National Swimming Pool Day, celebrated on July 11 each year, pays tribute to one of summer's most cherished pastimes: the swimming pool. Whether public or private, swimming pools symbolize relaxation, recreation, and a refreshing escape from the summer heat. Families and friends often gather poolside to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and socialising, creating memories that define the quintessential summer experience. World Population Day 2024: From India to Mexico; Here’s a List of Top 10 Populated Countries in the World.

On National Swimming Pool Day, communities often host events like pool parties, swimming competitions, or safety awareness programs to promote water safety and enjoyment. Swimming pools not only provide a fun way to cool off during hot weather but also offer opportunities for exercise, relaxation, and family bonding. This day serves as a reminder to appreciate the joy and benefits swimming pools bring to individuals and communities, highlighting their role as centres of summer fun and relaxation.

1. San Alfonso del Mar, Chile

Located in Algarrobo, Chile, this pool holds the Guinness World Record for the largest swimming pool by area. Spanning over 20 acres (8 hectares) and with a length of about 1,013 meters (3,323 feet), it contains an astonishing 250 million litres (66 million gallons) of seawater pumped and filtered from the Pacific Ocean.

San Alfonso del Mar, Chile (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

2. CityStars Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

This resort in Egypt boasts one of the largest man-made swimming pools in the world. Covering 12.5 acres (5 hectares), it features a winding layout that resembles a river, surrounded by lush landscapes and resort amenities.

CityStars Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (Photo Credits: Facebook)

3. The Crystal Lagoon, City of Stars, Egypt

Another massive pool in Egypt, part of the City of Stars development, is set to surpass the current record held by San Alfonso del Mar. It covers approximately 30 acres (12 hectares) and offers crystal-clear waters ideal for relaxation and water sports.

The Crystal Lagoon, City of Stars, Egypt (Photo Credits: Facebook)

4. Seagaia Ocean Dome, Japan

Although now closed, the Seagaia Ocean Dome in Miyazaki, Japan, once held the title of the world's largest indoor swimming pool. Spanning over 300 meters (984 feet) in length and 100 meters (328 feet) in width, it featured artificial waves and a retractable roof, creating a year-round beach experience.

Seagaia Ocean Dome, Japan (Photo Credits: Facebook)

5. The Orthlieb Pool, Casablanca, Morocco

The Orthlieb Pool in Morocco is one of the largest outdoor pools in the world, covering 150 meters (492 feet) in length and 50 meters (164 feet) in width. It serves as a training facility for professional swimmers and water sports enthusiasts.

The Orthlieb Pool, Casablanca, Morocco (Photo Credits: X)

These swimming pools impress with their sheer size and offer various amenities and recreational opportunities, catering to both leisurely swimmers and enthusiasts. Wishing everyone a Happy National Swimming Pool Day.

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