This Could Be Life-Changing: An Airbnb-Like App to Rent Out Pools

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So I’m going to try to do something random and positive every afternoon to lighten things up. Yesterday was 10-year-old drummers shredding Foo Fighters and Rush songs on the drums, and today is an app I read about in USA Today where you can rent swimming pools by the hour.

The app is called Swimply; the app’s co-founder Asher Weinberger tells USA Today that pool owners can typically charge $40-60 per hour to rent out their pools, and that there are people who can make about $5,000 enough doing so. The app takes a 15 percent cut from pool owners and a 10 percent cut from people who are renting out the time. It currently has about 6,000 pools listed on the app.

This would’ve been a game-changing idea in normal times but that’s especially true now when public swimming either isn’t allowed or amounts to being a calculated Covid risk. In Chicago right now, the public pools and beaches are closed. Unless you know someone with a pool, the only way to go swimming outdoors is at hotels or really nice gyms.

Even without Covid, the ability to book a pool and relax in private is something I envision myself doing at least a couple times a summer. There are some variables I can think of as a consumer like whether there is bathroom access and if you’re allowed to bring food or drinks. Nonetheless, I can’t believe no one thought of this idea sooner.

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Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. This is a great idea! Great point about food & drinks and bathroom access. I wondered the same. Also, how many guests and what’s the acceptable amount of party-like behaviour?

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