What is a Plunge Pool?

A fiberglass plunge pool is a small, shallow pool built specifically for wading, lounging, or low-impact aquatic exercise. Some homeowners prefer them because of their lower costs to build, smaller sizes, easier maintenance, and reduced water requirements.

Since newer homes tend to be built on smaller lots, a plunge pool is also a space-saving option. These pools can be enhanced with water features like fountains and waterfalls.

The size of plunge pools can vary, however a typical size is around 8′ x 8′ to 10′ x 16, but can run up to as long as 25′ in length. Also, there is no real standard determining how deep a plunge pool should be, but most average between 4′ – 5′ deep.

As mentioned, a fiberglass plunge pool can also provide a great option for aquatic exercise (information by Mayo Clinic).  These smaller pools are good for low-impact water-based exercise like stretching, resistance workouts for arms, legs, and abdominal muscles, and for some cold therapy after a strenuous workout.

Benefits of Plunge Pools

There are a number of benefits to plunge pools:

  • Plunge pools cost significantly less to install than standard pools
  • Therapeutic relaxation and sensory stimulation
  • Easy to care for
  • People with smaller lots may be able to fit a plunge pool but not a standard-sized one
  • Electrical use for filters and heaters is lower


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A plunge pool might be just the thing for a smaller budget or limited space.