If your idea of a wonderful time is to take a dip in a swimming pool, then you should check out a new app called Swimply. Like AirBnB, except for swimming pools, Swimply lets you rent a private pool at someone else’s house.
If you want the joy of having a private swimming pool but don’t happen to have one in your backyard, no problem. Check out the Swimply app and you can be jumping into someone else’s pool instead.
Swimply was developed by Bunim Laskin, a 22 year-old app developer in New Jersey, who’s the oldest of 12 children in his family. He created Swimply (like “simply” but with “swim”) to connect people who want to use a private pool with people who have one they’re willing to rent out. Pool owners can use Swimply to share their pool with others while helping to offset the cost of owning that pool.
“Owning a pool can be expensive, enjoying one doesn’t have to be,” said Laskin. “We are seeking to democratize the pool experience so that everyone can enjoy an instant escape from reality, even if it’s just to another backyard down the street.”
Swimply is available as an app and a website where you can search for pools for rent by the hour. According to Swimply, the average price for renting a pool is $45 per hour.
Pools are listed by geographic area. You can see photos of the pool, read reviews and check out amenities. Listings also include restrictions, such as pets, children, alcohol, maximum number of guests, etc.
Swimply says that it personally inspects each pool listed on the app. Customer service is available 24/7 to address any issues for the renters and/or pool owners. Laskin said, “Our team takes 24 hours to review the application of every pool and (we) have a pretty intense review system that keeps our pools in tip top shape.”
A sample listing in Swimply is this pool in South Amboy, New Jersey that comes with a waterfall, hot tub, sauna, BBQ grill, and more.
The price for this pool is currently $90/hour.
Swimply is available both on:
Swimply is currently available for pools in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia with future availability planned for Canada and Australia.
What Else You Need to Know About Swimply
Check the Simply pool listings carefully for amenities that are important to you. Don’t assume that features such as changing rooms or restrooms are included in the price of the pool rental. Be sure to contact the owner with any questions about the pool before you rent.
Cross-check the listing with the photos of the pool to make sure your expectations align with reality. One pool I saw listed a water slide as an amenity, and the image showed an inflatable slide rather than a permanent structure.
An inflatable slide may still be fun, but perhaps not what a potential renter has in mind.
Homeowners who are considering renting their pools on Swimply may want to check their homeowner’s insurance policy to determine coverage in the event of a mishap.
Do you like the idea of being able to rent a private pool by the hour? Would you like to have the fun of a private pool without the hassle of owning one? If you’re a pool owner, would you consider renting your pool with Swimply?
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*Swimming Pool with a View image (edited) courtesy of Tim Shields via Flickr and Creative Commons