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Old 06-15-2009   #1
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Above groud pool

Has anyone used one of those above ground pools to practice their roll? We’re looking at one that’s 12’ round by 36” deep, is that big enough?

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Old 06-15-2009   #2
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I've been thinking the same thing. That size should be fine for a fun 1. you might want a little bigger for an adult boat. just in width. 3' is plenty deep enough.


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Old 06-15-2009   #3
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Yeah I was thinking 12’ would be too small but 12’ is $100, 15’ is $200, 16’ is $350, and anything bigger is anywhere from $1500-$3000. So I was hoping to be able to get away with 12’. I have a LL Hoss and the wife has a Wave Sport EZG42, she’ll probably be fine but I’m thinking I’ll hit the sides bad.
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Old 06-22-2009   #4
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I just put up a 15x30 4ft deep. I was a lot of work to set up. It took two of us 3 long days...most was in the site prep and I started with a pretty flat area and I have a tractor.

The model sold for $4k new but I got it from someone on Craigslist for $300 with a new liner. The fam loves it...I want to practice bowstalls. The big downside is that I am always worried about hitting the sides.
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Old 06-22-2009   #5
Buena Vista, Colorado
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They are great fun - the 36 ft is good to practice wet exit for beginners, taller folks can put thier hand on the bottom and hold themselves up.
My old pool is the one that has been at paddlefest for the last three years - saw it sitting at a commercial place waiting for set up.

Here's the drawback - paddles slice the bottom and then they leak so be prepared to do some patching.
They need daily cleaning.
And while you are filling them up you have to "right" the legs.
Yep - we hit the sides too.
It is just great fun right in the yard.

I always run into great deals on pools - just bought the 2 foot soft side inflatable top for $10 for my geese. I think the retail is somewhere around $100 at Wally world.
So I will post deals as I find them.

Take the plunge!
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