What is a Beach Entry Pool?

close-up of a beach entry pool

A beach entry pool, or a zero entry pool, is a swimming pool with a gradual slope from the edge into the water instead of a steep drop-off or stairs. This design makes it easier and safer for people to get in and out of the pool. It can also be a pleasing design element to elevate your backyard atmosphere.

Why Build a Beach Entry Pool?

There are many reasons why you might choose to build a beach entry pool in your backyard. 

Some of the benefits include:


A beach entry pool makes getting in and out of the pool more manageable, especially for those with limited mobility, such as older adults, children, or people with disabilities. A beach entry pool is an accessible option, providing fun for everyone.

Aesthetically Pleasing 

A zero entry design can make the pool more aesthetically pleasing. The shore style is perfect for beach-themed backyards or anyone who loves a tropical atmosphere. You can even enhance this motif with surrounding palm trees or rock waterfall features.

Unique Seating Options

This pool model provides additional seating options around and even inside the pool, which swimmers can use while lounging in the shallow water. You can set up outdoor lounge chairs in the shallow end and tan or read a book while dipping your toes in the refreshing water. Beach entry pools are incredibly versatile, inviting for young guests, or perfect for a night-time party with friends.

Shallow Section 

The warmer shallow part of the pool is perfect for babies or young children. The shallow entry is naturally heated by the sun, providing a more comfortable temperature for kids and families to enjoy. You can even lay back in the shallow water while you relax.

Manageable for New Swimmers

A beach entry pool gives swimmers (especially young ones) a more natural-feeling environment that they would experience at the beach or by a lake. While stairs can be intimidating for new swimmers, the gradual entry into the pool can be a better negotiating tool than managing steep stairs.

Why Not Build a Beach Entry Pool?

Beach entry pools can be a great addition to any backyard space. However, some drawbacks should be considered before you begin building:

Higher Cost 

Zero entry designs are usually more expensive to build, requiring additional design elements and more complex structural components. However, if you love the design, the investment is worth it.

Climate Considerations

This type of pool may not be suitable for your climate. Pools with a beach style entry need constant water circulation and filtration, and they also require more pool chemicals to maintain clear and safe water as they are generally larger. If you reside in an area with extreme temperatures, this may not be the best option for you.

More Space

Building a beach entry pool requires quite a bit of room on the ground to construct the gradual slope. If you are building over an existing structure, such as another pool, you will need to consider this additional space to create the gradual slope into your already existing pool. If you’re starting from scratch, make sure there is enough space to build out the pool.

How to Make the Right Decision

Deciding what type of pool to build can be overwhelming. Take into consideration the pros and cons of a beach entry pool before making a definitive decision. 

It’s always a good idea to consult experts for professional advice!