Lap pools – Everything you need to know

Lap pools have become increasingly popular over recent years. People are now more focused on their health than ever and backyards are getting increasingly smaller. So, for many, a lap pool provides the perfect solution. Here’s everything you need to know about lap pools and whether they might be the right pool for you.

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What is a lap pool?

Lap pools are designed with the intended purpose being health and fitness. As the name suggests, they are primarily used to swim laps in. They are catered best to serious swimmers that want an unimpeded length of water to swim in. Lap pools are perfect for those wanting to work towards fitness goals and improve their technique. They can also be used for other water sports and fitness activities. They are a great swimming pool option for those who have long and narrow yards or those who are limited on space but still want the luxury of a pool in their backyard.

What size can my lap pool be?

Lap pools are typically long, narrow and rectangular in shape and come in different sizes. They can range from around 8 to 12 metres long by around 3.5 metres wide. The width is generally the same as that of a swimming pool lane or two with enough space to cool off on a hot summer’s day. The depth of a lap pool is approximately 1.35 metres which is sufficient to walk in as well as swim laps at an athletic level.

How do you make a lap pool?

Fibreglass lap pools are manufactured in a factory on a mould. They constructed to be extremely storing and durable. Once you have chosen the lap pool you would like for your home and all necessary paperwork has been submitted and approved, your pool can be installed.

Can I customise my lap pool?

The shape of a fibreglass lap pool cannot be customised, however there are many ways you can tailor your lap pool to suit your swimming requirements. Some of these include:

• Spa jets – Spa jets are multipurpose and can be used to create resistance when swimming laps or used to relax after a hard training session.

• Lighting – Lighting is an effective way to enhance the entire look of your pool. Especially at night time.

• Heating – A heating system allows you to use your pool year-round and warm water in conjunction with spa jets is a fantastic way to relieve sore muscles and tension.

• Smart pool options – Smart technology for your lap pool allows you to control your pool cleaning schedule with one touch of a button from your smart device.

• Landscaping and surrounds – A lap pool can be a stunning focal point in your backyard, and you can enhance it even more so by choosing surrounds and landscaping to complement it.

• Gel coat finish – You can choose the colour of your fibreglass lap pool. Many reputable pool companies offer a vibrant colour selection.

How do you install a lap pool?

Installing a lap pool is much like installing a regular sized pool. In-ground pools are the most popular installation method and it involves excavating the ground and digging a hole where the pool will be situated. Next, your pool will arrive, it is then lifted into to place and levelled. Backfill is placed around the pool and it is compacted. Timber boxing is then constructed around the outside of pool for concrete to be poured. The concrete is smoothed and left to dry. Pavers or decking are then placed. Once this has been completed your pool is ready to be filled with water. Lap pools can be installed either above ground, partially above ground or inground. The installation technique varies depending on which type you choose.

How long does it take to install a lap pool?

Installing a fibreglass lap pool is relatively fast and simple. If you have easy access and your pool is to be built on a flat block, they can be installed in as little as 7 days. However, unforeseen factors such as weather, the time of year and lengthy council approvals can lengthen the time it takes to install your pool.

How much is a lap pool?

There are so many variables that can affect the cost of a lap pool. Added extras, landscaping, surrounds and the condition of your site all contribute to the overall cost. Many assume that because a lap pool is smaller in size than a large family sized pool that the price will be cheaper. This isn’t always the case. A lap pool is built to the same quality standards that a family pool is and it is installed using the same construction process. To get an accurate price, it’s best to contact your local pool builder. Many reputable companies offer free onsite quotes.

Benefits of a lap pool

There are many benefits to swimming laps and here are just a few:

Keep fit: Swimming laps is one of the best cardiovascular workouts you can do. Every muscle works to glide your body through the resistance of the water. Swimming laps tones and strengthens muscles and burns double the number of calories that walking does.

Swimming is for everyone: The great thing about swimming is that anyone can do it. It’s a great form of exercise for those with limited mobility or people who are recovering from an injury as it is non weight bearing and reduces the impact on bones and joints.

Improve mental health: Exercising and getting the blood pumping releases feel good endorphin hormones that can create a sense of euphoria. Swimming laps is a great way to destress and unwind which can be very beneficial for our mental health.

Sleep better: Swimming laps exerts energy and when combined with the soothing effects of water, it has been shown to have positive effects on ones sleep.

Why should I choose a lap pool?

If keeping fit and healthy is your main incentive for purchasing a pool, a lap pool may be the perfect solution. Lap pools are also a great choice for families that are limited on space who still want a pool to swim and cool down in. Whilst kids should never be in the pool unsupervised, the size of a lap pool is ideal for young children who are gaining confidence in the water as they don’t have far to swim from one side to another. Lap pools offer a private place at your own home to swim, exercise and relax. Another incentive for choosing a lap pool is that they are easier to maintain. As they are smaller in size, they use less water, require little effort to keep them clean and use fewer chemicals.

A lap pool is a sensible choice for singles or couples that want a pool for keeping fit, unwinding after a long day and don’t necessarily need a large pool.
Here at Barrier Reef Pools we specialise in transforming backyards and lifestyles with our luxury award winning fibreglass pools. We manufacture and install the highest quality pools on the market. If you have any questions regarding the suitability of a lap pool for your home, give our friendly team a call, and we will help in any way we can.