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Serious Swim Spas For Serious Users

Top of the range swim spas have become a popular choice for many in the UK over recent years. As a training aid, they have become a widely accepted alternative to more traditional pool choices. Many models also offer spa options too, resulting in the complete swim and relax package. Offering the very latest in technology for swimming and more, we take a look at some of the premium choices in the popular swim spa sector By Jon Wadeson


s a product that offers the benefits of an effective swimming area combined with the relaxing jets of a hot tub, high-end swim spas have increased in popularity over recent years and the range of available options has greatly expanded too. Competitive pricing and ownership convenience versus more traditional alternatives has resulted in an appeal that has never been stronger for families looking for a premium multi-use product that can be used by all. But it’s not just families that are taking notice of the various swim spa solutions on offer. Many athletes and keep fit fanatics are being tempted by the thorough exercise and post workout relaxation options that are provided by today’s high-end models. So what’s on offer this year at the upper end of the swim spa market? Well, there’s new models and a number of great innovations that have been introduced – a sign of a healthy sector and one which manufacturers clearly value – and in this issue, we examine some of the options that are competing at the premium end of the swim spa sector. Catalina’s flagship model, the Olympic 21

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LARGER MODELS A GROWTH AREA FOR CATALINA As the original swim spa manufacturer, Catalina Spas is the longest established swim spa brand in the world and their models are available through Wiltshire-based Aqua Design & Leisure. With over 30 years of experience, the company are well known for producing some of the most efficient, powerful and beautiful models that money can buy. With all the knowledge gained over the years, Catalina have adapted their range of swim spas to remain at the cutting edge of innovation. They produce the largest range available, with models from 12 feet (3.8m) all the way up to 21 feet (6.4m), and they have even been known to produce swim spas for other spa brands. At the top end of the Catalina range, Dual Temperature swim spas are featured. These provide separate areas for swimming and for relaxing. With each side controlled independently, users can set a cool temperature for a swim in the pool and warm water for hydro massage in the spa.

Models in this category include the Relay 18, Marathon 18 and Catalina’s flagship model, the Olympic 21. The company also offer the Atlantic 21 one-piece self-contained pool, which has the largest swimming area of any of their models. Catalina’s largest swim spa models are an area where they have seen huge growth over the past 5 years, with customers opting for the more cost effective and energy efficient swim spas over a traditional pool. The benefits don’t stop there either – owners can also use a swim spa all year round, thanks to its built in heater and high levels of insulation. They are much easier to install and maintain too, and owners don’t have to give up a huge area of garden to install one. And if that wasn’t enough, a ten year warranty gives purchasers peace of mind, knowing that their investment will give years of trouble free use.

POWERFUL PERFORMANCE – THE RIO GRANDE TURBINE FROM WELLIS Wellis produce a number of swim spas models and sitting at the top of their range is the Rio Grande. This large swim spa measures 5,870 x 2,300mm and as with all models in the Wellis range, it has a generous depth of 1,500mm. With such large dimensions, it is unique on the market. Considering the space required for a traditional swimming pool, it could easily be considered as the perfect highlight of a wellness section. The Rio Grande swim spa provides a combined experience for its users. Thanks to the unique solutions of the counter-current system, it serves as a swimming pool, and after an exhausting swim, users can relax in the separate spa massage section which features seating for three plus one reclining place. Two variants of this flagship model are available but it’s the turbine version that really will appeal to those who are looking

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2018  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2018  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...