Inground Pool Depth Options, How to Choose

Inground Pool Depth Options, How to Choose

You’ve decided to get an inground pool. The next decision you need to make is determining what kind of pool you want. You can choose from many swimming pools, and an experienced and reputable pool company can customize the pool to fit your needs.

So, what is your lifestyle? Some people want a pool purely for fitness, one they can swim laps in. Others wish to have a pool where their children can jump and dive. How about entertaining and relaxation?

Before you consider constructing a pool, you need to think about what you will use it for. Here we provide you with inground pool depth options, which are crucial when deciding how you will use your new pool.

Swimming Pool Depth Recommendations

Because each pool and family are different, there are several options that a company may recommend.

Sport and Lap Pools

If you are using a pool for swimming laps, most experts recommend that your pool be at least 4 feet deep. That way, you can swim laps safely without scraping your feet. If you are tall, your sports pool depth may have to change.

Do you plan to invite family and friends over for pool fun? Do you like to play water polo or volleyball in your pool? Perhaps, you like to do water aerobics. If that is the case, you may want to think about making your pool all one depth.

Pools for Families with Small Children

If you have a family with small children, consider several options. First, you need to think about the depth of the shallow end. Small children do not usually want to jump in the water. Instead, they want to play at the pool’s edge and become familiar with the water.

You may want to consider building a sun shelf at the pool’s shallow end. Usually, the water on sun shelves is 3 to 5 inches deep. This allows people of all ages to sunbathe and small children to play.

If minor children are an issue, most pool experts recommend that the pool’s shallow end be about 3 to 4 feet deep. You may want to put stairs in at one end. This allows children to get in and out of the water gradually. You can also consider a beach entry pool. These are growing in popularity, and they bring on the ambiance and feel of being at the beach.

Pools for Families with Older Children

If you consider a pool, and your children are older, you need the correct pool depth for diving. You never know when that teenage friend pops over and decides to take a dive.

Experts recommend the depth of a diving pool at the deepest part needs to be at least 8 feet. However, many pool depths go to 10 feet to ensure everyone stays safe. Your older children may also like to jump in the pool. Pool depths for jumping in the pool must be at least 4 feet deep. That way, the water absorbs the energy from the jump.

What if I Want to Relax?

If you’re interested in relaxation but not interested in diving or jumping, your pool can be one depth. Most experts recommend your pool be waist high for relaxation. Depending on how tall you are, this can be either 4 feet or 5 feet deep. If you enjoy laying out by the pool and want to take a quick dip, your hair can stay dry. At 4 or 5 feet deep, you would be able to swim laps if you wish to at a comfortable depth.

Let’s Discuss Inground Pool Depth Options in More Detail

If you are still wondering what depth you need for your pool, why not contact No Limit Pools and Spas? We can help you figure out the right size, shape, type and provide you with inground pool depth options for you, your family and your lifestyle.

When you choose No Limit Pools as your pool builder, you have a limitless amount of pool options to choose from. We know the decision can be challenging. Our ultimate goal is to provide an excellent and fun pool build experience that results in nothing less than incredible.  

We are located in Mesa, Arizona and have been designing and building stunning pools throughout Maricopa County, AZ and beyond. We hope to hear from you and discuss what we can do for your Arizona home.