At Elite Pools and Spas of Houston, we immerse ourselves entirely in the pool and spa business. Throughout our years in business, we’ve come across some pretty interesting, astounding and downright dumbfounding facts about pools and spas.
We thought we’d test your swimming pool trivia and share some of the most interesting swimming pool facts we’ve learned along the way.
Astounding Swimming Pool Fun Facts
1. Evidence of the first swimming pool was around 2,000 BCE
Swimming was clearly a beloved sport for the ancient Egyptians who regularly used the River Nile for practice. We have to assume their favorite event was “try not to get eaten by a crocodile.” Evidence as far back as 2,500 BCE, however, shows that noblemen had their own personal swimming pools used by princes to learn and perfect the sport.
2. Expert swimmers train for up to 35 hours a week
Do you have dreams of making it to the Olympics? Be prepared to put in some serious hours. The average high-level swim competitor will train up to five hours a day for five to seven days a week. That means they can burn around 4,000 calories a day! (Who’s up for McDonald’s?)
3. There are over 10 million swimming pools worldwide
There are plenty of opportunities to learn how to swim, from visiting your local community center, heading to a water park, or building your own backyard swimming pool. As it turns out, Australia has more pools per capita than any other country in the world. We all those sharks, we’d stay out of the ocean too.
4. People love to play Marco Polo
The cries of “Marco!” and “Polo!” can be heard from neighborhoods across the country nearly every day. As it turns out, it’s the most popular swimming pool game, with Sharks and Minnows coming in at a close second.
5. The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool
It was also the first ocean liner to have a gym! Extra fun fact: The swimming pool is still filled.
6. The space shuttle’s turbo pump can drain a swimming pool in…
Though we don’t recommend trying this at home, the main engines’ turbo pump on the space shuttle can drain the average swimming pool in as little as 25 seconds. That’s almost as fast as Uncle Marty’s famous cannonball.
7. The first known concrete swimming pool was built in Texas
In 1915, a pool known as the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool was built in Austin, Texas. It started as a Colorado River swimming hole, transformed into a resort during the Depression, and now is a popular swim spot operated by the city.
Pearland New Pool Construction and Pool Remodeling Experts
As you can imagine, the aforementioned Deep Eddy has undergone some serious pool remodeling throughout its years in operation. In fact, most pool owners renovate or remodel their pool at least once per decade (or more), be it for safety reasons, structural reasons, or to give their pool a fresh, modern makeover.
So if you need a swimming pool remodel or want to start new pool construction, contact us today for a free quote!
About Elite Pools & Spas
For over 20 years, Elite Pools & Spas have been providing new pool construction, pool remodels, pool repair and weekly pool maintenance services for Houston, League City, Pearland, Clear Lake and the surrounding areas.
Elite Pools & Spas of Houston can work with almost any budget and give you a personalized vision of your very own backyard paradise. Whether you need new pool construction or remodeling services, Elite Pools provides the same quality and attention to detail to all of their projects. As a Hayward Warranty Station, we offer energy-efficient pool products for your pool & spa.
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