Pool Design questions: Put in a bench or other deep end exit alternatives?

mamaplanch

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PB just finished digging the shell of the pool. Pool is a freeform shape, 16 x 32. We started out with a tanning ledge or a ‘Baja shelf’ but the builder suggested we make it more of a big step because it encroached upon useable pool. Now that it’s been dug, I also think the 8 ft spa should be reduced to 7 ft and possibly not put in a bench in the deep end because the deep end bowl is whittled down by these features. Are there other ‘exit’ ideas for the deep end, like inverted steps or ladder etc? Or should I just put the bench in? I’m concerned about the bench placement as a hazard for kids jumping into the pool. Although it may be important for a means to get out of the deep end on that side. Thoughts?
 

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There is no requirement for a means to exit the deep end. For safety the top of the coping should be within reach of someone in the pool so they can grab it if they are tired.

How deep is your deep end?

What is the vertical depth profile of your pool?

Are the depths being discussed water level or depth to top of the bond beam?
 

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Many pools (mine included - see pics in my sigline) have a "swimout". This is an exit point from the deep end that is formed outside the perimeter. Having it go external to the pool limits the danger of someone jumping or diving in and hitting a swimout/bench that is underwater protruding into the pool.
 

mamaplanch

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There is no requirement for a means to exit the deep end. For safety the top of the coping should be within reach of someone in the pool so they can grab it if they are tired.

How deep is your deep end?

What is the vertical depth profile of your pool?

Are the depths being discussed water level or depth to top of the bond beam?
Deep end will be 6 ft, middle of the pool 4 1/2, and start of the pool 3 1/2. I do feel there should be an exit from the deep end, not necessarily for safety requirement, but for practicality to get to the spa and to not have come to the shallow end to get out of the pool. My kids have no problem getting in and out on the deep end, but likely more challenging for some guests. I need to let the builder know by this week, as he is preparing to send the steel team to set before concrete.
 

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6 feet is a no diving pool and not a very deep end.

You will need to define the safe "jumping" areas of your pool for your kids.
 

mamaplanch

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Many pools (mine included - see pics in my sigline) have a "swimout". This is an exit point from the deep end that is formed outside the perimeter. Having it go external to the pool limits the danger of someone jumping or diving in and hitting a swimout/bench that is underwater protruding into the pool.
I like that idea a lot. I will ask the builder if that works. The challenge is that space is tight, and we opted for steps leading up to the jacuzzi with a wrap around ledge. Do you think a swim put would work in my layout? How many feet outside of your pool is your swimout? Enclosing a picture of our design!
 

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mamaplanch

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I like that idea a lot. I will ask the builder if that works. The challenge is that space is tight, and we opted for steps leading up to the jacuzzi with a wrap around ledge. Do you think a swim put would work in my layout? How many feet outside of your pool is your swimout? Enclosing a picture of our design!
*swimout not swimput LOL
 

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A swimout could be done really with any design. Ours is about 18" deep with 1 extra step and sticks out around 15" from the pool.

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mamaplanch

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6 feet is a no diving pool and not a very deep end.

You will need to define the safe "jumping" areas of your pool for your kids.
CA limits the deep end to 6 feet unless special
permits are obtained. 🙄 That being said, cannon balls and flips into the pool are likely as opposed to diving. The safe jumping areas are ideally all around the bowl area...which is why I was rethinking the bench area, as it further limits those launching off points. My kids are 11-17, so fortunately old enough to be water safe.
 

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CA limits the deep end to 6 feet unless special
permits are obtained. 🙄 That being said, cannon balls and flips into the pool are likely as opposed to diving. The safe jumping areas are ideally all around the bowl area...which is why I was rethinking the bench area, as it further limits those launching off points. My kids are 11-17, so fortunately old enough to be water safe.
What does it take to get the special permit?
Cannonballs.. OK. flips, not so much... too much risk for head first entry into the water.
And I don't know your kids, but 11-17 are old enough to understand that you said NO, but very likely to do it anyway. :wink: