There’s nothing worse than when it’s 100 degrees outside, and you find yourself forced to stare enviously across the street at your neighbors splashing around in their pool, because you don’t have one. The new Swimply service is seeking to remedy that. Launched just a few weeks ago, the website allows you to post your backyard pool online and rent it out by the hour to complete strangers. Basically, you’re Airbnbing your pool.
Swimply’s founder, Michael White, had the idea because he rarely uses his pool that he installed 15 years ago, and was brainstorming creative ways it could be put to use. Business is slow so far, but White believes “it’s probably because it’s just so new that nobody has heard of it.” Of course, every pool is inspected before it’s posted, and renters must sign a waiver that doesn’t hold them liable for accidents.
On the website and app, you can read about the available pools, look at reviews, and book your time slot. The average price is $45 per hour, which is dirt cheap if you’re splitting it with friends, though it varies depending on amenities, pool size, location, and demand.
White is based in the Houston area, but there are dozens of new owners renting out their pools every day nationwide.