You Can Now Rent A Private Pool By The Hour (Or Rent Yours Out To Make Bank!)

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Avoid the crowds and rent a private swimming pool instead!

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Swimming pool rentals are 2022’s coolest new business! 🔥🩱🏊‍♂️

Did you know that you can rent a private swimming pool by the hour? It sounds too good to be true, but this new business is the real deal! Thanks to Swimply, the Airbnb of swimming pools, more people can enjoy the luxury of a private pool without the cost of maintaining one.

Though Swimply has been around since 2018, it wasn’t until the pandemic hit that pool rentals boomed. In order to avoid crowds at local swimming pools, families looked to alternatives. Private pool owners jumped on the opportunity, and now, some of them are making $50,000 or more!

How do you rent a pool, you ask?

woman wearing pink skirt playing with pool float and two kids at pool

Who doesn’t love a private pool party? Swimply booked 122,000 reservations over the last 12 months. If you, too, want to get your swim on for the day, you can even find some available on the same day. Just search by your city and the date to receive a list of available pools in your area. There are offerings in every state plus Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia.

If you’re just a casual swimmer, renting is WAY CHEAPER than buying and maintaining a pool. Current rental rates aren’t too high either. Most pools seem to be renting between $30 and $60 dollars an hour. If you have multiple guests in your group, you can split the bill which makes a pool rental even more affordable!

Just note that amenities, capacity limits, rules, hourly rates, and hourly minimums will vary by listing. For a smooth experience, read the rules of each pool closely!

Is renting a pool safe?

baby in yellow pool float with big kid swimming in in ground pool

You might be worried about safety (our team had the same thoughts when we first heard this was a thing). In order to keep guests safe, Swimply vets each of its verified hosts. You can click on a host profile to see if they have had their identity verified, the title to the property verified, and whether or not they have successfully hosted at least one guest.

For pool lovers’ peace of mind, the company boasts practices to ensure safe experiences and has an entire section of its website devoted to answering your questions on Trust and Safety.

How do I make money renting my unused pool?

hand with $100 bills fanned out in hand

Want to turn your backyard pool into your next big moneymaker? We don’t blame you! Pools are expensive to maintain, so why not have someone else foot the bill? Many people have reported making several thousands of dollars a month by renting their pool for an hour.

One pool owner told Money Magazine that he made $50,000 in a year by renting out his unused swimming pool. Testimonials on Swimply’s website confirm that other pool owners are raking in at least $10,000 and sometimes much more.

family sitting near pool at wolf lodge

If you’re curious who your renters might be, the company says 70% of renters are moms with kids and 92% of renters live within 5 miles of your home. Not only will you make some fast cash, but you’ll make your community members a little happier too.

We want to hear from you! Would you take advantage of these pool rental services? What other unique spaces would you like to see available to rent? Please let us know in the comments!

Find out how to save when booking an Airbnb rental!

About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 13

  1. ttMcG

    This is amazing! We will definitely try it.

  2. Jo Ann

    Absolutely TERRIBLE idea. No homeowner should even THINK about opening themselves up to the liability of 1) using your home as a business, 2) inviting strangers onto your property, and 3) permitting a high-risk activity such as swimming. Insane. Just insane.

    • Steph

      Totally agree

    • SueMP

      Agreed. Former insurance claims agent here. The liability on pools is incredible – and a homeowner policy is just that – a homeowner policy. It is not intended for commercial use, which is what this is. Swimply’s site says they offer liability coverage to the pool owners – but what they don’t tell you is that your homeowner’s policy can be cancelled outright if the company finds out you are leasing out your pool like this, regardless of other coverage in place. A homeowner’s policy can be cancelled if the insured does not tell the company that they have a dog with a bite history or a trampoline in the yard & someone is injured by one of those – what do you think they’ll do if they find out you’re leasing out your pool and someone drowns?

      • just curious

        What about umbrella insurance?

    • Christine M

      That was my first thought, too

  3. LC

    $45-60 an hour to swim in someone’s backyard pool… not exactly a bargain. Maybe $10-15 but holy cow those prices are high

    • georgia

      When you have multiple kids and then consider it being private I totally think it is a bargain.

  4. MW

    We’ve done it! We checked it out last year. It felt a little strange, but it was fine.
    Prices were kind of all over the place, so you have to pay attn to what you get—whether or not you have access to a bathroom, changing area, etc— but we’d do it again. If I remember correctly, the price was x amount per hour, up to 5 people, and then xx an hour for 5-10 people, something like that.

  5. Certified Pool Operator

    These pools are not regulated. 90% of residential customers have electrical hazards- not bonded, no GFCIs – despite being built by well-known companies. There is no guarantee that the chemicals are properly maintained. Private pools are not regulated and inspected like a public pool is. For your family’s safety, please pass.

  6. Stella

    I can only imagine what insurance companies will do with this information. The liabilities alone is enough to make this a nonstarter for most people. No one imagines let alone plans for a tragic accident to occur and yet, we read about them, or hear about them in the news consistently throughout the summer and beyond. Hard pass.

  7. Hope

    Sounds like a problem waiting to happen in so many ways.

  8. Kay

    We converted our poolhouse into an Airbnb. We live in a small town, but bookings have been crazy busy since day 1. I’m sure it’s popular for many reasons, one being the pool. One of our tenants lives in town n rented our Airbnb just to use our pool.

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