That's basically the same as our logic. Our son can swim, and now he can dive and get rings at 5' depth, but when set on this project years ago, he couldn't and it was a major reason. I also thought about my parents and in-laws and figured they'd spend more time there. As stated, if you're not space constrained, I think it's a no brainer, but if you are, it's really worth considering.Just wrapping up our build, we have a splash pad / tanning ledge / whatever you want to call it these days. Ours is fairly large at about 10 x 6, about 13" deep. It takes up a lot of space. We haven't had a chance to use it yet, but it was an important feature for us when we made the decision, time will tell.
We have two young kids who don't swim yet, and many friends with the same. Even if they can swim, it will be nice for them to have a place to sit and play with their toys for a while (we hope).
This sort of is what I said earlier, we thought our kid would use it more, but now that he can fully swim and even dive, he'd rather be in the pool. It's also just too hot to spend anytime there, and we have umbrellas even. That said, it looks great and provides the best ingress/egress solution for a pool. For us, we have space. I don't regret it. I think when we get deeper into Summer we'll use it more in the morning/lunch hours though, so I'll come back and report.Unless you have the space for it, I would say no.
We have a 4yo son, and we thought he would use it. Very rarely does he go there. He wants to swim in the big pool. Even with his toys.
If you don’t have kids, you probably won’t use it. If it is hot enough to use pool, you won’t sit on the sunshelf chair loungers because it is too hot. If it is cool out, well you probably won’t sit on the ledge loungers. We use the lounger floats in the main part of the pool.
Next pool we won‘t have one. We would like extra deck space, and we have a large deck. The deck is never large enough. It is amazing how fast it fills up with furniture, plants, grill, deck boxes, toys, etc.
It does make a nice focal point and it’s nice to dip your feet into though.
30 is a good swim lane. It’s not great but good. 23 is on the short side for actual swimming. If you’re more for lounging and splashing, I’d go with the splash pad. If exercise and lap swimming is your thing, consider the extra length. Remember, not a lot of people actually swim laps, especially guests. I actually enjoy swimming 10 laps a day as part of exercise, but my wife and kid don’t, and I don’t at other peoples’ pools.15.5 x 30 is all we really have room for and the pad would be 6.5 feet leaving us with 23.5 feet of swim space. I feel like that is still a lot but have never had a pool so I’m worried we will wish we had the extra 6.5 for swimming. We do however love the look of the pool entrance with the pad though. Feels almost beach entry.