The deepest pool in the world is called Y40 and is located inside the Hotel Terme Millepini, in Italy. It contains 4300 cubic meters of thermal water at a temperature of between 89-93F (32-34C) and it's impressively deep, 131 feet deep (40 meters.) The pool is conceived for training apnea and scuba diving.
For 60 years, the Piscine Molitor—tucked away in the leafy outskirts of Paris—was the height of French sophistication: an Art Deco destination for chic sunbathers and sophisticated celebrities to swim. Twenty five years ago it was closed and left to ruin—but now it's been faithfully restored to its former glory.
Either that or there's going to be a lot of squished people needing to be scraped off the tiles at the deep end. Currently under construction at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, the Meg-a-Blaster slide will open in Spring 2014, dropping people from nearly 140 feet up.
It's not even June and my gonads are already melting. And since I can't be by the sea—working on a escape plan now—I wish I could be working by any of these amazing pools.
Another London 2012 Olympics venue's been checked off the list, and Zaha Hadid's aquatic center is quite simply the most stunning yet. All swimming events, plus diving and water polo will be held here in front of 17,500 spectators.
I don't know who's crazier. The madman operating the backhoe, the dudes hanging off the backhoe, the insensate kids' parents, or the fearless kids themselves. Probably all of them.
These three people in funny white suits, floating in those yellow rafts are—from left to right—Apollo 1's Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, and Senior Pilot Edward H. White. They look so happy.
55 storeys up, this infinity pool could glide you straight over the edge of Singapore, if not the world. It's part of the $6 billion Marina Bay Sands Skypark hotel, which just opened this week.
I don't know who has the pockets and the space to install Hydrofloors—mechanically operated tiles that sink into the ground slowly, revealing a swimming pool already full of water—but I want to meet them. Watch them in action:
Sure, this video must be fake, but the sound is so clear I find hard to believe that it is inside a case. Then again, I find even harder to believe that any iPhone can survive this.
Here's another for the "solutions to problems that don't exist" file: how to make phone calls in a swimming pool while looking like a cross between an alien and an idiot.
Kudos to the design team at the UK-based firm Freshwest for putting a fresh, humorous spin on the concept of what a pool table should be. What they have developed is actually a coffee table constructed out of 50mm acrylic that reflects and refracts light "in such a way that it resembled the depth and hue of an actual…
There's clearly something going on with the Swiss and hot water: first "extreme jacuzzi-ing" on top of Mont Blanc, and now they're going to use waste energy kicked out by servers to warm a swimming pool. It's a simple concept: take the heat from the server room air-conditioners at a new data center, and direct it…
The Floatron is a pool-cleaning device that claims to be greener than the rest, according to its manufacturers. Not only does the $270 gadget radically reduce your chlorine use, but its manufacturers also claim that it purifies your pool water to EPA drinking water standards. Here's how...