them to quickly cool off on throughout the summer months. 

2. Will you be using the pool to swim laps? 

Swimming laps is best in a pool with a depth of 3.5 feet or deeper. If you are only using your pool for laps though, you may want to consider a lap pool or swim spa. These will require the least amount of space while still giving you what you need. 

3. Will you be playing sports in your pool?

There are plenty of water sports from water polo to swim basketball to pool volleyball. For the best sports experience, you will want the entire pool to be a single depth. That depth should be around 3.5 to 4 feet. 

4. Will you be using the pool mainly for lounging? 

Lounging in a pool can be incredibly soothing. If you plan to take advantage of this, you will likely want a shallower pool or at least a shallow end. You may also want to add a Baja Shelf to give you a comfortable lounge area. 

5. Will people be jumping into the pool?

If your kids are going to be jumping into the water, your pool depth should be at least 4 feet. For teens and adults, the deeper the pool, the better. Remember not to allow jumping in the shallow end of your pool, if you have one. 

6. Will people be diving into the pool? 

Will you or others be diving into the water headfirst? If so, pool depth can be a matter of life and death. Consult your Vancouver swimming pool contractor about what the professional guidelines would recommend. Make sure you always keep safety front of mind when it comes to diving


What else to consider when it comes to pool depth 


  • You can always mix and match depths. Most pools have a shallow end and a deep end with the pool sloping from 3.5 feet to 5 feet plus.
  • The height of the pool users is a factor. What might be safe for someone over 6 feet is not the same as for someone under 5 feet.
  • The deeper your pool depth, the more money you need to set aside for construction and maintenance. 
  • Safety should be your top priority when it comes to pool depth! 

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