What’s the Best Pool Depth for Swim and Play Pools in Phoenix?

Pool | 03/14/14

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A common question that pool design Arizona companies get is what their pool depth should be.  While many Phoenix pool design companies will give you their best recommendations, it ultimately rests on the homeowners shoulders to decide what will work best for them and their family.  To help you determine the right pool depth, start by asking yourself these two simple questions:

Who’s Going In The Pool?

Swim and play pools are often built solely for recreational purposes, though if you do have an avid swimmer in the household it may be nice to create a space for them to be able to swim several strides without hitting a wall.  Generally speaking, swim and play pools are anywhere from 4 feet to 6 feet in depth, though if you have younger children in the home you’ll want to create a shallow end.

TIP:  Consider adding a beach entry to your pool to create a shallow play space for children and pets.

Will The Depth Always Best Accommodate You?

Needs change over time, so it’s nice to include features in a pool that can easily be converted in the future.  For example, if you currently have or plan to create a lap pool that has a pool depth of 4 to 5 feet, homeowners can easily connect a “wading pool” that is no more than a few inches in depth to the main pool when they have children.  As those children grow and the wading area is no longer necessary, it can then be converted into a spa.

Homeowners also have to take whatever other future features they may want to add to their swim and play pools in the future.  It may not be in the budget now to include a water slide or a diving board, but as time passes you may find the cash in your budget to include these items.  Such features will demand greater pool depths which are far more easily and economically done while the pool is being newly constructed than five or ten years later.


Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.


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