POOL & WATER MAINTENANCE

How do you get inside the pool? a guide to your pool entrance options

You have planned out your pool, from the material to the location and even down to the fun pool accessories that will keep you and your loved ones entertained for pool seasons to come. One detail you shouldn’t forget is the entrance to your pool. With ladders and staircases – and even diving boards! – you have several options when it comes to pool entry.

Check out our list below to help you make the best decision.

    1. Baja Shelf

      A Baja shelf, also known as a tanning shelf, is a larger-than-normal first step that serves as a very shallow area for tanning, dipping in toes, or other activities. This type of entrance can be great for pets, along with people who might prefer not fully submerging in the water. It’s also very luxurious, as it creates a shallow area that’s perfect for sipping some bubbly on a lounge chair and enjoying the view. Another fun aspect of the Baja Shelf is its shape and material. While squares or rectangles are quite common, you also install a creatively shaped Baja Shelf that fits your pool. You can also use a variety of materials for the shelf, ranging from the same material that covers the interior of your pool to something more contrasting.

    2. Drop-In Steps

      Drop-in steps are exactly that – steps that can be easily “dropped in” to your pool, made from plastic or fiberglass. These steps come with convenient handrails and are a no-frills option when it comes to pool entry. One of the benefits of these steps is that they can be placed anywhere in your pool (including corners) and installation is incredibly simple. Another benefit is the fact that these steps are often algae-proof, preventing the stairs from becoming slimy and slippery. Though visually these steps aren’t as sleek looking, they are a simple and effective option.

    3. Beach Entry

      Beach entry pools, also known as zero entry or walk-in pool entries, are pools with a sloped, declined entry. Like in an actual beach, the water becomes deeper as you walk into a pool with a beach entry. These entrances are excellent for the whole family and are particularly wheelchair friendly. These entries are also beautiful, adding a feeling of being at the beach without needing to leave your backyard. Be warned though – these types of entries are often a more expensive option when it comes to pool entries. Another disadvantage to be aware of is that the declined entry might also make swimming laps a little more challenging.

    4. In-Wall Steps

      In-wall steps are recessed steps that are built into the wall of your pool, underwater. The steps are often made of plastic or stainless steel and take up a minimal amount of pool space, making them a great option if your pool is on the smaller side. These steps naturally require handrails, which in many places can be customized to your taste.

    5. Diving board


      Though not exactly a conventional pool entry, this is also a good opportunity to discuss the different options that exist when choosing a diving board. One of the most important considerations when looking at different options for diving boards is safety. Springiness and depth are important factors when it comes to safety. Boards with a lot of spring might not be appropriate for small children, and you must be sure that your pool is deep enough to accommodate a diving board. As the name suggests, springboards are complete with springs in the base and give your jump more power. Again, be sure that your pool is deep enough for this type of diving board. Platforms don’t have any springs and thus tend to be safer and a more popular choice for backyard pools. Jump rocks are made of rocks or other material and serve a very similar function as platforms.

      Whichever option you choose, your pool entry can play a big role in how you enjoy your pool and its overall aesthetic. Planning your new pool? Don’t forget to check out our list of seven things to consider when building a pool.

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