A few decades ago, a traditional pool entry was via a ladder, but things have changed. The entrance into the pool water can take place as if you were at the seaside or a lake, by a wide expanse of space that gradually deepens. This option is suitable for overflow pools but also those with skimmers

What is a beach entry pool?

Also known as zero-entry, a beach entry links the pool deck and the swim lane itself, a real place of conviviality and serenity. This system replaces or complements traditional steps and enables gradual entry into the water. It gives a free-form pool a Polynesian lagoon look. Still, it is also ideal for a rectangular and geometric pool.

The fabulous concept of the submerged pool deck is to create a gentle slope for easy access and a lounging area for napping with your feet in the water. Young children enjoy this shallow water area, but we remind them that they should never be left unattended.

The advantages of the zero-entry pool

An overview of the various advantages of a walk-in pool will give you a clearer picture of this very aesthetic option. Find out why you should build a beach entry pool.

Shallow and safe

Very popular with parents of young children, this area with a small volume of water allows the youngest to gain confidence in the water environment without risk. They will be able to swim in this small pool. In addition, the water temperature is much more pleasant.

Note: We remind you that children should continuously be under the watchful eye of an adult.

The beauty and conviviality of a zero-entry pool

Free form pool with beach entry by Morana Water Design

Integrating an in-water deck into a semi-in-ground or in-ground pool project brings a plus; it is visually stunning. Your pool is not only a place to swim, but also a place to relax in the sun and warm water. You will be able to see the different colors of the water, just like at the seaside, if you have a beach entry.

In an infinity pool, the beach entry creates a seamless transition between the pool and the deck

Accessibility For People With Reduced Mobility

Access to the water is made more accessible to the disabled with a gently sloping path. According to the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, slopes must be a 1:7 ratio; the pool can have no more than one foot in depth for every seven feet. Stainless-steel handrails make access to these semi-in-ground or in-ground pools even safer.

However, it is essential to think carefully about this area’s hydraulic circuit and filtration system to avoid the proliferation of bacteria and algae. Indeed, the latter makes the pool deck slippery.

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Design your pool with an in-water deck

Generally, the submerged pool deck is designed at the time of the design of the pool. On the plan submitted for administrative approval, its surface area must be included within that of the pool.

Material quality should be considered

To avoid the risk of slipping, it is essential to choose non-slip coverings. It is inappropriate to use a swimming pool liner because the shallow depth of the water makes it impossible to grip the ground firmly.

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A discrete housing for a pool automatic cover

The pool automatic cover has become one of the most common safety equipment installed on overflow pools or skimmers. Therefore, a pool builder proposes integrating the automatic cover under the pool entry. It offers the advantage of housing the axis, and the motor without building a masonry box.

The Different Types Of Zero Entry Pools

We usually think of a gentle slope when talking about a beach entry. Still, several versions of this option are available. Another version, often called tanning ledge or Californian deck, consists of a 6 feet (1.83 m) wide horizontal platform followed by steps to access the swimming area. It is very common to use the platform to install sun loungers.

Some pool builders call an extra-wide step a beach entry. A sectional drawing of the pool helps clarify this point.

The deck’s aesthetics will resemble the seaside, with a free-form infinity pool.

Our Advice For Building A Beach Entry Pool

It is common to use the same material as the one used in the main pool; another option is to use the same stone as the terrace. Moreover, consider the materials around the pool.

When renovating a pool, adding the sloped entry is possible. It will often lead to a modification or even an adjustment of the concrete structure. It will also take up a lot of additional space in the garden.

Once limited to pools with a reinforced concrete structure, shell and kit pools have beach entries too. When it comes to shell pools, you must ensure that the surface of the deck has been treated to prevent slipping.

The slope should be calculated carefully: too steep a slope can be dangerous, and too shallow a slope will require many steps to reach the pool. It is beneficial to seek professional advice.


For all the reasons listed above, adding a beach entry or tanning ledge to your pool is a good idea. Nevertheless, it is important to design the project correctly, both in terms of size and slope, for example. Selecting the right coating will ensure that it blends perfectly with the pool.

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