There are many different shapes and styles when creating a lazy river. The main idea is to create a current that allows for a consistent and comfortable flow that doesn’t cause too many awkward bumps along the edges. Here are some of the most popular shapes when designing a lazy river to consider before you start constructing one yourself.
Sometimes, keeping things simple is the best option. A lazy river that goes in a general symmetrical loop works with almost every setup and allows for a focus on creativity in other areas. While a perfect circle may not be the best option since the current will make it harder to avoid hitting walls, a more oval- or oblong-shaped lazy river allows you to stick to the basics and still create an engaging and relaxing fixture.
One of the most popular shapes when designing a lazy river is one that still maintains the overall loop design but incorporates twists and turns that make it look a bit more intricate from above. Having multiple curves allow the lazy river to take people on more of a journey. Another advantage of having some curves in the path is it creates a more realistic river vibe rather than the artificial perfection of the traditional loop.
Original lazy rivers were long straight paths that led to a definitive end point; people could choose to return to the beginning on foot and float down the river again. Many modern lazy rivers may still incorporate some element of this design by having a long stretch of lazy river that exits into a larger pool area. This design offers a finite lazy river experience that leads to a less directed free-floating time in the pool.
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