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Magic 5 Swim Goggles Are The Wave of the Future - One on One with Rasmus Barfred - Cofounder

Fresh off his recent appearance on NBC’s Shark Tank, Rasmus Barfred one of the co-founders of the innovative new Magic 5 swim goggles discusses their revolutionary new product. One that not only caught his company a couple of sharks eager to invest but is making the world reimagine how a performance swim goggle should fit.

Barfred and his partners Bo Haaber (CEO) and Niklas Hedegaard (COO) successfully pitched their product for investment on the hit TV show back in October. In our one-on-one interview, we asked Barfred how he and his colleagues first got into the competitive swim goggle space.

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Rasmus Barfed (Marketing Director), Bo Haaber (CEO) and Niklas Hedegaard (COO) founders of The Magic 5
Rasmus Barfed (Marketing Director), Bo Haaber (CEO) and Niklas Hedegaard (COO) founders of The Magic 5

Behind The Magic 5 Swim Goggles

“It came out of our own frustrations with the existing goggles on the market,” said Barfred, “we both did Triathalon and the idea came upon us when Bo attended a training vacation in Europe and forgot his goggles. He went out and bought whatever he could find but nothing really worked for him. So, he ended up being in this training camp for 2 weeks and not really swimming. That’s where we basically started up with the idea.”

Co-founder, Bo Haaber has a background in software development, while Niklas Hedegaard was a professional swimmer for the Danish national team. Rasmus Barfred brought his experience in launching startups and branding, and the Magic 5 team was born.

In describing how he and his partners came up with the Magic 5 brand name, Barfred said the name applies to the innovative tech which is actually where the magic happens. “We quickly realized that we wanted to make a product that catered to everyone who swims,” said Barfred, “not just triathletes and competitive swimmers. We wanted to make a product that we could sell to everyone and that meant that we had to have a price point that was competitive. We put ourselves in a situation where we wanted to apply technology in the last 5% of the product where we could create a product that fit much better.”

What’s Different About The Magic 5 Swim Goggles?

The product differentiates itself from all others on the market in that the Magic 5 goggles are specifically designed for the end-users face. We took a deeper dive with Barfred who broke down the technology behind what makes Magic 5 so unique.

“All other swimming goggles are kind of ‘one-size-fits-all’. Now matter how big a face you have, or how deep your eye sockets are, you buy a product from a retailer and just hope for the best,” said Barfred, “We turned that around and wanted to make one product for one customer. It is bespoke product and a tailor-made goggle.”

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Propriety face-scanning technology based on artificial intelligence helps The Magic 5 create a smarter swim goggle.
Propriety face-scanning technology based on artificial intelligence helps The Magic 5 create a smarter swim goggle.

Consumers who are looking for a custom-fit pair of swim goggles, can hop onto the Magic 5 website and download their proprietary face-scanning app. The technology maps every contour of the customer’s face and links that data to their order. This is where the magic happens.

Using AI Technology To Build Better Goggles

“Our AI technology is basically a huge set of rules that we have learned over the course of the last four years. These rules determine and understand how we should produce the product so that it fits your face the best possible way,” explained Barfred.

The end result is a swim goggle that is 100% unique to the end-user and is custom-tailored to only fit their face and no one else’s. The incredibly personalized and precision-made fit, ensures zero leakage thanks to special gaskets used in the product design. This technology allows for better fitting goggles that never leak and don’t leave unsightly suction marks on the swimmers who wear them.

“When people put on the goggles for the first time, they’re like ‘wow, this is very different than what I’m used to’,” said Barfred, “the goggles are molded to your eyes. When you swim, you don’t need to wear the strap as tight. We have a lot of customers who can’t believe how well they work strapped on so loose, but if you dive in you can feel the difference at how well the goggles naturally sit on your face.”

Introduction To The Swimming Goggle Market

The road from concept to completion started off with a grassroots campaign on Kickstarter to crowdsource participation from the swimming community. Generating an incredible response, the founders were able to raise over $100,000 from 1,184 backers who believed in the product. “Today, we have over 70,000 customers wearing our goggles,” said Barfed.

Over 90% reported that the product fit better than the goggles they currently used. Having received rave reviews in SwimSwam, Swim News, and a variety of other journals, it is safe to say that the swimming community is excited about The Magic 5. The product received approval from the International Governing Body of Swimming (FINA) which makes the goggles approved for usage in competition. Most recently, three athletes competed wearing The Magic 5 goggles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

With ringing endorsements from Olympic Athletes, The Magic 5 are suddenly being taken very seriously.
With ringing endorsements from Olympic Athletes, The Magic 5 are suddenly being taken very seriously.

Initial testers of the product included a list of olympic athletes, professional swimmers, pro triathletes, top-tier swim coaches, and regular swimmers from across the globe. In fact, Olympic gold medalists Jan Frodeno and Matt Grevers came on as professional athlete endorsers and investors in the product, adding their passion and value to The Magic 5 brand.

Positioning In The Global Swim Goggle Market

Both competitive and recreational swimmers are incredibly focused on improving their technique. Having a better fitting goggle allows them to focus more on swimming; thereby providing a better experience for the end-user. “The bulk of our customers are recreational swimmers,” said Barfred, “for us, it is important because it is the biggest sector of the market.”

While most Triathletes reportedly spent an average of $48 for a pair of swim goggles, swimmers on the high-end spent an average of $80. The Magic 5 is competitively positioned with goggles retailing for $55-$65 per pair.

Exactly how big is the swim goggle market? “Approximately 70 million people or 9% of the population of the western world, swim for fitness purposes,” said Barfred. “On average, these consumers buy one pair of goggles per year. It’s like a pair of running shoes, you wear them down over time and need a new pair.”

Barfred also noted that recreational and competitive swimmers often buy 2 pairs of goggles, one for outdoor swimming and one for indoor swimming. With a line of different colored lenses to suit both, Magic 5 is appealing to those who are looking for a more satisfying swimming experience.

The Magic 5 swim goggles are poised to take the competitive swim market by storm.
The Magic 5 swim goggles are poised to take the competitive swim market by storm.

The Magic 5 on Shark Tank

Capturing a larger portion of the roughly $6 billion dollar swim goggle market is first priority for The Magic 5 and was their driving intention to go on Shark Tank. Appearing on the show to pitch their product to the sharks presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Denmark natives.

“Just having the opportunity to go on Shark Tank was a really big deal for us,” said Barfred, “to put things in comparison, there are as many viewers of each Shark Tank episode as there are people in Denmark.”

The Magic 5 founders were well prepared to pitch to the sharks, immediately winning them over with the tech behind the goggles. “I think one of our advantages is that our business is born in data and technology,” explained Barfred, “everything that goes on behind the scenes is data-driven. From how you scan your face, to how we make sure that every goggle is produced to fit the exact curvature of your eyes and really giving you that next-level experience.”

The Magic 5 were seeking $500K for 2.5% equity in their company on Shark Tank.
The Magic 5 were seeking $500K for 2.5% equity in their company on Shark Tank.

Attracting The Sharks

“I think that whole narrative the sharks really resonated with,” said Barfred “we really understand the data points in our business. I think we were in a good position to share data and strategy and what we want to achieve. We feel we are solving a genuine problem for swimmers with our product. The most important thing to fix was the fit and comfort of a pair of swimming goggles and we’ve done that,” he explained.

It certainly struck a chord with Mark Cuban who threw out the first offer of $500,000 for a 7.5% equity stake after immediately recognizing the potential of not only the product, but the technology driving it. “You’re not a goggle company,” said Cuban, “this is a technology company, it’s a robotics company that happens to make swimming goggles.”

A Bidding War Erupts Between The Sharks

Ultimately a bidding war broke out with Kevin O’Leary and guest shark Nirav Tolia throwing in their lot together to counter offer $500,000 for 5% equity, plus a royalty of $3 a unit. Sharks Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner looked poised to counter that with an offer of $500,000 for 5% with no royalty.

Guest shark Nirav Tolia wanted to use his Silicon Valley expertise and invest in The Magic 5.
Guest shark Nirav Tolia wanted to use his Silicon Valley expertise and invest in The Magic 5.

That moment was the turning point in the conversation for the Magic 5 founders who would spend additional time off-camera pitching their product. “We were in the tank pitching it for 55 minutes, what you see on television is only a snapshot of that. As soon it was established that we were a technology company that makes swim goggles, we actually got 2 offers from each of them,” said Barfred.

On camera, Robert Herjavec decided to go solo at the last second and dropped a bombshell offering of $1M for 6.5% which the founders were thrilled to accept.

“At the end, we actually wound up making a deal with Robert Herjavec, his daughter was a competitive swimmer in Canada. He actually said at one point, ‘why has no one made this before, this makes so much sense. This is a product that is relevant to all swimmers in all walks of life’ and we couldn’t agree more.” said Barfred.

Ultimately Cuban wound up coming in on the investment with Herjavec after the show aired. “They decided to split the deal and asked us if we were interested in that and of course we were,” said Barfred. Having both involved in the deal would mean twice the firepower and a tremendous show of faith from the two sharks.

Co-Founders Rasmus Barfred and Bo Haaber were pleased with the $1M investment offer they received on Shark Tank.

The path is brightly lit for The Magic 5. Given the amount of data they are getting from consumers and how applicable the AI technology is in the application of other products, we asked Rasmus whether he saw the potential for other Magic 5 products on the horizon.

“Right now we have a very clear strategy for our business and swimming goggle product. We live and breath the goggles and we think it’s such a good opportunity,” said Barfred, “there is no one else on the market that does what we do and no one that caters to all swimmers on the market. The more customers we get, the more data we get, the easier it is to branch into other products. The swimming goggles are our greenhouse.”

Listen to our entire interview with Rasmus Barfred, co-founder of Magic 5 on the Pool Magazine Podcast

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Editor in Chief of Pool Magazine - Joe Trusty is also CEO of PoolMarketing.com, the leading digital agency for the pool industry. An internet entrepreneur, software developer, author, and marketing professional with a long history in the pool industry. Joe oversees the writing and creative staff at Pool Magazine. To contact Joe Trusty email info@poolmagazine.com or call (916) 467-9118 during normal business hours. For submissions, please send your message to submissions@poolmagazine.com

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One Rockin’ Pool Project at the Hard Rock

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Hard Rock Pool - Hard Rock Seminole - Hollywood, FL - Pool Area

Jason Evans and Jeff Brown know a thing or two about taking on large projects like the Hard Rock pool. Industry veteran Evans has been indoctrinating his stepson Brown into the business over the past decade. Working side by side with his stepfather, the two have tackled their fair share of challenging jobs. For the south Florida firm renovating pools is a family affair. Their company, Pool Boy Plastering, has made a reputation for taking on some very visible and high-profile custom pool projects.

The Hard Rock Pool in Hollywood, FL

Recently Evans began posting photos of the Hard Rock Seminole pool they worked on in Hollywood, FL. The incredibly iconic guitar-shaped resort features a lush “Bora Bora” lagoon-style swimming pool which is just as stunning. A beach entry resort-style pool with actual sand, as well as a huge 4.5-acre lagoon for hotel guests that allows for paddleboarding, kayaking, and pedal boating, are just some of the world-class amenities you’ll find.

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The high-volume firm has taken on large jobs, having completed over 12,000 projects during its tenure in the business. Catering to pool builders and architects, Pool Boy Plastering performs over 600 pool plastering jobs a year.

It’s safe to say that Evans and Brown collectively plastered roughly 7.2 million square feet or 110 football fields worth of pools. That’s a lot of plaster and a ton of experience in the field. It’s no wonder they were awarded the bid to do the interior of the Hard Rock swimming pool. Still, the two weren’t shy about confessing that this was the largest project they’d ever undertaken.

A Challenging Pool Interior

In describing what working on this pool was like, Evans was straight to the point. “It was a doozy, there were some really rough work conditions and it was probably one of the toughest jobs we’ve ever had to do,” he said.

“Not only did we have time constraints but it was during a really rainy season. Because it’s a Seminole reservation, OSHA is not allowed on the property, but they had their own safety team that was stricter than what a typical OSHA job site would be,” explained Evans, describing the working conditions.

“They would have lightning monitors, alarms would go off and we’d be suddenly forced to shut everything down and shelter. That’s tough, we’re out there mixing cement, pumping the Pebbletec. It was tough to just turn off the machine when it was full of cement and go hang out for an hour or two until we’re allowed to get back to work,” said Brown.

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“We’d have almost daily meetings with the contractors, Brightview Developers did the entire outside of the hotel and were the ones we were collaborating with. The construction was 24/7 but our crew only worked during the day. In a fast-paced production schedule, it was a tough job site to work on. One day there would be parking, the next day there would be sidewalks where there were none yesterday,” said Evans.

Hitting a Moving Target

A project of this scale with a moving target and constantly shifting priorities was definitely a new experience for the firm. “It was always throwing us a loop. We’d be there doing a section thinking we’d be able to finish it and the concrete foreman would come up and inform us that the next day we’d have to break everything down and move out of the way and set up on the other side of the hotel to work. This was a rush build with overlapping deadlines. I must say though for a job of this scale it went fairly smoothly,” stated Evans.

“Having to run a slick line to shoot 800 square feet through other workers was definitely a challenge. We worked well on top of other contractors until it came time to use chemicals and then we’d have to cordon off certain areas of the job site. That made us popular,” said Brown, “they weren’t too happy to have to clear out when we had to do an acid wash.”

When asked if they’d take on this job again, the pair chuckled and said that is one they’d have to seriously consider. Despite the difficulties working on this project, the Pebbletec interior in this swimming pool came out gorgeous. A tremendous undertaking, this project is a testament to their abilities and was obviously a true labor of love.

Certainly not the only high-profile resort pool Evans and Brown have worked on, the two have traveled as far as Dubai to work on the Atlantis resort pool. They’re also probably one of the only pool plasterers that can count Sylvester Stallone as one of their clients. With that said, this rockin’ pool still remains one for the highlight reel.

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National Water Safety Month Is Celebrated The Entire Month of May

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Celebrate National Water Safety Month The Entire Month of May

The month of May is a time to celebrate National Water Safety Month. The entire month of May has been officially dedicated as a time to bring awareness and education about water safety to the general community. The initiative is coordinated by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance in support with the American Red Cross, National Recreation and Park Association, and the World Waterpark Association.

Benefits of Water Safety

May is the perfect time to observe safer water practices. When school is out for the summer and the weather heats up across the country, poolside recreation is in. This summer, pools, hot tubs, and spas will have a tremendously positive impact on all of our lives.

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There are 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools, and an additional 7.3 million hot tubs operating in the U.S. Over the summer 8 out of 10 Americans are planning to swim in a pool. For children and teens between the ages of 7 and 17, swimming remains the #1 most popular recreational activity.

Still, the Red Cross says more than 50% of Americans don’t know how to swim. This is where the disconnect lies and why this initiative is so important. Practicing better pool safety saves lives.

National Water Safety Month is helping by promoting better water safety practices as well as increasing water competency including what to do in an emergency. Drowning prevention lies at the core of the initiative.

Some of the core principles to educate the public about the importance of supervising children in or near water, fencing pools and spas with adequate barriers, learning water safety survival skills, using approved life jackets while boating, and swimming in a lifeguarded area.

How National Water Safety Month Got Started

National Water Safety Month’s history of highlighting water awareness and swim safety started in June 2003, when the World Waterpark Association launched its National Water Safety Week. People celebrated this water awareness week for four years.

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The origins of National Water Safety Month began in May 2007. The National Recreation and Park Association in coordination with the World Waterpark Association decided that a month-long water safety initiative in May would better serve the community. May is the month when swim activity begins to increase across the nation. It was at this point that National Aquatics Week evolved into National Water Safety Month.

The APSP (now the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance) joined the initiative in May 2009. Their involvement would add public pools, residential pools, and waterparks as part of the month long water safety campaign. The American Red Cross would join the National Water Safety Month coalition as a key partner the following year in May 2010.

Learn More About The Key Partners Behind National Water Safety Month

The water safety initiative reaches the community at large through a series of educational programs and public service announcements. In addition, there is involvement at the government level, as well as with dealers and businesses across the nation to provide access to a wide variety of swim safety materials.

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance advances the expansion of water safety initiatives through research and outreach-related activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming. The PHTA’s 3,600 members are helping advance this initiative by making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities.

National Recreation & Park Association

The National Recreation & Park Association is a non-profit dedicated to building stronger communities through the power of parks and recreation. Today, the NRPA’s 60,000 members propel this objective by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates

World Waterpark Association

The World Waterpark Association is the world’s premier water-leisure trade association. The WWA serves over 1,000 members in 50 different countries around the globe.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Sponsor: Pentair

The initiative is sponsored by Pentair. “Pentair is honored to continue to support National Water Safety Month again this year,” says De’Mon Wiggins, President – Pool Business Unit at Pentair. “At Pentair, we know moments by the pool can only be magical, wonder-filled, and fun when experienced safely. That’s why we are committed as an organization to promoting water safety awareness not only during National Water Safety Month but always.”

Pentair Partnership With Pool & Hot Tub Alliance for National Water Safety Month
Pentair Partnership With Pool & Hot Tub Alliance for National Water Safety Month

How You Can Get Involved

For those that want to get involved, there are a number of ways for the general public and pool industry professionals to engage with their own community. Resources for consumers and professionals are available on the National Water Safety Month website.

Pool industry professionals perform a variety of outreach services that engage their local communities to learn more about water safety. Some examples are Joe Vassallo and his firm Paragon Pools which started their Float Like a Duck program in Las Vegas and Stephen Little, CEO of Claro Pools with his 55/5 campaign in Palm Desert. Those interested in getting involved have lots of options. Some advocates are planning a media event while others are doing a virtual event online. There are even those who are organizing a water safety fair to help get the word out.

Still one of the best ways to make a difference is by making a donation to the Red Cross and sponsoring National Water Safety Month as well as other drowning prevention initiatives that help promote awareness.

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Top 10 Largest Swimming Pools in the World

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Top 10 Largest Swimming Pools In The World

When discussing the largest swimming pools on the planet, we’re certainly not talking about your average-sized watering hole. While there have been large man-made pools practically since civilization began, these swimming pools in particular defy the imagination in terms of their sheer scale.

You may have visited a few resorts in your time with large luxurious over-the-top pools, but trust me when we say that those pools are practically teacup-sized in comparison to these swimming pools. We’ve covered plenty of swimming pool Top 10’s in Pool Magazine, including the world’s most expensive pools. Today, however, we’re going to be looking at some of the largest pools on Earth. With that said, let’s dive right in!

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The Top 10 Largest Pools In The World

RankSwimming PoolCountryCityAreaOpenedWater
#1City Stars Sharm El SheikhEgyptSharm El Sheikh23.9 acres2015Sea water
#2San Alfonso Del MarChileValparaíso20 acres2006Sea water
#3MahasamutrThailandHua Hin17 acres2014Sea water
#4Ostrava Poruba – VřesinaCzech RepublicOstrava10 acres1962Fresh water
#5Diamante at Cabo San LucasMexicoCabo San Lucas10 acres2009Salt water
#6The Lagoon at EppersonUnited StatesWesley Chapel, FL7.5 acres2017Sea water
#7Piscina Las Brisas de Santo DomingoChileSanto Domingo5 acres2004Sea water
#8The Lagoon at Windsong RanchUnited StatesProsper, TX4.9 acres2019Sea water
#9Hayman Island Resort PoolAustraliaQueensland2.2 acres1950Sea water
#10Dreamworld Fun LagoonPakistanKarachi2 acres2008Well water
Largest Swimming Pools In The World by Size

Statistics are all well and good, but we’re dying to know more about these massive swimming pools and we’re sure you are too. Let’s take a closer look at each one of the swimming pools on our Top 10 Largest Swimming Pools list.

#10 – Dreamworld Fun Lagoon

The world’s largest well water swimming pool is located on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest metropolis, Karachi. The Dreamworld Resort’s pool, which is filled with 2 million gallons of water pumped from neighboring wells, also has waterslides and an artificial sea with waves up to 4 feet high. This is a massive pool where scores of families gather together to have a good time.

Dream World Fun Lagoon - Karachi, Pakistan
Dream World Fun Lagoon – Karachi, Pakistan | Photo Credit: Hotels.com

Address: Gulshan-e-Maymar, Super Highway
Adjacent، Block R Taiser Town, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
Phone: +92 21 38692000
Website: https://dreamworld.pk/


#9 – Hayman Island Resort Pool

The pool at Hayman Island Resort has the size of seven Olympic-sized pools and has a surface area of nearly 78,000 square feet. The man-made lagoon was built in 1985 as part of the exclusive Hayman Island resort in the Whitsundays, on the Great Barrier Reef’s Whitsunday Islands. The pool, which is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, has a freshwater section surrounded by a bigger saltwater segment, as well as a sand bar in the center for relaxing. The largest of the four linked boardwalks, extending 165 feet, spans the water’s surface.

Hayman Island Resort has one of the world's biggest pools.
Hayman Island Resort has one of the world’s biggest pools. | Photo Credit: IHG

Address: Hayman Island Whitsunday Islands Hayman Island, QLD 4801, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4940 1234
Website: https://haymanisland.intercontinental.com/

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#8 – The Lagoon at Windsong Ranch

One of the largest pools on earth is actually in the United States. The Lagoon, a massive 4.9-acre seawater pool, is currently the centerpiece of Windsong Ranch. Guests of the ranch can unwind on the white sand beaches or participate in a variety of activities such as paddleboarding and kayaking in the crystal clear Caribbeanesque waters. The largest pool in the United States, this one must be seen to be believed!

Lagoon at Windsong Ranch is one the largest pools in the world.
Lagoon at Windsong Ranch | Photo Credit: Windsong Ranch

Address: 1001 Windsong Pkwy, Prosper, TX 75078
Phone: (972) 347-9270
Website: https://windsongranchliving.com/


#7 – Piscina Las Brisas de Santo Domingo

Piscina Las Brisas is a five-acre saltwater pool is part of the Las Brisas upscale condominium development in Chile. To give you a sense of scale, it’s roughly the size of 16 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This architectural achievement is one of the largest swimming pools on the planet. Two of the nicest aspects are that it has a view of the Pacific Ocean and its crystal clear water.

Piscina Las Brisas de Santo Domingo is the 7th largest pool in the world
Piscina Las Brisas de Santo Domingo is the 7th largest pool in the world | Photo Credit: Latte Luxury News

Address: Santo Domingo, Valparaíso, Chile
Phone: +56 2 2206 9188
Website: https://www.lasbrisasdesantodomingo.cl/


#6 – The Lagoon at Epperson

What was once a cow pasture just north of Tampa is now home to the largest swimming pool in the country. Swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking are all possible on the man-made, sustainable body of water. It also has a swim-up bar, cabanas, a floating obstacle course, and other amenities. The lagoon spans 7.5 acres and has a perimeter of 4,200 linear square feet, with an average depth of 8 feet and some spots as deep as 12 feet.

The Lagoon at Epperson by Crystal Lagoons is the largest pool in the U.S.
The Lagoon at Epperson – Photo Credit: Tampa Magazine

Address: 31885 Overpass Rd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
Phone: (813) 444-5221
Website: https://epperson.metroplaces.com/#lagoons


#5 – Diamante in Cabo San Lucas

With views of Diamante’s signature sand dunes and the majestic Pacific Ocean, you’ll be in paradise. Sail, swim, stand-up paddleboard, and kayak, or simply relax in your own private cabana nearby. There are wide beach areas, a swim-up bar and jacuzzi, and other family-friendly amenities surrounding the lagoon, so grab your goggles and sunscreen and get ready for some serious fun. Tied with our #4 pick, the 10-acre saltwater Crystal Lagoons® at Diamante offers leisure and family-friendly activities at the heart of their resort.

Diamante at Cabo San Lucas - 10 acre salt water pool - Photo Credit: Crystal Lagoons
Diamante at Cabo San Lucas – 10-acre salt water pool – Photo Credit: Crystal Lagoons

Address: Diamante Blvd., 23473 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
Phone: +52 624 144 2900
Website: https://diamantecabosanlucas.com/amenities/crystal-lagoons/


#4 – Ostrava Poruba – Vřesina

The Ostrava Poruba, a seasonal community pool that first opened in 1962 is the largest open-air swimming pool in the Czech Republic at 10 acres. The massive fresh water pool is designed to look like a lake. Tied with our #5 pick in terms of size, the municipal corporation Sareza (Sports and Recreational Facilities of the City of Ostrava) operates swimming pools of various sizes (indoor and outdoor) in Poruba, Ostrava-Jih, Moravská Ostrava a Pvoz, and Bartovice.

Ostrava Poruba - Vřesina is the 4th largest pool on the planet
Ostrava Poruba – Vřesina – Photo Credit: 80bvod on YouTube

Address: Rekreační 236/74, 708 00 Ostrava-Poruba, Czechia
Phone: +420 596 977 611
Website: http://www.sareza.cz/letni-koupaliste-ostrava-poruba/


#3 – Mahasamutr

The MahaSamutr pool is home to Asia’s largest man-made lagoon. It has a surface area of 72,000 square miles and a maximum depth of 2.4 meters. The lagoon, surrounded by an artificial sand beach, is the focal point of the MahaSamutr development project, an upscale country club and residential complex in Hua Hin.

Mahasamutr Pool - Photo Credit: Fernando Fischmann / Founder & Chairman of Crystal Lagoons
Mahasamutr Pool – Photo Credit: Fernando Fischmann / Founder & Chairman of Crystal Lagoons

Also by Crystal Lagoons, this massive pool is the first major project in Thailand and sits proudly on our top 10 list as the #3 largest pool in the world.

Mahasamutr Pool in Thailand is the 3rd largest pool on Earth
Mahasamutr Pool in Thailand is the 3rd largest pool on Earth

Address: 70/152-153 Soi 112 Huana Tuptai Road
Prachuapkhirikhan, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Phone: +66 32 907 900


#2 – San Alfonso Del Mar

San Alfonso Del Mar Resort in Chile is currently the second largest swimming pool in the world and sits on a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile, located roughly 60 miles west of Santiago. With a length of over nine football fields, this enormous saltwater pool is filled with over 66 million gallons of water. At the time of its completion in 2006, San Alfonso Del Mar Resort captured the record for the world’s largest pool and held it for almost a decade. A builder of some of the largest pools on the planet, we can thank Crystal Lagoons for this one as well.

San Alfonso Del Mar - 2nd Largest Pool in the World
San Alfonso Del Mar – 2nd Largest Pool in the World

Featuring swimming, sailing, kayaking, and a host of world-class amenities, San Alfonso Del Mar Resort is a must-see travel destination for pool lovers and an incredible achievement in aquatic engineering.


#1- City Stars Sharm El Sheikh

The City Stars Sharm El Sheikh lagoon, which opened in 2015, is officially the world’s largest man-made body of water. Aside from its enormous size, this massive pool located in the Sinai desert is a sight to behold. The saltwater supply is drawn from aquifers and takes several weeks to replenish. The $5.5 billion project is also the most expensive pool in the world.

City Stars Sharm El Sheikh – Photo Credit: Crystal Lagoons

Address: 29HV+8HH, Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt
Website: http://www.citystars.com.eg/project.php?id=6&active=page_Sharm

City Stars Sharm El Sheikh – Largest Swimming Pool in the World

At 23.9 acres City Stars Sharm El Sheikh by Crystal Lagoons; is officially the largest swimming pool project in the world.

In conclusion:

You may have asked the question “what is the largest swimming pool in the world” and gotten 100 different answers. Unfortunately, there is a lot of conflicting information out there and statistics have a tendency to be copied & pasted without much fact-checking these days. Stats also have a way of changing quicker than human beings tend to update their websites.

In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records even still lists the 8.9-acre Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco as the largest pool on the planet. Unfortunately, that pool was demolished back in 1986 and hasn’t been around for quite some time. There are also plenty of places that still list the San Alfonso Del Mar as the world’s largest swimming pool, but it was supplanted back in 2015 by the #1 pool on our list. City Stars Sharm El Sheikh is officially the largest swimming pool on the planet – for now.

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