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End of Pool Turns

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Re: 4 issues.

One. A 137m pool in Vancouver.

Can anyone explain this? It sure seems an odd size and must surely rule itself out of any competitive events (certainly for swimming). What were the designers thinking of? Getting a world record or optimising the most space possible?

Two. Biggest pool (length, widgh, surface area).

Anyone know of a bigger one? In many European (and no doubt elseswhere) Mediteranean countries like Spain, Greece, Italy and Cyprus, they have some pretty large but fun spaced pools. They may exceed the Canadian one, but there is no comparison other than point to point or surface area. The world's largest sea water pool was (according to British news reports) in Brighton I think. No doubt the guiness book of records will be a quick rsource for us.

Three. Universalising dynamic pool sizes.

I think that the dynamnic events should be more standardised to a pool size of either 25m or 50m or one size for each event. But then there is no advantage/disadvantage for anyone concerned at the moment because the choice is yours - unless of course you can't get access to an international (50m) pool.

Four. Deepest pool.

What's the deepest pool, both including and not including specific dive pools please?


A 140m pool in Mexico is mentioned (and a photo shown) in [ame="http://forums.deeperblue.net/showpost.php?p=590163&postcount=14"]this thread[/ame]

There is an abandoned huge McCarren pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is well visible in the Gogle Earth satelite view at the following coordinates:

Although it is "only" 100m x 50m, in its time it was the hugest pool.

The Offshore Model Basin in California (300 feet long) is also an interesting facility and a home of human powered submarine contests. Maybe it could be interesting for some freediving copetitions too.


The David Taylor Model Basin is much bigger though, but because of frequent classified tests, it is usually not accessible to the public (though it hosted another human-powered submarine race). The shallow water basin measures 3200 feet (~1km)! Pretty enough even for Tom Sietas with or without fins.


You can find plenty of links and other pictures in Google
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BTW, the coordinates (i.e. for Google Earth) of the Vancouver 137m saltwater pool are as follows:

"Saltwater Pool - B.C." lat=49.273608935, lon=-123.158164406
I found another oversized pool - at the Adam & Eve Hotel, Belek-Antalya, Turkey. It is 104m long, 9m wide, 1.4m deep. It does not look too bad, but turn would not be easy at the entry end wouldn't be possible - that would require some mobile wall :). They have also a 65m, 50m and couple of smaller pools in the hotel complex too.
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