Hi Everyone - We are looking to build next year, and our plans right now call for a 18 x 34 rectangle shaped vinyl liner pool. What we can't decide on is the best depth for the pool. Right now we are thinking of a 3.5ft shallow end and a 7ft deep end. We won't be having a diving board, but we wanted something deep enough in the deep end so the kids (and adults!) can jump in feet first safely.
I've read where the maximum slope to the deep end cannot exceed a 1:3 ratio (1 ft down for every 3 ft in length). So I've kept that in mind in our plans.
The attached photo shows visually what we are thinking. In a nutshell, it starts at 3.5 feet for the first 6 feet in length, then gently slopes down to 4.5 feet over a 7 foot span (1:7 ratio). Then it stays flat at 4.5 feet for the next 7 feet before starting the steeper decline (1:3 ratio) to get to 7 feet deep.
There are no stairs to worry about... the stairs would be off to the side of the shallow end forming an L shaped pool.
We would appreciate any feedback you may have on:
1) the depth ranges in general. Is 3.5ft to 7.0ft a good usable plan?
2) the slopes. Will the first gentle slope be okay for kids so they don't slide down?
3) do other pools have the 3 flat depth sections separated by 2 sloping sections? Or do most just do 1 gradual slope from the shallow to the deep end?