Airbnb, the online market for lodging around the world, was introduced in 2008 and now, 10 years later, we’re seeing spin-offs in essentially every category, including aquatics.
A company called ‘Swimply’ has extended the successful Airbnb business model to swimming pools, with its website serving as an online hub both water seekers and owners can visit to list or rent out pools located around the country for as little as one hour at a time.
With listings in 18 states, including Arizona, Michigan, Florida and Texas, as well as Toronto, Ontario, Swimply helps sync up pool owners and would-be renters. The website enables users to search within designated cities within a state to see available pools. The cost per hour is listed for both weekdays and weekends, along with a list of pool amenities, such as ‘great for laps’, ‘heated’, as well as the dimensions and depth.
Price-wise, a well-equipped leisure pool in Southfield, Michigan (suburb of Detroit) rents for $40/hour, while a bigger and more feature-oriented (think hot tub and WiFi) place in Braintree, Massachusetts runs you $79/hour.