It's like the Airbnb of swimming pools.
Sure, a private Airbnb is nice, but what about something for those days when you just want to lounge by the pool?
Well, there’s a site for that, too.
Swimply, also known as “the Airbnb of pools,” is an online marketplace where you can search for privately owned swimming spots for you and your friends to chill and work on your tans.
Even though the warm summer weather is over for many people, there are still plenty of perpetually hot places where staying poolside is pleasant all year round. Or, you can always look for an indoor pool.
Just like Airbnb, a pool owner lists their pool with images and price per hour (sometimes the price varies based on the day), and notes details about their space. Customers can leave and read reviews as well as book directly on the site.
Swimply founder Bunim Laskin told Lonely Planet that “owning a pool can be expensive, enjoying one doesn’t have to be.”
The idea for the start-up came to him when he decided to ask a neighbor to use their pool and pay them to cover costs. Soon, other kids in the neighborhood started doing the same thing.
“When my neighbor expressed gratitude for introducing the concept, Swimply was born,” Laskin said.
Swimply lists all kinds of pools, including ones that have hot tubs, grills, cabanas, and other activities available with them. The company has listings in 20 states and Canada, but availability can be sparse, since the company is still new.
According to Lonely Planet, listings in New York City and Los Angeles can range between $50 and $200 per hour. The only pool listings in New York City are currently in Brooklyn, but Swimply also has an option to contact them if you don’t see your location.
More information on booking a pool can be found on the Swimply website.