Install a 360° Pool Slide!

360-pool-slideWant to build a backyard water park? Adding a 360° pool slide will make your pool the talk of the town, with neighborhood kids showing up at your doorstep, towel in hand.

There are not many pool accessories that have the caché, or wow-factor of these jumbo pool slides. For under $3K your inground pool can have real appeal!

Installing one of these 7′ tall pool slides with a full 360° rotation is not for the weak of heart – but if you want to add some real excitement to your inground pool – read on, dear reader.

That is one Big Pool Slide!

srmith-gforce-pool-slideNo doubt about it, these are large pool slides with a large footprint. Depending on how you orient the slide to the pool, the amount of space it needs will change, but you’ll need a good chunk of concrete, about 8’x7′, or 50+ sq. ft. of area, to anchor in a 360 pool slide.

Secondly, there is not only the concrete area to be concerned with, but there are strict guidelines for the depth of the pool in front of the slide exit.

Water can be a minimum depth of 3′ below the slide, but at 4’6″ out from the wall, the depth minimum increases to 4’6″. This minimum depth must continue for another 9′, or a total of 13’6″ from the slide exit.

A slide so fast, it needs extra stopping room for sliders!

WATER-SAFETY-ENVELOPE-SLIDES-SR-SMITHIn addition to these minimum depths and distance in front of the slide, this ‘water safety envelope’ for the slide cannot intersect with a diving board’s water safety envelope. See diagram to visualize slide position and the water safety envelope in front of the slide exit.

Can a Pool Owner Install a 360 Slide?

If you can use a measuring tape, drill holes in concrete, move bulky semi-heavy items, turn a wrench, and do some light plumbing, you’re all set! You will also need a helper at times during assembly of the slide, and to move it around the deck.

slide-assemblyMost of this job is assembling the slide. In fact, for the G-Force, steps 1-20 of a 26 step process is just putting together the slide components into it’s full upright position. The heliX slide is a bit easier to assemble compared to the G-Force, being more modular in construction. Both 360 pool slides come with extremely detailed installation manuals, with tons of pictures.

mark-the-holesOnce the slide is assembled, it can be slid into place, and with a measuring tape, carefully follow instructions for proper overhang. With the slide in position you mark the holes through the holes around the slide legs.

slide-holes-drilledSlide the slide out of the way, and use a rotary hammer drill to drill holes for the anchor bolts that were just marked; 8 holes for the heliX and 12 holes for the G-Force.

tighten-boltsInsert the anchor bolts into the drilled holes and tighten down. Now carefully move the slide again, over the bolts sticking up out of the concrete. Line up the bolts with all of the holes, and tighten nuts tightly (very tightly).

The next step is to connect the ladder handrails (G-Force), and the final step for both 360 degree pool slides is to connect the water supply. Very important step – these slides have a lot of surface to wet, so they need a heavy supply.

You don’t want to use a garden hose connection, because this adds water to the pool whenever you use the slide. Run a line from the return line or the cleaner line, with a valve at the slide to control it. It can also be automatically controlled.

Is a 360° Pool Slide Just for Kids?

Certainly popular with the kids, but these slides are built to hold the weight of an adult, or 300 lbs, whichever comes first.

The tight twist is not especially built for tall humans however, and if you are over 6′ tall like myself, you’ll feel a little twisted!

Good, clean fun, for humans of all sizes – and all ages! Definitely not just for kids! Install a 360° pool slide on your own inground pool!

Davy Merino
InTheSwim Blog Editor


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