By Ron Howells • 24 July 2021 • 9:18
Swimming pool owners in Spain earn thousands of euros by renting their pools out! image: Swimmy
Swimming pool owners in Spain are using a new app to earn thousands of euros by renting their pool out to holidaymakers!
Everyone that owns a swimming pool will know they cost a lot of money to keep maintained, especially now that electricity is at it’s highest rate for years. However, there is a new and novel way that is not that well known that owners could scrape some of that money back and it comes in the form of an easy application called Swimmy.
“Pool owners using the Swimmy app can earn up to 1,200 euros per month by renting out their pools”, said Estefania Leiva, communications director at the Spanish arm of Swimmy, a company that was founded in 2017 in France.
The pandemic has boosted businesses such as pool manufacturing and maintenance across the world, as more people chose to avoid community pools and beaches as they are scared of contracting the virus.
As an example, prices in the Madrid area typically range from 12 to 30 euros per person for a half-days use.
“Even though (COVID-19) restrictions have been relaxed this year, in May and June we have doubled the number of reservations compared with last year,” Leiva said and added that there were 150,000 app users who take their pick between some 3,500 private pools in Spain and France. Swimmy is also operating in Italy, Germany and the United States.
A fresh wave of infections this month has forced several regions like Catalonia in Spain to reimpose some restrictions over the past couple of weeks, this likely to increase demand for the service even more.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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