Your Guide to Plunge Pools

Aug 18, 2019

Plunge pools have been growing in popularity in recent years, becoming a client favourite for all kinds of properties and lifestyles. But what exactly is a plunge pool, how does it differ to a standard swimming pool, and what benefits do they offer? In this article, we’re going to answer these questions and explain why a plunge pool may just be the perfect solution for your back-yard swimming pool needs. 

What is a Plunge Pool? 

A plunge pool is a smaller sized swimming pool designed with rest and relaxation in mind rather than active swimming and fitness, although swimming is possible in the larger versions. Their small coverage area makes them ideally suited when space is a constraining factor, but they are also ideal for large back yards when trying to create a tranquil relaxing corner without dominating the entire space. 

Generally, a plunge pool will measure in at under 6 metres in length and 3.5 metres in width, although the dimensions are not set in stone (or fibreglass as the case may be) and depending on the space you have available plunge pools can be longer or narrower to suit your needs. There is no strictly defined depth, but usually, you should expect them to be at least deep enough to sit in comfortably with the water rising to your mid to upper torso. 

Plunge pools are available in a wide variety of styles and shapes from traditional rectangular designs to square and circular spa-styles — whatever you have in mind, there is sure to be a design to match. 

Plunge Pool Features 

Plunge Pools are available with a variety of additional features to make them the perfect relaxing and restful swimming pool experience. In addition to the features also found on large type pools, plunge pools have a few options uniquely suited to their smaller size. 

Water Jets 

Who doesn’t love going to the spa and sitting relaxing in the warm bubbling water? Well with a plunge pool you can bring that experience into your back-yard. Spa jets are a perfect way to finish off your relaxation space and help tired and sore muscles unwind after a long day. 

As well as relaxing spa jets, your plunge pool can also be fitted with swim jets. These are high-powered single directional jets designed to allow the users to swim-in-place, enabling you to get a workout despite the pools smaller size. 


Sitting in icy cold water is never pleasant, and there is nothing quite like dipping down into warm bliss on a cold winters’ night. Installing a heating system into your plunge pool will not only make it a more enjoyable experience but will also give you the best return on investment by allowing you to use it all-year-round. 


Lighting is a great way to add an extra dimension to your swimming pool, and the latest LED lighting systems are both cheap to run and offer a great range of customisability in terms of brightness and colours. They also make the pool safer to use late into the night. 

Why a Plunge Pool Might Be Right for You 

While plunge pools are ideally suited to owners with limited yard space such as those living in cities and outer-city suburbs, due to their compact size, they also offer several great benefits even if you have the space for a larger, more traditionally sized pool. Owing to their smaller size, plunge pools don’t have to dominate the space they occupy; instead, they can be tranquil relaxation zones while still allowing your ample space for other back-yard projects and activities. 

The smaller size of plunge pools doesn’t just mean that they occupy less space in your back-yard, it also means they require less water to fill. That translates directly into cost and time savings when it comes to filling, cleaning, and maintaining your pool, that’s not to mention the positive environmental factor of using fewer resources. 

Heating a swimming pool can become expensive, especially in the cold winter months. Again, due to their smaller size and water volume, heating a plunge pool is much cheaper, which means you can keep them at a comfortable, cosy, temperature all-year-round giving you the best return and enjoyment out of your investment. 

Narellan Pools 

Narellan Pools has a long history in designing, crafting, and installing high-end fibreglass swimming pools for our clients. In addition to our wide range of traditional swimming pools and above-ground models, Narellan Pools is also proud to offer an extensive range of plunge pools designed to suit a variety of styles and tastes. From the relaxing spa experience of our Eden and Nirvana models to the scaled-down versions of our large pools in our Madeira 6 and Serene 6 models, at Narellan Pools we have an option to suit everyone. 

Want to know more about the range of plunge pools on offer with Narellan Pools? Contact us today!

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