While most of the time you have to fight to get a little room in the pool, with the largest swimming pool in the world, you can get all the room you want…and then some!
I am going to share one of my deepest darkest fears with you – I do not like large bodies of water that are not pools. I think it began in summer camp when I was around eight years old and they took us to a pond-like body of water for instructional swim and free swim. Counselors, swim instructors, and lifeguards were always quick to warn campers to watch out for garden snakes, turtles, and the occasional fish. Never mind that even with goggles on you couldn’t see two inches in front of you when under the water. So I never went in. And I remember the counselor saying, “Shira, if you don’t go in for instructional swim, you can’t go in for free swim,” and you know what, I was okay with that. I sat and read my book while everyone else had to do the backstroke across the pool. Ever since then, large bodies of water have freaked me out. I have even tried snorkeling…until I had a panic attack in the water. So needless to say, I don’t do bodies of water that are not pools. But now I read about the world’s largest swimming pool, and I just have to check it out!
In December of 2006, a pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile was named the largest pool in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The pool is 3,323 feet in length (1,103 meters), and holds approximately 66 million gallons of water. It is also listed as the world’s deepest pool because it goes up to 115 feet. It is large enough for small sailboats, banana boats, kayaks, and paddle boats.
And as long as there are no fish, I’m packing my floaties!