If you have a pool in Toronto you might be able to make some extra cash this summer, or if you want to enjoy the luxury of a private pool you’re in luck. A U.S.-based company called Swimply is renting out private pools across North America, including a few choice spots in the GTA.
The idea for Swimply is loosely based on the popular Airbnb model allowing owners to list and rent space in their private pools by the hour. Swimply was founded in 2018 by New Yorker Asher Weinberger, but became increasingly popular during the pandemic as demand for pool space grew.
For those interested in making some cash, all you need are a few photos of the space, your desired hourly price (and minimum stay), and then post the pool on Swimply. The company takes a small profit (15 per cent) and provides insurance for homeowners, making renting your pool a decent side gig.
Private pool rentals may also be just the tip of the iceberg for Swimply. The site lists a new app called “Joyspace” that appears to be a service for renting almost any private space (think basketball courts, backyards, gyms, studios, etc.). There’s currently a waiting list for Joyspace, but it looks like the service may launch soon.
It’s hard to find a pool, gym, or any other private space during the pandemic as most of those public options are unavailable, making services like Swimply and soon-to-be Joyspace precisely what people will be searching for.
Currently, there are more than a handful of pools available for rent in the GTA through the app, with many more opening this month or in June. Rates start around $90 per hour, and some require a two-hour minimum stay. For those looking to beat Toronto’s summer heat, this is a great option.