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summer swims

Dumpsters converted to pools will be open to New York swimming public for three Saturdays in August.

Manhattan dumpster diving

If you can't summer in the Hamptons, then go dumpster diving instead. For the first three Saturdays in August, three mobile swimming pools made from clean, unused shipping containers will be set up on the east side of Park Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets. Designed by Macro-Sea - the development company that last year converted a Brooklyn scrap yard into a pop-up country club - the code-compliant pools will feature lifeguards, decking and a lounge area. Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free entry bracelets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. www.nyc.gov/summerstreets

Seeing red

The blood-red water at The Library hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand, isn't as scary as it looks. With the white sands and azure waves of Chaweng beach as a backdrop, the hotel's dramatic crimson-coloured swimming pool pops out like a strange set piece from a horror film. There's no risk of turning red after a few laps. The pool's creepy colour comes from the red, yellow and orange glass tiles it's made with, not the water. www.thelibrary.co.th

Beer goggles required

Is the fountain of youth in Austria's Starkenberger Castle? Filled with heated, diluted beer, the brewery's seven swimming pools are touted to have vitamin-rich restorative powers. Up to four people can fit in the four-by-four-metre pools at one time and the temperature can be adjusted to suit the swimmers' taste. If you get thirsty, however, it's best not to ingest the waters. Instead, order a pool-side bottle of Starkenberger brew and Tyrolean nibbles. www.bierschwimmbad.com

Special to The Globe and Mail