A good friend is always there for you–a shoulder to lean on, a smile, a person who has your back, and you have theirs. For some, making friends isn’t easy, especially in a world with hectic schedules. Or, if you already have friends, there’s always room for more. The wonderful thing about swimming pools is that they bring people together–and there’s one thing swimming pool owners have in common: They’re swimming in social life. We’ve put together a list of the top ways a swimming pool can help you create new friends — and keep them.

1. Everyone Loves Swimming Pools

As an example, say that you’re trying to make friends with new co-workers at work. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, which can be a challenge when planning activities or get-togethers. But, everyone loves a swimming pool since it can accommodate everyone’s preferences. The person who likes to relax can chat with other guests while lounging poolside. The person who enjoys activities can start a game of pool volleyball. Or the person who enjoys being the life of the party can entertain the other guests with poolside guitar playing. Plus, the minute you say “swimming pool,” peoples’ interest will be peaked. Who can say no to a good pool party?

2. Pools Provide a Place to Listen

To be a good friend, you have to first be a good listener. A pool can be a quiet, serene place to invite someone over and relax and listen. You’ll find that pool can be a place of bonding, where you can discuss life and be there for one another. Use the time by the pool to get to know the person and his or her interests. Encourage them to talk about themselves and make them feel like they’re important. The book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie provides great tips.

3. Pools Help You Relax–Making Friendship Easier

When someone in your life is stressed out, it’s like there’s a wall between you. Stress can make you act like a different person–it can make you irritable or even angry. This can make it more challenging to make new friends, much less keep them. A pool provides a relaxing environment where you can destress, and swimming has been proven to be one of the most relaxing forms of exercise. As you destress, you may find you’re able to pursue more friendships.

Let Us Help You

As you look to make (or keep) strong friendships in your life, a pool can be a great place to start. It provides a means of entertainment, and place all your friends can meet. At Leisure Pools, we have pool designs that work well for enjoying friends–features like ample seating areas, tanning ledges for lounging or you can choose a flat-bottom pool that’s perfect for pool games or sports. And we hope these ways a swimming pool can help you create new friends will spur you to a pool purchase today. Contact Leisure Pools (leisurepools.com.au) and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.