Most people enjoy cooling off in or around
swimming pools in Tampa, FL, in our hot, humid, Florida climate. There are a number of fun facts you
may not know about pools and pool culture. For example, did you know that
Florida is the only state which requires swimming instructors to be legally
qualified to teach swimming?
Different Kinds of Pools
Swimming pools are popular in many countries in the world. In New Zealand,
for example, there are 65,000 swimming pools for a total population of
only 4,116,900. That’s one pool for approximately every 633 people.
In addition to residential swimming pools, there are specially designed
swimming pools for competitive sports. NCAA swimming pools have a regulation
length of 25 meters. These pools are also known as short course pools.
Olympic pools, by contrast, are 50 meters long. Olympic pools contain
between 700,000 and 850,000 gallons of water. Swimmers also classify pools
by speed. A pool is considered fast if relatively few waves form while
swimming. Waves increase water resistance and slow swimmers down. To minimize
waves and drag, fast pools use gutters to create an efficient drainage
system. Deeper pools have fewer waves than shallower ones.
Pools Old and New
The first known concrete swimming pool in the United States was constructed
in Texas in 1915 and is known as the Great Eddy Swimming Pool. Home swimming
pools became popular in American after the Second World War, partly as
a result of the fame of the actress and synchronized swimmer Esther Williams.
MGM screened a number of popular musicals featuring synchronized swimming
in the 1940s and 50s. Synchronized swimming was later to become an Olympic
sport. It was first included in the 1984 Olympic Games. The outdoor swimming
pool at the White House was built by order of then-president Gerald Ford
in 1975. One year later, a secret passage was added, allowing the First
Family and their visitors to access the pool without having to go outside.