Oct 11 19
For many, swimming is a favourite past time in the summer, but it’s also an excellent way to stay fit, as well as relax and unwind. And for thousands of years, people all across the world have used pools for enjoyment and sport. If you’re a big fan of swimming, here are some interesting facts about swimming pools that you’ve likely never heard of before.
Chile has the Biggest Pool in the World
If you want to swim in the largest pool in the world, you’ll need to fly to Algarrobo, Chile. The San Alfonso del Mar resort features a 3,324 ft swimming pool that meanders its way from one end of the resort to the other. Holding over 250 million litres of water, it’s just as big as 6,000 8-meter swimming pools. This massive pool is also the deepest pool on record at 115 feet.
The Highest Pool is in Singapore
Enjoy breathtaking views atop the Marina Bay Sands at a whopping 340 meters high. This is the highest swimming pool in the world and is also the highest infinity pool with endless views of the Singapore city landscape. You can also shop, eat, and gamble here!
Fast Pools, In Fact, Give Faster Times
Did you know that there are two main types of pools: fast and slow? A slow pool would be considered the common type that we have in our backyards to cool off and relax in. Fast pools are used by competitive swimmers. They are much deeper than slow pools because the deeper the water depth, the faster the swim. They also have a unique system of overflow gutters and lane lines that helps to prevent waves from bouncing back into the middle of the pool. This keeps the resistance low so that the swimmers can move even faster through the water.
Pools Can Have Movable Floors
Few people know that the Olympic pool used in the 2012 London games was specially equipped with movable floors. This allowed the water depth to be changed to accommodate racing, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions.
The World’s Oldest Pool is in Pakistan
Built way back in the 3rd millennium BC, Mohenjo-Daro, Pakistan is home to the first pool in the world. Known as “The Great Bath”, this pool was 38.9 feet by 23 feet and reached a depth of 7.9 feet. It was used for many religious functions including purification and renewal of the bathers.
If you’re as obsessed with swimming pools as we are, maybe it’s time to get one of your own or upgrade your current pool to a luxurious model. At Rideau Pools, we build the most lavish pools along with stunning landscaping and patio designs. Our 3D rendering system will allow you to design your dream backyard right on our computer to make sure it’s exactly how you envision it. Contact us today!