3:09 PM EDT, March 11, 2013
Perhaps you want a place to relax, entertain or exercise. If you have children, your pool could become a supervised playground. Each type of pool has requirements. Defining how you'll use a pool will help you choose the best design, location and size. Here are a few ideas:
•Frolicking. For splashing and playing in the water, a minimum of 3 feet deep is required, with an average depth running between a uniform 4 and 5 feet.
•Lap swimming. Serious swimmers need a pool that's at least 3 1/2 to 4 feet deep so that they don't touch the bottom while swimming, and so they can safely negotiate turns at each end. A good swimming pool will have parallel ends and be straight and long. Width is not as critical.
•Diving. If you plan on diving, your pool must have a deep end. The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals has developed minimum standards for pool depth, width and length for diving. Consult a pool professional for dimensions suited to your needs.
•Exercising. Another way to exercise in a limited area is offered by 8- to 12-foot-long jetted pools. By swimming against currents made by two or more jets, you can get a workout while staying in the same place. A calisthenics or exercise program in your pool requires water 3 to 5 feet deep.
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