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an in depth look at the latest enclosure solutions that are extending the swimming pool season whilst simultaneously reducing the maintenance and costs of pool ownership. We also take a closer look at a number of organisations that are educating personnel and who provide official training to staff across a variety of subjects and who utilise a number of methods. Last, but by no means least, we have a preview for November’s Piscine Global Europe event held in Lyon, France. As the largest industry show in the world, it’s arguably a must attend event and will showcase many products and trends for the season ahead.

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Since the last edition of SPN, the weather Gods here in the UK have remained kind to the industry, with decent, warm days lasting right up until the end of September. The 2018 season will certainly be one which is remembered fondly by the industry and beyond. After all, summers like the one we’ve just had are all too infrequent so I’m sure it’ll come as no real surprise that the Met Office confirmed what pretty much everybody knew and declared it as the joint hottest on record together with 2006, 2003 and 1976. For our industry though, the last few months have proven to be particularly beneficial with businesses being rushed off their feet meeting the increased demand of an overheating British public. Even rumblings concerning hosepipe bans weren’t enough to slow down wet leisure purchases, although thankfully, they never actually materialised – something which again benefited the domestic side of the pool and spa market.

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With the holidays done, the kids now back at school and with the first few chilly mornings and nights making an appearance, it feels like the season finally has some closure and businesses are now using the time to reflect on an amazing summer. Many will be taking stock, analysing both the successes and the failures and then starting to plan for the months ahead. It’s therefore appropriate that in this issue we have a number of features that look at the future in various ways. They include

We also have a feature covering some amazing bespoke tiled spas and swim spas, solutions which are perfect for both commercial and increasingly domestic settings, plus high-end hot tubs are also under the spotlight as we look at a variety of premium models costing in excess of £10,000. As if that wasn’t enough, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams gives his opinion on procrastination, whilst the STA looks at breakpoint chlorination and the associated risks from non-compliance. The hidden menace of sulphates is also highlighted and we’ve a stunning project showcase covering a luxury London pool and saunarium. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus we’ve got our roundup of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad. So with this our usual wide range of subjects covered, hopefully we’ve provided a bit of something for everyone in this issue of SPN. And with the busy summer months now behind us, I hope you’ll now have some time to enjoy reading it!

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Attractive and versatile over the top solutions that can extend the pool season


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The industry’s associations dedicated pages Breakpoint chlorination and the associated risks from non-compliance


Testing experts Lovibond Tintometer look at the issue of sulphates in pools


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All the Latest News, Info, Products and Gossip From the UK Pool and Spa Industry and Beyond

A Made To Measure Pool! Creating a deluxe pool for a restricted space can be challenging yet nothing has been lost in this SPATA award winning pool which was designed by London Swimming Pool Company and built in the narrow basement of a luxury London townhouse. The 9m x 3m and 1.7m deep pool is finished in iridescent deep blue Casa Dolce Chroma Eucalipto mosaic tiles; and bespoke honed quartz silver natural stone tiles are set around the pool, creating a touch of glamour and personalisation for the minimalist design. The walls of the pool hall are finished in complementary silver quartz strip cladding by Island Stone. A transparent glass wall runs the length of the room leading to the pool hall entrance. This and the window at one end of the pool create a feeling of a much larger space. Downlighters, ceiling and wall strip lights reflect in the deep blue pool, complementing the Wibre underwater pool lighting. These design elements combine to create a warm and inviting ambience, just what the client wanted. The pool plantroom is equipped with state-of-the-art plant including an AstralPool Viron cartridge filter, a Badu pump and environmental control is performed by a Phoenix 500 Super Plus air handling unit.

Water treatment is provided by a Bayrol Pool Manager oxygen dosing system and a Rainbow offline chlorine feeder. London Swimming Pool Company 020 8605 1255

Leading Lamination Company Launches New Identity Lamination services specialist Archbond has launched a new brand identity to better reflect its status as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of laminated materials. The company’s new management team decided that it needed a strong brand to more clearly communicate its business offering. Following a strategic review with design agency 22 Create, they decided on a simplified approach emphasising Archbond’s USPs, which culminated in a new logo, website, samples and exhibition graphics. “Archbond is a leading provider of lamination services across multiple sectors,” explained Steven King, Managing Director of Archbond. “However, our research identified that potential customers were not always aware of our complete range of services. “By working with our design partners 22 Create, we identified a new brand identity that fully encompasses our portfolio of work. The new website delivers a modern and user-friendly experience through a focus on our heritage and range of lamination services, helping customers to find

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information much more easily.” As a specialist in polyethylene (PE) foam, Archbond is a leading manufacturer of material for thermal swimming pool covers for both domestic and commercial use. The new website builds on this pedigree and clearly presents Archbond’s lamination technologies across flame, infra red and hot-melt lamination, as well as their relevance across sectors. The new image-led website is much clearer and easier to navigate, enabling users to search for relevant lamination capabilities, case studies and news that showcase the possibilities that are achievable with Archbond. “We are very excited about the launch of our new identity and look forward to presenting this to our customers for the first time at the Piscine Global exhibition in Lyon, France this November,” added Steven. Archbond 0116 284 1222 03/10/2018 14:04










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The leading experts In pool ventilation

Recotherm have been in the business of ‘Controlled Fresh Air’ ventilation for 30 years. We offer high grade pool ventilation solutions to the Swimming Pool Contractor, at a price that is comparable with our competition, with quality and efficiency as standard. We are widely used by leading Mechanical and Electrical Engineers on large pool/leisure complexes due to our ability to provide ventilation solutions that work well, with minimal running costs. That pedigree is also available for the smaller pool/spa complex market. It is because we have years of experience in this technology, that we can keep improving our capabilities and performance year on year. This benefits our customers by our continued development of high grade units that are reasonable in price, particularly when purchase and running costs are combined.

We design and manufacture all our units in the UK using state-of-the-art climate control strategies that take full advantage of BEMS, EC fans, fully modulated valves, double skinned cabinet construction (for better insulation and longevity) to produce a unit that works efficiently for many years and delivers exceptionally low running costs for the end user. Our products are only available from ourselves direct meaning there are no middle men to pay. Our design team can accommodate special adaptations and offer a ‘flat pack’ service that helps where access to the plant room is limited. If you want the very best that is on the market, and a product that will make your customers happy and will last for years, and save them money over the lifecycle of the unit, please call for our help.


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BROCKWELL LIDO SET FOR REVAMP Users of Brockwell Lido in south London can look forward to a better swimming experience after it was confirmed by operator Fusion, at a recent AGM, that a planning application has been submitted for a new pool lining and underwater lighting. Fusion have managed the Lido since 2007 having been awarded a 25 year lease for the Grade II listed pool. Planning for the upgrade will involve dialogue with both English Heritage and Lambeth Council – the owners of the art deco building. At the AGM, it was also reported that 2018 had been a record-breaking year since Fusion took on the lease. More than 330,000 visitors attended resulting in a 14% increase on the previous year. Much of this was down to the long and hot summer experienced by many across the UK. 4+7+9_SPN_Oct_18_News_General.indd 7

A new edition of Swimming Pool Water, the book that has defined pool treatment for two decades. Authoritative, comprehensive, a fine balance of technical detail and clarity.

PWTAG will be holding their annual conference on 4 December at Drayton Manor in Staffordshire and it promises to be a Tuesday to remember. There are some details still to be finalised, but one of the main events of the day will be the launch of a new book, ‘Hot Tubs in Business’. It’s the first of three spa books PWTAG will publish over the next year. The other two will be about commercial spas and domestic spas. PWTAG decided the book should be released first, as domestic-style hot tubs – perhaps badly chosen or installed, poorly maintained or wrongly used – can be lethal when they’re used for business purposes. There have been a number of outbreaks, including fatalities, linked to hot tubs in holiday park rental units, hotel bedrooms, holiday lets, on hire and even on display. The new book draws on the guidance in HSG282, but is supplemented by the expertise represented on this group and is presented in the clear and definitive fashion that the many thousands of readers of PWTAG’s ‘Swimming Pool Water’ have appreciated over the years. Anyone operating, or contemplating installing hot tubs as part of a business activity will need this book if they want to be both safe and up-to-date with the

Produced by the uniquely independent Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group. PWTAG: over 30 years of definitive guidance and standards.

This third edition is updated throughout and expanded – 33% longer than the 2009 edition. New information on important issues including Cryptosporidium, baby swimming, pool management, UV validation, upgrading pools, balance tank design, birthing pools, swimming ponds, hydrotherapy pools and new horizons.


The future of Coventry’s nearest outdoor swimming pool is under threat as Warwick District Council looks to improve leisure facilities in the area. The council says replacing the lido at Abbey Fields in Kenilworth, which is used by many Coventry families during a warm summer, with a new indoor pool would allow swimming lessons all year round, plus increase revenue at the site. Dubbed a ‘gem’ by campaigners, a petition to save the pool has been signed by more than 3,000 people so far. The council will be consulting the public on all of the available options for the site with the results and costs for each being made available in December, however, the final decision will remain with the council.

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World Leisure Saves Water For Village Hotels

Leyland-based swimming pool company World Leisure (UK) Ltd is set to reduce water consumption at four Village Hotels by an estimated 1.4 km3 (1,388m3) per year, providing significant water bill savings annually across the sites. The water savings will come from regenerative media systems fitted at Village Hotels in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Portsmouth, which save water by eliminating the need to backwash filters in comparison to conventional sand filters. World Leisure Managing Director Simon Smith said: “The basic difference between regenerative filters and conventional high-rate sand filters is the operating premise.

Sand filters use depth filtration while regenerative filters use surface filtration. “Comparatively, the regenerative filters incorporate about ten times the filter area of a similar-sized sand filter and the particles removed from the water are retained on the surface of fabric covered flex tubes. “Sand filter traps most of the same dirt particles deep in the media bed until backwashing is required and the process of lifting or fluidising the bed takes time and a huge amount of water to backwash out the collected particles. “With the regenerative filters, simply emptying the vessel releases the particles collected during the filter cycle.”

The regenerative filters fitted at Village Hotels are set to achieve an approximate average reduction of 347m3 litres of water per hotel in water dumped per year in comparison to sand filters, meaning sewerage and fresh water costs will be greatly reduced. Village Hotels National Operations Manager Andy Logan said: “Water usage is a massive issue environmentally, so the more we can do to save it the better. The reduction in water usage also helps save on our water and waste bills, allowing us to reinvest into our facilities for the benefit of our customers.” World Leisure (UK) Ltd 01772 284883

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NEWS NEW FUTURE FOR WIGAN POOL The future for Hindley Community Pool in Wigan looks bright following a commitment to keep the pool open. As part of The Deal, to keep the facility open and enhance its services, it is being transferred to Wigan Council. A community group has been running the pool since 2013 but the group has now disbanded and a new direction for the long-term sustainability of the pool is now needed. Leader of the council, Cllr David Molyneux, explained: “Back in 2013 we were facing the enormous challenge of taking £160m out of the council’s budget and The Deal had only just launched. “We didn’t want to start shutting facilities so instead we began working with communities through The Deal to look at how we could support them to take over some facilities. “We are all in agreement that the priority is the continued operation of the pool and its future as a much loved community facility.”

NEW KIRKLEES LEISURE CENTRE GETS GREEN LIGHT A £15m leisure centre for North Kirklees has been approved and will feature an eight-lane 25m pool with seating gallery plus a fivelane 20m training pool with a movable floor. Kirklees Council has given the go-ahead for the new Spen Valley Leisure Centre which will replace the current Spenborough Pool & Fitness Complex which is almost 50-years old. The huge investment is the first major leisure infrastructure in the north of the borough for decades, but it comes at the cost of displacing current users of the swimming pool for two years. 4+7+9_SPN_Oct_18_News_General.indd 9

Clarity Regarding ISPE-Endorsed Pool Plant Operator Training Since the publication of the ‘Swimming Pool Water’ book by the PWTAG in November 2017, there has been some confusion with regard to the suitability of ISPE-Endorsed Pool Plant Operator training courses. The following statement has been issued by the PWTAG to try to remove some of this misunderstanding (Source: PWTAG website uk): “Training accreditation – The 2017 edition of Swimming Pool Water (page 33) recommends that pool operator training should be: ‘suitable and sufficient and should be accredited by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG)’. Accreditation shows that the training meets the requirements of the Code of Practice. To clarify, training that is to the same standard as PWTAG’s, but is not formally endorsed by PWTAG, may also be suitable and sufficient. In

such circumstances, pool managers should satisfy themselves that the training provided incorporates the information in PWTAG’s training syllabus. It can of course include additional material.” While the PWTAG may recommend that all pool operator training for (public) pools be PWTAG-accredited, there are a number of other well-established training providers that are suitably experienced in delivering pool plant operator training that are not PWTAG accredited and are not required to be so. This was confirmed in answer to a question at the CIMSPA Conference in Kenilworth in February 2018, when an HSE

speaker replied “Training does not have to be PWTAGaccredited”. All ISPE-Endorsed Pool Plant Operator training providers have confirmed to the ISPE Council of Management that their training is kept up-to-date and is amended, as required, on a continuous basis, to reflect lead body guidance and new Regulations and Standards that are introduced, including but not limited to, the new PWTAG CoP and the new PWTAG book. Therefore, all ISPE-Endorsed Pool Plant Operator training can be recommended to meet all your pool plant training needs and keep you compliant with current guidelines. ISPE 01603 499959

hth® Briquette Feeder Gives Cotswold Pool Summer Confidence Featuring a heated 25m pool and toddler pool, slide and café, The Lido at Chipping Norton is an oasis in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. With another busy season expected, The Lido’s management team were looking at ways to improve the water quality for its visitors on a dayto-day basis. After some initial discussions with the senior staff, CPC were tasked with submitting and installing a suitable dosing system to help perfect the popular Lido’s water quality on a day-to-day basis. It was proposed that to

maintain this challenge a new generation hth® Easiflo briquettes feeder would be installed. Once running the Lido’s staff have benefited from the new system’s constant monitoring and response, taking away the need for regular hand dosing of chlorine. The hth® Easiflo feeder produces a calcium hypochlorite solution on demand from the automated control unit. The hth® Easiflo briquettes are placed inside the hopper of the feeder. When the auto control indicates a need for chlorine, filtered pool water is directed onto the briquettes via the patented spray

system. This produces a stable chlorine solution, which is then drawn into the pool circulation under vacuum created by the venturi. Commenting on the installation, one of The Lido’s management team said: “Overall a good experience, equipment is easy to understand, handle and maintain, and the processes have been easy to teach to our support staff too. It gives us much greater confidence in our pool water treatment and we have been able to keep our chemical levels on a more even keel through this very busy and hot summer.” Complete Pool Controls 01242 662700

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Council Improves Access To Swimming Pools With New Poolpods Enjoying a swim in the pools at Omagh Leisure Complex and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum has become much easier for people with restricted mobility with the installation of a new Poolpod at each venue. The Poolpod project was delivered by Disability Sport NI in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and funded by the Department for Communities through Sport NI. Speaking about the Poolpods, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton said: “One of the key themes of the Fermanagh and Omagh 2030 Community Plan is to ensure the physical, mental and emotional well-being of everyone in the district. “Inclusivity is at the heart of that theme. Through working in partnership with Disability Sport NI, the Council has striven to improve access and inclusion to sports facilities and programmes for all people across the district. “The pods will enable people with disabilities or mobility issues to access the pools in a dignified and relatively straightforward manner.” Kevin O’Neill from Disability Sport NI, said: “The facilities that have received the

New £29m Leisure Centre For Eastbourne Gets Green Light

Poolpods have shown a great commitment to improving access and providing their staff with disability inclusion training. This project is part of the wider District Council Disability Sports Hub Project which recently saw a significant investment into disability sports equipment in every council area.” Both Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure Complex are accredited ‘Inclusive sports facilities’. The installation of the Poolpods is part of a recent overall investment of over £150,000 in the creation of Disability Sports Hubs at both Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Omagh Leisure Complex, in partnership with the Department for Communities and Disability Sport NI.

Plans for a brand new £29m swimming and leisure complex for Eastbourne have been given the go-ahead by Cabinet councillors. The bigger revised scheme to replace the existing Sovereign Centre includes eight lanes in the main pool, 204 spectator seats, a training pool with diving boards and a new ‘Clip & Climb’ facility. Original plans have been revised after consultation with Eastbourne Swimming Club and Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group to enable a wider range of people to use the new facility. Reasons for the increased cost of the complex include a bigger floor area due mainly to a bigger main pool, more spectator seating, allowance for CCTV drown detection system and inflation costs. Other attractions in the complex will include a fun pool with wave machine, eight lane 10-pin bowling, children’s splash area, soft play area, a café and two party rooms. There will also be a lift and Changing Places room to provide facilities for disabled users. Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Leisure Services Councillor Margaret Bannister said: “We have listened to Eastbourne Swimming Club and believe this is a bigger and better revised scheme that will give Eastbourne a top-class theme destination. The additional facilities will bring in more residents, holiday makers and day visitors to the centre.” Public consultation will now take place on the scheme that will be followed by a planning application with construction expected to start in summer 2020. The new centre will be built by Clear Sustainable Futures, a joint venture agreement with Eastbourne Borough Council, Robertson Capital Projects and AECOM.

Barrhead Foundry Pool Re-opens After £2.5m Upgrade Customers in East Renfrewshire are now benefitting from a major refurbishment at Barrhead Foundry following a £2.5m upgrade to the swimming pool, health suite and changing rooms. The swimming pool upgrade gives customers a vastly improved facility, with modernised equipment to ensure even better water quality. Natural, energy-efficient lighting and new tiling has been installed to further enhance the swimming experience. The new changing village provides a more spacious layout, with new cubicles, lockers and showers. The health suite, which includes a new sauna cabin and steam room, has also been refurbished with a new shower cubicle and

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changing area. Gym customers will benefit from upgraded and reconfigured changing areas, which incorporate new showers and lockers. “This significant investment by the council has improved and modernised the swimming pool and changing areas at the Foundry and I’m sure will be welcomed by

our residents. The new changing village is more family friendly, with more cubicles, and provides modern shower facilities which were required. This was a major project and it’s fantastic to see it completed on schedule, with residents from Barrhead and beyond now able to benefit from these improved facilities,” said Council Leader Tony Buchanan. “I’m delighted with the improvements which have been made and I’d like to thank our customers for their patience during these works. They will all notice a big difference in the quality of the pool, health suite and changing areas,” added Anthony McReavy, Chief Executive of East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure. 03/10/2018 14:04

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Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! With a huge bay and stunning sandy beach, Gorleston-on-Sea lies just to the south of Great Yarmouth and features a number of child-friendly attractions. One of which was a paddling pool, but having been built in the 1960s, it had reached the end of its serviceable life. The paddling pool had been well-used and the challenge was to install a modern aquatic facility in Gorleston that would thrill its visitors and withstand the test of time. Following a procurement process, Great Yarmouth Borough Council awarded the design and build contract to Ustigate Waterplay in April 2018. Gorleston’s Splashpad could not have been installed in a better year with the summer of 2018 being the hottest on record since 1976! The Splashpad consists of 38 products altogether, all programmed to run on a sequence that lasts approximately 20 minutes. During hours of operation, the aquatic play can also be activated by touching a button on the inclusive bollard or by touching a choice of two activation pads on the surface. Upon entry to the area you are greeted by a selection of gentle ground sprays of varying heights that provide a nice placid introduction to the forthcoming activity of getting wet. The cluster of sprays at the start of the course are ideal for small children that are experiencing aquatic play for the first time. Waterplayers that are keen to explore a more adventurous form of aquatic play are encouraged to venture further into the area where they will find spinning and splashing galore! The whole of the design lends itself to an ocean theme to entice children’s imagination and to further complement the location of this wet play facility. Ustigate Waterplay 01322 424445

Knowledge Is Power They say knowledge is power and in a fast-paced industry like ours, it surely is. It provides new ways of thinking, working and inspiring – giving a competitive edge needed to win over new business. This is certainly true at Golden Coast, where the company are always looking for ways to enhance the team’s knowledge base. From in-house training to industry-wide certification, the company understands the rewards of investing in expertise. This awareness and understanding of the technical (and not-so-technical) challenges customers face and the proven methods available to overcome them, adds real value to Golden Coast’s customer offering. However, it also enhances what they can offer their customers too. That’s why they have heavily invested in developing a wide range of resources to support customers in meeting their goals and here are the company’s top three resources: Andy’s Answers on YouTube – This video library answers real questions asked by Golden Coast customers, such as ‘how to change the shaft seal on a swimming pool pump’. Hosted by Andy James, the company’s in-house technical expert, videos on the channel have been watched more than 400,000 times since its launch

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in 2012. Free online resources – From e-books and brochures to manuals and technical guidance, the Golden Coast website is packed with the information you need to work effectively (and profitably). Simply head over to the ‘Resources’ section of the Golden Coast website. The sauna e-book is particularly popular and provides a good launchpad for those looking to diversify and gain yearround income. Training support – To ensure any team is equipped with the skills necessary, Golden Coast’s sales team can arrange training sessions which are tailored to exact needs. These can cover a range of products (new and existing) or focus on just one – for either a sales team or for engineers. What’s more, Golden Coast can host them in their dedicated training and display rooms. In addition, the company regularly organise factory visits for their customers and the feedback from these has been extremely positive. Golden Coast 01271 378100

APG Leisure To Increase UK Presence With New Partnership APG Leisure have agreed a new partnership with BECO Beermann (the global swimming accessories, aquafitness and swimwear manufacturer) that will see the Cheshire based company become the official distributor in the UK and Republic of Ireland. “Our new partnership with BECO Beermann marks the start of a new journey for APG Leisure and our customers, which sees APG Leisure expanding its marketing offering to include swimming accessories, aquafitness equipment, training aids, leisure and competitive swimwear. The collaboration comes as the UK company actively seeks to expand its offering within the UK and Ireland,” said Paul Smith, Marketing Director of APG Leisure. “We are delighted to be partnering with APG Leisure – one of the UK’s leading aquatic suppliers with a rapidly growing UK presence. We feel their strategic position and reputation for providing a high level of customer service fits well with our own core values,” added Thorsten Schröer, BECO Beermann Founded in 1923, BECO Beermann is known for its style-driven, affordable and high safety certified products. Across Europe alone the BECO range can be seen in close to 75% of swimming pools. APG Leisure 01260 543969 03/10/2018 14:05

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Additional Service Engineers Boost Heatstar’s UK Coverage With the appointment of an additional two new service engineers, Heatstar now offer an unrivalled level of after sales support with improved coverage throughout the UK. Heatstar believe that after sales support nationwide is so vital that it is something that can never be left to chance or, for that matter placed in the hands of any third party. Heatstar, therefore employ their own team of dedicated engineers, completely knowledgeable about the products and equipped with vans stocked with all necessary equipment and components to cover most eventualities. In fact, analysis of Heatstar’s engineers’ visits throughout the UK shows that 96.7% of mechanical breakdowns were fixed on the first visit. These engineers are employed by Heatstar, trained by Heatstar and equipped by Heatstar. It is also worth noting that when a Heatstar engineer visits an end-user site, they are always aware that they are representing the trade installer. Planned maintenance agreements are also available on all Heatstar products. These service and maintenance contracts are renewable annually and there is no obligation for the client to

commit themselves to a contract prior to the initial manufacturer’s warranty expiring. The costs of the contracts vary depending on the model but typically they start from as little as £376 per year. Even top quality, reliable products like Heatstar benefit from planned, regular maintenance. By providing maintenance contracts Heatstar can ensure that the equipment is properly maintained and serviced by fully qualified Heatstar engineers with an in-depth knowledge and experience of the products. This in turn offers complete peace of mind to the end user and demonstrates the after sales service and support offered by the installer in conjunction with Heatstar. There is also a Technical Helpline available which can often resolve issues over the telephone. Heatstar 01983 521465

Golden Coast’s DELight Responding to rising interest in automatic cover systems and requests from customers, Golden Coast has welcomed back DEL specialist Luke Honnoraty to its Technical Sales Team. Luke brings with him an in-depth understanding of the innovative cover systems, gained through working with the product, the manufacturer and installers for more than five years. His return follows a brief hiatus, which allowed Luke to explore his passion for stand-up comedy. As well as performing solo, Luke has supported comedians including Matt Richardson and Katherine Ryan in the West Country. Golden Coast Sales Director Adam Clarke said of the appointment: “We are very glad to have Luke back with us... as are our customers. As well as being a warm, friendly and funny, he has a nearencyclopaedic knowledge of DEL’s product lines. that can make all the difference to a project”. “We pride ourselves on finding the very best people – the sort which can give your project the competitive edge and Luke’s proven himself in that arena time and time again. He’s back and as dedicated and enthusiastic as ever before... and ready for that next challenge.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

Dröm UK Announce Management Change Kicki Carlsson, CEO and Co-Founder of Dröm UK Ltd, has announced her decision to take a step back from the day-to-day running of the company. Kicki co-founded Dröm UK in 2002 with Barry Smith and together they built the company into the highly regarded, specialist thermal wellbeing designer that it is today. Barry will take over as CEO with immediate effect, with continued focus on high-end project management and sales growth. Kicki will become an Ambassador for Dröm, continuing to raise the public profile of the company, both in the UK market and abroad, as well as taking an active role as advisor to the management team. Erin Lee has been promoted to Managing Director and will undertake this role whilst 17_SPN_October_18_People_News.indd 15

continuing to oversee a number of ongoing projects. Kicki said: “My decision to step down as CEO took a long time to make and wasn’t easy. I love this business and I have seen it grow steadily since the start 16 years ago, with the help of a fantastic team and a lot of hard work. I now feel very comfortable handing over the reins to the new management team as they have a wealth

of knowledge and a real passion for the company. “I’m absolutely certain that Dröm will go from strength to strength and carry on delivering the highest quality products and services as well as promoting the importance of thermal well-being.” Erin added: “This is an exciting new chapter for Dröm UK and I have every confidence that the fantastic team that we have will continue to ensure that we remain one of the leading design and build specialists for the wellness industry.” Dröm UK 01932 355655

Dröm UK Managing Director Erin Lee and CEO Barry Smith

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Things Are Hotting Up At Certikin When it comes to choice, Certikin have a wide range of heat pump solutions and the latest addition to their line up is the newly launched Dantherm HPP heat pump. Supplied exclusively to the pool trade by Certikin, it is already proving to be a huge success. Specifically designed for heating small and medium sized outdoor pools and spas, it’s super easy to install and is an affordable option for water heating and extending the season for owners. The HPP heat pump can produce up to five times the energy it consumes. The low energy consumption coupled with high heat production makes the HPP heat pump an environmentally friendly way to heat swimming pool water. Not only is it competitively priced, its other credentials include a reverse cycle defrost, quiet operation and an impressive three year warranty (1st year on site parts and labour,

New Season, New Range And New Look

followed by 2nd and 3rd year parts only). The new heat pump comes in an attractive graphite grey ABS cabinet and has a scroll or rotary compressor (dependent upon product size), a titanium heat exchanger plus a reverse cycle defrost enabling operation down to 3°C air temperature. The HPP heat pump has an integrated controller with a touchscreen user interface. There are five models in the range – 6, 8, 12, 15 and 20 kW. Certikin International H&V 01993 778855

A Revolutionary Lighting Product FlowBright is an underwater LED pool light that sets a new standard for pool lighting. This revolutionary product uses a patented electrical generation system to illuminate a pool without the need for electrical hook-ups, cables, transformers, niches, deck boxes or intricate installations. With its straightforward design, precision engineered components and high output, FlowBright will simplify pool installation/ maintenance and give installers more time than ever before! The product requires no complex installation, expensive additional equipment, or extra electrical installation costs. Simply remove the eyeball fitting and screw this light into the return inlet and the installation is complete. FlowBright

will then use water returning from the filtration system to power its electrical needs, uniquely utilising the pressure drop, providing up to 1,500 lumens of radiant light. Because of this self generating process, FlowBright is possibly the most environmentally friendly light on the market and contributes zero carbon emissions during its operational lifetime. In addition to these benefits, FlowBright is much safer than traditional lights on the market because there are no electrical connections or live cables required. This means that the product will protect time, profit, customers and the environment! Further features include, plug and play screw-in installation (fitting directly into a standard 1.5” inlet), remote control, ultra-bright LEDs generating up to 1,500 lumens, directional exhaust to increase pool filtration/ circulation, 360 degrees of rotation for perfect placement, it fits various pump sizes, two lengths of adaptors and comes with three years warranty.

Polynt Composites Europe (PCE) has introduced a complete range of gel coats developed specifically for the swimming pool market, perfect for enhancing any product portfolio and to attract the attention of customers. Following success within other regions, some of the technologies have been transferred to PCE business to create a more complete and beautiful range to answer an increase in demand for individual or unusual colours and effects. Customers will be assured that choosing gel coats from PCE will offer durability, sustainability and be of the highest quality necessary for this market. Last but not least, manufacturing plants located in multiple European countries including the UK allows for fast response and excellent delivery service to the entire customer base. The range consists of: Standard colours – A traditional range of ISO NPG gel coats in a specially selected colour palette offering ease of use, excellent resistance to osmosis and reduced colour fade. Mystic – A dazzling range of sparkling colour effects based on PCE’s well known ISO NPG base gel coats with exceptional water resistance and long lasting UV stability. Granitea – Part of the well renowned mesmeric range of pool gel coats manufactured on PCE’s high performance ISO NPG bases offering fantastic stone texture effect finishes. Fusion – The latest product addition offering the highest level of water blush resistance, enabling great application and colour stability for darker shades of colour. Polynt Composites Europe swimming pool gel coats are available in a broad spectrum of highly attractive colours. The gel coats come ready to apply, in both brush and spray, (needing only the addition of methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) and the spray grade is for use with airless or air assisted spray equipment. Polynt Composites UK 01469 552570

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Recreate Natural Wood Effect With Waxman Ceramics Part of the Waxman Group, Waxman Ceramics have been servicing the ceramic trade for over 30 years, growing to become one of the largest suppliers of pool tiles, mosaics and large format wall and floor tiles in the UK. Based in Elland, West Yorkshire, Waxman offers a diverse range of materials for all swimming pool, spa and sauna environments. These include

coping pieces for safety and performance, as well as a large range of anti-slip tiles suitable for both indoor and outdoor pools and surrounds. This year, Waxman has seen a noticeable rise in popularity of their wood effect tiles, more specifically their Origen and Vancouver ranges which both include an anti-slip option. Made from glazed porcelain,

New PoolLab 1.0 – Perfect For Every Pool Owner Testing your pool water can be a real pain. Is my pH-value balanced? Still enough chlorine in water? Alkalinity (acid capacity) and cyanuric acid (stabiliser) in between acceptable ranges? Quite often, test strips and a pool water testing kit are used, as photometers seemed to be reserved for professionals simply because they are expensive. Luckily, time has changed and a photometer was launched that everyone can afford! The new PoolLab 1.0 Photometer by Water-i.d./Pool-i.d. is easy to use, and gives accurate results of 11 pool parameters (tested on 3 wavelengths). It even comes with Bluetooth, a powerful App and software which both synchronise via a cloud server, free of charge. Test results can be downloaded via the App/ software and individual water

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treatment chemicals can be stored and used to let software and App calculate a dosage recommendation. The built-in cuvette can be changed, if necessary. The PoolLab is waterproof to IP68 and simply needs to be held in the pool to scoop the water used to perform the test. The six buttons allow direct access to all 11 test procedures. The recommended retail price of the PoolLab is just £149 and includes reagent tablets (for most common parameters) a stirring rod and a syringe. If PoolLab isn’t your choice, Water-i.d./Pool-i.d. also offers a wide selection of pool water testing kits and test strips. Water-i.d./Pool-i.d. +49 (0) 721 782 0290

each range offers a realistic alternative to real wood by utilising digital printed technology to recreate the unique characteristics and grains found in natural timber. Unlike natural wood that can alter in humid environments, both ranges are resilient to water and everyday wear and tear, making them ideal for pool surrounds. Capturing the natural beauty of organic wood, Origen and Vancouver are available in a variety of true-to-nature shades which work together to offer abundant possibilities in terms of

both design and implementation. Passing all the tests for slip resistance, both ranges offer a 20.2 x 66.2cm anti-slip option, achieving R12 DIN 51130, Grade C in the DIN 51097 and + 36 PTV. Suitable for indoor and outdoor walls and floors, Origen and Vancouver are a great choice for both pool and spa environments where style and safety are a priority. Waxman Ceramics 01422 311331

Make An Enduring Filter Choice With Plastica

The filter system is a crucial part of your client’s swimming pool and making the right choice of filtration equipment is just as important. Available from Plastica. the Endurance Bobbin-wound Sand Filter’s fibreglass reinforced tank is still the most popular standard in the industry. With UV-resistant surface finish, it is able to operate under prolonged sunlight for years of reliability. The transparent lid is designed for easy inspection of the sand bed. Without using any tool, the top opening can be removed thanks to its special designed ring lock, which makes the maintenance much easier. Endurance filters are equipped with a six-position, 1.5” multiport valve and ABS laterals. This system can be used for

domestic in- or above-ground pools and hot tubs. With operating pressure of 36psi/2.5bar and maximum temperature of 43ºC (109ºF), the Endurance Sand Filter has a universal standard of union connection to make installation easy. Plastica 01424 857802 03/10/2018 14:07

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A Luxury Spa With A View When you’ve invested in a high-end hot tub to enjoy your breath-taking surrounds, the last thing you want to do is detract from it. Fortunately, with years as a leading supplier to the industry, Golden Coast has learned a thing or two about looking after your spas and hot tubs. Keeping the tub covered and protected is great, but without a lifter, opening and closing must be done manually – which can be time-consuming and challenging. However, even with a lifter, chances are that the view you so wanted to enjoy from the tub is obstructed. Or, it was until Golden Coast introduced VisionLift. An exclusive to the company, its powerful hydraulics and intelligent design ensure the cover sits flush against the tub

while open – ensuring clear 360-degree views. Part of the Ultralift range, the high-vision Cover Lifter has been built to an exceptionally high specification. Smart features maximise its versatility, while making installation quicker and easier. Suitable for all major brands, the UltraLift range offers a perfect fit for free-standing, in-ground, or built-in tubs. For owners, the cover’s unique pivot design makes using the cover a breeze and the handle allows it to be opened and closed from either side of the spa. And because it can be opened/closed that bit quicker, heat loss is minimised for a more energy-efficient spa. Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams said: “VisionLift has proved to be a popular addition

to our Essentials Range. While installers love how easy it is to use, owners love the neverending views and high-comfort features.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

Feel Good Paints For Saunas And Steam Rooms Hot Tub Company Celebrates Record-breaking Summer At the start of September, one of the UK’s leading hot tub companies was celebrating having already broken its sales target for the year. Thanks to a record-breaking summer, UK Leisure Living has sold 170 hot tubs and expects to hit the 250 mark by the end of 2018. It means the three-year-old business, which has showrooms in Conwy and Cheshire, is on track to more than double turnover from last year’s £750,000. Gareth Jones, UK Leisure Living’s Managing Director, said the summer heatwave had help drive additional growth, combined with new sales from its range of composite decking. The summer opening of the company’s second showroom at Gordale, one of the North West’s biggest garden and home centres, had also helped to accelerate growth. Gareth, who was named winner

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of the Outstanding Entrepreneur category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards, said: “We have enjoyed consistently strong growth throughout 2018, but the long, hot summer definitely helped to bring more customers through the doors of our showrooms. UK Leisure Living sells to a mix of domestic and commercial customers with commercial clients including Bourne Leisure and the 5 star Plas Coch Holiday Park. The company’s success means it is planning to recruit a further six roles across sales, engineering and administration to meet the increased demand, expanding the size of the team to 16. The company is also investigating further showroom openings in other parts of the North West and Midlands. UK Leisure Living 0845 034 35 50

Designed to meet demanding steam room and sauna environments, the Satu range of coatings from TeknosPro provides the best protection for the integral benches and timber surfaces. Each of the three products – Satu Laudesuoja, Satu Saunasuoja and Satu Saunavaha – form a dirt and water repellent, breathable coat. All enhance the appearance of the timber while ensuring surfaces are easy to clean.   Satu Laudesuoja is suitable for untreated and previously oil treated wooden surfaces. It offers protection for benches in steam rooms and saunas as well as wooden table tops and panels. The clear, colourless and odourless product ensures that the natural colour of wood is maintained. Both Satu Saunasuoja and Satu Saunavaha can be used for the treatment of wall and ceiling panels in steam rooms or saunas as well as washrooms and after-sauna lounges. Satu Saunasuoja, a waterborne thixotropic protection for wooden surfaces, is clear and does not change the natural colour of wood although, using the Teknomix system, it can be tinted to translucent shades. The product may be thinned with water if the shade seems too intense. Satu Saunavaha is a waterborne protection coating containing natural wax for wooden surfaces. The waxy coating enhances the wood grain and is available in clear colours. Surfaces finished with any of the three products can be cleaned by wiping with a neutral detergent and rinsing with clean water. The equipment used to apply the coatings can be cleaned with the same materials.  All the products in the Satu range from TeknosPro are sustainable and classified to Group M1 of the emission classification of building materials. Teknos 01608 688925 03/10/2018 14:09

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Prestigious London Club Relies On HygroMatik Options For Spa Offering E by Equinox is a prestigious fitness club, a firstof-its-kind iteration of the brand in St. James’s, London. The club combines Equinox’s science-backed programming, elevated design and a carefully curated member experience, making the club an unmatched luxury offering. With over 15 years’ experience in the installation of bespoke sauna, steam room and spa design, Dröm UK was commissioned to work on the spa facilities for the club. As part of the installation, Dröm UK selected HygroMatik to provide the water softening and steam generation equipment. Erin Lee, Managing Director, Dröm UK explained: “It was essential the steam generators were reliable and able to run for long periods of time, day in and day out, for up to 16 hours a day. “Easy to maintain equipment with programmable functions were essential to meet Equinox’s spa requirements. Looking for a sustainable steam generation solution with the credentials to meet the professional wellness application needs of the esteemed fitness club, we selected two HeaterLine steam generators with two Waterline Compact systems accordingly.” The HeaterLine steam generators feature SuperFlush, an integrated rinsing and limescale trap system that helps lower maintenance requirements. In combination with HygroMatik’s WaterLine softening

Coast Spas Welcomes New CEO Coast Spas Holdings has announced the appointment of Patricia Diamente as President and Chief Executive Officer, to succeed Don Elkington, the Founder and CEO of Coast Spas®. Don remains very active with Coast Spas Holdings as Chairman of the Board and he continues to support the industry as Vice-Chair of the International Hot Tub Association (IHTA). Don Elkington created Coast Spas over 22 years ago. His vision after many previous years in the retail side of the industry, was to create the ‘World’s Best Built Spas®’ and become a leading innovator of high-end hot tubs and change the market. Elkington said: “After an extensive 15 month recruiting process, I’m pleased to announce that the Board of Directors and I have selected a strong leader to take the reins and continue Coast Spas’ vision and strategy of providing world leading quality products and innovation. Patricia’s track record is exactly what we need as we enter the next phase for Coast, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting than our last. I look forward to working with Patricia as she transitions into her new role.” Diamente is a highly experienced, successful and capable business leader with a proven track record of driving growth, innovation and strategic partnership alliances in small, medium and large organisations. Patricia brings a diversified background of product branding experience, retail/wholesale/showroom marketing and management, manufacturing and supply chain in closely related industries. Coast Spas Manufacturing Inc. +1 604 514 8111 25-26_SPN_Oct_18_Wellness.indd 23

systems, limescale fallout in the steam generator is substantially reduced, guaranteeing effective protection against limescale deposits. This means downtime and maintenance costs are considerably reduced, especially for intensive use. Providing hygienically pure and soothing steam in spa areas, HeaterLine is available in nine sizes with steam output from 6 – 45 kg/h. The units’ casing and cylinders are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. With control precision levels of +/- 1%, the HygroMatik HeaterLine steam generators, as used by Equinox, offer an extremely robust solution. HygroMatik will be at Build2Perform, Olympia, London, 27-28 November. Visitors to stand 321 can find out more about FlexLine and HygroMatik’s range of commercial air humidifier systems. HygroMatik 02380 443127

Who Doesn’t Want To Be A Mermaid? Complete Spas has their very own mermaid, and that’s official! BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) Snorkel Instructor Hayley Keen has recently been crowned Miss Mermaid UK Worcestershire and is looking forward to the UK national finals. Hayley had always dreamed of becoming a mermaid since a young age and got the chance when she bought an outfit a couple of years ago, there was just a small problem – she wasn’t a strong swimmer and hadn’t even snorkeled before, let alone with a mono fin. So Hayley took to Facebook to ask if there was anywhere that she could practice with her new outfit. Evesham Sub Aqua Club’s Training Officer, Complete Spas Owner and current BISHTA Chairman, Pete Grinnall replied, saying they would be glad to have a wannabe mermaid join them on their club night and give her a few pointers and was soon offering Complete Spas help with the sponsorship of the pageant. Pete Grinnall remarked: “Hayley fitted into the club straight away, her ‘I’m a mermaid get over it attitude’

made us all smile.” So much so Pete asked her if she would be interested in the BSAC snorkel course, she agreed and within a few weeks Hayley was a qualified snorkeler. Progressing on from that, this February Hayley attended BSACs SITCA 2-day course, passed with flying colours and is now a recognised BSAC Snorkel Instructor. Entrants to the ‘Miss Mermaid UK’ competition not only get the chance to represent their county, but the winner of the UK finals gets to represent their country in the international finals in Egypt and Complete Spas will be supporting Hayley, hopefully all the way to the finals. Complete Spas 01386 831446

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IN BRIEF SPLASH! 2018 ACHIEVES A RECORD ATTENDANCE Australia’s SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show has raised the bar for events held in the region. After a move to larger, more modern facilities at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in 2016, this year’s event proved to be even bigger than that recordbreaking show. Lindsay McGrath, CEO of SPASA Australia, advised he was very pleased with the first SPLASH! under SPASA ownership, and said: “SPLASH! 2018 has been a fabulous show – and we have the support of the industry to thank for that. There was increased supplier participation and the attendees turned out in droves – on the first morning the lines went all the way back to the escalators and overall there were more visitors than any previous Australian pool and spa trade show.” This year’s trade show featured more than 120 exhibitor stands and took up three halls plus a lobby and outdoor terrace. Space sold out early, meaning there is likely to be an expansion in 2020. The 2018 show had the largest number of attendees ever, with total visitor numbers coming in just under 3,000 – up 22% on the 2016 figure.

CARVIN DIGIOVANNI TO STEP DOWN FROM ASSOCIATION ROLE After 28 years of leading APSP’s efforts developing technical standards, Carvin DiGiovanni has announced he is stepping down from a full time role at the end of the year, becoming part time from January. The change will allow him to move on to new challenges and opportunities. As the Association’s Vice President of Technical & Standards, DiGiovanni boasted a great many accomplishments across a range of key issues. 28+31_SPN_Oct_18_World_News.indd 25

EVA LEDs Ensure The Perfect Fit When Slagen + Koenis architects began developing plans for two swimming pools at Den Bessem in Mortsel (the Netherlands), they envisioned connecting swimmers with nature and the pool itself through the clever use of light. Its lighting design, featuring large circular and oval LED units, was key to the project’s success. However, there was a problem: no one offered them in the marketplace. Having worked closely with Dutch LED pioneers, EVA Optic, for more than a decade, the project’s specialist technical consultant at Hellebrekers knew who to turn to for help: its Managing Director, Jan van Loon. He said: “When something piques my interest, I tend to dive right in. And this was no exception. After a great deal of research, we found a method of engineering the LED’s diameter to suit any project. Importantly, we can do this based on the amount of light required or the area where it will be installed.” EVA Optic, whose products are available in the UK exclusively through Golden Coast, engineered more than 30 bespoke light fittings for the project.

While the large pool area features 21 circular units measuring 2.3m in diameter and eight ovals, a further two oval lights have been installed in the restaurant. The new units form just a small part of the leisure centre’s new, fully integrated lighting system from EVA Optic. It is designed to meet the comprehensive needs of sport halls. The system allows for individual lights to be controlled remotely – ensuring lighting is on only when and where needed. In its larger pool (25 x 14.5 m), ten white EVA A12 underwater lights illuminate the pool with quality light, whilst the smaller 12.5 x 7m pool is flooded with colour from six RGBW EVA A12 underwater lights. Units benefit from advanced electronics which continuously monitor temperatures and automatically adjust performance. Golden Coast 01271 378100

Hayward Industries Acquires Paramount Pool & Spa Systems Hayward Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial pool equipment and industrial flow control products, recently announced it has signed a definitive Purchase Agreement to acquire Paramount Leisure Industries, Inc. The transaction was expected to close during the month of August. Known in the industry as Paramount Pool & Spa Systems, the company has a strong heritage and reputation for high quality, innovative and state-of-the-art pool products. Current CEO Lewis ‘Buzz’ Ghiz has built on the foundations of the company started by his father George back in 1964 to create a world class business synonymous with service, quality and innovation. Recognised as one of the world’s leading in-floor cleaning system manufacturers, Paramount has diversified into alternate sanitiser technology, energy efficient white goods, lighting and other products which optimise pool/spa operation and enjoyment. Clark Hale, CEO of Hayward Industries stated, “We are delighted to join forces with Buzz and the Paramount team. Their culture of innovation and superior customer service combined with Hayward’s global reach will create significant growth opportunities for both companies, our customers, and our employees.” Buzz Ghiz shares the excitement of this next chapter for his business. “We’ve built an exceptional company in large part due to the relationships established with our valued clients and friends over many years.  Hayward acknowledges this and I believe they will be good stewards of the Paramount brand.  We will operate as an autonomous business under the Paramount

name with the same structure we have today; the same management team, sales force, customer service team and operations. “We are committed to growing the business with the same passion and culture and by always staying highly focused on being customer centric. We look forward to this relationship and this new phase for Paramount,” said Ghiz. Paramount in-floor cleaning and circulation systems work automatically to minimise maintenance time. They also function as high efficiency circulation systems. Owners can expect to save up to 30% on chemicals and energy over the lifetime of their pool. Paramount’s line of UV, Ozone and UVO3 combination sanitisers deliver a level of water purity unmatched by chlorine alone. These supplemental sanitisers work synergistically to inactivate chlorine resistant microorganisms and remove organic particles to leave sparkling safe water. Paramount has a wide array of engineered white goods ranging from unblockable drains and automatic water levelers to their new venturi skimmer – the perfect partnering technology for variable speed pump installations.

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Tropical Skyscraper Incorporates Stunning Pools The Oasia Hotel in the central business district of Singapore is by any standards, a unique project, and redefines what a high-rise can be in humid tropical climates. In contrast with the conventional, completely sealed-off, air-conditioned tower, this hotel, designed by local office WOHA, merges architecture and nature, and combines indoor and outdoor spaces in a striking fashion. The tower, which has a height of 190 metres, contains four large outdoor spaces: three enormous verandas on the 6th, 12th, and 21st floor, as well as a roof terrace on 27th floor. This roof terrace is surrounded and protected by a ten-storey-high screen, covered in the same red aluminium mesh cladding as the rest of the tower. This facade will gradually be overgrown by 21 species of creepers and vines, creating a lively contrast between vibrant reds and lush greens. Spanish designer and architect Patricia Urquiola, was responsible for all interiors as well as the outdoor spaces of the hotel. Urquiola adds a breezy elegance to WOHA’s delightfully quirky architecture. Three of the floors feature pools and each has a different character. On the 21st and 27th floors, Urquiola has used Agrob Buchtal tiles from the Chroma series. The pool on the sixth floor is part of a gym. On the 21st floor, the pool acts as a stylish extension of the lounge club. Left and right of the pool itself, which is tiled in a light and dark blue chevron pattern, is a wading pool, just deep enough to get your feet wet while sipping a cocktail. The rooftop pool consists of two parts, on either side of the rooftop restaurant. Unlike most rooftop amenities in hotels, which are all about the panorama, here the city’s skyline is almost completely concealed. Instead of a view, this rooftop offers a place of unexpected intimacy and tranquillity, a surprising escape from the bustle of the city.

World’s First Storm Racer Waterslide Debuts In France Polin Waterparks is pleased to announce the opening of the world’s first Storm Racer Waterslide at Aqualand Frejus in France. Storm Racer incorporates a variety of key features that set it apart from every previously designed waterslide in the industry: unique geometry, high capacity, a pioneering ride configuration and an exclusive, interactive ‘Watersplash’ feature that ensures intense competition and blasts of adrenaline. Storm Racer perfectly exemplifies Polin Waterparks’ expertise in engineering, R&D and technology integration into its signature rides. Polin Waterparks and Aqualand Frejus have partnered in ground-breaking

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achievements over many years in the amusement park sector. Significantly, Aqualand Frejus was the first park in France to install Polin’s King Cobra waterslide. To date, that attraction has been honoured seven times as Europe’s Best Waterslide. And, just like King Cobra, Storm Racer is changing the industry’s – and its guests’ – perspective on what a waterslide experience is supposed to be thanks primarily to its innovative integration of cutting-edge technological elements. In addition, due to its unique design, Storm Racer was honoured as a winner in the Sports, Entertainment and Recreation

Equipment division of the A’Design Award & Competition in 2017. Wilfrid Lenandeis, Director of Operations, Aspro Group, says that the addition of a Storm Racer to Aqualand Frejus is important in ensuring the park maintains its guests’ expectations of always delivering the best entertainment. “We know how quickly people’s interests can change, and we want to make sure we are always top of mind when they are considering how to spend their entertainment dollars,” he said. “We focus on delivering an incredible experience for the value so guests will come back and are never disappointed.” 03/10/2018 14:11

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Fluidra Goes For Gold In Indonesia! Fluidra, the multinational group listed on the Spanish stock exchange, has been awarded the contract to rebuild the Aceh Aquatic Center pools in Jantho, Indonesia, worth €1.4m. Fluidra Engineering will implement the project design and supervise the installation. The project will include the construction and installation of an Olympic -size pool, together with three smaller pools. Fluidra will install the Skypool from AstralPool which includes a short panel system, liner, filtration and disinfection together with competition equipment including Duraflex springboards. The centre will host the 13th PORA Games from 18 to 25 November 2018, a popular national competition in Indonesia in which more than 4,500 athletes from 23 districts across Aceh will take part. In addition to swimming, there will be

competitions in at least 12 other sports including badminton, football and cycling. The project is another example of Fluidra’s importance in aquatic competitions in Asia. The company was also the official supplier tasked with installing the four pools for the aquatic disciplines of the 2018 Asian Games held from 18 August to 2 September in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. In Malaysia, Fluidra

installed and designed six pools for the 19th Sukma Games. These exciting developments in Asia complement Fluidra’s activities in the rest of the world, such as the construction of the Olympic pool at the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain held between 22 June and 1 July. These notable-high-profile projects clearly demonstrate Fluidra’s expertise in the global commercial pool sector.

NSPF® ENDORSES MODEL AQUATIC HEALTH CODE ADOPTION The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), has released a position statement recommending that all state, territory and local health departments; aquatic facilities; and the industry at large in the USA evaluate and adopt all or part of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), with the objective of protecting the future of aquatic facilities along with their staff and patrons. The USA’s only all-inclusive model pool code, the MAHC is based on scientific data and best practices gathered by public health and aquatics industry experts, making it more expedient for jurisdictions to justify, adopt and implement. Unlike legislation, the MAHC is voluntarily adopted, wholly or in part, and driven by expertise.


Brand Removed From Internet Sales In North America Zodiac have announced it will prohibit the online sale of all Jandy Pro Series equipment in the USA and Canada effective from 1 January 2019. Under its new ‘Trade Series Exclusive’ policy, the company has identified all of the products that are not to be sold online, which includes more than 400 Jandy Pro Series branded products, plus select Polaris and Zodiac branded products. The company said it had adopted the policy in order to protect and strengthen its reputation and brand image, plus it had been designed to encourage traditional retailers, builders and service providers to invest both in promoting the company’s products and in educating consumers about those products. The penalty for violating the policy includes refusal to sell TSE products and withholding of earned loyalty or rebate incentives. It aims to

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enforce the policy aggressively. Furthermore, Zodiac will not provide a manufacturer’s warranty on Jandy Pro Series equipment purchased online through any internet retailer as indicated in a new Jandy limited warranty. The company now requires that all Jandy equipment be installed and/or serviced by a qualified pool professional. A label specifying this will be applied to all Jandy Pro Series equipment packaging. The company says it will monitor the internet 24-7 and encourages pool pros to report policy violations.

Pierce has been celebrating it’s 120th birthday, with 80 of those in the pool industry. This makes it the oldest existing aquatic business in Australian history – a fact that is close to the minds and hearts of all its team members and distribution partners. David Lloyd, Managing Director of IQ and Pierce Pool Supplies said: “This is a special birthday for us all, and I am so proud that Pierce Pool Supplies continues to thrive and evolve in the commercial aquatic space.” Albert Henry Pierce established the company of A.H. Pierce as a supplier of a wide variety of products to councils and retail stores. It remained in the families’ hands until 2008 when it was purchased by International Quadratics Pty Ltd. As IQ’s commercial pool division, Pierce Pool Supplies continues to service and supply the public pool industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. 03/10/2018 14:13

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Knowledge And Feedback Are Key In A Changing Industry After a long and busy summer, that’s been great for the industry, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes highlights the events set to follow the SPATA and BISHTA annual conferences


ongratulations to the swimmers and divers at the recent European Championships in Glasgow and also in Dublin. There were many superb performances to take note of, and aquatic sport in the UK appears to be alive and flourishing. Talking of Europe, EN 17125, the European Standard for Domestic Spas, Whirlpool Spas and Hot Tubs is due out before the end of the year. The Standard will be available to purchase from BISHTA and SPATA with a 20% discount (once the price is confirmed) and for SPATA members, it will be added to the BSOL package at the renewal of the service in April. By the time you receive this edition of SPN the annual Information and Networking days for SPATA and BISHTA will have taken place on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 October, respectively. SPATA’s annual day focussed on the latest British and European Standards and updates on SPATA Standards. A session on Managing H & S – protecting your employees, sub-contractors, clients and yourself – was held and with the help of our friends at Wright Hassall, there was also a session exploring some key items to have, as part of your terms and conditions to protect you. With so many changes occurring in our industry, one of the sessions provided an update on industry guidance and regulations which gave members brief updates on the relevant information that they need to be aware of, such as HSG 179 on ‘Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools’. The final session looked at networking opportunities in Europe and across the world. The UK has a role in both

the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) and the World Alliance of Pool and Spa Associations (WAPSA) and time was spent discussing how SPATA members can benefit from these networks. For BISHTA’s annual conference, there was an update on what is in the European Standard EN 17125 plus any key changes to BISHTA Standards. Hampshire County Council Trading Standards were welcomed back to explore how they can assist members to deal with customers fairly and comply with the Law. There was also a session on ‘Improving Workforce Education’ and this explored the various training opportunities now in place and what is planned for the coming years, including at SPATEX. The final session looked at H & S and key regulations, such as HSG 282 and the Electrical Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) – 18th Edition. More detailed information from both the SPATA and BISHTA annual days will be available in our pages within the December edition of SPN. Both BISHTA and SPATA members are also members of the BSPF, and the BSPF AGM is due to be held on Tuesday 20 November in Andover. Feedback on the BSPF will be sought at both the BISHTA and SPATA annual information and networking days and will then be shared at the BSPF AGM, overseen by BSPF President, Will Dando. SPATA will be holding some seminars at various locations (including online) in November and December to update members on numerous topics of interest. Please see page 39 for more details of these Regional Seminars. We will shortly know who the winners of

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the European Pool and Spa Awards for 2018 will be, as they are due to be announced at Piscine Global, in Lyon next month. There are a total of seven categories, with new categories for this year including ‘Pools by Night’ and ‘Domestic Pools with an Automatic Cover’. The deadline for entries to the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards – hosted by BISHTA and SPATA at the Industry Gala Evening at SPATEX – is fast approaching (Friday 2 November) with entries submitted online. Members should ensure that they enter, to give themselves an opportunity to win an award and thereby also be in with a chance of being shortlisted for the EUSA Awards 2019. The Industry Gala Evening is open to the whole industry and tables can be booked via the BSPF office, entrance fee priced at just £71.95 + VAT per person (Cut-Off Booking Date is 11 January 2019). I am very grateful for the generous sponsorship from a number of companies in the industry, and their logos appear below. Enjoy the last few months of this year, and I look forward to seeing you all at SPATEX!

DIARY DATES 2018 18 Oct 5 Nov 6 Nov 20 Nov 21 Nov 6 Dec

SPATA National Council, WebEx SPATA Technical Committee, WebEx Liner course, Andover BSPF Board meeting and BSPF AGM, Andover BISHTA Tutor Training Day, Andover SPATEX Board, Andover

2019 29 Jan

The Industry Gala Evening (hosting the 2019 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards), Coventry 29-31 Jan SPATEX, Coventry

A full list of Diary Dates is available on / – look under the Trade heading

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Benefitting The Whole Industry – The SPATA And STA Partnership In this edition, we highlight the benefits of the strengthening partnership between SPATA and STA and how the relationship is benefitting the UK pool and spa industry


n the last issue of SPN (August 2018) Luke Griffiths, Qualification Development Manager (Pool Plant) at STA’s awarding organisation’ Safety Training Awards, shared how they have been working together with SPATA on a new Swim School Factsheet, which had been promoted at a series of STA Roadshows around the country. Luke also mentioned how the STA had been working with BISHTA to revamp a Hot Tub Site Surveyor’s course to provide more entry-level training for the industry. In this issue, it is SPATA’s turn to mention some of the other areas where strengthening the partnership between SPATA and STA is to benefit the pool and spa industry, by providing more opportunities for staff to attend suitable courses and where applicable, to gain qualifications. STA are long-standing members of the BSPF and with their expertise in offering Pool Plant Operations (PPO) qualifications, this is an area where a number of pool companies have recognised the value of having their staff trained on these three day courses. Steve Hallam at David Hallam Ltd regularly sends his new staff on the three day PPO course because he believes that the training is invaluable to keep up to date with the advice offered to the industry. “When our staff turn up on site, it is vital that we have received the same information on the PPO courses as that being attended by the leisure centre and hotel staff to ensure that we can best help our clients by knowing what they have been told.” Other SPATA members have chosen not only to attend the PPO courses as candidates, but then to become tutors, so that they can deliver the courses themselves. One such example is Nigel Brawn at Cornwall Pools. “We have a number of commercial clients and to add value to the services that we offer (and also due to our location) we wanted to ensure

Alzach’s Alan Jackson taking a training course

that good quality information was available for the leisure centres, hotels and holiday parks in our county. Having attended the PPO tutor training, we regularly run courses, due to there being a very high demand.” Alan Jackson, Director of Alzach (who are also SPATA members) have recently gained Approved Training Centre (ATC) status with Safety Training Awards. Alan has been tutoring STA pool plant courses for the last 12 months and has a long history working in the pool industry, having run his own business for 20 years, both installing and retailing pools. He started his career in education, working in schools and colleges before joining the wet leisure industry. He taught on the HND in Leisure Management and then the ILAM Certificate. He also has a Level 6 NCRQ Diploma in Occupational Health. The key learning points / outcomes for candidates on the PPO course are: • Principles of healthy and hygienic pool water • Principles of pool water testing • Principles of disinfection, pool chemistry and dosing in pool plant operation • Principles of mechanical pool plant operations • Swimming pool heating, ventilation and energy efficiency • Management, practices and health and safety in pool plant operations.

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Alan is available to run PPO courses for both the industry and also for leisure centre staff. There are a number of Safety Training Awards ATC’s operating across the UK and Ireland. The significant benefit of choosing an STA pool plant qualification is that they are able to offer a CIMSPA endorsed and Ofqual regulated Level 3 Pool Plant Operations qualification (in addition to their two Level 2 qualifications in Pool Water Testing and Swimming Pool Water Treatment). Any company who has suitably experienced staff members (that have undertaken a PPO qualification) and are interested in tutoring Safety Training Awards qualifications should contact Luke Griffiths. SPATA looks forward to continuing to work with STA on PPO qualifications and various other initiatives, including workshops for swim school teachers on how to build appropriate and affordable swim school facilities. Alzach 0800 977 4966 Cornwall Pools 01726 860866 SPATA 01264 356210

SAFETY TRAINING AWARDS Safety Training Awards is the awarding organisation of the Swimming Teachers’ Association and is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and accredited by SQA Accreditation in Scotland. For more details on the qualifications that they offer, please visit www.safetytrainingawards. or email luke.griffiths@ 03/10/2018 15:44

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Water And Electrical Courses Prove Popular Across The Industry! With the increasing popularity of spas and hot tubs in the UK, there’s been a need to provide specialist training to those working in this sector. In this issue, we take a closer look at two dedicated courses being provided to BISHTA members plus others from across the industry


hile it may be true that water and electricity do not mix, training courses on these two important subjects have been proving very popular with the industry. These courses are vital to promote continuing (or continuous) professional development (CPD).

WATER HYGIENE MANAGEMENT COURSES Since BISHTA revamped the water hygiene management syllabus in 2016, the training teams at CPC (lead by Martin Rigby and Matt Roberts) and at Pollet Pool Group (lead by Jimmy Lamb) have provided over 70 courses, training 550 people. The course covers the following topics: • Types of spas and hot tubs • Why does water need to be treated and filtered? • What can grow and how to kill it • Products for water treatment • Sanitisers • pH and Water Balance • Risk Assessments • Testing • Record keeping • What happens when it all goes wrong? • Practical water testing • Trouble shooting tips • Health & Safety advice, including the storage, safe handling and use of chemicals • Insurance. There is also a written test paper that must be successfully passed. Not only have BISHTA members been receiving water hygiene training, but a large number of other companies in the industry have too (some from SPATA and a number who were not members of either trade

association). It has been very rewarding then to see some of these companies deciding to join BISHTA as a result of their training. BISHTA can not only call upon CPC and Pollet for water hygiene management tutors, but also Howard Gosling (Pool & Spa Advice) who has been training companies as part of their BISHTA membership application criteria since the formation of BISHTA. Following a tutor training day earlier this year other companies have shown their interest in becoming water hygiene management tutors and it is hoped that there will soon be more tutor teams involving Lonza and 1 Stop Spas. Any company looking to arrange their water hygiene management training should contact BISHTA, or discuss their training needs with any of the tutor teams, as it is vital that relevant staff have received training, including refresher training if the original course was attended more than five years ago.

ELECTRICAL COURSES Although not as many people have attended the electrical courses (compared to the water hygiene management courses) there has still been an excellent response to these courses tutored by Dave Roydhouse and Kevin McLaren from NICEIC. From nine different courses, there have been 88 candidates successfully passing either the two day workshop (with the option of a follow up one day assessment) or a three day combined course. The two day workshop has been designed to give individuals an awareness of the requirements of safe isolation and an overview of how safely to disconnect and connect hot tubs electrically, including commissioning, testing and recording requirements. The workshop is ideal for individuals looking to work on or install a hot tub into

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an existing connection unit as part of a fixed electrical installation. There are no formal entry requirements to attend the workshop but previous electrical site experience would be an advantage to assist in understanding the content of the course. Attendees will learn the theory behind how safely to isolate an electrical installation, or part of it. The course covers key work areas including domestic, commercial installation, and connection to plumbing/non-electrical equipment with an electrical connection. The electrical courses explore the importance of safe isolation to protect staff working on the hot tub and then the course outlines the relevant parts of the Wiring Regulations (more formerly known as BS 7671). Based on feedback from the NICEIC, BISHTA is in agreement with this electrical contracting body to communicate the importance of using suitable earthing arrangements (including earth electrodes, where applicable) to ensure that transmitted faults from the house cannot find their way to the hot tub. There is a test paper to check on knowledge obtained on the course to satisfy the safe isolation aspect of the course and also the wider knowledge gained during the workshop. An extra day can be added to the course (either in a block of three days, or as a follow up to the two day course) in order to assess the testing and inspection section covered in the two day course to elevate the course into an accessory replacement equivalent qualification on hot tub final connections on single phase circuits.

OTHER TRAINING COURSES A future article will give updates on other CPD opportunities for the hot tub industry regarding holiday parks, Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) courses and the Hot Tub Site Surveyor course, so there is plenty on offer to raise the professionalism of the hot tub industry further. BISHTA 01264 356211 03/10/2018 15:44


SPATA Regional Seminars As we head towards the end of the year and what is for many in the pool trade a less hectic period, SPATA Regional Seminars are a great opportunity for members to increase their knowledge and compare notes on what has been a busy 2018


PATA will again be holding some seminars at various locations around the country (including online) in November and December, to update members on numerous topics of interest. There will also be an Open Forum for members to raise issues important to them. The purpose of these get-togethers is to meet fellow SPATA members, share ideas and network so that there is a vital two-way flow of information from companies to their trade association. The events can also be used to build up CPD points for the annual training targets set for 10 hours per company. The venues are often hosted at member premises, and SPATA is very grateful for the generosity of these members. This time David Hallam, Calorex, Cannings , Pollet Pool Group, and SC have agreed to open up their facilities, and for members attending the event in Rotherham, there is the promise of a fish and chip supper afterwards! There is also an online version of the meeting available to members via WebEx. This session will be recorded so that other members that cannot attend any of the other

sessions can watch the event at a time of their choosing. Please note it will cover the same topics as the face to face sessions, although it must be emphasised that the networking opportunities available at these events and the chance to put your queries directly to SPATA are invaluable! The details are as follows:

SOUTH EAST Date: Monday 12 November Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm Venue: SCP, Church Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 OPQ

SOUTH WEST Date: Monday 19 November Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm Venue: H20 Cannings, Stratford House, Waterbridge Court, Matford Park Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8EX

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EAST ANGLIA Date: Wednesday 5 December Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm Venue: Calorex, The Causeway, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4XD

THAMES VALLEY Date: Thursday 6 December Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm Venue: Pollet Pool Group, Blissard House, Abex Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5EY

ONLINE WEBINAR Date: Tuesday 11 December Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm Venue: WebEx (live – or the recording will be made available online to view later)

NORTH & MIDLANDS Date: Thursday 22 November Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm

The purpose of these get-togethers is to meet fellow SPATA members, share ideas and network so that there is a vital two-way flow of information from companies to their trade association”

Venue: David Hallam, Unit A, The Poplars Business Park, Poplar Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5TR

The cost of the seminars is £9.00 inc VAT, with the webinar being free of charge! Please look out for more details in SPATA News (sent out electronically to SPATA members) on a Friday, or contact the SPATA office if you need more information. SPATA 01264 356210

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SPATEX 2019 – It’s All About To Kick Off! There can be no better launchpad for SPATEX 2019 than a long, hot summer and this year hasn’t disappointed. The last few months in the UK have given confidence and sales a serious shot of adrenaline, and when coupled with SPATEX 2018’s impressive 8.5% rise in visitor numbers, the event which takes place in January at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, is shaping up to be another mustattend occasion


s both a nerve centre and weather vane, SPATEX plays a vital role in breathing new life into the wet leisure industry and bringing people together. It’s been said before but it’s worth repeating – where in the UK can you meet over a thousand representatives of the industry under one roof? The answer – only at SPATEX! Show Organiser, Michele Bridle said: “The wet leisure industry has backed us with heart and hard work to date, and I am confident that together we will make the Show even bigger and better in 2019. With well over 80% of space sold, we are in a very good place as we enter the last quarter.”

SPATEX – THE GAME CHANGER There is no better platform for wet leisure in the UK, indeed SPATEX is the UK’s only dedicated annual wet leisure exhibition. As such, it attracts a wide and diverse visitor base from hoteliers, architects, school bursars, landscape gardeners, animal hydrotherapists and builders, to name but a few. Such is the vibrancy and fast pace of the industry, each SPATEX brings something new. For example, more than ever before, the world’s leading manufacturers have put the launch of energy saving products top of their agendas for 2019 so expect a massive flurry of activity in this area.

NEW TALENT Aside from a raft of new products, SPATEX 2019 will also be welcoming a host of new exhibitors with companies such as HydroFlux Aqua Products, Pacific Breeze, Princess Spas Ltd, Recotherm Ltd, Rockford, Spa Solutions, Guangzhou Taisheng Sanitary Ware and Sunbeach Spas all making their

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entrance. The floorplan has been restructured to provide more space and allow a greater number of larger stands for companies such as Fairlocks, Superior Spas, Aqua Warehouse Group, AstralPool, Villeroy & Boch and Certikin. Visit the SPATEX website to see the impressive list of exhibitors. SPATEX is the showcase for everything under the wet leisure umbrella, for both the commercial and domestic sectors, from spas, steam rooms, saunas to play features, enclosures, hot tubs and all the allied products such as covers, chemicals and heating and ventilation. The ‘sea of spas’, that was such a feature of SPATEX 2018, is to be repeated as companies vie for exhibition space. Twenty-eight spa companies, including some of the biggest names, have already signed.

A MASTERCLASS SPATEX is a feast for the eyes and a treat for the brain! Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes will see the return of the popular ‘MegaDemo’ which will feature various aspects of water testing, allowing delegates to get ‘hands-on’ with equipment, alongside experts demonstrating the dos and don’ts. In addition, there will be a live demonstration, with commentary, of how to install, service and repair, both filters and pumps for domestic pools on the Tuesday afternoon. This is a must-attend session for any pool engineers that are concerned with on site servicing and maintenance.

The Mega-Demos are all part of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers’ (ISPE) programme of workshops which, make SPATEX much more than just a showcase. In addition, ISPE will once again be presenting its own, much-loved brand of free-to-enter technical workshops – with 22 different sessions running throughout the three days of the Show including 18 new titles. Delegates are awarded CPD points and certificates of attendance.

DUAL PLAY The three-day exhibition doesn’t do anything in half measures! In addition to the ISPE workshops, SPATEX will once again be offering a parallel programme of seminars featuring a diverse range of topics from new speaker, Liz Holmes of Commercial Spa Strategies advising on how to increase the profitability of a spa facility to Recotherm filtration expert, Peter Dyment talking on: ‘Air pollution and the indoor swimming pool environment’, with particular emphasis on swimming pools in built up areas such as central London. Details of the workshop and seminar programmes are available on the SPATEX website. SPATEX 2019 takes place 29 January to 31 January at the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Exhibition Hall in Coventry. It’s free to attend and online registration is now open. SPATEX 01264 358558 03/10/2018 15:46

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TA pool plant tutors have long advocated the importance of maintaining low levels of combined chlorine and breakpoint chlorination in swimming pools, spa baths and other water based leisure facilities. Recent studies have served to support this further by highlighting the potential risks to people in the pool and pool hall if the formation of the by-products produced when using chlorine as a sanitiser are not controlled correctly – hence the importance of training and knowledge. The chart on the right illustrates how, when free chlorine is added to pool water, it reacts with pollution from bathers such as ammonia found in sweat and urine. This ammonia reaction in the water forms other by-products, known collectively as chloramines. Chloramines are measured as combined chlorine, and the chloramines can reduce the effectiveness of free chlorine. As more chlorine donor is added, the combined chlorine continues to rise, then drops once the free chlorine is sufficient to neutralise the combined chlorine. The bottom of the dip is the breakpoint where (theoretically) the free chlorine has neutralised the combined chlorine, including the ammonia base contamination. Now the level of free chlorine is sufficient to neutralise combined chlorine, the free chlorine can rise. To summarise, breakpoint chlorination is achieved when the free chlorine has oxidised out the contaminants in the water. The level of free chlorine should be at least twice the level of the combined chlorine, and combined chlorine should be maintained below 1mg/l; the pool water must also be at the correct pH, ideally between 7.2 and 7.4.

RECENT STUDIES To quantify some of the theory discussed earlier and further highlight the importance of maintaining low levels of combined chlorine two studies have recently been published which highlight the potential risks (for full details of each of the studies, see the links to the right of this page). The first is a journal published by BioMed 43_SPN_Oct_18_STA.indd 39

Breakpoint Chlorination And Recent Studies Breakpoint Chlorina 1




NOM Ammonia



In this issue, Luke Griffiths, Qualification Development Manager (Pool Plant) at STA’s awarding organisation’s Safety Training Awards, discusses the topical subject of breakpoint chlorination and the possible risks from excessive combined chlorine



Chlorine destroyed by reducing compounds

Formation of chloroganics and chloramines


Chlororganics and Free available residual formed chloramines partly destroyed (some chlororganics remain)


Central in April 2018. The study which was conducted in Sweden aimed to investigate the risk of asthma onset among children in relation to individual trichloramine exposure. (Trichloramine is one of the compounds formed during the degradation process of ammonia and is destroyed with further reactions with free chlorine, providing breakpoint is achieved.) The study by Anderson et al concluded after adjusting for possible confounding factors, they found a significantly increased risk of pre-school onset asthma from indoor swimming pool exposure, especially in children with atopic predisposition. The second comes from a journal that was published in Science Direct by McMaster et al, which was brought to my attention by STA pool plant tutor’ John Monaghan. The study came about as it has been suggested that swimming in heated indoor swimming pools in the first year of life is associated with the development of spinal deformity in children. It focussed on the inhalation effects of by-products from chlorination of heated indoor swimming pools on spinal development in pup mice. McMaster et al explored in pup mice whether exposure to certain disinfection by-products found in heated indoor swimming pools (nitrogen trichloride (NCl3), cyanogen chloride (CNCl), and chloroform) would affect the future development of the spinal column. The study concluded that exposure of pup mice in the first 4 weeks of life to identifiable gases found in heated indoor swimming pools, is associated with the development of a hyperkyphosis in the sagittal plane of the spine. Following exposure to the gases there

was a latency period of 6 weeks before the deformity developed. This raises the possibility that early exposure of infants to heated indoor swimming pools may have a later effect on subsequent spinal development.

SUMMARY It is not the intention of this article to put people off taking their children or babies swimming, but instead to highlight to operators the impwortance of monitoring and maintaining low levels of combined chlorine. As well as the water treatment system itself, training and knowledge is key for operators to provide comfortable and safe bathing. STA is committed to representing the needs of the leisure industry and continues to advance its range of learning programmes and water safety initiatives. Knowledge and understanding is essential, which is why training is so important. As such, safety in swimming pools is covered extensively in the STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations, which is endorsed by CIMSPA. Find out more at www.safetytrainingawards. (Safety Training Awards is STA’s Awarding Organisation). STA 01922 645097 • Full details of the Anderson et al study can be found at: articles/10.1186/s12940-018-0383-0 • Full details of the McMaster et al study can be found at: science/article/pii/S0013935118303542vt

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Sulphate – The Hidden Menace In this edition, the water testing experts at Lovibond Tintometer take a closer look at the issue of sulphates in pools – how they get into the water, how to monitor them and what level is acceptable


ulphates occur naturally in most water including tap and, therefore, source water. In a swimming pool, if levels are allowed to rise, this can cause problems as they can attack cementitious grout and cement causing erosion and ‘pitting’. High levels may also cause irritation to the eyes and skin. Therefore, it is essential that sulphate is monitored on a regular basis and an appropriate action plan is in place should levels rise above an acceptable limit.

HOW DOES SULPHATE GET INTO THE WATER? As water runs through rock formations that contain sulphate based minerals, some of the sulphate will dissolve into the groundwater. Therefore most sources of ‘fill’ water for pools already contains a level of sulphate. In addition to this, some of the chemicals used in the everyday running of the pool, such as sodium dry acid (sodium bisulphate) or sulphuric acid, also contain an element of sulphate which can add to the problem. Continual use of these, along with a poor backwash regime, can quickly lead to levels becoming out of control, causing permanent damage to the structure of the pool, whether for public or private use.

HOW DO I MONITOR SULPHATE LEVELS? A sudden rise in the level of Total Dissolved Solid (TDS) can indicate an increase in sulphate levels. It is therefore recommended that a weekly TDS check should be carried out. TDS can be measured simply using a compact, easy to use handheld meter. Most meters will store up to 25 results including the date, time and temperature information for each result. A backlit LCD display will show the results and temperature simultaneously, with additional information including date and time on keypress, making accurate measurements simple. Additionally, sulphates can be measured directly using easy to use test kits based on a photometer, tablet count methods or the turbidity method. Ideally a specific sulphate test should be carried out weekly alongside

the standard TDS measurement, especially if the TDS results are fluctuating. For public pools, it is highly recommended that the photometer method is used. There is a two-minute reaction period but, on completion, the measurement takes place automatically and the result, in mg/l sulphate, appears on the display. As with all photometer methods, the results can be stored and shared easily. Alternatively, especially for water with a low total hardness content, the tablet count method may be used. This is based on the titration technique. Tablets are dissolved one by one in a known volume of liquid until a colour change occurs. A calculation is then used to determine the concentration in mg/l or ppm. Finally, and particularly for private pools, the proportional turbidity test method may be used. This is based on a double tube assembly. The outer tube is filled to the top line with sample water. A tablet is added to the water in the tube, crushed and mixed thoroughly to make a turbid solution,

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indicating the presence of sulphates. A black dot on the base of the inner tube is lowered, slowly filling with the cloudy sample water. Viewing from above, the inner tube is submerged until the dot is just no longer visible. At this point, the result can be measured using the scale on the tube.

WHAT LEVEL OF SULPHATE IS ACCEPTABLE? Ideally levels should be as low as possible but the PWTAG guideline states that readings should not go above 360mg/l. If readings go above this level, immediate action should be taken to reduce the amount of sulphate. This would normally be through dilution by the addition of fresh water. It is recommended, however, that the source water should be checked first in case this is, in itself, the cause of the problem. Furthermore, if the problems persist, a review of the chemicals being used should be undertaken to see if these are adding to the problem. If high levels are not addressed, then grout and cement can be attacked which could lead to structural problems. Sulphate – the hidden menace – is easy to monitor but, if ignored, can lead to serious issues. Lovibond Tintometer 01980 664800 03/10/2018 15:48

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A Success Story Made In Britain In this edition, we take a closer look at Pontypool-based Water Treatment Products, a UK manufacturer which has gone from strength-to-strength over recent years thanks to substantial investment in the business combined with a number of innovative solutions


ver the past 18 years Water Treatment Products has grown to be a foremost specialist in the recreational water treatment sector, specialising in both residential and commercial markets. The business has grown considerably from the early days and now employs over 60 staff. With new 9,500 sq. ft. office facilities being added to the company’s property portfolio as recently as in September this year, Water Treatment Products operates from a site in Wales that now covers over 3 acres. The business has worked tirelessly developing new and innovative water treatment technologies for the industry and has been a leader in the Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR) having been the first company to be awarded with a product authorisation number for its premium range of Copper Long Life Algaecides (Klearpool Long Life Algaecide and Pro-Swim Long Life Algicide). But progress doesn’t stop there and the investment in the business goes even further with the opening of a new purposebuilt storage facility and new container off-loading facilities along with an extensive refurbishment of the liquid blending plant earlier this year. The liquid chemical blending plant and off-loading area stands on a purpose-built bund and interceptor. This represented a significant investment for the company but it has resulted in a ‘low impact’ status from the Environment Agency. The business offers the industry a number of solutions and opportunities for the swimming pool and hot tub markets including: • Pro-Swim brand of swimming pool and spa chemicals • Own label products • Re-packing, blending and environmental solutions for brand owners • Manufacture of test kits and reagents • Manufacturer of fast dissolve Chlorine Dioxide tablets (Chlorogene T25) • Extensive stock held on all the chemistries for the swimming and hot tub markets • On site specialist and experts in chemistry, microbiology and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors (DGSA). In recent years Water Treatment Products have become widely acknowledged as a specialist in the field of water treatment. 47_SPN_Oct_18_WTP.indd 43

term customers. Customers can see for themselves the capabilities of the business and where necessary audit the operation to meet the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 of their own business. Production capabilities include: • Liquid and dry powder blends • Liquid, powder and tablet filling • Dedicated Calcium Hypochlorite re-pack facility • Automatic label applicators.

LOOKING AHEAD That’s as a result of creating innovative solutions to a demanding and changing market, offering extensive research and development facilities (which are regarded as some of the best in the country) plus providing expert sales, support and production capabilities. This year saw the investment in IC and ICP analytical instrumentation which enables the business to identify all the common chemistries. Whilst this equipment has proven to be very costly, it does offer a real edge to the company’s customers and has helped it to establish current technologies and develop new analytical methods for the future.

BIOCIDAL PRODUCT REGULATIONS (BPR) The Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR) were introduced on 1 September 2015 and this piece of legislation has really impacted the water treatment industry and will continue to do so until 2022/23. Water Treatment Products have appointed a full time Regulatory Manager who also sits on important technical committees, and advises the business and customers alike. Whilst there are many hurdles to overcome in the future, Water Treatment Products are delighted to have received the first ever BPR authorisation number for a biocide (their premium range of Copper Long Life Algaecides). But the work doesn’t stop there – in January two widely used biocides will be approved (sodium and calcium hypochlorite) and rest assured the business is compliant. Customers (future and present) have often found visiting the facilities a great benefit and is something the company activity encourage as this frequently leads to prospects converting into long

Looking into the future, Water Treatment Products have created technologies for new leisure markets away from the swimming pool and hot tub industries. These include Greenclear, a product designed to remove and reduce the growth of algae and moss on hard surfaces such as decking, fencing, patios and more. Greenclear is simple to use – just spray onto the surface and leave to dry (typically 10 minutes), when dry, children and pets can access the area. No scrubbing, jet washing and elbow grease is needed… simply spray and go with Greenclear! It’s another great innovation from Water Treatment Products and the product has a COPR (Control of Pesticide Regulation) approval from the HSE. Of course, the future is ever changing and the swimming pool and hot tub industry has seen many changes in recent years and will face many more in the future. Water Treatment Products is proud of its achievements to date and the team, which has a wealth of knowledge and experience yet is relatively young, know new faces will be joining it in the future to building on their successes. The regulatory landscape including REACH, BPR, ADR transport regulation is also ever changing and becoming more stringent upon manufacturers, distributors and retailers, however the company has been quick to identify regulatory changes and invest and adapt to ensure its clients’ products are adequately covered minimising risk. Change is often hard to contemplate but those who have turned to Water Treatment Products for the future of their business know they have made a great decision. Water Treatment Products 01495 792790

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LSPC Add The Finishing Touches To Luxury London Pool And Saunarium Novotel London Canary Wharf Hotel


he spa experience is an essential offering for luxury hotels and the Novotel London Canary Wharf Hotel, which boasts spectacular views across the London skyline, commissioned London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC) to complete this luxury pool and a saunarium which provides both a sauna and steam room in one. These facilities are accompanied by a gym and provide the hotel’s clients with all they need for exercising, relaxing and pampering themselves. Built on the ground floor, rather than the basement, to create a light airy ambience, the rectangular concrete pool shell had already been formed by the main contractor. LSPC then completed all other aspects of the pool including the tiling and the plantroom which involved devising pipe work that was installed without disrupting the previously constructed shell, keeping the installation schedule on track.

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The contemporary level-deck pool is 10m x 5m and 1.5m deep. The plantroom specification includes an AstralPool Deep Bed Aster Filter, 58kW Plate Heat Exchanger, Triogen UV System and a Bayrol PoolManager with automatic chlorine dosing. The pool interior is finished in aqua blue porcelain tiles. The pool has a bespoke stainless steel handrail and a Pahlen countercurrent unit which allows bathers to swim against ‘the tide’ providing exhilarating exercise. The pièce de résistance is the pool’s feature wall which incorporates two waterfalls that cascade water into the pool, treating bathers to vigorous showers. The pool surround, which was supplied by the main contractor, is made of 150mm x 150mm porcelain tiles that resemble natural wood. The pool hall features cool grey/white walls, ceiling and colonnades; a charming leaf motif design along two walls plus an eye-catching 03/10/2018 15:51



FILTRATION AstralPool UK Ltd 01329 514000

COUNTER-CURRENT UNIT Golden Coast 01271 378100

HEAT EXCHANGER UK Exchangers Ltd 01234 244320

DOSING & CONTROL SYSTEM Pollet Pool Group 01635 227999

LIGHTING EVA Optic BV +31 (0) 38 337 5067

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL Menerga Ltd 0121 322 0258

UV SYSTEM SUEZ (Triogen) 01355 220598

light display on the wall at the end of the pool and on the ceiling. These cast strips of light on the pool water and complement the Eva Optic underwater pool lighting.

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Providing A Premium Hot Tub Experience

With sculptural good looks combined with an update on how they’re able to be used, the IKON is set to become a star in the spa firmament

Promising an experience that was once reserved for the rich and famous, the luxury end of the hot tub market is buoyant one and is a key battleground for both manufacturers and retailers in the UK. Targeting the serious enthusiast, who demands the very latest in technology, innovations and features, models costing in excess of £10,000 aim to provide their users with the ultimate hot tub setting for relaxation, recuperation and more. This issue, we look at the brands and models competing at the luxury end of the market By Jon Wadeson


he premium end of any market sector represents a key battleground for manufacturers and retailers alike, and in the world of high-end hot tubs, there’s fierce competition to secure sales from an enthusiastic UK public. Range-topping products not only provide great returns, but they are also a chance to fully showcase a brand’s design capabilities, imagination, quality and more to potential customers. With budgets in excess of five figures, customers in this sector quite rightly demand the latest features and innovations combined with a sense of style and exclusivity. They also expect that their premium investment will be enjoyed for many years to come. “Over the last 12 months, we feel we’ve once again seen more inferior low cost hot tubs flood the market, offering seemingly good discounts but often with poor quality. These types of spas will always come and go but we find high end, good quality spas, like our Platinum Elite Class, will always stand 47-50_SPN_Oct_18_Hot_Tubs.indd 47

the test of time,” said Vicky Wrigglesworth, Director at Artesian Spas UK, who added: “As always, technologies are changing and we have always sought to discover cutting edge ways to provide the best performing spa on the market.” That’s a view which will undoubtedly be held by many of the manufacturers supplying products in this price category, and looking to stay one-step ahead of the competition, brands have been quick to see the benefit of offering something different to affluent UK customers. The result, is the design of some truly stunning models which are packed with the latest technology to satisfy the needs of these higher spending clients. With the premium being the name of the game, we take a look at just some of the competing models that are available.

A PREMIUM EXPERIENCE – ARTESIAN’S PLATINUM ELITE Artesian Spas have always strived to be at the forefront of luxury spa technology and pride

themselves on being a high-end, innovative company. A customer will already expect a superior design for comfort and quality of build, but Artesian push further to provide a hydrotherapy experience like no other. Artesian Spas offer one of the most premium lines of spas on the market – the Platinum Elite Class – which focuses heavily on hydrotherapy, energy efficiency, water quality and user experience. For the ultimate in luxury, the Platinum Elite class utilises patented DirectFlow™ technology with Variable Flow Control™ for amazing performance. This fantastic invention maximises power with an individual pump per therapy seat to provide the spa user with their own direct water flow and control. Not only does Variable Flow Control™ act like a dimmer switch, adjusting the massage pressure from low to high and anywhere in between, but it saves up to 50% of the energy used by the pump when set to low. The small 1.4hp energy efficient pumps, along with the DirectFlow™ technology

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HIGH-END HOT TUBS have created one of the most powerful yet energy efficient spa ranges on the market. The Platinum Elite line also features a revolutionary breakthrough in hydrotherapy jetting with the remarkable Helix™ jets. Exclusive to Artesian, the Helix™ jet utilises a special shaped jet cylinder to create a powerful double helix spiral of water flow, providing one of the best deep tissue massages possible from any hot tub. With a whole host of other innovative features such as opulent design and a back-lit touch screen control with wireless technology, the Platinum Elite class just keeps getting better, providing the ultimate in luxury.

PEAKLINE RANGE DEMONSTRATES THE LATEST FROM WELLIS In the space of just a few short years, Wellis has become one of the world’s influential manufacturers of hot tubs and spas. Wellis produce products that are certified to meet or exceed German TUV quality standards using the most modern robot technology. The process takes place at their factory which boasts an impressive production area of more than 16,000m2. Thanks to the company’s own development and production, Wellis has full manufacturing control and the maximum amount of product knowledge necessary to ensure that each product is precision made. One of the company’s success stories is the premium EveRest spa which has been produced since 2013, and which has become a crucial product for the company since its launch. The EveRest spa sits within the company’s new high-end ‘PeakLine’ range which contains all of the company’s latest developments. The EveRest spa makes relaxation simply unforgettable, thanks to a number of comfort features. One of the two reclining places is especially well-equipped – it includes two 2hp massage pumps, the Pulsar™ system.

The EveRest spa sits within the Wellis’s new high-end ‘PeakLine’ range which contains all of the company’s latest developments

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Like all models in Artesian Spas’ Platinum Elite class, the Dove Canyon utilises patented DirectFlow™ technology with Variable Flow Control™ for amazing performance

The additional control panels and the WiFi smartphone application provide a comfort level that has never before been experienced. Oxygen Therapy is also added as standard equipment for renewing skin. Another premium quality model within the PeakLine range is the Discovery spa. With its four seats and one recliner combined with the brand’s latest technologies, it’s ideal for effortless entertainment. Its exclusive design and improvements which include a new, modern diverter and air inlet regulator, which ensures smoother, more precise massage settings, make it such an amazing spa that any owner’s guests will surely be impressed by it.

CALDERA SPAS ADD TWO MODELS TO THEIR HIGH-END SERIES This year, the Caldera Spas hot tub brand, supplied exclusively in the UK by Certikin International, introduced two stunning new models to their high-end Utopia series plus a number of exciting enhancements.

Taking the user experience to a whole new level, a smart new touchscreen control panel is available on all 2018 Utopia Series spas. Using advanced technology, the Advent LCD touchscreen control panel features a full colour menu with simple and intuitive navigation. The high-resolution 11cm colour display offers one-step control for jets, lights, and music plus there’s convenient access to the automatic clean cycle and spa temperature display too. The Atlas Massage System which provides soothing relief to aching neck and shoulder muscles is a signature feature of the Utopia Series. Now for 2018, the System has been redesigned to provide an additional 2.5cm of vertical clearance to accommodate taller users. Watkins have also improved the water flow of the jets to enhance the overall massage experience. Model wise, the new Provence is a stunning four-person spa introduced to meet consumer demand for a smaller spa with two loungers. Measuring 213cm x 198cm x 89cm, it is

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HIGH-END HOT TUBS designed to fit through a standard doorway and is smaller than the Tahitian. Its clever design features an EcstaSeat plus an UltraMassage lounger with Atlas massage system. The EcstaSeat lounger is designed specifically to fit people that are under 5ft 6, while the UltraMassage is the more traditional lounger, similar to the one in a Tahitian. The Florence is a fully-featured spa with open seating for six adults. With 46 therapy jets, an Atlas massage system, foot ridge and Avante cabinetry, the Florence has all the signature comfort, design and performance features of a Utopia Series spa. The thoughtfully-engineered seating makes it an ideal spa for consumers who prefer a mid-size spa without a lounger.

A LIMITED-TIME MODEL – BEACHCOMBER’S ANNIVERSARY EDITION Beachcomber Hot Tubs® officially launched their 730 Anniversary Edition Series hot tubs earlier this year. They have been expertly engineered to balance the elements of light, sound and ergonomic comfort, delivering a holistic therapeutic experience and elevating the company’s standards of innovation. “We wanted to create a new series of hot tubs building on our innovative core competency for hydrotherapy and comfort, while pushing the possibilities of design by incorporating signature lighting and sleek finishes inspired by the luxury automotive landscape,” commented Glenn Lahay, Head of Research & Development for Beachcomber Hot Tubs®. Beyond their striking appearance, and heightened performance, Beachcomber Hot Tubs® Founder Keith Scott was keen to point out: “The foundation of the 730AE remains strictly rooted in the Beachcomber DNA, with our practices of hand-crafted construction, emphasis on ergonomics, and belief in extensively testing quality at every stage of production in full display.” Distributed in the UK by SCP, the 730AE is a limited-time offering within the brand’s

Beachcomber 730 Anniversary Edition hot tubs have been expertly engineered to balance the elements of light, sound and ergonomic comfort

flagship 700 Series. It can seat up to seven adults, and features a generous footwell for maximum comfort. It offers a wide range of hydrotherapy options, with up to 161 configurations thanks to Beachcomber’s patented Flexjet technology. Other new cutting-edge features include exterior cabinet illumination with Star Trail LED corner lighting inspired by the natural beauty and motion of the night sky, roman arch LED waterfall, and interior crescent moon ambient lighting and Everlite mood lighting to make night-time experiences completely customisable and safely accessible. “The new Signature Cabinet and Star Trail Corner LED lighting have really added a new dimension to the range,” said Ian Pratt, SCP UK’s Sales Director. Available as an option on all 7 series Beachcomber hot tubs, the cabinet features horizontal lines and wood grain appearance with a matching step unit that illuminates as you approach it.

J-445™ ADDS TO JACUZZI’S DESIGNER COLLECTION Earlier this year, Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs introduced the J-445™ model, a special release hot tub which added to their existing J-400™ Designer Collection.

Speaking at the time of the launch, Alejandra Diaz, Group Marketing Manager Spa said: “The J-445™ expands the J-400™ Collection with a size that complements other best-selling Jacuzzi® Brand products while staying true to the designer collection. This new model introduces an enhanced user experience including state-of-the-art design and technology resulting in a superior hydromassage that allows us to continue to stand out in the industry.” The J-445™ includes a stylish high-back design, a signature style in most J-400™ models, offering elegance, privacy, and comfort. Never-before-seen features adorn this model, including illuminated diverter knobs that can also be used as cup holders, more seat height variety with deepest soak, and a new headrest pillow that can be easily adjusted for additional comfort. A wide, illuminated waterfall paired with a jetted seat is also featured in this model, combining style and relaxation and making it the perfect addition for any home. Industry first innovation, styling, and performance makes this new model unique. Inside, the new J-445™ features 6 seats with varying seat heights and widths, from deep immersion to shallow soak. This new model delivers an optimal hydrotherapy experience, including an RX Therapy seat with angled calf jets and FX shoulder jets providing the deepest soak in any Jacuzzi® Hot Tub model. Traditional J-400™ features are highlighted in this model including the Jacuzzi® CLEARRAY® Water Management System and exclusive Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Jets. Additional features such as a Smart Access Door for easy tool-free cabinetry removal and a Status Indicator Light are also included for ease of use.


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Engineered to the highest specifications, and forged to harness the untamed spirit of the Canadian wilderness, the Be Well range executive hot tubs are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Available through Superior Spas, these superbly built and ergonomically designed

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HIGH-END HOT TUBS hot tubs will give their owners unforgettable moments of relaxation in any environment. Just like their hardy origins, these hot tubs are manufactured with a robust, frost resistant insulation system, which allows the spa’s temperature to be maintained for long periods of time, even during the harshest winter or when there’s a complete power failure. In true Canadian style, the spa frames are built with superior treated wood, which will keep moisture and decay at bay, giving owners complete peace of mind. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, relaxation is just a fingertip away. Like a bubbling mountain stream, the rich, pure and clear sound of the entertainment system will transport users to another world. It’s compact, robust, fully waterproof, and it is specifically optimised for the outdoor environment. Among the latest technology, Be Well are extremely proud to introduce and pioneer their revolutionary soft tissue experience that is designed to draw up to three times the air of a standard spa system, providing a truly magical, whole body relaxation experience. The Volcano Jet technology infuses the soft feel of air and water with a kinetic power that looks and feels wonderful, and it brings with it healing properties. This innovative technology features a stainlesssteel therapy ring, which is designed to help with circulation by increasing blood flow to problematic areas. Superior Spas’ range of Be Well Spas have been wholly designed and engineered with the end user in mind. These sophisticated hot tubs, integrated with intelligent and contemporary technology to provide entertainment, relaxation and healing, have been built with timeless elegance and long lasting durability to provide a superior spa experience like no other.

Available through Superior Spas, the Be Well range of executive hot tubs are guaranteed to stand the test of time

FUTURISTIC IKON HAS ALL THE MAKINGS OF A DESIGN CLASSIC In the eyes of some, hot tubs are sometimes considered a blight on the design landscape – they’re great for relaxing and for social gatherings, but not something style aficionados would proudly display. The launch of Vortex Spas futuristic IKON design is seriously set to challenge these preconceptions. With sculptural good looks combined with an update on how they’re able to be used, the IKON is set to become a star in the spa firmament and the company are looking for representation in the UK market. From the outset, the spa’s designer New Zealand born Alain Brideson was determined to come up with something “undeniably beautiful”. “It is inspired by modern architecture, that special feeling when stepping onto a yacht and ultimate relaxation. Using these

...looking to stay one-step ahead of the competition, brands have been quick to see the benefit of offering something different to affluent UK customers” The launch of Vortex Spas futuristic IKON design is set to seriously challenge the view that hot tubs are sometimes considered a blight on the design landscape

key concepts, it quickly manifested into a clean faceted exterior, grand entrance and simplified interior landscape,” said the 36-year-old global product designer. Alain was approached by Vortex Spas CEO Andrew Pullen who was looking to create something the spa world hadn’t seen before – something architects didn’t try to hide or bury in a deck. “Spas bring true joy to people’s lives. They bring families together, they improve relaxation, they reduce pain, they improve health, well-being and happiness. Why can’t they look beautiful as well?” said Andrew. Aside from the obvious sculptural and architectural differences, the materials used in the construction are from the marine and architectural industries and, subsequently designed to withstand the elements a lot longer than more traditional materials. Most spas have dedicated positions which is fine for the first few minutes, but after a while, spa users want to move around, maybe spend some time sitting on the edge with their feet in the water. The IKON has been designed for this. There are various seating positions and seating heights. You can sit or lie on the deck. It really does enhance lifestyles.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Artesian Spas 01302 730295 Certikin International 01993 778855 Jacuzzi UK 0113 344 8189 SCP UK 01293 813215 Superior Spas 01246 559071 Vortex Spas +61 130 078 5349 Wellis +36 29 564 380

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Expanding Knowledge Across Our Industry In any sector which includes products or services that require specialist or technical knowledge, trained staff are a must and will add value to any business. Certain skills can’t always be taught by the employer though and sometimes, official certification may be a requirement too. Thankfully there are a number of well-respected organisations that cover a range of subjects to enhance the skill sets of wet leisure industry personnel and we examine what’s on offer By Jon Wadeson


xpanding the knowledge base of all employees should be a goal that all businesses across the wet leisure industry aspire to as the return on investment from the training and development of employees really is a no brainer. Yes, it will require time, money or more likely both, but there are plenty of rewards for doing so for both the employer and the employee. Staff benefit with improved job satisfaction and morale, plus a feeling of being valued. But it’s employers who are the big gainers with just some of the benefits being improved employee performance, a reduction in staff turnover and a consistency of performance. A business with well-trained, knowledgeable and qualified staff is a confident business and more often than not, they enjoy great reputations with both customers and competitors alike. Across the industry, operators, company owners and staff appreciate that numerous standards and procedures exist that need to be adhered to, plus there are many sectors where technical knowledge is quite simply a must have. But which organisations should businesses turn to when they need to educate staff correctly and what courses are available? Over the years, the wet leisure industry has appeared sometimes to struggle with the subject of training and it has often come across as rather disjointed. However

more recently there’s been a big push to educate personnel professionally and provide recognised qualifications so in this issue, we take a closer look at just some of the organisations and courses that are helping to develop staff across the various sectors of our industry.

ISPE TRAINING TICKS A NUMBER OF BOXES The Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers was set up in December 1978 to establish an organisation for the individual swimming pool engineer to (amongst other roles) “Engage in the education and training of persons within all sectors of the swimming pool industry”. The Institute’s objectives are achieved by means of a Home Study Course, One-Day Seminars, Hands-on Workshops, ISPE-endorsed Training, Technical Publications, a CPD Scheme and their highly popular Workshops Programme held annually at SPATEX. The ISPE Home Study Course covers (domestic swimming pool) construction, heating, chemicals and filtration and allows a large degree of flexibility in that students of any age or background may register at any time and study at their own speed. Exams are held once a year, in March, and all students are invited to sit the exams each year, when they are ready. The ISPE One-Day Seminars are open to members and non-members and cover ISPE’s training objectives are achieved by numerous means including a CPD Scheme and their highly popular Workshops Programme held annually at SPATEX

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pretty much every aspect of the pool and spa industry. Programmes are sent to all ISPE members about six weeks before each event or may be downloaded from the ISPE website. The ISPE Filtration Workshop is a mixture of both theoretical and practical hands-on training, held once each year in the autumn. This is an excellent intensive day’s training for a maximum of 16 delegates and covers all aspects of filter servicing and maintenance, in addition to topics on pipework and pumps, too. ISPE-Endorsed Training recognises the need for specialist training in the commercial sector. ISPE has ‘endorsed’ the training provided by four companies who specialise in training in this area. Aimed at those working in hotels, schools, holiday parks, clubs and other commercial facilities, training may be tailored for specific site requirements. Finally, the ISPE CPD Scheme presents individuals with a method to keep a formal record of their training and is open to all (ISPE members or non-members). CPD can take many forms. For example: Attending seminars, workshops or courses; taking part in meetings or discussions, reading or writing a technical article and, for those newer to the trade, progressing through the ISPE Home Study Course and completing the exams.

BISHTA’S WORKFORCE QUALIFICATIONS PROMOTE SAFE HOT TUB STANDARDS Under HASAW Act 1974 the training of anyone who is going to handle dangerous goods is deemed to be a requirement. There are a number of courses available, such as water hygiene management and the carriage of dangerous goods that are either provided directly through BISHTA or from other parties. These types of courses need regular (2 – 3 years) refresher training to ensure knowledge is updated. BISHTA’s foremost focus is to ‘Promote Safe Hot Tub Standards’ and to achieve this it uses a broad range of tasks to meet their ultimate goal, but the most rapid way to see standards rise across the industry is through education. The Association has a number of qualifications available to its members including: 03/10/2018 15:59


Endorsed by CIMSPA the Pool Plant Operations qualification was developed in consultation with industry groups to ensure it is fit-for-purpose

• Hot Tub Site Surveyor – This qualification will provide recognition of customer care, health & safety information, and also the importance of undertaking a site survey as an integral part of the process of selling hot tubs. • Electrical Awareness Workshop – The course is open to BISHTA members in the first instance, and several companies have chosen to join BISHTA, as a result, to benefit from the relevant knowledge passed on at this course. • Common Water Hygiene Management Training Syllabus – BISHTA’s Technical Committee has been revising and updating the syllabus to ensure that water hygiene management courses meet the current expectations. With a total of six tutors trained so far, providing a range of options. • Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) – As an additional training opportunity, BISHTA is currently working with colleagues from the APSP to develop courses in the UK, based on the CHTT syllabus. Work is ongoing regarding ensuring the course is made specific to the UK audience, and this includes being able to cross-reference not only the American Standards but also BISHTA Standards and other relevant guidance in Britain.

STA’S SAFETY TRAINING AWARDS OFFER POOL PLANT QUALIFICATIONS Safety Training Awards, STA’s Awarding Organisation, offers a range of modern Pool Plant qualifications, with the STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations providing the pinnacle in training. Endorsed by CIMSPA, the Pool Plant Operations qualification was developed in consultation with industry groups to ensure it is fit-for-purpose and relevant to the modernday operator across all different pool types – from sports and leisure centres to hotels, holiday parks, spas and interactive water features. The qualification has a technically advanced syllabus covering all aspects of modern pool and spa operations in a practical, learner-friendly way. The content follows and simplifies where possible industry guidelines from PWTAG, BS EN 15288 (parts 1 and 2), health and safety sources and National Occupational Standards. 52-54_SPN_Oct_18_Training.indd 53

The qualification, which is supported with a comprehensive resource manual and robust assessment, consists of six units: • Principles of healthy and hygienic pool water • Principles of water testing • Principles of disinfection, pool chemistry and dosing in pool plant operations • Principles of mechanical pool plant operations • Swimming pool heating, ventilation and energy efficiency • Management practices and health and safety in pool plant operations. Ultimately, the Level 3 qualification provides operators with all of the information required to operate safe and hygienic pool facilities. The other pool plant related qualifications available in the Safety Training Awards suite include the STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Pool Water Treatment, which trains learners in the basics of swimming pool plant operation, and the STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Pool Water Testing qualification, which provides learners with the information and skills needed to test swimming pool and spa water competently. All Safety Training Awards’ qualifications are delivered through its network of Approved Training Centres (ATCs) which ensures qualifications are delivered to a consistent, high level standard.

IOS – HELPING TO SAFEGUARD BUSINESSES AND THE PUBLIC The IoS are a Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Approved Training Provider.

This means that their Pool Plant Technical Operator training is of the highest standard, using PWTAG guidelines which are viewed as best practice. PWTAG standards have become the benchmark for compliance with HSG179 referencing the PWTAG Code of Practice for water treatment. The Code of Practice recommends that training should be accredited by PWTAG (or be to the same standard) to ensure compliance. Accreditation is given to training providers that follow the correct syllabus and ensure robust assessment methods. It’s safe to say any organisation that values its reputation needs competently trained staff who have been suitably assessed and found capable. IoS’s main course is the PWTAG accredited Pool Plant Technical Operator training which covers everything needed to maintain a swimming pool, spa or water feature effectively. This is a three-day course, awarded through IQL UK and assessed through an on course test and an independently marked work based assignment. The course covers circulation, filtration, disinfection, pH correction and heating of pool water. How to maintain water which is safe and pleasant to swim in, how to test pool water correctly and understand how to restore it to ideal conditions is also covered. This certificate needs to be revalidated every three years to keep technical knowledge of pool plant and water treatment up to date. This can be completed through either an online course or a one-day face-to-face update. For those new to pool plant, IoS have a foundation certificate which is a one-day course providing all the basics of water management and water safety. For health clubs and resorts that provide any kind of spa facility, IoS also have a oneday Spa Pool Operators Certificate.

OFFERING A SUITE OF TRAINING AND EDUCATION COURSES TO THE SPA TRADE SpaTech Training was founded two years ago by Chris Brady, who also has a successful hot tub retail business in Lincolnshire. With a background as an Aeronautical Engineer

The IoS are a Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Approved Training Provider. This means that their Pool Plant Technical Operator training is of the highest standard

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TRAINING & EDUCATION with the RAF (where professionalism, standards, education and training are critical), Chris was shocked that after almost 15 years, there was still no professional certified training available in the spa industry. Fed up of waiting and with experience as a Chief Engineer and Technical Mentor/ Instructor in the RAF, Chris decided to team up with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and BISHTA to bring the Certified Hot Tub Technician Programme to the UK – a course which has been successfully delivered for over a year with outstanding feedback from candidates and their companies. Since then, SpaTech Training have been working with BISHTA to create a suite of training and education courses plus certifications including: • CHTT • BISHTA Water Hygiene Management Course • Hot Tub Safe Manual Handling Course • Holiday Park Hot Tub Training • Forklift Training. With a technician’s time being precious, SpaTech has created training weeks where they travel around the regions of the UK and deliver 2-3 of the above courses in bundles so that companies can get great value from releasing their staff for the week. Companies who have invested into training their staff over the last year have reported superb results including: • An increase in the efficiency of their staff on tasks • Reduced re-work due to correct fault diagnosis on initial visits • Reduced warranty work due to better quality of installation work • Increased customer satisfaction due to the improved professionalism and competency of staff • More confidence to carry out work on all brands of spas boosting turnover during the off-peak selling seasons.

Since the publication of HSG282, CPC’s Martin Rigby (second right) has run oneday training courses designed for hot tub professionals and personnel dealing with hot tubs as part of a holiday rental

• Safer working practices resulting in staff job satisfaction and reduction in workplace incidents or near misses. A combination of better industry standards and a workforce that is both competent and professionally trained will only prove to strengthen the hot tub industry, resulting in a better reputation and an industry where the competency of professionals can be measured and recognised. SpaTech see the CHTT logo being the equivalent of the Gas Safe logo that consumers all know about and seek when contracting a gas engineer.

HOT TUB TRAINING INITIATIVE CONTINUES TO GROW Complete Pool Controls (CPC) has had another busy year with its hot tub training course. Since February 2017 CPC has been offering a one-day training course designed for hot tub professionals and personnel dealing with hot tubs as part of a holiday rental. The BISHTA accredited course ‘Hot Tub and Swim Spa Water Hygiene Management’ has continued to be popular within the hot tub industry, with over 400 delegates having attended so far. Staff attending have included

sales personnel and engineers from multinational and independent hot tub companies, to holiday park operators and private owners of hot tubs who are renting out a hot tub as part of a holiday let. Martin Rigby who runs the training division of Complete Pool Controls – one of the UK’s leading suppliers of water treatment products – advised: “As the popularity of hot tubs being offered as part of a holiday rental continues to grow, more and more holiday park operators are becoming aware for the need to have competent staff and the correct safety procedures in place. Since the publication of HSG282 from the HSE in 2017, delegates are looking for concrete advice on how best to maintain a hot tub and swim spa when available as part of a holiday let. “It is a huge responsibility looking after a tub which is being used by the public and for many of the delegates the guidelines and recommendations are a big shock but by the end of the course they are aware of exactly what is required to fulfill their health and safety obligations.”

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: BISHTA 01264 356211 Complete Pool Controls 01242 662700 IoS 01509 640640 ISPE 01603 499959

SpaTech Training have been working with the APSP and BISHTA to bring the Certified Hot Tub Technician Programme to the UK

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Seasonal Shelters For Year-round Enjoyment

This low enclosure from Telescopic Pool Enclosures makes for an unobtrusive functional pool cover

There’s only one way to ensure uninterrupted outdoor pool use in the UK – and that’s to cover pools up! For commercial and domestic pools around the country, an enclosure will provide year round swimming and in addition, will improve safety whilst reducing both maintenance and running costs. There’s no doubt that having one is an investment, but an enclosure means owners can maximise the potential of their pool. From the big to the small and to suit any pool, we take a look at the available options By Karen Witney


reat looking, well made, versatile and definite prudent investments, pool enclosures offer more than just an extension to the swimming season. When not in use they provide security so the pool cannot be accessed by uninvited visitors and at the same time prevent dirt and windblown debris from entering the water and surround. Maintenance is reduced as is the cost of water treatment products. In commercial facilities an enclosure is an absolute must for outdoor pools. Many are telescopic so can be totally opened up when the sun shines or partially opened to act as a windbreak on breezy days. During a downturn in weather conditions during the season, the enclosure can be kept closed, allowing swimming to continue therefore ensuring a consistent revenue stream. Whether installed over a small private pool, a large commercial facility or even a hot tub or swim spa, an 65-68_SPN_Oct_2018_Enclosures_Feature.indd 57

enclosure will prove the ideal all season addon that really is a must-have option.

SOKOOL WITH SCP With an experience of more than 35 years, Sokool manufactures one of the most complete ranges of swimming pool, terrace / patio and spa enclosures on the market, integrating everything from the design conception and manufacture, right through to the installation if required. Sokool is established throughout the whole of France, Switzerland and now has partners in Germany and here in the UK through SCP. Sokool joined the 02 Group in January 2016 to complement the existing portfolio of Abirblue and Albiges Pool Covers and other leading products / equipment for swimming pools and outdoor environments. Sokool manufacture every type of enclosure to cater for all the needs of any pool owner.

Whether it be extra low, low, medium high or full height enclosures, Sokool has it covered! Sokool enclosures do not need rails or tracks to function, which means the pool surround isn’t unsightly and there’s no trip hazard. The enclosures feature a built in anti-lock self-guidance system making it very easy to move when required allowing a flexible linear movement, plus there is the option of motorised removal if the enclosure is large. There are five standard colours of coating for the enclosures but for a small additional charge any RAL colour can be reproduced. The aluminium powder coated structure comes with a ten year warranty and all enclosures are manufactured in accordance with the French Standard NF P 90-309. SCP is ready to quote for all enclosure requirements including ones for spas with their unique Mai and Rotonde units. The Rotonde is a unique 5.5m diameter round

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ENCLOSURES enclosure that has double doors that open up the entire front aspect. It is possible to adapt this enclosure so it’s semi-circular as well. The Mai is ideal for swim spas and spas that have been partially or fully sunk into a surround such as decking, creating an all year round environment.

THE OLYMPIC ENCLOSURE BY ALUKOV Alukov have been helping and satisfying customer needs with their products and services for more than 20 years. A flagship model in their extensive range is the Olympic enclosure – a marque product made exclusively by Alukov. With its eyecatching design and option to have one or two domes at each end, the enclosure gives the user multiple usage options. Spacious enough to walk around, each dome can be open up to 90 degrees with the main body structure having the facility to slide open too. Customers can add a little luxury to the garden and upgrade its surroundings with unique and completely bespoke enclosures by Alukov. Modern telescopic enclosures are an attractive outdoor living space sheltering and can make the home feel more spacious due to the capacity of creating another living area next to the pool, including an outdoor kitchen, bar, dining and relaxation area. All Alukov enclosures filter the sun so swimming can be enjoyed without worrying about skin damage. The pool will be much easier to maintain because nothing but friends and family can get in. Keeping out extra debris, there is never much to clean out. There are numerous benefits to having a pool enclosure but security is one of the most important features. All Alukov enclosures include lockable doors and segments. The unique design of their ‘easy up’ locking system allows comfortable securing of the enclosure by avoiding the need to lean over. When locked, the enclosure acts as a barrier for keeping wandering individuals out, which reduces accidents and which will keep children and pets safe and protected. Buying a pool enclosure is an investment

The Cassiopee enclosure from SCP boasts a built in anti-lock self guidance system for ease of movement

and Alukov is there to provide advice, helping customerts make the right decision and creating an individual solution to meet every customers’ needs and a completely unique enclosure that will improve and add quality to living outside.

TELESCOPIC ENCLOSURE PIONEERS Telescopic Pool Enclosures are one of the UK’s original pioneers of bespoke and standard pool enclosures, having been in business since 1991 – when the first telescopic enclosures were being imported from Europe. Their industry pedigree lies in planning and constructing large span buildings made from timber, aluminium and PVC. Prior to pool enclosures, they worked on conservatories, orangeries and glass extensions as well as the swimming pools, which they specialise in today. Over the years they have built up vast knowledge and experience in assisting clients with planning and building regulations. With UK exclusivity on products from leading European brand Azenco, as well as

access to a wide range of ROLAL products, they cater for builds of all sizes. Choose from single or double-glazed safety glass and/or polycarbonate options to the ends and sides of their enclosures, all made-to-measure. From mid to high and low enclosures, their portfolio is versatile and available in both fixed and retractable options. What sets Telescopic Pool Enclosures out from a lot of others in the market is the much greater level of insulation that features in their gap-free buildings. This benefit is often preferred by schools and businesses, as many boards and local authorities will decline plastic enclosures based on the associated maintenance and running costs, especially in colder seasons. Other pool products available include easy to install kits, which can be supply only or fitted if required to the trade. There are also hot tub and spa enclosures, retractable garden rooms and fixed or retractable buildings for the hospitality and restaurant trade. Telescopic Pool Enclosures also offer more economic options, including refurbishment and patio extensions.

Situated in France this 8.5 x 15m Olympic enclosure is finished in anthracite and blends in perfectly with its surroundings

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Arch Enclosures offer a number of enclosure styles including this rotunda model and (right) lean-to enclosures that can be attached directly to a house at its end or parallel to it

A HAVEN OF PEACE FROM ARCH Arch Enclosures offers highly engineered structures that will ensure the ability to choose when to swim free from the vagaries of weather – allowing clients to have unhindered swimming in a pleasant, controlled environment, and liberating the choice of when to swim. The full height enclosure from Arch is a haven of peace in the garden. It combines the attractiveness of a conservatory with the flexibility of a pool enclosure to create a living area in its own right. The internal dimensions allow users to stay poolside even when not in the water. To make the most of it, imagine it housing the garden furniture, table and loungers. Also a suitable solution for people who want to create a relaxation, sport and fitness area or even an outdoor lounge (terrace enclosure). Adding real value to the home! The lean-to enclosure from Arch can be attached directly to the house at its end or parallel to it. This configuration is perfect for pools which are located very close to a building. This enclosure’s mobile vaults can be stored at the end of the pool or against the house to free up poolside space. It is also a solution for those who want direct access to the pool from the home. The vault modules move effortlessly and without any risk of jamming by gently pushing the enclosure’s uprights along its patented runner. The Arch rotunda shows off the elegance of the pool enclosure, giving it real character. The harmonius rotunda gives unrivalled flexibility thanks to its wide openings.

Open partially or completely, the rotunda seamlessly links the pool area to the garden. It can be opened through any module – they all move independently of each other. Arch’s wooden enclosures are based on a glued laminated timber frame. This material has been used in construction for decades, especially by local authorities. All the wooden arches used are certified to the highest standards in terms of mechanical strength and damp treatment: Standard NF P 50-100.

EXTENSIVE ENCLOSURE OPTIONS FROM CERTIKIN Certikin offer an extensive range of pool and spa enclosures, thanks to its partnership with leading enclosure designer and manufacturer, Aquacomet. They a variety of options in full height and low level models. The range comprise fixed models (with opening side windows) and various telescopic options. In fact, every possible permutation is catered for including low level, high level, lean to, fixed and sliding options. Most RAL colours are available, including a unique wood style finish, which allows the enclosure to blend into its natural environment. The enclosures are suitable for many applications (both commercial and domestic) and not just swimming pools and spas. The range includes the ORION, a stunning full height model from Aquacomet that offers telescopic opening and closing without railings through the use of an extremely strong yet visually light-appearing structure. The lowest level moving Aquacomet enclosure is the sleek Horizontal, which

is super flat and elegant. Custom made in widths from 4 to 6.4m and height from 0.4 to 0.8m, the Horizontal can be supplied and installed by Certikin with installation taking just half a day. One of the most popular is Certikin’s flagship enclosure, the Endless Summer, which is fixed with sliding windows and comes in three different designs. A unique feature is the so-called ‘Iris’ end – an optional extra that is rounded in shape and has wide opening doors. Certikin offers a free site survey. Installation is optional to give full peace of mind, or supply only and guidance provided should it be preferred.

HASSLE FREE SERVICE FROM SWIMEX Swimex UK Pool Enclosures are one of the UK’s leading swimming pool enclosure suppliers, with over 1,000 buildings installed throughout the country. The company is an established industry renowned supplier and have been providing pool enclosures for over 20 years to homes, schools, hotels, leisure centres and holiday parks. Their team have extensive experience and whatever the shape, size and location of the pool, they have a pool building to suit customers’ requirements. The pool enclosures are of the highest quality and are built to withstand the British weather. Each comes with a 10 or 15-year factory guarantee. The company’s comprehensive hasslefree service includes design, planning coordination, installation and after care

CASE STUDY: ENCLOSURE IS CROWNING GLORY FOR DEMO POOL As every pool owner knows, as summer turns to autumn, thoughts turn to how to extend the all too brief British swimming pool season. There are lots of ways to cover a pool but few can rival the good looks and robustness of the Aquacomet enclosure, which is why when Cambridgeshire retailer Aqualeaf Ltd built a demonstration pool at their premises, they chose Certikin to supply the crowning glory. Based in Ely, Aqualeaf operate nationwide and have in their 40-year history installed swimming pools all over the UK and Europe. “As a successful swimming pool business we require premium quality, reliable products that we can guarantee for our customers,” 65-68_SPN_Oct_2018_Enclosures_Feature.indd 59

said Director, Paul Carman. “Certikin is our supplier of choice because it offers excellent products, reliable service and fantastic support. We are delighted with our Aquacomet pool enclosure for our demonstration swimming pool. It has attracted a lot of attention and proved a huge success in helping secure many new customers.” Aesthetically elegant, all Aquacomet enclosures are aluminum in structure with a combination of twin skin and clear polycarbonate walls which are superb at keeping the heat in and the leaves out. Aqualeaf 01223 234980

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ENCLOSURES to give a one-stop service. They can supply both fixed and telescopic enclosures of any length, width, height or colour to suit any requirement. The company has been particularly happy with a full turnkey hydrotherapy project that they undertook on behalf of a customer from Cambridgeshire over the winter months. In partnership with a local pool builder, Swimex designed and installed a new swimming pool (including salt chlorination), air heater, hoist, enclosure and rubber safety flooring, to provide an alternative to three weekly visits to a hotel pool for physiotherapy. The pool is heated daily to 33°C and is the perfect environment to help rehabilitation. The customer has been non-weight bearing for five years and the pool enables him to swim around freely and provide him with independence. The pool and enclosure is contributing to his recovery, as he can access the pool every day at home. Whatever the reason for needing a pool with enclosure, Swimex can provide free, no obligation site visits and are happy to quote for all types of pool buildings. The company aims to deliver on all fronts to ensure customer satisfaction and provide a personal and professional service.

Swimex can supply both fixed and telescopic enclosures of any length, width, height or colour to suit requirements

Whether installed over a small private pool, a large commercial facility or even a hot tub or swim spa, an enclosure will prove the ideal all season add-on that really is a must-have option”

SUMMIT’S INDIVIDUAL DESIGN FOR EXACT REQUIREMENTS Summit Leisure have been working with the French manufacturers of aluminium and glass pool enclosures PAC diffusion for 16 years. They offer their complete range exclusively in the UK. For many years the product was marketed under the name Algarve. This was changed about four years ago to coincide with PAC’s activities in other markets to Aqua Telescopic Pool Enclosures. The Aqua Telescopic range has an enclosure for every type of pool and application. There are low height, medium height and full height options available along with a variety of roof shapes and opening methods. Every unit is designed individually to suit each customer’s exact requirements. The common factor on all designs is, in most

instances, the enclosure does not require tracks or ground rails. Side and end wall glazing is toughened safety glass. The roof is 100% UV stabilised on both internal and external surfaces which guarantees no discolouration and all powder coating is marine grade which ensures no blistering or flaking. Every building carries a ten year guarantee and is independently certified to withstand snow loads and wind speeds far in excess of anything likely to be experienced in the UK. In addition to supplying enclosure solutions to numerous domestic clients, the company has also partnered with many schools and commercial operators to develop bespoke swimming pool enclosure solutions for all

year round swimming, whatever the weather. As part of Summit’s development they are also pursuing markets outside the pool sector. To date they have enclosures being used as sliding roofs over various outdoor entertainment areas such as bars and cafés.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Alukov 0118 909 9844 Arch Enclosures 01444 411411 www. Certikin International 01993 777200 SCP UK 01293 546126 Summit Leisure 01264 850001 Swimex 0800 804 8025

This Arcadia enclosure is from Summit Leisure’s Aqua Telescopic range that can offer an enclosure for every type of pool and application

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P O O L E N C LO S U R E S Sun Abris are specialists in wooden structures and since 1970 offer a range of pool enclosures with an arched glue-laminate timber frame.


uccessfully deployed for many years in the construction industry as well as in highly aggressive environments, such a salt storage warehouses, bridges and virtually all public swimming pools, this material provides aesthetics, sturdiness and durability combined. Glue-laminate timber offers much higher mechanical resistance than any other material used in the design of telescopic pool enclosures and also provides scope for custom-designed structures with safely guaranteed. All the wooden arches we deploy are approved by the most stringent quality bodies in terms of mechanical resistance and anti- damp treatment – Standard NF 50-100 (antidamp guarantee for wood – Standard NFP 90.309 (construction guarantee, safety compliance.  Widths of up to 40 meters or 130 feet are available as are special bespoke designs. One of our larger installations covers 1,200 meters is at Port de Plaisance Yelloh! Village campsite at Benodet Harbour.

 Th  e “Rotunda Models “ end fans open and is a decorative feature in itself. It can be a solution where a rectangular structure would not suit. E  nclosures can be fixed, telescopic, attached to the house or used as a roof only. C  ustomers include municipalities, schools, holiday villages, camp sites, hotels, restaurant terraces and residential properties.

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More information can be seen on our website

Web: Tel: 01444 411411 and 01444 411376

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TILED SPAS & SWIM SPAS The Certikin tiled spa is the perfect solution for new build or refurbishment projects

Beautiful And Practical For commercial facilities that require a compact luxury water experience with durability built in, it’s hard to beat a tiled spa or swim spa. With unique finishes combined with installation flexibility and resilience, it’s no wonder these products are enjoying such success. Their bespoke nature has made them a hit for high-end domestic installations and designers love them too thanks to the variety of options on offer. This issue, we highlight what’s on the market By Andrea Hartshorne


irst impressions do last, whether we like the idea or not and for some, appearance is everything in today’s world. A perfect way to create beautiful, bespoke spas and swim spas can be with tiling and mosaics. Whether for an everyday, special place to relax or for a spa at a top luxury hotel, tiling provides the perfect solution and can provide something with ‘zing’, something a little bit different! Who wouldn’t want that? But the benefits of a tiled spa solution don’t end with its looks. Clients that require a product that offers the ultimate in durability should take a closer look at the available options and if space or access is an issue, well this is where these products really come into their own. So in short, a tiled spa or swim spa solution can offer stunning looks, durability and flexibility and in this issue, we take a closer look at a variety of companies that are offering these often, unique solutions.

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owners looking to transform the pool’s mood. at a fraction of the space… and the price. Designed for ease of use and outstanding That’s the message from Golden Coast, value, these skimmer spas offer multiple jet the UK’s leading independent distributor to configuration, automatic top up connection the wet leisure trade. In recent years, the and easy installation. company has seen an increased interest in its range of tiled swim spas. “The health benefits of swimming and WHEN TWO BECOME ONE… hydrotherapy are well known and enjoyed The Certikin tiled spa is the perfect solution by many,” said Golden Coast Managing for new build or refurbishment projects Director Jamie Adams. “But it’s only through where access is a problem as it comes with the advancements made by manufacturers the option of being delivered in two halves. which have allowed us to deliver that full-size Fully tiled from the factory in eye-catching swimming experience in our own homes… glass mosaics, the spa is rejoined on site and and much, much more.” the joint hidden by tiling over with the Typically used in domestic and light commercial applications, Golden Coast’s tiled swim spas feature a freeboard above the waterline where the skimmer is incorporated. The range offers nine different shapes and sizes and can be tailored to specific customer needs. While units are equipped with a white LED underwater light as Golden Coast’s tiled swim spas feature a freeboard above the waterline where standard, colour-changing the skimmer is incorporated lighting can be specified for

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TILED SPAS & SWIM SPAS matching tile strips provided. Available in any size, shape or design, they vary from a two-person spa to one capable of holding a football team. On site installation is quick as there are no stoppages for curing etc and the design allows access to all fittings after installation. Their high spec includes water hydrotherapy jets, air tracks, an underwater light, a floating heat retention cover and full support leg kit. Highly versatile, the spas come in attractive round, square and octagon shapes. All the spas come fully tiled from the factory and in a choice of attractive glass mosaics. Alternatively, customers can supply their own choice of tiles. Certikin’s Commercial Manager, Steve Nelson said: “Everything can be tailored to suit a specification and décor, from the size, shape, number and type of jets and the choice of tiles and this goes for domestic, light commercial and heavy-use overflow applications. The possibilities are endless.”

MOSAIC TILED SPAS FROM GMT Over the past few years GMT Spas International has established itself as a leading manufacturer of mosaic tiled spas, and 2018 is proving to be another excellent year. In fact, GMT Spas are uniquely placed within the spa industry as they are the only UK spa manufacturer not to install. Their distinctive business model of supplying to the trade only and not installing, enables them to concentrate on, and remain true to their ethos of manufacturing superb highend products. It also gives assurance to their customers that they will never compete for their contracts. They work closely with designers, architects and installers merging their extensive knowledge and their flair to produce bespoke luxurious spas, swim spas and hydrotherapy pools to fulfil the needs of the most exacting clients. They have been involved in many

GMT Spas International work closely with designers, architects and installers to produce bespoke luxurious spas, swim spas and hydrotherapy pools

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The Certikin tiled spa is the perfect solution for new build or refurbishment projects where access is a problem

award winning and elaborate projects. Their graduate-run drawing office uses the latest 3D design and stress testing technology to produce working drawings and 3D renders for their clients. Using the finest marine quality materials and the expertise of their experienced workforce they are able to produce a range of solutions that are as unique and individual as their clients, who include international footballers, film directors, film stars, music legends and even royalty. The desire for bespoke, out of the ordinary and something different continues to grow. Add to this the endless tile designs and colours, jet configurations, lighting and water features that are now available, and the finish of any project can be truly unique. Whether it’s a spa from their standard range or an exclusive design – be it a onepiece shell or a multi-sectioned one that is joined on site by their factory workforce –

GMT’s aim is to capture the essence of every client’s dream and translate it into a stunning reality, leaving a ‘legacy of excellence and a heritage of trust’.

EXPERTISE AND SKILL FROM CHESHIRE WELLNESS Cheshire Wellness have been partners to the trade for over 25 years and work with some of the most innovative pool contractors in the UK and across Europe. With a dedicated 30,000 square foot factory they are one of Europe’s largest spa shell and pool manufacturers. By listening to their customers’ needs and introducing a longterm policy for continuous improvement they have been supplying the same loyal trade customers for over 20 years. Only the highest quality marine grade products are used and all quoted delivery times are met or improved upon. Cheshire Wellness are the only ISO 2015

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TILED SPAS & SWIM SPAS registered tiled pool and spa manufacturers in Europe with an in-house design team that can offer all valued trade partners, AutoCAD drawings, 3D photo realistic rendered models and designs to incorporate into your project, enabling you to present to your clients. They have the largest range of moulds available with 40 to choose from and their ability to design and manufacture to clients’ specific needs and requirements means that the resulting product is one that all parties will be delighted with. They have the ability to supply spas and pools in multiple sections with their experienced engineers available to assist or carry out the re-join works on site making for complication-free installations. With their expert and highly skilled designers, they are able to design a pool, spa or swim spa that is completely unique to any customer, enhancing their home or venue in the most creative way that can be valued by you and others for years to come. There will be four new exciting new models for 2018/19 to look out for. For those who require a deeper inspection, factory arranged tours can be organised for both installers and their clients. Other options are available to purchase through AstralPool UK if preferred, one of the largest pool product suppliers in the UK and Europe. With so many solutions available, there is no need to compromise on style and design as the results which can be obtained from these varied and flexible products means that your client will be the proud owner of a truly special and unique spa or pool. Everyone likes to think that something they own is just that little bit different and with the huge range of tiling and mosaics this can be achieved and each project is bespoke. Due to the nature of the materials and the fact that some tiles are handmade, your customer is guaranteed that their spa or swim spa is ‘one of a kind’.


The Mosaic Spa Company can manufacture bespoke models or customers can choose from their standard range

BESPOKE MODELS FROM MOSAIC SPA COMPANY The Mosaic Spa Company specialise in design and construction of GRP mosaic tiled spas and they can manufacture bespoke models or customers can choose from their standard range of sizes and shapes.

They offer a full design service and can work with clients to provide truly individual and imaginative designs which can all be tailored using computer generated images, meaning both installers and their clients can see exactly how the finished spa will look before it goes into manufacture.


Standing cheek by jowl with the soaring towers of London’s corporate strongholds, the majesty of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Thames, the new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, lies in the heart of the City. An oasis of tranquility; beautiful styling combines with twenty-first century tech… from the striking lobby to the state-of-the-art spa, where Certikin’s equipment stands proudly. The Montcalm Hotel’s lead Design & Build contractor SGP Contracts, along with renowned interior designers Russell Sage, Tonik Associates and 5plus Architects worked together to convert the former Royal Mail head office’s into one of the capital’s top hotels. 63-66_SPN_Oct_18_Tiled+Swim_Spas.indd 65

Transforming the underused and dated Royal Mail head office – an imposing listed building – and turning it into a distinctive new destination was quite a challenge. Like a phoenix, the Royal London House arose from the multi million upgrade. The jewel in the crown is a wellness and fitness centre,

the perfect spot for putting back what the city takes out. The tiled spa that Certikin supplied is the perfect solution for domestic, light commercial and heavy-use overflow applications, they come in attractive round, square and octagonal shapes. Certikin have a close working relationship and co-operation with its Liverpool based supplier, Rigo Spa Ltd and all the spas are fully tiled in the Rigo factory in a choice of attractive glass mosaics. Alternatively, the customer can supply their own choice of tiles. SGP Contracts 020 8835 8148

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Whether for an everyday, special place to relax or for a spa at a top luxury hotel, tiling provides the perfect solution and can provide something with ‘zing’, something a little bit different!”

AstralPool UK teamed up with Cheshire Spas & Pools to work alongside each other in a mutually beneficial arrangement to supply the trade

All their spas are constructed using the latest GRP construction methods from their factory based in York and the company offers fast turnaround from design to delivery. They can offer both one-piece shells and split shells for sites which have restricted or difficult access. They can also offer clients a large range of tile choices to make their spa truly original. All their spas feature Waterways jets and filtration equipment, and jets can be specified to the client’s requirements. They are also able to produce swim spas and hydrotherapy pools, and again these can be designed to individual specification and can feature items such as automatic pool covers and walk in steps etc.

PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES A COMPLETE SERVICE Having had a close relationship for many years, AstralPool UK teamed up with tiled spa and swim spa manufacturer Cheshire Spas & Pools to work alongside each other in a mutually beneficial arrangement to supply the trade within this niche sector. There were a number of factors that led to the partnership decision. A family run business, first established in 1965, Spa De La Mare’s revolutionary ‘Dual’ technology provides a swimming and spa pool combination

Cheshire Spas & Pools have since expanded and grown into one of the largest pool and spa manufacturers in Europe. Alongside AstralPool UK they can offer a complete in-house service from initial design in a CAD studio, to model and mould making in an ISO 9001 accredited on site factory, through to final production and installation. As a leading distributor to the UK trade, AstralPool UK facilitate the route to market through their existing customer base and add value by coordinating pre site surveys, needs assessment and all the sales functions. In this competitive market, one of the key drivers in selecting Cheshire Spas & Pools was their holding of the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. It guarantees quality control, continuous improvements, accountability, great delivery times and much more. The partnership offers one of the largest ranges of standard moulds in the industry and all spas can be made in sections for ease of transport and access for installation. A highly trained team can then attend site and re-seal the sections to a seamless finish. All spas go through a 75 point quality control process prior to leaving the factory along with a 24 hour wet test, ensuring excellence through the manufacturing process.

‘DUAL’ TECHNOLOGY A KEY FOR SPA DE LA MARE Guernsey based Spa De La Mare can confidently claim to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fully tiled spas and swim spas, and with over thirty 35 in the sector, have built in excess of 3,500 products.

Their success in the pursuit of excellence has resulted in the company winning seven consecutive SPATA awards for Best Spa Company, providing independent confirmation of the highest standards of quality and service that they offer. Created using the same concept, both the spa pools and the swim spa range offer an unmatched quality with a finish of Briare porcelain, which gives them a unique character. They offer the maximum of comfort in the minimum of space. Two years ago, the company introduced five new pools and due to popular demand, the company applied particular focus on their revolutionary ‘Dual’ technology – a swimming and spa pool combination. Designed specifically for the UK climate, Spa De La Mare’s spas and swim spas are easy to maintain and are very energy efficient, both in power output and heat retention and can be adapted to suit the client’s vision, commercially or privately. When it comes to installing a spa or swim spa, Spa De La Mare’s team of dedicated technicians see all projects through from start to finish. Whether inside or outdoors, they work closely with all their clients to create a solution to fit with the ambiance of the surrounding environment, whether contemporary or traditional.

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A Global Event, Not To Be Missed When it comes to trade shows, Piscine Global Europe is the one event which has become a ‘must-attend’ for many within the industry. Taking place in Lyon this November, it attracts visitors and exhibitors from around the world and is often used by manufacturers to launch products for the season ahead. This issue, we take a closer look at what visitors can expect to find at the biennial event which is now arguably the most important on the industry’s exhibition calendar By Jon Wadeson


aking place from 13 to 16 November 2018 at Eurexpo in Lyon, France, Piscine Global Europe is the largest and arguably the most important international professional exhibition for the swimming pool and spa sector. In a friendly and professional setting more than 600 exhibitors will welcome the 18,000 visitors expected to attend this exhibition, which is now considered an unmissable event by many around the world and across the industry. For the 2018 edition, Piscine Global Europe will be structured around four major themes: • Residential: for privately-used residential swimming pools. • Commercial: for public pools, aquatic centres, hotels and campsites. • Outdoor: for developing the area around the pool. • Wellness: for the fitness segment (spas, saunas and steam rooms, fitness equipment, etc.). For each of these themes, the main trends in the pool and spa sector will be showcased. This coming edition of the biennial event will shine the spotlight on the wet leisure lifestyle, the customer experience and digital technologies. With residential pools having now become living areas in their own right, Piscine Global Europe is adopting a highly innovative, renewed approach spanning the complete sector including segments such as spas, the outdoor pool environment and wellness. The visitor experience has also been rethought to reflect this new approach. The layout and decoration of the exhibition itself have been imagined in this spirit, through to the names of the areas: for instance, the reception area has been renamed ‘The Terrace’ and the innovations area is now called the ‘Pool Innovations Promenade’. 69-72_SPN_Oct_18_Shows_Preview.indd 69

“Piscine Global Europe is promising to be a very large gathering of pool and spa professionals from around the world. It is a real showroom, acclaimed by the industry,” explained Noémi Petit, Director of Piscine Global Europe. “The leading international firms, gathered within the Majors Club, have renewed their trust in us, and so have the international federations, who will also meet at the show on the occasion of the Pool Summit. Piscine Global Europe is genuinely the entire sector’s favourite place to network,” added Noémi.

KEY THEMES: DESIGN – A LIFESTYLE FOR POOLS, THE ‘NEW ROOM IN THE HOUSE’ Thanks to an increasingly varied offering, design is a means of customising pool projects and giving them meaning, in terms of both their function and their aesthetics. It has become a major component in architects’ specifications. Design was already present in the biggest projects, but it has now become more affordable and accessible for all pool

owners thanks to collaboration between pool builders, landscapers and architects, but also to the constantly evolving techniques and materials. Some of the design highlights at Piscine Global Europe include: • The Pool Design Awards – This competition was created to reward the creativity and technical prowess displayed by architects. It is open to all architects, pool designers and landscapers from around the world. • The Pool Design Gallery • Seminars dedicated to design (programme to be confirmed).

KEY THEMES: A FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING A friendly atmosphere pervades at Piscine Global Europe, just as it does around a pool. From poolside furniture to landscaping developments, featured in the ‘Outdoor’ section in particular, visitors will find all the information they need to create a pool where users will come together for fun and relaxation. This friendly atmosphere and pleasure of being together is also tangible in the approach pool specialists develop with their customers. With tips on aspects such as promoting their offering differently and implementing a different commercial approach where everything stems from the customer’s needs, the workshops organised

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for pool professionals in the context of the Pool Academy will answer all the questions they have! Highlights of this theme include: • The Pool Party • The Beaujolais Happy Hours • The ‘Outdoor’ offering – the full range of products for developing the area around the pool • The Pool Academy area featuring workshops designed to help pool specialists increase their sales.

this specific segment. Wellness highlights include: • The Wellness Expo • The full range of products related to wellness and fitness (spas, saunas and steam-rooms, fitness equipment, etc.) • The Aquafitness Show • Real-life demonstrations of fitness products • Seminars dedicated to Wellness (programme to be confirmed).


Renovation is a deep-rooted trend in the pool market. It represents a major market with specific constraints. What will workers find underneath a 20-year-old lining? How can new equipment be incorporated into a 30-year-old pool? How can a pool be rethought and redeveloped to give it a new lease of life? These questions – and many more – will be addressed at Piscine Global Europe.

Wellness plays a central role in the use of pools and spas. In them users can relax, rest, or practise a sport. Over the years, pool specialists have learnt how to conquer this soaring market. Throughout the aisles of Piscine Global Europe, and more specifically in the Aquafitness Show and Wellness Expo areas, professional visitors will be able to discover and test equipment designed for



WHAT KIND OF VISITORS DOES PISCINE GLOBAL ATTRACT? Piscine Global attracts visitors from the following sectors: • Construction/Installation (Pool builder/ fitter, General building contractor, Sauna/Hammam/Spa fitter...) • Mass retailing (Specialist pool and spa equipment and accessory distributor, Food/DIY/specialised superstore/garden centre, Distance selling, Central purchasing unit, Wholesaler) • Design and Management (Landscaping, design, landscaping architecture, Architecture, interior design, decoration, Property developer/ private home builder, Design office/ Planning, Fluid engineering, water treatment) • Private organisation (Hotel, tourist residence, holiday village, Campsite, luxury camping, Sports club, fitness and wellness centres...) • Public organisation (Swimming stadium, municipal swimming pool, Public authority, University, Swimming club...) PLEASE NOTE: The exhibition is reserved exclusively for professionals who have an invitation. Piscine Global Europe established a policy to bring qualified buyers as visitors to the show. Under this policy, visitors are required to pay a registration fee if they do not comply with the show’s visitor’s profile. For those that don’t have an invitation code or who do not comply with the visitor’s profile, registration is possible in the exhibition reception area upon arrival but an entrance fee is applicable.

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In 2018, pools are synonymous with smart and automated products and solutions. But these smart features are more than just convenient: they bring real added value in terms of environmental impact and energy consumption. Beyond the operation of the pool and its equipment, new technologies are opening up new possibilities for pool specialists. The use of 3D design software or even drones allows them to create accurate models of their projects. These enable customers to picture themselves in their future pool, making the buying process easier. Highlights of this theme include: • The Pool Academy workshops dedicated to this theme • The Pool Innovations Promenade • The Piscine Global Europe blog and social media pages • To get the latest industry news throughout the year • Seminars dedicated to this theme (programme to be confirmed).

BRANDS THAT WILL BE FAMILIAR FOR UK VISITORS UK visitors will be familiar with a number of brands, both big and small, that are at the

show. There is also representation from a number UK companies too, some of which will be using the event to showcase products for the first time. Distributors Certikin International and Golden Coast will be in Lyon along with SCP. They’ll be joined by water testing brands ITS Europe, LaMotte, Lovibond and Palintest plus water treatment specialist Elecro Engineering and Triogen (SUEZ). On the spa and hot tub side, Passion Spas, Superior Spas, Spaeuro and Vortex Distribution have all booked their places. The list of participating companies will of course change as the event draws nearer, so for a complete and current list, it is well worth searching on the Piscine Global website in the run up to the show. In addition to those companies mentioned, we take a more detailed look at five exhibitors that will be familiar names for UK visitors.

ARCHBOND HAS POOL HEAT LOSS COVERED Lamination services specialist Archbond will be attending Piscine Global Europe to demonstrate its premium range of thermal covers that significantly reduce the cost of maintaining swimming pools. Based in Leicestershire, Archbond has been providing lamination services for over 30 years and has used this experience to create the range of specialist polyethylene (PE) foam thermal swimming pool covers for both domestic and commercial use. Multi-layered PE foam covers for pools represent the top end of the heat retention cover category thanks to their exceptional insulation, resistance and durability. They are ideal for swimming pools of any size, guaranteeing excellent performance. All Archbond’s thermal covers are made with an irradiation cross linked PE foam, ensuring low water absorption and maximum durability. Available in variable widths, the foam is strengthened by a thick PE top sheet and has a transparent, scratch-resistant film on the reverse to complete the cover and maximise efficiencies. With a range of colours, foams and top sheet options, Archbond is one of the leading trade-only manufacturers of thermal pool covers. The company sources only premium materials from trusted suppliers within Europe, ensuring it is able to finish all its pool covers to an exceptionally high quality and in a quick turnaround time. Visitors to the company’s stand will be able to see the complete Archbond range of thermal covers, alongside the new company identity, launched earlier this year. See them on stand 5B37

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Calorex will be showcasing products from their swimming pool ranges including their ComPac heat pump

CALOREX HAS A SOLUTION TO SUIT ALL POOL APPLICATIONS Calorex will be heading to Piscine Global Europe and will be showcasing products from their swimming pool ranges along with plenty of information on all Calorex units designed to control the pool environment. With a wide and varied range of products on offer from swimming pool heating and cooling to dehumidification and pool environmental control, Calorex has solutions to suit all pool applications. The latest edition to the company’s heat pump range is the Com-Pac which visitors will be able to see at the show. Launched this year it has been a very welcome and successful addition to Calorex’s heat pump family. This well-designed heat pump contains the latest technology; including reverse cycle defrost, titanium heat exchange and a ‘smart’ heat pump control. The ever popular Variheat will also be on display, a sophisticated air handling unit incorporating heat pump dehumidification technology. Packed with loads of features including smart control, constant flow EC fans and remote monitoring/control the Variheat is the essential choice for domestic or light commercial indoor swimming pools.

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The Calorex DH series will be represented by the DH 55, a high performance, low cost wall mounted dehumidifier with integrated air heating option available. Specially designed for small pools or spas, it maintains a comfortable humidity, minimises condensation and keeps heating costs to a minimum. It has high moisture extraction for low power consumption and zero ozone depleting refrigerant meaning it is perfect for your small pool. See them on stand 5A32

EXPECT SOME UNIQUE DESIGNS ON THE NIVEKO STAND NIVEKO, now one of the leading swimming pool manufacturers for the European market, will be exhibiting at Piscine Global Europe. The exhibition provides the perfect platform for the Czech-based manufacturer, which signed a distribution deal with Certikin earlier this year for the UK market and which now operates in 16 countries throughout Europe. The company is constantly expanding and is synonymous with luxury, precision-crafted and technologically cutting-edge products. Visitors to the NIVEKO stand can expect to find a fully-functioning overflow pool with some unique design features. NIVEKO pools are manufactured using special material produced in Germany exclusively for the company, and the material is currently the best technology available in the sector. Two of the principal factors that make this material so good are its extremely long lifetime and high resistance to the

CLUB DES MAJORS (MAJORS’ CLUB) Piscine Global Europe enjoys continuing confidence of the industry’s market leaders and includes a number of the biggest pool and spa manufacturers from around the world. In bringing these organisations together, the Club des Majors provides an international platform for the pool and spa industry. These companies cover construction techniques, structures, lighting, air handling, liners, filters, water treatment, pumps, robots, home automation, covers, saunas, steam rooms and more and the requirements for joining the Majors’ Club include: • At least 20 years in existence • At least 50% of turnover generated through sales of swimming pool and spa-related equipment and services. • Head office or subsidiary located in Europe • An organised distribution network. The Majors’ Club logo enables visitors to identify the key market players and includes a number of brands familiar to the UK market such as: • AQUA COVER • CALDERA SPAS • DAVEY WATER PRODUCTS • DEL • DESJOYAUX PISCINES • FLUIDRA • HAYWARD POOL EUROPE • HEXAGONE • HOTSPRING • HUGO LAHME • MASTER SPAS • MAYTRONICS • OASE • PAHLEN • PENTAIR WATER AND SPA • PERAQUA • RENOLIT • SCP EUROPE • SPECK PUMPEN • TINTOMETER • WATERCO • ZODIAC POOL CARE EUROPE

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effects of chlorine. The perfectly smooth surface guarantees that little maintenance is required. Besides quality craftsmanship, customers also have the chance to obtain something extra – specially designed new components manufactured specifically to suit the NIVEKO Plus concept by the best suppliers, made to match and incorporated into the body of the pool. This gives the customer a completely unique designer product, not to mention better terms and conditions. The company’s aim is to find a combination of comfort, unique design and timeless technology to ensure that their pools always meet their customers’ expectations, both now and in the future. Customer satisfaction and bringing customer ideas to fruition are always their main priorities. See them on stand 5D95 Following a successful unveiling at SPATEX earlier this year, Plastica’s Hot Dub creation is expected to make a splash in Lyon too

SHOW-STOPPING HOT TUB GOES TO LYON Plastica Pools produce a variety of products for the pool trade and commercial customers from their 13,000 square metre factory in Hastings, East Sussex. The company are regularly seen at many trade exhibitions and following a successful unveiling at SPATEX earlier this year, Plastica’s Hot Dub creation is expected to make a splash in Lyon too. Visitors to the Plastica stand will be able to view a number of the company’s products in action thanks to this unique spa in a car! The VW Beetle is a fully working hot tub in the main body and showcases an Argonaut pump under the bonnet. In addition to the show-stopping vehicle, the company which is extremely proud of its UK-based manufacturing heritage, will be exhibiting their range of swimming pool liners, commercial covers, reel systems, Endurance bobbin wound filters, various accessories, plus their Argonaut and AG swimming pool pumps. The Argonaut pump and its smaller counterpart, the AG pump, have an excellent reputation and manufacturing was brought fully in-house back in 2017. The company is now the only UK manufacturer of pool pumps, has plans to build on the strong history of the Argonaut name and will be adapting and improving it in the future. See them on stand 5A46

Once again Waterco will be displaying many of their most popular products including the MultiCyclone range

THE PISCINE GLOBAL EUROPE SHOW IN FIGURES A community of professionals will come together from 13 to 16 November at Eurexpo in Lyon for the world’s biggest gathering in the pool and spa sector (including suppliers from 35 countries, buyers and specifiers from nearly 100 countries, plus press and professional federations from about 30 countries). • More than 28,000 net sqm of floor space will be used • More than 600 exhibitors will be present, of whom 60% are from outside France • More than 18,000 visitors are expected, including 39% of international visitors from nearly 100 countries • 5,500 professional suppliers are on hand to welcome visitors at the stands • More than 20 international federations will be present • 120 pools and spas will be filled with water for the 4-day exhibition.

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THE PERFECT PLATFORM FOR WATERCO’S POPULAR PRODUCTS As in previous years, Waterco Europe will be exhibiting a large selection of their pool and spa products in Lyon. “The Piscine exhibition has always been an important event for Waterco Europe and it has always been a great opportunity to strengthen the links with our customers in continental Europe,” commented Tony Fisher, Managing Director of Waterco Europe. Once again Waterco will be displaying many of their most popular products including the MultiCyclone range, the Micron and Lacron filter ranges alongside a number of new and improved products from their 2019 catalogue. Amongst examples of the company’s precision manufactured domestic filters and pumps, some of their Enviropro range of water and energy saving products will also be on show, along with a selection of the increasingly popular commercial range. “Not only is the Piscine exhibition great for Waterco Europe to continue our increasing presence in the European market, but it also presents the perfect platform to introduce new innovations and concepts to ensure that we continue supplying the industry with the very latest products,” added Tony. See them on stand 4C106 Piscine Global takes place 13 – 16 November at EUREXPO in Lyon, France. With so much to see and do across the four days, the argument for attending the show is a strong one. SPN will be out in Lyon for the full duration of the show – perhaps we’ll see you there! Piscine Global Europe +33 478 176 324 03/10/2018 16:18

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I Really Must Start Writing This… Soon “I know I need to do it and it is something that I enjoy, it’s just that I’ve got into the habit of putting it off until the last possible moment but here’s the deadline so I best get started. Hang on. I’ll just put the kettle on first...” Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams looks at the subject of procrastination


rocrastination. Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. We all do it, to a greater or lesser extent it seems to be part of human nature. We put stuff off and we have done it all our lives, from that instinctive reaction to being asked, ‘Jamie, will you go and tidy your room?’ to a reminder to fill in your tax return and, unfortunately, ‘In a minute, Mum’ just doesn’t cut any ice with HMRC. It seems that the internet is full of people worrying about it, wondering why we do it and suggesting ways of stopping doing it. One thing it seems that we want to do right here and right now is to talk about procrastination, or at least read about it. There is a school of thought that the habit is becoming more common because our lives are so much busier than before and therefore we have no choice but to procrastinate. This may well be partially true, but I suspect that there were cavemen looking at jobs that needed doing while grunting the Neanderthal equivalent of, ‘Can’t we skin this Diplodocus tomorrow?’

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY Time is always limited. None of us have so much that we can afford to waste it. In the words of the great Hunter S Thompson ‘Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow what a ride!’ In our hectic lives it’s easy to put off spending time with the people who should be closest to us, our parents and our children, but if we keep delaying those moments it’s possible that we eventually look up and find the opportunity is gone, and that’s a tragedy.

THE THIEF OF TIME So why do we do it? Technology is certainly working hard to provide distractions that consume our time but that can’t be the only reason, can it? Fear of failure is one reason. If you don’t attempt something then you are guaranteed not to fail at it. In the same vein, perfectionism can encourage you to put off a job until you think you can do it perfectly. But isn’t a job done reasonably well

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better than one not done to perfection? I’ve certainly managed projects at work that have started out less than perfect but at least we had something that we could build on and they now make a significant contribution to the business. Anyway, surely we should try and make the most of our time or, as a well-known brand of trainers used to say:

JUST DO IT There might be changes and improvements that you want to make in your business such as changing to a better supplier and, there might be things that you want to make time for in your personal life. If putting stuff off is getting in the way of that, then here are some things that can help. Forgive yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over the procrastination that you have done, just move on and get over it. Change the words. Stop saying the something ‘need’s doing or it ‘has’ to be done, say that you choose to do it or you want to. Focus. Turn off the distractions. Nothing is going to change on Facebook and no new emails will arrive until you get this done. OK. Worst things first. Get the thing that you dread most done first. Celebrate. Reward yourself for getting that task done.

FREE TIME There’s no such thing as free time. In fact, it’s just about the most valuable thing that we have, so if we can stop wasting it and start spending it wisely then that would be pretty good, but what to spend it on? From a business perspective it might be writing that email newsletter to all your customers, or it might be getting your website updated; they don’t last forever you know. Perhaps you should get up to speed with some of the new technologies in our industry or just tidy up the showroom. Just think how good you would feel if just one of those jobs were done. For my part, I’m going to spend some valuable time a bit closer to home, spending it with my adult kids who now live further afield. It may not sound like much but getting them home together to go crabbing off the pier before a drink in our local will be a rich source of memories for years to come. I’ll text them to arrange it. I’ll just put the kettle on first.

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). 03/10/2018 16:18

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2018  

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

SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2018  

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