Should You Install A Lap Pool?

  • A lap pool is a pool that is built specifically for health purposes, unlike other pools that are created for entertainment.

  • There are generally two types of people who install lap pools — serious swimmers, or those with narrow or shallow backyards. Whichever category you fall into, it’s best to learn as much as you can about lap pool basics before you decide to jump in.

  • Lap pools are typically about 40 feet long, but they can reach up to 75 feet. Their width ranges from six to 10 ft. Experts recommend a minimum depth of 3-1/2 feet so swimmers don’t scrape their hands or feet on the bottom. If you do flip turns at the end of each lap like the Olympic swimmers, you need a pool that’s at least four feet deep.

Everyone likes a bargain, and lap swimming is a good deal when it comes to exercise. Swimming is a remarkably effective workout because it combines three important types of exercise in one: aerobics, stretching, and strengthening. 

Just because the pool is built for health purposes does not mean that it cannot serve as the focal point of a backyard.

A quality pool deck and lounge chairs can accompany a lap pool to help it stand out as aesthetically-pleasing. Additionally, pool owners can still consider installing water features like a waterfall. They can simply turn these features off when they wish to begin swimming laps.

In terms of design, the lap pool’s straight, streamlined and aesthetic lines will enhance your garden, especially if you have a long plot.


When planning or constructing a lap pool, think about the following:

If you will be using the pool mostly to swim laps, it is more convenient to enter the pool via offset or niche wall steps with a metal grab rail rather than internal steps
If there is room, consider adding an integrated spa, which extends the enjoyment of the pool and can economize on space if you desire both a pool and a hot tub in your backyard
The deck surround is an integral part of the design, so think about the materials you'd like to use: wood, concrete paving, or tile. The standard space around any swimming pool is 4 to 8 feet wide on all sides. This permits easy access, keeps debris out of the water, prevents the garden from becoming waterlogged, and allows for easier maintenance

The Benefits

  • Obviously, lap pools are beneficial because they allow their users to get exercise. But they don’t necessarily have to be used for swimming, though. Users can also use lap pools for walking as well. This adds resistance to the walk, which could make it more challenging than walking on a dry surface. Additionally, lap pools are an excellent choice for those rehabbing from injuries.
  • So if you, too, dream of a lap pool in your garden, We will be happy to assist you with your project.

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