Choosing a Swim Spa
How Do I Choose Which Type of Swim Spa to Buy?
Swim Spas generally fall in to four main categories..
- Spas with counter currents in one volume of water
- One unit which combines a spa and a counter current pool but two separate volumes of water
- Exercise pools which only have a counter current, but can be matched to a separate spa/Hot tub in the same colour but are not connected.
- Resistance pools with passive swim systems, a more eco-friendly and cost effective option .
So Which One Do I Choose?
Swim Spa with one volume of water
Spas with counter currents in one volume of water are very popular, mainly because you can move from the spa end to the counter current end without getting out. Many of these spas can seat up to 5 or 6 people plus swimmer. The drawback is that when there is one volume of water, the water temperature is unlikely to be good for both relaxing and swimming at the same time. To elaborate, if you are going to relax in a Hot Tub you need the temperature up above 37C, however if you are serious about swimming, you will find this too hot. These pools offer great value but require you to prioritise your use of them.
Swim Spa with two volumes of water
The spa and counter current swimming pool in one unit, but with two separate volumes of water, is a better option if you are going to do some serious swimming. In this pool you can adjust the swimming end temperature down to say 28C, which will mean you can exercise for an extended period and not get over hot. When you have had enough you can slide over the wall into the Hot Tub and relax in much warmer water. The two separate ends have independent heating and filtration, and the cover allows you to open either just the swimming pool with the counter current, just the Hot Tub, or both at the same time .
Dedicated Exercise Pool
Dedicated exercise pools are designed for people to swim in. There are no seats, there are no blowers, making its whole purpose exercise. These pools are deeper and offer a superb swim experience, with wide mouth, high power, turbulence free counter-current jets. If you need to have a Hot Tub as well you can choose from our premier HotSpring range, and the pool and spa can be colour matched and positioned in your garden to suit your requirements.
Pools with passive swim resistance, like the Super Swim Pro swimrod system found on Riptide pools, offer an excellent alternative to the above options. With no swim pumps and jets, the purchase price and running cost of these pools is much lower than fitness pools with complex, multi-pump systems. In addition, we find some swimmers prefer to train in an environment which provides resistance, without a torrent of water flow pumped towards them.