We researched and inquired about various ways to make a shallow area but they were either too expensive or not feasible. One of our thoughts was to sink containers to the bottom of the pool for rest spots. We had a couple of plastic containers, filled each of them with weights and let them fill with water and sink to the bottom of the pool. It worked! Note: The containers were heavy duty with strong covers.
Caution: We were advised that if the pool was too deep for children that they should wear life jackets. This is recommended.
Our grand-children are good swimmers and like to dive so we sank the two containers near the center of the pool. Also, we make sure that we have things in the pool, such as noodles, that they can hang unto as a float.
The security of having something they can stand on has increased their confidence and has made us feel a little more at ease. We still make sure that there is an adult in the pool or on lifeguard duty.
This is how we solved our dilemma.
Children have to be watched at all times and should never be left alone. Let the phone ring..your child’s safety is more important.
We laid down a bed of sand as a base for the pool. The border was pressure treated 2×8. One of the things we should have done was to use rebar or something similar to brace the 2×8. Also, if we do it again, we would use stone dust as a base, with a covering of sand.
The pool was level but with the water pressure, the area where we had the most sand was compressed and we had to jack the legs up to re-level the pool.
We used a bottle jack and a three foot piece of 4×4. This was a little tedious and took a couple of hours but it worked better than we expected. One end of the 4×4 was placed under the cross bar on one side of the leg and the jack was placed on the other end and we carefully jacked up the leg. We placed 4 inch by 4 inch plywood squares under the legs and used as many as needed to level the pool.
It’s been a week and the pool is still level, the tubs are working and the weather is fantastic.