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Look Ahead to Your In-ground Swimming Pool Construction

Look Ahead to Your In-ground Swimming Pool Construction By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Remember when your were living with the realities of a winter existence and dreaming of endless summer? While you were shoveling the walk or scraping your car windows, did your mind drift to that spot in your back yard that you have been sizing up for an in-ground cement swimming pool? Let's make that wish more concrete.

What Types of In-ground Cement Swimming Pools are there?

Three types of in-ground concrete swimming pools are quite popular now. Let's take a look at each kind, what its defining characteristics are, and what type of lifestyle each pool complements.

Play Pool

Play pools are also known as paddling pools. This type of in-ground concrete swimming pool comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Play or paddling in-ground cement swimming pools are no deeper than five feet. They often include sprinkler, slide, and play attachments such as basketball or volley ball nets. Playing shallow water sports, keeping cool, and swimming laps are some of the typical uses. If you have a young, active family a play pool would likely serve you best.

Diving Pool

Anyone considering an in-ground concrete swimming pool should consider their choice carefully. The depth of the water required for diving is 8.5 feet, which is an obvious fall hazard, especially for younger children. Understandably, there are very rigid safety standards associated with an in-ground cement swimming pool for diving.

Lap Pool

A lap pool is generally geometrically shaped, long, thin, and relatively shallow. In-ground concrete lap pools are usually at least 50-feet long, which is the recommended length for aerobic exercise.

Combination Pools

The most popular type of pool today combines some of each of these basic types of in-ground cement swimming pools and provides a little something for everyone. Spas are frequently part of a combination pool package.

No matter what type of in-ground concrete swimming pool you choose, be sure that safety is a priority in your plans. A high, lockable fence around any in-ground pool will prevent accidents involving your children or the neighbors.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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