Dive Into Fun Facts About Pools - Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling

Dive Into Fun Facts About Pools

Since 1969, Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has immersed ourselves entirely in the pool and spa business, having now completed well over 45,000 pool remodeling and renovation projects in Southern California to date. 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 ones we’ve learned along the way.


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. If we had a thousand Great Whites lurking off the coastal waters, 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.


Speak to a Gardener Remodeling Expert Today

As you can imagine, the aforementioned Deep Eddy has undergone some serious remodeling throughout its years in operation. In fact, most pool owners renovate or remodel their pool at least once per decade, be it for safety reasons, structural reasons, or to give their pool a fresh, modern makeover.

Here at Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling, we pride ourselves on being the leading pool contractor here in Southern California. A Gardner remodeling guarantees a beautiful, top quality finished outdoor living space that you will be proud to call your own.

For a free quote and to explore your pool design options, we welcome you to contact us online today!


About The Company

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has been serving the Southern California area since 1969. As one of only 50 licensed PebbleTec® applicators in the entire United States and the exclusive SoCal referral partner of Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Gardner Remodeling is the premier pool contractor in San Diego County, LA County, Orange County, and Palm Springs.

Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling completes over 1,600 projects each year and has completed over 44,000 projects in the Southern California area. They focus solely on swimming pools and the surrounding landscaping and specialize in all aspects of pool remodeling, including pool finishes, pool tile, pool coping, pool mosaics, plumbing and electrical work, and both commercial and residential swimming pools.

As the only pool remodeling company with three showrooms to serve you – in El Cajon, Anaheim, and Indio – Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has over 170 employees and has three levels of management to ensure the quality of every project. Gardner Remodeling maintains an A+ rating with the BBB and is certified by the ASPS, IPSA, and National Plasterers Council. Take a look at their gallery for inspiration and contact them to get started on your pool remodeling project.