When inspecting around pools the 2008 NEC has gotten simplified for ya so I figured I would post something on it for you to enjoy.
Many people ( includeding me ) over the years wondered about the 5’ minimum receptacle distance requirement and thought to myself…arn’t most cords 6’ in length and lord knows we don’t want to rely on the GFCI to save us since most GFCI’s are older pre 2003 UL 943 models…BUT considering you would not put an OLDER GFCI in a new construction anyway…the move to 6’ makes it safer…not fool proof mind you but technically safer because GFCI’s can fail…MOV’s do Fail…and so on.
So…in 2008 the NEC has listened and now the 5’ distance requirement on the receptacle has increased to 6’…makes sense right…
Here is the NEC verbiage ( remember this is the ROC version, it might have changed from the published version )
**680.22 Area Lighting, Receptacles, and Equipment.
**(1) Circulation and Sanitation System, Location. **
that provide power for water-pump motors or for
other loads directly related to the circulation and sanitation
system shall be located at least 3.0 m (10 ft) from the inside
walls of the pool, or not less than 1.83 m (6 ft) from the
inside walls of the pool if they meet all of the following
conditions: [ROP 17-85a]
(1) Consist of single receptacles
(2) Employ a locking configuration
(3) Are of the grounding type
(4) Have GFCI protection
**(2) Other Receptacles, Location.
**Other receptacles shall
be not less than 1.83 m (6 ft) from the inside walls of a
pool. [ROP 17-85a]
**(3) Dwelling Unit(s). **Where a permanently installed pool
is installed at a dwelling unit(s), no fewer than one 125-volt
15- or 20-ampere receptacle on a general-purpose branch
circuit shall be located not less than 1.83 m (6 ft) from, and
not more than 6.0 m (20 ft) from, the inside wall of the
**pool. **This receptacle shall be located not more than 2.0 m
(6 ft 6 in.) above the floor, platform, or grade level serving
the pool. [ROP 17-85a]
So…the NEC is getting BETTER and BETTER…go buy one today !