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SwimSpas APR 2010 SPN

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Spa Crest’s Powerswim adds a new dimension to swimming -it has an actual water depth of 1.40 metres – enough for any type of swimming or hydrotherapy exercise

ABOVE: The finished product from Catalina – a holiday swim spa with full audio systems ready and working

ABOVE RIGHT: Elite Spas have monitored the energy consumption and have found the daily running costs to be between £1.09 – £1.21 per day, maintaining a temperature of 33°C

the flow, the timescale, everything – however it’s favoured.

Maybe space or timescale is an issue and a much smaller area of the garden can be given over to exercise and relaxation. Isobel Rickards Sanger of Elite Spas says, “With the space limitations of some houses, swim spas have fitted the niche of a small area to swim in all year round. Even the hardened pool builders have softened their views and flexibilities of these products. Also with the market explosion from most manufacturers the customers’ choice is endless to suit their specific requirements or designs.” Many companies manufacture the units on their premises so the client’s requirements can be met and monitored and installation can be prompt. The appeal of the short installation time means that waiting for weeks for the ground to be prepared and the soil to be removed etc for an in-ground swimming pool is not an issue. The swim spa can be enjoyed almost immediately.

The health benefits of exercising as part of a water workout far outweighs the initial outlay of a unit. Swimming, water jogging, resistance exercises and aqua aerobics are all great cardiovascular workouts and with obesity on the increase in some parts of the UK this is an excellent opportunity to help get the country fit and trim. Every family member can take part, young and old alike. Summer isn’t too far away and with such an excellent workout provided by the array of swim spas,

“It provides a great workout that the whole family can enjoy and a swim spa is far cheaper to maintain”

this could be the perfect time to buy. Whether people have tried them at their local gym or sports centre or whilst away on holiday the increase in sales show that they now want one for their own home. As the market becomes more mature the list of extras one can add on grows to maintain interest. With all kinds of variations, sizes, nozzle types, jets, and activities – and with upgrades including LED lighting, fountains and sound systems, (a little bit of upbeat music always helps when exercising!) – there’s something for every budget and requirement. Catalina Spas have included a swim spa in their range from the very beginning and have produced industry-leading hot tubs and swim spas for over 40 years. Sales used to be around one a year but over the last five years sales have picked up well leading to the last three years where sales have been excellent says Stephen Crabb of Catalina Spas. Dual temperature swim spas with a pool at one end and a spa at the other have invoked a lot of interest over recent years and are proving to be an excellent seller. Their new 18’ Dual Temperature Swim Spa has independent filtration and heating systems to allow user defined temperature in both the pool and spa. It comes with either four or five pumps and has the added convenience of being available in single or three phase. Stephen says that the technology used in their spas is greater than most and is provided by three ‘river’ jets which are slots not nozzles so you

don’t have to endure the experience of ‘swimming behind a speed boat!’ Swim spas have come on in leaps and bounds since the early days in the 1990s when they were first introduced. Now you can obtain the full body workout. The rowing system can be used to work your upper body and arms and the variations of flow strength and water temperature can provide an all over workout for the whole body. “I’m almost certain, most manufacturers and distributors have seen a significant growth from the swim spa market in the last three years. It’s quite amazing the people who buy swim spas, from families with disabled children, to Tri Athletes, down to mature couples for gentle exercise, and families for warm wet leisure fun,” said Isobel. If inhibitions about body shape or size are an issue a swim spa in the privacy your own back garden is the perfect solution. A daily workout to trim and tone the parts of your body which may need a little extra work and the variations of a complete workout you can obtain with a swim spa will help you achieve this. If you are lucky enough to have the space in your home for a swim spa even better, if not there are a multitude of structures designed to provide you with protection from the elements which will encourage year round exercise. Due to the variations that a swim spa can be set at children can be taught safely and at a time that suits the client. A swim spa is the best of both worlds – not only is it a

THIS Spa Crest’s Centuri caters for the family approach. It has extensive therapy seating for four at the non swim end and steps on either side for entry

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