Aqua Leisure Simple-Set
Penny J. Leisch
This summer we purchased an Aqua Leisure simple-set swimming pool
16 feet in diameter by 42 inches deep. Set up is easy, and the
vinyl holds up surprisingly well. After filling, the depth is about
30 inches because the water level must stay below the inflatable
ring. The maintenance is not easy or cheap, but we enjoyed the
pool and found it adequate. However, it isn't large enough for
older children or adults to swim.
Safety concerns surfaced when grandchildren came to visit. The
two year old tries to climb the sides, and the older children
jump and splash vigorously. Climbing and pulling the sides may
cause water to overflow in a massive deluge that could drown
a child or small adult. The forceful volume of water overflows
and doesn't stop immediately, which I learned when I overfilled
it by accident flooding our yard. As for rough and tumble play,
the sides aren't made for grabbing or falling onto the inflatable
ring. Again, one can cause a significant amount of flooding by
The maintenance is comparable to a full size pool, and the cost
of chemicals may surprise buyers. Daily testing and chemical
balancing is necessary to keep the water safe and clean. The
instructions warn against floating chlorinators. The small filters
also have trouble handling heavy use and storms. Filters require
rinsing mid-week and changing weekly. We also found it necessary
to purchase water polish from a pool store.
Physically maintaining the large pool was not easy, and this
isn't the largest size available for this style pool. The manufacturer
needs to make a few important improvements-like outside valves
on the lines. To rinse and change filters, someone must enter
the pool and plug the underwater lines running in and out of
the pump. The pump provided barely suffices when running 24-hours
a day. We feel lucky our motor survived the summer. Manufacturers
only recommend running it 6-8 hours per day. The cleaning posed
a different problem. There is no easy way to vacuum this pool.
The vacuum kit doesn't work, and there is no skimmer system.
The pool is still worth the money, if you understand what you
are getting and don't expect more than this product can deliver.
Also, be prepared for the physical maintenance and the cost of
the chemicals. This is no kiddy pool. It holds over 2,500 gallons
of water. Many stores offer complete pool kits for 15'-18' diameter
pools that are under $200.
BIO & URL:
Penny has published over thirty articles, technical manuals,
and numerous photos, in addition to teaching writing and photography.
She also contributes regularly to Loving Pets Magazine. http://www.pennyspensandpics.com