Airbnb-Like App Will Let You Rent Out Backyard Pools This Summer

If you're looking to take a dip but don't have access to a swimming pool, Swimply, a service many are calling an Airbnb for swimming pools, is here to help.

Even though summer is winding down, there is still plenty of time to have some fun in the sun by renting a local swimming pool or even a swimming pool in someone's backyard!

According to WCBS 880, the system operates similar to AirBnB, in which owners of pool list their space for an hourly rate. People then can search for pools using the Swimply app or website and rent out the pool for a block of time.

Founder and CEO Bunim Laskin said pool rentals can range anywhere from $15 per hour for a "quick escape pool" to $300 for a more luxury experience. People booking through Swimply, spend on average two to three hours at their designated pool.

Swimply currently operates in about 30 states, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Californa, Texas, and Florida.

“Immediately upon signing up, you’re going to get information about how to enter the property, rules that there may be like cleaning up after yourself, bathroom access, etc.,” co-founder Asher Weinberger explains.

The idea of renting a privately pool happened organically, Weinberger said, but it has morphed into something that appeals to the masses.

“We’re seeing, mostly families that are cooped up at home, kids who are not in school or in camps. So, lots of parents and children, a couple of small groups of friends are getting together for a contacted experience,” said Weinberg.

Swimply works together with professional pool service companies, that screen pools to make sure they’re healthy and safe to book through the app.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no evidence suggests the virus can be spread through water in pools, hot tubs or water playgrounds. The "proper operation of these aquatic venues" and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should "inactivate" the virus.

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