Thanks to a new Airbnb-like platform for pool sharing called Swimply, you can now rent access to someone's backyard pool by the hour.
How It Works:
Download the Swimply App on your phone or log on www.swimply.com. Hosts list their pools with pictures and set the price per hour, list amenities and outline restrictions, such as the number of people, electronics allowed and so on. Hosts also can set their cancellation policy and privacy ratings, which guides the guests in choosing the best fit.
Swimply takes a 15% of the rental fee as commission, plus a “service charge” from swimmers. As for the ick factor? The company partners with local pool-maintenance firms to make sure that pools are up to snuff and proper pH levels before they’re listed. The 24-point check list includes inspection of tiles and chlorine levels.
For those who want to rent a pool, simply create an account like Airbnb, enter your general location and date/times you want in the search bars and a list of available pools will pop up. The average price is $30-$75 per hour. Renters also must sign a waiver.
Swimply, the only pool sharing marketplace is a great way to escape locally for a relaxing day at a pool or gather a few friends and have a pool party.