Published on August 24, 2020

There’s never been a better summer to have a pool right in your own backyard. With plenty of swimming clubs closed due to COVID-19, the beach or lake likely a drive away, and temperatures soaring throughout the season, the convenience of having your own private watering hole is pretty unparalleled. But even if you didn’t get your hands on an above-ground pool (or a chic kiddie option), you can still make a splash this summer, thanks to a trending app.

Swimply is essentially the Airbnb of pools—it allows pool-owners to list their backyards for rent by the hour and lets anyone who wants to take a dip find a pool available in their neighborhood. It’s accessible in 20 states, from Arizona to New Jersey to Missouri, where it’s been gaining serious traction over the past few months. Price varies but generally ranges from $45 to $60 per hour.

Depending on your rental, you might have access to a small pool house, a lounging area, or even a grill. But just because you’re paying by the hour doesn’t mean you can’t make a borrowed pool perfectly suit your own needs. Bring along your own chair, towels, and floats and you’ll have your own little oasis—at least, for a few hours.

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