Everything is going well for the Swimply pool sharing platform

And the rental of ice rinks in the backyard

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Pools today, ice rinks tomorrow – the sky’s the limit, according to Swimply.

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To swim is the pool sharing platform that lets you swim in another person’s pool the same way Uber lets you get in someone’s car and Airbnb lets you stay in someone else’s house. someone.

Operating in several Canadian cities and with a large presence in the GTHA , Swimply began in the United States in 2018 when founder Bunim Laskin asked a neighbor if he could use his pool.

In return, Laskin would pay part of the maintenance of the pool, which was not used much by the owners. And from this simple transaction, Swimply was born.

Thousands of pools and over half a million users later, Swimply operates in North America and Australia – and business has boomed during the pandemic.

During times of lockdown when travel was not possible, renting a nearby pool for an hour or two was a great option.

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Right now, people still rent swimming pools in Toronto due to the unusually warm weather for the season.

Forbes recently reported that Swimply pool owners report average incomes of $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 per month.

This backyard pool in Thornhill is one of the myriad private pools available for hourly hire on swimply.com.
This backyard pool in Thornhill is one of the myriad private pools available for hourly hire on swimply.com. Swimply.com

And the company is set to begin a second chapter involving other rental possibilities, such as hot tubs or private tennis courts – and rumor has it that even backyard ice rinks could enter. The mixture.

It’s an exciting concept for Canadians, and the pandemic has seen a proliferation of professionally built rinks.

Is this a reality or a rumor?

“It’s both,” said entrepreneur Sonny Mayugba, vice president of growth for Swimply. “It’s a rumor now only because we don’t have specific plans to execute it yet.”

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“But the truth is that with the Swimply model the sky is the limit,” he added.

As it turns out, Swimply hosts also have tennis courts, mini golf courses, and even recording studios to offer.

“All of these interesting spaces fueled by people’s passions,” Mayugba said. “And these hosts asked, ‘Can I rent this other space as well? And that was our ‘aha!’ moment.”

Swimply has everything in place – insurance, 24/7 communication, neighbor program, etc. – to ensure the safety of hosts and tenants.

“Trust and security are the most important aspects of our business,” said Mayugba.

Could hourly backyard rink rentals be on the horizon this winter for swimply.com?
Could hourly backyard rink rentals be on the horizon this winter for swimply.com? Photo by file /Postmedia Network

So by next year people will be able to Swimply.com or the application to reserve many other spaces by the hour in addition to the swimming pools.

And yes, they are already renting spaces for small weddings, “at about one-eighth the cost of a wedding venue,” Mayugba said.

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“So, ice cream?” Absolutely! ”He said.

Swimply founder Bunim Laskin is only 24 years old.

Mayugba (who has a 21-year-old daughter) partly attributes the influence of Millennials and Gen Z to the company’s success, those generations whose environmental concerns make reuse, recycling, reuse – and rental – a daily reality.

“For this generation, the idea of ​​having access to beautiful spaces without owning them is more natural. In my generation, that would be going to a stranger’s garden to use his swimming pool, which was illegal, and run away before the cops arrived, ”laughs Mayugba. “Now it’s a normal part of their tissue. “

He and the company are totally influenced by this new way of thinking, he added.

“I don’t want to own a boat, for example,” Mayugba said. “But book a boat for two hours?” I would do that.

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