What is Baja ledge? You may know it by another name, perhaps a lounging ledge? A sunning ledge? A tanning ledge? A Cabo shelf? A swimout?
Whatever you decide to call it, it is a shallow section of a pool varying anywhere from 6” – 18” in depth, often serving as a significantly wider step and incorporated into the rest of the pool steps.
Functionality: How will a Baja ledge factor into your pool activities?
Will it be a play area for small children? Or an easy stepping area into the pool for children or older adults? Will it be a relaxation area? A tanning area? A primary social location at a public gathering? Having the answers to these questions will assist your pool consultant in providing you with the appropriate overall design for your pool.
Layout and Design: How will a Baja ledge affect the layout and design of your pool and your pool area?
If your pool is going to serve multiple purposes, how it’s designed will impact your desired uses. For instance, if you want to swim laps and also have a Baja ledge in your pool then the design of the ledge will need to stop at the designated swim lane area of your pool.
How large of a Baja ledge do you want? How you intend to utilize your Baja ledge will direct it’s size and shape. The shape of the ledge typically mirrors the pool’s shape. If your pool is rectangle/geometric then your ledge should reflect that. The same concept applies for free-form pools. Do you want extra features like umbrella sleeves? Having a shady spot opted into your sun ledge’s design will provide you with relief from the sun. Have you considered incorporating water features or bubblers fountains into the ledge? Along with the soothing sound of running water, when adding these types of features visually enhances your overall pool experience. Lighting can be added to bubbler fountains for a ‘glowing’ effect for night time entertainment or relaxation.
Use: What are the logistical aspects of how you will use the Baja ledge?
Water depth is a concern with the age, swimming experience, and lifeguard and water safety training not only of swimmers in the pool and using the Baja ledge, but also any individual in the pool area. Another safety concern will be the scraping swimmers may receive on the edge of the ledge, as well as the height of an umbrella and where the umbrella is placed in relation to the ledge and the pool deck.
Umbrellas are not the only additions found in a Baja ledge. Chairs, pool chairs, lounge chairs, and small accent tables may be affected by you decision of water depth and how much you want to get wet.
A final logistical concern of a Baja ledge is the access it provides for your pets and potential wildlife. Baja ledges provide safer shallow areas for pets to enjoy, particularly dogs. Pets, like children, should be supervised when in the pool, but that will not hinder wildlife that may want a drink or to cool off.
Depending on how you use your pool, a Baja ledge is a great option for providing a significant shallow area for play and relation. Contact the experts at Aqua Blue Pools to discuss if a Baja ledge is right for your pool lifestyle.