A lot of the households in many parts of the world have swimming pools in their own backyards, or resorts with pools. When we see a pool, we automatically get so excited, and then go to swim, freshen ourselves and relax. We explore about its historical tidbits and other interesting facts about swimming pools.
After the World War II, millions of soldiers came home to their families. Some fo the wives who worked during the war still continued to work after, therefore boosting the family income. These events helped the pool industry to flourish, and companies such as Anthony Pools and Sylvan Pools began to create irregularly-shaped pools like this “kidney” pool.
One of the oldest swimming organizations in the England, it was founded in 1844.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) in the USA is a non-profit organization that offers the Certified Pool Operator license to pool professionals on how to maintain pools in accordance to government and industry standards. This certification is also accepted in many parts of the world.
The Racquet Club of Philadelphia is a private social club founded in 1906. It has facilities for squash, court tennis, racquets, and swimming. Its swimming pool is touted to be the first above-grade swimming pool in the world.
The Anthony & Sylvan Pools has been building and designing quality swimming pools for over 70 years. The company originated from two separate firms, the Anthony Pools and the Sylvan Pools, which were both pioneers in swimming pool development, design and installation. The two companies merged in 1996.
Hotels began to build pools to attract more clients during the 1930s. One of the hotels to feature a swimming pool was the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. The hotel represented the typical South Floridal lifestyle and the elite circle usually gathered there. Other hotels followed suit with much success.
The San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile, is touted to have the biggest swimming pool in the world, measuring 3,323 feet long, and covering 20 acres of 250 million gallons of seawater. Its maximum depth is 115 feet.
The 1960s saw many developments and enhancements done to the swimming pool, including the underwater lights.
Anthony Pools was formed in 1946 by Phil Anthony, who focused on building backyard pools. Anthony Pools and another swimming pool builder Sylvan Pools were both innovators in the swimming pool industry, eventually merging to become Anthony & Sylvan Pools in 1996.
Swimming pools had become popular in Britain during the 19th century. The popularity actually started early in the decade, when six indoor pools equipped with diving boards first appeared in London.
The Fleishhacker Pool was a saltwater pool in San Francisco, California, completed in 1925. It was located next to the San Francisco Zoo. It was one of the biggest indoor swimming pools in the world and was in operation for four decades until it closed down in 1971 due to poor maintenance and underfunding. It was finally demolished in 2000.
Wealthy Roman lord (and friend of emepror Julius Caesar) Gaius Maecenas built the world’s first heated pool during the 1st century BC.
During the 3rd century BC, the “Great Bath” was built in Mohenjo-Daro, now Pakistan. Measuring 12 x 7 meters, it is widely considered as the world’s first swimming pool.