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Thread: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

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    Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    We have a 24' above ground. 54" deep. Our daughters are 3 & 5 and are mildy vertically-challenged. So while inthe pool, they live on floats, rings, noodles etc since they can't touch bottom. We went camping about 3 weeks ago and our daughter got to wade around in the lake and loved it. Now she really wants to be able to touch bottom and walk and jump, etc in the pool. Since we really don't want to lower the water level (and can't due to skimmer), is there any product that could we could put in the pool to raise part of the floor and make a shallow area? Some sort of platform?

    Anybody have any good ideas?
    Eddie

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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    Some of the public pools in our city use platforms for the small kids to stand on during swimming lessons. The frame is built from PVC piping and I think the floor is just a sheet of plywood or plexi glass. They aren't very big...maybe 4' x 4', and they just drop them into the pool for the kids to stand on when needed. They make them so that 3 of the sides have railings to keep the kids from falling off. Sorry don't have any pictures.
    15' AG - 48" walls and center dished out 8", 1 HP Hayward , Jacuzzi 225 sand filter, and Taylor K-2006 kit.

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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    As I suggsted in another thread, you could buy a plastic outdoor patio table and cut the legs down and use that for the kids to stand on. Although, I think Northcountry's platform sounds sturdier. You could make the actual platform out of Starboard, it's a product used in the marine world for boats. From what I understand it's like plywood, except made out of plastic instead of wood. You could also make the platform area out of Trex or a similar product.

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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    I have the same issue pleakpool.

    Launboy gave me the idea for sinking the table in the pool.


    I think there would be a real maket for someone to invent a "beach or sunning" type platform that you could install in your vinyl pool.
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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    Thanks for the replies - I think this weekend, I will poke around in the stores and see if I can find a plastic table that will work. If not - I like the PVC idea also.


    hlemon - saw your thread on beach steps after I posted this one.
    Eddie

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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    Thanks for the PVC idea. I have been thinking about something like this for my two kids (3yo and 2yo). Gonna try and make a PVC frame and sew a nylon cover streched between the two outer supports.

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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    Quote Originally Posted by riccog125
    Thanks for the PVC idea. I have been thinking about something like this for my two kids (3yo and 2yo). Gonna try and make a PVC frame and sew a nylon cover streched between the two outer supports.
    Boy that almost sounds like it could be fun An underwater trampoline! You'll have to post some pics if it works out.
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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    I saw this while looking at a person lift for pools...



    I think it would be a good design to base your platform off of if you end up building one.
    Here's a link to the site...http://www.aquacreek.com/toddler-training-platform.htm

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    Re: Is there any way to make a shallow end in an above-ground?

    Only a word of caution. Make sure you give your DIY platform a good rubberised base or slipper for vinyl or plaster pool. You wouldn't want to patch leaks before your kids even have enough fun.
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