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Splash!  (Photo: Chris Hardy)

by Jack Wright

Celebrating an occasion or simply hanging out with friends? You can make the event – or even a non-event – special if you do it in and around a private pool. But you say you don’t own that watery luxury? No problem. Swimmy will get you out of the fix.

This three-year old “airbandb of pools” is French in origin but isn’t one to let the grass grow under its feet; it immediately went splashing across the Pyrenees, landing in Spain last year. And today, between the two countries, Swimmy handles some 2500 private pools.

The average rent of a pool is €100/4 people in France, and around €155 in Spain, according to French platform.

This pool in Guadarrama, Madrid goes for €20/person/half-day.

Who would have thought a time would come when swimming in the sea, and luxuriating around on the beach, would become a herculean task fraught with the danger of catching a particularly vicious virus? The prospects aren’t much better in municipal pools where the waiting list is a mile long on account of the fact that they are allowed to open with only 30% of their capacity.

In these daunting circumstances, what do you do? Stay dry and get grilled in the heat because you don’t own a pool? Not if you don’t want to. You can rent a pool!

You’re afraid you could still catch Corona in a private pool? Not true. Swimmy cites ER Manager Luis Diaz Izquierdo at the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Madrid as saying that viruses don’t survive in chlorinated water. None of these pathogens can live in 1 mg of chlorine per 1 liter of water.

So forget your troubles. Go splash! Enjoy!

Or, if you’re on the opposite end of the platform, you can profit from the privileged position of a private pool owner. You could pocket up to €7,500/season renting out your prized possession, says Swimmy.

Other rent-a-pool platforms include HolaPlace.