Swimming is the art of making strokes through water. It involves moving through water with your body, arms and legs. There are lots of methods of swimming and these involve butterfly method, crawling, backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke. Swimming is also a recreational activity, usually done in swimming pools. The relevance of swimming pools in swimming cannot be overstated. The history of swimming pool dates back to the 3rd millennium BC.
Swimming pool, also known as wading pool, paddling pool or swimming bath is a container containing water for recreation and swimming. The size of a swimming pool depends on the standard used in building it. Different kinds of materials can be used in building swimming pools and these include plastic, fiberglass, metal and concrete. Swimming pools are classified into various types depending on their purpose of use. A swimming pool can be classified as indoors or outdoors.
- Public swimming pools
These are used by the general public and they are designed for this purpose. The size and shape of public swimming pools usually varies but mostly the rectangular size of 25m by 50m is used. Some public pools are made elaborate with splash pads, artificial waterfalls, fountains and so forth. Public swimming pools are often built in hotels, educational institutes, health clubs and fitness centers and so forth.
- Private swimming pools
These are designed for a selected few people. This type of swimming pool could be built in a home. Their sizes are usually smaller than that of public pools and could be about 3.7m by 7.3m by 12.2m. Many homes in the United States have private swimming pools. In most countries, private pools are fenced in order to prevent children from entering them unauthorized.
Swimming Pools Designs
- Children Pools
These are pools designed for children. They are inexpensive to build and are also temporary. These pools are built with polyvinyl chloride and are known as splasher pools in the swimming pool industry. These pools are designed to amuse and cool off children and toddlers.
- Competition Pools
These are indoor pools about the length of 25m to 50m long. These swimming pools are kept at the appropriate temperature by heating to ensure that the competitors participate at the temperature requirements. Competition pools should meet the Federation Internationale de la Natation standard. These standards include the following:
- The dimension should be 50m by 25 m.
- It must be divided into eight lanes each of 2.5m while leaving off 2.5m at the both sides of the pool.
- The water temperature must be maintained at between 25oC and 28oC
- The lightning level should be greater than 1500 lux.
- It must be up to 2m deep and so forth.
- Exercise Pools
This type of pool as the name implies is used for exercises. The dimension of the vessel is usually about 2.5m by 5m. Exercise pools are known by a lot of names such as swimming machines, swim spas, swim systems and so forth. To ensure workout in this type of pool, the swimming moves against the force of a restraining device or the water current generated artificially.
The types of swimming pools are reflective of the functions they perform. Various other types of swimming pools exist and also their length and function vary accordingly.
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