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G Thing: Creative way to cool off this summer

Posted at 11:06 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 23:06:25-04

New York City pools are still closed, and several beaches have major limits. So where are people going to cool down?

They're renting other people's pools — and business is booming.

Jam packed pools are usually a sign of summer, but not this year. Due to the Coronavirus public pools have been off limits.

So, people are turning to Swimply as their solution.

Swimply is an online marketplace to allow everyday pool owners to rent out their pool by the hour to neighbors, friends, couples, or anyone looking to enjoy a dip in the pool.

Bunin Laskin, 23, a New Jersey native and the oldest of 12 children, came up with the idea after asking his neighbor if his family could swim in her pool when she wasn't.

His family then offered to help with expenses in exchange for use of the pool. Soon, other neighbors caught on and were in on the deal.

“The pool owner was making a profit and the rest of us had a new luxury lifestyle we could only dream about," he said,

He wanted to share this idea with as many people as possible, so he started Swimply three years ago.

He now has 3,000 pools in the U.S. and Australia.

And today, business is booming. This year alone, Swimply has over 10,000 reservations, not only helping people cool down, but helping pool owners as well.

So, is it safe to be in a pool right now? We talked to Dr. Adam Berman from Northwell Health.

“The good news is that there is no good evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted through appropriately chlorinated pools," he said.

Berman said once you're out of the pool, it's important to be diligent in wearing your mask around others and continuing to social distance.

Swimply has taken extra precautions during the coronavirus pandemic, too. They have limited how many guests can be at the pool, and have implemented a hour break between guests.

If you'd like to find out how to rent a pool in your neighborhood, visit Swimply here.