Swim spas give you the chance to swim every day in the privacy of your own garden, and without taking up the space or going to the expense of a full swimming pool. But are swim spas the right choice for you? Here we look at the pros and cons of swim spas so you can make the choice for yourself.
The pros of swim spas
When compared to a traditional swimming pool, swim spas offer an array of benefits and major advantages.
Swim spas enable you to swim regularly and practice your stroke, but unlike a swimming pool, they can also be used to relax and socialise like in a hot tub. The range of swim spas at Hydropool Surrey gives you the best of both worlds: pros of a hot tub and advantages of a pool collected in one product.
A huge advantage of swim spas is that they can be heated to different temperatures. You may want to set the temperature for the late 20 degrees Celsius whilst you swim, and then switch it to 40 degrees Celsius whilst relaxing and using your swim spa more like a hot tub. The hydro water jets provide a relaxing massage.
Year round use
The heating system of swim spas allows you to use them year round, whatever the weather or season. This is particularly important if you live in a country like the UK, where the warmer weather tends to last less than four months and is often unpredictable.
Certain factors boost the energy efficiency of swim spas. These include fitting a well-insulated cover to the swim spa, and opting for a below ground installation, which keeps the swim spa more insulated.
If you invest in a swim spa with a pressurised filtration system, the energy used to keep the water clean is reduced. Hydropool’s self-clean technology ensures that the water is filtered and cleaned every 15 minutes, making it the most energy efficient filtration system in the world.
Another advantage of swim spas is that they provide a built in current system so that you are effectively swimming on the spot rather than swimming long laps of a pool. Swim spas therefore use up far less space in your back garden than a traditional swimming pool, and are a good option if you don’t want to lose a huge area of your garden.
The cons of swim spas
There are downsides to consider with everything, including swim spas. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Not swimming true lengths
For some people, swim spas are seen as a disadvantage because you’re not swimming ‘true’ lengths. That is, you’re not swimming from one end of the pool to the other. Instead you’re swimming on the spot against a current.
This is a personal choice, but one that has to be weighed up against the benefits that swim spas can still provide, including maintaining regular exercise, practicing your stroke and, importantly, taking up less space in your outside area than a swimming pool.
The current in some swim spas can be turbulent, leading to a laboured swim.
Hydropool swim spas however feature powerful jets that spread the current evenly over a wide area whilst also dissipating turbulence through swim fins which prevent the water from swirling around.
Summing up the pros and cons of swim spas
Swim spas offer many benefits. They suit any level, from beginner through to professional swimmer, as well as offering social use as a hot tub. They take up far less space than a swimming pool, and offer the added advantage of year-round enjoyment.
The unique self-cleaning system offered by Hydropool swim spas makes them incredibly energy efficient, and the current control will ensure you always get a smooth swim.