Is There A Swimming Pool At The White House? [Updated!]

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So you’ve decided to pursue the dream of owning a swanky pool at home. Congrats! You’re about to embark on an exciting journey. But before you begin construction, it’s important to do your research. Specifically, you need to find out whether or not a swimming pool is allowed at the White House grounds. If it’s not, then you’ve got a big problem. You’ll have to find a way to get around that….

What Is The Pool Access Policy?

As the name implies, the pool access policy determines who is allowed to swim at the White House. According to the Office of the Press Secretary, “The White House has a long tradition of openness to the public and to journalists. As such, the press is frequently invited to attend pool events at the White House and to photograph events as they happen.”

The first rule of thumb is that guests are welcome to swim at the White House so long as they adhere to the appropriate attire. Apparently, this means a top swimsuit as well as a suit or bikini for men and women respectively. Additionally, guests must keep their bodies covered from head to toe. There should be no visible tattoos, no earrings or other jewelry that could be considered a distraction, and most importantly, no “tank tops”. (Let’s be honest — nobody actually wears tank tops anymore, so this should not be a problem for you.)

There are exceptions to every rule, however. “Members of the Diplomatic Corps and their family members are also welcome to use the pool and enjoy the White House’s hospitality.” This exception was made for the purpose of welcoming the diplomatic corps and their families to the White House in 2018. Keep in mind that members of the press are still not allowed to photograph or film those inside the pool area without permission.

As for the type of swimsuits permitted at the White House, it appears that it is acceptable to wear a two-piece swimsuit or bikini. However, you are not supposed to show more than two-thirds of your body while in the pool. This obviously goes for men and women. (No worries, guys — as long as you cover up with a shirt, you’ll be fine.)

Who Can Swim At The White House?

You will find a list of people who can and cannot swim at the White House below. Keep in mind that this is an updated list as of May 29, 2018. (Some sources refer to the original source document as the “wet-nurse list” because these are the people who can be entrusted with baby care while you’re swimming.)

Who Can Swim At The White House?

  • Guests
  • Immigrants (eligible for citizenship)
  • Members of the Diplomatic Corps and their families
  • Press
  • Retired Military Officers
  • Students
  • U.S. Government Employees (not including you)

As long as you adhere to the above guidelines, then you will be allowed to swim at the White House. Of course, it goes without saying that you must look fabulous. But that’s more critical for women than men. (Although, being overdressed for the occasion could be considered a form of flattery.)

The Timeless Style Of The White House

Make no mistake — the White House is still the epitome of style and sophistication. It has been the residence of some of the most famous personalities in history, and it continues to attract people who are both famous and notorious. (Some of the former occupants even wrote a book about it. You might want to read it if you’re looking for some historical context.)

The White House has always been known for its grandeur and its unique style, and it has continued to be a showstopper even today. Its architecture has inspired many artists and designers. (Some of the renowned creators of the 20th century even designed pieces of furniture specifically for the White House.)

In short, the White House is a unique structure that has attracted some of the most famous people in history. It is still one of the most distinctive addresses in Washington, D.C. because of its beautiful grounds, the pool, and the building itself.

Is A Pool Actually Important For Your Quality Of Life?

Now that you’ve decided to build a pool at your home, the next logical question is: How important is this pool to your quality of life?

For some people, the answer is “very”. In fact, owning a pool has been identified as one of the most important factors contributing to quality of life. (This was the case for the people surveyed in the 2019 North American Pool & Spa Industry Survey.)

In the survey, respondents were asked to choose from a list of lifestyle factors that contribute to quality of life. (These included buying real estate that they loved, having a pool in their backyard, and getting a massage regularly.) When it comes to having a pool, respondents chose this option over all else tested. This was especially true for people living in Florida. (Perhaps it’s because swimming is such an important part of life there.)

While swimming is important for your quality of life as a whole, it also has some distinct advantages when it comes to certain medical conditions. (This was the case for the people surveyed in the 2019 North American Pool & Spa Industry Survey.) Those with arthritis or bone health issues reported that swimming improves their condition, while cardiac patients and people with diabetes mentioned that it helps them manage their diseases. (This is probably because exercise improves both the quality and quantity of your blood sugar levels. This same group also mentioned that biking to the pool helps them keep their weight under control.)

On the other hand, people with asthma reported that swimming was the cause of their respiratory problems because of the chemicals in the pool. (Another group mentioned that it made them sick because of the chlorine.) Whether or not building a pool at home is right for you depends on your personal preferences as well as your condition. (Of course, the recommended suit for your medical condition might also have a role to play.)

Is Building A Pool At Home A Good Financial Decision?

Do you want to spend your money on something that is probably going to be of little or no use to you? Building a pool at home can be a good financial decision in the long run. (We’re talking about money here — it’s not like you have a goldfish you need to keep warm.)

Specifically, respondents in the 2019 North American Pool & Spa Industry Survey said that they would prefer to build a pool and spa for themselves rather than buying a pre-existing pool or spa. This is despite the fact that respondents indicated that they would buy a pool or spa most likely because it was easier and more convenient to build one themselves. (The DIY option is certainly a popular one these days.)

As someone who has built a pool at home and continues to use it almost every day, I can say that it’s absolutely worth it. Not only does it provide endless hours of fun and relaxation for myself and my family, but it also comes with some amazing advantages. (Of course, the above guidelines apply throughout the year so you’ll want to make sure you check them whenever you visit the White House.)

In the next section, we will discuss some of the things you should know before beginning construction.

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