Lap pools are pools that are built for fitness and leisure. They are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be long and narrow.
On average the dimensions of a lap pool are: length, around 14 metres, width, 2.5 metres and the depth, about 1.5 metres.
The length ensures you have adequate space to get a good swim without doing too many turns, while the depth ensures you’re not in danger of scraping the bottom with your fingers. The width generally caters to only one person but can be extended by several feet to accommodate a swimming partner.
That said; there are no restrictions whatsoever pertaining to size. Depending on your space and budget you can have a much larger pool if you choose to do so.
BENEFITS OF LAP POOLS
Lap pools provide an excellent alternative to the gym. The repetitive motions involved in swimming help burn calories, tone muscles and improve one’s overall fitness.
Due to their thin and narrow layout, lap pools can be built on spaces that normally would not accommodate other pools. In some instances, they don’t even have to be built into the ground. They can be built on top of a deck!
Although, traditionally, lap tools are rectangular in shape, they can be built to conform to other shapes or configurations.
If you’d like to give the pool an entertaining aspect as well, a jacuzzi, or spa can be combined with the pool as a rectangular extension with a separating wall between the two to ensure each function independently.
You can also choose to make the pool more visually appealing by transforming it into an infinity edge lap pool. This is an exaggerated lap pool that creates the illusion of water vanishing over the pool’s edge. This is an effect that is very popular in Gold Coast and Northern Rivers homes.