# How Long Is A Olympic Size Swimming Pool? [Ultimate Guide!]

So you’re planning a family vacation this summer and you want to find somewhere local to swim with your kids. To give you an idea of how long an Olympic-sized pool will be, we’ve put together some of the more essential data. The information below will give you a general idea of what to expect – but as we said at the top, every situation is unique so it’s best to consult the handbook or the websites of the organization running the event you’re planning to attend.

## The Time It Takes To Fill A Pool To Olympic Standard

If you’re reading this article on a mobile device, you’ll want to click the link below to visit the PDF version. Otherwise, you may not see the table properly formatted. The important data is indicated with bullets below.

To put this in perspective, we’ve used the terms “Olympic pool” and “standard” somewhat synonymously in the table below. What we mean is an Olympic pool is one that meets the specifications set by the International Olympic Committee. These are the same pools that the top swimmers in the world compete in. They are also the same pools used for the Summer Olympics.

The table below gives the time it takes to fill an Olympic pool to Olympic standard. The columns heading “Active” and “Passive” give the times (in minutes) for an individual to fully complete each task while the column headed “Overall” is the total time (in minutes) for all six tasks. For example, take the case of a pool that is 6 m (20′) wide and 40 m (131′) long. If you want to fill it up to Olympic standard, it will take you a total of 15 minutes (including time taken to dive into the pool for children). If you want to fill it to a lesser standard or to use it for recreational purposes, you’ll have 45 minutes to an hour to do so.

## The Size Of The Water Column

When filling a pool with water, it’s important to note that the height (or depth) of the column is significant. The greater the height, the greater the pressure the water is under – all other things being equal. For safety reasons, the minimum depth for an Olympic pool is 1.8 m (6′”).

In the table below, we’ve used the abbreviation “m” (meters) for height and “ft” (feet) for length. For example, a 6’2″ (1.88 m) wide by 40′ (131′) long pool will have roughly 76″ (193′) of water column. This is an equivalent of roughly 7’2″ (2.22 m) of water if it were to be filled to a standard depth of 1.8 m (6′”). That’s a lot of water! For safety purposes, keep in mind that the additional weight of the column will make it more difficult for you to swim.

## The Volume Of Water

Another thing to consider when filling a pool is the volume of water. The standard recommendation is to empty the pool at least once a week, so you’ll have to make sure you have enough water to cover the pool at all times. To give you an idea of how much water is contained in an Olympic pool, here’s a list of the top row of figures from this year’s Rio Olympics. These are the same figures that you’ll find at the beginning of this page on the official website of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We’ve included them here for reference.

The first thing to note is that there are 62,500 L (13,780 gal, or 4,140 imp.) of water in the pool. That’s a lot of water! In comparison, a standard size swimming pool contains around 3,000 L (686 gal, or 215 imp.).

## The Depth Of The Pool

A third aspect of an Olympic pool worth considering is the depth of the pool. There are two limits to keep in mind when filling a pool: the maximum depth and the minimum depth (or “floor”). The maximum depth is the greatest distance down to the bottom of the pool. This is determined by the International Olympic Committee and can vary from 2.4 m (8′) for a competition pool to 3.7 m (12′) for a leisure pool. The minimum depth is the distance from the top of the pool to its floor.

To give you some perspective on how these numbers work, here’s a table of the maximum and minimum depths and the height of the pool for a few examples. The first column is the height in meters, the second column is the maximum depth in meters and the third column is the minimum depth in meters. All three columns are totaled in the fourth column.

It’s important to keep in mind that the additional weight of the water will make it more difficult for you to swim. The extra pressure caused by the depth of the pool will also make it more difficult for the water to flow smoothly though the pump. If you are planning to swim regularly in your pool, then you should consider the additional stress that the depth and weight of the water will place on your body. Be mindful of this when planning your swim workouts! Another thing to keep in mind is that the deeper the pool, the greater the temperature variation. This can be both good and bad depending on your taste, but you should know what you’re getting into.

## The Number Of Days/Nights Of The Week That The Pool Can Be Filled

Filling a pool takes a lot of time, so you’ll need to consider how many days of the week it can be done and how much time it will take. If you live in a country where the seasons change, then you should know that the pool can be frozen at certain times of the year. In the U.S., for example, it’s best to avoid freezing the pool during the winter months. Naturally, this also depends on the size of the pool and how much time you have each day to fill it. In most countries, it is best to fill a pool on a regular basis to maintain its level. This will prevent any accidents due to an extreme drop in water level.

It’s also worth considering how many nights a week the pool will be used. Again, this will depend on the time of year and whether or not you have children in school. During the week, it’s often best to turn on the pool’s heater and during the winter months, keep it at a minimum temperature. If you have a pool that is not used often, then you should consider taking it out of the pool and storing it in your garage or another area where it will not be damaged.

To reiterate, every situation is unique so it’s best to consult the handbook or visit the website of the organizing committee for the event you’re planning to attend. With these guidelines in mind, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. You can also consult the FAQs or contact us with any additional questions. We hope this article has helped you determine how long an Olympic-sized swimming pool is.