The Swimmy platform was born as a kind of Airbnb where you can rent private pools from other individuals. With the arrival of summer and rising temperatures, cooling off has become a top priority for everyone. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a pool to take a dip in when the sun shines down. The company was born in France, the country with the most private pools in all of Europe (1.7 million). And a couple of years ago he arrived in Spain, the second country in Europe with the most swimming pools (1.2 million). It is not a coincidence, of course.
How Swimmy works to rent your pool
If you are connected to the operation of Airbnb, this service is practically the same. The owners offer their swimming pools and their facilities in exchange for a price agreed with the client and for a determined period. They may even include additional services such as barbecues, sun loungers, tennis courts or party areas. To enjoy this experience, simply register on the platform and choose the pool that you like best. Then, indicate the duration of your stay and negotiate the conditions with the owner. The average price is 6 euros per person per rental hour.
Even with a fee of six euros per person, that may not seem like a significant amount. However, if we consider that there are people who reserve their pool at all hours and every day, the figure becomes even higher. In fact, there are those who have turned their pool into an additional source of income, showing billings that reach 12,000 euros in a single season.
Although the platform may remind us of Airbnb, the regulation is different from that of a conventional tourist accommodation. In this case, the use of Swimmy is considered a form of sharing economy and not a commercial activity. In most cases, a formal contract is not required. In fact, on its website it is defined as a “service for the publication and consultation of Internet advertisements between individuals”, similar to “Milanuncios”. In this sense, Swimmy is not in charge of directly managing the rental of the pool, but rather facilitates contact between the parties involved so that they can reach an agreement with each other. It is precisely this lack of regulation that is causing problems related to this type of platform in other countries.