You’ve decided to get an inground pool. The next decision you need to make is determining what kind of pool you want. There are many types of pools that you can choose from and a pool company can customize the pool to fit your needs. Some people want a pool they can swim laps in. Other people want a pool into which they can jump or dive. Before you begin to consider constructing a pool, you need to think about what you will use it for. Here we provide you with inground pool depth options.

Swimming Pool Depth Recommendations

Because each pool and family are different, there are several options that a company may recommend.

Sport Pools

If you are using a pool to swim laps, most experts recommend that your pool be at least 4 feet deep. That way, you can swim laps without scraping your knuckles or your feet. If you are tall, your sports pool depth may have to change. Do you like to play water polo or volleyball in your pool? Perhaps, you like to do water aerobics. If that is the case, you may want to think about making your pool all one depth.

Pools for Families with Small Children

If you have a family with small children, there are several options to consider. First, you need to think about the depth of the shallow end. Small children do not usually want to jump in the water. They want to play at the edge of the pool and become familiar with the water. You may want to consider building a sun shelf at the shallow end of the pool. Usually, the water on sun shelves is 3 to 5 inches deep. This allows people to sunbathe and small children to play.

Small children need a shallow end to play in as well. Most experts recommend the shallow end of the pool be about 3 to 4 feet deep. You may want to put stairs in at one end. This allows children to get in and out of the water gradually.

Pools for Families with Older Children

If you are considering a pool, and your children are older, you need the correct pool depth for diving. Experts recommend the depth of a diving pool at the deepest part needs to be at least 9 feet. Many pool depths go to 10 feet to ensure that everyone stays safe. Your older children may also like to jump in the pool. Pool depths for jumping in the pool needs to be at least 4 feet deep. That way, the water absorbs the energy from the jump.

What if I Just Want to Relax?

If you’re interested in relaxation, but not interested in diving or jumping, your pool can be one depth. Most experts recommend your pool be waist high for relaxation. Depending on how tall you are, this can be either 4 feet or 5 feet deep. That way, if you enjoy laying out by the pool, and you want to take a quick dip, your hair can stay dry. At 4 or 5 feet deep, you would be able to swim laps if you want at a comfortable depth.

If you are still wondering about what depth you need for your pool, why not contact Atlantic Pool and Spa? We can help you figure out the right size, shape, type, and provide you with inground pool depth options for you and your family. There are so many options to choose from, and we know the decision is difficult. We can help. We are in Lake Hopatcong, N.J., and we serve Morris County, Bergen County, Warren County, and Sussex County.