Create a coastal paradise with a beach entry pool
Picture an idyllic scene… Lying in calm shallow blue water warmed by the sun. It slopes gently away towards a depth that’s just right for swimming. That’s why so many of us head to tropical isles or exotic resorts for holidays. But with a little thought, it’s possible to enjoy this coastal luxury every day of the year. It’s as simple as building a beach entry pool.
A beach entry pool, also called “zero entry” is a pool where one or more sides gradually slope from ground level down into the water – just like a real beach. This doesn’t necessarily mean there are no steps at all, as some beach entries slope gradually at first before underwater steps allow you to step into the deeper water.
It’s becoming increasingly popular, although you will need a fair bit of space to accommodate the beach entry as well as the main swimming section of the pool. The depth starts out at zero and slowly slopes to become about 30cm deep. (This can vary depending on what you decide with your pool builder.)
Some beach entry pools include waterfalls and other natural elements to complete the effect, while others stick with a more streamlined, modern look.
Beach entry pools have several advantages, not least creating a safe play zone for toddlers and relaxation zone for elderly or disabled adults. It’s also a great spot to introduce little ones to the water and allow them to slowly build confidence. They can practice paddling with their hands, kicking their legs and blowing bubbles while feeling in control. It’s even a great spot to place a pool-safe chair where you can watch the kids swim and stay cool at the same time – without having to get in the water.
And it’s perfect for those who dread that first cold plunge into the water. The sun warms the shallow water, making it easier to get acclimatised.
Photo courtesy of Master Pools Guild (above)
Photo Courtesy of Mark Sabad (above)