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ande
January 27th, 2008, 10:34 AM
what do you think of the World's Largest Swimming Pool

No, that's not a lagoon -- it's a man-made swimming pool in Algarrobo, Chile. Check it out, Guinness World Records named the swimming pool at the Chilean San Alfonso del Mar resort the world's largest on Tuesday. It is 3,323-feet long, holds 250,000 cubic meters of water and covers about 20 acres.

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/swimming-pool-named-worlds-largest/20080125165909990001

stillwater
January 27th, 2008, 12:40 PM
Where are the lines on the bottom? How are the gutters?

I hate it when the designers don't contact poolies.

Still, it would be fun to swim in that water.

ViveBene
January 27th, 2008, 02:32 PM
It would be fun the first few days of the pool's existence, but keeping it clean thereafter would seem to be problematic, even with water circulation. Apparently small paddle boats or the like also share the water. Looks like a huge marketing draw. I wonder if the magazine could find ppl who have actually swum in it and interview them? (Story idea.)

More fun if they imported some ocean wildlife - minnows, fishes, lobsters, clams, muck, sand, islands - to go along with the seawater. Or pelicans. :agree:

Regards, VB

Ripple
January 27th, 2008, 04:09 PM
...More fun if they imported some ocean wildlife - minnows, fishes, lobsters, clams, muck, sand, islands - to go along with the seawater. Or pelicans. :agree:
Regards, VB

They'll probably get some kind of aquatic bird nesting there. People have had ducks nesting in backyard swimming pools.

ViveBene
January 27th, 2008, 04:45 PM
They'll probably get some kind of aquatic bird nesting there. People have had ducks nesting in backyard swimming pools.

Not to mention stuff blown in on the wind or dropped/thrown in by people, very small people, animals, helicopters, volcanos... It looked weird, in the pictures: too shallow to enjoy, too big to monitor, manage, and keep clean. (Reminds me of the curse of dimensionality: too many parameters [as well as too many acres and cubic yards], too small a sample.)

So, a meet in those waters sooner rather than later?

VB

shark
January 28th, 2008, 08:21 AM
Where I come from, we call that a cement lake.

Stillhere
January 28th, 2008, 09:39 AM
Venetian Pool in Coaral Gables, Florida is still KING in my book...Hey, it even has caves to kiss the girls in---:D

tjburk
January 28th, 2008, 03:10 PM
I just want to be able to swim again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Blackbeard's Peg
January 28th, 2008, 03:25 PM
World's longest swiming pool in the world's longest country.
GO CHILE!!! :banana:

Peter Cruise
January 28th, 2008, 08:12 PM
Well, between that pool and my current favourite wine in the world being Chilean (Montes Cabernet Sauvignon/ Carmenere blend), I'm gone...

LindsayNB
January 28th, 2008, 08:39 PM
Is there more than one Algarrobo in Chile? I did a search in Google maps and the place it came up with didn't seem like a likely place for a resort... Just wanted to see what it looked like in the satellite/aerial view.

Blackbeard's Peg
January 28th, 2008, 10:31 PM
I'm due for a return trip, and that resort is on my list! SwimmieAvsMuppet has already promised to at least swim across it with me, and paddle back. Ahh, the motherland...

Algarrobo is about an hour's drive straight west of the capital Santiago. If you're looking for it on a map, find Santiago and go west until you hit the sea. Vina del Mar and Valporaiso (which are two beautiful beach cities, btw) are a bit to the north.

http://www.sanalfonso.cl/html/google_earth/

ViveBene
January 29th, 2008, 12:35 AM
Great! Might you write a story for the mag?
Maybe you could wander around with a notepad and do random interviews with other guests to get their impressions. Or talk with management: insider's view. Enjoy!

VB


I'm due for a return trip, and that resort is on my list! SwimmieAvsMuppet has already promised to at least swim across it with me, and paddle back. Ahh, the motherland...

Blackbeard's Peg
January 29th, 2008, 07:23 AM
Great! Might you write a story for the mag?
Maybe you could wander around with a notepad and do random interviews with other guests to get their impressions. Or talk with management: insider's view. Enjoy!

If the mag wants to help subsidize my journey southward, I'd definitely do that. Also definitely need to brush up on my español. :canada:

SwimStud
January 29th, 2008, 02:00 PM
I just bet that even in that behemoth of a pool the noodlers will find a method by which to get in my way...

LindsayNB
January 29th, 2008, 05:00 PM
Sure enough, the google maps view from above:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Santiago,+Chile&ie=UTF8&ll=-33.350767,-71.653562&spn=0.012977,0.028667&t=h&z=16&iwloc=addr&om=0

Thanks Muppet!

DeletedAccount
January 30th, 2008, 08:16 PM
Awesome! I would love to swim in that pool. Great shots of it from satellite on Google Maps as well. At that size I wonder if it is a saltwater pool? We could put some sharks in it - that would get some of us swimming faster!

Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas has some very cool pools around their property as well.

3strokes
January 30th, 2008, 09:13 PM
Sure enough, the google maps view from above:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Santiago,+Chile&ie=UTF8&ll=-33.350767,-71.653562&spn=0.012977,0.028667&t=h&z=16&iwloc=addr&om=0

Thanks Muppet!

I guess if one breathed to the right and started from the Northern end, one could have a pretty straight swim, swimming parallel to the edge, but if they start in the Northern edge's temperate zone, they'd reach the -almost- Antarctic circle by the time they get to the Southern tip (would one do a flip turn?). Breathing the other way and trying to stay parallel to the S S S S shore, one would cover 800m as the crow flies in 2745 metres.

LonghornbackinTX
February 5th, 2008, 07:10 AM
Wow Wow Wee

blainesapprentice
February 6th, 2008, 09:09 PM
Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas has some very cool pools around their property as well.

Oh yeah it does! I went there as a 4th grader with my family and I still remember that vacation over any/ all other vacations. I can't wait to go back, someday, when I have a real job, and a real wallet, with real money in it.

ande
March 6th, 2008, 06:05 AM
news story on it
http://youtube.com/watch?v=C6yHhScgxqI

DeletedAccount
March 6th, 2008, 10:23 AM
Wait a sec, in that vid the reporter states that "the pool is over a kilometer long and as deep as 35 meters." That has to be an error, that would be a deep tank/diving well depth. That's almost 115' deep! Have fun cleaning the bottom or retrieving anything that sinks... If that is not an error I would really love to swim/free-dive that pool.

Curiosity got me and I just did a quick search, it looks like it is that deep in the DEEP END. Holy sh*t...! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=509718&in_page_id=1770

I'm impressed and would love to one day visit this pool.....

Big AL
March 6th, 2008, 02:37 PM
With the bars seving alcohol right on the pools edge, you better not pass out in the deep end. They won't find you until you float back to the top. :(

DeletedAccount
March 6th, 2008, 05:33 PM
Here's another YouTube vid showing some great shots of the pool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zytITb0GEs4

Aerial Photos: http://selectroclash.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/san_alfonso_del_mar.jpg

http://selectroclash.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/san_alfonso_del_mar_overhead.jpg

San Alfonso del Mar Resort boasts the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. It’s over a kilometer long and cost an estimated $1.5 Billion USD to build. It’s the size of nearly 6,000 backyard swimming pools and is filled with 250,000 cubic meters of salt water. There’s also an indoor climate controlled beach and ferries to shuttle you from one end of the giant pool to another.

San Alfonso del Mar Resort official site: http://www.sanalfonso.cl/

Crystal Lagoons official site: http://www.crystal-lagoons.com/

I'm impressed. But I still don't see from the pics/vids where it could have a 35m/115' deep area. (That's deep...) I think this resort/pool is gonna get added to my ultimate things to see/do list.... :agree: