Swimming pools of various sizes and temperatures provided opportunities for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The pool in the right foreground of this photo held the warmest water, probably since it was closest to the powerhouse boilers, leading some users to call it the “soup bowl.” It was especially popular with youngsters, and perfect for people just learning to swim. Notice the various floats and inner tubes being used. Other tanks held seawater that got increasingly colder the further away they were from the powerhouse. The largest pool was also the coldest; it held water at natural ocean temperature. By the time this view was taken, a special diving tank with high concrete sidewalls had been constructed. It’s visible in the upper portion of photo. This is the only swimming pool still recognizable among the ruins of Sutro Baths.
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