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I want to swim in a Giant Pool

Updated on February 1, 2014

I want to jump in the largest pool in the world

I learned to swim about the same time I learned to walk. At least, I learned to dog paddle and to stay afloat in the water. It was a necessary skill for any child living close to a beach.

Those childhood days on the beach are gone now, and I prefer to swim in pools with no danger of jellyfish or the occasional hungry shark.

Before I kick the bucket I'm going to swim in the giant pool near near Valparaiso, Chile.

Some not insignificant facts

It's hard to get my mind around these figures. The pool is one-kilometre in length, holds 300,300,000 litres, and has a 37 metre deep end.

Let me put that another way ..

It's more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115-foot deep end, and holds 66 million gallons of water

You won't be surprised when I tell you that this tropical blue lagoon has received the nod from the Guinness World Records as the world's largest pool.

What a pool!

I'll need to take a deep breath before I try swimming a lap underwater in a swimming pool of this size.

Why build a pool on the ocean?

Why would anyone build such a large, lagoon-like pool right next to the ocean?

Because the water stays much warmer in the pool and much calmer.

Chile isn't a very hot place, it's colder than the climate I'm used to, but the sun warms the water to 26c, nine degrees warmer than the adjoining sea.

And there are no jellyfish!

Video View of the Giant Pool

I'll need energy drinks to swim across the giant pool

No, it's not real blood. Just a rich iron supplement!

Blood Energy Potion
Blood Energy Potion

From the manufacturer

"Fruit punch flavor packs 4 hours of energy along with iron, protein, and electrolytes. Not only does Blood Energy Potion have a similar nutritional makeup to real blood, but it has the same color, look, and consistency of blood.".


How big is big?

Do you fancy doing a few laps here?

I can relax in shade after a dip

I avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. A lap (ha!) across the pool is enough sun exposure for me.

Coleman Beach Shade, Green
Coleman Beach Shade, Green

Comes with carry bag, sandbags and extra-long stakes. A convenient changing room,too. Shade and privacy!

UV Guard protection, SPF of 50+


How can I get to this giant pool?

This huge pool is part of the San Alfonso del Mar Resort on the southern coast of Chile, so obviously the first step is to get to Chile. But can I find any information about the resort?

My problem is not understanding Spanish. I do wish there were some information in English somewhere. If you come across any, please let me know.

How about you?

Want to swim in this pool?

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Join me for a dip?

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I'll have a swim with you any time in this great pool! Bless by an Angel!

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      7 years ago

      What a cool lens! Here I live in Peru, and had no idea something like this existed down there with my neighbors to the south. Angel-blessed!

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      7 years ago

      This is so awesome. I never thought something like this exist. :) Thanks to this lens, I learned new things. :)

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      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      ready to go!

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      7 years ago

      This pool is amazing, get me some pool toys, my kids and a ticket and I am on my way!

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      7 years ago

      Wow, Susanna, I've never heard of this pool; but it looks awesome. Let's go for a lap or two.


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