Swimming Pools

‘Never been busier’: The skyrocketing number of Australians installing a pool

PHOTO: Demand for pools is booming as Aussies holiday at home

Summer is usually a busy time for pool installation across Australia, but this year, pool companies are so run off their feet that some are reporting being fully booked for jobs until 2022.

The surge in pool requests has come as international borders remain closed for holidays, due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning people are being forced to “staycation”.

“It’s never been busier in the more than 40 years I’ve worked in the industry,” Ted Martin, owner and director of Compass Pools in Melbourne told Domain. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The company works across Melbourne and the Gippsland region, where harsh lockdowns saw people stuck at home for most of 2020 and looking to relax by the pool.

The number of jobs was steadily increasing as people realised they would not be able to travel for some time, particularly to countries badly affected by COVID-19.

For Mr Martin’s company, which installs fibreglass pools across Melbourne and the Gippsland region, it’s not only the installers who are finding it busy, but also pool manufacturers.

“All of the factories are at their limit, so it’s not just a matter of getting the pool in the ground, but also having it made.”