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SAFETY EQUIPMENT Making wet leisure environments safer for all

DOSING PUMPS & CONTROL SYSTEMS Automation options to make ownership easier


Budget-friendly options to relax, exercise or party in


Solutions that provide effective water management and cost savings

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SAFET Y EQUIPMENT Making wet leisure environments safer for all

DOSING PUMP S & CONTROL SYSTE MS Automation options to make ownership easier

Safety equipment also goes under the spotlight as we take a closer look at a range of options which are marketed on the strength of reducing potentially fatal incidents in and around wet leisure products.


Budget-friendly options to relax, exercise or party in


Solutions that provide effective water management and cost savings




At the more glamorous end of the product spectrum, you’ll find sauna and steam products and we focus on them too in this issue as the wellness sector goes from strength to strength. We also highlight some great value for money entry-level swim and party spas that have proven to be really popular with many families, especially during the trying times we’ve experienced in the last couple of years.


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Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson



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After a long 12 months, (which actually, has at times, really flown by), we’ve finally made it to December and that means our last issue of what’s been another thoroughly challenging and trying year. And typically, just as some sense of business normality started to work its way back in with the return of industry exhibitions, shows and other regular pre-pandemic activities, Omicron decided to announce itself as this year’s potential Christmas Grinch, with government reacting instantly. Great. Of course, it’s far too early to say, but hopefully the appearance of this latest COVID-19 variant spells the real beginning of the end of this pandemic – and only time will tell – but talk about poor timing or what. Its appearance is a real party-pooper if ever there was one! Moving away from what I guess is just another dip in the rollercoaster ride that is the COVID-19 pandemic, and focusing on this issue, inside, you’ll find our annual look at dosing pumps and control systems, products which quietly go about their business behind the scenes as they play their own, crucial part in an efficient water treatment system, and by doing so, help to make the lives of pool and spa owners that little bit easier. Other products which are also nearly always hidden away from view are those that deal with the filtration of pool and spa water, and we’ve a feature which explores the latest innovations which are leading to improved performance and a reduction in the use of water usage and costs.

As if that wasn’t enough, we have a piece on manufacturer and distributor Plastica, a very useful Q&A from Chester-based GMT Spas International, plus a Project Showcase which focuses on the aquatic play side of Craigavon’s South Lake Leisure Centre in Northern Ireland. Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams reflects on a year of ups and downs whilst Luke Griffiths from the STA highlights why pH is the most important parameter in wet leisure water. As always, there’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus, we’ve got our round up of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and further afield. So, with everything covered, that’s this issue’s round up complete – I trust there’s something of interest for all of SPN’s readers. After such a challenging year, and with last year’s Christmas effectively cancelled for many, hopefully there will be time for all to chill out, catch up with friends and family and to finally appreciate the seasonal festivities… whilst of course, enjoying this latest issue! Have a great Christmas break – we’ve all deserved it – and see you in 2022, which will hopefully be the year in which we see the end of the pandemic and a return to some kind of normality!

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A look at a selection of products that feature safety as their key selling point



Counter-current equipped swim and party spas for the budget conscious





Unsung automated heroes that simplify the life of owners and operators Products that help to provide effective water management and cost savings










The industry’s associations dedicated pages Luke Griffiths highlights why pH is the most important parameter A look at the aquatic play facilities at Craigavon’s South Lake Leisure Centre

A focus on various options on offer within the sauna and steam sector



Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams reflects on a year of ups and downs

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The latest industry news, info, projects and gossip





New appointments, personnel updates and training Innovations and new products on the market





Dedicated news for this important sector All the latest news from around the world

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Certikin Is The Perfect Fit For Retirement Village Pool In Hampshire The engine room of this striking pool and fitness suite – designed and built by Warwickshire-based Buckingham Pools for a luxury retirement development in Romsey, Hampshire – proudly boasts the Certikin name. The health and wellness complex is built with versatility and functionality in mind to provide the residents with a relaxing facility in which to unwind. In constant use, the pool features a Fluvo Rondo counter-current unit supplied by Certikin. The unit comes with separate rotary buttons to provide the desired setting for air and water adjustment. Certikin also supplied the complete filtration system – two SLX filters and three Hydrostar circulation pumps providing a turnover of less than three hours to optimise the usability. Alongside the pumps, Certikin has also supplied three inverters to make them variable speed. Easy to install and programme, these inverters offer a potential cost saving payback of less than six months. The pool, measuring 12m x 6m, is meticulously finished with large-format, marble effect tiles. With the perfectly edged built-in step-entry, the interior finish completes an elegant look with the stylish surrounding décor and marble feature walls to contrast with the exposed walnut wood-effect floor tiles. The underwater lighting installations enhance the relaxing ambience to offer daylong activity, whether swimming or lounging.

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Save Water At Your Leisure With Deer Technology

Saving water is a challenge for most businesses but when you run a leisure centre containing a 25-metre swimming pool, children’s pool, gyms and a sports hall with shower facilities, the challenge can seem mighty. For Stretford Sports Village, operated by Trafford Leisure Community Interest Company Ltd (Trafford Leisure), careful monitoring of water usage is vital to help keep membership fees and prices as low as possible. In addition, sustainability and environmental consciousness are additional goals today of course. Trafford Leisure needed to obtain regular, reliable data to fully understand their consumption patterns and cost. Unfortunately, the location of the water meter, deep inside a manhole on another business’ property which is frequently flooded, meant the water retailer was unable to fulfil this need with regular manual readings. To take control of the situation, Trafford Leisure turned to Deer Technology.

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The LimpetReader was developed to be installed quickly without interrupting the supply and with minimal ongoing costs. The product attaches to the faceplate of the existing meter and incorporates multiple miniature cameras that capture the entire meter register display at time intervals specified by the customer. The images are then automatically and securely sent to the Deer Technology’s server where the images are converted into a date and time stamped data value. Trafford Leisure is then able to import the data into the proprietary systems for analysis, allowing trends to be identified and inaccurate estimated bills to be disputed. As well as making sure billing is correct, regular readings can also help identify leaks with unexpected rises in consumption meaning costly leaks can be rectified quickly. Deer Technology 01639 363146 www.deertechnology.com

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Glass Pearls Media is manufactured from 100% pure glass and offers a finer filtration than conventional filter media. It has been evaluated by TUV SUD PSB and is suitable for both domestic and commercial swimming pools, aquaculture, water treatment and industrial applications. Whereas other filter media may contain a variety of contaminants, Glass Pearls are chemically inert for superior purity. In fact, Glass Pearls have been independently lab tested for leaching contaminants and found to be well within drinking water guidelines*.

SUPERIOR PURITY Their superior purity greatly reduces its initial backwashing requirements, prior to commissioning a filter, enabling a rapid start-up of media filters. SAFE TO USE Glass Pearls are safe to handle & safe to service. They are spherical and do not have sharp edges, making them safe to use. And if there’s ever a failure of the filter’s laterals and Glass Pearls flow into the swimming pool, they pose no risk of injury to swimmers.

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IN BRIEF TURNBERRY CROWNED ESPA’S WORLDWIDE SPA OF THE MONTH The Spa at Turnberry has been named as ESPA’s Worldwide Spa of the Month for December 2021, being selected out of over 300 spas, spanning 55 countries. This honour recognises spas across the world that provide guests with an unforgettable, high-end experience. Michelle Kerr, Spa Manager at Turnberry said: “We are delighted to be ESPA’s Spa of the Month. Our team of therapists are so dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our guests, it’s nice to be recognised for all of the dedication we put into our work.” Set within 800 acres of Scottish countryside, along the Ayrshire coastline, the backdrop of The Spa at Turnberry provides an oasis of calm for its guests. Focused on relaxation, Turnberry’s spa team work hard to provide a peaceful atmosphere. Guests can enjoy picturesque views across the Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran, soak in the spa’s 65-foot heated infinity pool or enjoy a whirlpool as they watch the sun set over the golf course and iconic lighthouse. Other facilities at The Spa include a sensory shower, relaxation rooms, sauna, steam room, ice fountain and poolside bio-sauna.


year term. It will take over the operation of the Phoenix Pool from 15 January 2022, replacing current operators Sentinel Leisure Trust, and will manage the new Marina Centre from its opening, expected to be in late July next year. Council leader Cllr Carl Smith said: “Freedom Leisure impressed us with its proven track record in over 100 sports and leisure complexes around the UK, and a supportive approach to running community facilities like the Phoenix. “The council is making a significant long-term investment in the new Marina Centre and we look forward to working with Freedom to make it a success for the whole borough.” Freedom Leisure Chief Executive Ivan Horsfall Turner said: “We are delighted and excited to be working in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, to both develop and improve the Phoenix Pool & Gym and to launch the new Marina Centre.”

Council Appoints Operator For Great Yarmouth’s Leisure Facilities

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has appointed Freedom Leisure to operate Great Yarmouth’s new £26m Marina Centre and its existing Phoenix Pool and Gym in Bradwell. Freedom Leisure is one of the largest not-forprofit leisure trusts in the UK managing accessible, value for money, community-led leisure and cultural venues nationwide. It runs over 100 centres across England and Wales with a vision of ‘improving lives through leisure’. Freedom Leisure will be contracted for a ten-

Premium Filtration For A First Class Fitness Destination David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) is a leading multinational sports, health, and leisure group, with 122 clubs. The company’s Southampton-based West End facility provides high-end, family-orientated amenities including a fully tiled 220m3 outdoor swimming pool and 9m3 therapeutic spa. Disinfection is critical in all wet leisure environments, but especially in commercial facilities of this nature with high bather loads. To ensure high quality pool and spa water for members, DLL West End asked Adam Tredwell at Tad Worx and Steve Martin at Paramount Pool Products to supply and install Waterco’s MultiCyclone filters and Glass Pearl filter media. This choice was determined after extensive market research confirmed this system not only produced crystal clear water, but also had Climate Care Certification credentials. Since the installation, DLL’s operational staff has seen noticeable benefits. “The Glass Pearls have made such a difference

to the clarity of the water,” said DLL General Manager Sarah Morgan. “Not only has this been recognised by our staff, but we have also received a number of comments from our swimming members on the superb clarity – they have never seen it as good!” To achieve the centre’s operational and environmental objectives, the following upgrades were made: “Not only is the clarity of the pool and spa water so much better but maintenance time has been reduced significantly by eliminating the need for lengthy backwashing times,” explained DLL plant room operative Andy Tucker. “This saves time and reduces the amount of water lost through the backwashing process. We really have seen an incredible difference.” Waterco Europe 01795 521733 www.waterco.eu

Waterco Europe recently took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Kent-based team heroically munched their way through Lemon Drizzle Cake, Carrot Cake, Rocky Road and Blueberry Muffins and raised a magnificent £200.50 for this important cause. Every penny raised went to help people living with cancer, a disease that sadly affects 1 in 2 people in their lifetime.

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IN BRIEF LISTING PROVIDES REPRIEVE FOR SWINDON’S OASIS LEISURE CENTRE The 45-metre swimming pool dome at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on Historic England’s advice. Opened in 1976, the Oasis Leisure Centre’s pool is the best and earliest example of the newly developed building type, which went on to gain huge popularity in the 1970s and ’80s, marking the cultural shift from swimming for fitness to swimming for fun. Most of the early examples of these buildings have now been lost to redevelopment. The Oasis Leisure Centre closed in November 2020, after GLL surrendered their lease of the building. Since its closure the building has sat in an idle limbo with a campaign group fighting hard to secure the iconic venue’s future.

QUEUES FORM FOR NORFOLK’S NEWEST LEISURE CENTRE POOL Members of the public braved a cold and rainy morning at the end of November to stand in a queue so they could be among the first to try the new facilities at north Norfolk’s newest leisure centre. The Reef in Sheringham opened its doors in a ‘soft launch’ event ahead of a grand opening planned for the new year. The new centre includes a 25m main pool, 13m learner pool and other fitness facilities. The pool has a ‘Poolpod’ so wheelchair users can easily get in and out, and the centre also has accessible, Changing Places bathrooms. The centre is being managed by Everyone’s Active, which also runs north Norfolk’s district councilowned sports and leisure centres in Fakenham and North Walsham.

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Location For Second UK Wellbeing Destination Revealed By Therme Group At the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow recently, Therme Group, a global developer and operator of state-of-the-art wellbeing destinations, signed heads of terms with Peel L&P for the location of its second UK project. On a waterfront site in central Glasgow, the project will be constructed on the Peel L&P 21.5-acre site adjacent to the Riverside Museum, at the intersection of the Kelvin and Clyde rivers. Therme is aiming to submit a planning application for Therme Scotland to Glasgow City Council in 2022. Therme Scotland is expected to be around 320,000 sq ft in size and to cost around £100m to build. It will include a next-generation indoor water park, extensive thermal pools and spa, and a health and wellbeing centre. Additional elements of the project also include a vertical farm, which will enable sustainable and locally grown, nutrient-rich fresh produce. The inherent link between sustainability and wellbeing are at the heart of Therme, who work to enhance urban environments and deliver long term

population health benefits. At Therme Scotland, in addition to the vertical farm and botanical gardens, the group is looking at how it can introduce renewable heat sources and is considering both geothermal energy and water source heat pumps. The site is easily accessible to sustainable transport, being in close proximity to Partick interchange. Plans also include a bridge across the River Kelvin, linking the Riverside Museum to Therme Scotland and expanding access to the Glasgow waterfront. A second bridge will be built by Glasgow City Council over the River Clyde, between Govan and Partick which will enable access for all communities. Therme Scotland will be Therme’s second wellbeing destination in the UK after the Therme Manchester £250m plus project, also on a site owned by Peel L&P. Therme Group 020 7769 6761 www.thermegroup.com

Bosta’s Parent Company Buys Two UK Plastic Piping Experts MegaGroup has completed the take-over of two British plastic piping expert companies – Plimat and EPCO – with their offices and warehouses in Southampton and Leeds respectively. The takeover fits the ambition of the Group wanting to become a top-5 player in all their core-sectors in Northern Europe and the strategy of acquiring leading companies in the market to achieve that. With this take-over MegaGroup has significantly grown their position in the UK plastic pipe market. Bernard Verburg, CEO MegaGroup: “We continuously invest in new products, services and in knowledge. This has resulted in some encouraging growth results for MegaGroup over the past years. In order to accelerate our growth in the UK, we have partnered up with two leading wholesalers in plastic piping, Plimat and EPCO. Together with our local company Bosta UK Ltd, we

can really add value for all our customers, offering them a wider range of products and extended ordering options.” Plimat and EPCO will keep their own name and will service their customers in the same way their customers are used of them, from their local warehouses. Plimat UK was established in 2007 as an independent UK distributor of U-PVC and ABS plastic piping systems. An important part of its range consists of Plimat PVC-U fittings and ABS fittings produced by Plimat Portugal, which is also an important supplier to MegaGroup. Established in 1994 as a distributor of PVC and ABS piping solutions with a specialisation in larger size fittings and pipes, EPCO’s customers are mostly based in the middle and northern part of the UK. Bosta UK Ltd 01284 716580 www.bosta.co.uk

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Sharron Davies Has A Vision For A New Generation Of Leisure Spaces

Olympian, Sharron Davies, has joined forces with Paragon Structures to bring affordable, accessible and sustainable sports and leisure facilities to communities across the UK to make a real difference to the nation’s mental and physical health. Passionate about health and fitness, the former Olympic swimmer said environmentally friendly and fit-forpurpose sports and recreation facilities are key to tackling the rising levels of obesity and inactivity in the UK. Becoming an ambassador and shareholder in Paragon, who are specialist providers of insulated tensioned membrane buildings, marks a turning point in Sharron’s career. “I love what I do, but I now want to be involved in something that has more impact and leaves a lasting legacy. And I can’t think of anything more important than helping to get people more active and healthy,” she said. Sharron advised she wants to work with local authorities, schools and sports clubs, colleges and universities to open their eyes to the benefits of modern buildings so they can more easily develop the multi-purpose facilities the UK so desperately needs. “It’s time to think differently about

how we build health and fitness spaces. Great facilities don’t have to take two years to construct and they don’t need to be so expensive. Modern tensioned membrane structures like those from Paragon are both beautiful and fantastic quality. We can significantly reduce the total build programme and they are up to 40% cheaper too. They’ve proved very successful in the US, Canada and Europe, so it’s time we benefitted from them here in the UK.” Paragon Structures 01225 618188 www.paragonstructures.com

RLSS UK Launches Bespoke Qualification For Swim Schools A new health and safety qualification for swim school owners and operators has been launched as the sector continues to experience unprecedented demand following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Developed by leading health and safety and swimming pool experts, the RLSS UK Swim School Health & Safety Award is designed to help swim school owners understand their legal duty regarding health and safety to ensure the safety of children, parents and employees as their business develops. The training is tailored specifically to the swim school environment and gives participants a thorough understanding of how to run a safe and successful swim school. The course shares the experiences of other swim school owners, best practices, and lessons learnt from previous health and safety issues in the sector. Crucially, it also includes basic pool plant knowledge, HR policies and procedures and highlights the implications of failing to have robust systems in place. Jo Talbot, RLSS UK Director, said: “Swim schools have never been so busy; health and safety must remain a priority for businesses as they service the extraordinary demand for swimming lessons. There are a lot of generic health and safety qualifications in circulation but, our new award has been developed in direct response to calls from swim schools and therefore is bespoke to their needs and responsibilities to give them peace of mind.” The flexible training is delivered online, over 18 hours, and in varied formats to suit the demands of a swim school. RLSS UK 0300 323 0096 www.rlss.org.uk

Puddle Ducks Franchisee Wins Top Business Award Victoria Rowley, franchisee for children’s swimming business Puddle Ducks, has taken home the Resilient Riser award at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards 2021. 2021 marks the 32nd year of this leading bfa HSBC franchising award, a flagship event for the UK franchising industry. The glittering event took place on 30 November at The Vox in Birmingham, where the UK’s best franchisors and franchisees were celebrated. The Resilient Riser category represents the strength and resilience of franchisees as business owners throughout one of the most challenging periods. Victoria battled it out

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against a record number of entries to secure the accolade for her strength in overcoming personal difficulties while managing the challenges of the pandemic. High praise was also given to how Victoria supported the Puddle Ducks team’s mental wellbeing as well as how she organised local pool training

to create more work opportunities. Commenting on the award win, Victoria said: “Puddle Ducks is really special to me as it’s been a much-needed lifeline for not just myself but also the many families the Puddle Ducks team help every day. The past year has certainly come with its challenges but I’m so proud of the whole team for how we’ve been able to adapt and grow. We’ve managed to weather the storm and provide families with even higher levels of care and support when they need it most. “It’s an amazing feeling to be recognised for all our hard work so this award win is a very special one for us.”

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ISPE Return To Live Seminars And The 2021 ISPE Awards

Heatstar Close Out 2021 With The Return Of Free Technical Training Seminars Over the years, Heatstar has gained a reputation for their knowledge and expertise in the field of swimming pool environmental control and they have a clear aim to pass that knowledge on to pool trade professionals through the utilisation of their free of charge technical training seminars. Since their introduction nearly five years ago, the company has seen nearly 500 delegates attend with interest in the course growing rapidly. After being placed on hold for nearly 18 months due to COVID19, Heatstar and AstralPool UK are undertaking several courses before the end of the year, with demand being so high that the first 5 dates were fully booked within 1 hour of being released. As a result, further dates have now been added. The seminars will again be hosted by David Hayles – Technical Manager of Heatstar and organised and assisted by Ron O’Sullivan of AstralPool UK. Each seminar runs for half a day – typically around 5 hours, and

include practical tuition, training materials, lunch and a Training Seminar Attendance Certificate, all free of charge. Training will take place in both Fareham and Doncaster to allow members of the UK pool trade to attend a course that is in a convenient location to them. The main purpose of the seminars is to assist engineers of the swimming pool trade in gaining the knowledge required to carry out the installation and maintenance of Heatstar systems. The seminar is also designed to develop both technical knowledge and practical application, along with a full and in-depth explanation of the technology behind the Heatstar equipment and to give a better understanding of the fundamentals of swimming pool heating and ventilation. Contact Heatstar for more information or to book your place on the next available course. Heatstar Europe 01983 521465 www.heatstar.com

Following a two-year break, the ISPE One-Day Seminars resumed in November with the 24th seminar taking place at the Cobham Hilton, a new venue for the Institute. Unfortunately ISPE President Philip Barlow, FISPE, was unable to be present so past-President Chris Carr, FISPE, stood in and introduced speakers throughout the day to the 50 ISPE members who were in attendance. Following a warm welcome back to a live event, Chris introduced Ian Betts, FISPE, who gave two presentations during the day based on concrete pools. Will Dando, FISPE looked at the options for lining swimming pools, and examined how to deal with problems that may occur with them. A presentation on ‘Closing down pools for the Winter’ was taken by Jimmy Lamb, FISPE and Howard Gosling, FISPE, along with the three previous speakers some intense discussions followed. This particular session highlighted one of the main reasons for the ISPE Seminars – an exchange of views, opinions and ideas based on personal experiences of those present. Howard Gosling then gave his own presentation looking at the latest COVID advice with regards to swimming pools. After a good lunch Chris introduced the 2021 ISPE Awards. Certificates were presented to the three newly qualified Technicians who were present. Chris Carr then turned to the Gartside Cup, awarded for the student who achieved the highest overall marks in their exams and congratulated Ed Hegarty, TnISPE (Cert.) from DG Pool & Leisure Ltd on his success. Ed Hegarty, The Jim Johnson Filtration Shield is TnISPE(Cert.) awarded to the person who achieves with the new the highest result in their Filtration Bob Kent MSI Cup and the exam and this award was presented Gartside Cup to Chris McGill, TnISPE(Cert.) from Guncast Ltd. Chris McGill, A new cup to the Institute, the ‘Bob TnISPE(Cert.) with the Jim Kent, MSI Cup’ was also announced Johnson for the highest exam mark in the Filtration Shield subject of Heating with Ed Hegarty picking up a further trophy. ISPE 01603 499959 www.ispe.co.uk

Dave Candler Named As One Of UK’s “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs Of 2021” Following on from receiving the coveted Outstanding Leadership Award at this year’s ukactive awards, STA’s CEO Dave Candler has now been named as one of the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2021” in the UK. Dave was first approached and nominated by The CEO publication (the curators of the Top 20 CEO listings here in the UK and USA) back in September, because of all of the work he had done to support the aquatics industry through the pandemic. This then led to Dave being interviewed by The CEO publication, where he features this month as one of “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2021” in the UK, alongside CEOs selected

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from 19 other types of business sectors – making Dave the only CEO on the list from the UK leisure sector. The CEO publication state their aims are to “showcase some of the most prominent CEOs in the world; CEOs that have not only transformed their lives, but also the

organisations they are leading and the lives of all those that surround them”. Commenting on the accolade, Dave said: “I was truly shocked when The CEO publication contacted me out of the blue and then invited me to be a part of this Top 20 feature. Leisure, let alone swimming, is rarely featured in business accolades of this type, so it is a great honour for me personally – and for the STA and swimming in general – to be recognised in this way.” STA 01922 645097 www.sta.co.uk

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Triogen® AOP Clear Combines UV And Ozone Technologies For Use In Commercial Pools Scottish-based manufacturer triogen® joined the BIO-UV Group in 2019 and as a result of the merger, the group recently unveiled its new triogen®AOP Clear system for swimming pools and spas, with integrated technologies and mastered know-how. Featuring an innovative process which combines the disinfection and oxidation properties of Ozone, medium pressure ultraviolet light and hydroxyl radicals, triogen® AOP Clear is one of the most advanced water treatment solutions that are available for the rapid removal of organic and inorganic pollutants not removed by Ozone or UV alone. Commercial swimming pools benefit from its triple-action for hard to remove contaminants such as chloramines and other residuals commonly found in the pool water, keeping it cleaner and clearer than ever before. The triogen® AOP Clear is the result of 30 years of experience in water treatment which has now been updated for the 21st century with a new HMI and ‘Plug and Play’ features whilst the UV lamp located at the front of the unit helps to facilitate maintenance and operations in tight environments. AOP Clear is an ideal, single solution that removes the need for separate deozonation for a wide range of public and commercial swimming pool environments, including waterparks, leisure centres, destination spas, school and hotel pools plus many more. Triogen® 01355 220598 www.triogen.com

Whether Big Or Small, NIVEKO Have The Perfect Pool Solution

The aim of NIVEKO’s corporate philosophy is to accentuate the individuality of each and every customer and to offer a product that reflects his or her unique personality down to the finest detail. The range of pools available from NIVEKO mirrors this approach with two skimmer and five overflow options to choose from. This broad portfolio enables the firm to offer the maximum amount of flexibility and regardless of whether a small, medium or larger pool is required, the quality of the technologies used is always equally high. This extensive range is made possible by the fact that the firm’s pools are all manufactured on an individual basis. This means that the NIVEKO portfolio does not offer any standard dimensions or any pools with pre-set configurations. Everything, including the pool size, is fully configurable, meaning there is no limit to each customer’s dreams and ideas – which can be transformed into reality without the slightest compromise. The same is also true of the shape, where the current trend of rectangular lines continues to dominate. However, the customisable range of options for NIVEKO pools certainly doesn’t end there. There are six pool colours to choose from, eight different step types and many built-in pool parts too. One beautiful example of a smaller pool is the NIVEKO Evolution. This one blends in perfectly with the garden of the semi-detached house. As space was limited, the pool had to be customised literally with centimetre precision, although the sizing options meant that the greatest possible amount of free space was used. Complete with Apollo steps and NIVEKO Plus stainless steel built-ins, it is proof that even a small pool can make a big impression. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246 www.niveko-pools.com

Aqua Fingers – The Revolutionary Pool Broom The unmistakable Aqua Fingers broom from Waterco is the first pool broom specifically designed for fibreglass, tiled and vinyl lined swimming pools. This truly multi-purpose product is suitable for use on a variety of pool covers plus pool coping, windows and glass fences too. The patented Aqua Fingers® make cleaning swimming pools easier and quicker as more surface area is covered by its high-density microfibre chenille attachment, flexible body and

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curved underbelly. This ensures no nooks or crannies are missed. All it takes is a quick sweep to clean curved corners, ridges, crevices and steps on smooth pool surfaces thanks to a flexible

design that manoeuvres around tight spots and awkward areas. The premium microfibre chenille attachment is gentle on smooth surfaces and the flexible head easily dislodges particles from tight areas. Built to last, Aqua Fingers comes with a two-year product warranty and replacement chenille attachments are also available. Waterco Europe 01795 521733 www.waterco.eu

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Contemporary Style – The Piscine Laghetto® Divina From AstralPool

Acoustic Panels That Can Embrace The Extreme For sustainable ceiling solutions for wet leisure environments, Wrexham-based SKANDA Acoustics may have the answer. Recent tests by a Danish Technological Institute showed that their Troldtekt acoustic panels withstand moisture levels up to 98%, even when combined with high temperatures up to 40°C. This new round of stringent testing reinforces the fact that the panels are suitable for the most demanding of wet, warm and humid environments such as swimming pools, changing rooms and shower rooms. In these environments, it was found that the panels are dimensionally stable and retain their flatness. This means they do not warp over time, giving them a life span in excess of 50 years. The panels are inherently robust and durable because the combined strength of the cement coupled with the breathability of wood means the structure does not rot and acts as an antimicrobial surface resisting fungal growth and other microorganisms. For very humid environments where chlorine is also present, Troldtekt offers special colour matching structure screws in the highest corrosion protection category. This means it is now possible to have a complete C60 profile system in steel where both the profiles and screws are C5 rated. Founded on the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept, Troldtekt’s natural and inherently sustainable panels are available in a variety of different surfaces and colours and contribute positively to a building’s BREEAM, DGNB and LEED ratings. In addition to their high sound absorption and tactile surface, they offer high durability and low-cost lifecycle performance. Available in various sizes and in four grades, from extreme fine to coarse, the panels can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.

The Divina from Piscine Laghetto® by AstralPool is the ultimate swimming pool from the Italianbased manufacturer. This above- or semi in-ground pool has many attractive features that set a new benchmark for contemporary and stylish swimming pools. Equipped with the exclusive filtration and water treatment system developed by Piscine Laghetto®, Divina includes a sunbathing area with cushions in Nautical Sky fabric for moments of absolute relaxation. The integrated equipment area is discreetly combined into the pool structure and is accessible under the sunbathing area. Divina is the epitomy of Italian design – the pool panels are made of synthetic rattan fibre handwoven on an aluminum frame and available in two colours, Laghetto® White or Grey, while the pool liner is offered in White or Beige. The sunbed in nautical Sky fabric, the ladder and the silver-coloured LED spotlight complete this design, giving it an elegant and modern

touch. In addition, it is possible to combine some lounge elements to create a lounge area with cushions and transform this space into a real living area surrounded by water! It is possible to complete the pool equipment using accessories including LED projectors, countercurrent swim system, water heating, and winter or summer covers. Divina is much easier to assemble than a traditional pool of similar size and installation is simple with no complex construction works being required. It is possible to choose between two solutions: installation on a concrete slab or assembling directly on the ground with a specific basement kit supplied. Available in four sizes, Divina is a versatile, durable and refined pool for moments of fun with family and friends or as a wellbeing area to relax in. AstralPool UK 01329 514000 www.astralpool.co.uk

SKANDA Acoustics 01978 664255 www.troldtekt.co.uk

Introducing The Velocity Counter-current Unit With Inverter Technology Designed and manufactured in the UK by the HeatForm team at Lighthouse, the new Velocity swim jet system has been created after years of research and development to produce one of the most powerful and pleasant resistance swimming experiences. With performance at the forefront of its design, the Velocity has been tested extensively by swimmers of all abilities. Whether swimming to compete, for pleasure or to just to stay fit, Velocity’s easily adjustable flow rates enable everyone to jump in and lose themselves swimming against the current. The flow of water at all speeds is smooth, wide and deep, providing users with the full body feeling of swimming in a river current

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which results in a more natural experience. At its heart, Velocity is powered by a 4kW 5hp inverter driven motor. This motor has been designed to utilise the latest in inverter drive technology to give a fully variable and adjustable swimming experience. The speed is fully adjustable via either the main control box or included ip68 waterproof remote control and comes with ten preprogrammed levels which can be also be adjusted within 2% increments to create the exact level of flow desired. The main drive system also has an in-built LED display showing flow rate at any given time, to assist with a

consistent training programme. Designed with flexibility in mind, the Velocity is easy to install and fits on almost any pool; free-form or rectangular, vinyl or fibreglass, concrete or liner, in-ground or above-ground. Suitable both for new builds and existing pools, Velocity can be installed behind its own bespoke cover panel giving a clean and unfussy finish or as a quick and easy upgrade, the system comes with all the components necessary to fix the unit to the pool wall. Lighthouse 01752 253525 www.hf-velocity.co.uk

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Golden Coast Expands Sales Team As Hot Tub Craze Continues To help keep pace with increasing demand for its widely acclaimed tubhub range, Golden Coast has recruited a new addition to its sales team. Experienced in customerfacing roles, Chantelle Hampstead made the move to Golden Coast in order to take on a more dedicated sales position. “It feels like the perfect move,” she explained. “I’ve joined the market leader in supplies to the wet leisure industry, and I will be selling great products from a really exciting range designed specifically to help hot tub owners gain the maximum enjoyment from their spa experience.” To familiarise herself with a collection that covers everything from access and maintenance to relaxation and entertainment products, Chantelle has been working closely with the Golden Coast technical department. “They’ve been demonstrating all the products and helping ensure I fully understand how they work,” said Chantelle. “That’s been invaluable in making sure I started my role with a really solid grounding. “I’ve also been getting to know our customers and understanding their businesses, learning about their preferences and how they like to work. What everyone seems to like is the

Sunbeach HB1200 Utilises Climacube Technology For Energy Savings

fact that it’s a one-stop-shop for everything from steps and cover lifters to spa pillows, lighting, and of course, rubber ducks. My particular favourite is the inSPArations aromatherapy products. There are some really lovely fragrances available.” Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast added: “The sector has been really receptive to tubhub since we launched it earlier this year, as it gives the trade more opportunities to generate additional sales at the point of purchase. As the latest welcome addition to #TeamGC, Chantelle will be supporting tubhub customers as well as the wider sales team to help deliver the exceptional levels of customer service that Golden Coast is renowned for.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com

With the recent COP26 Climate Change Conference in the news, and with energy prices rising, efficiency is on everyone’s mind at the moment. So there has never been a better time to look at alternative sources of energy. Poole-based Park Leisure Solutions Ltd, the manufacturers of Climacube, have spent the last 20 years building and perfecting a range of water heating products specifically designed for the water leisure market. They promise savings of up to 80% power and 60% time in bringing a hot tub or spa from ambient to a useable 36°C temperature using patented thermodynamic technologies. Whilst this may seem like magic, the Climacube system uses a heat pump-like approach to take heat energy from the surrounding air, even in temperatures that seem positively chilly. Whilst this process does draw some power from a regular 13A power supply, it still manages to put 7kW of energy into the water for each 1kW of electricity used. A range of different Climacubes

have been developed to suit domestic hot tubs, spas and swim spas in holiday park environments. There’s even large scale units designed to heat whole holiday lodges. Each is designed to be either installed along with the spa, or can be retrofitted onto already installed units, and can work alongside or independently of any existing water heating. On top of this, UK hot tub brand Sunbeach Spas have partnered with Climacube to bring to market the Sunbeach HB1200 – a compact unit utilising all of Climacube’s energy saving technology, designed for domestic and holiday park spas up to 1,200 litre capacity. In the coming years, the market is likely to see changes in the permitted ways to provide heating. With the Sunbeach HB1200 being available from early 2022, saving energy, money and the planet could be one of the easiest New Year’s resolutions to keep! Sunbeach Spas 01623 706185 www.sunbeachspas.co.uk

Jacuzzi® Presents Its New Website Dedicated To Wellness And Hydrotherapy Iconic spa manufacturer Jacuzzi® has consolidated its digital brand with a new global website approach, built to deliver an industry leading digital experience. Completely redesigned to offer an immersive experience of the world of wellness and bathroom furnishings, the new website features product information, and articles on design and wellness, plus news, interactive images, evocative videos and other content. The new corporate website is an international project that brings together all the Group’s geographical markets, from the United States to Europe and Asia. This continues the company’s commitment to growing its online presence, initiated years ago with its first steps on the main social networks and digital platforms and completed in 2020/21 with web-specific solutions for trade users and end consumers.

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The new website also includes Jacuzzi® Sensational Wellness™, the portal for the hospitality industry, and Jacuzzi® Spa Virtual Experience, the recently launched service which enables end users to view their desired spa in sophisticated 3D-modelled environments. The unified format of the website, created with responsive graphics, leverages the linear, elegant style characteristic of Jacuzzi® products to guide the user in their exploration of the company’s

many products: spas, swim spas, baths, shower systems, saunas and more. From the technical point of view, the new site was implemented in collaboration with CapGemini on the Salesforce Commerce Cloud platform, to ensure total compatibility with the specific requirements of Jacuzzi® users around the world, while facilitating implementation and updates, to ensure an ever faster response to the changing needs of each separate marketplace. The architecture of the new site is focused on user experience, to ensure that clients can find products and wellness solutions efficiently both on the site itself and when using search engines. Jacuzzi UK 0113 272 7430 www.jacuzzi.co.uk

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Avonite Flex™ – Comfort And Jacuzzi To Expand Australasian Reach With Elegance For Hot Tubs And Vortex Acquisition Swim Spas Aristech Surfaces LLC is pleased to introduce a new, patent-pending material – Avonite Flex™. This innovative surface material gives a refined look to hot tub and swim spa interiors and lends itself to the creation of elegantly designed products for the wellness sector. With the launch of the new material the American multinational hopes to redefine luxury within the wellness sector. The innovation makes it possible to design a whole new kind of practical product with a premium aesthetic, to complement any decor. Avonite Flex™ is resistant to staining and chemical cleaners, allowing it to withstand the intensive cleaning involved in hot tub and swim spa maintenance. Moreover, its non-porous, bacteriostatic surface limits the growth of microorganisms, making it a perfectly hygienic material. Developed by a leading surfacing pioneer, this new material offers all the most sought-after functional properties: supplied in sheets or rolls, it is manufactured 3mm thick and is available in widths of up to 2740 mm and two colours – Alabaster Wave 8705 and Pure Alabaster 8701. It also boasts outstanding thermoformability, allowing it to be vacuum formed over the sharpest angles and the most hard-to-reach recesses. Drawing on their experience with designer materials, Aristech created Avonite Flex™ with an elegant, matte finish. As part of the Avonite® line of products, Flex naturally offers the brand’s famous soft feel and signature texture. Like all Avonite® materials, it can be milled, machined, etched and even stamped. In addition, despite the innovative character of Avonite Flex™, Aristech Surfaces LLC was very careful to design a material that would not require manufacturers to invest in new equipment. Aristech Surfaces 020 8065 5405 www.aristechsurfaces.com

Jacuzzi Brands LLC (Jacuzzi Group) has entered into an agreement to purchase Vortex Leisure Pty Ltd a leading spa retailer in the Australasian region and all the company’s subsidiaries (together Vortex). Headquartered in Nelson, New Zealand Vortex has 15 retail stores around Australia and New Zealand operating under the Spa World brand. The purchase will allow the Jacuzzi brand to expand its geographic reach in the world’s third largest market, while also significantly expanding its global retail presence. The acquisition also provides Jacuzzi Group access to the popular Vortex and Fisher brands of products. Dave Jackson, CEO of Jacuzzi Group, commented: “We are excited to be partnering with the entire Vortex team and welcome them to the Jacuzzi Group family. We know that our combined expertise will provide a win-win situation for both businesses and, most importantly, our customers.” Vortex has been a leader in the Australasian spa market for almost 30 years and recently launched the awardwinning Vortex IKON model to create a unique flagship model to accompany their more traditional range of acrylic spas and swim spas. Speaking about the acquisition, Vortex CEO, Andrew Pullen said: “We are overjoyed to be joining the Jacuzzi Group. It is quite humbling to be acquired by the ‘name that started it all’. I am confident that our combined reach and know-how will ensure our future stability and prosperity, as we move into a new era of business development.” Vortex Spas +61 300 980 922 www.vortexspas.com.au

President Of Watkins Wellness Plans to Retire in 2022 Watkins Wellness, a leading manufacturer of hot tubs and aquatic fitness products, has announced the retirement of Steve Hammock, who has served as Watkins’ President for 25 years. Over his 40-year career at Watkins, Mr Hammock held several key positions, including Marketing Manager, Director of Sales & Marketing, General Manager, and Executive Vice President, prior to being appointed President in 1997. During his tenure he focused on establishing a clear vision and shared goals for the workforce and driving his team to achieve its full potential. Under his leadership, Watkins consistently delivered results. “One of the keys to business success is an engaged workforce,” said Hammock, who

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sees himself as “communicator in chief”. He expanded: “We established the Watkins Way as a set of values that reflects who we are as a company. Among those values, transparency stands out head and shoulders above the rest in its effectiveness at delivering results, and in where I see my role.” VJ Teenarsipur, Executive Vice President at Watkins, will be taking over the role of

President on 1 January 2022. At that time Mr Hammock will move into an Emeritus position until his last day at Watkins on Friday 1 April 2022. In his current position, Mr Teenarsipur supports commercial functions including sales, marketing, product development, and strategic planning and feels well equipped to transition to his new role. “It has been a wonderful experience learning from Steve. I am most excited about the exceptional team we have at Watkins. We have a strong foundation and will continue to build on it,” he said. Watkins Wellness +1 760 598 6464 www.watkinsmfg.com

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IN BRIEF ARDEX CONTINUES TO GROW Ardex, the construction chemicals specialist, is taking up a majority shareholding in wedi GmbH, a leading manufacturer of system solutions for high-quality wet room solutions. It is the largest acquisition in the company’s history. The employees of both family-run companies have already been informed of the development. In this respect, the management made it clear that wedi will continue to operate independently. wedi is already very successful in Europe, and in particular in Germany and France, and it is the market leader in North America with its own factory in Batavia, Illinois.

PLEATCO CROWNS THE 2021 PERFECT POOLGUY & POOLGAL! Pleatco, along with co-sponsors GENESIS / Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, recently announced the winners of the 2021 Perfect Pool Guy and Gal Search! The annual competition is an innovative way to honour the hardworking men and women of the pool and spa service industry and with more than 100 contestants, the 2021 entrants were as impressive as ever. This year, Kristen Melo of Preserve Pools in Summerville, South Carolina, won the prestigious title of Pleatco Perfect Pool Gal 2021. In response to winning the award, Kristen stated, “I never would have thought I could be selected for something so honorable. I am so humbled and shocked to have my work recognised in this way by so many in the pool industry!” PoolGuy winner Michael Baker, also of Preserve Pools but this time based in Tucson, Arizona, had been a runner up last year and put a great deal of effort into making sure his nomination wound up at the top of the rankings this year.

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Portugal’s Most Successful Swimming Squad Relies On Waterco Products Sporting Clube de Portugal – otherwise known simply as Sporting – is home to one of Portugal’s most decorated football teams as well as the country’s most successful swimming squads. The squad swims at the Multidesportivo Sporting, a building near the José Alvalade Stadium. The centre includes two swimming pools, both built in 2003. In addition to the swimming squad, the pools are regularly used by the football players. With a leaking filter disrupting the centre’s plant room, and tight access presenting installation challenges, staff turned to Sporting sponsor and water quality water maintenance company, CIMAI, for specialist advice. “Because of a lack of access to their technical area, it was not possible to replace the filter with another regular one, so they approved our suggestion to replace the faulty filter with two Waterco Hydron Split SMDT 1600s,” explained CIMAI General Manager, Pedro Mesquita. “As soon as we presented the specific advantages of Waterco’s Split SMDT filters, they decided almost immediately.” “Waterco’s SMDT split tank filters provided the perfect solution,” added Waterco Europe’s Sales Director, Jo Ainsworth. “Ideal for retrofitting, they can be delivered in two parts and easily fit through a standard double doorway.” Waterco’s specially engineered tanks can then be assembled on site in the plant room. The two halves seal perfectly using a double O-ring and are held together by a flange using bolts and nuts. Built using the latest in gel coated fibreglass

technology, they are designed for water treatment and commercial swimming pool facilities. With both swimming pools used mainly by Sporting’s elite competitive teams, minimum downtime was critical as closing the facility would have meant interrupting training schedules. “Since we have been partners for many years, and because of the quality of work we continuously develop with them, they trusted our suggestion,” said Mesquita. “Of course, they also considered the reputation of Waterco and its products.” Waterco Europe 01795 521733 www.waterco.eu

UK Team Wins Top Accolade At SCP’s European ISC Awards SCP UK was named as SCP Europe’s top performing country at its recent International Sales Conference (ISC) held at the Corinthia hotel in Lisbon between the 16 and 19 November. Dash Ganeson, SCP UK’s Managing Director, together with key members of the UK team, attended the event and accepted an award presented by Poolcorp CEO Pete Arvan. Commenting on the success, Dash said: “This was a great achievement by the UK team after having to climb the many hurdles of rebuilding a team for the present and the future. SCP UK is now ready to meet any challenge and this achievement is no mean feat as the competition was against countries that were the best in their industry across Europe. It was the first time in the 20 year history of SCP UK that we had achieved this and it’s no coincidence that it was done with a team built to succeed. It is only the start as we have a young second level management team ready to face any challenge for the future. Senior management including Ian Pratt LEFT TO RIGHT: Geoff Nunn, Dash Ganeson, Ian Pratt and Mark Deller with the Award

(Sales & Marketing Director), Geoff Nunn (Sales Centre Manager) and Mark Deller (Area Manager – Eastern Region) have played a huge part in the success of SCP UK in this last few years, together with a hugely talented team.” Hailed as an outstanding success, the event was attended by SCP vendors and employees from SCP’s divisions in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Iberica, France, Belgium, Croatia, Italy and Germany. In addition to the top vendor awards, a presentation was also made to SCP’s Portuguese team who were celebrating their 20th anniversary. SCP UK 01268 273040 www.scpeurope.com

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Harvia Expands Into Evolving Sauna Market In Japan Harvia Plc announced recently that it has signed up an exclusive distribution agreement with Bergman Ltd, of Tokyo, Japan, for its Harvia and Almost Heaven Saunas. Bergman has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and selling branded European heating devices in Japan. The company has strong engineering and technical knowledge in design, installation, and after-sales services. Bergman’s sales and marketing network operate nationwide focusing on commercial projects, apartments and private houses on the consumer market. The company, which has headquarters in Tokyo, plans to open 50 Harvia Sauna & Spa showrooms in Japan within the next three years. “Our challenge is to build ‘real Finnish sauna’ into Japanese lifestyle by building

50 Harvia Sauna & Spa showrooms in Japan within the next three years. Our activities will help Harvia to grow to be the number one brand in both construction industries, small house and condominium, and commercial projects,” said Seiji Kasama, CEO of Bergman Ltd. There are an estimated 26 million sauna users, equivalent to 20% of the total population in Japan with 3.4 million enjoying the experience several times per week. Sauna lifestyle with its health effects has become increasingly popular in Japan since the COVID-19 pandemic started. “Japan has a mature spa culture. It also has an evolving sauna market and Harvia has been supplying heaters to Japan for some 15 years. What we’ve been missing until now is the right strategic partner. Bergman is sharing Harvia’s vision: by combining our sauna and spa expertise with Bergman’s local knowledge, technical know-how, and resources we will be creating a strong and dynamic player for growing our market areas together,” said Tapio Pajuharju, CEO of Harvia Plc. Harvia Plc +358 207 464 000 www.harviagroup.com

Fluidra Continues Strategic Expansion With Acquisition Of Taylor Water Technologies LLC Fluidra recently announced it has acquired Taylor Water Technologies LLC (Taylor), a leading US-based manufacturer of water testing solutions. Taylor joins Fluidra’s family of already distinguished brands, including Jandy®, Polaris®, iAquaLink®, and SR Smith®. The addition of Taylor’s highly trusted watertesting kits, strips and instruments in North America not only broadens Fluidra’s rapidly growing portfolio of pool and spa products and solutions, but also provides an established foundation in water testing from which the company can build upon with future innovations. Founded in 1930 and based out of Sparks, Maryland, Taylor is a recognised leader in water-testing kits and reagents in the residential and commercial pool segments. With a catalogue of nearly 600 test-kit configurations, their products are carried by over 400 distributors throughout the US, Canada and Mexico with growing positions outside of North America. “This is an important acquisition for Fluidra and will greatly enhance our offering,”

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said Bruce Brooks, CEO of Fluidra. “Taylor is the most trusted name in water testing within North America, and their expertise, coupled with Fluidra’s track record of delivering new equipment and IoT solutions, will pave the way for future innovations that make managing water care easier for both pool professionals and pool owners.” “It’s exciting to become a part of Fluidra,” said Stephen Heard, CEO of Taylor. “We each bring unique expertise as part of the large, multi-segment pool market and are focused on combining those building blocks to provide best-in-class solutions for our customers.” Following the acquisition, Taylor will continue to operate independently as a business within Fluidra.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Gernot Mang, Stefan Schöllhammer and Phillip Rock

Wellness Brand KLAFS Under New Leadership After 30 years as Managing Director of KLAFS, Stefan Schöllhammer has retired. Phillip Rock, who has thus far been responsible for the technical side in the company, will also take over part of Schöllhammer’s work in the areas of finance and HR and a new Managing Director, Gernot Mang, has been brought on board for the areas of marketing, sales and design. Gernot Mang has international experience and has already been able to demonstrate his abilities in various companies. His professional roots lie in marketing and sales, and he also offers the premium product experience that KLAFS requires. Stefan Schöllhammer will remain involved with the company as an advisory board member and shareholder. He is very optimistic that the KLAFS Group, together with the majority shareholder Egeria, has great prospects and will further expand its outstanding position and said: “Employees of the KLAFS group have always made the difference and are a great strength for us. My move to the KLAFS advisory board is therefore done with a very good feeling and with great confidence in the future of our company.” Stefan Schöllhammer congratulated Phillip Rock and Gernot Mang on their expanded and new responsibilities, respectively, and also looks forward to seeing how they will lead KLAFS together in the coming years: “Phillip Rock has gained experience in all business areas as my long-standing fellow managing director while also demonstrating his personal, professional and, above all, strategic qualities. Gernot Mang complements him here with his broad, international range of experience. A focus on the most important trends within the wellness market and on what our customers expect from us here will be their main task. I am certain that they will be very successful in this,” said Schöllhammer. KLAFS +49 (0) 791 5010 www.klafs.com

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The End To Yet Another Busy Year! In this final issue of 2021, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes highlights recent initiatives involving BISHTA and SPATA and thanks the much-valued individuals who have contributed to the work of the associations and SPATEX


s we draw to the end of 2021, I wanted to reflect on another momentous year for our industry, including the challenges of supply chain pressures, but also to comment on the positive things that continue to return life to a greater degree of ‘normality’. It is important for everyone to work together to help ease some of the supply chain pressures for raw materials, shipping containers, transport staff, etc. Price increases have also been ongoing at a significant level and frequency, some of which has to be passed onto trade and / or end-user customers. The key message is to ensure that customer expectations are managed very carefully to avoid disappointment and frustration. Many signs of returning to normality are becoming apparent, with Jamie Smith recently hosting his President’s Weekend in Windsor and Eton (please see page 33 for more information). This autumn has also witnessed the return of trade shows in the UK (and pool and spa shows in Europe and beyond). Having recently attended the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation show at the NEC (as an exhibitor), it was striking just how many visitors wanted to be out talking to potential suppliers. The two-day show was over in a flash; from my perspective, it had been a good way of raising the importance of key Health & Safety messages about hot tubs being used appropriately in business settings (holiday parks and homes). When it comes to our own industry show,

SPATEX exhibitors recently attended an online meeting to catch up on the latest news regarding the newly re-named Coventry Building Society Arena (previously the Ricoh Arena). A tremendous amount of investment is going into the Arena for events such as the Commonwealth Games, which will benefit SPATEX exhibitors and visitors. We all look forward to seeing you for SPATEX 2022 from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 February, where SPATEX will celebrate 25 years of live shows. The 2022 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards winners will be announced on Tuesday 1 February at the annual Industry Gala Evening held at SPATEX. BISHTA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, and SPATA will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. Please remember this event is open to the whole industry, so book your seats now by calling 01264 356210 (or 356211). Some of the British Pool & Hot Tub Award winners will also have found out if they have won a gold, silver or bronze award at the 2021 EUSA European Pool and Spa Awards, and the winners will be showcased in the next issue. Since the last SPN issue, both BISHTA and SPATA have held their respective Information Days online. The speakers provided some excellent topics, and you can read a followup from some of them in this issue of SPN (please see page 31). Finally, as we are at the end of another year, I would like to thank the dedicated team that provides support to our members and exhibitors/visitors; Jan Hardy, Sallie LeslieGolding, Isabel Lock (who has recently left the team), Caroline Cross, Debbie Thornton and Claire Maguire (who has recently joined the team). Find out more about Sallie’s work with the PIP Committee and the strategy for next year on page 32. All of these talented people

As we draw to the end of 2021, I wanted to reflect on another momentous year for our industry”

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play a vital part in the Andover office on behalf of the BSPF, BISHTA, SPATA and PIP. SPATEX also benefits from the outstanding expertise brought by Michele Bridle, Helen Mulingani, Penny Farmer and Thay Castro, along with Howard Gosling (SPATEX Chairman) and the rest of the SPATEX Directors. To the other dedicated Chairs of the respective Boards, Committees, Councils, all of their applicable committee colleagues and our industry tutors, I am also hugely grateful, namely; Jamie Smith (BSPF), Richard Carrington (SPATA), Pete Grinnall (BISHTA), Dyfed Thompson-Smith (PIP), and to Patrick Thorpe for his role as Company Secretary (for BSPF, SPATA, BISHTA and PIP). Both Richard and Pete will be stepping down as Chairs of SPATA and BISHTA, respectively, at the annual Industry Gala Evening on 1 February. Ben Studdy and Dorian Davies will be stepping into these roles. There are many dedicated members of the BISHTA and SPATA technical committees who have worked tirelessly again this year under the respective chairmanship of Howard Gosling and Peter Lang. SPATA is also very fortunate to have five inspectors to call upon (Peter Lang, Tim Bareham, Ian Betts, Dennis Freeman-Wright and Steve Conway) to help support members; my thanks to you all. Have a great festive break and please note our office will be closed from lunchtime on Friday 24 December 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022; see you at the Coventry Building Society Arena for SPATEX 2022!

DIARY DATES 2022 1-3 Feb 1 Feb 22 Feb 1 Mar 2 Mar 3 Mar

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Annual Association Events Provide Insights, Feedback And Opinions Featuring a host of guest speakers, this year’s BISHTA And SPATA Annual Information And Networking Days provided an opportunity for association members to gain fresh insights plus share feedback and opinions!


he Information and Networking Days provide an invaluable opportunity to disseminate topical information with BISHTA and SPATA members, hear members’ feedback, and share opinions with industry peers. This year, it was planned to return to live events in Andover and Doncaster; however, following comments from members, the events were altered to be hosted online so that travel time wasn’t an issue. The online format allowed members to dip into sessions if their time was limited due to the current high workload many businesses are experiencing. The BISHTA event took place on Tuesday 19 October, with members and prospective members invited to the online WebEx platform. Chris Hayes, BISHTA’s Managing Director, hosted the day along with guest presenters, with the following being presented: • How Does BISHTA Promote Safety? – Chris Hayes: How BISHTA has been putting its strapline of ‘Promoting Safe Hot Tub Standards’ to work regarding the following: hot tub lifting, RoSPA concerns regarding drownings, and electrical issues. • Trading Standards – Adam Chambers and Laura Haydock: BISHTA’s working relationship with Hampshire County Council Trading Standards team, covering the help provided on revamping member factsheets on Consumer Rights, and a separate version on B2B contracts. • Training and Workforce Development – Pete Grinnall: The latest updates on the courses available to members and the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). • Water Testing in Business Settings – HSE – Duncan Smith and Margaret Wade: Working with the HSE, BISHTA has been liaising with its members to provide anonymous details of legionella testing in hot tubs in holiday parks and homes, with updates on the findings. • BISHTA Review – Chris Hayes: The value of BISHTA, plans for the future and the benefits of your BSPF membership. The SPATA event took place on Wednesday 20 October, with members and prospective members also invited to the online WebEx platform. Once again, Chris Hayes, SPATA’s Managing Director, hosted the day along with guest presenters, with the following being presented: • Workforce Development with ISPE and STA – Tim Bareham: SPATA is working with the ISPE and other bodies such as STA to drive up standards in workforce development.

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• Workforce Development – Richard Carrington: Industry courses available and what’s in development. • SPATA Awards – Ben Studdy: The SPATA awards criteria and improvements to enable more members to show their compliance to industry standards and the Code of Ethics. • Trading Standards – Adam Chambers and Laura Haydock: SPATA’s working relationship with Hampshire County Council Trading Standards team and the help revamp member factsheets on Consumer Rights and a separate version on B2B contracts. • SPATA Review – Chris Hayes: The value of SPATA, plans for the future and the benefits of your BSPF membership. There were also topical presentations at both events to help members with business support and marketing. Firstly, from Mark Page (Business Coach at Action Coach), who has over 25 years of experience as a highly successful Director / Business Leader. Mark has a proven record of developing sales and strategies and managing numerous businesses, including acquisition, sale, organic growth and legacy planning. He now leverages this experience for the benefit of others. Mark shared insights into how getting business, work and life balance to the optimum level could provide rewards and the areas to focus on to start the process of levelling up. A presentation from Sallie Leslie-Golding (PR & Marketing Manager) followed this.

Sallie works closely with the Pool Industry Promotions Committee (PIP) to strategically plan initiatives for the water leisure industry (as a whole) and manages the PR and marketing for BISHTA and SPATA. Sallie gave an overview of the stories that have been ‘In the News’ that affect the industry; she gave examples of how the PIP Marketing Strategy, the Industry Views document, and the Crisis Management Plan come into play. She shared details of the new updates in the Members’ Hub to support PR and marketing and how working together is one of the biggest strengths of the trade associations. Both days ended with an open forum that gives members a chance to have their say on topics relevant to their businesses and the wider industry. BISHTA and SPATA would like to thank the presenters who shared their expertise during the events and Nsure for their sponsorship. But most importantly, would like to thank all of the attendees who took part, not only for supporting the events but also for sharing their questions and feedback! Members can view PDF presentations and webinar videos from each of the days in the online Members’ Hub. BISHTA 01264 356211 www.bishta.co.uk SPATA 01264 356210 www.spata.co.uk

The Information and Networking Days provide an invaluable opportunity to disseminate topical information with BISHTA and SPATA members, hear members’ feedback, and share opinions with industry peers” SPN December 2021 31 10/12/2021 13:55


A Strategy To Build Trust And Awareness With Consumers Working on behalf of the industry as a whole, the Pool Industry Promotions (PIP) committee aims to give the pool and hot tub industry greater visibility, as Sallie Leslie-Golding, PIP’s PR & Marketing Manager, explains


o promote the water leisure industry as a whole and encourage positive, impactful public relations, PIP was established in the mid-1990s with an emphasis on PR and marketing on behalf of the pool and hot tub industry. Today’s committee has representatives from the pool, wellness and hot tub sectors, providing a combination of experience to cover all parts of the industry. The PIP committee is chaired by Dyfed Thompson-Smith (AstralPool UK) and supported by the current committee members: Mark Ramsden (CPC), Jeremy Chalke (Spruce Pools), Neil Dalziel (Aquaflex), Phil Gordon (Jim Gordon Associates LLP), Jon Herbert (Rockingham Swimming Pools), Arun Sarna (Hot Tub Suppliers), John Hall (Jetform Swimming Pools) and Dorian Davies (Doric Marketing). I manage the PR and Marketing functions, with assistance from Chris Hayes (BSPF – Managing Director). While promoting the industry (as a whole) is PIP’s ultimate goal, there is great value in encouraging businesses to join BISHTA and SPATA too. Getting companies to join the trade associations helps raise the industry’s profile so that consumers can shop with confidence in the knowledge that trade association members are working to nationally recognised standards and a Code of Ethics. This, in turn, builds a stronger industry with a more effective voice, filtering out those companies who may be unethically trading and selling sub-standard products. The trade associations aim is to raise the profile of member companies to the forefront of consumers’ minds to provide trust and peace of mind. Typically, the committee meets 3 − 4 times per year, and on an annual basis, the PIP strategy is reviewed to set plans for the coming year. The work programme incorporates items such as traditional and digital PR (Trade and Consumer), media monitoring, contact with press and media, case studies, factsheets, the PIP marketing toolkit, exhibitions and events, website

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development and performance, e-newsletters, social media, market research, advertising, partnerships and campaigns (such as #everydaycation). With funding coming from SPATEX (the UK’s only dedicated pool, spa and wellness show), licensing agreements such as with SPN and What Pool & Hot Tub magazines, plus contributions from BISHTA and SPATA members.

WHAT OBJECTIVES DOES PIP WANT TO ACHIEVE? • Every relevant household has an awareness of the benefits of wet leisure products. • Everyone likely to choose to buy a pool, hot tub, etc., is aware of the benefits of working with BISHTA and SPATA members. There is a range of long and short-term goals that PIP has set to achieve the above objectives, and they include: • Working with members to build and develop media interest stories: To gain consumer press/media coverage through the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards (and EUSA awards), winners and case studies, and trade press coverage that builds the trade profiles and can encourage new membership prospects. These stories need to embrace messages that demonstrate the relevant purchasing decisions made by end-users. • Building specific consumer media relationships: Building on our press/media contacts list and refining them to have more one-to-one press/media relationships for those that influence end-users. • Achieving increased and broad digital

media coverage: To harness digital opportunities to widen our PR reach – developing our press/media contacts and press communication. • Online Presence Management = Growing our online profiles: Raising BISHTA and SPATA profiles through continued development of our websites, SEO, digital and social marketing with end-users. Growing our social media channels and increasing our website’s performance, including the ‘everydaycation’ campaign website. • Amplifying our Trade profile through participation at national events: Where possible, participate at national events or shows that fit with our target audiences. This could be via industry shows and events that attract our target audiences, e.g. home and garden design, landscaping, holiday parks, health and wellbeing. • Promoting the Wider Water Leisure Industry: Ensure that the PIP committee always has on its agenda to discuss ways to promote the water leisure industry (as a whole). Members of BISHTA and SPATA have access to a range of PIP PR and marketing resources, including the PIP Marketing Toolkit and a collection of webinars, available online 24-7 in the respective Members’ Hub. As a committee, PIP works to give the industry greater visibility. If you would like to share your feedback, suggestions and ideas to help PIP achieve its strategic goals, or if you would like to know how you can put actions into place to support the goals of PIP and drive consumer awareness, please email sallie@pool-industry-promotions.co.uk

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A Weekend Of Celebration For The BSPF President And His Guests In this issue, we highlight the BSPF President’s Weekend (aka the Pool & Hot Tub Industry Weekend) hosted by Jamie Smith (President - 2020 – 2021) and his wife Caroline, which was held in the historic towns of Windsor and Eton from 17 – 19 September 2021


he President’s Weekend is a social event, held on a biennial basis, that is open to the whole industry to attend. It is an opportunity for the BSPF President to provide a combined networking opportunity for business and pleasure, to celebrate the President’s time in office (two years) and to bring the industry closer together. This year, the event was hosted at The Christopher Hotel, in the heart of Eton’s High Street, opposite the world-famous (and architecturally stunning) Eton School and a short walk from the River Thames and Windsor (including the Castle). Jamie and Caroline welcomed guests on Friday evening (with help from Jan Hardy and Chris Hayes from the BSPF) with dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. The weekend’s events continued on Saturday afternoon when guests met on the Windsor Promenade to embark on a boat trip along the Thames, seeing the magnificent views of Windsor, followed by some R&R which allowed those present to enjoy the sights and sounds of the town,

see the ‘changing of the guard’ at the castle plus enjoy the many shops dotted around the cobbled streets. After an enjoyable day, guests met up again in the evening for dinner at The Boatman, Windsor’s only Restaurant & Public House on the river, which is nestled below Windsor Castle and overlooking Eton Bridge. After dinner, everyone decided that the night was still young, so having been blessed with great weather, there was an impromptu stroll around Eton leading onto a nearby pub with entertainment. While in the pub, they were serenaded with a performance by the lead singer of a local band, which was quite a talking point for those there to witness it – a classic ‘you had to be there’ moment, making memories to share with a smile and a laugh. After a busy weekend of networking and socialising, a BSPF meeting was held to discuss important industry topics. Chaired by Chris Hayes (the BSPF’s Managing Director), attendees at the meeting reviewed the various agenda items, including a review of the

weekend itself, with the general consensus that the event in Eton and Windsor had been a great success and had provided an excellent opportunity to get together in person, given the restrictions over the past eighteen months. The BSPF thanks everyone who supported Jamie’s President’s Weekend and is very grateful for all of Jamie’s hard work and dedication during his time in office so far. Jamie passes over the presidency to Pete Grinnall at the 2022 Industry Gala Evening hosted by the BSPF on 1 February 2022 and held during SPATEX (1 – 3 February). To see further images of the weekend, please view the photo gallery on either the BISHTA or SPATA websites under the Trade tab and Networking. BISHTA 01264 356211 www.bishta.co.uk SPATA 01264 356210 www.spata.co.uk

The BSPF thanks everyone who supported Jamie’s President’s Weekend and is very grateful for all of Jamie’s hard work and dedication during his time in office so far” www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk 33_SPN_December_21_President's_Weekend.indd 33

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It’s An Early Sell-out For SPATEX’s 25th Live Event!

With the best part of two months still to go, SPATEX 2022 has proudly announced an exhibition space early sell-out. And what a vibrant show it promises to be! With many companies planning to showcase two years’ worth of product launches, and a milestone Silver Anniversary to celebrate, ringfence Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 February to attend this industry spectacular at the Coventry Building Society Arena


s the first international exhibition of the New Year, with well over one hundred companies, this is the one and only chance in the UK to see the latest products and innovations for all wet leisure sectors under one roof. Speaking about the February event, SPATEX Organiser, Michele Bridle, said: “It’s wonderful to see the return of many familiar companies as well as several new names. We’ve signed exhibitors from all over the world – Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA. We are hoping that this will also translate into large international visitor numbers. Once again, we are offering all our visitors a free taxi service from Birmingham International Airport.” Michele added: “With many of our regular exhibitors requesting larger stands, we’ve had the welcome job of restructuring the floorplan to free up more space. The Arena is ideal for SPATEX’s needs – intimate and friendly with all the facilities of a first class venue and centrally located with excellent transport links.”

NEWNESS ABOUNDS Many companies will be using SPATEX as a launchpad for the pool and spa season that lay ahead. Most wish to keep their launches under wraps until the event but companies like Spa Solutions, who will be unveiling their beautiful Vortex Pergola, are whetting the appetite for a showcase bursting with innovations. Expect everything from moveable floors, new limestone flooring, porcelain coping, to new saunas and wood fired hot tubs. Beside all the familiar names, SPATEX is looking forward to welcoming 15 new companies to its Coventry venue: Balboa Water Group; Build A Spa; Décor Cera Ltd; Elecro Engineering; GeoBubble; Lazy Monkey Hot Tubs Ltd; Oxford Architectural Stone Ltd; Paragon Stainless Products; Piarpi Pool Sauna Co; Poolstar; SpaFlo Ltd; Spanet Europe Ltd; Twinscape Group Ltd, Shire Oak

pool market? – A look at the kind of energy saving solutions being applied to commercial swimming pool environmental control systems, and how they might compare to indoor pools in the domestic pool market. An open question: Is energy efficiency important in domestic swimming pool design and are your clients prepared to spend more for lower running costs? Hosted by Ian Furmidge of Dantherm Ltd. and Vian Leisure Products Ltd. Michele commented: “With many companies offering special show discounts and introductory offers, a trip to Coventry will pay dividends, both in knowledge gained and money saved.”

ISPE HITS REFRESH The much-revered ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers) Workshops return on all three days of the show with an exciting new programme, including 15 brand new topics. Industry figureheads will provide a working knowledge of the very latest health and safety legislation and guidance. Attendance at all ISPE Workshops is free and will be rewarded with a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) point on a Certificate of Attendance – a valuable record of the sessions attended. Saving energy and money is high on the agenda, and there’s so much to keep up with in a fast-moving, highly innovative market. For instance, water circulating pumps and chemical dosing systems have all undergone big technological advances in the last couple of years and can save owners a lot of money. Some highlights include: • Tuesday 1 February at 11.00-11.30: Energy and water conservation – Why and how to minimise heat loss and evaporation to save money and wasted resources. Hosted by Will Dando, FISPE of Plastica Ltd. • Wednesday 2 February at 13.30-14.00: Can commercial pool energy saving techniques be applied to the domestic

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DOUBLE THE EDUCATION, DOUBLE THE VALUE Repeating the success of previous years, SPATEX is hosting a second seminar arena featuring a variety of topics, including: • Tuesday 1 February at 10.15-10.35: STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) will be hosting an essential pool plant conference. As one of the world’s largest swim teaching and lifesaving organisations, STA delivers the highest quality training across four key business areas - Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving, First Aid and Leisure Management. • Wednesday 2 February at 12.30-13.00: Tom Devin of Devin Consulting (experts in the design and engineering of water features) will be discussing its key role in the construction of the world-famous London Sky Pool, completed in June. Spanning 17m across the rooftops of two high rise apartment buildings 35m in the air, this amazing acrylic clear structure is part of the Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms, London for Ballymore EcoWorld, opposite the new American Embassy building. • Wednesday 2 February at 13.30-14.00: Dr Alison Wills, Senior Lecturer at Hartpury College hosts a session called Canine Hydrotherapy – Where are We Now? • Thursday 3 February at 10.30-14.15: Experts from PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) will give five seminars on the latest guidance for water hygiene and treatment Plus, exhibiting companies have been invited to have their say and take to Arena 2’s soapbox to talk about the application of key products in their portfolio.

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The Anecdote Sports Bar and Restaurant is a new place to dine

NEED HELP WITH A PROJECT? You won’t find a greater concentration of wet leisure experts on hand to offer free, impartial advice anywhere in the UK. Everything from water treatment on the PWTAG stand to general technical enquiries on the ISPE stand. In addition, visitors are welcome to visit the BSPF (British Swimming Pool Federation) stand for information on swimming pool and hot tub standards and guidelines. For visitors who need pointing in the right direction, go along to the SPATEX Help Desk at the entrance of the hall where you will be assured of immediate attention. SPATEX Organiser, Michele Bridle and Show Co-ordinator, Helen Mulingani will be wearing shirts bearing the SPATEX logo during their walkabouts at the Show, so do stop them and chat if you have a specific query.

WHEN THE DAY IS OVER Not only is there SPATEX’s Silver Anniversary to celebrate, but it will be the first time in two years that the UK’s water leisure industry is able to reunite too: • Tuesday February 1 – Industry Gala Evening & Awards: The BSPF invites visitors to Coventry to join them at the Tom Devin of Devin Consulting will be discussing its key role in the construction of the worldfamous London Sky Pool

UK’s most prestigious social event, the annual Industry Gala Evening, which includes the 2022 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards hosted by SPATA & BISHTA and the re-presentation of the ISPE Awards 2021. Join industry guests for dinner, dancing and live entertainment. The night is open to everyone in the pool and hot tub industry to attend. To book tickets, contact the BSPF on 01264 356210. • Wednesday February 2 – The Big Reunion: After the show closes at 5pm in the Clubhouse Bar, all visitors and exhibitors are warmly invited to the not-to-be-missed SPATEX 25th Anniversary Party, with free drinks, canapes and party hats.

• Popular with the SPATEX crowd, the awardwinning Turmeric Gold Indian restaurant in Coventry is offering a free bottle of wine for all parties of four or more selecting food from its Journey menu. Please reference Journey with SPATEX when making a booking. • There’s also a new place to dine – The Anecdote Sports Bar and Restaurant, located at the entrance of the Arena features wide-screen TVs, shuffleboard, football table and booths with personal screens to choose which sports channel to watch. Craft beers and an ‘eat and watch’ menu cater for the sports enthusiast. It’s all part £10m refurbishment that Coventry Building Society Arena is currently undergoing.

As February approaches, the SPATEX team will be announcing lots of hospitality special offers, but here’s a selection for starters: • Visit the Grosvenor Casino, conveniently situated in the basement of the Coventry Building Society Arena, and benefit from a special lucky number roulette. Fill in an simple form to enjoy membership with 10% off food and drink. More than just a casino, it’s the perfect evening destination with a fantastic restaurant, bar, sport and entertainment lounge.

SPATEX 2022 takes place from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 February at The Coventry Building Society Arena. Offering 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces, the easy to get to venue is just 500 yards off the M6 and within two hours commuting time of 75% of the population. Registration is free and open now – just visit the SPATEX website.

The easy to get to Coventry Building Society Arena offers 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces

SPATEX 01264 358558 www.spatex.co.uk Returning live after last year’s digital event, many companies will be using SPATEX as a launchpad for new products

A not-to-be-missed SPATEX 25th Anniversary Party – with free drinks, canapes and party hats – will be open to both visitors and exhibitors

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Delving Deeper – Why pH Is The Most Important Parameter In follow-up to the water testing article in the October issue, Luke Griffiths, STA’s Pool Plant Qualification Development Manager, delves deeper into the importance of pH WHAT IS PH? pH is the power of hydrogen within the water. The pH scale refers to how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. pH zero is water containing no hydroxyl ions, so is most acidic. At the other extreme is pH 14, where the water contains no hydrogen ions and so is as alkaline as it is possible to be. Neutral water has a pH of 7. The pH scale is logarithmic. This means that reducing the pH by one unit means a ten-fold increase in the concentration of hydrogen ions. So, increasing the pH from 7 to 8 involves a ten times reduction in the concentration of hydrogen ions. So, although the difference between pH 7 and pH 8 might not sound much, it represents a very large difference in the chemical composition of the water. The Hydrogen Ion is acidic, whereas the Hydroxyl Ion is alkaline. Therefore, whether a solution is acid or alkali depends on the ratio of these two different ions. If water has equal quantities of these Ions then we get a neutral pH of 7. The level of pH is dependent on the concentration of these Ions in a solution or our pool and spa water. This pH reading therefore determines whether a substance is neutral, acid or alkali.

WHY MEASURE PH? • Bather comfort: pH hugely affects the comfort of bathers within the pool or spa, bearing in mind the pH of eye fluid is approximately 7.5 and fluctuations away from this pH can have a radical effect on the eye and therefore bather comfort. If the pH was to fall below 6, then the acidic solution has the potential to dissolve teeth. The skin also becomes very sensitive when the pH drifts above 8 and below 7. If the pH goes above 8 then there is a potential for the lipids on the skin to be broken down, leaving the hair follicles open to infection. • Maintenance: If the water becomes acidic (below a pH of 7) then corrosion can occur on plant room equipment, pool tank grout, tiles and screed which can be costly. At low pH, water can even dissolve copper/metal

pH has a critical role in ensuring the water in facilities does not become excessively corrosive or scale forming

pipe work and metal pump parts. When the pH starts to rise above 8 then the water can transform to scale forming where lime scale is likely to accumulate, and potentially cause blockages, especially in equipment such as heat exchangers. It is interesting to note that under corrosive conditions, calcium can be leached out of grout and appear as deposition. Sometimes this is misinterpreted as deposition, whereas it is the opposite. pH therefore has a critical role in ensuring the water in our facility does not become excessively corrosive or scale forming. • Flocculation: Most coagulants work best at pH 7.3-7.4. Altering the pH will change the distribution of electrical charges. The pH can also have a strong effect on the degree of hydrolysis of the coagulant, which will affect its performance. • Effectiveness of Chlorine: Free chlorine, which is measured via the undertaking of a DPD1 test, is broken down to the two forms of chlorine that co-exist − Hypochlorous Acid & Hypochlorite Ion. These two compounds are what make up our free chlorine; the Hypochlorous Acid is the very effective disinfectant, whereas the Hypochlorite Ion is the weak disinfectant. To break down and eliminate the threat of bacteria we want as much Hypochlorous Acid as possible. The percentage uptake of these two chemical compounds is dependable on the pH of the pool water. The graph above details the effect pH has on the percentage

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production of the Hypochlorous Acid and the Hypochlorite Ion. As the graph demonstrates, at a pH of 8.0 only 20% of the chlorine is in the effective form of Hypochlorous Acid. The closer the pH is to 7.0, the higher the production of the Hypochlorous Acid. Therefore, without managing pH our chlorine can become ineffective at killing bacteria and ensuring safe bathing water is provided.

WHAT PH DO WE WANT? For pools PWTAG recommend a pH value of between 7.0 and 7.4 to be the range when using chlorine-based disinfectants and ideally 7.0 to 7.2 for a better disinfectant effect. Spas and interactive water features should maintain pH values between 7.0 and 7.6 pH in spas and interactive water features can elevate due to aeration and agitation which can cause an increase in pH as CO2 escapes. All the above factors make it imperative to ensure that pH is managed and within parameters. This ensures bather comfort, effective flocculation, and maintenance, as well as chlorine efficiency to control bacteria within the pool. STA 01922 645097 www.sta.co.uk STA’s Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations qualification, which is CIMSPA professionally endorsed, covers everything operators need to know to ensure safe, clear and hygienic water practices are adhered to in pools, spas and interactive water features. For more advice, contact STA on the number above, visit our website or email luke.griffiths@safetytrainingawards.co.uk

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Plastica’s UK Manufacturing Goes From Strength To Strength As we approach the close of 2021, Plastica has continued to ride the wave of increased production and manufacturing that has been a huge part of the wet leisure industry over the last 18 months. In this issue, we take a closer look at some of their bestselling products


ince they were established in 1972, Sussex-based manufacturer Plastica have been producing competitively priced products for almost 50 years, and they are looking forward to celebrating this milestone next year. The company employs a large group of loyal staff with many years of experience and pride themselves in their commitment to manufacturing in the UK. In fact, over 80% of Plastica’s business is from their topquality British made products. One benefit of manufacturing in-house is that it helps to keep control over production and ensures the customer reaps the rewards of first-class products, the bestselling of which includes:

PUMPS A great example of this is the Argonaut and smaller counterpart the AG Pump. They have been a resounding success with all wet end components made in the UK and assembled in the Plastica factory. The mechanical seal made with AISI 316 stainless steel is suitable for a wide range of applications including chlorine, bromine, iodine and even sea water environments.

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL LINERS The material used for Plastica’s liners is impregnated with algaecide and antioxidants giving a five-year pro-rata guarantee. Plus, their domestic liners also come with an embossed serial number for efficient quoting and production when ordering a replacement. A new range of four Mediterranean inspired liners, exclusive to Plastica will be available in 2022. Their Extreme reinforced on-site lining is ideal for new pools, refurbs on leaking concrete or tiled pools and is a durable solution for the commercial sector.

COMMERCIAL COVERS AND REELS From Olympic sized competition pools to challenging freeform fun pools, Plastica have the expertise to produce and install Commercial covers and reel systems across the country. They feature unique benefits including hemmed edges, reinforced leading edges and double welded seams down the length of pool cover, rather than across the width to reduce stress and prevent fraying, delamination and tearing.

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Plastica’s commercial covers retain the heat, which is the most effective means of reducing an indoor swimming pool’s energy consumption. Fitting the right cover will see a reduction in energy bills of an average of 23% per annum (figures based on actual independent case studies), meaning payback can be achieved in as little as 12 months!

WOODEN POOL KITS Plastica’s range of quality wooden swimming pools are some of the most affordable on the market. They are made of natural high-grade wood that carries up to a ten-year warranty on the wooden structure, even if built in the ground. The Eco and Fun wooden pools are a step up from inflatable/metal-framed pools and provide a more aesthetically pleasing look to any outdoor space. Their flagship wooden pool is the Chelsea, with the largest option currently available measuring 5 x 10 metres. The new rectangular NAZCA range are built to last and make the most of available outdoor space. With simple lines, these highly adaptable pools are designed to give a quick build time.

WINTER DEBRIS COVERS The design and quality of Plastica’s Winter Debris Cover is the result of nearly five decades of the company’s experience in manufacturing covers. They are tailor-made for each customer’s pool, making it an excellent barrier against leaves and debris whilst allowing rainwater through. The covers are easy to fit, abrasion resistant, manufactured from the best quality material available, and proven to be very reliable and effective.

WATER TREATMENT No pool is complete without the right water treatment to maintain it. Within Plastica’s premises, they have a dedicated and expanding water treatment department. All chemicals are sourced by their very own Water Treatment Manager, who travels worldwide to find the best quality proven chemicals for their Relax range. This same quality product is available with own-brand labels too. The company’s in-house design team can create clear labelling, making an attractive and uniform addition to any showroom.

POOL SURROUND Plastica also offer a bespoke service on all their products. For example, handrails or ladders can be custom made to fit a client’s exact requirements. Plastica focus on the quality and safety with its 43mm 316 grade stainless steel ladders. The tube conforms to British Standards, as do the stainless-steel treads and double top tread. Everything is moulded in-house and supplied with their own custom designed treads and fixtures. Finally, it’s clear to see that Plastica takes control over the quality and what they produce to suit their trade customer’s needs. Manufacturing their own goods in-house is another additional benefit for customers, who can be assured of British standards being conformed to. Plastica 01424 857802 www.plasticapools.net

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The ‘Need To Knows’ When Choosing A Spa In this latest issue, Darren Tillyer, Managing Director at Chester- based GMT Spas International provides answers to a number of questions surrounding spas – their use, their benefits and what to look for when specifying one Q: What is a spa? A: A mineral spring considered to have

health-giving properties, or a bath containing hot aerated water. A GMT spa or hydrotherapy pool is a combination of both, air jets can be placed in a number of different combinations depending on the client’s requirements, massaging aching muscles or joints. Colour changing lights that help you to relax and eradicate stress. Bespoke loungers and seating combinations both tiled and stainless steel to encourage social contact.

Q: Is a spa or hydrotherapy pool beneficial to health? A: Yes, hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy or sometimes also called water cure, is a part of alternative medicine, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. It gives emotional and psychological benefits, including a sense of calm, emotional relaxation and stress relief. Hydrotherapy is appropriate for all ages (from the youngest children to goldenagers) in treating back pain, slipped disk, issues of skeletal or muscular degeneration, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, migraines, posttrauma stress and more. The physical wellness benefits of spa pools are delivered in three ways: heat increases circulation by dilating blood vessels, buoyancy relieves joint stress by reducing your weight by 90%, and powerful jets soothe away tension with massage. All these elements work together to provide a variety of health benefits that ultimately allow you to lead more active and fulfilled lives. At GMT we install more jets as standard into each pool than any of our competitors and can custom design jet body stations which give differing jet pressure where it is needed. Particularly helpful if you have a specific health problem. With our bespoke designs, seat height, foot well depth and loungers can also be customised to a particular need. Q: Are all spas the same? A: Definitely not. You get what you see?

Well not always. Aesthetics are what you see but design is of paramount importance. At GMT, our in-house professionals create

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bespoke drawings and renders for each individual project with unrivalled attention to detail. All our products undergo the latest computer aided stress test (FEA) which ensures they are fit for purpose and all our one-piece pools are water tested prior to dispatch. We use only the finest marine quality materials to construct our spas, hydrotherapy pools and swim spas. Our GRP products are Lloyds of London approved, our adhesive and grouts are specifically chosen for use in our field, and we use stainless steel for our cradles and legs. When it comes to tiles the choice is endless and is very much a personal decision making each pool truly unique.

integral structure. Our spas and pools can be installed indoors or outdoors, above-ground or in-ground or half in, half out.

Q: How do I choose a manufacturer? A: Choose a company that has a good

shape, colour, position of jets, additional features such as integrated or stainless-steel loungers, water features such as volcanoes, water cannons and calf massage jets to name but a few can be added to suit your specific need or desire. GMT understand that every scheme is unique and firmly believe that excellent communication and customer service are the key to a successful project and will work closely with you or your architect or designer to achieve your dream.

trading history and a reputation for quality. Do due diligence to check their financial history, check that the production materials are fit for purpose. Ensure the company is ISO accredited and is also a member of SPATA. Visit websites to ascertain the company`s ethos. Seek other customers’ recommendations as these are inevitably the best. Contact the company to ask questions or arrange to visit their premises to discuss your project. GMT have been trading for 13 years, but its directors have been in the industry for over 25 years. We have been involved with many innovative and award-winning projects, producing a range of products that are as unique and individual as our clients, who include international footballers, film directors, film stars, music legends and even royalty. All our shells have a ten-year guarantee. We meet all the criteria of the above paragraph, we exhibit every year at the UK`s leading water industry exhibition SPATEX and have over 50 regular customers on our books.

Q: Can a spa go anywhere? A: Yes, providing it has a solid base to sit on.

Q: Where can I get one? A: GMT Spas International Ltd is uniquely

Q: What is a bespoke spa? A: It is whatever you want it to be. Size,

GMT have manufactured spas, hydrotherapy pools, swim spas and pools that have been installed in many locations both commercial and residential. We have produced pools of all shapes and sizes that because of existing building confines such as basements, stairwells or even roof tops and balconies have been made in many pieces. In these cases, our factory workmen attend site to join and tile the pool resulting in a product that has the integrity and looks exactly as a onepiece would. We have also supplied spas that have been installed on ships – these come with the added detail of weight restriction and matching the framework to the ship’s

placed within the spa industry; as we are the only UK manufacturer not to install, thus giving our customers the guarantee that we will not compete for their contract – leaving us free to focus on what we do best, designing and manufacturing what we believe are the highest quality products on the market today. But if you have any queries or would like some advice, feel free to contact us, you can also speak to our design team if you have any technical questions. GMT Spas International 01244 629252 www.gmtspas.com

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For When Safety Is The Number One Concern… With accidents in and around water always a concern, pool and spa safety remains a top priority. An enclosure or slatted cover will guarantee increased security, but there are numerous other solutions on the market that will either prevent unauthorised access or protect people once they are in the water. This issue, we look at a selection of products that feature safety as their key selling point and by doing so, are making wet leisure environments safer for all By Jon Wadeson


adly, hundreds of people drown in the UK every year and many more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal experiences. So it’s no surprise that safety in and around the UK’s swimming pools and spas is high on the agenda for both the industry and owners because by their very nature, these environments pose a number of hazards to their users, with drowning, being the most obvious one. Thankfully, fatalities within a wet leisure setting only make up a small percentage of the overall drowning figures. However, just one death within a pool or spa is one too many. These risks are ever-present in the commercial sector, but with so many more products now being found in homes across the country due to the pandemic, there’s the potential for the number of incidents to increase short term due to a lack of knowledge with so many new owners. Swimming pools and spas secured by a building, enclosure or raised moving floor can effectively eliminate the risks of unauthorised entry but there are occasions when they aren’t employed or aren’t always an option. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of other options to consider. An obvious choice is a slatted cover, but putting those aside, there are many other products that have been specifically designed with safety being their top priority and in this issue, we take a closer look at a selection of them.

Opening and closing the pool is as easy as turning a key switch, meaning that the cover (and the pool) are much more likely to be used once installed. PoolLock safety covers provide a solid barrier between the water and surrounding area, effectively preventing any access to the water and making them some of the safest covers on the market. In addition, all PoolLock covers will reduce the amount of heat, water and chemicals lost through evaporation, which means pool owners can save money on electricity and chemical usage. In addition to the standard fabric options, PoolLock also offers HeatLock Thermofoam canvas with enhanced insulation properties. Thanks to the foamed insulation layer applied to one side of the canvas, heat transfer across the membrane is reduced by a factor of three when compared to standard fabrics for similar applications. HeatLock’s closed-cell foam structure ensure that PoolLock covers are not only the safest, but also the most energy-efficient available on the market.

PoolLock Automatic Covers offer customers some of the safest, most convenient, most reliable and energy-efficient way to cover the pool. With over 30 years of experience, and installations in over 20 countries, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of automatic safety and slatted covers for swimming pools.

PLASTICA’S RANGE HELPS TO KEEP POOLS SAFE With over 48 years of experience in the pool trade, Plastica know only too well the importance of safety around the pool and offer a wide range of safety products to the trade. The PoolsaverTM Safety Cover has been designed by Plastica to offer a tough construction to cover a pool and keep children or animals from entering it while it is not in use. High-grade stainless ratchet straps help achieve almost effortless tension of the PoolsaverTM across the pool, ensuring this quality, yet low priced manual safety cover will safely support up to 100kg as per the latest French safety laws. Available in

POOLLOCK COVERS PROVIDE SOLID SAFETY BARRIERS Due to their many years of experience designing and producing both automatic and manual covers, PoolLock is able to work with domestic customers and architects to create tailored safety solutions to cover almost any kind of pool. If an automatic system is required, the company’s unique hydraulic-drive system means that the customer does not need any electrical components near the pool. The electrical power pack used to operate the cover and drive the two hydraulic motors can be placed as far from the pool as required.

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SAFETY EQUIPMENT five colours, owners can choose the colour that best suits a pool and its surroundings. Another common and safe way to keep a child from accessing a swimming pool is to install a mesh fence and Plastica’s Rollaway Fence is designed to protect children and animals from the dangers of pool water. The fencing is a safe and easy to install protection system which conforms to the French AFNOR Safety Standards. The strong, tightly-woven mesh is dark green and black in colour permitting the best transparency and therefore enhancing the look of a pool and surrounding areas. Thanks to rigidity and a lockable spring-loaded gate, unsupervised small children are unable to open or climb up this safety barrier. Lastly, Plastica offer the Immerstar Battery Powered Pool Alarm – a clever system that can detect a body falling into a swimming pool. The system has a sensor which sits in the water and analyses movement, distinguishing interference waves from those produced by a falling body. The system will emit a loud, 100dB siren, should a person or animal fall into the pool. The alarm is suitable for solid construction in- or above-ground pools, up to a maximum size of 12m x 5m and has a detection range of 7m.

UK MADE ENSURES QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY FOR AQUATRAC Aquatrac is the longest established and one of most widely respected safety cover manufacturers, and their covers boast several unique features. The company is British owned and their products are UK made with the majority of parts manufactured and assembled in the company’s factory in Essex – this guarantees product quality and availability. The Aquatrac high impact extruded UPVC tracking system is the only one of its kind, is available in a choice of colours and offers a far superior finish to the more commonly used aluminium tracks. In addition, it doesn’t suffer from corrosion or deterioration caused

Plastica’s Rollaway Fence is designed to protect children and animals from the dangers of pool water

by swimming pool chemicals and is covered by a ten-year fair play warranty. In addition to their standard range, Aquatrac are now able to offer a number of design variations mostly related to leading edge beams, pit finishes and track levels. These have been introduced to accommodate the multitude of tile finishes and freeboard details commonly required today. The Aquatrac cover itself is high gloss UV resistant PVC, encasing a high tensile polyester mesh which provides a safe insulating barrier to a pool. It is available in a wide choice of colours as standard and carries a seven-year warranty. The drive unit has been developed over 30 years and is one of the most reliable available. The low voltage unit is supplied via cable from the control panel in the plant room. There are no dangerous electrics near the pool and no hydraulic hoses filled with oil either. The drive unit is also covered for up to ten years by the fair play warranty. Lastly, Aquatrac’s pull cords are high tensile stainless steel stranded wire, far out performing standard rope used in other

covers. Pulley wheels, brackets and fixings are all stainless steel and corrosion free as you would expect too.

KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON POOLS AND THEIR USERS There is no substitution for lifeguards at a pool, but underwater cameras can be a valuable addition to help monitor underwater activity. The EVA Optic Eveye underwater camera, available from Golden Coast, offers a highdefinition 1080p picture with a 120-degree field of view. “The EVA Optic Eveye camera shows what is happening below the surface, helping to improve day-to-day pool safety by providing an extra point of supervision, especially at exit points of slides, rapids and lazy rivers,” explained Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast. “Having an underwater perspective can prove extremely helpful for instructors at diving and swimming clubs, as the footage can be used as a training tool for analysing technique and progress. Parents may also want to monitor their children’s swimming lessons, and the Eveye camera allows them to do just that.” Camera footage can be viewed using a Available from Golden Coast, the EVA Optic Eveye underwater camera can be a valuable addition to help monitor underwater activity

Aquatrac are now able to offer a number of design variations mostly related to leading edge beams, pit finishes and track levels

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Available through Certikin, the Coverstar system – as used on this Falcon Pools project – is based on strength

TVI recorder or shown and recorded by a TVI recorder with a hard disk. Footage can be sent to any media carrier, from a mobile phone to a screen. When using a TVI recorder with a hard disk, it is even possible to take snapshots from the footage to capture memorable moments in a photograph. EVA Optic Eveye cameras can be installed at depths up to 10m at maximum water temperature of 35°C. The IP-designation is internationally standardised in IEC 60529. It has an IP68 waterproof rating that ensures complete protection against ingress of dust and water.

COVERSTAR – A COVER LEADER WHEN IT COMES TO POOL SAFETY Coverstar and Certikin have been in partnership for over 20 years. The system is based on strength – supporting the weight of children, pets and even adults. Rather than using industry standard vinyl for the cover, which is popular with other manufacturers, Coverstar use the far superior Ultra Guard III vinyl composite. The high level of UV resistance offered with the Ultra Guard III will reduce the level of colour fading considerably, compared to standard vinyl, plus it offers high resistance to chlorine, acid, ozone and other pool chemicals. Furthermore, rather than using sewn webbing (which often proves to be the weak area of the cover), Coverstar use an exclusive patented process to heat seal the webbing, prolonging the life of the cover and improving the overall operation. In fact, independent tests show this process is more than twice as strong as competitors webbing sewn to the cover. The Coverstar heat sealed webbing is also colour matched to the fabric to create an attractive finish! Supplied with a low-profile leading-edge bar there’s also an option to conceal the bar underneath the pool surround. Various pit covering options include flat lid, heavy duty pit trays, plus composite decking. The sliders (traditionally the weakest part of any cover) are four times as strong as any

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other slider used in the industry. Furthermore, the pulley diameter is 2”, providing five times the load bearing capacity of commonly used pulleys. Such is the manufacturer’s confidence in the cover’s mechanism, it comes with a 20-year limited warranty. The cover features an exclusive heavy-duty double row of stainless-steel ball bearing pulleys which have almost triple the load bearing capacity of single row pulleys used by competitors.

THE COMBINATION OF COMFORT AND SAFETY FROM FAIRLOCKS! Available through Fairlocks Pool Products, the CovLock is a safety cover that combines comfort and safety. As it’s automated, handling it is so simple. It allows quick opening and closing at the turn of a key and can be adapted to all types of pools thanks to its different models. Matching surrounding is made easier too thanks a wide range of colour choices. CovLock is completely waterproof around the whole perimeter, so the pool will stay clean in both summer and winter. It also prevents

heat loss and stops evaporation. CovLock is completely automatic, made in France and is fully complaint to the French safety standard NF P90-308 and includes four types of rail options to adapt to all pool types. For a completely different type of safety cover, the CovDeck allows for fast and effortless manoeuvring both with, or without a motor. It easily slides along rails fixed to the ground thanks to the unique wheel design. With its solid aluminium frame, the decking guarantees a long life and safety since it complies with standard NF P 90-308, CovDeck totally revolutionises the practice of pool covers. This 100% safe rolling deck easily slides over a pool, spa or swim spa and combines design with practicality. As a ‘2 in 1’ product, guests will watch in amazement as the pool is transformed into a real treat in under two minutes! This innovative cover product wins over more customers every year by building upon a reputation as a must have for pool and spa owners who just love the resolutely elegant and clever design of this decking, as it makes life easier and provides more space. Several configurations are available, dependant on the dimensions of the pool or spa.

POOLFENCE UK’S FIRST LINE OF ‘DE-FENCE” Safety fencing around pools will certainly reduce the risk of disasters, and potentially fatalities, happening. As sole UK distributor of Protect-A-Child Pool Safety Fences, Poolfence UK help their customers reduce this risk. As a stand alone physical barrier, the product has a great number of qualities that make it something to consider installing. To begin with it is aesthetically pleasing and can be removed quickly when not required. In addition, the product is made from high quality materials and the fibreglass posts are guaranteed against breakage. Pool fence posts must endure ongoing forces of fence tension as well as shock For a completely different type of safety cover, the CovDeck allows for fast and effortless manoeuvring both with, or without a motor

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SAFETY EQUIPMENT whenever a child or pet runs into them. Protect-A-Child’s Quad-Bilt™ fibreglass composite posts are the only fence posts guaranteed unbreakable and guaranteed never to become bent or crooked. The result – the fence stays straight and attractive and you never have to worry about your fence posts becoming broken. Tough mesh and a marine-grade finishing border complete the fence itself. The colour of the composite fibreglass pool fence post is built in with coloured resins – not painted or simply coated like aluminium posts. So it can never scratch off, peel off, or flake off maintaining the look and high finish quality for years to come. It will act as a windbreak and a barrier to stop debris entering the pool too. Mesh pool fence safety is dependent upon the child’s inability to open or remove the fence. A patented Point-Lock Secure Latch is the most fool proof way to prevent children from unlatching the mesh pool fence sections and gaining access to the pool. They are lockable, adjustable for fence tension, easier to use, and safer than other latches.

DRIPOOL – PROVIDING 30 YEARS OF POOL SAFETY Dripool have been at the forefront of pool safety for over 30 years and remain the UK’s only designers and manufacturers of automatic safety covers, for all shapes and types of swimming pool. One of the market leaders is their flagship Driglide under coping system and it offers several unique features. Patented beam assisted cantilevers enable the cover housing to be paved and coped identically to the rest of the pool area, giving the most aesthetically pleasing finish available, whilst allowing even the heaviest of bather to jump or dive from on top of the housing. This also ensures the cover can be housed at either end of the pool with minimal design requirements. The patented winding extrusion and tensioned leading edge ‘super Cam’ ensures that no front beam is required, making the The AutoSafe safety cover is the latest addition to Dripool’s range of products and is an under coping system for rectangular pools

A perfect demonstration that there is absolutely no doubt to the strength and safety aspect of this PoolLock safety cover

...safety in and around the UK’s swimming pools and spas is high on the agenda for both the industry and owners because by their very nature, these environments pose a number of hazards to their users, with drowning, being the most obvious one” Driglide the only automatic swimming pool cover that completely disappears from the pool when uncovered. The AutoSafe is the latest addition to Dripool’s range of products and is an under coping system that is predominantly designed to ensure safety, debris control and heat retention on new build, rectangular pools. Whilst the AutoSafe incorporates the same unique winding technology and exacting standards as the company’s Driglide system, it has been cleverly simplified for the slightly more budget conscious customer and whilst Dripool’s in-house engineers are more than happy to install the system anywhere in the UK, the AutoSafe has been designed to also allow shipping directly to site, throughout the UK and beyond, for self-installation.

Once installed, both of these systems are easily operated via a discreet control panel simply by turning a key and holding a button.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Aquatrac 01268 571515 www.aquatrac.co.uk Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Dripool Ltd 02380 663131 www.dripool.co.uk Fairlocks Pool Products 01869 934333 www.fairlocks.co.uk Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com Plastica Pools 01424 857857 www.plasticapools.net Poolfence UK 01258 863663 www.poolfenceuk.com PoolLock 01293 774414 www.poollock.com

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The CovLock Automatic Pool Cover – 100% Comfort, 100% Design With CovLock, the cover can be opened and closed at the turn of a key. One or two minutes are enough to roll up or unroll the cover thanks to a hydraulic motor without a limit switch or power supply near the pool. CovLock is completely waterproof around the whole perimeter, so the pool will stay clean in both summer and winter. It also prevents heat loss and stops evaporation. CovLock is completely automatic, made in France and offers four models, suitable for all pool types. The CovLock automatic cover complies with standard NF P 90-308 and is designed to ensure maximum safety for children and pets.

The CovDeck Mobile Safety Deck – A Clever Design For Pools And Spas CovDeck is a timber deck and safety cover all in one. This 100% safe rolling deck slides over the spa or pool, combining both design and practicality. Watch as the pool is transformed into a real treat in under two minutes! This innovation wins over more customers every year by building up a reputation as a must have for pool and spa covers! You will love the resolutely elegant and clever design of this decking, as it will make your life easier and give you more space. Both a shelter and safety cover to be used all year round, CovDeck combines the best of protection while optimising space, as the pool becomes a playground, a place of relaxation or an open-air dining area.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE, QUALITY PRODUCTS 3 Landscape Close, Weston on the Green, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 3SX, UK T: 01869 934333 | E: info@fairlocks.co.uk | W: www.fairlocks.co.uk


Water Fun For All Ages The South Lake Leisure Centre, Craigavon in Northern Ireland


esigned by renowned architect practices McAdam Design and Space & Place, the South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon is Northern Ireland’s newest leisure facility. It enjoys fantastic views of Craigavon City Park and is easily accessed via a three-mile-network of walking and cycling paths. With more activities for all ages and abilities than anywhere else in the region, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council’s world class facility includes three pools, the largest gym in Northern Ireland, a multi-use 8-court sports hall, a spin room, dance studio, café, soft play area, two squash courts and an outdoor adventure centre that offers archery, climbing, paddle-sports, canoeing,

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kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding and banana boats on the lake. Aquatic play specialists Ustigate, who supply the award-winning range of Vortex International products in the UK, were commissioned to maximise the thrills in the fun pool and responded with an exciting multi-level indoor aquatic adventure that is suitable for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Bursting with play value, there are 16 products at ground level and an eight-metre-high Elevations™ journey that runs for 32 metres with nine sturdy staircases, 11 platforms, 62 water features and two loop-the-loop waterslides. One end of the Elevations™ is an aquatic play paradise for Craigavon’s youngest water players, featuring staircases of no more than 2-3 steps at a time and platforms of varying heights, providing views at 1 metre, 1.8 metres and 2.4 metres. It is a journey that meanders up and around to platform four where little ones are rewarded with the offer of a ride. The entire journey from ground to slide is 0-2.4 metres and completely safe as each stairway and platform is encased with complementary panels. At the top of this area, little ones will find the waterslide; a bright red closed flume with three bends and a run-out that provides a safe landing point.

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PROJECT COMPANIES ARCHITECT McAdam Design 02890 402000​ www.mcadamdesign.co.uk

AQUATIC PLAY PRODUCTS Vortex Aquatic Structures +1 514 694 3868 www.vortex-intl.com

ARCHITECT Space & Place 020 7831 8877 www.space-place.com

FEATURE HYDRAULICS & WATER FILTRATION Barr + Wray 0141 882 9991 www.barrandwray.com

AQUATIC PLAY DESIGN & INSTALLATION Ustigate Waterplay 01322 424445 www.ustigatewaterplay.co.uk

MAIN CONTRACTOR Farrans Construction 02890 551300 www.farrans.com

An intermediate waterslide at South Lake Leisure Centre promotes water confidence in early childhood development as well as maximising fun. The second waterslide on the Elevations™ is one that budding aquatic enthusiasts aspire to; a high entry fuchsia flume that thrills Craigavon’s most confident with its double loop-the-loop and longer ride. All ascending and descending routes on the Elevations™ are incredibly exciting with 62 water features on board, each creating its own individual water movement. The Elevations™ are bright, cheerful, and inviting, because of the activities and experiences on offer and because the vibrant colours red, blue, green, orange and fuchsia invite everyone on board for a splashing spree. There are products that resemble flowers and leaves, and plentiful water hoses for families and friends to engage in group play. For those that prefer their aquatic play at ground level, the inclusive Splashpad® adds 16 more products to the mix – there’s certainly something fun for everyone at the South Lake Leisure Centre! The staff from Ustigate enjoyed working with all of the teams involved and were pleased to be able to contribute to the state-of-theart facilities at the fantastic new centre.

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Relax, Exercise Or Party – The Choice Is Yours! For customers that want to both relax and occasionally exercise in water, entrylevel swim spas ticks each box. 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 retail prices under £20,000, we take a look at what’s available By Jon Wadeson


s a single product that offers all the benefits of both a small swimming pool and a hot tub or spa in a relatively affordable and straightforward to own and maintain package, it’s not surprising that entry-level swim spas have fared well in the UK, particularly over the last two seasons. For families who need to provide some water based fun and entertainment whilst keeping an eye on the pennies, there’s clearly a lot to like. The versatility of the products found at the lower end of the swim spa price range mean that owners have an area where the kids can let off some steam, and at other times, there’s also the option of a dedicated pool for casual exercising in. When the kids have gone to bed, there’s a further option of a tranquil space in which to relax – a godsend in these increasingly trying times! As an introduction to counter-current swimming, entry-level options provide a package which has always represented nothing short of outstanding value for money and this, combined with their multi-use ability has ensured their popularity. With a number of manufacturers providing budget-friendly models, we look closer at what’s available at the entry point of the swim spa market.

that are unlike any others on the market, Sunbeach’s swim spas create a smooth, straight stream of counter-current with up to 2,000+ gallons per minute of flow, free of both turbulence and air bubbles to give a sublime swimming experience, no matter what the ability level of the user might be. With power, also comes control. Unlike swim spas with limited, physical control valves, the included inverter system allows for full electronic control of the jet speed ensuring that users will always be able to find a comfortable swim speed, no matter what their ability level. Finally, build. These share the same pedigree of design and construction as the company’s Oasis Spas range, including the full-foam, multi-density insulation system for superlative heat retention and energy saving. One popular choice has been Sunbeach’s OD-39 model. This 6-seater fully-featured budget swim spa is produced with a Silver White Marble Aristech acrylic shell and features the latest Gecko touch screen control panel, Gecko in.stream 2 audio system, plus Ozonator and double filtration system for ease of maintenance. Whether it’s relaxing after a hard day, splashing around with the kids or setting a new personal best, with options for every budget, Sunbeach Spas’ Ultimate Swim Experience has all the options covered.

THE PEDIGREE SHINES THROUGH ON SUNBEACH’S SWIM SPA RANGE Whether it’s a dedicated swim spa, or a combined swim and hot tub unit, fun, fitness and relaxation are within reach of more people than ever before. To meet the rise in demand, the water leisure industry has expanded enormously, bringing newer and more innovative models to market. And East Midlands-based Sunbeach Spas is flying ahead in that regard. The company’s Ultimate Swim Experience range features eight dedicated swim spas and combined units, each of which sets themselves ahead of the crowd with three key features: Firstly, power. With up to 4 turbo jets

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Sunbeach’s six-seater OD-39 swim spa model shares the same pedigree of design and construction as the company’s Oasis Spas range

Available through Artesian Spas, the TidalFit Core Swim 14 is one of the newer models to join the company’s successful line up

ACTIVEPLUS EP-12 – AN EXERCISE ONLY ENTRY-LEVEL OPTION FROM TIDALFIT Available through Artesian Spas, the TidalFit ActivePlus EP-12 is the baby of the TidalFit models but still manages to pack a punch. Launched several years ago, this 12ft exercise only swim spa is perfect for families and casual or infrequent swimmers who are looking to maximise swim space. With its small footprint, this budget-friendly option is equipped with dual adjustable swim jets, advanced touch screen control system, 3kW heater and maintenance free Grandwood cabinet as standard. An optional hydrotherapy system can be specified which includes 28 Helix Jets, a 3hp 1-speed pump plus BellagioFall water feature. There’s also the further option to have a twin bench version with 12 additional Helix jets. TidalFit owners are also able to have their own choice of inclusive music to enhance aquatic workouts. Artesian’s user-friendly stereo options allow owners simply to connect any smart device through Bluetooth to stream any favourite songs instantly. Whether owners choose to add Diamond AOP, ProPure Ozone or Ozone to their TidalFit, each provides water purification for a crystal clean swim spa. Diamond AOP is revolutionary and is the company’s most advanced water purification system, incorporating both ozone, a mixing chamber and UV light to sterilise the spa water 24 hours a day.

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SWIM SPAS – ENTRY LEVEL Other options include DynaBrite LED Lighting and a choice of two Aquatic Training Systems – stationary resistant swim tether and/or rowing bars plus resistant cords – either of which will enhance waterbased workouts. Available in semi in-ground and aboveground versions, the Core Swim 14 will also blend into any environment thanks to a choice of three shell and six cabinet colours. Rock cabinetry is a further option too. All the TidalFit models, including the latest ActivePlus EP-12, have been designed specifically with their own individual and unique systems to ensure that they suit various swimming capabilities and match specific exercise needs.

Available from Aqua Design & Leisure, the award-winning Catalina Mardi Gras is the original space saving swim trainer and party spa

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 always to 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 which is provided by 50 massage jets, 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 two floor jets and five large swim jets, placed in a row to create 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

When not used for swimming, Passion Spas’ Activity models feature 50 massage jets to provide excellent relaxation

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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.

ADL OFFERS QUALITY SWIM SPA OPTIONS FOR BUYERS ON A BUDGET Available from Aqua Design & Leisure (ADL), the award-winning Catalina Mardi Gras is the original space saving swim trainer and party spa. Built in the US and originally launched in the UK in 2012, the Mardi Gras is now considered to be one of the most popular swim/party spas in the world. The newest incarnation features all of Catalina’s classic design cues including their tiled waterline and swimlane. It comes with six relaxing crystal water fountains, 11 seats and a total of 28 hydrotherapy jets that are spread over all seating positions. So even when at full

capacity all 11 bathers can benefit from the Mardi Gras hydrotherapy massage. For exercise the Mardi Gras features two river swim jets powered by two pumps, giving the ideal counter-current for a relaxing swim. But that’s not all. The Mardi Gras also comes as standard with both Catalina’s Pro-Swim tether system and their Catalina Exercise equipment pack which includes rowing arms, bungies, straps and handles that allows the user to take part in several different forms of aquatic exercise. Standing at just over 1 metre tall and only requiring a 23amp power supply, the Mardi Gras is no more imposing and no more expensive to run than a standard hot tub, but offers much more functionality. Joining the Mardi Gras at the start of the year, and becoming the smallest swim spa within the ADL range, was the Solstice Leisure S-3900. With three seats and three river jets, this value for money addition gains a lot of interest from owners working within the tightest of budgets but who still want the maximum flexibility from their investment.

The River Swim system on Passion Spas’ Activity models consists of five large swim jets, in a row, creating a steady flow of water

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SWIM SPAS – ENTRY LEVEL DANUBE W-FLOW PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE WORKOUT OPTIONS Wellis have had great success with their swim spa range which has been enhanced regularly over recent years and their current entrylevel model – the Danube – has benefitted greatly from both design and technology improvements. The base model is now powered by an impressive W-Flow System where users can choose between six-speed levels from the slowest, most comfortable ‘floating’ setting, right up to the hardest exercise workout. Similar to a modern treadmill, users can predefine the swimming speeds one after another, so slower stages can be inserted between swimming sprints and custom workouts can be created. The width of the water flow within the W-Flow is only 50-60cm and the flow rate can be adjusted between 0.4-2.5 km/h. Inside the latest model, the appearance has been simplified, lines are much cleaner and more modern looking, plus the space has been optimised. Wellis have now included two massage seats which are located either side of the water flow system, meaning owners can use the Danube for professional swimming and to enjoy a relaxing massage too. Rear filter housings have also been placed at the end of the swimming area so that the active water area is more than 50cm wider than before. As with all models in the Wellis swim spa range, a more expensive Turbine option is also available and both Danube variants feature UV-C water sanitisers, LED lighting, Thermo cover and Wi-Fi smartphone connectivity plus an AquaSoul 4.1 sound system as standard, meaning owning, entertaining within or working out in either Danube is sure to be a lot easier and a lot more fun too.

THE PLATINUM SPAS NEPTUNE – A FANTASTIC VALUE FOR MONEY PACKAGE Superior Wellness offer a range of different

The base model Danube from Wellis is now powered by an impressive W-Flow System where users can choose between six-speed levels

As an introduction to counter-current swimming, entry-level options provide a package which has always represented nothing short of outstanding value for money” swim spa brands to suit varying needs and budgets, with their widest range of models falling under the Platinum Spas brand. If potential owners are looking for a swim spa to provide light training as well as family fun, the company recommends the Neptune, part of the Platinum Spas range. It has been hugely popular over the last couple of years due to the price point and all the benefits it provides. A winning combination that delivered fantastic value for money for families right across the country. The Neptune is the ultimate swim and spa package with two volumes of water offering dual temperatures to ensure the spa end is hot, whilst the swim end is at a lower temperature and is suitable for swimming against the powerful counter-currents. The spa end is the perfect space for up to five adults (four sitting + one lounging) with its powerful hydrotherapy jets and LED lighting system. The swim end has powerful and adjustable jets. When swimming against the counter-

currents, there are three rest seats for if you are working out with friends and family. The Neptune is designed to a high specification with a wide range of features including cutting edge pump and heating technology to ensure it is economical to run. They are more than just a swim spa too – they are actually an aquatic fitness centre – allowing for swimming, rowing, jogging, aqua aerobics and aqua gym workouts. With wellness high on the agenda the demand for swim spas or aquatic fitness centres is set to continue throughout into next year and beyond.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Aqua Design & Leisure 0800 731 4601 www.aquadesignandleisure.com Artesian Spas 01302 730295 www.artesianspas.co.uk Passion Spas +31 57 745 6040 www.passionspas.com Platinum Spas 01246 559071 www.platinumspas.co.uk SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com

The Platinum Spas Neptune is the ultimate swim and spa package with two volumes of water offering dual temperatures

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Relaxation For The Body And Soul

Once an experience to be enjoyed on holiday or by visiting a leisure club, spa or hotel, it seems that for many, the temptation to invest in saunas and steam plus other wet leisure wellness products for both commercial and increasingly domestic settings is now proving irresistible. Despite still being somewhat niche, it’s one that is growing and this issue we focus on the various options on offer that together make up the increasingly important wellness sector By Andrea Hartshorne


verall wellness encompasses both physical and mental wellbeing, so now, more than ever, it’s important to ensure that both sides are provided for with sauna and steam products able to offer that support. These products set the mind free to wander and unwind whilst the warmth permeates down to the body core to relax and soothe tired muscles and joints. Regardless of the type of wellness product your customers are looking to invest in, after the trying couple of years we’ve all endured, it's no surprise that interest continues to grow in these products, especially as more styles, varieties and materials become available. At this time of year – and with the colder weather well and truly with us – the thought of stepping into a warm and soothing sauna or steam room whilst the frost or snow glistens outside, is very appealing. And with advances in technology enabling smaller and more compact units to be developed, warming wellness is being made available to everyone, including those with a little less space. Although styles change and develop, all of these products are wonderfully flexible and can be tailored, personalised

and installed to achieve the perfection that today’s customers demand. The wellness and health side of our lives continues to grow in importance as we all aspire to improve ourselves and maintain a healthy glow! Whether there is the requirement for a single unit or a suite of wellness products, the variety and selection of units available means that every taste and every budget can be accommodated and this thriving side of the wet leisure industry will continue to grow both in homes and commercial settings and in this issue, we examine some of the current possibilities.

START A JOURNEY TO RECOVERY WITH A SUPERIOR WELLNESS SAUNA The appeal of saunas in general is that they cause reactions like those elicited by moderate exercise, such as sweating and an increased heart rate. An infrared sauna produces these results at lower temperatures than a regular sauna, which makes them accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. Not only does using a sauna make the user

feel good in themselves, there’s also many benefits associated with using one. Having access to a sauna has proven to impact a person’s health positively along with wellness, social connectivity and overall athletic performance. At Superior Wellness, a popular option is the Calor two-person sauna. Perfect for couples, it’s a compact solution that can be accommodated in a variety of locations, and one which won’t break the bank. As with all the infrared saunas in the Superior range, the Calor is built from carefully selected Hemlock wood which originates from Canada. The type of Hemlock used is ‘vertical grain’, as this can expand and contract without warping and cupping. Superior’s Hemlock timber is the best choice for a sauna – whether it would be for home or even commercial use. The larger, four-person Marisol sauna is great for any occasion and setting. Perfect for relaxation and unwinding after exercise or for hosting friends, this sauna will leave both owners and those in their company in awe. Fitness athlete, Ryan Terry, recently shared his journey about using his brand new Marisol Sauna to support his preparation for the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival UK, with Ryan’s physio explaining how an infrared sauna is a key part of an athlete’s recovery process due thanks to their ability to relax muscles and soothe aches/pains in both muscles and joints, as well as help with the increase in circulation, oxygen and blood flow around the body.


Super Wellness’ fourperson Marisol sauna is perfect for relaxation and unwinding after exercise or for hosting friends

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The stunning Variant View range of domestic saunas is the latest addition to Certikin’s extensive Harvia range. Certikin and its Finnish supplier are at the cutting edge of design and innovation with an extensive product range that caters for both the domestic and commercial sectors. The Variant View’s modern, sleek design incorporates high quality, large glass walls on the front to let in natural light and create an open, spacious feeling. Easy to construct,

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WELLNESS The stunning Variant View range of domestic saunas is the latest addition to Certikin’s extensive Harvia range

Humidity Solutions’ VS Steam Generators offer outstanding reliability and versatility

the aspen wood benches can be installed on either side of the sauna. A warm and welcoming ambience can be created via the optional DMX controlled colour lights. The six models in the range include two different sized corner cabins and four standard cabins – mini, small, medium and large. All feature interior and exterior walls made of beautiful spruce. Certikin’s Harvia range caters for all wellness needs, from heaters and sauna benches, ready-made and bespoke saunas and even infrared cabins and steam rooms. Bespoke modular designed saunas and infrared cabins can be ordered to suit a customer’s exact needs. With more than half a century of experience in developing the best Finnish sauna products, Harvia knows how to combine the relaxing elements of nature expertly – wood, stone and water. Manufactured from slowly-grown wood, the trees are felled in accordance with strict EU environmental standards. There is a Harvia sauna option available for installation almost anywhere, whether that is a bathroom, basement, attic or outside space.

new Vista steam shower embodies Tylö’s trademark modern Scandinavian aesthetic. It features a rain shower head enveloped within a sleek matte black enclosure and smoky grey glass walls for a bold luxury look. Vista is available in two sizes to suit any space, and can be personalised with the addition of accessories, stools and RGB colour lights in the back wall. There is even a fragrance compartment for creating a relaxing aromatherapy experience. “Saunas and steam rooms are great for improving wellbeing, reducing stress and aiding workout recovery,” said Erik Söderlund, Technical Sales at Golden Coast. “We can support local distributors around the UK who are looking to grow their business with Tylö products, as they make fantastic additions to any showroom.”

IT’S FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH HUMIDITY SOLUTIONS Whether investing in a domestic or commercial steam room, reliability and

efficiency are key when choosing your steam generator, and Vapac’s VS range has been the go-to steam generator for the steam bath sector for many years – offering outstanding reliability and versatility. Providing odourless steam, the generator controls on temperature offer a display indicating the room temperature and set point that it is operating to. The controller offers on/off room light switching, volt free contract facility to provide interlock for an essence pump and cylinder change warning light. To save waste and aid sustainability, there is a choice of serviceable (cleanable) cylinders, or replaceable cylinders made from recyclable plastic. The Vapac range is supplied exclusively in the UK by Humidity Solutions Ltd, a company with an established reputation in the market and offering an end to end service from initial design and quotation, installation and ongoing maintenance. It is essential to have a supplier with consistency of supply and technical advice over the phone or on site,

A TOUCH OF LUXURY FROM TYLÖ AND GOLDEN COAST Saunas and steam rooms are renowned for their health and wellness benefits, and no one understands this more than world-leading manufacturer Tylö. Having partnered with the brand for over 40 years, Golden Coast provides a range of sauna and steam rooms designed to the highest level of quality and craftmanship. The ever-popular Tylö Harmony range offers bespoke beauty built to the customer’s specific requirements and style. Owners can choose everything from the wood finish and shape to heaters and accessories, making every Harmony sauna completely unique. For those who prefer a steam room, the

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For those who prefer a steam room, the new Vista steam shower embodies Tylö’s trademark modern Scandinavian aesthetic

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WELLNESS as part of a planned maintenance programme. British manufactured and supported with technical back up plus off the shelf spares and units, Humidity Solutions offers a great package of reliable operation, efficient and professional support with ex stock supply of equipment, providing peace of mind to the end user throughout the life of the product.

The Aurora from KLAFS features an elegant cabin, complete with visible glass front profiles and floating benches

FOR SAUNA ENTHUSIASTS, IT’S ALMOST HEAVEN OUTDOORS SCP UK have expanded their sauna offering in recent years and for those looking for some heat therapy in an outdoor setting, they offer a range of barrel options from the Almost Heaven Saunas. The US brand has been at the forefront of setting the standard for quality barrel saunas for over 40 years. The company uses only the finest materials to create the best, most authentic sauna experience for true sauna lovers. Skilled, experienced artisans craft each sauna using only high-grade, thick sections of lumber. Once fitted together in a traditional cooperage fashion, the cedar expands to form a tight seal and constantly circulates the air for a sauna environment that heats quickly and consistently. The company’s Barrel Saunas are designed to be used outdoors. When an authentic sauna experience is needed – a beautiful, high-quality sauna that performs beyond expectations – a barrel sauna from Almost Heaven Saunas is what’s required. SCP have made three models available: the four person Pinnacle and Audra models plus the six person Weston. All three models come complete with a sauna kit which consists of a heater with integrated control unit, stones and sauna accessories. Manufactured in the USA from rustic Western Red Cedar, each barrel sauna is easy to assemble and features: • Pre-assembled walls and benches • Interior LED light • Stainless steel banding and hinges • Tempered glass door • 35mm thick solid staves. An optional floor kit and rain jackets are also available.

Almost Heaven Saunas outdoor barrel options are available from SCP UK and the range includes the six person Weston model

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...the thought of stepping into a warm and soothing sauna or steam room whilst the frost or snow glistens outside, is very appealing” KLAFS SEES HIGH DEMAND FOR THEIR AURORA SAUNA Guncast has been at the forefront of the swimming pool industry for nearly 50 years and earlier this year, partnered with wellbeing providers KLAFS, a company renowned for delivering premium wellness products for the home. This deal wed together two brands that share the same philosophy, delivering projects driven by luxury and quality under the name of KLAFS UK. One of the newest products to launch and already in high demand is the Aurora sauna. With this model, KLAFS is responding to the trend towards particularly organic designs which give the appearance of natural growth for long-lasting, deep relaxation. Featuring an elegant cabin, complete with visible glass front profiles and floating benches, the Aurora comes with either hemlock or walnut waxed interior cladding, and obeche, hemlock or walnut benches. Numerous sizes are available as standard, however KLAFS experts are also able to design tailor-made solutions for challenging spatial conditions and angled rooms. Once inside, users will immediately notice the comfortable MOLLIS sauna cushions and mats which increase comfort when sitting and lying. A number of different control and heater options are also available including a Bonatherm sauna heater which is stowed under the bench seat, making it

particularly childproof whilst creating extra space inside the sauna. The sauna is also fitted with a EUKLID ceiling – an innovative lighting installation that illuminates the cabin with either 16 or 20 lamps. With its flowing design, the KLAFS Aurora is a luxury sauna dream which can transform a home into an exclusive oasis. It comes with a ten-year warranty for privately used saunas and five years on the heater and sauna control unit.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com Humidity Solutions 01327 571200 www.humiditysolutions.co.uk KLAFS UK 01798 343725 www.klafs-uk.com SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com Superior Wellness 01246 559071 www.superiorwellness.co.uk

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Precision Control Of Water Quality And So Much More! Reliable, essential and increasingly high tech, dosing pumps and control systems are the unsung heroes in any water treatment system as they quietly go about the business of ensuring accurate amounts of chemicals are delivered to the water within swimming pools and spas. Convenient and easy to use, the automation they provide has made the life of owners and operators that much simpler and we roundup what’s available By Jon Wadeson


ystems that expertly control water treatment are a must in today’s commercial market and are also sought after in ever increasing numbers in the growing and demanding consumer market place too. So what are the benefits of automatic dosing and control systems? The biggest has to be safety. To have equipment installed room that recognises, reacts and then treats frequently changing bather loads and ensures that water users are protected from horrors such as cryptosporidium or giardia is quite frankly priceless. From a ‘nasties’ point of view, perfectly regulated pool water is the first line of defence in providing a safe and trouble free wet leisure experience for bathers and offers peace of mind to owners. It also ensures swimmers skin and eyes are not irritated by spent chlorine or water that has an out of balance pH. Any guesswork is removed out of water treatment process, allowing owners and operators to spend less time testing and guessing, leaving them to pass the responsibility over to the automatic mechanical marvels that efficiently take control. Some automated management can be extended beyond just water supervision and anything from maintenance to lighting, heating to even audio and entertainment systems can now be controlled. In many cases, remote operation is available through a smart phone, tablet or computer so that the pool or spa is primed and ready for action well before the user has even donned their swim gear. As you’ll see, today’s systems are uncomplicated and user-friendly meaning that the most technically unsavvy person can skilfully ensure perfect water management and beyond at the touch of a button or swipe of a screen.

VERDER – A PASSION FOR PUMPS AND DOSING SYSTEMS Verder Liquids manufactures pumps, mixers and systems which are distributed through 27 offices via a worldwide network of distributors, which ensures a local service and on-time deliveries.

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As a manufacturer, Verder Liquids can maintain the highest standards over the design, build and testing procedures, which reduces risk and costs to customers. The company are also able to translate requirements from the market into new products. Verder’s staff are skilled with not only pump knowledge, but also specific applications. They listen to customers and are experienced in finding pump solutions for most applications! Under their Microdos brand, they manufacture and distribute peristaltic pumps and solenoid dosing pumps including related professional control instruments, panels and complete dosing systems. Over the years, Microdos has developed a strong position in many European countries. Microdos’ products and knowledge have proven success in the swimming pool, detergent dosing (dish washing and laundry) and water treatment applications. Microdos also provides private labelling pumps for third party companies. Recently the brand has invested heavily in the expansion of the company buildings, R&D and production capacity to cope with growth in demand. Verder’s pool and spa products are designed and built using tried and tested principles, trusted components and rigorous

assembly procedures. All processes are conducted to ISO 9001 and each pump is tested prior to shipping. The company are proud to have many long-serving employees with a wealth of experience in engineering, processes and products. They invest great efforts in training and maintaining knowledge and share best practice throughout the Verder Group worldwide. Countless customers already use VERDERFLEX and VERDERDOS measuring, control and dosing systems for monitoring and regulating their swimming pool water quality and are extremely satisfied with them. From simple systems to compact dosing products for pH and chlorine, Verder has the right product for all needs.

SEKO’S WORLD LEADING IOTENABLED DOSING SYSTEMS For those with the luxury of having their own swimming pool, it’s a safe bet that they envisaged fun and relaxation rather than work and maintenance when having it installed. However, it’s a fact that maintaining the delicate balance of water-quality values is essential to ensure clean, safe swimming conditions, with the unsung heroes being the dosing pumps and control systems that achieve this. So how do domestic pool owners with limited or no specialist knowledge know that the water is safe while leaving the technical side to the experts? SEKO, manufacturer of world-leading IoT-enabled swimming pool chemical dosing systems, has solved the problem by designing two distinct online tools for users and technicians – SekoAir and SekoWeb. SekoAir is the unique smartphone app that Verder’s pool and spa products are designed and built using tried and tested principles, trusted components and rigorous assembly procedures

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DOSING PUMPS & CONTROL SYSTEMS Ideal for managing multiple installation SekoWeb is an online portal that allows pool and spa technicians to set up and adjust water-quality parameters remotely

connects pool owners to their swimming pool like never before. Compatible with iPhone or Android, SekoAir allows end users to remotely access chemical parameters and receive pool health updates as well as start or pause their dosing system. With the ability to immediately identify dosing system defects, even when away from home, users can ensure that issues are rectified quickly before they lead to system failure. This means more time spent bathing and less time spent worrying about pool health. SekoWeb is an online portal that allows pool and spa technicians to set up and adjust water-quality parameters remotely for complete management of multiple installations. Created with engineers in mind, SekoWeb requires expert technical knowledge to navigate, with password protection ensuring only authorized users can access the portal. With live and historical data at their fingertips, engineers can adjust programmes 24/7, making SekoWeb ideal for management of professional installations within health spas, leisure centres and water parks.

pricing of dosing systems, customers should also now expect to gain full automation of all systems. Why not control all aspects of the pool set-up via an easy-to-use mobile app that allows the user to switch on their heat pump remotely, or turn it off to save on electricity costs when they are away from home. Filtration levels can also be reduced if the pool isn’t going to be used for a period of time. Supplied complete with all the necessary dosing pumps, probes and probe holders to monitor and dose liquid chlorine, the system will alert the pool owner and the installer running the service contract when pool readings are at incorrect levels. Therefore, once purchased the control station there is everything needed without hidden further costs. The system runs using the Hayward ‘Vistapool’ management system for carefree

TOTAL MANAGEMENT – THE HAYWARD CONTROL STATION FROM BOSTA Automation systems for swimming pools have continued to be a significant area of growth for the pool industry over recent years. Pool owners want convenience, efficiency and easy management of their pool system to help avoid the necessity for constant maintenance. Within this Hayward pool management system, there is the ability to monitor and maintain pool water chemistry, providing safe, crystal clear swimming conditions at all times. Available from Bosta UK, the Hayward control station is a complete automated system to help pool owners manage their pool dosing. However, it will also manage the pool heating, filtration and lighting too. Automatic dosing systems have developed significantly over recent years and, for the traditional

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As well as expertly managing dosing, the Hayward control station from Bosta also manages pool heating, filtration and lighting

pool maintenance and allows pool owners to spend their time enjoying the important things in life.

CERTIKIN’S MULTIPARAMETER CENTURIO POOL CONTROLLER 2021 has marked 10 years of CertiDos, Certikin’s chemical dosing range and it has also seen the release of the new CENTURIO POOL. An innovative and all-encompassing multiparameter pool and spa controller. Certikin has worked closely with manufacturer, EMEC, and have listened to feedback from trade customers and end users. The product is the culmination of these conversations. Equipped with a Linux operating system, a high-performance ARM A5 microprocessor and a large colour touchscreen, CENTURIO POOL offers everything needed to manage the most complex swimming pool or spa setup. The system can simultaneously manage up to 10 channels to read the following parameters: pH, free chlorine, combined chlorine, active free chlorine, total chlorine, conductivity, ORP, NTU, tank levels and pool water level. For each channel CENTURIO POOL has 2 digital setpoints (ON / OFF), 2 proportional setpoints (IS), 1 mA output setpoint and 1 Temperature setpoint; 6 timers can also be set with a maximum of 10 daily schedules each. It can also be set to work with pH priorities and can control flocculant output, shock chlorination and backwashing, pool covers, heating and lights. It is possible to save and restore different configurations of set up. So, when a CENTURIO POOL is installed and a service is performed after someone has altered the settings, it is simple to restore the original commissioning parameters quickly and easily. CENTURIO POOL can be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi, GSM or ethernet and remotely controlled via ERMES, the online control system designed by EMEC.

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Hanna BL121 Pool and Hot-Tub Chemical Dosing Systems From the smallest hot-tub to a school pool, the Hanna BL121 offers precision chemical dosing to control Chlorine and pH levels in private and public pools. Hanna Instruments is one of the worlds leading scientific instrumentation companies with European production facilities manufacturing over 3,000 Hanna products. The Hanna BL121series of controllers is one of the 30 Hanna Pool-Line products manufactured specifically to answer the needs of the pool and hot-tub users and operators. Unique features provide a higher level of control than previously available, while the benefits of producing every component in-house make Hanna BL121 controllers particularly competitive. • Continuous monitoring of Chlorine, pH and temperature • Consent dosing – only doses Chlorine once the pH level is correct • Automating data logging of parameters with ability to remote monitor via the internet • Built-in precision dosing proportional control dosing pumps • UK sales and service support

• 3-in-1 digital sensor with grounding pin and unique configuration pH sensor to remove pH errors • 2 year warranty • UK wide installation and training available • Complete controller package including pumps, sensor, saddles, injectors, tubing from £1245 plus VAT

HANNA INSTRUMENTS LIMITED Eden Way | Pages Industrial Park | Leighton Buzzard LU7 4AD Tel: 01525 850855 | Email: sales@hannainstruments.co.uk Web: www.hannainstruments.co.uk

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DOSING PUMPS & CONTROL SYSTEMS Available from SCP, the Avady Turboxy Duo pH regulates pH and chlorine in domestic pools up to 150m3 and public pools up to 90m3

The CENTURIO POOL from Certikin is an innovative and allencompassing pool and spa controller

It is also equipped with the MODBUS serial communication protocol (optional) which allows connection with other devices within RS485 networks. There is little that cannot be achieved with this controller. Certikin can supply the controller board mounted with a client’s choice of chlorine sensor(s) and a pH sensor. Chlorine sensors include membrane and non-membrane options such as Open Amperometric and Open Potentiostatic, plus there’s also a number of other sensors available too.

ALL IN ONE MANAGEMENT WITH GC POOLCOP FROM GOLDEN COAST Managing a pool can be time-consuming and complex, particularly when it comes to getting the water treatment correct. But with the innovative GC PoolCop system from Golden Coast, owners and operators can keep everything under control

Available from Golden Coast, the state-of-the-art GC PoolCop Genesis system is suitable for any pool type

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at the touch of a button. GC PoolCop includes a Control Communication Box that attaches to auxiliary equipment in the pool plant room and sends pool data to a central web interface. The all-in-one pool management and chemical dosing solution remotely monitors all parameters, and accurately measures pH and ORP to ensure clean, clear water. “GC PoolCop was designed to take the hassle out of maintenance and upkeep,” explained Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast. “You can track the chemical levels, and the amperometric probe provides an accurate free chlorine reading so you can always be confident that the water has been dosed and the pool is safe to use.” When a fault is found, or something requires attention in the plant room, GC PoolCop sends alerts, enabling owners or pool management companies to act quickly in order minimise downtime and lost resources. “GC PoolCop delivers effective, efficient water treatment and generates reliable data on the status of your pool 24/7,” said Adam. “It enables more proactive management.” The state-of-the-art system is available in 2 models: GC PoolCop Genesis – suitable for

any pool type, and GC PoolCop Evolution – ideal for domestic pools thanks to its unique automatic filtration and backwash function.

STAY IN CONTROL WITH AVADY DOSING PRODUCTS FROM SCP Offering a complete range of automatic dosing and control system products, SCP provides the power to manage water with solutions from various brands including Avady. The Avady Physico PH CLM Panel is ideal for pH and chlorine control in public pools for indoor or outdoor use of up to 1,500m3. It is equipped with a probe compatible with up to 80ppm of stabiliser and accurately measures pH and chorine on a measurement scale of 0 - 14 pH and 0 - 5 ppm chlorine. The panel is pre-assembled and easily attaches to the wall. It has an option to be operated remotely as it is pre- installed to receive AvadyConnect via a dedicated web interface, allowing the control and coordination of water treatment equipment settings. Avady’s Turboxy Duo pH regulates pH and chlorine in domestic pools up to 150m3 and public pools up to 90m3. It simultaneously regulates the pH and chlorine ppm and adjusts dosing depending on pH and chemical requirements. Safety is ensured with the Turboxy Duo with a volumetric alarm preventing the chemical container running dry and as with the Physico PH CLM Panel, the Duo can be operated remotely through the use of AvadyConnect via an optional kit. Lastly, the multipurpose Avady S20 pH or RX dosing pump doses and regulates pH or chlorine by Redox. Used alone the pump doses the product constantly. Coupled to a pH or chlorine regulator it automatically doses the pH or chlorine. The system is electromagnetic and requires little maintenance and is easy to use. Is also equipped with a noise reduction system.

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DOSING PUMPS & CONTROL SYSTEMS ZODIAC’S PH AND CHLOR EXPERT FROM LIGHTHOUSE The Zodiac pH and Chlor Expert really do take the worry out of chemical dosing and are perfect for domestic situations up to a maximum of 150m3, removing the need to handle chemicals around the poolside. The very simple to operate control panel offers the end user an easy view backlit LCD screen interface which allows them to increase and decrease dosing levels as required. Of course, it is always important to understand that an auto-dosing system does need maintenance and probes need to be calibrated to ensure that levels correspond with the actual pool water. However, with this taken into account then the pH Expert will reliably dose liquid acids or alternatively alkali through a peristaltic pump into the pool return filtration line, ensuring that the water balance is kept stable. Use of the Redox based Chlor expert is just as simple with the concentration similarly adjusted on the front panel of the unit, also using a clear view backlit LCD screen. Sodium Hypochlorite is then fed into the pool return filtration line by the peristaltic pump. Both units have a maximum dose rate of 1.5l/hr and are controlled by a configurable ‘OFA’ three-level over-feed alarm. All the necessary saddle clamps, sensors and feed pipes are supplied with both systems, making installation easy for any pool technician. These entry level inexpensive chemical dosing units would enhance any pool owners plant room, whilst removing the day to day worry of handling chemicals.

HANNA’S ALL-IN-ONE CHLORINE AND PH DOSING CONTROLLER The Hanna Instruments range of controllers offer precise chemical control for optimum Chlorine and pH levels in swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and swim spas. Hanna pool and spa controllers automatically maintain the correct Chlorine and pH levels and remove the need for frequent chemical checks and manual adjustments. Water quality is maintained regardless of bather

...perfectly regulated pool water is the first line of defence in providing a safe and trouble free wet leisure experience for bathers and offers peace of mind to owners”

Perfect for domestic installations, the Zodiac pH and Chlor Expert from Lighthouse completely takes the worry out of chemical dosing for pool owners

load or levels of sunlight with Chlorine only added as and when needed and only when the pH is at the optimum level. All readings are automatically logged into the on-board memory and can be reviewed at any time on the controller’s display, or downloaded to a USB memory stick for evaluation and storage on a computer. Alternatively, choose one of the internet enabled Hanna pool controllers and get results directly on a phone or tablet using the Hanna App from anywhere in the world, ideal for keeping an eye on a holiday home pool or hot tub! Only Hanna pool and spa controllers benefit from a 3-in-1 digital sensor developed specifically for hot tub and swimming pool water. Manufactured to laboratory standards, the 3-in1 digital sensor is able to detect minute changes in water quality. Unlike conventional sensors, it doesn’t need changing as frequently, offers higher levels of accuracy and the digital output means long cable lengths can be used without loss of signal or plant room machinery electrical interference. Hanna pool controllers are supplied complete with everything needed to install and connect to a pool or hot tub and even Hanna pool controllers are supplied complete with everything needed to install and connect to a pool, spa or hot tub

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include chemical tubing, pipe clamp saddles, chemical injectors and Chlorine and pH chemical dosing pumps.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Bosta UK 01284 716587 www.bosta.co.uk Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com Hanna Instruments 01525 850855 www.hannainstruments.co.uk Lighthouse 01752 253525 www.lighthousepools.co.uk SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com SEKO UK 01279 423550 www.seko.com Verder UK 01924 221 000 www.verder.co.uk

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A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN SWIMMING POOL FILTRATION Total Pool Filtration are the exclusive UK distributors of the Ceramiflo microfiltration system INSTALLED IN 70 FACILITIES WORLDWIDE, AND 6 IN THE UK

FILTRATION ✓ BETTER ■ 3 micron filtration

■ Improve a facility’s cryptosporidium management strategy

WATER ✓ PURER ■ Reduced disinfection by-product generation ■ Backwashed at least once a day ■ Minimum amount of biologically active material held in the filters ■ Crystal clear water quality


■ Uses a third of the water of conventional systems ■ Only 75 litres of water, used per membrane, on each back wash ■ No measurable drop in pool temperature when backwashing ■ Significant savings on chemicals and energy


✓ ■ Fully automated control system ■ Monitored over the internet

CONSTRUCTION COSTS ✓ LOWER ■ Up to a third of the footprint compared to traditional solutions ■ Reduced building costs on new builds ■ Reduces the size of balance tanks by at least 50%

TO RETROFIT ✓ ■EASY Will fit through a single plant

room door ■ Only requires 2.4 metre headroom


T: 01829 740290 E: sales@totalpool.co.uk W: www.totalpoolfiltration.co.uk

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Water Filtration For A Wet Leisure Nation Some of the most important products that lie at the centre of any modern and efficient water cleansing system are those associated with filtration. What was for a while a fairly uninspiring sector has seen a number of innovations over recent years and filtration products, in their many guises, are now viewed as essential for providing effective water management and cost savings. This issue, we showcase just some of the available filtration solutions By Jon Wadeson


hen it comes to filtration options for the water circulating in UK pools and spas, there really is a wide range of options available for an equally wide range of operating environments. Often found hiding behind the scenes, and previously regarded as somewhat low tech in their operation, products within the filtration sector have benefitted from a number of recent innovations which have improved solutions for what is without doubt, a critical part of any wet leisure set up. As a result of the advances made, some products have become more flexible, others are now more durable and some are reducing the amount of water that is used. All of these help to lower operating costs, so naturally, the developments are welcomed by both the trade and even more so by the owners and operators of pools and spas. With numerous options already available, combined with an ever-widening range of emerging technologies and products, it can often be hard to stay on top of what’s on offer, so this issue we highlight just some of the current crop of filtration options for installations across our increasingly wet leisure embracing nation.

TPF’S CERAMIFLO MEMBRANES PROVIDE ULTRAFILTRATION Danish company Liqtech have provided membrane filtration technology to a multitude of industries for many years and more recently they have pioneered a pool filtration system. Recognising the potential for microfiltration, Total Pool Filtration (TPF) established an agreement with Liqtech to develop the UK market under brand name Ceramiflo. A three-year period of research and development has allowed TPF to make some improvements to the operation and the maintenance of the Danish system and fully automated membrane cleaning has been integrated into their package. Ceramiflo membranes have a 3mu pour

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removes more dirt from the pool and that dirt is frequently removed from the membranes, leading to a drop in chlorine usage. Finally, since the membranes are cleaned mainly with air, backwash water usage is reduced by up to 60%.

EVOQUA’S NEPTUNE BENSON MAKES WAVES WITH ADVANCED RMF Total Pool Filtration’s Ceramiflo systems are entirely automatic and are monitored over the internet as part of the Ceramiflo service contract

size which consistently filters out 85% of all 2-3mu particulates. This is an extremely robust strategy in the removal of crypto sized particulates which are understood to be 4-6mu in size. The membranes are made of silicon carbide which is extremely durable and resistant to degradation. This compares very favourable against traditional filters which require costly media changes and refurbishments. There are currently two Ceramiflo systems installed in the UK and a sixmembrane system is due to be installed in Trafford this autumn. The systems are entirely automatic and are monitored over the internet as part of the Ceramiflo service contract. Staff intervention is now simplified with no need to operate and backwash their filters. Ceramiflo is very compact so when old plant is due for replacement, they can often slot into the plant room with the original filters remaining. Furthermore, they are often installed seamlessly with no interruption or disruption to bathing. As a smart choice for pool operators there are some big gains to be had in terms of sustainability. Ceramiflo

Earlier this year, Evoqua Water Technologies introduced the Defender FP-Series regenerative media filtration (RMF) system which has been designed to deliver maximum performance for swim schools, health clubs and other small to medium size commercial aquatics venues. The next generation Defender® FP series targets smaller pools than the original Defender® line, bringing the same superior performance, quality and product support to a new segment of pool owners who are committed to providing their guests with exceptional water quality with the lowest operational costs. Owners of these smaller facilities can achieve significant operational savings as compared to conventional sand filtration, including up to 90% less water wasted in backwashing, 50% less energy consumption, and 30% less chemical usage – while achieving unparalleled water quality and clarity. In addition, the amount of space required for the Defender FP-Series filtration systems is approximately 75% less than the space required for conventional filtration systems. Designed with advanced modelling tools and Evoqua’s Defender FP-Series regenerative media filtration (RMF) system has been designed for small to medium size commercial aquatics venues

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FILTRATION overnight. SaniStream™ Direct Line Filtration system solves this problem by combining an in-line disinfectant feeder with the world’s best quality hot tub filters at a sensible cost and without having to modify the hot tub’s existing plumbing. Today a number of spa manufactures are using the innovative product as their preferred direct line filtration system.

validated through extensive laboratory and field testing, the FP-Series filter is suitable for applications requiring flow rates between 107-300 gallons per minute (24-68 m3/hr) of filtration. The FP-Series also incorporates their latest cleaning technology called the PowerBump™ system which greatly reduces maintenance and increases reliability. Evoqua’s Defender FP-Series Filter was developed by Neptune Benson, a leading provider of RMF technology. With over 60 years of experience serving the commercial aquatics market and thousands of systems installed worldwide, Neptune Benson continues to develop innovative products that make pools cleaner, safer and healthier for bathers.


SANISTREAM™ – SETTING THE STANDARD IN HOMES AND HOLIDAY LET ALIKE Since prototypes of Darlly Europe’s SaniStream™ Direct Line Filtration system were first shown at SPATEX back in 2018, the revolutionary and innovative solution to hot tub disinfection has gone on to become an ubiquitous industry standard. The SaniStream™ Direct Line Filtration system comprises an adjustable in-line bromine or chlorine feeder called the SpaPod™. This fits into a redesigned and exclusively adapted high quality Darlly filter to form a complete integrated hot tub filtration and disinfectant dosing solution in one. The SaniStream™ Direct Line Filtration system gives consumers the benefits of a highly effective adjustable chlorine or bromine dosing feeder which, unlike a floating dispenser, does not need to be removed from the spa when bathers are using it. In fact, it is dosing disinfectant at precisely the time it’s needed most – when


Darlly’s SaniStream™ Direct Line Filtration system comprises an adjustable in-line bromine or chlorine feeder called the SpaPod™

people are actually in the hot tub. Similarly, again unlike a floating dispenser, the owner doesn’t need to remember to put it back in the spa after all the bathers have left. However, the greatest impact made by the product has undoubtedly been in the holiday let sector. When the infamous HSG282 regulations were introduced in early 2017, thousands of spas already installed and in use out in the field in holiday parks, lodges, caravans and cottages became non-compliant

For new filter installations, an OC-1 filter is a great choice. Available exclusively in the UK from Certikin, there are a range of filters on offer that come supplied complete with the lightweight media. The filters are specially designed to work in perfect harmony with the media and complement the advantages OC-1 Filtration Media provides. Unlike traditional methods that use entrapment, OC-1 Filtration Media works through settlement which means that the debris settles within the cells of OC-1 throughout the entire bed rather than being trapped on top of the media. This British manufactured solution has some exceptional benefits – by replacing commonly used media such as sand and glass with OC-1, it is possible to reduce the head loss in the filtration system, filter with a constant flow and, most remarkably, significantly reduce running energy costs whilst still filtering to the equivalent standard. As well as being popular across domestic installations, OC-1 Media also excels in the commercial sector. The Certikin SLX range of commercial filters are the workhorse of a commercial pool and with a wide range covering sizes from 1.05m through to 3.00m, and options for laterals and nozzles with various pressure ranges and accessories, any


Total Pool Filtration have been actively installing and operating Ceramiflo for six years in the UK. The technology is tried and tested with six installed UK systems and over 70 systems worldwide. The 3-micron microfiltration system has been successfully retrofitted in some very restrictive plant rooms and generally without disruption to pool operation. The system can be stripped down and brought in through single access doorways if needed as they did at Pontardawe, Stretford Sports Village and here at Walsall Gala Pool. In all these cases, the old plant has been isolated and remains in-situ with the new microfiltration installed nearby. This can be done in many plant

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rooms because the footprint is so compact, being just 20% as compared to traditional sand filter footprints. When the old filters can remain, this means that the changeover is usually a seamless operation with the pool circulation being down for just a few hours whilst glued connections are allowed to cure. The straightforward installation means that there are no disruptive civils works required and the pool can remain open to public, so these factors have a very positive impact on the overall cost and feasibility of filter refurbishment works. Total Pool Filtration are gathering data at key sites to demonstrate savings in

operational costs and are seeing some very encouraging savings in water, chlorine consumption and in energy which of course is of massive importance during these times where reducing

carbon impact is paramount. Reports are available from Swim England upon request that demonstrate Ceramiflo performance at Stretford Sports Village under Trafford Leisure.

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Fibreglass Filters

FILTRATION All the connections are threaded for easy maintenance (multiport valve and piping). The CS Ultra-fine cartridge filter, offers a filtration level of between 15 and 20 microns, twice as fine of that given by sand filters, giving translucent water in all circumstances and optimal bathing comfort. The filter tanks are simple and water efficient, and there’s no need for backwashing – simply rinse the cartridge in tap water. What’s more, owners will use at least 10 times less water than when cleaning a sand filter. Suitable for all installations the CS filter is very compact and gives easy installation in all types of technical plant rooms, particularly when there is no external drain.

ASTRALPOOL’S NEW EASY TO INSTALL FILTERING SKIMMER Available exclusively in the UK from Certikin, there are a range of filters on offer that come supplied complete with OC-1 Filtration Media

pool can be catered for. The standard SLX lateral version comes at 2.5 bar rating with commercial laser cut 50mm laterals making them robust for the commercial environment and all backed up with a ten-year warranty. For those that prefer sand or glass media, the Vision range of domestic bobbin wound filters from Certikin are some of the most reliable and popular on the market. Using the latest in fibreglass winding technology, they are available in top and side mount versions, the latter of which comes with the patented 10” lid, making servicing quick and easy.

DURABLE CARTRIDGE AND SAND SOLUTIONS FROM ZODIAC Through UK distributor Lighthouse, the Zodiac brand offers various filtration options including eco-friendly and ultra-efficient cartridge filters, plus simple and durable sand (or glass) filters. Zodiac MS Filters are easy-to-maintain, hard wearing and durable filters with a bright blue exterior which is easy to keep clean. The fibreglass-reinforced laminated polyester tank body carries a ten year warranty and can be used with both sand or glass filter media. Zodiac’s ‘Crystal Clear’ glass filter media offers finer filtration and is easy to maintain. The MS range starts at 475mm diameter with a flow rate of 8m3/hr and steps up through the 530mm, 650mm, 800mm up to the 950mm tank which is capable of handling up to 30m3/hr. All have a maximum working pressure of 2.5bar. They use an industry standard domestic multiport valve: 6-way side mount valve (filtration, backwash, rinse, drain, circulation, closed) and come with a pressure gauge which is fitted to the top cover using a T-shape adaptor threaded into the lid, which allows for an air release vent to be incorporated.

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AstralPool has launched a new 2-in-1 cartridge skimmer that saves time and money in the installation of a pool. Manufactured in Europe to EU quality standards, being compact makes it quick and easy to install. Its finishes are customisable, it delivers optimum filtration and is very easy to maintain. The skimmer filters the water and retains any dirt found in it. It is then filtered by a built-in cartridge of 15 microns that delivers optimum filtration quality. Once the water is clean, it is returned to the circuit thanks to a pump that sucks it in and pours it back in to the pool. Available for concrete, panel and prefabricated pools, the skimmer is made of white ABS with UV treatment. It includes a gate, a lid height regulator together with an upper connection 32mm in diameter for regulating excess water, a skimmer basket and two filter cartridges. The colour of the mouth and lid can be customised in beige, grey or anthracite and is

Zodiac MS Filters are easy-to-maintain, hard wearing and durable filters with a bright blue exterior which is easy to keep clean

so straightforward that pool owners can give their pools a stylish makeover whenever they want. There are also various connections along the body: Ø 63 mm on the bottom and Ø 55 mm on the side. These side connections are for the suction nozzles, which must be fitted in accordance with standard EN-16713-2, Sect. 4.4.1. The purpose of this is to avoid blockages and ensure that the pump does not run out of water. The filter cartridge is available in two sizes (16m3 and 20m3), which will depend on the size of the pool (16 mÑ for pools of up to 50m3 and 20m3 for pools of up to 80m3). Made of an extremely resistant, longlasting material (PET), it is easy to clean and handle.

AstralPool has launched a new 2-in-1 cartridge skimmer that saves time and money in the installation of a pool

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FILTRATION FOR RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL SETTINGS, WATERCO HAVE THE ANSWER Waterco produces a range of Micron fibreglasswound filter vessels available in both side and top mount versions suitable for both the residential and commercial swimming pool markets. Waterco’s fibreglass wound filters are available from 20” to 2.5m in diameter and are made using the latest available filament winding machine. This machine faultlessly winds continuous strands of high quality fibreglass filament under controlled tension, creating a seamless one-piece vessel with refined consistency and superior quality. Fibreglass winding further strengthens the filter vessel structure so it can withstand a working pressure of up to 10 bar. In addition, the company’s proprietary technology and advanced manufacturing capabilities have enabled it to incorporate sight glasses and large manholes into highpressure commercial filters. Waterco’s Micron vertical filters are either fitted with its patented ‘fish tail’ lateral system or for commercial applications the ‘fish bone’ lateral system. These systems provide uniform flow for both filtering and backwashing, ensuring maximum performance through the media bed. The conventional star lateral arrangement found in many filters are not as effective as

Often found hiding behind the scenes, and previously regarded as somewhat low tech in their operation, products within the filtration sector have benefitted from a number of recent innovations”

Waterco produces a range of Micron fibreglasswound filter vessels available in both side and top mount versions

the ‘fish tail’ or ‘fish bone’ designs. ‘Dead legs’ exist between the laterals in the star configuration and water flow is not optimised through the filter bed. To overcome this, Waterco’s patented lateral configurations eliminates any ‘dead legs’ by improving water flow distribution through the filter bed… ensuring the highest standards in filtration and superior backwashing.


A new, disposable hot tub filter has been developed by Spaeuro and Magnum Filters specifically aimed at the holiday park industry

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A new hot tub filter has been developed by Spaeuro and Magnum Filters specifically aimed at the holiday park industry. The innovation came about while exhibiting at the UK’s Holiday Park show in 2018 when, on countless occasions, park managers expressed their view that a major headache for park staff was cleaning the hot tub filters to comply with safety standards. The cost of labour, chemicals and lack of workspace were all highlighted, as was the concern about the reliability of the cleaning process. This got Peter Hogg of Magnum Filters and Jon Hicks from Spaeuro thinking. The result is a filter that doesn’t need to be cleaned, but can be disposed of after one week’s use. To achieve this, very inexpensive design was needed. A filter was designed that consisted of three parts. The bottom holder, that stays in the spa, a removable disposable cartridge filter, and where necessary, a top cap to seal off the cartridge. The design has been registered in all countries that Spaeuro and Magnum Filters intend to market it in. The idea was pitched to a large holiday park group with multiple locations who carried out a 12 month trial. Continuous

monitoring and water sampling proved the filter could achieve and exceed all the requirements, with no reduction in filtration performance. The filter has now been adopted at all of their sites. Conscious of the short lifespan of the product, the filter has been designed with minimal materials, thus reducing any environmental impact. The cartridge also compacts to a fraction of its original size for disposal. The filters are capable of accepting any ‘in-filter’ dosing dispenser, although a new bromide dispenser that fits into the plastic lid of the holder is being trialled.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: AstralPool UK 01329 514000 www.astralpool.co.uk Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Darlly Europe 01952 580500 www.darllyeurope.com Evoqua Water Technologies 0300 124 0500 www.evoqua.com Lighthouse 01752 253525 www.lighthousepools.co.uk Spaeuro 01443 437915 www.spaeuro.eu Total Pool Filtration 01829 740290 www.totalpool.co.uk Waterco Europe 01795 521733 www.waterco.com

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Desjoyaux Pools


Etatron UK


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Hanna Instruments


Heatstar Europe




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Sunbeach Spas


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Total Pool Filtration


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How Good A Year Was That? “2021, like every year, was ushered in with a host of predictions. In the Chinese calendar it was the year of the Ox forecasting good fortune and hard work. The UN designated 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust and the UK media saw 2021 as the year that vaccines would save our summer, or Easter, or sports event… or Christmas, but how did it pan out?” asks Jamie Adams of Golden Coast in this last Opinion piece of the year


he thing that comes most immediately to mind when I think of the beginning of 2021 is a trump. Not the last few days of the Donald’s presidency, but Joe Wicks blasting off with his live mega trump at the start of his first online PT session of the year. It might have been a sign that the year may not go exactly as planned.

and wellness, it would be a reasonable expectation for a good percentage of that to filter down to our industry. Judging from what we hear as a distributor, it’s clear to see the industry has had a good year and it certainly looks like there are still some good times to come but it’s always worth considering squirreling away some of your hard-earned profits for that rainy day ahead.

A YEAR FULL OF SURPRISES The first COVID-19 vaccine had been granted regulatory approval on 2 December 2020 and by mid February 2021 over 17million people had been jabbed. People weren’t inoculated nor were they vaccinated. They queued up for their jab. They were jabbed. Perhaps the idea was to make it more popular. It seems to have worked. It has become the most successful mass jabbing in the country’s history and for many people, after the government’s rather shaky record on lockdowns and advice as to whether to wear a mask or not, that in itself has come as something of a surprise. Of course surprises come in two flavours: good and bad. We were promised that the jab would be our get-out-of-jail-free card but, although it has made a tremendous difference to hospital admissions and transmission rates, almost a year into the programme many of us are still wearing a mask and many are still working from home. The year hasn’t turned out like we thought it would.

IS IT WARM IN HERE? Climate change is running COVID a close second for ‘crisis of the year’. A common factor is that both have the potential to significantly impact everyone who lives on the planet. Another common factor is that nations are reacting to both challenges in very different ways and with differing levels of success. Greta Thunberg described COP26 as “Blah,

POOLS, SPAS AND WELLNESS blah, blah” but she also made the point that, “Many are asking what it’ll take for people in power to wake up. But let’s be clear − they’re already awake. They know exactly what they’re doing to maintain business as usual”. From our perspective at Golden Coast we have seen climate change and COVID accelerate a move towards many products our industry has been pushing for some time now such as heat pumps, energy efficient pool pumps, solar powered products and more efficient filtration. We have also been looking more closely at ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), which helps guide our policies on issues such as our carbon footprint, how we work with staff and interact within our local community plus how we put in place internal practices that lead to effective decision making. ESG will soon be standard practice for all businesses.

SAVE, SAVE, SPEND Although there are varying figures bandied about, the Financial Times reckoned that post lockdown, Britons were preparing to splash the cash and are on course to have amassed an extra £180bn in their bank accounts. That money comes from holidays not taken and people only commuting as far as the spare bedroom or kitchen table. With such low interest rates as we have experienced for some time now, equity release has seen a 30-40% increase this year and with a nation more in tune with home, health

Judging from what we hear as a distributor, it’s clear to see the industry has had a good year and it certainly looks like there are still some good times to come” 76 December 2021 SPN 76_SPN_December_2021_Opinion.indd 76

The anticipation of getting together again at Coventry in February is a bit like a child waiting for Christmas morning. It just can’t come quickly enough. SPATEX promises to be a fantastic opportunity for the industry to spend a few quality days together exchanging news and views and generally enjoying the chance to relax amongst friends. It is also the time that we get to share the Wet Leisure Industry Survey Report with everyone in the industry. The astonishing thing is that we appear to have had a great year against a background of issues ranging from lockdowns and stock shortages to price increases and shipping delays, but that’s just from our own experience and from talking to our friends in the industry. The Wet Leisure Survey brings together facts and figures from all types of businesses and from all over the country. Now in its eleventh year, the survey shows us all how the industry as a whole has been fairing and where the best opportunities for future growth might be. If you haven’t taken the survey yet can I urge you to do so as the more responses we get the more accurate the picture is. There is a link to the survey on the home page of the Golden Coast website.

AND FINALLY… 2021 has been a voyage of discovery for us all and I think I would be right in saying that as 2021 draws to a close we’re all pretty tired and looking forward to a well-earned break so I hope the year has been good to you and can I wish you and yours compliments of the season. Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com

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