A cold pool can completely ruin a holiday. And while most pools look idyllic online and in brochures, many are not heated, or heated inadequately, and can be painful to get into. We’ve heard reports of people getting back pain because they were so tense getting into a cold pool. So be in the know: here’s our at-a-glance guide to pool temperatures. Ask what the pool temperature is before you book a hotel or spa to be sure you’ll have an enjoyable stay. We’ve put the optimum hotel pool and children’s pool temperaturs in golden yellow in case they should happen to be the temperature’s you’re most interested in…
19 Centigrade – 66 Farhenheit Water is quite cold. Only for seasoned swimmers and people who enjoy throwing themselves into cold lakes.
22 Centigrade – 72 Fahrenheit Water is slightly bracing. You will get a slight shock when you jump in.
26 Centigrade – 79 Fahrenheit Pool water will feel cold when you get in, but you will soon warm up. For swimming competitions the water will usually be between 25-28 degree Centigrade (77-82 Fahrenheit)
27 – 28 Centigrade – 81 – 82 Fahrenheit This is the sort of water temperature you find in a large public swimming bath.
29 -30 Centigrade 84-86 Fahrenheit Pleasantly warm hotel pool. Easy to get in. Easy to stay in for prolonged periods
32 Centigrade – 89 Fahrenheit Ideal for children’s pools. Nice and balmy.
32-35 Centigrade – 89-95 Fahrenheit Like a warm bath. Ideal for hydrotherapy pools. Suitable for old people. Great for aches and pains. Remember that the body temperature is 98.6 Fahrenheit (37 Centigrade). If the water is above this temperature, you can’t do prolonged exercise without overheating.
40 Centigrade – 104 Fahrenheit The temperature of a hot bath. Suitable for Jacuzzis and hot tubs but users should only stay for limited periods.