How Deep Does a Pool Have to Be to Have a Slide?

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Pool slide manufacturers have different specifications for the necessary depth of a pool. How deep your pool must be depends on the size and length of the slide you plan to install and the intended participants. Children-specific slides usually require a shallower depth than slides designed for participants taller than 48 inches. Consult your slide's manufacturer for exact depth specifications.

Minimum Requirements

  • For sliders shorter than 48 inches, if the distance between the end of the slide and the water, known as the drop, is 3 inches or less, the water depth should be 2 feet. For sliders taller than 48 inches, the pool must be at least 3-feet deep, with some manufacturers requiring 3 1/2 to 4 feet as a minimum.

Other Factors Determining Depth

  • The speed you're likely to reach on a slide and the height of the slide also influence how deep the landing pool should be. The distance of the drop also plays a role. If your slide has a drop greater than 6 inches and does not decelerate the slider before discharge, the depth of the pool should be the same as is required for a one-meter diving board, or 11 1/2 feet, according to Safe Wise. If the manufacturer specifies otherwise, follow those recommendations. For slides that have a 10 percent or less grade, snake around and slow the speed of the slider at the drop zone, a 3 to 4 foot landing pool is adequate.

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