We bought a bigger house almost three years ago now; it
came with a separate car park area and at the moment we don’t really utilise
it. We only have one car so it’s a bit
overkill having the space to park eight. So I started
thinking about a swimming pool, the boys already have lessons and it would be
nice for them to practice in-between at home.
It’s quite a drive to our closest pool so it would be more convenient
having one of our own, the boys would probably progress quicker too then. If they had been younger I would have used
it to improve their confidence in water, encouraging them to splash water on their face and duck underneath, now they would just benefit from working on their strokes. Eldest has moved into the deep end classes and it would be great if youngest could follow suit.
have a covenant that prevents us from building on the land, so it’s quite
restrictive. One possibly option would
be a large above the ground pool. I was
looking at the best above ground pool reviews at Above Ground Pool Central to
get some inspiration and these do look great.
Plenty of space to splash and have fun, some of the pools can hold quite
a few people so ideal to cool off in the warmer months! Before now we have only ever had paddling
pools but they have been so small, as the children have become better swimmers
they need more space and bigger challenges.
The Intex 24Ft X 12Ft X 52In Ultra Frame Pool Set looks perfect for our family.
In terms of safety an above ground
pool is the better prospect. As its raised it’s harder for children to
accidentally fall in. A below ground
pool can be very
dangerous especially if you have young children who cannot swim; a pool is the most
common reason that children aged between 1-4 drown in the USA where own pools
are more commonplace. It can all happen
so fast too, I don’t think I would want to take any chances.
An above the ground pool has more of a
barrier with its high sides, it’s harder for children to access. If you keep the ladder out of reach then it
would be very unlikely a young child could manage to climb into the pool. Overall it’s much better for your peace of
mind, although still supervise children as normal (just in case as they always continue to surprise you!) and do sign
them up for swimming lessons at the earliest opportunity as an added
precaution. Long gone are my boys armbands, they can now swim as well as me.
I don’t think where we live has a climate warm
enough to justify an in the ground pool, unless it was heated and covered! Given the legalities regarding our plot of
land and the cost involved an above ground pool suits our needs much better. I think this spring I might be tempted!