Swimming Pools Have A Long History


Hello, and welcome to our first blog! Here at New Florida Pools Inc., we are dedicated to providing our Bonita Springs cushigh-qualityhigh quality pools that will not only offer relief from that humid Florida heat, but will also add value and appeal to their home. While coming up with ideas for this blog, we realized that while we know a lot about pools, our customers may not. Sure, most of you have probably been in a pool in your lifetime, but how much do you really know about them? While it’s easy to think of a pool as a hole in the ground with some water in it, their history dates back thousands of years. Read below to learn a little bit more about pools.


The First Pools Were Just That


While we can’t say for sure who made the very first swimming pool, we can guess how they got the idea. In ancient times, much like today, people really liked hanging out in water. We here at New Florida Pools Inc. like to imagine that thousands upon thousands of years ago, when man was just beginning to wonder what those twinkling lights were in the sky, one of our ancestors saw a small pond and thought to themselves, “That looks refreshing”, and decided to take a dip in the cool water. While this is our own personal theory of the origin of pools we can, with relative accuracy, pinpoint the first recorded instance that humans actually built an artificial area to house a large amount of water.


Thank Pakistan For Your Pools


The first public bath is believed to have been built around 5000 years ago in the Pakistani settlement of Mohenjo-daro. This pool is known to archaeologists as the “great bath” and measures approximately 12 meters long by 7 meters wide, and has a maximum depth of about two and half meters. Like most ancient pools, the great bath was a communal area where many members of the community would come together and bathe. While the concept of public bathing may seem odd to us now, it was quite a common practice in the ancient world.


Romans Made Pools Cool


Like many things associated with them, the Romans took pools to a whole new level. Roman society, as a whole, had a lot of disposable income. As Roman society grew and became even wealthier, the citizens looked for new ways to spend their money. Romans placed pools just about everywhere they could, including public spaces, private clubs, and even inside their own homes. Not only were the pools considered aesthetically pleasing, they were also used to promote good health, bathing, socializing, and even played a role in certain religious ceremonies. While the Romans did not invent the swimming pool, they are responsible for turning it into the status symbol it is today.  

Join us next time as we continue our series on the history of the swimming pool. At New Florida Pools Inc., we will work with you to custom design a pool that will not only give you a place to relax, but will also enhance the beauty of your home. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more about our services and to see examples of our previous work.