Conceptual Breakaway Swimming Pool Design For Coastal Areas


  • Nur Yazdani
  • Soronnadi Nnaji
  • Michelle Rambo-Rodenberry


Breakaway, swimming pool, scour, coastal construction


Swimming pools have become an essential attachment to most habitable coastal construction such as hotels, condominiums and single family residences. A large swimming pool type structure may obstruct the free flow of floodwater and increase the turbulence. This in turn may increase the scour potential and the wave/debris action on the building and foundation. A conceptual breakaway concrete swimming pool design is described herein. It is demonstrated that this pool will withstand everyday factored water/soil loading, but will collapse and break away under extreme wave action, thereby minimizing the detrimental effects of a solid pool.