There's nothing quite like taking a dip in the pool on a super-hot summer day, but for many of us non-pool-owners, we typically have to wait until we're at a resort, community pool or a friend's pool party for such a thing to happen.
That's about to change thanks to Swimply, which launches on June 30.
The new platform—both a site and an app—lets people book pools in their area, so they can soak up the sun on their own terms (and ideally while floating around in an inflatable swan). They can also see reviews before they book, and choose from a range of different-sized pools. According to Swimply, the average pool costs about $45 per hour, and is based on pool area size, amenities, timing and demand. Not bad considering how much getting an in-ground pool would cost, and the upkeep.
The platform also lets pool owners list their pool so they can make some extra money. Swimply guarantees owners an easy transaction within 24 hours of the reservation, and Swimply says owners will be able to restrict the number and age of people who use the pool. However, users will not be required to prove that they're able to swim in order to use the pools listed.
Currently, pools are available to book through Swimply in the following U.S. states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Virginia, plus Canada and Australia. A rep from Swimply told WorkingMother.com that at pre-launch there were a few thousand pools listed on the platform, and hundreds of pool-owners are signing up each week.
Just like other economy-sharing platforms like Airbnb, however, there are also safety concerns. If an accident were to happen while using a pool that was booked through Swimply, the company wouldn't be liable for what transpired between the users, a Swimply rep told WorkingMother.com.
Nevertheless, they are already taking steps to make booking a pool less risky for both parties involved. The rep said they've built in mandatory waivers to the booking process, and that they partner with certified pool service companies across the country to inspect pools for safety and health. Swimply is already working toward the goal of providing full insurance for each booking—something we can imagine all pool-renters on the platform appreciating.
If it's anything like Airbnb, you'll want to book as far in advance as possible to get your preferred pool. Happy splashing!