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Solutions that are enhancing features in and around the pool


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Despite what’s been at best, a very mediocre start to the year weather wise, it seems there’s no let up in interest for the products and services our Industry provides. From speaking with friends and colleagues spanning the full spectrum of wet leisure, all seem to be flat out. Looking back 12 months, it was the same story although last year the early weather was good but summer never really got going, so fingers crossed that this year the best is still to come! One thing that is clearly different 12 months on is the build up to the big ‘in or out’ decision of the EU Referendum – it actually now seems impossible to avoid – and it is, in my opinion, having an effect on business. Uncertainty is never good and when coupled with the negativity from both sides, well, let’s just say I’ll be glad when votes are counted and the result announced. At the moment, it seems too close to call, with polls changing from one week to the next. Whether the UK’s in or out of the EU, change happens and for me, it’s more often than not for the better and should therefore be embraced. After 23 June, one thing that is for sure is that the world will keep on turning regardless of the result and a successful business will always innovate and adapt to survive and ultimately prosper. In this issue, we feature swim spas – a great example of how things do change.


After all it wasn’t that long ago that as a sector they didn’t even exist, but it seems there’s no stopping their rise in popularity now and manufacturers are reporting impressive growth figures. We also look at the budget end of the hot tub and spa market, products which are aimed at those that are new to idea of ownership and that fall below the £5,000 mark. On the pools side, we also take a look at what are arguably the rivals to both hot tubs and swim spas – above-ground and wooden pools. We also examine the lighting options that are enhancing features both in and around pools, features such as magnificent tiles and mosaics, which are also covered in this issue. With the season now underway, thoughts are also turning to what is always a busy exhibitions schedule and we roundup what’s on and where in the months ahead. Having already touched on the subject above, in this edition, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams gives his opinion on the Brexit question, the EU and our ties with the global economy, while David Walker, RoSPA’s Leisure Safety Manager and Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA give an update on the UK’s Drowning Prevention Strategy. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus information from the STA concerning water balance – get it wrong and it can cause serious damage not only financially, but to a company’s reputation too! Finally, we’ve also got our roundup of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad. So with this issue of SPN covered, all that leaves me to say is I hope you enjoy reading it, have a great summer and don’t forget to cast your vote!

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Whether a party spa or a high end training aid, there’s no stopping swim spas

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The industry’s associations dedicated pages

STA’s Technical Pool Plant Team look at the concept of water balance


Jamie Adams ponders Brexit and the industry’s place in the global economy


Hot tubs aimed at those on a tight budget or that are new to the market


Stunning steel lining a ‘non-negotiable must-have’ at North London pool




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New Leisure Facilities For Hammersmith School Latymer Upper School is an independent, co-educational day school taking children from the age of 7 years old through to 18 years. Located in Hammersmith, the school was established in 1624 and has occupied its present site since 1890. In 1950, the A4 Great West Road was constructed bisecting the school. Linked by a private underpass, the north site became primarily for teaching whilst the south provided open space for sport and recreation. An indoor sports centre was opened in 1980 and helped the school establish a reputation as one of London's finest sports schools. In September 2013, the Sports Centre Campaign was launched to raise money to upgrade the facilities and after several months of intense fundraising through a wide range of activities, the campaign raised £4.5m. The new, recently opened Sports Centre is housed in a stunning glass fronted building

and has a swimming pool with an adjustable floor, a large sports hall, fitness suite and three studios. F T Leisure provided the pool’s water treatment and filtration systems and the moveable floor system for the 25-metre, 6-lane pool. The moveable floor will allow a sub-aqua diving club for disabled people to use the facilities as well as providing

optimum training conditions for the school’s competitive athletes. The main contractor for the project was Jerram Falkus Construction working together with architects FaulknerBrowns. F T Leisure 0161 494 5785

New Spa For Larkfield Leisure Centre Luxury spa facilities have been launched at Larkfield Leisure Centre in Kent following a £400,000 upgrade. Operated by Tonbridge & Malling Leisure Trust on behalf of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Larkfield’s health suite has undergone a comprehensive redevelopment to bring the latest in spa and wellbeing experiences to the popular centre in Aylesford. The health suite was launched in 1986 with its last major refurbishment taking place a decade ago. The redevelopment involved stripping the health suite back to its shell and redesigning the space to provide a wider range of facilities. These include a sauna with a capacity for ten people, a steam room with seating for eight and spa bath that can accommodate eight people at one time. An ice feature and new showers complete the offering. A new air handling system ensures a comfortable temperature for users, while new flooring, wall tiles and lighting create the ideal environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. The facility also includes a hoist allowing those with limited mobility to access the spa bath.   The project was funded by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Tonbridge & Malling Leisure Trust, who invested £340,000 and £60,000 respectively in the scheme.

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Cabinet member for communities Maria Heslop officially opened the spa along with Chairman of the Tonbridge & Malling Leisure Trust, Alan Nicholl, who said: “We are very excited to have the new spa facilities up and running at Larkfield. People are leading increasingly busy lives and these facilities provide an opportunity for relaxation and de-stressing. Our mental health is as important as our physical health and the new spa allows us to cater for both, offering holistic health and wellbeing for local people.” 24/05/2016 21:20

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NEWS WATER BABIES NAMED FRANCHISOR OF THE YEAR FINALIST Water Babies, one of the UK’s leading baby and toddler swim school, has been named as a finalist in the Franchisor of the Year category of the British Franchise Association Awards 2016. This category is the most coveted accolade of the awards, representing a passion and commitment to ethical franchising alongside the provision of exceptional support for franchisees. Having won silver in 2013, this is the fourth consecutive year that Water Babies has been named a finalist and the company is hoping that 2016 will be the year it is crowned the outright winner at the awards evening in June. There are seven finalists in this category and judges will be considering evidence of a strong infrastructure, support for the network, engagement with franchisees in strategic planning and open disclosure of management information.

NEW WATER PARK ON COURSE FOR JULY OPENING Scarborough Council has confirmed that the town’s new £14m North Bay waterpark is on-course to open in July. The alpine themed Alpamare Scarborough waterpark will feature four water rides, offering up to 2,500 rides per hour on four-person floats, two-person tubes, racing mats and body slides. In addition, the water park will host an indoor wave pool, outdoor family pool, outdoor infinity pool and other facilities. A luxury spa with steam, sauna and treatment facilities will also be present. Swiss-based Alpamare expects to attract up to half a million visitors annually to the new facility. The company currently operates four attractions in Europe, with the Scarborough development similar to one located in Switzerland. Located in an area known as The Sands, the park forms part of a wider redevelopment being undertaken by developer Benchmark Properties. 4-7_SPN_June_16_News_General.indd 7

50 Years Of Manufacturing Excellence Being in your 50th year as a manufacturer is in itself a major achievement but when that manufacturing base has been solely in electric swimming pool and spa heaters, with all the competition from overseas, it’s a milestone. From its humble beginnings in 1966, in the back garden of its then founders Gerry Williams and Frank Udy, Thermalec Pool & Spa Products has been a stalwart of the industry, producing a range of electric heaters to suit all sizes of pools and spas. Based in the South West of England since 1978, the company has prospered against the different variations of heating applications which have come into the market and has grown a reputation for its reliability and durability. Their heaters are exported all over the world and are also used in many other industries where a controlled water temperature is required. It would appear that the appeal of Thermalec heaters is the comfort factor of knowing they are supplying their customers with a British built heater, built to the same exacting standards which grew the company and sustained it for 50 years. In 1999, on the retirement of Gerry Williams, Thermalec was bought by the Meddings Group of Companies. Meddings Machine Tools who are themselves

celebrating 75 years in 2016, is privately owned, with Peter Meddings the grandson of the founder running the company from its head office and factory in Ivybridge, Devon. Meddings and Thermalec were merged in 2005 to form Meddings Thermalec Ltd, to allow the companies to evolve and grow as one. As part of their continued growth, last year Meddings Thermalec Ltd established a new company in India – Thermalec International Ltd – with office and warehouse facilities in Mumbai. The move strengthened their position within what the company see as a growth market and in India, they have five engineers and offer product distribution and consultancy for swimming pools and spas. Back in the UK, Meddings Thermalec Ltd are moving forward with Thermalec actively working with a European company for the biomass market, helping with development and heating of their bio reactors. For the future, the company has two apprentices and a trainee presently employed in their engineering departments. Thermalec Pool & Spa Products 01752 313343

Certikin North Is At The Cutting Edge Of Technology After many years of sterling service, Certikin's original Eastman EC3 automated cutting table has been put out to pasture to make way for a brand new, state-of-the-art Eastman Eagle C125 conveyor cutting system. Offering increased speed and accuracy, the C125 is now fully installed and operational, providing the busy Certikin North manufacturing facility with a larger cutting area in a more compact space. It integrates seamlessly with the company’s existing CAD software and automated material handling carousel to provide the finest liner cut available. Improving accuracy and speed, the benefits are manifold both for Certikin North’s factory made liners and winter debris covers. Awkward free-form shaped covers can be quickly and accurately cut and marked, and tests are under way to do the same for both bubble and heat retention covers. As a six-figure investment, the installation of the C125 reflects Certikin's on-going commitment and expansion within the liner and cover markets. It’s a commitment that also sees Certikin offer a series of exclusive patterns and colours across the ranges by sourcing material

from the best suppliers globally. For example, for 2016 they have introduced the exclusive Oceanstone Midnight pattern into their liner range.  This is a contemporary random design in blue and graphite tones which can be used as an all over pattern or which is also available with two unique borders pre-printed onto a matching wall – the Cambridge and Sierra designs. Certikin North 0113 393 4545

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NEWS FUTURE OF COLCHESTER OUTDOOR POOL AT RISK The future of a popular outdoor swimming pool in Essex is in doubt over rising cost fears. Brightlingsea Pool in Colchester was due to be ready for the season ahead at the end of June, but the opening has been delayed with major repair and improvement works needed to bring the facility up to scratch. An investigation took place after the pool started leaking water last year and essential works are likely to cost approaching £40,000. The pool is run by Tendring District Council with a contribution from Brightlingsea Town Council and last summer the facility was subsidised to the tune of £65,000 – £55,000 coming from the district council, with an extra £10,000 coming from the town council. In 2015 each pool visitor was heavily subsidised by council tax payers by around £7.60, with customers paying £3.80. None of the other local sports facilities were subsidised by more than £1.90 per visit. With costs rising, the district council is now set to discuss the future of the pool.

SWIMTIME SHORTLISTED IN FRANCHISOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS Manchester-based Swimtime has been shortlisted for the Innovation category at the prestigious 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisor Of The Year Awards. Established in 1997 by qualified swimming teacher Linda Price and her husband Barry Price, Swimtime offers swimming lessons in over 200 pools across the UK. It has 26 franchises nationwide and teaches over 18,500 swimming lessons a week. Swimtime was nominated in the Innovation category following the implementation of a number of processes and brand guidelines. They aim to maximise franchisee growth and profitability, as well as improving compliance and consistency across the business. 9-12_SPN_June_16_News_General_rev.indd 9

Newcastle City Pool And Turkish Bath’s New Look Revealed Fusion Lifestyle, the charity behind the redevelopment of Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths has officially unveiled how the proposed £5m development will look once the refurbishment is complete. A series of new CGIs of the site were officially launched at an event to mark the start of a six week public consultation. The visuals are part of a new public exhibition in the customer service area of Newcastle Civic Centre, which will run until 17 June 2016. The exhibition includes information on the plans and the CGIs of the proposed development. The public are encouraged to give their feedback via forms at the exhibition and online. The new images show how the charity will restore the heritage site in a sympathetic way, bringing the historic Grade II building back into use by creating a unique health and well-being destination for the people of Newcastle. The City Pool and Turkish Baths building closed in 2013 and has been standing empty ever since. The regeneration of the facility has been widely welcomed and it is expected to reopen to the public in spring 2018. Peter Kay, Chief Executive of Fusion Lifestyle, said: “We’re delighted to launch the start of our public consultation process. We’re pleased with the plans for the development and these new CGIs show how we’ve worked with the structure of this iconic building to create something the public will be proud of.” Plans for the site include restoration of the

Turkish Baths, the creation of a new health and fitness facility, improved access for disabled people and a new café/bistro. It is expected the regeneration work will begin later this year. In recent years Fusion has managed projects delivering more than £150m investment into the refurbishment and redevelopment of leisure facilities across the UK. This project marks their first in the North East of England.

New Oldham Leisure Centre Opens Oldham’s new £15m leisure centre is now fully open. The brand new centre in Middleton Road replaces the old leisure centre on Lord Street and has a range of facilities including a 25-metre, eight-lane competition pool with spectator gallery, a separate learning pool, wet changing village and a sauna and steam room. FT Leisure was responsible for the water treatment and filtration work for the two pools and worked alongside the main contractor, Willmott Dixon, GT Architects and structural engineers, Ramboll. All work is to specifications aimed at attracting some major county competitions to the venue. It also acts as a physical bridge, linking Oldham College to Oldham Sixth Form College. FT Leisure specialises in the provision of innovative products and professional technical services to the commercial, municipal and private swimming pool industries and other recent projects include: Queens Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield, Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Consett Academy & Leisure Centre, Ashington Leisure Centre and Embassy Gardens in London. F T Leisure 0161 494 5785

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Ensure Your Pool Operational Procedures Are Up-to-date Many leisure centres and clubs with aquatic facilities do not have full, up-to-date operating procedures in place. The emphasis in recent years has often been placed on the operators to ensure their NOPs, EAPs, risk assessments and staff training are in keeping with latest industry guidelines. Often, NOPs, EAPs and procedures are in place from original installation and have not been updated since to current guidelines or training given for correct operation. If the Ooperator does not take action to put in place correct operational plans; undertake appropriate risk assessments; ensure designated staff are correctly trained; and emergency procedures are in place, then they

may face negligence suits, temporary closure of facilities or long term reputational damage should any incidents occur that are considered to have been preventable had the correct guidelines been in place. A high volume of children use swimming pools, (who are the vulnerable users for the most part) making it essential to adhere to water safety, chemical, operational, lifeguard requirements, maximum bather volumes, operational procedures and Health & Safety guidelines, in order to prevent avoidable accidents and deaths in and around pools. Having worked with a range of private and public pools, BRIO Group found that almost 80% of NOPs and EAPs fell far short of the current standard required. Some places in fact had no documentation at all and staff were not trained on how to operate the pool correctly. Even simple procedures such as water testing were incorrectly taken or recorded

and there was a lack of knowledge on how to treat the water should readings be outside recommended parameters. BRIO Group recommends that to prevent incidents and avoid risks that all operational procedures are checked, in place and up to date. Whether you choose BRIO or an alternative company as a source of support and advice, it’s important that all information given is in keeping with Heath & Safety guidelines. BRIO Group 028 7930 0561

It’s All Down To Chemistry! Rockliffe Hall, set in the quiet County Durham countryside, is an AA 5 star luxury hotel with 50,000 square feet of luxury spa facilities. It is just one of the many installations of the CertiDos dosing system that Scottish pool builder, Alba Pools of Brechin has completed, and received good feedback from their numerous clients. Managing Director of Alba Pools Stephen Booth said: “Alba has well and truly thrown its hat into the installation of the CertiDos controllers. We were cautious at the outset but we have now had so many successful installations that we would not look at any other suppliers. On the odd occasion that we have experienced a problem, Certikin, and the manufacturer EMEC, are always there to assist. The unit does

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exactly what it says on the box and that is good enough for us!” Alba Pools installed, as part of their client’s remit, two CertiDos chemical controllers and all the associated equipment including day tank/pumps and also the CO2 systems to provide a safe environment for their clients to swim in. “The range has been undergoing development for the last five years,” said CertiChem’s Technical Sales Advisor Vanessa Lloyd, adding: “We had a 30 year background in chemical dosing before embarking on our own range so we know our stuff! However, with each year, we learn something new about how the range works best for both the trade and end user. “With a vast array of equipment at our disposal, the options for

each application are numerous. We’ve learnt that technical knowledge is, of course, important but understanding the brief from the client, as well as budget and expectations, is also fundamental.”

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Golden Coast Helps Customers Drive Retrofit Pool Sales Responding to growing customer demands for pool improvements, Golden Coast has updated its popular retrofit sales brochure, ‘Ideas and Inspiration for Improving your Pool’. The glossy, full colour brochure inspires customers with the many ways they breathe new life into existing pools this year – improving efficiency, appearance, enjoyment and maintenance needs. Importantly, for Golden Coast customers, it can be branded, free of charge, with their company’s own logo, immediately equipping them with a professionally designed, customer-facing sales brochure which has been specifically developed to

encourage customers to upgrade. The Wet Leisure Industry Survey Results 2015, revealed at SPATEX 2016, showed that more than 56% of customers were actively seeking products to improve existing pools. Second only to energy-saving products in growth, this is the third year that demand for these products has increased. Golden Coast’s Managing Director, Jamie Adams, explained: “Since its introduction, this brochure has proven popular and successful in driving retrofit sales. We’ve enhanced it further this year, to help our customers take full advantage of the upselling opportunities available. “Our industry’s savviest

companies recognise that any pool can be improved and are focusing their efforts on this ‘warm’ market. Sales tools like this, aid them in actively encouraging sales of everything from new covers and pre-filters to dosing units and much more. While some are looking to replace worn and inefficient equipment, others may be looking for simple aesthetic change. Pools really can continue to be a source of valuable business long after your finished installation.” This initiative is just one of many ways in which Golden Coast has been working to support its trade customers’ business and support the wet leisure industry in recent years. Golden Coast 01271 378100

STA Launches Swimming Teaching Code Of Practice

Celebrating the milestone (left to right) Mark Adams, Jo Catterall and Pools Division Executive Sales Manager Bruce Coppuck

Certikin Celebrates An Amazing Roldeck Milestone! The stylish slatted automatic cover from Roldeck has over the last 29 years become synonymous with its UK supplier Certikin, so it was with great pleasure that the sales team recently celebrated selling its 4,000th cover! Centrepiece of the celebration was a large cake sent over from Starline, the Roldeck’s Dutch manufacturer. Auto Covers Sales Manager, Jo Catterall said: “The Roldeck is renowned for its reliability and is the ultimate in heat insulation, evaporation control, durability and aesthetic appearance – it’s simply the best of its kind which explains why it is a market leader.” Certikin’s Automatic Covers department has proved a very busy sector of the business with sales accelerating significantly year-onyear. Whilst Jo Catterall skillfully divides her time between H&V and the auto covers departments, Technical Sales Advisers, Daniel Green and Ryan Collins work alongside Mark Adams with the Roldeck and Coverstar safety covers. Between them, they are able to support Certikin's customers with speedy quotations / orders and of course the all important high level of technical support that Certikin is proud to offer.

As a lead awarding body for swimming teaching in the UK, STA believes that there can often be confusion and a lack of understanding with regards to what regulations, legislation or recommendations swimming teachers should and should not follow. In response, STA launched a free Swimming Teaching Code of Practice in April, an initiative which has been designed to support and clarify every aspect of what their 9,000+ members need to know when teaching swimming – from safeguarding, qualification competencies, teaching in the water, teaching ratios, lifesaving cover, pool temperature and lots more. Kayle Burgham, STA’s Technical Manager for Aquatics said they were extremely proud to have launched the Code of Practice and commented: “As an organisation committed to supporting our members, we want to ensure that our swimming teachers are delivering high quality swimming lessons and that they are insured and protected when doing so. “This document creates clarity and un-shades the grey areas surrounding the legislation requirements for members qualified to teach STA’s Level 2 Baby and Pre-school, Disability and Award and Certificate Swimming Teaching qualifications,” confirmed Kayle. Uniquely, the 56-page document, which is colour coded by chapter and by teaching qualification, brings together all the current policies and procedures that teachers should already be implementing, into one user-friendly reference guide. The only new changes are updates to the baby swimming policy in line with STA’s ongoing partnership with Birthlight. STA’s Swimming Teaching Code of Practice can be downloaded from their website. STA 01922 645097

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NEWS STA LAUNCH FREE NEW SCHOOL SWIMMING PROGRAMME STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) has launched a free new teaching programme for schools to help providers meet national curriculum standards while ensuring learners are water confident. The School Swimming programme, which features eight achievement awards, aims to improve the quality and standard of school swimming lessons, and uniquely incorporates key lifesaving and water safety skills at every stage of the programme. It has been created by STA as a standalone, bespoke programme so that it does not impact upon or conflict with what learners achieve in their private swim lessons outside of school. For transparency, there are however, clear links to the STA’s International Learn to Swim Programme, Scottish Swimming levels as well as the National Curriculum key stage requirements. Claire Brisbourne, STA’s Operations Director said it not only meets national curriculum requirements in relation to strokes and distances, it will also uniquely ensure that children are water confident by introducing key lifesaving and water safety skills at every stage of the programme.

EVERYONE ACTIVE SECURES SOUTHWARK CONTRACT Everyone Active has beaten off stiff competition from a number of rival operators to land an initial seven-year contract as Southwark Council’s Sports and Leisure services partner. The win marks a significant blow for rival operator Fusion Lifestyle, which had held the contract since 2000. Everyone Active were selected following a ‘blind’ procurement process, in which the council chose a new provider based on what individual services could be provided. The contract comprises eight leisure centres in Southwark, including the new £20m Castle Centre. Fusion will hand over to Everyone Active towards the end of June, with existing staff transferring to the new provider. 15-17_SPN_June_16_News_General.indd 15

Olympic Centre Benefits From Ceramiflo Pool Filtration Although new to the UK market, Ceramiflo filtration systems (manufactured by Provital of Denmark) have been successfully used in many pools across Scandinavia and further afield, including at the Ankerskogen Svømmehal Olympic Centre in Norway – the largest public leisure centre in the country. Completed back in 2013, the primary reason that Ceramiflo was selected as the filtration system for the construction of the six-pool Olympic Swimming Centre was the low consumption of water and energy compared to traditional solutions. The fully automated backwash uses 80% less water than traditional backwashing and does not require a backwash holding tank. In addition, the plantroom footprint required for Ceramiflo is more than 30% less than for sand filters, providing a significant saving on construction costs, and maximising revenue generating floor space. The Ceramiflo system installed had 44 ceramic membranes in total, providing a capacity in excess of 1,300 cubic metres of water per hour. Serving six pools, including 50 and 25 metre Olympic pools and two therapy pools, the modular system provides operational flexibility, whilst the option to monitor online remotely saves on operation and maintenance staffing costs. “We believe this project demonstrates a willingness in the industry to move toward the

more environmentally friendly solutions. The Provital system will save a lot of water, energy and chemicals and more importantly the water quality is better and due to the reduced need for chlorine the environment for the users and staff is better. Using less water is also an important environmental argument which is very important for us,” said Jonny Mörch, CEO of ENWA ABC Tech. after the project was completed. The new Ceramiflo microfiltration system is now available in the UK exclusively through Total Pool Filtration. Total Pool Filtration 01829 740290

UK’s Second Oldest Outdoor Pool Reopens Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool reopened in May following a £750,000 refurbishment and investment in new facilities. The works, which included new changing facilities, meeting rooms, an office and housing for the pool’s pump and heating machinery represent Phase One of redevelopment works at the 147 year old public swimming pool. Originally built in 1869, the heated pool is used annually by more than 20,000 people and run by a small group of volunteers and trustees. The pool, which is closely linked to the local community, is fed by natural spring water from an on site well, which has been revealed and covered with a glass top as part of the works, allowing visitors to see the source of the water. The further planned works (which is hoped will be completed during the 2016/2017 winter season should an additional £160,000 of funding be sourced) will include solar panels, disabled access ramps and pool covers. Mike Cutts, Chairman of Cirencester Open Air Pool commented: “The initial work was made possible through the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of several local organisations. We are lucky that one particularly supportive local donor provided a

significant percentage of the funds needed, allowing the project to go ahead. The new changing rooms and facilities were a much needed change to the pool. Our old facilities were becoming harder and more expensive to maintain and the work we have undertaken will ensure another 100 years of use and pleasure for both local residents and visitors to Cirencester.”

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NEWS NEW £650,000 POOL OPENS IN DERBY A new swimming pool, which aims to fill a gap left behind by the closure of the city’s Moorways Pool earlier this year, has opened for business. The new, privately-owned pool at Stenson Marina is aimed specifically at providing swimming lessons for both adults and children. The new facility is the result of a campaign by an experienced swimming instructor to have her own premises. Sarah Bates, who runs Sarah Bates School of Swimming has more than 25 years’ experience and more than two years ago, set about securing investment for the pool from a number of local partners. £650,000 was raised to build the state-of-the-art 20 metre pool which features sensory lighting and a solar power heat exchange system, with work beginning late last year.

HOPES OF ‘COMPETITION STANDARD’ POOL FOR INVERURIE SCHOOL A new £54m secondary school in Scotland could include a ‘competition standard’ pool. Initial proposals for Inverurie Community Campus have been unveiled and have already sparked talk of locals being keen to raise the extra cash needed to turn the planned six-lane pool into an eight-lane one. Local councillor Bryan Stuart, said: “What we have got on the cards is a six-lane pool, a training pool plus a hydrotherapy pool. “There is a lot of interest and pool users would be very keen to see the pool made eight-lane, which is competition standard but there is very substantial cost involved with that, basically we’d have to find community funding for the difference. We’d have to find the money ourselves.” Work on the project is not due to start until 2018, but Aberdeenshire Council is seeking feedback on its proposals for the school. 15-17_SPN_June_16_News_General.indd 17

A Spa You Can Bank On! Few things are guaranteed to boost a hotel’s income more than a well conceived and expertly installed luxurious wellness facility. Whether it’s a pool, spa, sauna or steam room, spa facilities imbue the guests with a sense of wellbeing and keep them coming back for more! There’s certainly no shortage of the feel good factor at the Bank House Hotel where guests, seeking rest and relaxation are spoilt for choice with an indoor swimming pool and panoramic sun terrace, thermal suite (featuring a spa, sauna, steam room and experience shower) and luxurious treatment rooms installed by Leisure Pools Ltd of Tewkesbury in cooperation with J Birch Design & Build. Leisure Pools installed an IberSpa light commercial spa bath complete with two Aquaspeed pumps, Tagelus sand filter, air blower, commercial spa control panel, underwater light LED transformer and Thermalec heater. This was topped off with a beautiful Tranquillity steam room, large enough to accommodate six people. For the head turning 12m by 6m swimming pool, Leisure Pools’ shopping list included a Certikin Alpine sand filter, multivalve filter bed, Aquaspeed circulation pump and control panel/receiver for colour change underwater LED lights. Air heating and dehumidification is taken care of with a Calorex Variheat unit, a through-wall mounted dehumidifier for the spa and a Pro-Pac air/water heat pump to assist water heating. Leisure Pools’ Director, Peter Hooper said: “Certikin was our supplier of choice because of its unparalleled range of competitively priced, top quality products. Secondly, I place great value on the technical support that is given freely at Certikin. Right at the beginning, Certikin was involved in the extensive preliminary

discussion with the client. H&V Field Sales Manager, Graham Kneale provided expert advice on heating and ventilation and Certikin’s Northern Sales Executive, Sally Laver gave a presentation to the client regarding the different wellness options. We were able to call on this expertise at every stage of the installation.” Certikin International 01993 778855

Plans Submitted For Coventry Waterpark New artist’s impressions of how the city centre’s state of the art waterpark will look have been released. The release follows the application for planning permission submitted by FaulknerBrowns Architects on behalf of Coventry City Council. The circular building – on the site of Christchurch House and Spire House in New Union Street – has been designed to reflect the city’s ribbon weaving past. The new waterpark is expected to cost £37m and will include a 25m pool, a wave pool, six flume rides, a lazy river, toddlers’ splash area, spa and sauna. It is understood that Water Technology Inc. (WTI), who specialise in water park development, are providing specialist advice on the design of the pools and indoor features. Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader, said: “The new images of the waterpark look fantastic and it’s clear that it will be a great addition to our city’s changing skyline. I’m sure local people and visitors will enjoy the excitement that our new water park will offer. “The submission of planning permission is the next step and I look forward to watching the development as it progresses.” Work is set to start later this year with the city centre waterpark expected to open in 2018.

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Golden Coast Strengthens Their Sales Support

Waxman Ceramics Appoints New Contract Sales Director Waxman Ceramics, the UK’s largest stockist of mosaic tiles and one of the leading distributors of large format wall and floor tiles, is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Parker as Contract Sales Director. The appointment reflects the established company’s new direction with a knowledgeable and experienced professional, dedicated to the development of the dynamic Contracts division. With almost 20 years in the tile distribution industry, all earned at Waxman, Steven Parker aims to build solid foundations to create a strong and aggressive Contracts division that promises the highest in quality and service. Along with Steven’s appointment, two sales representatives have also been chosen for North and South areas along with Sam Waxman’s new role as Joint Managing Director; highlighting Waxman Ceramics’ optimism and commitment in its future growth. In the 35 years that Waxman has been established it has remained a key supplier in the tile and mosaic retail sector, battling through economic uncertainty and emerging stronger than ever. Steven aims to nurture this even further in the Contracts division to achieve the high standards that Waxman represents and said: “I am excited to use my enthusiasm for sales along with my skills and experience to develop a professional and reliable Contracts division that meets Waxman Ceramics’ mission to provide the utmost quality in service and products.” Waxman Ceramics 01422 311331

As the wet leisure industry continues to grow, Golden Coast has strengthened its technical support team with the addition of Swedish electronics specialist Erik Soderlund. A trained electrical installer, Erik has a strong history of delivering sales support. He boasts a wealth of experience, gained through a long and varied career supporting the needs of businesses of all shapes and sizes. The new appointee brings with him a real passion for wet leisure. A keen diver, he is a qualified instructor, divemaster and boat captain, who has led diving expeditions in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas and Thailand. As the UK’s biggest independent supplier of wet leisure products to the trade, Golden Coast takes pride in providing the highest levels

of customer service to the industry, backed by knowledgeable customer support for their thousands of product lines: from automatic pool cleaners and chemical dosing systems to counter-current units, lighting and finishes. “Our growing customer base deserves the highest levels of technical sales support possible, and we endeavour to deliver,” said Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams. “We are pleased to welcome Erik to our team of product specialists. He brings with him an exceptional sales record and the rich technical knowledge that will surely be of huge benefit to our customers – helping their businesses to grow.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

Dedicated Refurbishment & Small Works Team for LSPC London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC) has a new Technical Sales Consultant, Jim Moss, a familiar face who returns to the company after an 18 month stint in the USA where he has a pool business.

The volume and diversity of projects being handled by LSPC means Jim is now heading up a team that is dedicated to smaller-scale and refurbishment pool projects, while the major design and build projects are being managed by a second team. Jim said: “It’s great to be back, especially now. There is a lot of talk about this being an unusually busy year for the pool industry, and we are certainly experiencing this. The amount of business that the company is in the middle of handling is amazing. We’re working hard to keep up the high standards for which

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we are known, and a big part of that will be recruiting talented new staff. “Refurbishment of pools is on the rise, which isn’t surprising as many pools in London homes are getting old and beyond their best, both aesthetically and technically. Pool owners are seeking innovative ideas to update their pools and we anticipate that some will be quite ambitious and opt for stainless steel re-modelling. “Being a passionate salesman at heart, my ambition is to inspire my team to increase sales for the company, but along with that comes a responsibility to train and develop young recruits. “Finding the right people is always a challenge. Experience counts for a lot, but even more important is an eagerness to

learn and become a problem-solver. We offer trainees with a can-do attitude great career development. We teach them how to diagnose a problem or situation and determine the best way to fix it at the lowest cost, because clients are cost-conscious regardless of their sociodemographic! It’s important to nurture young technicians so they are confident to take the initiative as well as turn to more experienced staff to guide them on the job.” Jim summed up: “I’m looking forward to the coming years to teach, learn and move forward. I know the next few years will be great.” London Swimming Pool Company 020 8605 1255 24/05/2016 21:26

Based in Surrey, Signet Pools has designed and built high-quality swimming pools for over 30 years. With several swimming pool awards to our name, we design imaginative pools, constructed to a high specification that meet with the exacting standards set out by SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association). We now require an experienced swimming pool engineer for pool servicing, maintenance, repairs, plumbing and some plant installation. Knowledge of filtration and water treatment is essential, as is the ability to work on your own initiative. A van will be provided to the successful applicant. Please send your CV and covering letter to: or telephone 01737 814440 for further information





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SWIMMING POOL SERVICE ENGINEERS AND LABOURERS REQUIRED Pools Plus (Tony & Co) located near Reading, Berkshire are looking to recruit new members to join our busy swimming pool construction / refurbishment and maintenance team. Duties are varied and include: • servicing and maintenance of domestic pools • pipework installation and general repairs • keeping accurate site records and work sheets • new build and refurbishment works (as part of a project team) We are looking for self-motivated, practically minded individuals who are happy to work alone or as part of a team and who are able to build a good working relationship with others. Experience within the swimming pool maintenance and/or construction/refurbishment sector is required. We are offering the opportunity of full time employment or part-time employment for individuals looking to compliment their existing career with extra work. A competitive salary is on offer to reflect abilities, experience and ownership of a works vehicle. For further information or to apply email Miss F Canueto at providing your contact details and a brief covering note.

FIELD SERVICE ENGINEERS REQUIRED JC Leisure Solutions Ltd is an award winning, nationwide swimming pool engineering company, supporting leisure operators throughout the UK and Ireland. As a continuously expanding business we have various exciting roles available within the company. The main purpose of the role will be to service and maintain client swimming pools, steam, sauna and spas, and assist with any refurbishment activities. To get started in this role, you will need to ideally come from a swimming pool engineering background or have relevant heating, plumbing, water treatment or electrical experience (Preferably 17th edition qualified with experience on electrical control panels and PLC’s). You will need to hold a full, clean UK driver’s license and have the ability to work alone and unsupervised. The role may require you to travel and stay overnight when required. JC Leisure Solutions Ltd offer competitive salaries as well as company vehicle, tools, expenses, mobile phone and iPad line rental allowance. Applicants should send a copy of their CV along with a covering letter to:


OC-1 Filter Media Launches To Great Acclaim Since Certikin announced its worldwide exclusive distributorship of the ground breaking OC-1 in January, the filter media has acquired a growing fan base and is now being used and tested in over 40 countries worldwide. Unlike traditional methods that use entrapment, OC-1 works through settlement and harnesses advances in pump technology and variable speed pumps/controllers. The new British manufactured filtration media 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 (regardless of debris entrapment) and, most remarkably, significantly reduce running energy costs whilst still filtering to the equivalent standard as it can be used with a smaller pump or a variable speed pump or controller. Certikin’s Commercial Manager, Steve Nelson said: “Since the launch of OC-1 we have had great feedback on the product and have good results with new installations going in every week. OC-1 is a change in mindset from using traditional media as the speed of water through the bed is critical. This is true for both domestic and commercial applications and we have found that getting the speed right produces fabulous results. This is backed up by the results from IFTS that speak volumes for the performance of OC-1.” The Institut de la Filtration et des

Techniques Séparatives (IFTS) has recently conducted some independent tests on the filter media and as the remarkable results reveal below, OC-1 passed with flying colours! The benchmark for any filtration media in Europe is EN16713-1, which is the European Standard for Filtration System. Three key tests are part of this standard and these are: Turbidity Reduction Efficiency Test: The European standard states that a minimum reduction in turbidity of 50% must be achieved in this test. OC-1 achieved an amazing 93.7% after 20 cycles. Retention Capacity Test: This test is designed to measure the amount of test dust retained by the filter media by adding particulate at regular intervals until the turbidity rises or the differential pressure rises by more than 0.7 bar. Traditional filtration media tends to last around three and a half hours but after an impressive nine hours IFTS had to stop

the test on OC-1 as they ran out of time. Within this time neither the turbidity nor the pressure had risen and OC-1 retained 96.1% of the particulate added to the test system. Therefore the retention capabilities of OC-1 far exceeded that of the EN16713-1 test procedure making it one of the top performing media at this test. Particulate Retention Efficiency and Retention Capacity Test: The aim of this test is to define the size of particulates that the media can remove after one pass and also identify the amount of dust needed to be added to the filter for the capacity test whereby the differential reaches 0.7 bar. On a single pass, the filtration efficiency and retention of OC-1 was an average of 81% of 10 micron particulates, 90% of 14 micron and 99% of 20 micron. It also retained 10-11% of 1 micron particles per pass. Contaminant was constantly added for a period of eight hours and during this time a total of 154 grams of test dust was added, the differential pressure of the OC-1 did not rise. The defining limit of the retention capacity test was not reached and therefore OC-1 exceeded the capabilities of the lab to test it to EN16713-1. OC-1 is the only filter media IFTS has ever tested that could beat the test itself! Contact Certikin on 01993 777200 for a free sample, visit the OC-1 website at or join the OC-1 Linked In group and find out more about the revolutionary filtration media.

Pleatco Releases New ‘PoolMate’ App Pleatco has announced their new ‘Pleatco PoolMate® mobile app, which coincides with the launch of their new content rich website. Pleatco PoolMate is a powerful self management tool for pool and spa service professionals who need a quick and simple way to manage their busy schedules – anywhere, anytime – and is 100% free! Service techs can use Pleatco PoolMate App in the field, in an office or at home to manage their business. The powerful new App is built for iPhone, iPad and Android. Each account is ‘cloud synced’ so users can also have full online functionality via the new website. “At Pleatco we lead through science and innovation. Our new Pleatco PoolMate App was developed specifically to help pool and spa service technicians everywhere manage their daily business while having direct access to Pleatco replacement part information and resources. We are extremely proud of the trust and relationships we have built with our customers and are pleased to

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provide such a powerful tool. It’s our way of helping our customers succeed in their business,” said Howard Smith, CEO Pleatco. The Pleatco PoolMate is specifically designed for service professionals on the go to easily: • Create a database of all their customer and supplier contacts • Set appointments and reminders • Track jobs via a personalised PoolMate calendar • Track and export service call details • Search for Pleatco Filter Products • Locate nearby suppliers and access GPS maps • Access helpful videos and customise app screens. “At Pleatco we always look towards pushing boundaries forward with new technologies be it new filtration products or a great mobile app,” said Battista Remati, CMO Pleatco, adding: “This app is a great tool for all and we look forward

to continuing to develop new features and functionality from user feedback.” The PoolMate App can be downloaded via iTunes, Google or from the Pleatco website. Pleatco LLC +1 800 886 5160 25/05/2016 09:30

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Duratech Heat Pumps Solve Re-Occurring Deliver Intelligent Algae Problems Efficiency… Reliably And Save Money! As more and more customers look this summer for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills, Golden Coast has increased stocks of its intelligent-by-design Dura and Dura+ heat pumps. Available exclusively through Golden Coast, the Duratech range gives pool owners the performance they want… at the right price. Whisper quiet, and robust, Dura and Dura+ heat pumps boast high coefficients of performance: for every 1 kW of power consumed by the pump, 5 kW or more can be returned to the pool. Golden Coast Managing Director, Jamie Adams, said: “Since we introduced the industry to Duratech, sales have heated up… and for good reason too. They’re not just exceptionally efficient – they’re made to last, too.” Built to the highest specification by Belgian manufacturer Propulsion Systems, Duratech’s heat pumps make use of PVC and other durable materials to ensure a long and reliable product life. Crucially, both ranges, which are covered by a two-year warranty benefit from titanium heat exchangers, which are highly resistant to corrosion by salt, chlorine and bromine. Jamie continued: “Duratech heat pumps deliver excellent value for money – especially when you consider the lofty longterm costs of other forms of pool heating. Available in sizes to suit a broad range of pool sizes, Dura models will confidently deliver efficient heating from April to October while the Dura+ provides yearround usability.”

Having algae problems that re-occur after the spring opening of a swimming pool can be a headache for pool service companies and end users alike. For pool companies, it can be a thorn in the side leading to unpaid invoices, unnecessary repeat visits and a lack of customer confidence in the business. This can be easily resolved by using the correct products not just at the spring open up, but every time an algae bloom occurs. “People tend to forget that chlorine and algaecides only kill and control algae, they do not remove phosphate,” said Paul Grunhut, Director at Lo-Chlor Chemicals Limited. “It is this killing phase that releases the phosphate back into the water and whilst the pool may be crystal clear, there is an underlying problem still in water – phosphate.” Phosphate is the primary food source for algae growth and without it, algae will struggle to grow. “By removing the phosphate we are taking away demand for both sanitiser and algaecide,” said Paul. “Reducing the demand enables your other pool products such as sanitisers and algaecides to last longer. This not only saves the end user money but enhances their bathing experience.” Lo-Chlor Chemicals are recognised as one of the leaders in phosphate removal and control with their Starver® phosphate removal products. “The nature of the name of our products is down to the fact that we starve the food chain by removing unwanted phosphate from swimming pools,” said Paul. “For high phosphate levels above 2ppm (2,000ppb) we recommend Starver® X, for levels below that, Starver®,” he added. For more information and in-depth advice on problem solving algae issues and phosphate removal in swimming pools, visit Lo-Chlor’s new website.

Golden Coast 01271 378100

Lo-Chlor Chemicals Limited 01639 823 233

Commercial Pool Technology Now Available For Residential Pools AstralPool presents the new GYRO navigation system with a package of improvements to the robot’s software, which guarantees superior performance in any swimming pool. The new smart system will be integrated into the following top access models: • R3 and R5 models • Pulit Advance +3, 5, 7 and 7 DUO • H3 DUO, H5 DUO and H7 DUO The GYRO navigation system was only available for commercial swimming pool models until relatively recently. The spread of this technology in mobile devices has popularised the use of this technology and it now makes sense to use it in residential pool applications as they ensure an optimal route, adding the intelligence that users would expect of an efficient robot. The new H DUO platform incorporates a transmission system 20-25_SPN_June_16_Prod_News.indd 23

that brings together two traction motors and one suction motor in the same block. This innovative system uses gears to achieve the highest possible reliability and efficiency of all of its movements. The following models are available in the H Duo range: the H3 Duo for cleaning the pool floor, the H5 Duo for the pool floor and walls, and the H7 Duo that cleans the pool floor and walls, but also comes with a remote control. Their exclusive cartridge with a 3D filter mesh will give your pool a deeper clean every time. AstralPool UK 01329 514000

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Total Pool Filtration are the exclusive UK distributors of the new Ceramiflo microfiltration system. FILTRATION ✓ BETTER ■ 3 micron filtration

■ Sufficient to remove up to 100% of cryptosporidium ocysts in a single pass

WATER ✓ PURER ■ Reduced THMs

■ Backwashed at least once a day ■ Minimum amount of biologically active material held in the filters ■ Crystal clear water quality


■ Up to 60% smaller 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

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Successfully used in pools across Denmark, Norway and Australia.


■ Up to 80% savings on water for back washing ■ Only 75 litres of water, used per unit, on each back wash ■ No measurable drop in pool temperature when backwashing ■ Significant savings on chemicals and energy

AUTOMATIC CONTROL ✓ FULLY ■ Fully automated control system ■ Monitored over the internet


Dolphin Zenit Family –Exclusive To SCP UK The Dolphin Zenit family of robotic pool cleaners delivers top-of-the-line pool cleaning performance with the absolute minimum in effort and hassle. Dolphin Zenit models completely clean every surface of a pool, including the floor, walls, waterline and the hard to reach areas where the walls and floor meet. The range’s features include patented top-opening filtration access for easy emptying, heavy-duty triple active brushing and a unique swivel on cable. Dual-level filtration leaves the pool water sparkling, after every clean. The Zenit range includes the following models: • The Zenit 10 is the ideal robotic pool cleaner for pools up to 10m (33ft) in length. With minimum investment, owners can enjoy total pool floor cleaning, including the difficult-to-reach angle where the floor meets the walls. • The Zenit 15 provides highly efficient pool cleaning for pools up to 12m (40ft) in length. Advanced systems ensure accurate scanning for systematic coverage of floor, walls and water-line, leaving clean and hygienic water throughout. • The Zenit 20 allows owners to step up to a new experience with this wall-climbing robotic pool cleaner, which is recommended for pools up to 12m (40ft) in length. • The Zenit 30 enables owners to have maximum pool enjoyment – thanks to remote-controlled setup and cleaning programmes that deliver maximum cleanliness and hygiene. Designed for pools up to 15m (50ft) in length, the Zenit 30 expertly cleans the floor, walls and waterline. • The Zenit LIBerty combines the freedom of cordless, batterypowered operation with top-of-the-line cleaning performance. Particularly suited to pools with irregular shapes and/or in-pool features, such as fountains, pillars, and other obstacles that may hinder the free movement of the cable. SCP UK 01293 546126

A New Generation Of Counter-current Solutions AstralPool has developed a new type of counter-current equipment for residential swimming pools. Fully integrated counter-current solutions enable users to swim and train in their own swimming pool. The systems are easy to install and provide the pressure and impulsion needed to practice swimming and depending on the model chosen, they offer the ability to regulate the flow rate to obtain different levels of resistance. Made of AISI-316 polished stainless steel, the AstralPool counter-current swimming devices have a suction capacity up to 60m3/h and enable users to customise their therapeutic or recreational water activities and training in any kind of swimming pool. Their compact design and small size allow their installation in a small space and facilitate their full integration into the surface of the swimming pool as well as multiple installations. The range is made up of 3 models with different features and resistance levels that are suitable for both beginners and more experienced and advanced swimmers. BASIC NL represents the essence of the counter-current equipment. The unit is made up of a front panel, an on/off button, an adjustable water/air discharge nozzle and an optional handle. BASIC ND is an innovatively designed device with water output in horizontal sheets, independent suction and a flow rate of 44 m3/h. The device includes an illuminated electrical start/stop pushbutton, a nozzle, a suction grille, a 5.5 hp pump and a control and power cabinet. ADVANCE ND is a device with innovative design that provides maximum performance. Water output in continuous streams, independent suction and adjustable flow rate of 23m3/h to 44m3/h. The device includes an illuminated electrical start/stop pushbutton, a speed regulator, a nozzle, a suction grille, a 5.5 hp pump and a control and power cabinet. The BASIC ND and ADVANCE ND models offer a complete solution as they include all of the elements that are necessary for their installation and operation. AstralPool UK 01329 514000

Total Convenience With NIVEKO nPooL Control Modern technologies have become a common part of our lives with the goal to make things around us as simple and convenient as possible. As one of its innovations for the 2016 season, NIVEKO has been preparing the introduction of its new intelligent ‘nPool Control’ which has been developed by the company specifically for their range of swimming pools. In addition to providing standard functions such as controlling of most of the pool technology components and external equipment around the pool, the intelligent nPooL Control system offers another advantage in the form of a closer relationship with the pool supplier. The pool company will have a complete overview of the conditions of the pool and will be able 20-25_SPN_June_16_Prod_News.indd 25

to take care of its regular maintenance and service. They are also able to control the system directly from their offices or remotely via a smart device according to owner’s needs and wishes – ideal for when the pool owner is absent. NIVEKO recently organised the first of several planned meetings for their business partners at its headquarters in the Czech Republic, where the system was introduced. Along with a business presentation and explanation of the main advantages of nPooL Control, there was also a practical example of where they could try controlling a pool by using a smartphone or tablet. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246

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RLSS UK Launches Critically Acclaimed Pool Extraction Board For Faster Rescues The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) has launched the new and improved Pool Extraction Board (PXB) for simpler and more efficient swimming pool rescues. Developed in conjunction with equipment specialist Ferno UK, the new PXB will be introduced to pools and leisure centres throughout 2016 to improve safety and is now on sale at The exciting and revolutionary new piece of rescue equipment gives lifeguards more options when extracting casualties from swimming pools. Suitable for use in all pools from deck level to freeboard, shallow water to deep water, the new design using Velcro straps and head blocks means rescues can be accomplished quicker and more easily than with existing rescue boards. “We have spent almost three years reviewing models from around the world, working with medical experts as well as safety equipment specialist Ferno to design what we believe is the best extraction board on the market,” said Alex Blackwell, head of vocational qualifications at IQL UK, the training arm of RLSS UK. “It’s hard to overestimate the significance of the new PXB for operators, who can now conduct safer pool extractions with less staff and simpler training techniques. It’s a game

changer, which is why operators can’t wait to get their hands on them.” Just two lifeguards can carry out a pool rescue using the PXB instead of the traditional four, leaving other members of the team free to monitor other pool users and perform key roles in a rescue situation. Developed by a team of engineers, researchers and designers, the new board has been rigorously tested in both shallow and deep pools to ensure it meets stringent safety standards. The design of the PXB is simple but versatile. It is fitted with head blocks used in ambulances and hospitals to ensure head and neck stabilisation during rescue making the PXB suitable for a casualty with a suspected spinal injury. It can also be used in place of an assisted lift and accommodate

heavier or pregnant casualties, reducing the manual handling risk of injury to a lifeguard or supporting staff. The PXB has received critical acclaim from industry and aquatic experts for its revolutionary role in lifeguarding. IQL UK, RLSS UK’s trading subsidiary and leader in lifeguarding and pool safety training, is currently training its National Trainer Assessors throughout the country in the use of the PXB with the majority expected to be qualified by 1 June 2016. Training of Assessors and lifeguards will then follow. RLSS UK 0300 323 0096

Golden Coast’s ‘Unmissable’ Swimmer Giveaway

From this summer, Golden Coast is offering customers an efficient, quiet and durable DURA heat pump free with every purchase of its Platinum Swimmer Pool Kits. For a limited time only, Golden Coast will supply an appropriately sized DURA pump for no extra cost with each purchase of the Platinum Swimmer Kit for block and liner and polymer builds. Kits come with everything needed to create a luxurious pool: liner, walk-in step unit, underwater light, solar cover, winter debris cover and telescopic roller. The high efficiency DURA pumps have proven incredibly popular with UK pool owners as they provide good all-round value and low running costs. What’s more, they’re covered by a two-year warranty. Built to a high specification, they benefit from oversized titanium heat exchangers and are highly resistant to corrosion by salt, chlorine and bromine.

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All Swimmer pool kits are supplied in one delivery – complete with high quality pool fittings plus vacuum and chemical equipment. Furthermore, a multi-cyclone pre filter helps improve water clarity and efficiency of the pool plant, while also saving thousands of gallons of water normally lost through traditional backwashing methods. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams said: “The DURA is the perfect addition to an already excellent pool kit. Platinum Swimmer represented great value for money before. But, now, with a free heat pump, it’s truly unmissable.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 25/05/2016 15:53

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Carbon Negative Pool Receives Industry Accolade An indoor swimming pool featuring a Calorex environmental control unit has been praised for its energy efficiency credentials, after scooping a top industry award. Located on the edge of Northumberland National Park, the pool, which is part of a carbon negative residential property, took Gold in the sustainability category at the 2016 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards. The Calorex Variheat III, was specified for the project to control the operation of the heat source and combine it with a highly efficient heat pump dehumidifier to provide air and water heating, humidity control, ventilation and energy recovery. Mick Guthrie of Sunderland-based pool company Whitewaters, who installed the pool and specified the Calorex Variheat commented: “This scheme proves that properly utilising the very best in renewable technology can allow a pool, which is so

often seen as an environmental no-no, to be collaboratively integrated into a significantly carbon negative development. “We selected the Calorex unit based on our long term relationship and the performance and reliability of the Calorex product.” The pool has a three-tiered heating system designed to optimise the various heat generating systems available on the site. Firstly, the pool water is used as a heat store for the 12kW solar thermal heat system installed on the plant room roof. Secondly, when the solar thermal system is insufficient, the pool system draws heat from a buffer tank under the plant room floor, which has an immersion heater powered by a 10kW wind turbine. Thirdly, the pool system also has the capability of drawing heat from a 3.8kW ground source heat pump, one of five installed on the site. In addition, the pool consumes no mains

Ventilation Units – EU ‘Ecodesign’ Directive Is Law

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New Shower Technology To Halve Water Bills

On 1 January this year, the first tier of compulsory minimum energy efficiency requirements for ventilation units became a legal requirement, with more stringent criteria coming into effect from 1 January 2018. Heatstar, one of the leaders in swimming pool energy efficiency for over 35 years, are proud to announce to the pool trade that their environmental control systems are fully compliant with all the efficiency standards, details and requirements of this directive. The Ecodesign Directive is European Union legislation, forming part of a commitment to reach a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and overall energy consumption by 20%, by the year 2020. This new directive for ventilation units, which encompasses both domestic and non-domestic applications, now joins similar existing ‘Energy Related Product’ (ErP) directives, which cover such products as fans, heating systems and light bulbs etc. Ventilation is a highly relevant product area and, along with heating and air conditioning, represents about 15% of the total energy consumption in the EU. Historically, there has been a wide variance in energy efficiency among the products on the market. As one of the market leaders in energy efficiency for swimming pools, for Heatstar, being energy efficient makes sense on every level. Not only is it socially responsible benefiting the planet and future generations, but it also offers major financial benefits by significantly reducing the energy costs of running a pool.

A new shower system with technology inspired by jet engines, aerospace and automotive engineering, previously backed by funding from the UK government and proven to halve water usage and costs for swimming pools and leisure centres was launched to the UK in May at Elevate held in London’s Olympia venue. Kelda Technology, which has designed and developed its unique shower technology in the UK, found success when it launched globally to the gym market at the FIBO trade show in Cologne in Germany and the company has already received a huge amount of interest. As well as being supported in early-phase development by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Kelda Technology has been recognised by both the Carbon Trust and Waterwise, the leading authority on water efficiency. The shower system has been proven to cut water bills in half using unique, patented ‘water-in-air’ technology. With a Kelda Technology shower, water is broken into droplets by the air to form a spray and is accelerated using a jet-type nozzle. This technology has been developed in partnership with the University of Southampton, a world-leader in research and science and has been commercially trialled in a national gym chain in the UK with positive results. The showers can be easily retrofitted to existing systems with minimal disruption to business.

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A5 Spas Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Grand Reopening While this edition of SPN is being printed, A5 Spas, run by brothers Mark and Paul Anthony, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary by hosting a grand reopening of an expanded showroom in Warwickshire. Visitors to the newly refurbished 13,500 square foot Dordon showroom can enjoy a stunning display of Valkea cabins, saunas, cedar gazebos and pods, barbeque huts, Aqquatix underwater exercise equipment, Gibus awnings and Alfa wood-fired pizza ovens. Of course, customers and guests to the Dordon location will also have the opportunity to browse A5 Spas’ selection of 90 different hot tubs and spas, which includes wood-fired hot tubs and swim spas. “A5 Spas custom-built showrooms are completely different to those of other retailers and their expertise in their products and service is evident,” said Don Elkington from Coast Spas, a 25 year veteran spa manufacturer and supplier to A5 Spas. “Being able to see the products and talk to sales advisors is a service that the internet suppliers simply cannot match.” Mark Anthony also agrees that quality is something customers should be able to see and experience for themselves. Reflecting on what were tougher economic times for many businesses when the recession kicked in, he said: “We gained customer’s confidence

by displaying the lifestyle experience in our showrooms alongside honest, professional advice. From experience we knew that customers wanted to touch and feel what they were purchasing and that there was support should anything go wrong with what they bought from us. Keeping the faith, we adopted the ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy.” Over the last ten years we have opened two additional stores, and with the re-opening and expansion of our main showroom, we have proved the ‘economic experts’ wrong!” A5 Spas 0808 169 6555

Endorsement Coast Introduce Triple For Caldera Spas Aromatherapy Infusion System New for 2016, Coast Spas now offers a simple and effective Aromatherapy Infusion System on nearly all of their hot tubs. To get a blast of aromatherapy goodness, the new Aromatherapy Infusion System works by loading the spa scent of choice (Coast Spas offers six premium scents) and simply pressing a button while the user relaxes in their Coast Spas hot tub. To load the system with scent, users simply unscrew the top (which also houses the plunger button) and fill with their favourite spa scents. The top of the housing is accessible from the top of the hot tub shell and will sit alongside the water diverters and air shutoff valves. Once scents have been poured in, the lid is simply reattached and each time the user craves a fresh scent aromatherapy treatment, they just press the aromatherapy button. When pressed, a small amount of spa scent is injected directly into the water at high speed infusing it with the water near the surface of the spa. This provides immediate diffusion and encourages the scent to last longer and be better distributed to all bathers. Aromatherapy has been proven to be relaxing and therapeutic for the mind and body and is an great new addition to the 2016 product offering from Coast Spas. Coast Spas Manufacturing Inc. +1 604 514 8111 31-32_SPN_June_16_Hot_Tub_News.indd 31

Certikin is delighted to announce that not just one, but three of Caldera’s top selling hot tubs – the Cantabria, Capitolo and Marino – have been awarded Best Buy Awards by a UK consumer title and the awards are just the latest in the brand’s impressive roll call of accolades. The Cantabria stands as the flagship of the Caldera range and doesn’t need to justify its position as the range topper of the popular Caldera brand – its quality speaks for itself and it is as stunning as it is imposing. A large spa, measuring 2.74m by 2.35m by 97cm deep, it is a true eight-seater with no skimping on space. Its high specification includes 74 powerful water jets, 14 air jets and three 2.5hp pumps plus Spa Frog and Ozone. It comes with Bluetooth music as standard and the amazing ultramassage system which has an electronic sequencer to operate valves that send water to each jet to give up to six different massage patterns and speeds – all without having to move to different positions in the spa. The Marino is part of Caldera’s Vacanza Series – a range which promises to deliver a plethora of top quality features at great value. Spacious for six adults, this popular spa offers 35 hydromassage jets to target major muscle groups, a uniquely textured foot ridge (that lets you stay securely in your seat) and an eye-catching waterfall. The unique Capitolo model is also from the Vacanza range. The stunning five person acrylic spa is designed for those looking for a The Marino, part of Caldera’s Vacanza Series spa with lounge seats and this one boasts two! The seats have been strategically positioned so that the feet of both loungers meet at the filter compartment, which remains easily accessible at the front right corner of the spa.
 The 23 jets are positioned to provide a relaxing massage in all five seats, including calf jets in the foot ridge. Certikin International 01993 778855

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Essentials Maximise The Value Of Budget Hot Tubs When it comes to spas and hot tubs, entrylevel shouldn’t mean ‘no frills’. Value-added accessories can add a touch of luxury to even economy bathing installations, without breaking the bank, says Golden Coast. The UK’s leading independent supplier of wet leisure goods to the trade boasts Europe’s largest collection of hot tub and pool accessories. Essentials features a vast range of products which enhance the enjoyment, usability and value of wet leisure investments – whatever the budget. The Cover EX Lite offers an economic way to take the strain out of cover lifting. Featuring powder-coated, all-aluminium construction, the lifter is suitable for most square and rectangular spas. Requiring just 254mm of clearance, it is perfect for tubs

placed in tight locations. The new Cover Cap is an affordable way to extend the life of spa covers, protecting them from harsh weather, dirt and debris. Meanwhile, Secure Straps offer simple spa security – from both the wind and unwanted users. Of course, regardless of how much it cost, nobody wants to use a grubby hot tub. For customers looking for an easy-to-use and efficient spa vacuum, there’s Pool Blaster Spa Vacuum. Uniquely, it allows you to microfilter the water in your spa or hot tub while removing even the smallest debris. Trapping dirt better than any other spa vacuum on the market, it is battery powered and supplied with a sectional pool pole for more convenient, extended reach cleaning.

Passion Spas’ Safety Walk-on Covers Meet An Array Of Needs

In the pool and spa industry, a quality spa cover is justly valued for saving energy, maintaining water quality and providing a safety barrier when the spa isn’t in use. That’s why Passion Spas provides a safety walk-on cover standard with all spas that they ship. These covers are noteworthy for a variety of reasons: • Thick, high-density, closed-cell foam for structural integrity; • Fully wrapped and reinforced to act as an added moisture barrier; • 5/4 taper for water run-off; • Full-length insulating pad at the cover fold for exceptional heat retention; • Marine grade vinyl with UV inhibitor to prevent fading due to sun exposure; • Precise stitching with commercial grade thread; • Integral safety locks to keep the spa secured when not in use; • Walk-on durability for exceptional safety that provides ease of mind.

Golden Coast’s Managing Director, Jamie Adams, said: “Simple additions can make all the difference to a budget hot tub. Our Essentials collection is packed full of products which enable you to add value to a hot tub, not just in terms of money, but usability too.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

Coast Offer Carbon Fibre Corner Upgrade Many additions and enhancements were made to the Coast Spas line up for 2016, but of all the changes that were made, the most obvious aesthetic changes would be the new carbon fibre corners that are an optional upgrade on the company’s synthetic cabinet finishes. Each of Coast’s durable synthetic cabinet styles are formed from the same ultra durable and nearly indestructible composite materials that are used on their Luxury Slate cabinet finish and come with a specific color matched corner to accentuate the synthetic cabinet colour. The design of the corners break up the traditional ‘box like’ shape of the hot tub cabinet by bringing in the centre of the corner profile in an hourglass-like side profile. There are three exterior lights that are integrated into the top of each corner that match the interior lighting of the spa (when activated). At night, the lights will glow a soft white – automatically illuminated by an included ambient light sensor. Each corner has a very detailed and meticulously crafted carbon fibre texture that provides a tasteful contrast against both the smooth acrylic and textured synthetic cabinet finish. Coast Spas Manufacturing Inc. +1 604 514 8111

Passion Spas is one of the few companies to provide a spa cover of this quality with all their spas, which is in keeping with Passion Spas’ reputation of providing the most standard features at the best value in some of the most beautifully designed products on the market today. Passion Spas +31 57 745 6040

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Working Together For A Stronger And Safer Industry With a busy summer ahead, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes looks at some of the work that is taking place to raise standards and ensure a stronger and safer wet leisure sector


s we move towards the summer, the popularity of recreation in water (especially outdoors) grows and with this, the risks to safety increase too. As you will read in the RoSPA and ASA article on pages 36 and 37, on average, more than 400 people drown in the UK each year and 60 of these deaths are while ‘swimming’ (mostly in outdoor locations such as rivers and lakes) and that the number of deaths in either commercial or domestic swimming pools is significantly lower (typically between three – six people). As an industry response to this article, there continues to be education and information to promote safety (especially for home pools), including the importance of adult supervision. During June (18 – 26), it is Drowning Prevention Week and many wet leisure organisations are working to promote awareness of the number of accidental drownings that happen every year in the UK. In this issue, there is more information about swimming safety and Drowning Prevention Week from the perspective of RoSPA and the ASA on pages 36 and 37. The new European standard for domestic swimming pools (EN 16582) is now available and it recommends the installation of safety signage and a safety device to assist in reducing drowning incidents. These devices typically include ‘safety’ covers, fences, enclosures, and in some instances, pool alarms may also be installed as an extra layer of protection. This voluntary self-regulation (through standards) on safety has been the fundamental principle of why SPATA and many other Pool & Spa Associations across Europe have invested time and money to develop the domestic swimming pool standards, so that they are fit for purpose. The standards are not a Law, but they are considered the relevant guidance that pool professionals are expected to follow and failure to do so, without a suitable alternative, will be an issue if a problem arises. Although drowning incidents are quite 35_SPN_June_16_BSPF_CH_Rev.indd 35

shocking, they should not detract from the fact that our industry provides people with an activity that has unrivalled opportunities to get fit, have fun, lead a more stress-free lifestyle and promotes their wellness through the use of the many wet leisure products that are available. While we must be vigilant about safety, we also must help to ensure that the growing demand for our products is met with high-quality performance, impressive customer service and a desire to keep on improving. One very important way that our industry continues to demonstrate quality is through showcasing the annual winners from the British Pool and Hot Tub Awards. Some of the winners will also be shortlisted to represent the UK in Europe, at the 2016 EUSA European Pool & Spa Awards to be presented at Forum Piscine, Bologna in February 2017. The list of companies shortlisted are expected to be named in the next issue of SPN, so good luck to all of our entries at this year’s EUSA Awards. One other important piece of news on European standards is the ongoing development of the domestic spa and hot tub standards and following the recent meeting held in Helsinki, Finland, the progress made is likely to lead to the draft being prepared by the end of this year. If this deadline is met, then there will be public consultation at some point from April 2017 onwards after the standard gets translated into French and German (as the working language is in English). This work involves a huge range of experts from across Europe and the UK benefits from the very close relationship that exists between BISHTA and North America, through its existing links with APSP / IHTA. These links are set to grow even stronger, as other topics of mutual interest are debated and common goals shared between the trade associations to improve the information and education available to the hot tub industry, in the first instance. Talking of education and information, a range of topics will be shared with BISHTA and SPATA members, at their respective annual

conferences, so please pencil the relevant date(s) into your diary. For BISHTA, it is Tuesday 4 October and for SPATA, it is Thursday 13 October. Full details of the programme for both days will be shared via the weekly e-newsletters and the venue will be in Andover. Finally, I hope that you enjoy the other articles in this issue of SPN, especially the contributions from Phil Bristow (Nsure), Paul Collins (NICEIC), David Walker (RoSPA) and John Glenn (ASA). Enjoy the summer! DIARY DATES 2016 2 June

SPATA National Council, WebEx 14 – 15 June Electrical Awareness Workshop, Andover 16 June PIP Committee, WebEx 21 June SPATA Technical Committee, WebEx 23 June BISHTA Committee, WebEx 28 June BSPF Board, WebEx 7 July Swimming Advisory Group, Loughborough 14 July SPATEX Board, Andover 9 – 11 Sep President’s Weekend, Weybridge 20 – 21 Sep LIW, Birmingham 4 Oct BISHTA Annual Conference (& AGM), Andover 6 – 7 Oct EUSA Meeting, Athens 8 Oct Past Presidents Meal, Chester

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A Future Without Drowning David Walker, RoSPA’s Leisure Safety Manager and Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA give an update on the UK’s Drowning Prevention Strategy and some of the swimming activities that are being undertaken to reduce the number of people that drown


he National Water Safety Forum’s (NWSF’s) new UK Drowning Prevention Strategy aims to halve water-related fatalities by 2026. There are still more accidental drowning fatalities annually than fire deaths in the home or cycling deaths on the road. About 400 people accidently drown in the UK each year, the equivalent of one person dying every 20 hours. The number of people drowning while ‘swimming’ is about 60 people per year (mainly in open water) and of this total swimming figure, on average between 3 – 6 people drown in swimming pools, but there is a desire from the multi-agency NWSF for everyone to play their part in reducing the incidence of drowning. The Forum’s new strategy document was created in response to the World Health Organisation’s report on global drowning which recommended that every nation should have a drowning prevention strategy. The National Water Safety Forum (which has a number of swimming-related members including the BSPF) says lives have been saved due to existing initiatives but more can be done to reduce fatalities further. To help achieve this, the Forum plans to address the following targets: • To give every child the opportunity to learn to swim and receive water safety education at primary school and, where required, at Key Stage 3;

• To give every community with water risks a community level risk assessment and water safety plan; • To work to increase awareness of everyday risks in, on and around water; • To ensure all recreational activity organisations have a clear strategic risk assessment and plans that address key risks; • To understand water-related self-harm better.

DROWNING STATISTICS Men are the most ‘at risk’ group, accounting for eight in ten of all UK accidental drownings. Male fatalities rise markedly from mid to late teens, peaking in the 20 – 29 year-old age group. Among women, those aged 50 – 59 are the most frequent casualties. England has the highest number of accidental drownings (73%). Wales has 10%, Scotland 14% and Northern Ireland 3%. However, relative to population, Wales and Scotland carry a disproportionate burden. Over half of fatal incidents (52%) occur in four of 14 specific UK regions – South East England, South West England, Wales and Scotland. Two in every three fatalities happen at inland waters such as canals, rivers, lakes, quarries and reservoirs. In almost half of fatal incidents the person concerned had no intention of entering the water – they were taking part in activities like walking. Contributing factors include alcohol, condition

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The emphasis of the strategy is to act as a call to action so organisations and individuals are being asked to sign up to, and shape, its vision, aims and principles and use the targets to guide their contributions. To register, email David Walker, Leisure Safety Manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: ‘‘This strategy marks a step change in the UK’s approach towards this often overlooked issue. Many organisations have contributed, including the UK Government, lifesaving organisations, land and waterway owners and charities. Our aim for this strategy is a future without drowning.’’ Providing opportunities for all children to learn to swim before the age of 11 years old, is a corner stone of the strategy and much

©Neil Phillips Photography

©Neil Phillips Photography As part of the Big School Swim, at the end of April over 160 primary schools across the country joined the ASA in celebrating the 125th anniversary of school swimming and raising awareness of the importance of learning to swim

of the location or premises and lack of use of appropriate protective clothing and equipment. Understanding the behaviour of individuals surrounding a drowning will help in the design of relevant behavioural change messages, the strategy reasons. Behaviour traits that increase the risk of drowning or being involved in a waterassociated accident include: • Underestimating risks; • Lack of knowledge of the risks; • Lack of competence; • Ill-informed thrill seeking; • Lack of parental supervision of children.

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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY The 45 minute Swim Safe sessions teach children the differences between swimming in a pool and in the sea or lake

Swim Safe is a free, open water initiative developed by the ASA in partnership with the RNLI

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work is being undertaken to achieve this. The following initiatives are a couple of examples of the types of activity that are being offered to improve water education and water confidence, to make a difference in reducing the likelihood of drowning while swimming.


The Forum’s new strategy document was created in response to the World Health Organisation’s report on global drowning which recommended that every nation should have a drowning prevention strategy”

The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) is committed to ensuring every child learns how to swim and knows how to be safe in and around water. This year marks 125 years since schools started teaching swimming, and it continues to be included in the national curriculum today. Since 2012 the national governing body for swimming, the ASA, has surveyed primary schools to establish attainment levels. Whilst there has been some movement on the statistics, they have generally stayed around the 50% mark, with the most recent figures revealing that only 52% of seven to 11-year olds are able to swim the minimum requirement of at least 25 metres unaided. In 2014 the ASA launched its School Swimming Charter to support primary schools to deliver high quality swimming lessons. By providing resources and advice – including how to access the PE and Sports Premium – the ASA wants to help schools to breakdown current barriers to swimming provision. This is an ambition shared by the government, which included the commitment to ensuring that all children leave primary school able to swim in their recent sports strategy, Sporting Future. Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA, said: “Swimming is a brilliant activity that once learned, can be enjoyed forever. It is also a great way for children to stay healthy, opens the door to a vast number of other fun, water-based sports and, most importantly, can help to prevent drownings. This is why we were pleased to see school swimming referenced so strongly in the government’s recent sports strategy. “With only half of primary school children able to swim, it is imperative that we all work together – government, schools and providers of school swimming – to make a significant impact in the way that school swimming is delivered.” At the end of April over 160 primary schools across the country joined the ASA in

celebrating the 125th anniversary of school swimming and raising awareness of the importance of learning to swim. During the day schools held swimming galas, water safety sessions and 1890-styled school swimming lessons as part of the Big School Swim. Glenn said: “Swimming has been taught in schools since 1890 and while the methods may have changed, the message that every child should have the opportunity to learn how to swim and know how to be safe in and around water, remains as strong as ever. “Schools play an incredibly important role in teaching our children how to swim. For many children, swimming at school will be their only opportunity to learn this vital lifesaving skill, which is why it was great that so many schools joined us in celebrating school swimming with the Big School Swim.” But it is not just in the confines of swimming pools that children need to know how to keep themselves safe in water. Swim Safe is a free, open water initiative developed by the ASA in partnership with the RNLI. Founded in 2013, the annual programme has grown from a single location in Bude, to 14 locations across England and Wales. Open to young people aged between seven and 14-years old who are already able to swim, the 45 minute sessions teach children the differences between swimming in a pool and in the sea or lake. Delivered by ASA accredited swimming teachers and RNLI lifeguards, the sessions are a mix of land-based safety lessons and in-water tuition. At the end of the sessions, all children are presented with a t-shirt and information on beach and swimming safety. Since Swim Safe began, the main aim of the initiative has stayed the same: to provide children with the opportunity to experience swimming and water safety in an open water 36-37_SPN_June_16_BSPF_Drowning_Prevention_Rev.indd 37

environment. The pilot programme was held at Bude Sea Pool and attracted 2,315 young people. It ran six days a week for five weeks during the summer holiday and attracted people from as far afield as Derbyshire. The main reasons parents gave for signing their children up to a Swim Safe session were ‘to ensure my child is aware of water safety and understands the dangers of the sea’ and ‘to ensure my child is safe when at the beach’. As a result of this success, in 2014 Swim Safe was rolled out to four locations, and last year it grew to seven. In 2015 Swim Safe For Schools was also introduced, allowing schools to take advantage of the sessions. This proved very successful with over 1,700 pupils taking part during the final weeks of the summer term and helped to ensure the Swim Safe safety messages are spread as widely as possible. In three years, Swim Safe has helped over 11,600 young people to experience safe outdoor swimming. The 2016 campaign gets under way in July and aims to double that number, helping, even more, young people to stay safe in the water. ASA 01509 618700 RoSPA 0121 248 2000

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Is Your Business Protected? Specialist insurance brokers Nsure highlight the latest developments on Cyber Insurance and the use of Dash Cams for businesses within the UK wet leisure sector


he 50/50 claim settlement is probably one of the most frustrating aspects of insurance. You know that the other driver is lying or if you are ‘being kind’ – mistaken in their recollection of the accident – but without an independent witness, you are decreed partly to blame. But now you can have an independent witness in the form of a Dash Cam (dashboard camera) to provide video evidence if you are involved in an accident. The film footage can help establish your innocence, which in turn can protect your no claims bonus or fleet discount, assist with the recovery of your excess and help avoid increased insurance premiums. Insurers view the cameras positively, as whether the footage helps to defend a claim or establishes their driver was at fault, either way, it is beneficial if it avoids arguments and legal action. If claims are dealt with more efficiently, it reduces their costs. They also feel that cameras encourage drivers to drive more carefully if they know their actions are recorded, resulting in safer driving and a lower risk. Some insurers offer discounts of up to 10% off their premiums, so with Dash Cams starting from £175, those with just one or two vehicles should look at the value of Dash Cams over the longer term, although fleet operators may see an immediate return. Anything that helps to improve the claims experience will be reflected in reducing, or at least maintaining, lower insurance costs and some insurers will also have risk management funds to contribute towards the cost of the cameras. There are also wider benefits to consider; safer driving is associated with improved fuel economy and reduced wear and tear on vehicles. A variety of Dash Cams are available,

from fairly basic portable units to more sophisticated hard-wired models with GPS technology for location and speed recording (which can help combat fraudulent or exaggerated whiplash claims). Others can be connected with smartphone technology, and some still operate when a vehicle is parked to aid security. While there are concerns about the ‘Big Brother’ aspect of Dash Cams, they seem set to become standard fitments on vehicles and if you are considering having one fitted, check with your insurer as to whether they allow a discount and if so, whether a particular specification is required. You will be required to share the film footage with the insurer if you accept their discount. Cyber is another new development in the insurance world and virtually all businesses now rely on computers and the internet in some form or another, including those in the wet leisure industry. While firms purely involved in on site construction may have

While there are concerns about the ‘Big Brother’ aspect of Dash Cams, they seem set to become standard fitments on vehicles and if you are considering having one fitted, check with your insurer as to whether they allow a discount…” 38 June 2016 SPN 38_SPN_June_16_BSPF_Nsure_Rev.indd 38

little risk, most companies have a reliance on computers and the internet for storing customer information, communication (email and telephones), online banking or marketing (websites). Larger firms may have computerised stock control and those involved in retail may use and store credit card information. If so, the terms of the mercantile agreement are onerous and fines can be imposed if data security is breached. We are constantly being told in the media that Cyber is one of the biggest risks facing SME business in the UK and it is well worth considering the risks to your business. Most traditional insurance policies exclude ‘cyber’ risks such as hacking and viruses, but affordable cyber cover is now available at prices starting from around £250. There are a number of insurance factsheets if you would like more information on these subjects on the Nsure website at / factsheets. Nsure have also produced other factsheets for SPATA members covering (PI) Professional Indemnity Insurance and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (M26 a,b,c) available in the members area at Nsure 01903 608116 24/05/2016 21:30


Supplying Electricity To Hot Tubs And Spas With the popularity of hot tubs and spas on the increase in the UK, NICEIC, the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry, look at the design considerations for the electrical supply to them


he increasing use of hot tubs and spas, in both indoor and outdoor locations, has brought with it an increase in the number of questions posed about the safety requirements for the associated electrical installations. The questions raised result from the need to know what particular requirements of BS 7671 should be applied to a given situation, and as the installation of hot tubs are not treated as special locations, the general requirements of BS 7671 apply; and it will be for the designer of the electrical installation to take due account of the increased risks associated with the installation of such equipment. For example, in addition to the general requirements, should the requirements set out in Section 701 (Rooms containing a bath or shower), Section 702 (Swimming pools and other basins) or both apply? This article addresses such questions.

INCREASED RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK As with rooms containing a bath or shower, the indoor hot tub introduces an increased risk of electric shock due to the reduction in body resistance, particularly contact resistance, due to immersion, or partial immersion, in water. For hot tubs and spas located outdoors, the risk of electric shock is further increased because contact with the general mass of Earth is likely. The reason for this is that under earth fault conditions, touch1 voltages are increased due to persons being in contact with ‘true’ Earth – the ground.

INDOOR HOT TUBS AND SPAS Where a hot tub or spa is placed in a location containing a bath or shower, the requirements of Section 701 have to be met. However,

Typically, ‘touch’ voltage is understood to be the difference in potential between the person in contact with the live source and the general mass of Earth. However, ‘touch’ voltage is the difference in potential between the person in contact with any two conducting parts: this could be between two lines of a three-phase supply, between a live source and earth or between line and neutral. 1

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Where the hot tub, spa or swim spa is housed in a purpose-made shelter (not a gazebo type shelter) or enclosure, the most appropriate requirements to apply are likely to be those of Section 701

Where the hot tub, spa or swim spa is an ‘open-air’ type, the location falls within the scope of Regulation 702.11 (basins of swimming pools, fountains) and paddling pools, and their surrounds

where a hot tub is located indoors, it may be placed in a room other than the bathroom. Where a hot tub or spa is located in a room other than a bathroom, whether on the ground floor or elsewhere indoors, the location will be subject to similar electrical safety considerations as a bathroom. In such cases, the electrical installation designer may decide that the requirements of Section 701 should be applied in full.

influences likely to exist at its point of installation, and any additional measures considered necessary for protection against electric shock should be deployed. For example, as cited in the note to Section 415, additional protection in accordance with Section 415 may be specified with the protective measure under certain conditions of external influence and in certain special locations. This may include: • protection by an RCD with a residual operating current not exceeding 30 mA and/or • supplementary bonding.

SPAS IN SHELTERS AND ENCLOSURES Where the hot tub, spa or swim spa is housed in a purpose-made shelter (not a gazebo type shelter) or enclosure, the location will be subject to similar electrical safety considerations as a bathroom, and the most appropriate requirements to apply are likely to be those of Section 701. Where the hot tub, spa or swim spa is an ‘open-air’ type, the location falls within the scope of Regulation 702.11 (basins of swimming pools, fountains and paddling pools, and their surrounds). The requirements of Section 702 should, therefore, be applied in full for this type of installation.

OTHER HOT TUB AND SPA TYPES Where a hot tub or spa does not fit into either of the categories previously described, the electrical installation designer must use engineering judgement in applying the relevant requirements. Electrical equipment should be suitable for the particular external

Another measure of protection against electric shock which may be used is separated extralow voltage (SELV) meeting the requirements given in Sections 701 and/or 702 of BS 7671. The relevant requirements of BS 7671 need to be complied with so that the degree of electrical safety is not less than that afforded in a location containing a bath or shower, or a location containing a swimming pool. The installation of hot tubs, garden spas, and other similar equipment raises a series of electrical installation design considerations that must be addressed before any request for supply to be made available for their installation. NICEIC 0870 013 0382

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SPATEX 2017 - The Best Is Yet To Come!

With over 65% of exhibitor stand space already sold in the first five weeks of floor plans being released, the wet leisure industry is in full agreement that SPATEX is firmly established as the UK event of the year


idely proclaimed as a resounding success, SPATEX 2016 (with its fantastic 28% year on year increase in visitors) has proved to be a superb launch pad for next year’s very special 21st edition. “A greater start to the year we could not have wished for,” said SPATEX’s very happy Organiser, Michele Bridle. “We are delighted that over 65% of stand space has already been sold; that has to say so much for the success of the SPATEX brand which is now entering its milestone 21st year! Not that we will rest on our laurels, plans are already afoot to make next year’s Show even bigger and better. You can expect all of SPATEX’s muchloved, familiar ingredients, coupled with some exciting new twists! “This year’s Mexican themed networking party was so well attended and went down a storm. And 2017 being SPATEX’s 21st anniversary, no milestone would be complete without a celebratory networking party and a few surprises! Watch this space for details as the year unfurls.” Michele added: “We are looking forward to launching a weekday Show (next year’s Show will take place from Tuesday to Thursday), in keeping with all the other European exhibitions.”

THE BEST OF WET LEISURE ALL IN ONE PLACE! Well over a hundred eye-catching stands will feature at the UK’s largest display of innovations and products for the wet leisure industry. In addition to a wide range of

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exhibitors, the highly popular double seminar programme will return – esteemed bodies, such as ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers), PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) and STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) will once again be playing an integral part – lending their gravitas and imparting their expertise and knowledge in the industry’s most comprehensive, free technical training programme.

features a host of fresh new images.


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Look out for the soon-to-be launched SPATEX 2017 website. It’s a dream to navigate and

NOTE THE MIDWEEK DATES For the first time, SPATEX will take place midweek and runs from Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 2 February 2017 in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. If you are a potential exhibitor, with floor space selling fast, book your stand now to avoid any disappointment.

Who Is Exhibiting So Far? With several months still to go until SPATEX 2017, the following are some of the companies that have booked exhibition space at the time of going to press: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Alpha Industries Aqua Stone Aqua Water Systems Aquafinesse Aquaflex Aquamat Aquatrac AstralPool UK Brenntag BSPF Calorex Certikin International Coast Spas UK Cranbourne Stone Designworks Tiles Elite Spas

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EuroSpaPoolNews Fairlocks Pool Products GMT Spas International Golden Coast Heatstar Herborner Pumpentechnik Hydrospares ISPE Legionella Control Association Lighthouse Pools Lovibond Tintometer Nsure Oase Passion Spas Plastica

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Pollet Pool Group PoolLock PWTAG Riviera Pools SCP Spa Crest Europe Speck Pumpen SPN STA Stoneworld Suntrap Systems Swimex Enclosures Unipools Water Treatment Products Waterco Europe Waxman Ceramics 25/05/2016 09:15

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Get The Balance Right Robbie Phillips and Richard Lamburn, STA’s Technical Pool Plant Team, look at water balance – get it wrong and it can cause serious damage not only financially, but to a company’s reputation too!


ater balance is a concept that can aid the management of pool water quality. It is based on a calculation derived from the measurements of pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, temperature and TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). A relatively simple formula has been developed by the industry over a number of years where the water can be deemed: • Balanced – no tendency to lay down scale or be aggressively corrosive. • Corrosive – will be aggressive and corrode and/or erode metals, concrete, screed, grout etc. • Scale forming – will tend to lay down scale and outside recommended parameters can block pipes, cause rough edges and affect other plant parts. So if we study these particular facets of water balance, we can begin to realise the adverse effects that the whole or parts of the water treatment system can have on a pool facility if not managed correctly – they can be radically costly to repair and can cause potential injury situations.

METHODS Indexes are calculations that determine how far away the current conditions are from an ideal pool water quality condition. There are two methods commonly used: Langelier and Palin tests. Whichever method is used there will be a numerical indication of the water balance condition for any facility – pools, spas etc. When the Index is negative, the water is corrosive. When the Index is positive, the water is scale forming. The Palintest Water Balance Index is a simplified version of the Langelier Saturation Index and has been created with the aim of making it applicable and easy for use in pools. Water Balance equations and rules are useful for understanding the different interactions in your pool, but are not to be used for control alone.

Cut foot due to lost tile grout

The figures should be treated as ideal ranges and not as precise target values.

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Advanced corrosion at deck level overflow

PARAMETERS TESTED • Total dissolved solids (TDS) are the sum of the weight of soluble material in water. This can build up due to various reasons. Mains water, for example, can sometimes have a TDS of several hundred mg/l. Disinfectants and other pool chemicals will inevitably produce significant TDS levels, of chloride and sulphates in particular. TDS should not be allowed to rise more than 1,000 mg/l above source mains water, with an absolute maximum of 3,000 mg/l. • pH – how acidic / alkali the water is. • Total alkalinity – measure of the alkaline content of water. • Calcium hardness – measure of calcium salts in water.

TEMPERATURE If the Langelier index is positive, the water is scale forming. A zero result indicates the water is in perfect balance, such that lime scale is just on the point of forming. The ideal operating range is + 0.1 to + 0.4. This indicates that the water is very slightly scale forming. This is desirable, because this will lead to a slight coating of lime scale being formed which will help protect pipe work from corrosion and erosion.

So if we study these particular facets of water balance, we can begin to realise the adverse effects that the whole or parts of the water treatment system can have on a pool facility if not managed correctly…”

Advanced corrosion in header tank

SO HOW CAN THIS BE COSTLY IN TERMS OF FINANCIAL AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION? In a recent real case, we saw a pool that had neglected to take and analyse water balance test results over a number of years causing continual corrosion (as pictured here). This resulted in tile grouting being corroded and tiles being broken exposing sharp tile edges. The position became intolerable and it was decided to close the pool; the following impact was experienced: • Closure for eight weeks • Loss of income and custom • Capital works costs of over £100,000

ESSENTIAL TRAINING It is essential that all operators are versed in calculating and adjusting the water balance. STA PPO Level 3 certificate covers this aspect in detail. Can you or your operators afford not to be qualified? STA 01922 645097

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The EU: Are We ‘In’ Or Are We ‘Out’? “With months of campaigning behind us and only days until the referendum, it’s impossible to avoid talking about Brexit but surely the EU is just one of the things that ties our industry to the global economy,” says Jamie Adams, Goldens Coast’s Managing Director


he media is full of comment and opinion about Brexit and, unfortunately to my mind, that is mostly what it appears to be; just comment and opinion. Even now at this late stage, facts seem to be sadly lacking and the opinions that are voiced seem to fall into two simple categories, ‘doomed if we do’ and ‘doomed if we don’t’. It feels as if my friends on Facebook are just as well informed – or not – as the business editor of a national daily so I think that people will vote on emotional grounds and not after analysing and considering those elusive facts, and that’s no way to make a business decision. Whichever way it goes, the choice to stay or leave is going to have an impact on business. It looks as if we’ll just have to wait and find out what that impact will be.

THE COMMON MARKET IS JUST A CORNER OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE We joined the EEC, as it was then, 43 years ago and we’ve been rather half-hearted members ever since. It’s almost as if, as a nation, we agree with that old Groucho Marx comment that, ‘I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member’. But whatever Britain’s commitment to Europe, real or perceived, we do a lot of business with them. Just from Golden Coast’s point of view, I can quickly put together a list of innovative products that come from across the Channel. The BADU EasyFIt pump comes from Germany. DEL covers from France, Duratech heat pumps from Belgium. Our EVA Optic LED range comes from the Netherlands, Etatron dosing pumps from Italy. And the list goes on. But we source products from around

the world. Tariffs, trade agreements and exchange rates affect all those deals. One of the things about being an island nation is that you tend to do a lot of business with overseas partners. And it’s not just foreign trade that affects the British wet leisure industry.

IT’S A SMALL WORLD Global warming and concerns about a worldwide energy crisis have driven interest and demand for energy saving products in our industry in a way that would have been hard to imagine a decade ago. Heat pumps and LED lighting have gone from being a niche to being the norm. The sad fact that the world is a much more troubled place is affecting how we spend our leisure time. One survey shows that 30% of travellers consider the threat of terrorism as the most important factor when deciding where to go on holiday. Can it be long before significant numbers of people decide to simply stay here and treat themselves to a pool, sauna or spa installed in the safety of their own home?

MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND While we are thinking about homes and houses, it’s worth bearing in mind that

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property demand in the UK far outstrips supply. That pushes house prices up and it makes it harder to move. It’s yet another driver for people to improve their properties and en-suite saunas and steam rooms, indoor pools and a hot tub in the garden are sure to be on that list of home improvements. But are we still in recession? Opinion about that seems to be as divided as opinion about the referendum. One thing seems clear though, the rich are getting richer and that has an impact too. In last year’s Wet Leisure Survey, one respondent said, ‘It’s impossible to ignore the affect that banker’s bonuses have on keeping the pool building industry in the south east buoyant’.

SO WHAT’S THE FORECAST? I wish I could tell the future, but I can’t and I think it’s safe to assume that no one else can either. What muddies the waters for those who try to make predictions is the sheer complexity and inter-connectedness of the modern world. The old idea of the butterfly that flaps its wings in one part of the world and causes a hurricane in another has become true. But it has manifested itself in the worlds of economics and politics. I think our industry is brighter and better than it ever has been before. I think we are riding the wave of a massive increase in interest on health and wellbeing. I think we are embracing new technologies and new ideas. All of those things are good and I will add one other. As I write this, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and the day is warm and dry. I hope when you read this, whether we are about to stay in Europe or about to leave, the weather is exactly the same. That would be part of my ideal forecast. Jamie Adams is Managing Director of Golden Coast, the current Chairman of Pool Industry Promotions (PIP) and a board member of the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF). 25/05/2016 16:59

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SWIM SPAS In a category where the competitors all offer essentially the same giant white box of water, the Aquatic Training Vessels™ (ATVs) from Marquis have dramatically reshaped the look and direction for the industry

There’s No Stopping Swim Spas Whether it’s a value for money party spa or a high end training aid for an athlete, in the UK, it seems swim spas have now been widely accepted as an alternative to the more traditional choices of an above-ground or smaller one-piece pool. With new brands entering the market in 2016 and new models on offer from manufacturers keen to secure their piece of the market, it seems there’s no stopping the swim spa success story and we take a closer look By Jon Wadeson


s a product that offers all the benefits of both swimming pools and hot tubs, wrapped up conveniently in a single, easy to own package, it’s no real surprise that swim spas have been a big hit with end users and their popularity continues to grow. Confirming the sector’s popularity, Paul Thomas, Spa Product Manager at SCP UK said: “Swim spa sales have been growing year on year for the last decade but in the last 12 months, swim spa sales growth is outstripping anything else in the hot tub and spa category. Enquiries are up and dealers brave enough to put a display model on show are reaping the rewards.” With success comes competition, and in the quest for their own piece of the market, 47-50_SPN_June_16_Swim_Spas.indd 47

hot tub brands that didn’t have swim spa options have added them and the result is the widest ever choice of models. One of the relative latecomers to the swim spas party was the Marquis brand, but they had kept a close eye on developments within the sector. “The original decision to innovate with robust polymers rather than the typical melted acrylic found in other brands, and to now offer a new 518cm length/135cm depth unit with Whitewater4 propulsion, have powered strong consumer interest and Aquatic Training Vessel sales over the past year,” stated Jim Johnston, VP Marketing at Marquis Corp. “It has been an excellent year!” he concluded. So what do the next 12 months have in store for the sector? Continued growth

seems certain so this issue, we look at just some of the brands and models that are likely to add to the swim spa success story.

VITA SPAS OFFER AN XSTREAM SWIM SPA SELECTION Comprising six models, the XStream series of swim spas from Vita Spas combines the best aspects of swimming pools, hot tubs and home gyms. The flagship model of the Vita Spa Swim Spa Series is the XStream Duo Pro. Powered by four 7hp pumps, it has a spacious 16.5ft swim zone for the taller swimmer, plus a separate temp zone duo seater spa. It also has large dual cartridge filtration, high efficient recycled insulation, BiOzone water management, latest technology M7 heating,

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For buyers that can’t decide between a spa for exercising and a spa for socialising, Vita Spas’ new XB4 is the answer

optional stereo music system with sub-woofer and shell speakers, LED cup holders and 20 bright underwater LED lights along with easy to read deluxe programmable topside controls. For buyers that can’t decide between a spa for exercising and a spa for socialising, Vita Spas’ new XB4 is the answer and provides owners with all their fitness needs, along with seating for up to 11 people. From day to night, the XB4 swim spa transforms from home gym to a place where memories are made with friends and family. All Vita Spa swim spas now incorporate a steel frame construction which is 40% lighter, yet 250% stronger than the traditional wood frames, and the frames come with a lifetime warranty. Also new to the Vita Swim Spa Series is an ABS sealed base, which is an integral part of the support structure. This heavy duty one-piece construction provides a very durable sealed base, locking in heat and protecting the swim spa from unwanted visitors, such as insects and mice who would otherwise move in to new centrally heated accommodation.

TIDALFIT RANGE ENHANCED WITH UPDATED MODEL FOR 2016 Artesian Spas released its first TidalFit swim spa model, the EP-14, back in 2008 and the company have recently introduced a remodelled version of that initial swim spa – the all new Premium EP-14. When Artesian set out to retool the EP-14, it made sure that extra hydrotherapy room was included and the new model has additional seating.

With a revised look and features, the result is a completely new model which now sits comfortably within the TidalFit range and joins the 12ft EP-12 model that was launched in 2015 and the larger EP15 and EP16 models. The TidalFit range offers a choice of two different adjustable swim jets, both providing a variable swim current perfect for light and strong swimmers alike. The exercise element of the TidalFit does not end there though as stretch bands, rowing equipment and running tethers are all available for the ultimate workout. The TidalFit has a double hydrotherapy option to soothe muscles after a workout. Featuring a variety of premium jets powered by Artesian’s patented DirectFlow™ technology, users really do get the full water gym experience. Sitting at the top of the TidalFit range is the PowerPlus EP16 – the ultimate choice for the professional swimmer. It features the extremely powerful Hydraulic Propeller system with Variable Current Swim Technology capable of generating a massive swim current of 3,300 GPM (over 9x the flow rate of an average traditional swim spa) but because the current is variable, the strength can be adjusted to suit all swimmers from the beginner to the professional.

models to cater for a wide variety of needs. Some end users are looking for a party spa, others are looking to exercise and some are looking for therapy. With three St Lawrence models on offer, the Canadian Spa Company hopes to cater for the majority of needs, but with a focus firmly on those who wish to exercise, the 16’ St Lawrence swim spa is a swimmer’s delight. It features the company’s unique Swim Lane System which is created using three resistance jets and two profile-aligning jets to ensure that swimmers receive the appropriate pressure and support that is needed for exercise. One of the main problems that experienced swimmers encounter is the challenge of staying in their lane. Any differences in side strength and stroke patterns create a tendency to ‘pull’ to one side or the other. Their Swim Lane System is completely customisable to adjust to anyone’s swim pattern and keeps the swimmer centred in the swim lane. Powered by 4 x 5hp pumps, the 16ft St. Lawrence has six seats and a full-length lounger to maximise the spa massage benefits. This system provides not only muscle development but also muscle repair. After a good swim, users can enjoy a soothing massage in one of the two multi-jet Captain’s Chairs.



Standing out in the swim spa market isn’t easy as most brands, including Canadian Spa Company, offer a range of swim spa

Fully insulated and fully self-supporting, the Catalina Atlantic Pool is a massive 21 feet long (6.35m) and has three different internal depths. The Atlantic’s shell is made using a two pack gelcoat fibre reinforced resin system, which is insulated with a thick layer of spray applied foam and a special radiant GUARD Reflex-Air™ coating is added the inside of the cabinet. This together with a 4-piece deluxe safety / insulation cover makes the Atlantic one of the most energy efficient and cost effective products on the market. The Atlantic Pool is available either above or in-ground and in four power settings. A 6kW heater and Ozone is standard on all models and for those looking for ways to keep fit as well have fun, the Atlantic Pool has all the options. The Atlantic’s shell is available in Ice Blue, off White and Blue and PVC cabinet options are Grey, Walnut and Mocha. Standard features include: variable internal

New for 2016, the all new TidalFit Premium EP-14 from Artesian Spas

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Fully insulated and fully self-supporting, Catalina’s Atlantic Pool is a massive 21 feet long and has three different internal depths

depths of 1.2m, 1.37m and 1.5m, internal walk in steps with highlighted tiled edge and LED lighting, 2 x 900mm exercise bars, 3 x 450mm LED Cascading waterfalls, 2 x LED underwater lights, Pro Swim and rigid insulation / safety covers. Optional upgrades are available and these include: 12 Crystal water fountains, 21 perimeter LED lights, turbo heated air and 6 x 75mm LED underwater pool lights. The self-supporting structure of the Atlantic pool means it can simply be dropped into place and because all of the mechanical components are mounted inside the cabinet, the only thing that needs connecting is a power supply.

FIVE MODELS ON OFFER IN NEW WELLIS SWIM SPA RANGE Available through distributor Superior Spas, Wellis’ swim spa range was launched to the UK market at SPATEX. The new range, which consists of five models, includes the top of the range Rio Grande, which was on display at the three-day event in Coventry. The swim spa range is being manufactured at the Hungarian company’s new factory that opened last year and the range includes Rio Grande, Amazonas, Amazonas Power, Danube and Danube Power models. All of the new swim spas feature a 5mm fibreglass reinforced acrylic spa shell and are constructed with a stainless steel frame. They also feature UV-C water sanitisers, exclusive chromotherapy lighting and come with a Thermo cover. A number of other options are also available across the range too.

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The flagship Rio Grande model has 58 jets and incorporates a separate spa seating area that features seating for three people plus a lounge seat, whilst in the swim side, three River Jets provide a powerful and even flow of water. Both the Amazonas Power and Danube Power models also feature three River jets, which is the main difference between them and the standard models, which are only equipped with one. Over recent years, the European brand has gone from strength-to-strength and the addition of the swim spa range, along with the appointment of Superior Spas as the UK distributor, is a statement of intent from the European manufacturer who is now in a position to produce in excess of 20,000 units per year.

PREMIUM LEISURE RANGE AVAILABLE THROUGH SPA CREST Spa Crest Europe are delighted to announce that they have won UK distributorship for Premium Leisure’s range of innovative single and dual chamber swim spas. Premium Leisure, the renowned swim spa and hot tub manufacturer based in St. Petersburg, Florida, have a long-standing reputation for making good quality and high performance swim spas that offer consumers great value. Their pedigree and demand in the UK is already proven as many units have already been installed in Britain through a previous distributor. The Premium Leisure range features 15 models covering price points starting from an RRP of £10,995 including VAT for the entry level ES14 model. The ES14 is a single chamber model 4.4m long with room for one swimmer and seven jetted seats for those wishing to sit back and relax. One River Stream Jet supplied by a dedicated jet pump

As a product that offers all the benefits of both swimming pools and hot tubs, wrapped up conveniently in a single, easy to own package, it’s no real surprise that swim spas have been a big hit…” delivers the flow for the swimmer. At the opposite end of the price scale is the flagship Swimmer’s Edge at £27,995 including VAT. The Swimmer’s Edge is the product for those seeking the absolute pinnacle in countercurrent swimming. A high-power electric motor drives an 18” stainless steel propeller, pushing water through a series of grilles fitted in the entire wall of one end of the swim spa, producing a powerful and uniform current across the full width and depth of the product. A pair of jetted seats at the other end provides somewhere for swimmers to retreat to for a welcome massage after a strenuous swim.

PARTY SWIM SPA COMPLETES SCP’S RANGE SCP UK have been developing their swim spa range over a number of years with their long standing American manufacturers and with the inclusion of their new 13ft Party swim spa, the range is now complete. In the standard range they have the 12, 14 and 16ft models giving variations on swim areas and massage zones. The Premium range is the culmination of years of development with state of the art sound systems, illuminated jets, fountains and waterfalls and the top of the range 19ft dual temp model is an amazing piece of engineering with a great swim system and both cool down massage area and high temp massage zone! According to SCP, their new 13ft Party swim spa is the biggest thing to hit the market in the last few years though. Is it a huge hot tub? Or is it a swim spa? SCP say it really is

Spa Crest Europe have won UK distributorship for Premium Leisure’s range of innovative single and dual chamber swim spas

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For 2016, Coast Spas Wellness Infinity features new 9” wide synthetic skirting with brand new carbon fibre corners that light up to match the interior lighting of the swim spa

both. It features a great swim system that is almost impossible to beat with its swim tether and exercise equipment as standard, and in addition, bench seating all around the spa that can seat 10-12 people. With the powerful 4kW heater, users can go from swimming temp to hot tub temp in no time and with retail prices starting at only £12,250 + VAT, the price is sure to attract a lot of interest.

THE WORLD’S ONLY INFINITY EDGE SWIM SPA The unique Wellness Infinity Swim Spa from Coast Spas has an infinity (or vanishing) edge across one end of the swim spa allowing for a barrier-free perspective while swimming. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of an infinity edge, the Wellness Infinity has additional functionality over a traditional swim spa such as zero water displacement, enhanced skimming power, a gigantic overflow waterfall and the absence of noisy, bobbing telescopic skimmers. With more than 30 powerful hydrotherapy jets, multiple laminar water ropes, air control toggle switches, colour touchscreen controls and buoyancy simulating Levitator

Jets – the Wellness Infinity is a fully loaded luxury swim spa. Built for health and wellness, it comes with exercise bands, rowing bars and swim tether. The Wellness Infinity is fitted with a pressurised commercial-grade Hydro Cyclonic Filtration System with a 175 sq.ft. filter. Other swim spas will have used and dirty filters installed in the main bathing area of the spa and can release captured containments back into the spa. The Wellness Infinity’s Hydro Cyclonic Filtration System places the filter in a sealed pressurised canister that is accessed from outside the bathing area of the hot tub, trapping captured contaminates and preventing them from re-entering the spa water. For 2016, the Wellness Infinity has a new lounge seat and additional space allocated for swimming and exercise. The exterior also changed for 2016, with new 9” wide synthetic skirting with brand new carbon fibre corners that light up to match the interior lighting of the swim spa – and glow at night, automatically activated by a built in light sensor.

MARQUIS SOLUTION SETS A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE INDUSTRY In a category where the competitors all offer essentially the same giant white box of water, the Aquatic Training Vessels™ (ATVs) from Marquis have dramatically reshaped the look and direction for the industry. ATVs are shaped from layer upon layer of high-tech polymers, similar to state-of-the-art yacht hulls, and allow the vessels to take on curved lines and fresher colour and highlight options than the acrylic sheet swim spas allow. They are also remarkably strong, withstanding the structural stresses that shipment,

installation, and thousands of litres of water create in vessels of this size. They are supported by an ATV exclusive uni-body gusset frame construction that is superior to traditional acrylic swim spa framing as well. The user experience in an ATV is unique. Four different models, the ATV-14 Splash, the ATV-14 Sport, the ATV-17 Sport, and the ATV-17 Kona, each provide a unique array of features, benefits and costs to provide a consumer with the perfect option for their personal priorities and use. All provide tethered workout and swim stroke exercise options. All offer cool down and hydrotherapy jet seating locations. But the differing lengths, depths and swim jet configurations and litresper-minute flow management allow for a range of uses, from that fun splash around backyard pool space for the kids, on up to a simulated open water swim challenge that any triathlete might appreciate in their training. Aquatic Training Vessels™ also have a series of workout and swim stroke training programmes as an option, authored by 6-time Ironman® Champion Dave Scott. ATV owners can have access to the library of videos and written plans which provide true user benefit insights for improvement in swim stroke and performance, general fitness levels and physical therapy rehab efforts.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Artesian Spas 01302 730295 Canadian Spa Company 01293 824094 Catalina Spas 01980 611555 Coast Spas Manufacturing Inc. +1 604 514 8111 Marquis Spas +1 503 838 0888 SCP UK 01293 546126 Spa Crest Europe 0844 871 8730 Superior Spas 01246 559071

Aquatic Training Vessels™ have a series of workout and swim stroke training programmes as an option, authored by 6-time Ironman® Champion Dave Scott

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Tub Ownership On A Budget Hot tubs aimed at those on a tight budget or that are new to the market have gone from strength to strength over the past few years and manufacturers and distributors have been quick to acknowledge this growing sector with new ranges and models. Whether acrylic, roto moulded, foam walled or inflatable, the choice of entry level hot tubs is now wider than ever and we take a closer look at what’s retailing this year in the sub £5,000 sector By Jon Wadeson


ith tighter margins for retailers to work on and lacking a lot of the bells and whistles of their higher priced cousins, the entry-level end of the hot tub market can often get overlooked by dealers. Yes, it can be hard work continually satisfying consumers who want the maximum value from their hard earned money, but customers who take the plunge into hot tub ownership and have a positive experience are likely to return in the future and in doing so, will no doubt up their spend. They’re also certain to recommend their positive ownership experiences to friends and family. So, it’s an area of the market that definitely shouldn’t be underestimated. With an ever increasing amount of the UK public now seriously viewing hot tub ownership as a possibility, perhaps now is the perfect time for retailers to ensure this end of the market is covered.

PURESPA – GREAT OPTIONS FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS Plastica supply Intex’s PureSpa products, which are a great way for the budget conscious to start enjoying the benefits of a hot tub without having to splash out on an acrylic spa. Unlike larger spas, PureSpa models are supplied in a box that comfortably fits into an average size family car and once home, no costly installation is required as each PureSpa runs from a standard 13 amp household plug and takes only 30 minutes to set up. Intex’s all new patent pending FiberTech™ construction is designed to provide the ultimate affordable spa experience and PureSpa Bubble Spa owners are able to relax at the touch of a button, thanks to the easy-to-use control panel which activates the high performance bubble jets surrounding the interior of the spa for

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Unlike larger spas, PureSpa models are supplied in a box that comfortably fits into an average size family car

a refreshing massage. The heating system adjusts to fit the user’s personal temperature preference allowing a stress free spa experience. With two sizes available – a four person with an interior diameter of 147cm and six person with an interior diameter of 165cm – the Bubble Spa provides simple maintenance with easy-to-replace filter cartridges for easy and lasting enjoyment. In addition to the Bubble Spas, the four person Intex PureSpa Jet Massage features four powerful hydrotherapy jets designed to improve circulation and wellbeing. Despite the low cost, users can pamper themselves and relax in water up to 40°C surrounded by the adjustable high powered massage jets for the perfect spa experience. Plastica have continued to develop their Official PureSpa Dealer network with companies receiving preferential discounting on a range of exclusive models. Plastica believe PureSpa is the best entry level spa on the market – and while it may not be the cheapest inflatable spa, they certainly represent the best value!

model included in their range is the new Foam Wall 5 Person Swift Current Portable Spa, which is one of the deepest spas of this type on the market, meaning users can totally submerge shoulders and neck for a full massage. The spa has been designed and produced for the North American / European market by Canadian Spa Company with its 35 years of experience of building spas. With the Swift Current, the company has designed a spa that can be easily assembled and put anywhere – cottage, ski chalet, balcony, boat, RV – practically any location you can imagine (that has a power source of course!). The spa comes with a tough and durable laminated vinyl liner and a 6” inflatable cover that is tapered and lockable for insulation and security. Other models within the company’s portable spas range are the four person Grand Rapids and Rio Grande models, plus the Muskoka insulated synthetic wood and liner spa which accommodates 5-6 people. Entry level plug and play acrylic spas in the Canadian Spas range that come in under £5,000 include the two person Yukon spa and three person Quebec. Despite their sizes, both models are packed with all the features of a full size spa. As one of the deepest spas of this type on the market, users can totally submerge shoulders and neck for a full massage in the Canadian Spa Company’s Swift Current

‘PLUG AND PLAY’ MODEL MAKES OWNERSHIP MUCH EASIER The Canadian Spa Company has a number of portable and acrylic spa models aimed at the more price conscious end of the market, many of which are ‘plug and play’. A popular 25/05/2016 15:51


The Capitolo, part of the stunning Caldera Vacanza spa series offers a fresh approach to the valuepriced category

CALDERA VACANZA OFFERS OWNERS VALUE FOR MONEY STYLE Just the ticket for holidaying at home this summer, the stunning Caldera Vacanza spa series offers a fresh approach to the valuepriced category and delivers a distinctly stylish spa experience. Coming from the Watkins Wellness stable, you can rest assured that these top quality premium spas offer the consumer something unique. Inspired by one of the Seven Hills of Rome, the Capitolo is a stunning five person acrylic spa designed for those customers who are looking for a spa with lounge seats and this one boasts two! Cleverly designed, the seats have been strategically positioned so that the feet of both loungers meet at the filter compartment, which remains easily accessible at the front right corner of the spa. The 23 jets are strategically positioned to provide a relaxing massage in all five seats, including calf jets in the foot ridge. This remarkable system provides a balanced workout by directing powerful jets at all of the body’s major muscle groups for a completely satisfying full-body massage. Very competitively priced, the high spec Capitolo is tough to beat in its price category. Generously measuring 208 x 208 x 84cm, it features ten multi-coloured LEDs for light excitement, a waterfall, 2.5 hp jet pump and SPA FROG water care system. An optional Monarch CD Ozone system is also available. The Vacanza range offers eye-catching acrylic shell colours in Tuscan Sun, Midnight Canyon, Desert and White Pearl finished with a Coastal Grey, Teak or Espresso cabinet. FiberCor insulation means that the Vacanza hot tubs are super efficient to run. An optional integrated sound system can complete the customer’s entertainment enjoyment. The Capitolo takes its place alongside four other models which make up Vacanza range. 52-53_SPN_June_2016_Entry_Level_Hot_Tubs.indd 53

The new Dream 600L is manufactured by Dream Maker Spas in Florida and is exclusively distributed in the UK by Catalina Spas. Measuring 2030 x 2030 x 910mm, the Dream 600L represents a revolutionary step forward in hot tub manufacturing. This specialist production process uses Linea High Density Polyethylene (LHDP) incorporating a special ‘mica’ fill package that produces a ‘metallic’ appearance. This unique material combined with a specialist machined mirror finished moulds ensures the Dream 600L is a hot tub with all of the looks and feel of acrylic but with the impact resistance, durability and reparability of LHDP. Available in six colour combinations – Sterling White or Metallic Graphite and four side feature panels – it also boasts a list of standard features that include, Ozone, Balboa™ pumps and controls, 30 Waterway™ adjustable jets, eight LED cabinet accent lights, eight LED perimeter lights and LED waterfall. The Dream 600L achieves low running costs using ECO Green Guard cabinet insulation and a deluxe safety insulation cover. The cover is unique in that it fits into a deep recessed channel within the shell, giving double seal insulation and reducing the chance of being blown off. The Dream 600L has a five years warranty on the shell, two years on the equipment and plumbing and has an RRP of only £4,400 inc VAT.

ROTO AND ACRYLIC ENTRY LEVEL OPTIONS FROM SPA CREST Spa Crest Europe are one of the longest established distributors of quality American-made acrylic hot tubs in the UK, and made their name with their high quality product from Spa Crest Manufacturing in Georgia across all the key market pricepoints. This includes entry level models like the Marcus LX, a spa designed with couples in mind with a small patio, balcony, or a conservatory; and with a RRP of £4,695 it offers a high quality, high performance hot tub at a great price. Looking to extend their reach into the roto-moulded sector, Spa Crest Europe, in a

The Dream 600L is a hot tub with all of the looks and feel of acrylic but with the impact resistance, durability and reparability of LHDP

joint venture with Waterstream Ltd, signed an exclusive agreement at the end of 2014 with Tuff Spas of Arizona to introduce their products for the first time to the UK and Europe. Tuff Spas say that they produce revolutionary, innovative portable hot tubs that are easy to use, functional, durable and affordable. The five models in the range in their base forms are all below £4,000 RRP and offer design features normally associated with more expensive acrylic spas, such as varying jet types and deep multi-level seating. The optional ‘Tuff Top’ upgrade uniquely makes Tuff Spas the only rotomoulded spa on the market that offers a hard cover with integrated cover lifters made from the same material as the spa shell, which also doubles up as a handy bar or storage shelf when off the spa. Tuff Spas are built to last in the harshest climatic extremes, from the frozen wastes of Alaska to the blistering heat of Arizona, and each comes with a lifetime shell guarantee. Tuff Spas are available throughout the UK through the Spa Crest Europe dealership network.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Canadian Spa Company 01293 824 094 Catalina Spas 01980 611555 Certikin International 01993 778855 Plastica 01424 857857

The optional ‘Tuff Top’ upgrade uniquely makes Tuff Spas the only roto-moulded spa on the market that offers a hard cover with integrated cover lifters

SCP UK 01293 546126 Spa Crest Europe 0844 871 8730

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A Fantastic Way To Start With A Pool

Looking good in any garden, this award winning installation from Spruce Pools features Certikin’s above-ground wooden pool

Despite tough competition from other wet leisure products, there’s still a lot of demand for wooden and other above-ground pools in the UK and the choice on offer is a wide one. Straightforward installation that can often be achieved by a skilful DIYer combined with improved designs mean it’s a sector that’s surely set to shine again this summer. This issue, we see what’s available By Andrea Hartshorne


he dream for many, whether for regular family use or the occasional splash about, is to be able to enjoy a relaxing dip in their own pool, without any restrictions on time or availability. An in-ground pool is usually first choice but often budget constraints or lack of space prevent this from being a realistic option. Many potential customers would be surprised by the versatility and the good looks that above-ground pools can provide to an outdoor leisure area. From small and round to the largest oblong or kidney, the variations of size and finish can satisfy almost any budget and bring as much pleasure as an all singing, all dancing in-ground pool. Above-ground pools can also be a spur of the moment purchase when the weather improves and retailers who offer a range of above-ground options can also look forward to increased chemical and accessories sales too. It’s a win, win situation!

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Easy to install and produced to a high quality, the above-ground market is booming as more variations and accessories are added to the existing options. With the lure of fun-filled hours or lazy and relaxing days spent around a back garden pool a genuine possibility, the idea of an above-ground pool is very appealing and at a lower price than an in-ground pool, there’s nothing to stop that dream from becoming a reality for many homeowners across the UK.

YEARS OF PLEASURE FROM A PLASTICA POOL Plastica Pools have been manufacturing and distributing high quality swimming pool equipment for over 40 years, and 11 years ago they started to manufacture their own wooden pools. Plastica wooden pools are available for less than the cost of a family holiday and are one of the most affordable ranges of quality

above-ground pools on the market. Their wooden pools, made of natural, high-grade red wood with up to a ten year warranty on the structure, blend beautifully into the landscape and give years of pleasure. Choose from a range of 12 different sizes in their price list plus five made-to-order models, starting from the 2.4 metre Fun Pool up to their new 10 metre Chelsea Pool. Any one of their wooden pools can be sited above-ground, in-ground or semi-submerged, so they will always be able to complement their surroundings. All Plastica wooden pools are supplied with

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ABOVE-GROUND & WOODEN POOLS A superb example of a Plastica wooden pool that has been incorporated into decking by H2O Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs of Taunton

everything a client requires in the kits to get them swimming (except for the water!) and all the help they may need to build and keep the product to a high standard. If the pool requires metal braces, they can be pre ordered and delivered before the rest of the pool package that has been chosen. This means that the recommended concrete base can be built and then the metal braces can be positioned, well before the pool is delivered – saving time and working space on smaller sites. In addition, money can be saved by redeeming individual discount codes within the wooden pool kits, plus delivery is free!

LIVING LA DOLCE VITA WITH LAGHETTO! In the international swimming pool market, Laghetto’s Dolcevita above-ground pool is one product which in recent years has been able to meet the tastes and expectations of a large number of demanding customers, that are looking for an easy to install, functional and aesthetically beautiful product. A pool that looks good in any environment, and that can be built even where a traditional in-ground swimming pool can’t be placed, the Dolcevita is the most fashionable and desirable pool for those people who search for something that stands out, and who set up a space dedicated to pleasure and family relaxation. The Dolcevita above-ground collection includes eight standard sizes but you can also


Laghetto’s Dolcevita above-ground pool is able to meet the expectations of a large number of demanding customers, looking for an easy to install, functional and aesthetically beautiful product

This Doughboy installation shows a timber pool can be landscaped into any type of garden - the garden started with a bank of earth and a magnificent pool area has been created

request other dimensions that are compatible with the modular nature of the system (half metre sizes are also available). The advanced technology used in the Dolcevita design allows it to be installed either as an in-ground pool, partially in-ground, or above-ground pool, thus offering the possibility to suit the characteristics of the ground perfectly. The optional soft ground kit allows erection of the Dolcevita without having to construct a concrete slab. Due to very competitive pricing and ease of installation, Laghetto Pools UK are seeing an increase in demand for their modular overflow and skimmer pools from the swim school sector. Last August the swimming instructors at a swim school in the North East built their pool in a few days and they now have a long waiting list and are in the process of ordering more pools.

top of their range are the Doughboy pools, which can be installed above the ground or in the ground with the option of a deep end. Full installation instructions come with the pools and the company offer full technical support. Doughboy pools start at 12ft (round) and go up to a massive 41ft x 21ft and have depths from 4ft to 7ft, meaning there is a size for everyone. Wooden pools have continued to be very popular over the last few years and Doughboy distributes the Interline bali timber pool which comes in rectangular, octagonal and stretched octagonal variations. Bluline accessories and chemicals complement all the pools which Doughboy sell.


Swimmer wooden pool kits offer a quick, easy and affordable above-ground solution. Available from Golden Coast, the versatile range of easy-to-assemble wooden pool kits has been specially developed to help wet leisure businesses meet their customers’ needs quickly and affordably. Delivered directly from stock, the kits are easy-to-assemble, ensuring that a professional installer – or a householder with reasonable self-build skills – can have either a fully above-ground or partly below pool up and running in just a matter of days. The complete kit contains everything

Doughboy UK Ltd is a distributor for all types of above-ground pools and pool accessories and the company understands that there are many choices to consider in today’s above-ground market and they want to help customers become more informed buyers. Their range includes the small, quickly installed intex pools and the azuro budget range of above-ground pools (which have buttresses at the side) and are suitable for people on a smaller budget but who want to enjoy a swimming pool. At the



With great aesthetics, quality materials and clever design, fresh from winning Gold at the recently held SPATA Awards, this wooden pool installation by Salisbury pool retailer, Spruce Pools, illustrates why the Certikin above-ground wooden is one of the market leaders. The owner of this pool originally requested that Spruce Pools install an in-ground swimming pool. However, the property is surrounded by two rivers, running either side of it, with a water table only 80 centimetres down, ruling out the chance of installing an in-ground pool. The Certikin wooden above-ground pool provided the perfect solution. Managing Director of Spruce Pools, Jeremy Chalke said: “The installation went very smoothly, we took delivery on Monday 54-56_SPN_June_16_Above-Ground_Pools_rev.indd 55

lunchtime and the customer was swimming by Friday evening, even though the water temperature was only 20oC. “The customer was absolutely delighted with the end result and uses the pool from April through to October. This is the third wooden pool that we have installed and each has been so successful that we intend promoting this product heavily in the future.” Jeremy added: “Leaving aside the fact that it is a stylish and superb quality pool, we like the wooden pool because it is Certikin. That means we know it’s solid and of sound construction; we have the assurance that we can easily get spares and we can access the whole raft of service and technical back-up that Certikin offers.”

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ABOVE-GROUND & WOODEN POOLS Available from Golden Coast, Swimmer Wooden Pool kits offer a quick, easy and affordable above-ground solution

The Octoo is part of the SCP’s exclusive Gardipool range which features a unique, patented system of dovetail joints which are reinforced by a stainless steel threaded bar

needed: from high-quality Russian redwood panels to the top rail, internal and external ladders, floor felt, wall linings, filtration, chemical and maintenance kits, solar and winter covers, and, of course, a clear installation manual. A range of shapes and sizes are available – from a 3.3m corner pool to a stretched octagonal pool measuring 8.1m x 4.6m. All pools are supplied complete with a ten year structural warranty. For customers focused on the health benefits of swimming, Swimmer’s wooden exercise pool kit is available, which is designed for use with the optional Badu overthe-wall counter-current unit. A host of optional extras, including a range of heaters and cleaners are available, ensuring that every need is met.

SCP’S GARDIPOOL AND GARDEN LEISURE BRANDS ARE SURE TO BE SUMMER HITS Exclusive to SCP, the Gardipool concept is based upon a unique, patented system of dovetail joints which are reinforced by a stainless steel threaded bar. These distinctive pools feature a 45mm wooden frame in treated grade 4 red pinewood, structural hardware fittings in stainless steel and coping in exotic hardwood. The pools are self-supporting structures with galvanised metal supports, which are fixed into a reinforced concrete floor. This allows the structure to be semi in-ground, in-ground or above-ground. The range includes the rectangular Quartoo model (which is also available with overflow), the Rectoo, which features a rectangular shape at one end, and the octagonal Octoo, completes this exclusive range of wooden pools. Gardipool wooden pools come as a complete package (composition depending on the model) but further accessories are available as an option including a solar

cover, winter cover, equipment housing, lights, and more. SCP also offer the Garden Leisure Canyon and Oracle above-ground pools and with 48” and 52” depths respectively, they will provide ample room for fun and swimming freedom in the summer months. The use of subtle curves and smooth lines combined with a high quality ‘wood grain’ look give an up-market bespoke finish to Canyon pools while the Oracle brings together human creativity and computer accuracy to create the most advanced design in above-ground pools. The components are carefully crafted using the latest materials and Vinyl Plexi-Coat finishes, which results in a product that performs as well as it looks for years to come. Both the Canyon and Oracle pools come as a set including overlap liner, sand filter/ pump set, skimmer, plumbing kit, ladder and a water treatment starter kit.

CERTIKIN’S WOODEN POOLS AIM TO BE ABOVE ALL OTHERS! Made of attractive Scandinavian red wood (walls) and Iroko hardwood, the Certikin above-ground wooden pool is robust, shouts quality and looks good in any garden, big or small. The pool has no side buttresses or braces, making it more attractive and compact than other products of its kind and it takes up a lot less space. The pool comes in three standard sizes, 4.2m x 4.2m, 4.7m x 2.9m and a larger 6m x 4.2m and can be madeto-measure (subject to specification). All the models below 6m x 4m are totally free standing and require no ground supports, making them much quicker to install. All have a steel support beam around the top of the pool underneath the Iroko top rail. The pool’s high specification includes the pool walls, steps, Certikin flow fittings,

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filtration, maintenance kit, cover and liner (30 thou mosaic and marbled at no extra cost). Fully foamed insulation is present on the bottom and the side walls. Suitable for both customer self-assembly and installation by pool retailers. A 316 stainless steel entry ladder comes with double top tread and an added structural support bar to reduce the liner wear. The sturdy timber exit ladder provides easy access for swimmers and can be simply detached when not in use. All models come with the option of a Walu safety cover – called the Woodstar. This is designed to offer the same level of safety and simplicity for above-ground pools (up to a maximum of 10m x 5m) as it does for in-ground. Secured with ratchets on preangled brackets and rolled with a convenient hand-wheel, the Woodstar is easy to install and operate. Available in a range of colours, the Woodstar removes the need for any other cover or roller system on an above-ground pool. To make it fit perfectly, cut outs for ladder entry points, filtration systems and counter-current devices can be included.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Certikin International 01993 778855 Doughboy UK 01273 495971 Golden Coast 01271 378100 Laghetto Pools UK 01202 849751 Plastica 01424 857802 SCP UK 01293 546126 25/05/2016 15:54

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Dolcevita Diva and Playa Mini Pool

POP! sizes available from 2.80 x 4.00 x 1.20m up to 6.60 x 12.70 x 1.20m

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Beautiful Pool Tiling Options That Will Impress

Designworks Tiles are renowned for their comprehensive range of pool and spa ready mosaics, which have been used in a wide range of projects

The options that exist today to finish off stunning looking pools and other wet leisure areas is as wide as its ever been and creating that all important bespoke finish is for many, the ultimate statement. Whether it’s some truly tremendous tile options or magnificent mosaic ideas, there seemingly is no end to the possibilities now on offer and we take a closer look at what’s on offer to add style and individuality to any project this year By Karen Witney


ow is the word that instantly comes to mind when viewing the numerous and diverse choice of tiles for swimming pools. Glass or ceramic with finishes that can be used throughout the pool and make a statement that either shouts robustly or gently whispers, depending on what the client determines. Although still used in many commercial installations, the days of the traditional blue and white tiled pools being the main option are long gone and pools can now sparkle with iridescent hues of many colours and glitter with gold or copper for a truly superlative look. Tiled pools are tough and are traditionally the choice for commercial pools. With the array of superb tiling options now available, domestic clients can also be tempted to spend a little more to obtain a pool that is visually beautiful, designed to their personal taste and with correct care will endure many, many years of top-notch family fun. As with any specialist finish the manufacturer or supplier should always be consulted as to which tiles are suitable for use in swimming pools, but this issue we 59-61_SPN_June_16_Tiling_&_Mosaics.indd 59

take a look at some of the tile companies and options.

WORLD CLASS FINISHES FROM A UK LEADER Domus is a leading UK supplier of swimming pool tile systems and solutions. With over 45 years of specialist experience, their technical knowledge is extensive and comprehensive. From Olympic competition pools to luxurious spas, they offer specification advice and leading industry products to create world class pool and spa projects. The breadth of Domus’ technical experience is substantial which provides clients and specifiers with not only a wealth of knowledge, but reassurance and confidence that a top quality outcome will be achieved. Domus has the UK’s largest selection of mosaic and glass tiles. Mosaic is versatile; it comes in a multitude of materials and can be fixed to flat or curved surfaces. Suitable for wet areas and pools, it has good slip resistance characteristics and can be used in many applications from fine detailing to feature wall or heavy wear environments.

From Olympic size competition pools and public leisure centres to private health clubs, spas and residential projects, Domus is an innovative and professional consultant and supplier of specialist services, products and solutions.

MIX ‘N’ MATCH MOSAIC COLLECTION WITH AN IMPECCABLE FINISH From innovative Italian mosaic tile maker, Trend, comes the classic Vitreo, Brillante, Shining and Feel collection, which marries the beauty and authenticity of vitreous glass tesserae, with a unique backing system that makes installing mosaics easier and quicker. The ‘collezione’ consists of colour-matched families – opalescent Vitreo, aventurina-accented Brillante, iridescent Shining and recycled glass Feel – all of which are 2cm (¾”) mosaic squares and can be used individually or combined together in studio-designed or custom mixes to create truly stunning effects. Vitreo is Trend’s coloured, semitransparent tile, produced using the superior ‘fused glass’ process and

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TILING & MOSAICS All that glitters plus hues of blue achieved with a colour mix of mosaics from Trend Tiles

coloured en masse, so that each tile is tinted throughout and thoroughly resistant to wear, sunlight and chemical agents. Offered in a choice of 80 different colours and smooth or textured surfaces, it is suitable for saunas, showers and swimming pools. Matched in size, thickness (4mm) and colour themes, Brillante is another coloured glass mosaic, this time enriched with sparkling veins of enamels and aventurina stone, formed by the centuries-old process of fusing silica, copper and colouring components. This veining is achieved by manually blending secondary material with the primary colour, while still in a liquid molten state, creating dramatic metallic highlights and a truly unique look. Shining brings the shimmer of iridescence to the 2cm collection, adding another level of creative possibilities. Rather than a surface application that disappears over time, the iridescence is obtained by adding semi-precious metal solutions while the glass is molten, so that it becomes permanent. Both Brillante and Shining are offered in 48 colours. Using cutting edge technology, Feel is created from everyday used bottles and glass containers and contains a minimum of 78% post-consumer recycled material, making it the most eco-friendly mosaic on the market. It is available in 12 translucent

Trend Tiles provided this pool with an unusual and effective almost holographic finish with tiles from their Vitreo range

colours, derived from natural elements and enhanced by luminescence. Each range can be used alone, but ‘mix and match’ is the hallmark of this Trend collection.

QUALITY FINISHES TIME AND AGAIN Designworks Tiles are the contract division for Original Style, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and distributors of quality tiles. The company is renowned for its comprehensive range of pool and spa ready mosaics, which have been used in a wide range of projects – from luxury residential pools to spas, leisure centres and resorts. Anti-slip options provide practicality and safety without compromising on aesthetic appeal. A selection of colours, textures and finishes, including metallic, sits alongside the capability to provide bespoke mosaic murals. These can be created from any high resolution image, taking the form of logos or custom designs to add a decorative effect. As well as a portfolio of beautiful and stylish products, Designworks Tiles also offers extensive customisation to functional grills. Able to produce drainage grills in the same material and shade as surrounding tiles with the same slip resistant qualities, Designworks Tiles can help to achieve a seamless finish.

Balanced Water Keeps The Shine! It is vital that pool owners and operators understand the necessity to ensure pool water is correctly cared for to ensure the tiling is not damaged by a build up of scale and the grouting damaged by acidic low pH. Unbalanced pH will cause the calcium carbonate to leach out of the pool water and form discoloured patches on the tiles. Regular pool maintenance and correct balancing of the water will prevent scale build up and improve water. • Total alkalinity level should fall between 80 and 120 ppm. This level should be adjusted prior to adjustment of pH.

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Pool water should be tested to ensure pH levels remain between 7.2 and 7.6. This can be adjusted by using a pH balancer. Calcium hardness levels should be maintained at between 200 and 235 ppm. Higher levels increase the risk of scaling. Reduce by adding fresh (soft) water or a scale inhibitor. Daily testing will ensure the levels remain manageable. Removing areas of waterline scale build up can be accomplished by scrubbing with a pool brush and the use of a tile cleaner that is compatible with pool chemicals.

A completely stunning pool and spa finished to glittering perfection with Alexander mosaics from Designworks Tiles

A vast range of sizes, styles and colours are on offer, from deep blue hues to vibrant greens and rich reds to pale whites and creams. Glowing gold effect mosaics are also available, with the added benefits of additional metallic ‘drop in’ tiles for those who want to create their own unique look. If you prefer understated style, matt finish or rugged splitface stone mosaics are an excellent choice, bringing as much style to the pool surround as the mosaics themselves. Recycled glass mosaics can provide an eco-friendly edge. Various product types such as mesh backed or film faced mosaics are available, so Designworks Tiles can provide a solution for any project. The company also has a dedicated and experienced customer service team and can provide a full design service, to help see projects through from conception to a top quality finish.

FROM SIMPLE AND CLASSIC TO UNASHAMEDLY LUXURIOUS The Mosaic Company is justifiably proud of their collection of swimming pool mosaic tiles. From the simple and classic through to the unashamedly luxurious, they have it all. Their collection of swimming pool mosaic tiles includes the timeless ceramic blends and simple glass mosaics for where a budget has to be met, but also iridescent and gold vein mosaics for when that extra touch of luxury is required. Used in combination with their swimming pool surround collection and industry leading adhesives and grouts, no project is too small or too big. Because their swimming pool mosaics are available in so many different colours and designs, the client or architect has the opportunity in creating a truly unique and stylish design that looks simply beautiful with the added advantage of a very practical anti slip finish. Swimming pool mosaic tiles can be used to create works of art and bespoke designs that relate back to centuries past in luxurious roman palaces. Their range of gold vein mosaic tiles will also give any swimming pool or spa that extra touch of luxury and glamour. Just like purchasing any of their mosaic tiles sometimes speaking to someone or asking a question helps immensely, please 25/05/2016 15:55


The Mosaic Company’s collection covers ceramic blends and simple glass mosaics to iridescent and gold vein mosaics for when that extra touch of luxury is required

contact Mosaic’s experienced team for any further information or to arrange samples of swimming pool tiles for your project.

FOR THE ULTIMATE ONE-OFF FINISH – BESPOKE MOSAIC DESIGNS FROM WAXMAN In addition to providing numerous ranges of pool tiles, Waxman Ceramics has a dedicated Design Service that works with the clients’ requests to offer a bespoke mosaic design that can add a spectacular finish to any pool. The Design Service can recreate anything the imagination desires. It employs one of four mosaic techniques for each individual design, with a choice of true Mosaic, Full mosaic, Cut mosaic and the contemporary digital print. With technology rapidly advancing, large scale, intricate mosaic designs have been

... the days of the traditional blue and white tiled pools being the main option are long gone and pools can now sparkle with iridescent hues of many colours and glitter with gold or copper for a truly superlative look” propelled into the forefront of pool tiling. A crisper and more sophisticated mosaic technique is becoming more and more en vogue, in the form of digital enhancement, where any high definition image is transformed into a spectacular mosaic – regardless of scale. The glass mosaic has been the king of the pool and spa castle for decades. It has durability that cannot be challenged and a

The Tile Association (TTA) Paper For Tiled Pools ‘The Design and Construction Process for Swimming Pools’ has been prepared by a Technical Working Group of The Tile Association. The Paper has been written with the aim of providing advice for all parties involved in the process of designing, building and maintaining internal and external swimming pools. For many years, the favoured materials for swimming pools have been tiles and mosaics so the Paper has concentrated on swimming pools clad with these materials. The Paper focuses on safety in use, the long-term performance of selected finishes (and their backing materials), 59-61_SPN_June_16_Tiling_&_Mosaics.indd 61

Waxman Ceramics has a dedicated Design Service that offers a bespoke mosaic design including contemporary digital print for the ultimate one-off finish

the technical performance of a specialist facility and the aesthetic performance of the pool. It covers Competition Swimming Pools, Leisure Swimming Pools, Hydrotherapy Pools and Health Club, Hotel and Private Facilities. TTA members will be receiving a copy free of charge, with additional copies at £30.00 and £50.00 for the document in PDF format for multiple use. Nonmembers price is £125.00 for both paper and PDF version. SPATA Members can purchase at the members’ price; a copy of their letterhead is required confirming their status.

facade that can take on various styles; it is well and truly versatile. Print uses high definition digital printing techniques to recreate the look of other materials. A glass mosaic at heart, the Print range morphs itself into various natural stone disguises with spectacular results. Three options are available, all replicating the opulent looks of marble, travertine and raw stone.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Designworks Tiles 01392 473037 Domus Tiles 020 7458 4000 The Mosaic Company 0117 955 6224 Trend GB 01892 509690 Waxman Ceramics 01422 311331

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Stunning Steel Lining A ‘Non-negotiable Must-have’

Hornbeams Basement Pool, North London


ornbeams is a magnificent multimillion pound new build private residence situated in North London. The five bedroom house has many impressive features including this stunning basement swimming pool complex which recently won a silver award in the ‘Residential Indoor Pools Up To £200,000’ category at the 2016 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, held during SPATEX in Coventry. Commissioned in April 2015, the 19 metre x 4 metre pool was designed and built by Sunderland based Whitewaters for the prestigious private development and features a unique stainless steel lining system from Aquinox. Mick Guthrie of Whitewaters explained: “This was a high

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specification development and the client had very set ideas about how the finishes should look throughout the property. Having recently swum in a commercial stainless steel pool, that standard of finish was a non-negotiable must-have. This presented quite a problem, as the pool walls formed part of the foundations for the house, and therefore had to be constructed from reinforced concrete. We therefore designed and created a watertight concrete pool basin which was then lined with stainless steel panels to give the aesthetic qualities that the client desired. “Blue underwater LED lighting was used to complement the steel and the client used subtle dark finishes throughout the pool hall, to create a dramatic effect. 25/05/2016 15:56


PROJECT COMPANIES DESIGN & BUILD Whitewaters 0191 551 2048

POOL LINING Aquinox 0191 551 2048

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL Calorex 01621 856611

WATER FEATURE Golden Coast 01271 378100

FILTRATION EQUIPMENT Certikin International 01993 778855

WATER TREATMENT Triogen 01355 220598

POOL LIGHTING AstralPool UK 01329 514000

“The end result is contemporary and elegant and was achieved within a very reasonable budget. Crystal clear water is guaranteed by a combination of cyclonic and conventional sand filtration, and the inclusion of a Triogen T2 ozone system minimises the dependence on chemical treatments.” Environmental control for the stunning subterranean pool area was provided courtesy of a Calorex variheat system and finishing touches included a stainless steel water cannon from Golden Coast which perfectly complements the pool lining. Now completed, the property along with its stunning swimming pool, has already found fame, appearing several times as a set for a prime-time TV show. SPN 62-63_SPN_June_16_Project_Showcase_Alt.indd 63

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Enhancing Features In And Around The Pool Lighting has developed at a fantastic rate over recent years and thanks to the latest innovative technology, fibre optic and LED lighting solutions are now enhancing many pools and other wet leisure environments across the country. Installations, both new and old, are benefiting from the latest energy efficient products which are often combined highly creative ideas, resulting in some incredible commercial and domestic settings. This issue, we take a closer look at some of the latest illuminating options By Andrea Hartshorne


he option of including pool lighting in a project has been an increasing requirement in new and refurbished pools for many years now. The choice and variations on offer continue to expand with new technologies and applications being introduced to the wet leisure market. Whether the budget for the pool or spa is modest or unlimited, lighting is a perfect way to enhance and show off the skills and efforts of all those involved in its creation. The options are available to both commercial and domestic customers so there’s no excuse for unadventurous lighting to be used in either sector. The market leaders offer the choice of LED and fibre optic lighting which is a great energy saving way to go. With so many colours and options available, regardless of budget, lighting is one of the best ways of highlighting features and areas that you wish to draw the eye to. Due to the many options available, pool lights have the advantage of enhancing decking, water features, paths and other outside spaces too. A modern mix of cleverly installed lighting can provide dramatic effect or be used to soften features and outdoor finishes.

Available in the UK, exclusively through Golden Coast, EVA Optic offers lighting options to provide a complete solution both above and below the water

EVA OPTIC MAKES LIGHT WORK – IN AND OUT OF THE POOL EVA Optic’s range of LED pool lighting provides excellent performance and economy for both competition and recreational applications. Available in the UK, exclusively through Golden Coast, EVA Optic’s indoor LED lighting technology has been specially engineered to withstand the harsh pool environment. The company is the first and only manufacturer to provide downlighters with a chlorine-resistant coating, which protects them from the chemical’s corrosive, lifeshortening effects. Meanwhile, its underwater lights are pressure-tested to 16 bar and can cope with depths up to 25 metres. Extreme heat levels near the roof of a pool facility can damage LED technology, but, thanks to EVA Optic’s self-regulating

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heat control, this high-efficiency lighting is protected against overheating and the risk of premature failure. Crucially, EVA Optic’s performance matches its outstanding engineering. Its comprehensive range includes lighting for sports halls and meets international swimming’s stringent requirements. Its

unique micro-prism technology pairs optimal visibility, a very low glare rate (UGR < 19). Suitable also for domestic pools, EVA Optic offers RGBW lighting options to provide a complete solution: above and below the water. Importantly, EVA Optic can be controlled remotely by owners – allowing them to transform their pool in just a few seconds. 25/05/2016 15:58

POOL LIGHTING EVA can be controlled via laptop, tablet or even smartphones – meeting every customer’s preference. EVA’s high-efficiency ambient lighting is suitable for use throughout a facility. It exceeds international competition standards for many sports courts and is a cost-effective solution for changing rooms, lobbies and corridors, too. The LED system’s high efficiency gives it a competitive advantage – resulting in substantial savings over traditional lighting media. Shaun Adams, a Director for Golden Coast, says: “LED technology is making sports lighting brighter and more energy efficient than ever before, both in and out of the pool. It gives sporting facilities the competitive advantage – resulting in substantial savings. LED lighting consumes as much as 87.5% less power than halogen lights of comparable performance. And with a life span of more than 60,000 hours, they last much longer – meaning further savings of time and money spent on maintenance. Typically, an investment in EVA’s LED lighting system can be earned back within three to five years.”

ASTRALPOOL HIGHLIGHT AN EXCELLENT REPLACEMENT OPPORTUNITY AstralPool supplies LED lighting for all kinds of swimming pools and with the right lighting, owners can enjoy a unique swimming pool every day. The company has seen tremendous growth in their LED sales with more than 350,000 projectors sold in the past five years making them one of the top 20 companies in Europe for volume. The company sees excellent potential

for growth in the replacement market too. As recently as 2007, the company had a 100% halogen / 0% LED split, which changed to 75% incandescent bulbs / 25% LED in 2013, and for 2014–2015 was 50% incandescent bulbs / 50% LED. The company’s LumiPlus LED projectors range is a family of underwater LED floodlights that combines the most efficient and advanced LED technology with innovative design. They work with the same cables and with existing transformers in installations and their PAR56 lights are suitable replacements in the majority of projectors on the market. They work with a wide variety of control systems too including: pushbutton, modulator and remote control, DMX protocol, LumiPlus Wireless and can also be controlled via smartphones or tablets. AstralPool have an extensive technical and human team in R&D for the comparative analysis of any LED projector on the market and use high power LEDs by the best manufacturers on the market: Philips LumiLEDs and Cree. Crucially, they also employ binning selection, which minimises the differences between different projectors. Two IMD finish options are available – pure white and stainless steel effect. AstralPool has sold more than 350,000 projectors in the past five years and with products such as the award award winning LumiPlus LED Design, see excellent potential for growth in the replacement market

Fairlocks offer a fantastic range of LED underwater lighting from Water-Tec which can be controlled wirelessly or via a smartphone over Wi-Fi

FAIRLOCKS LEDs ADD COLOUR AND SPARKLE TO ANY POOL Fairlocks offer a fantastic range of LED underwater lighting from Water-Tec and the technology offered allows for colours to be incorporated into a swimming pool and controlled wirelessly. The light fittings also come with an option to have fully remote RGB colour control through Wi-Fi, meaning they can literally be controlled at the touch of a smartphone. These UK manufactured light fittings can be fitted into liner or concrete pools, and offer over 50,000 hours life span. The fitting of these innovative LED swimming pool lights is easily managed with push or screw fit and no niche.


LIGHTING METAMORPHOSIS AT THE MIRANDABAD IN AMSTERDAM The Miranadabad in Amsterdam has undergone a complete lighting metamorphosis. The beautiful subtropical accommodation is newly equipped with multi-coloured RGBW lighting from EVA Optics – a colourful light show both above and below water! The most eye-catching feature of the Mirandabad is the huge glass dome with a diameter of no less than 45 metres. For even illumination of the entire dome, 12 x EVA Hydra spotlights were mounted to the steel construction. With these waterproof spotlights the dome is beautifully illuminated in all imaginable colours. This impressive lighting effect is 64-66_SPN_June_16_Pool_Lighting_Rev2.indd 65

further enhanced by multi-coloured LED underwater lighting (type EVA A12 40W). The lighting above and below water is centrally controlled by a DMX controller in the swimming hall (ArchiTech EVO). The colour of all lamps is changed at the same time with a simple push of a button. With pre-programmed scenes, complete light shows can be played back, fully adapted to the activities in the pool. Simply adjust the ambience to the audience. In the entrance hall, changing rooms, showers and rest rooms, EVA DL downlights type Aqua HE were used. These ceiling recessed lights, like the Hydra spotlight in the swimming hall, are specially designed

for pools where the requirements of the lighting system are high. Chlorine, heat and moisture are determinants for the life of swimming pool lighting. EVA Optic has developed a complete range of luminaires (type Aqua HE) especially for the demanding swimming pool area.

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POOL LIGHTING FOR FURTHER DETAILS: AstralPool UK 01329 514000 Certikin International 01993 777200

Waterco’s range includes the surface mounted BriteStream which utilises super-bright LED lights which sit only 11mm from the pool wall

The lighting can reflect the mood of an owner’s swim, or can brighten up a grey day. The colour choices are vast and each selection will be personal to an individual client. The lights are made up of bespoke 316 stainless steel front face plates and a hard anodised back. The durability of these Water-Tec light fittings offers clients extremely reliable lighting with unprecedented levels of options for underwater LED light fittings. Each unit can be supplied on request.

BRITESTREAM FLUSH MOUNTED LED LIGHTS FROM WATERCO A new level of ambience can be added to swimming pools, thanks to a great range of underwater LED lights from Waterco. Their range includes the surface and flush mounted BriteStream models which utilise super-bright LED lights capable of delivering 352 lumens of light. An innovative lens cools the LED to provide a uniform diffusion of light. The new BriteStream lights have a life span of more than 70,000 hours, which equates to a whopping 30 years of usage at an average of six hours per day. The modern design of the BriteStream also means it generates illumination virtually 180 degrees without any shadows, while only using approximately 15% of the power of an underwater halogen pool light. The BriteStream comprises a precisionbuilt printed circuit board, totally enclosed in a waterproof housing, constructed from polycarbonate materials that are UV, abrasion and corrosive proof while three O-rings provide a triple seal, eliminating the possibility of any leakages travelling up the power cord. Available in Brite White, Electric Blue or

EVA Optic Tel: +31 38 337 5067

Multicolour and with an optional stainless steel rim, once installed the flush mounted lights sit only 11mm from the pool wall.

CERTIKIN OFFER MULTIPLE LED OPTIONS FOR A VARIETY OF SCENARIOS The one guaranteed way of reducing running costs on a pool at the same time as enhancing its ambience is by the installation of LED lighting. The Certikin LT LED light offers staggering lamp life of up to 100,000 hours, that’s about 11 years if left on permanently. They also use less than 10% of the energy used by traditional 300W pool lights. The Certikin PAR 56 LED Underwater Light is environmentally friendly thanks to its long life expectancy and energy efficiency. It’s available in either a white light or a multi-coloured light unit (six fixed colours and six colour sequences) where a choice of fixed colour or automatic colour sequencing can be used to create a range of different effects. If required, the colour change LT LED can also be supplied as a DMX version. Available either as a complete PU6 or PU9, Certikin lights are ideal for retrofit into any PAR56 type lamp unit, the Certikin LT LED light is an ideal upgrade for any pool. Multi-colour LED lamps are available with an optional remote control for ease of operation on the poolside. Certikin also stocks the highly popular LumiPlus Mini LED light range with more illumination intensity, higher quality and energy efficiency. Just 100mm in diameter, LumiPlus Mini LEDs are offered in Pure White finish and stainless steel effect featuring In-Mould decoration methods to create the perfect stainless steel look. Colour change versions

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Fairlocks Pool Products Tel: 01865 988346 Golden Coast 01271 378100 Waterco Europe Ltd 01795 521733

are available and can be controlled via a control panel and remote control unit. Supplied as standard with 2.5m cable (other lengths are available to order). The LumiPlus Mini LED is best installed via the LTHD900 wall conduit but can also be simply fitted into 63mm pipe using the adaptors supplied. With its sleek design and aesthetically pleasing light beam the LumiPlus Mini LED looks great turned on or off. Whichever style lends itself to enhance a project, whether LED or fibre optic, the aesthetics of the pool needn’t be affected as, as technology continues to improve, there will be an option that suits your project perfectly. It’s time to get enhancing!

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Shows Roundup We look at what’s on and where over the coming months AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST POOL AND SPA TRADE SHOW HAS A NEW HOME After a decade at Jupiters, this year Australia’s SPLASH! Pool and Spa Trade Show will move across the road and be held in a bigger, single hall at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) which has 30% more floorspace than the previous show at Jupiters, which was the biggest ever Australian swimming pool and spa show. In April, the Show officially sold out of exhibition space, boding well for what the organisers expect to be the biggest and best SPLASH! ever. Being held on 17 and 18 August, the organisers are expecting 2,500 visitors to this year’s event. “The benefits to exhibitors include all being in one hall, with easier access and higher ceilings. For visitors it will also mean they can visit all the companies in one place and we are able to build meeting places on the show floor,” said Simon Cooper, Managing Director for organisers Interpoint Events. Interpoint has also released the extensive programme which includes marketing sessions containing valuable takeaways on reaching more potential customers, improving marketing efforts as well as step-by-step instructions on creating and 69-71_SPN_June_16_Shows_Roundup.indd 69

maintaining a social media presence. Additionally, as part of the extensive SPLASH! education programme, SPASA Australia and BioLab will host four education sessions and three workshops.

SPA & WET LEISURE EDUCATION STREAM TARGETS WET LEISURE VISITORS Off the back of a transitional 2015 event, LIW 2016 will feature six sector specific educational streams designed to bring in decision makers from all aspects of the leisure industry. Targetting the wet leisure industry, the Spa and Wet Leisure Education Stream will deliver comprehensive seminars and demonstrations on a wide range of topics such as: pool maintenance, safety, swimming classes, accessories and much more. Attendees will discover how to boost revenue and profitability from wet leisure facilities, drive down costs and fight the decrease in swimming numbers. To support the development of this world class educational programme, LIW are pleased to announce a new partnership with the STA to ensure the highest quality topics and speakers. UK Managing Director of LIW, Steve Orton commented: “We are determined to bring back the relevance of LIW to the wet leisure industry and we believe this partnership with

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the STA is integral to this. The STA bring a world renowned credibility and expertise to the event and we cannot wait to get started working with them to put on what will be an incredible event.” The STA is the world’s largest independent swimming teaching and lifesaving organisation, with over 8,000 members, and delivers the highest quality training across four key business areas – Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving, First Aid and Leisure Management. In partnership with STA, the Spa and Wet Leisure Education Stream will deliver seminars on effective programming for swimming classes, water treatment, health and safety, filtration and much more to provide delegates with the tools to save on costs and boost revenue. The Spa and Wet Leisure Education Stream is targeted at Swimming Coaches, Water Parks, Spas, Pool Designers, Swimming Pools, Gym Chains, Pool Maintenance Professionals, Engineers, Leisure Trusts and Councils.

A SUCCESSFUL MODEL CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY With a stable consumer climate, high renovation requirements and exciting trends, Stuttgart’s interbad exhibition couldn’t have chosen a better time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The German and international pool and bath sector meets in Stuttgart on 27 to 30 September and months before its opening, the exhibition space is almost completely booked or reserved. Over 300 companies have booked their stands already and 55 of them are new exhibitors. Both exhibitors and organisers – the German Society for the Recreational and Medicinal Bath Industry (DGfdB) and Messe Stuttgart – expect a good financial year in 2016. The latest surveys show that the industry can justifiably look forward to an optimistic future and can reflect with pleasure on over 50 successful years of the trade fair. “What started back in 1966 as a small exhibition has turned into a large international trade fair for swimming pools, saunas and spas,” said Dr Christian Ochsenbauer, Managing Director of DGfdB. The exhibitors appreciate the outstanding, compact structure of interbad which is both a sales show and a marketplace for ideas. A large number of renowned companies

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SHOWS ROUNDUP WHAT’S ON – AT A GLANCE AUGUST 17 – 18 August SPLASH! AUSTRALIA Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia Tel: + 61 (0)2 9660 2113 Email: Web: SEPTEMBER 17 - 19 September THE LEISURE SHOW Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Tel: +971 4 445 3625 Email: Web: 20 - 21 September LIW NEC, Birmingham, UK Tel: +44 (0)1926 485423 Email: Web: 27 - 30 September INTERBAD Messe Stuttgart, Germany Tel: +44 (0)1732 525950 Email: Web: OCTOBER 24 - 25 October HOT TUB LIVING EXPO NEC, Birmingham, UK Tel: +44 (0)1483 420229 Email: Web: NOVEMBER 2 - 4 November INTERNATIONAL POOL, SPA, PATIO EXPO New Orleans, USA Tel: +1 972 536 6343 Email: Web:

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have therefore regularly attended the trade fair for many years. “The concentrated quality and quantity of the entire pool and bath industry come together at interbad,” says Dr. Ochsenbauer. Great importance is actually attached to the exchange of information and experiences: the presentations in the exhibition halls are accompanied by events such as the Congress for Pool and Bath Technology whose conferences and special events impart concentrated competence and practical know-how. Another permanent programme item is now the Spa Market Conference, which features talks and workshops on design, cost-efficiency and marketing for wellness complexes. ‘creating atmospheres’, the expert talk forum established in 2014, examines topics such as energy conservation or operating concepts. Other popular programme items include the Swimming Pool Constructors’ Day and the Fitters’ Conference, which provides the trade with the latest findings for ‘everyday business’.


A new name isn’t the only change for October’s Hot Tub Living Expo. Returning to the NEC, the show will run over two full days on 24 and 25 October. In addition, organisers are introducing an Exclusive VIP Preview Evening on Sunday 23 October for a selection of carefully picked companies and individuals. The Preview Evening will allow VIPs to spend quality time with exhibitors and to view the latest products and services before anyone else. When the show opens on the Monday, visitors will be able to see new and exclusive products, leading industry brands and UK

brand debuts. In addition, there will be live forums and debates running over the two days so attendees can join in on discussions and find out about key challenges and opportunities for the industry moving forward. This year, the organisers are also introducing other new features on the show floor: • Live Industry Superstore – In partnership with exhibitors, the show’s organisers will be creating the dream showroom. Attendees will be able to engage with suppliers and experts on how to make the most of showroom space and learn essential sales tips and techniques. • The Hot Tub Living Marketplace - An open plan concept will provide each participant with a display space of either a podium, counter, showcase or similar, together with display for literature. • The Pool Product Zone – A dedicated area on the show floor for the UK pool industry to showcase the latest products. With all of these new features Event Director Claire Saunders commented: “This event will offer something for everyone involved in the wet leisure industry – from the UK and further afield.” As with previous editions, free parking, free Fast Track entry and free Wi-Fi are again on offer at this year’s event.

PISCINE GLOBAL LOOKS TO BUILD ON ITS NUMBER ONE POSITION Established for more than 35 years, Piscine Global, the marketleading exhibition covering the entire pool and spa industry, will take place for the 27th time from 15 to 18 November 2016 at Lyon Eurexpo. Piscine Global is considered the world’s biggest gathering of professionals in its sector, with nearly 600 exhibitors and 25/05/2016 16:01

SHOWS ROUNDUP 18,000 visitors expected to attend. In a recent interview, when asked if this year’s show is already looking set to build on its position as the leading event drawing in all the sector players from both the public and private sector, Show Manager Noémi Petit said: “There are several promising signs for the 2016 exhibition. “First of all, the pool and spa market figures for the end of 2015 were very encouraging, and 2016 has got off to a good start. “Secondly, the high levels of satisfaction with the 2014 exhibition have paid off and most of the suppliers have already confirmed that they are coming back, because they can be sure that attending the show contributes to achieving several key points of their strategy: new product launch, export, team incentive, events for their members, products training... Piscine Global offers an array of services tailored to these objectives. Between the Piscine Innovations area, the business meetings, the live in-pool demonstrations, the local authorities day, the presence of specifiers and tourism organisations and the hospitality services provided, everything is designed to meet the exhibitors’ and visitors’ needs, assist them and make everything convenient so they can get the most out of their participation. “And last but not least, Piscine Global guarantees that they will be able to meet a highly representative selection of buyers from across the sector – such as builders, distributors, specifiers and local authorities – with widely varying needs relating to designing, building, installing, maintaining or renovating pools and spas.”

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proclaimed the best ever, SPATEX 2017 is gearing up to celebrate its milestone Coming of Age 21st edition in style. With over 65% of available exhibition stand space sold in just five weeks, all the indications are that SPATEX 2017 is going to be the industry event of the year! Organiser, Michele Bridle, said: “We are grateful and very appreciative to our exhibitors for such a promising start to the year. A lot of the stand bookings are on the back of a hugely successful SPATEX 2016 Show which created such a buzz and feel good factor in the industry. We are planning on building on that success and making the Show even bigger in 2017!” You can expect all of SPATEX’s muchloved, familiar ingredients, coupled with some exciting new twists! All sectors of the wet leisure industry, from manufacturers, suppliers to installers, including all the biggest names from both home and abroad, will come together for three action packed days at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. Taking place for the first time as a midweek exhibition, SPATEX returns to the Midlands from Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 2 February and confidently expects well over a hundred eye-catching stands to feature at the UK’s largest display of innovations and products. The highly popular double seminar programme will return and bodies such as ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers), PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) and STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) will once again be playing an integral part in the industry’s most comprehensive, free technical training programme. With this being SPATEX’s 21st anniversary, no milestone would be complete without a celebratory networking party and a few surprises! Watch this space for details as the year unfurls.

WHAT’S ON – AT A GLANCE 15 - 18 November PISCINE GLOBAL Eurexpo, Lyon, France Tel: +33 (0)4 78 176 324 Email: Web: DECEMBER 3 - 11 December SALON PISCINE & SPA Paris, France Tel: +33 (0)1 47 56 64 65 Email: Web: 7 - 8 December CANADIAN POOL & SPA EXPO Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Tel: +1 877 743 1393 Email: Web: JANUARY 2017 24 – 26 January THE POOL & SPA SHOW Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Tel: +1 609 689 9111 Email: Web: FEBRUARY 2017 31 January - 2 February SPATEX 2017 Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK Tel: +44 (0)1264 358558 Email: Web: 7 - 10 February AQUATHERM MOSCOW Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia Tel: +44 (0)20 8439 5472 Email: Web:

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Water Safety USA Announces 2016’s Messaging Recently established Water Safety USA, a consortium of 13 national governmental and non-governmental organisations, has announced the group’s primary safety message for 2016; ‘Water Safety: it’s learning to swim and so much more’. Each organisation will take time to focus its swim season messaging to assert that everyone should learn swimming and basic water safety skills before they are unexpectedly in the water. Water Safety USA also offers many online resources provided by the organisations which provide help on why and how a person should learn to swim. “Warm weather is on the way, which means many families will be heading to beaches, pools, lakes and waterparks. The many organisations that make up Water Safety USA want to make sure the adults are prepared and inform them on how beneficial swim lessons can be,” said Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., a Water Safety USA representative

from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. “The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported in 2015 that every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. It breaks my heart because drowning is preventable with proper lessons and following simple safety tips.” Water Safety USA has come together to promote learning to swim to the public and to educate through safety tips for each outlet of aquatic fun. Messages and tips on safety at pools and waterparks, natural bodies of water, and the home environment can all be found on the organisation’s website at Water Safety USA encourages anyone to use the messaging and tips, including organisations or groups. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for all ages in the United States, which is why Water Safety USA highly encourages people of all ages to participate in formal swim lessons.

Learning to swim means much more than learning strokes though; it is learning water survival skills, practicing water safety, and developing comfort in the water.

Fluidra Also Offers Fountains Fluidra has acquired the ornamental fountain branch of business of Somhidros, Spain’s leader in the sector. This acquisition will expand its portfolio in the commercial pools sector. Somhidros has longstanding experience in the design, technological development and installation of ornamental fountains, water features and artificial lakes, amongst others. With a clear focus on sustainable innovation, the company’s projects deliver on low power consumption, as well as completely recycling the water used in them.

Highlights amongst Somhidros’ latest creations include the full makeover of Barcelona’s Montjuïc fountains, the installations at the Puerto Venecia shopping resort in Zaragoza, plus to numerous international projects in cities such as Moscow, Jakarta, Sochi and Baku; in the latter city, the company installed the world’s third tallest geyser-like fountain, which shoots the water up to 140 metres. Fluidra has extensive

experience in the world of fountains, and has worked alongside Somhidros as a strategic partner on many of its projects, such as a number of shopping malls in Russia. Fluidra +34 937 243 900

Aquadeck – A New Member Of Pollet Pool Group Pollet Pool Group (PPG), part of Pollet Water Group, has taken over Aquadeck, a well renowned Dutch company manufacturing slatted pool covers. With the takeover, PPG has reconfirmed its ambition to grow as a group and company. Aquadeck has manufactured slatted pool covers in house since 1999. Thanks to the use of high quality materials and the many possible applications, Aquatech has increased demand for its covers throughout Europe over recent years. The match with PPG is no coincidence. Thanks to the overarching Belgian Pollet Water Group, PPG has been active for over four decades in the water treatment/products sector and supplies components and complete systems throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. The pool branch group that operates as PPG, has eight subsidiaries

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in the most important European countries with a central warehouse of 18,000 m2. PPG has an extensive stock and sells its quality products only to professionals. The range of products includes a wide variety of components for the commercial and residential swimming pool market. With a staff of 17 product specialists, Aquadeck is a well established cover manufacturer in the world of pools and a reinforcement for PPG. By joining forces, the two brands can offer their customers the best of both worlds. Pollet Pool Group +32 5678 2057 25/05/2016 10:43


IN BRIEF EVOQUA ACQUIRES NEPTUNE BENSON US Based Evoqua Water Technologies announced recently that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Neptune Benson, a leading manufacturer of high-quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. Neptune Benson’s filtration and ultraviolet disinfection products can be found in more than 20,000 installations worldwide, covering 45 countries. The transaction is expected to close this spring and is subject to customary regulatory approvals. “We are excited to welcome the Neptune Benson team to the Evoqua Water Technologies family,” said Ron Keating, Evoqua Chief Executive Officer. “Neptune Benson’s filtration and disinfection products have been well regarded in the industry since 1956 and complement Evoqua’s existing businesses and markets served extremely well. This addition is a natural fit for us and is consistent with our growth plan to double our business by the end of 2021.”

NATURAL CHEMISTRY ACQUIRES SEAKLEAR Natural Chemistry L.P. has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of the SeaKlear business, a division of HaloSource, Inc. in a deal expected to be concluded before summer 2016. SeaKlear is a wellknown brand to the pool and spa industry having first introduced its products in the mid 1980s. “We are delighted to add the SeaKlear range of products to Natural Chemistry, and to offer our customers a choice between two great brands,” said Mark Munford, CEO. Natural Chemistry L.P. has been in business since the late 1980s when it pioneered the use of naturally based enzymes in swimming pools and spas. As a leader in specialty pool water care, Natural Chemistry’s mission is to create, develop and deliver exceptional products to improve the swimming pool experience. 72-73_SPN_June_16_World_News_rev.indd 73

13th Annual WAHC – Registration Now Open Registration for this year’s World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) is now open. The three-day event, hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), takes place at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on 19-21 October. Attendees will benefit from over forty seminars being offered during this year’s conference. Tracks for 2016 will focus on Advanced Service Concepts, RWI/Advanced Chemistry, Health Benefits, Public Health, the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code, Advanced Filtration Science, Facility Management, and New Industry Technology. More than 400 experts and specialists convene at the WAHC to develop professionally, network with industry leaders, and help shape the future through aquatics. Yearly attendees include pool operators, service technicians, aquatic managers, environmental health officials, academia, pool builders, retailers, and manufacturers from many different countries. This year’s keynote speakers will be author Dr Wallace J. Nichols and professional waterman Bruckner Chase. Dr. Nichols will share with attendees

the Blue Mind concept which expresses the importance of water in all aspects of life for individuals. Mr Chase will continue the conversation by illustrating new ways of empowering more people to create a relationship with water. The WAHC always includes pre and post conference events for additional learning opportunities. In 2016, attendees can join the everpopular Insider’s Tour of local aquatic facilities and gain knowledge at the USA Swimming Regional Build a Pool Conference. Other aquatic organisations also have the ability to host a meeting near the dates of the WAHC and can contact the Conference Team to schedule a room and time. Convenient registration, seminar schedule, presenter bios, special conference events and links to the hotel room reservation group rate can be found on the WAHC website. Registration from 1 June to 31 July is priced at $495, while registration after 1 August increases to a final cost of $595. WAHC +1 719 540 9119

APSP & NSPF Boards Agree to Unify In the US, the boards of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) met in April and agreed in principle to merge the two organisations. Both boards believe that the merge will better support the present and future needs of the aquatics industry. Rich Garbee, APSP Chairman of the Board, and G. Bruce Dunn, NSPF Chairman of the Board, jointly stated: “The aquatics industry has seen dramatic changes over the past ten years. APSP and NSPF each have a distinguished history of service to our industry. We are excited to build a vision where we can achieve even more together.” A process is underway to plan and implement this merger of equals.

Sauna Showroom Grand Opening A Success A grey and soggy weekend at the end of April seemed like the perfect time to promote the warmth and wellness of Almost Heaven’s US-made saunas as the company hosted a Grand Opening for their 2,500 square foot showroom. The surrounding communities in West Michigan now have access to one of the largest sauna display showrooms in the Midwest, a place to learn more about the compelling health and wellness benefits associated with regular sauna bathing. Outside the cold and drizzle lingered, but inside, the Claro Sauna from the Deluxe Sauna collection was turned on and hitting 85°C. More than a dozen saunas were on display, including

examples from the company’s Barrel Sauna collection, Indoor Sauna collection, Deluxe Sauna collection, Infrared Sauna collection and even Wood-Burning Sauna collection. Visitors also had a chance to preview some models being added to Almost Heaven Saunas’ wider product line up in the coming months – the wood-burning Thornwood and the new Princeton View. Shoppers were able to take advantage of prices of up to 50% off the retail price and also had the opportunity to enter to win a free Radiant LX1 Sauna. Almost Heaven Saunas +1 616 546 2629

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What’s New Online With online sources providing more information than ever before, we highlight new or updated websites and companies that have started within the industry

One of the UK’s leading wellness suppliers recently launched their new website. Offering sauna and steam products to the domestic and commercial markets, the Aqualine Saunas website offers a wide range of wellness products from Harvia, Luxwel and SaunaMed along with a number of associated accessories. Aimed at the end user, the site provides plenty of information for the end user, explaining the benefits and differences between the products and provides a useful buyers guide. For the products offered, it goes into detail on each but very handily, allows visitors to compare products against each other. Completing the wellness offering, hot tubs are also available via a sister website.

In addition to their new Pleatco PoolMate® mobile app, Pleatco have launched a new content rich website. From the home page of the modern site, visitors are given four simple options – Pool, Spa, Community and Support – with videos for each describing the contents of that section. Once selected, each section contains a lot of information, which is easily navigated as it is essentially a single, scrollable page of content but divided up nicely by sections. It’s a site that’s been designed to be explored and video content features prominently throughout it. The previously mentioned PoolMate® mobile app can be downloaded from within the Community section.

With the introduction of their new branding, chemical specialist Lo-Chlor have also released a slick new website which contains a lot more information than its predecessor. The easy to navigate site essentially breaks down into three main sections – pool chemicals, hot tub chemicals and problem solving. If you know which product you are looking for, the new site displays clear information on each of the products within the Lo-Chlor range. If you navigate via the ‘problems’ section, it offers product solutions for a number of water issues along with suggestions for products to prevent the issues from happening in the first place. There’s also useful background information on each problem too.

Pentair Pool Europe have launched their new website and in addition to a much cleaner feel and more animation, the big difference is the way in which product information is organised and offered. When accessing the new, responsive site via the ‘Pool Professional’ option, visitors have access to a wealth of information on each of the company’s many products. Each has numerous download options for product literature and images. New products are neatly separated as are the company’s more eco-friendly pool products. Tools include calculators and videos along with a digital edition of the current Pentair Product Catalogue. A warranty section is also accessible.

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