Are Swim Spas Good for Beginners?

22nd January 2024

Swimming is a hard skill to learn. 

The ability to move swiftly through the water, all the while controlling your breathing can be tough, especially when not learnt at an early age. 

Swimming is not just a skill; it’s a gateway to a healthier lifestyle, a form of relaxation, and for some, a great form of competition.  

However, for beginners, the path to becoming a proficient swimmer can be filled with challenges and apprehensions. 

Swim spas are a great way to provide swimming experience all from the comfort of your own home, and here at Hydropool Surrey, we have seen first-hand the great benefits these can have. 

In this blog, we’re going to provide advice to people who are uncomfortable in the water and want to hone their swimming skills and will delve into many ways a swim spa can be a great place to learn. 

Let’s take a look. 

The Journey of Learning to Swim

Swimming is an essential life skill that offers countless benefits, ranging from improving cardiovascular health to serving as a stress reliever.  

However, beginners often face obstacles such as fear of water, difficulty in maintaining buoyancy, and mastering breath control.  

These challenges can be daunting, making the initial steps in learning to swim crucial. A supportive, controlled, and safe environment is pivotal in overcoming these hurdles, paving the way for a successful and enjoyable learning experience. 

While there are many great leisure centres that offer swimming pools, teachers, and lifeguards, some people may find this overwhelming, especially older people looking to learn.  

There are also other issues such as commuting to the centre, membership costs, and simply finding the time.  

All of these can be eliminated by adding a swim spa to your property, and they can be the ideal place for beginners to get to grips with the water. 

Family of four having a fun time using their swim spa

What Makes Swim Spas Ideal for Beginners

Swim spas offer a unique solution for early-stage swimmers.  

Unlike conventional pools, swim spas provide a controlled environment where temperature, water current, and depth can be adjusted to suit the swimmer’s comfort level.  

This controlled setting is particularly beneficial for beginners, as it allows them to learn at their own pace without the intimidation of deep waters or overwhelming pool sizes. 

It also allows someone to learn under constant one-on-one supervision. If you have someone helping you, they can always only be a metre or two away, providing advice and reassurance as you learn to swim.  

Being in the comfort of your own home also makes a big difference, as you won’t feel any pressure, and if you ever have questions or need to slow things down, it can be easily done, leaving you always feeling under control of your learning.  

Swim Spa Beginner-Friendly Features

Our swim spas are designed with swimmers of all levels in mind. 

They feature adjustable currents, which can be tailored to a beginner’s swimming ability, allowing for a gradual increase in difficulty as their skills improve. This adjustability is crucial in building confidence and ensuring a positive learning experience.  

They are heated to ensure the water is always at a comfortable temperature. This also allows for year-round use, so your training never has to slow down in the colder months of the year. 

Our swim spas are also designed to provide a smooth swimming experience, and with features like our adjustable V twin jets on our 19DTAX AquaTrainer, you’re sure to never feel overwhelmed in the water.   

Most of our swim spas could with plenty of safety features, such as underwater LED safety lighting which is featured on the 14AX Sport among others, as well as an Aquastream jet on spas such as our 17AX Trainer which is backed up by Dual Performance Flow Intakes to dramatically reduce reflective wave effect,  ensuring a smoother swim with far less water turbulence than other swim spas. 

Building Confidence and Skills

The consistency offered by swim spas is invaluable in skill development.  

Beginners can practice fundamental skills such as floating, kicking, and basic strokes in a safe and controlled environment.  

Regular practice in a swim spa can significantly enhance a beginner’s confidence and competence in the water. Beginners are encouraged to set small goals during their swim spa sessions, gradually increasing the complexity of their exercises as they become more comfortable and skilled. 

The best place to start is with the current. It is always wise to begin on the slowest setting (or even without the jets at all when mastering floating and other basics).  

This way, you can ease your way up, and only tackle faster currents when you have mastered some skills and feel comfortable doing so.  

It’s always a good idea to set yourself achievable goals that showcase real progress, and slowly build your way up in distance, time, and intensity until you are a proficient swimmer. 

Family with children enjoying hydrotherapy in a hot tub

Health and Safety Considerations

Beyond the skill-building aspect, swimming in a swim spa offers numerous health benefits, including improved muscle tone, enhanced cardiovascular health, and reduced stress.  

Our swim spas come equipped with safety features such as non-slip surfaces and customisable depth options, ensuring a safe environment for beginners.  

Safety should always be a priority, and beginners are advised to never swim alone and to always have a responsible person nearby, especially during the initial stages of learning. 

This can also be a big help in not just keeping safe, but also ensuring the jets can be stopped if you get too tired. Also, having someone reassuring and providing advice can be a big help in increasing your skill level. 

Hydropool Surrey

For those at the beginning of their swimming journey, Hydropool Surrey swim spas offer a unique and effective learning environment.  

They provide a safe, controlled, and enjoyable setting for mastering the art of swimming.  

Whether it’s overcoming the fear of water or developing fundamental swimming skills, these swim spas stand as an invaluable tool in the swimmer’s journey. 

Want to know more? Why not get in touch with our team or visit our showroom where you can see a swim spa in action for yourself? 

Take control of your swimming education and always learn in a safe environment with our innovative products.