Creating a Kid-Friendly Pool: Safety and Fun Features


Designing a swimming pool for families with children involves balancing safety and fun. At Swim Incorporated, we understand the importance of creating a space where kids can enjoy swimming while parents have peace of mind. This guide highlights essential safety features and exciting elements to consider for a kid-friendly pool.

Safety Features

Swim-Safe® Drainless Pools™

Our patented Swim-Safe® Drainless Pools™ eliminate the risk of drain suction, which can trap children underwater. This innovative design enhances safety by removing one of the most significant hazards in traditional pools.

Pool Barriers and Fencing

Florida law requires residential pools to have a barrier at least 4 feet high to prevent unauthorized access by children. The barrier must not have any gaps, indentations, or protrusions that could allow a child to climb over, under, or through it​ (FLSenate)​​. Gates should be self-closing, open outward from the pool, and have a self-latching device positioned out of a child’s reach​ (FLSenate)​.

Alarms and Safety Covers

Installing door and window alarms that lead to the pool area can alert parents if a child enters the pool area unsupervised. Safety pool covers, compliant with ASTM standards, can provide an additional layer of protection when the pool is not in use​.

Hurricane Safety Compliance

In Florida, ensuring your pool adheres to hurricane safety codes is crucial. This includes securing loose items that can become projectiles during a storm and having a secure barrier to protect against debris​ (FLSenate)​​ (Florida Health)​.


Fun Features

Shallow Play Areas

Incorporate shallow areas or beach entries where young children can splash and play safely. These zones provide a gradual depth increase, making it easy for kids to enter and exit the pool.

Water Features

Adding water features like fountains, bubblers, and waterfalls can make the pool more engaging for children. These elements not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also provide interactive play options.

Slides and Diving Boards

For older kids, consider adding a slide or a diving board. Ensure these features are installed according to safety standards, with appropriate depth and clearance​ (FLSenate)​.

Shade Structures

Installing shade structures like pergolas or umbrellas can protect children from sunburn during peak hours. Shade areas provide a comfortable spot for kids to rest between swims.

Creating a kid-friendly pool involves thoughtful design that prioritizes safety without compromising on fun. Swim Incorporated offers a range of solutions to help you achieve a safe and enjoyable swimming environment for your family. Schedule an initial consultation with us to explore how we can make your dream pool a reality.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your pool is a safe haven for kids and a fun retreat for the whole family!

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