Is 16x36 a decent sized pool

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  1. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    Finishing our house and thinking about a pool. Is this a big enough pool?
     
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    Unless you plan on competition-style swimming, that should be plenty big enough. My family had a 15x30 above ground for several years, and it was perfectly big enough for the overwhelming majority of our pool-oriented activities and kids' games.

    The only thing you might need a larger pool for would be swimming laps. With a shorter pool, you end up having to make a turn every 6-8 strokes...makes it kinda hard to establish a rhythm.
     
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    What will you use it for? Kids? Parties? Floating adults? Deep end?

    Few people have ever said "my pool is too big" but lots have said "I wish we had a bigger one."
     
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    I think the one I had was 38'-40' which was fine for laps.
     
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    That depends on what you want to do. When we built our pool 36’ long was the minimum for a diving board. This may have changed or may be different in different places. A lot of diving accidents occur when hitting the upward slope from the deep to shallow end. A longer pool may decrease this possibility. If you are swimming laps 36’ is okay but longer is better. We ended up with 40’ x 16’ because of space limitations; otherwise I would have gone 40’ x 18’.
     
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    16" x 36" ?

    What is this, a pool for ants?
     
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    Mine is 18x 38. I would've gone bigger, but the enclosure cost increased exponentially with the size of the pool, so we stopped there.

    It's actually not a bad size pool, and by south florida standards, it's huge.
     
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    Thats a pretty good sized stage.
     
  11. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    Lol. Mostly for the nieces and nephews and Inlaws.

    I got my 10x24 two story music playing room with a controll room looking over from the upstairs so I am set for my needs.

    Just don't want to look back and worry it should have been a bigger pool.

    It fits the back porch perfectly and the guy said length is fine for a diving board and still leaves 8 ft of shallow for the kids.
     
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  13. Rex Anderson

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    We had a 16 x 40 in our last house. It was nice and I could swim a decent lap.

    New house has 15 x 30. Not swimming laps now, but still good size, big enough for more than 2 people.

    Remember good ratios look better, like 3 x 5, 4 x 6 etc.

    If your pool is 16 feet wide, I would go 40 feet long if you can. You don't need it deeper than 5'-6' unless you really want a diving board. Deeper pools, colder at the bottom (harder to heat/bigger heater needed), more water, more chemicals etc.

    Be sure you know what you are getting in to.
     
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    we have a 16x32 in ground in our back yard ... has been plenty big ... i wish it were a tiny bit deeper - its only 7 1/2 feet deep and it slopes down to that ... in fact, a steeper slope down to 9 or even 10 feet would be better .... my interest in the depth is for diving ... i have touched the bottom with my hands diving in - i would be afraid a young kid not knowing might bottom out, so we actually took down the (non-spring) diving board

    if the pool were wider, that might be better 18 or 20 would be plenty ... but the 32 length isnt a problem
     
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    How do you expect them to swim if they can't even fit in the pool?!
     
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    I think 20x40 is the optimum size. Good enough for some lap swimming and handles a furious game of Water Volleyball also.

    My pool is a lazy L shape and works out to about 20 x 35. My shallow end is too small. But the thing was put in the yard in 1964 so it's really old school. 8 1/2 or 9 feet deep with a diving board. Personally I like having a deep end for diving. A good Cannonball contest is good for the soul. My daughter and I invented a dive we call "the Trout" it's a head first dive with your arms locked to you side. If you get a little arch to your back you have executed the perfect trout dive. Just like the old time stickers of Rainbows that used to be on the side and back of campers. Most definately requires a deep end.
     
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    it needs to be...at least 3 times larger
     
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    No luthier joke yet?
     
  19. Glass Onion

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    Pool will nOt have a truss rod. I know thats risky but gonna forgo the expense. Besides I have a luthier guest house.
     
  20. GAD

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    It's just big enough for you to wish you'd never installed a pool.
     

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