What is your swimmable temp?


Well-known member
Mar 11, 2017
I saw someone say that they swim in 70 degree water temp.

I gotta say, no way Jose!

I can barely stand it at 83 degrees. My best temp is high 80s to 90s.

How about you?


Mod Squad
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Aug 10, 2012
If it is sunny and 80 then we can swim at 82 or 83. But, we definitely prefer 85 and 87 to 92 is better when it is 100 outside. 93 is too hot.


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Jul 7, 2014
Bedford, TX

I'm with Danny, 82 is our first dip of the year temp. Even at that I've got to build up enough courage to take that first plunge... :smurf:

Jim R.


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Apr 20, 2016
Riverview, FL
Pool temp hit 82 a day ago and took first swim this year. That's about as low as I go :) Cool front moved in for the weekend so going to be another week or so before temps get back to that level :(


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May 23, 2015
Tucson, AZ
My kids will swim in 75F water easily. Me and the wife prefer 85F. Low RH in southern AZ means very rapid evaporative cooling when you get out of the water. My middle boy (the string bean) will go Smurf blue if I don't towel him right away.

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Active member
Jun 7, 2013
Millville, PA
I'll get in at 76 but I won't stay in for long and I'll jump in the hot tub to warm back up. My wife needs at least mid 80's to get in. My 4 year old wants to get in when there is ice in the pool.


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May 2, 2011
lebanon tn
I get in for short times around 70. Growing up near creeks that never reached above 50. Usually not full immersion in a creek but still played in it


TFP Guide
Apr 12, 2016
Tucson, AZ
84 if it's hot and sunny, and even then the littlest will start teeth chattering after a bit. 84 is about what I'll heat it to and what it can then maintain without additional heat by leaving the solar cover on 24/7 with air temperature at a high of 90+ and a low of 60+. Once the low overnight goes to 70, I pull the cover and it doesn't go back on until monsoon season.

87+ is my "normal" swim temp through the season and can be maintained with no cover at all as long as the overnight temps stay above 70.

In the desert, I've found that I lose more heat to evaporation than I gain from having direct sun exposure on the water - hence the blue solar cover is usually on 24/7 or stored in the garage. When it's time to replace old blue, I'll try a clear one and see what differences it makes in heating/maintaining heat. :)


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Aug 30, 2016
Riverside, CA
A lot higher than when I was a kid that's for sure. Low 80's is tolerable but 85 to 87 is ideal. For the spa, I really like it right around 100 even, but do like excursions up to 104 or so for short spells.

But it's a dry heat! That's why it is sucking up all the water and cooling your pool. I'm thinking of eventually doing solar panels to counteract that but is it worth it? IDK.


LifeTime Supporter
Jun 8, 2007
Houston, Texas
My wife and I like it to be 85+ but the kids will get in anything above 72. It was windy and on the cold side here in Houston the last few days (55 is cold for us) so that the pool felt warm at 82 the last couple of evenings. So I guess when it's cooler outside the water may feel warmer versus when it's 105 outside and 82 feels like freezing.