Hosts turn Splash into cash as Swimply app expands to Sacramento – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – You’ve heard of vacation rentals but what about paying to take a dip in a stranger’s pool? An app that launched two years ago is expanding in the Sacramento area, allowing you to use someone else’s pool – like it’s your own.
In every home that Jennifer Huie has bought, there is always one thing on her list.
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“The criterion was to have a swimming pool,” she says.
Now Huie is turning his coolness in his backyard pool into cash.
“I don’t have to use the pool 24 hours a day,” she says. “It’s extra money. A few days after booking, I receive a direct deposit. I don’t even have to be here.
It’s called Swimply, and it’s similar to a vacation rental. Instead of renting out your home, customers pay to use your private pool.
They book through a certified pools app, pay and get a code to access the property. Huie’s swimmers travel from as far as San Francisco to take a dip.
“I’m especially speaking to people who have dogs, because I’m a canine person,” Huie said. “I wanted a safe place for the dogs to play. It’s fenced in, you don’t have to worry about E. Coli as in rivers.
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Approximately 100 hosts are located throughout the Sacramento area. Rates vary from around $ 15 to over $ 100 per hour depending on the equipment.
Sonny Mayugba, a Sacramento resident and vice president of Swimply, has seen a huge increase in bookings in 2020 due to coronavirus closings and said the app is only growing, more than tripling bookings this year.
“Our slogan is ‘Get away from it all’, and it turned out to be pretty accurate for this year because business trips were canceled, vacation trips were canceled,” he said. “What happened was a lot of people were looking for fun things to do in their neighborhood.”
Last year Swimlpy saw 4000% growth with hosts in the US, Canada and Australia using the app.
“I don’t think it’s just a COVID phenomenon, ”Mayugba said. “I think there just hasn’t been this idea where you can access these spaces this way.”
The best hosts earn enough to pay for their pools over $ 40,000.
“The extra money helps to be able to pay the bills,” Huie said.
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Swimply plans to expand its platform by the end of the year to include other activities like basketball and tennis court rentals.