Nowadays, when you’re in need of something – anything really – you just search it online. Before, people had to talk to others, look in papers and magazines, make phone calls… Yet those times are officially over now that everything is just a click away. Food? Click. Clothes? Click. A home? Click. Holidays? Click. Yet sometimes, the problem doesn’t lie in the availability of a product or service, yet in its price. Because even though on paper you could buy everything you wanted, reality blows and your credit card isn’t bottomless.
That’s why, to be honest, very often, renting or sharing does make a lot of sense. It’s cheaper, yes, but there’s more. Our planet’s already drowning under the amount of stuff we own and produce and there’s just a lot of those things you don’t need all that often. Or things you don’t need to physically own to be able to use them. And when you think about it, there’s a lot in life we don’t actually buy or own. We don’t purchase the movies or series we watch on Netflix – we stream them. Most of us don’t buy a holiday home, we just rent it for a week or two. Some share kitchen appliances and other household items with friends and family. And even our cars are often leased instead of bought.
So why not do the same for swimming pools? Or at least, that’s what the founders of Swimmy must have thought when starting their company. Because through their platform, swimming pool owners can rent out their pool for a couple of hours or a day, while those in need for refreshment can rent one. Maybe it’s because they want to host a party for their kids, maybe they just want to relax for an afternoon – starting from 15 euros per person for half a day, everything is possible.
Just like with Airbnb, you indicate where you want to go, when and with how many people and Swimmy then does the rest. At the moment, the platform operates in Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States. Also a great option if you’re on holiday and your rental doesn’t have a pool, yet you still want to enjoy one for a day or so.