Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Sports pool vs traditional deep end

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Sports pool vs traditional deep end

    We are currently getting bids on a 14 x 28 inground vinyl pool. We initially decided to build a sports pool, with 2 shallow ends and 5.5 deep in the middle, where you could put a slide. Our children (15, 13 & 9) subsequently told us that these pools are considered 'lame' because you can't retreive dive sticks, swim to the bottom, etc.

    What has been everyone's experience and what has been most popular with the kids? The kids and their friends will be the heaviest users of the pool, and my husband and I will use it for 'floating' around, etc. where depth does not really matter.


  2. Back To Top    #2

    Join Date
    May 2008
    North Carolina
    Our pool goes only to 5.5 feet in the deep end and I think it is perfect. My kids have no complaints. My 17 yr old and her friends like the depth so they can just hang out and do teenagy things (under the watchful eye of us . Our 8 and 6 yr old they mostly play in the shallow end with dive sticks etc.

    I like it because adults can be in there without much effort to stay above water. When we play volleyball the kids and short people get one side that the tall people get the other and we can use the entire pool.

    We don't have a slide, but that is one thing I would add. Other than that my house is the hit of the heighborhood

    Good Luck and enjoy your pool!

    Also to get much deeper, you will have to eat a great deal of shallow end space. Which means the majority of your pool will be a drop. At least at my house, the shallow end get use about 70% of the time. Anything you can do to have more shallow area is good. It is really hard to tread water and try to drink a beer at the same time.
    16 X 34 21,000 IG Vinyl Liner
    1 1/2 Hayward SuperPump
    New Sand Filter (had cartridge - hated them)

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    May 2008
    My pool is all one depth (no deep end). I don't have teenagers but the grandkids can stand up everywhere in the pool and the adults can have a mean game of volley ball using the whole pool and no one has to tread water. We don't have a diving board nor would I recommend one with out a deep end but I might get a sliding board.
    AGP, 21'x41'x52", Vinyl liner, Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter

  4. Back To Top    #4
    It really depends on the type of swimmers you have.

    We have an IG pool, with an 8' deep end. I literally spend about half my time in the pool at 8' Just something fun about being down that deep. It's also nice for diving.

    On the other hand, if we played volleyball, it would have to be all in the shallow end whiich would be a bit tight. I think if your plan is to have more of a "party pool" then you are safe without a deep end, since you can play more games etc.

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Rocklin, Ca
    I think boils down to personal preference. It's kind of like asking what's better...Coke or Pepsi.

    I like Coke and deep pools.

    Ask your family what they would prefer.
    11000 Gals, Intelliflo, Sta-Rite Cartridge, Polaris 360

    Pool I built in my old house: my-new-pool-build-t4534.html

  6. Back To Top    #6
    We decided to go with more of a sports pool that dips to about 5.5 feet in the middle. The ends are 3.5 on one side and 4 on the other with an 18" depth beach shelf. It's designed for play, but I think it's still deep enough for some underwater play.
    20,000 plaster in ground (finally blue!), Hayward C-1100 Cartridge Filter and Baracuda G4 Automatic Cleaner

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Quote Originally Posted by branchop
    It is really hard to tread water and try to drink a beer at the same time.
    LOL, so true!

    It really does come down to preference and what you think your family will enjoy the most. We just completed ours and it's approx. 11 x 36 with the water being the deepest (5'6) at the spa end (there is also a bench seat right in front of the spa wall and it's getting a lot of use. It's 3'6 shallow end before the wet deck begins and that's around 12".

    We're really enjoying it (especially the dog, who I swear has dropped 5lbs. already!) The kids have taken to jumping off the 4' back wall into the deep end. They know no head first, only feet and cannonballs are OK The only thing that would have made them happier would have been a slide.
    No Cover Charge
    17,000 gal IG w/ raised 8' spillover spa, 3M plaster, 10' stainless rain WF, Pentair SAM lights, Sta-Rite Sys3 cart. filter, Intellichlor SWG, 400kBTU Gas Heater, Paramount IF Cleaners, ET-8 Wireless Remote

  8. Back To Top    #8
    revstriker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    We opted for more of a sport pool, with a 5.5' deep section in the middle, 3.5' on one side, and 4.5' on the other. I thought I would miss not having a real "deep end", but in actuality, I do not. We end up playing basketball & volleyball which would be hard to impossible if we were just restricted to one end. It also makes it easy to sweep and vacuum.
    10K White Plaster Pool Built in 2007. Hayward Pump and DE Filter, Hayward Navigator, Liquidator (Removed due to issues), Solar Blanket, BBB user.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts