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SWIM SPAS – ENTRY-LEVEL

Budget Friendly Swim Spas To Swim, Relax Or Party In For customers that want to both relax and occasionally exercise in water, entry-level swim spas tick both boxes. Increasingly chosen as a replacement for a traditional small pool, these counter-current equipped products are often referred to as party spas and are aimed at budget conscious families rather than athletes that need a training aid for a serious workout. With prices starting at around £15,000, we take a look at what’s available By Jon Wadeson

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s a single product that offers all the benefits of both a small swimming pool and a hot tub or spa in an affordable and easy to own package, it’s no real surprise that entry-level swim spas have fared well in the UK. Their success has been propelled to even greater heights due to the current circumstances of the pandemic, the resulting lack of holiday opportunities and the need by many to try to enjoy the time spent at home during the periods of lockdown. For families who need to keep an eye on the budget, there’s clearly a lot to like. The versatility of a swim spa means owners have a pool for exercising within and at other times, an area for the kids to have fun and mess around in too. When the kids have gone to bed, there’s a tranquil space to relax in alone – a real godsend in these trying times. Even before COVID-19 surfaced, as an introduction to counter-current swimming and the wider world of swim spas, entrylevel options have provided a package which has always represented outstanding value for money and this, combined with their flexibility has ensured continued success. With a number of manufacturers providing budget-friendly models, we look closer at what’s available as an entry point to the swim spa market.

PASSION’S ACTIVITY MODELS OFFER A UNIQUE BUT BUDGET FRIENDLY EXPERIENCE For the last three decades, Netherlandsbased Passion Spas has been engineering and manufacturing numerous spa and hot tub models and the company has perhaps one of the widest ranges of swim spas on the market. All of the company’s models represent great value for money so it’s no surprise that their entry-level products have always been popular and they have been keen to always offer new models that keep up with the latest technology and trends. One of the company’s newest series of swim spas is the Activity, and the range offers models with two different lengths and two depths, providing flexibility at a key price point. Whether the Activity 1, 1 Deep, 2 or 2 Deep is chosen, each model is a dynamic swim spa that is an excellent blending of two worlds. On one side there is all the comfort, pleasure and therapy benefits of a traditional spa or hot tub whilst on the other side, the swim function is equipped with Passion Spas’ unique River Swim System™ and Current-lift Technology™. The River Swim system consists of five large swim jets, in a row, creating a steady flow of water over the entire width of the swim spa. Users can control the intensity of

the water stream and when doing so, the flow is equally divided over the whole width of the current. Because of this unique technique, the water stream covers a wide area and is effectively positioned below the water surface, enabling users to swim with their head comfortably above water. If the intensity of the River Swim System is decreased, the Current-Lift Technology is automatically activated, enabling the swimmer to remain in the prone position.

AN EXERCISE ONLY ENTRY-LEVEL OPTION FROM TIDALFIT Available through Artesian Spas, the TidalFit Core Swim 14 is one of the newer models to join the company’s successful line up, slotting in above the popular ActivePlus EP-12 model which starts the range. This 14ft exercise only swim spa is perfect for the avid swimmer looking to maximise swim space, and is equipped with a powerful Quad Swim system, built-in spa steps, and a BellagioFall as standard. Whether users want to train professionally, or just increase their endurance, whether fitted with the Quad Swim Jet System or the optional Variable Flow Swift Water Trainer, both options offer workout choices that users desire. TidalFit owners also have the additional option to have their own choice of inclusive music to enhance aquatic workouts.

The River Swim system on Passion Spas’ Activity models consists of 5 large swim jets, in a row, creating a steady flow of water over the entire width of the swim spa

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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) December 2020  

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...