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

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

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So with the focus back on what’s inside this latest issue of SPN, we take a look at exhibitions as we preview Cologne’s aquanale, Piscina & Wellness Barcelona and the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation at the NEC. I’m sure each will have plenty of new products on show and know many of the sectors across wet leisure will be catered for.


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With the nights drawing in at what seems like a shockingly quick pace, the end of what has been (for the most part) a rather hectic and uncertain year is now on the horizon. As a result of COVID, the reaction to it, plus a number of other factors, various challenges still remain though and, of course, just to add to the current challenging times, inflation and supply chain issues are becoming more obvious and applicable to an ever-widening range of items as the weeks go by. As an industry that’s been pretty blessed by being busy and largely insulated from the worst of the pandemic to date, most have witnessed their effects throughout the year, so it’s not really come as any great surprise. It’s certainly not come out of the blue. How or if this affects the wet leisure industry going forward though still remains to be seen, but it’s clear that both prices and delivery times are travelling on the same path with product availability going in the opposite direction. With half term approaching and with the first few chilly mornings and nights making an appearance, it feels the season finally has some closure and businesses now often use these weeks and months to reflect on another challenging year. With the summer behind us, autumn has traditionally heralded the start of show season too, which in turn would normally mean new product launches and a chance to catch up with peers and exchange stories, advice and thoughts on the season which has just passed. That of course was the normal routine before COVID-19, but (and I say this with my fingers and more genuinely crossed) that routine and

Talking of sectors, we have a piece on tiled spas and swim spas – a niche but growing sector which offers flexible and bespoke solutions for both domestic and commercial markets alike. High-end hot tubs are also under the spotlight as we look at premium models costing in excess of £10,000 from a variety of brands. We’ve also an in depth look at the latest enclosure solutions that are extending the use of the garden swimming season whilst simultaneously reducing the maintenance and costs of pool ownership. Counter-current systems also return as we look at the latest products which are powering smaller pools and putting them on a par with their larger counterparts. As if that wasn’t enough, and having touched on it already, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams gives his thoughts on the supply chain issues, whilst the STA having sealed a new partnership ask Colin Day from Lovibond® Tintometer to answer some questions on water testing. We’ve also a piece form Sunbeach Spas which covers their plans for a smoother running business model, plus a piece from Swim England which warns of potential pool closures in the commercial sector. An impressive technically-advanced residential pool project is also highlighted too. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus, we’ve got our round up of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and further afield. So with everything covered, hopefully we’ve provided something for everyone in this latest issue. I hope you enjoy reading it.

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

New Surrey Leisure Centre Gets The Green Light Spelthorne Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans to build a new Leisure Centre in the Borough. The state-of-the-art facility will be located in Knowle Green in Staines-upon-Thames and in addition to a comprehensive range of sports facilities and amenities, will benefit from a 25m, eight lane swimming pool with micro filtration technology and spectator seating, a 20m x 10m learner pool and a splash pad plus sauna and steam rooms. As well as being a modern design with all the latest facilities one would expect, the new leisure centre will also be extremely energy efficient as the first centre in the UK to be built to the ultra-low energy ‘Passivhaus’ standard. The Council expects the new centre to use 60-70% less energy than a typical modern leisure centre – a major step in helping the Council achieve its aim of becoming carbon neutral in the coming years. Chair of Spelthorne Borough Council’s Community Wellbeing Committee, Cllr Sandra Dunn, said: “I am very excited that this important project has been given approval to proceed to the next stage.

“Feedback from residents has heavily influenced the location, design and facilities and we have worked hard to ensure the new building meets the Gold standard for environmental credentials. “This is going to be a fantastic hub for

all the community, offering a great range of sports facilities and activities for everyone to enjoy. I am sure it will make a huge difference in encouraging residents to maintain healthy lifestyles. I look forward to seeing the plans take shape.” Building work is due to start in early 2022, with facilities planned to open in 2024. The current centre will be demolished once the new facility has been built.

Certikin Moves Lock, Stock And Barrel To New HQ By Xmas Certikin has occupied its current offices and warehouses in the thriving Oxfordshire market town of Witney for 31 years, during which time it has expanded its footprint several times. However, the building no longer meets the requirements of a burgeoning business. Determined to retain the experienced and loyal workforce together with its central location, Certikin secured a 125,000 sq. ft. site just two miles down the road and the construction of the purpose-built warehouse and office development began in the Autumn of 2019. The new premises will house the UK’s largest stock of water leisure equipment, comprising over 9,500 product lines for both domestic and commercial pools for new build and retro-fit markets as well as wellness, spas, saunas and aquatics. Such is the speed of the construction of Certikin’s new Headquarters that practical completion has been achieved and the fit out programme has started in earnest. A gradual transference of business is planned to start next month, with the new Tungsten Park site fully operational in December 2021. The new site in Witney is in addition to the company’s state-of-

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the-art, computer-controlled swimming pool liner plant in Leeds, manufacturing tailor-made pool liners and covers as well as a range of EPS steps and spa covers. The impressive new HQ is located on Witney’s Downs Road and is part of a 24-acre site located just 500 metres from a new junction on the A40. It allows easy access to Oxford and Cheltenham and, in turn, the main arterial routes of the A34, M40 and M5 motorways. Neil Murray, Managing Director for Certikin commented: “As well as being an ideal location, Tungsten Park offers us the space and enhanced facilities that we need to suit the complex needs of our growing business. This, combined with the dedication of our loyal 130-strong workforce, will improve our operational efficiency and secure Certikin’s future.” Certikin International 01993 777200 19/10/2021 22:56

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IN BRIEF PWTAG COUNTS THE COST OF RECOVERY The last 18 months have been tough on pools. The cost of having them closed and then reopening them safely – twice – has been immense. Running public pools is expensive anyway, and keeping them ticking over with no revenue has cost millions. So where does PWTAG stand and what does the future hold for the organisation? Keeping pools safe has required a lot of work. HSE, Swim England etc have played their part of course. Their funding is secure. As reported in SPN previously, PWTAG has been key providing a series of technical notes on COVID (updated as necessary), an international online conference, plus collaborating on vital research. Meanwhile its core work continued: the free code of practice has been updated and the Poolmark scheme is expanding, linked with important work on training standards. Throughout the pandemic, PWTAG has fielded queries from all sides – councils, operators, swimmers and more. All this was fuelled by the voluntary efforts of its experts and funded, just about, by sales of its books and a few subscriptions from various membership sources. There’s been no government funding – but they’re working on it!

ELEVATE TO RETURN TO EXCEL IN 2022 Following suspension due to the pandemic, the Elevate trade event will return to ExCel London in 2022 for its 5th edition. Elevate has quickly become a must attend event for thousands of public and private sector decision makers, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals and sport scientists. In 2022 visitors will benefit from free high-quality CPD content and meet with hundreds of leading suppliers across six dedicated exhibition sectors. 4+7+9+10_SPN_October_2021_News_General.indd 7

KLAFS Announces Acquisition Of Luxury Pool Supplier Guncast KLAFS, one of the world-leaders in the design and installation of sauna and spa facilities, has announced its acquisition of Guncast, one of the UK’s most prestigious swimming pool suppliers. Born from a partnership which began in 2016, when Guncast was chosen as a supplier of KLAFS products to the UK market, the relationship has since evolved to a marriage of the two leading wellness companies, now offering UK clients the comprehensive spa package under one roof. Speaking about the move, Stefan Schöllhammer, CEO of KLAFS said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Guncast into the KLAFS family. Since 2016, when we first partnered with Guncast as a supplier, we have enjoyed tremendous growth in the UK, and this partnership will help us to expand even more rapidly. In particular, we are seeing more and more clients wanting the complete spa experience, incorporating a pool, sauna and other treatment rooms. With Guncast under the KLAFS umbrella, we will be able to provide this comprehensive package in-house, streamlining the process for clients and ensuring an exceptional final design.” Jack Harding, CEO of Guncast commented:

“This deal weds together two brands that share the same philosophy and DNA, delivering projects driven by luxury and quality. After five years as a KLAFS partner, this next step feels like a natural progression. We look forward to sharing our continuing success and growth together for many more decades.” KLAFS and Guncast deliver wellness facilities across luxury hotels, private residences, commercial spas and high-end residential developments. Coinciding with this announcement, Guncast is launching a new office and showroom in Cheshire in October, extending their luxury wellness brand and services across the UK. KLAFS UK 01798 343725

Puddle Ducks Make A Splash With Official Launch Of Flagship Pool Local child and baby swim school, Puddle Ducks was excited to officially launch its flagship pool in Barons Quay, Northwich last month, and celebrated with a welcome event for everyone involved in the creation of the pool – the first in a high-street retail unit. The state-of-the-art pool, which began construction before the pandemic, is now open for Puddle Ducks’ customers to enjoy. Everyone who was instrumental in the project was invited to the launch, to celebrate the monumental effort that has gone into helping founders, Jo Stone and Tracy Townend’s dream come true.

The ribbon was cut by Town Mayor, Sam Naylor, who was also kind enough to say a few words, complimenting how Puddle Ducks have re-envisioned the retail space of Barons. Jo Stone commented: “It is amazing that we have been able to create such a wonderful facility in Northwich for children and families to enjoy and use for learning. But of course, it wouldn’t have been possible without the many people who worked tirelessly to plan, design, build and execute the project. “It was mine and Tracy’s dream when launching Puddle Ducks in Northwich 20 years ago to have a pool of our own, and the feeling of pride now that it has all come together is truly indescribable. Our daughters were our inspiration, and it was wonderful to have all of our daughters at the launch event – one of whom is working at the pool as a teacher and another as a pool operator! “As a franchise brand with 33 offices across the UK, we plan to help all our franchisees establish their own pool facilities in their local areas, as they are so valuable to the community and truly help children to develop and learn.”

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IN BRIEF AWARD-WINNING PRODUCT FEATURES IN CENTRAL LONDON PARK Ustigate Waterplay were delighted that the award winning Vortex Astra No.3 featuring Twirltec™ made its way to the UK in 2021 and the product made its debut in a new aquatic play area at Kensington Memorial Park. Ustigate Waterplay initially installed a Spwlashpad® at Kensington Memorial Park in 2007. Due to its popularity The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea raised funds for a new theme and product mix complete with the Vortex Safeswap™ Anchor System. Kensington Memorial Park can now be seen with a new variety of play options and a nature theme. The Council will also have the ability to exchange products in the future without the need to break the ground due to the installation of Vortex’s Safeswap™ Anchor System.

PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED FOR SWIMMING FACILITIES IN WARWICKSHIRE Plans for a multi-millionpound upgrade of Abbey Fields Swimming Pool in Kenilworth have been given the green light. Following approval by Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee, work is set to start early next year to create a brand-new facility. This will include the addition of a second indoor pool with an adjoining sun terrace. The designs for the new pool follow consultation with leading specialists and advice from Swim England and will have a moveable floor allowing the water depth to be altered in a matter of minutes to meet the needs of young children, parents and babies or aqua aerobics sessions. There will also be direct pool access via a hoist from a ‘Changing Place’ facility for the disabled, the first of its kind in the District. 4+7+9+10_SPN_October_2021_News_General.indd 9

LPW Pools – The Perfect Product For Water Technics It is no surprise that over the last 18 months there has been a surge in demand for swimming pools. Warmer weather – at least in 2020 – and not being able to travel abroad has seen the industry as a whole boom! And this has most definitely been the case for installer Water Technics, with 2020 being their busiest year to date. The company’s most popular products have without doubt been LPW one-piece pools, supplied to them by Fairlocks Pool Products which are available in sizes from 6 metres x 3.6 metres up to 12 metres x 4.6 metres. The company have found that navigating through rural areas and small villages may dictate the size of pool or if a one-piece pool is the right choice of pool at all. Access is the number one factor when considering a pool of this nature, so site visits and route checks must be carried out prior to ordering. That said, the ease of installation for this type of swimming pool makes it an ideal addition to any

home, either inside or out. If coordinated correctly, swimming could be achieved within a few weeks. In a perfect scenario, excavation can be achieved in 1-3 days and a reinforced concrete base is added and allowed to set. This allows for the plant room installation to take place concurrently. There are several customizable options prior to order completion. These include stainless steel fittings, RGB lights, and counter-current systems – perfect for smaller sized pools. If timings are adhered to and trades are effectively communicating, the installation process is fast and effective giving the best service and product to the customer in the most efficient amount of time. The result is a stunning and stylish pool. Water Technics 0800 246 5879

Edinburgh Leisure Making Aquatic Activity More Accessible Funding from Swim England has enabled Edinburgh Leisure’s Royal Commonwealth Pool to install a ‘Poolpod’, a submersible lift, creating inclusive swimming environments for people with long-term health conditions, disabilities and rehabilitation needs. The London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) provided a £750,000 grant in 2020 to allow Swim England and its partners, the Activity Alliance, Community Leisure UK and GLL – to enhance swimming provisions at selected venues across the UK. The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh is the only Scottish recipient, out of 20 sites across the UK, to receive the funding. With one in five people in our population disabled or living with a long-term health condition, ‘the Poolpod’ gives dignified and independent access to the water for swimmers. Lynne Bauba, Manager at Edinburgh Leisure explained: “The Poolpod was installed just before the lockdown in March

2020, and with the reduced capacity in our pool when we reopened due to the pandemic, we haven’t been able to shout about the Poolpod until now. “However, regular customers with long-term health conditions, disabilities and rehabilitation needs, have been delighted with this new facility.” Edinburgh Leisure boasts 18 swimming pools across the city, including their stunning Victorian swimming baths and pools within secondary schools. They offer a variety of pool-based activities to suit all abilities and while the Royal Commonwealth Pool is the only one to boast a Poolpod, most of them have hoists, which the leisure attendants are trained on, to assist people less able to access the pools. This exciting initiative from The London Marathon Charitable Trust is making swimming pools across the UK more accessible and ensuring a more inclusive customer experience for all.

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New Shotcrete Specialist Sets Its Sights High For The Future

Leisure Centre Pool Features Stress-free Lighting From EVA Optic Places Leisure Camberley has recently opened to the public offering a variety of facilities and activities for the local community in Surrey Heath. Completed on time despite the pandemic, the £22m centre’s wet leisure facilities include a 25-metre 6-lane pool, learner pool with adjustable floor and children’s splash pad. Project builders Pellikaan Construction selected EVA Optic’s EVAline lighting for the pool hall, having previously used the lighting system within leisure centres around the UK with great success. Unlike indirect lighting, EVA Optic direct lighting is fitted overhead shining down over the water, producing minimal glare and surface reflection. This allows greater visibility into the water and provides a safer environment for bathers. Twelve 120W EVAline lights and 12 60W EVAline lights were installed around the pool hall. Industry guidelines state that light levels must be minimum 300 Lux, with an illumination uniformity value of 0.7 or higher. Despite its lower

wattage, EVAline lighting at Camberley provided powerful illumination and delivered an average Lux of 495 as well as a uniformity of 0.81. Electrical contractor Eleciserve was responsible for the full design and installation of the electrical package. James Perry Contract Manager at Eleciserve explained: “EVAline lighting is extremely impressive. It is very high quality and well made. Not only are the lights easy to install, but they are also very easy to maintain, as the fittings don’t have batteries. This makes life much easier for those running the facility. “EVAline lights also blend in really well with the surroundings. You almost don’t notice them when you walk around the pool, which is important because it means there isn’t any strong glare.” EVA Optic direct lighting is supplied in the UK through leading wet leisure distributor Golden Coast. Golden Coast 01271 378100

Shotcrete Innovation Ltd is a new up and coming sprayed concrete specialist company. Setting their targets high, they aim to be the leading company supplying pool shells to the industry nationwide. Having built more than 2,000 shells in the past 24 years, the Shotcrete Innovation team is fully qualified with over 50 years combined experience within the wet leisure industry. Having worked alongside many leading pool contractors and installers, clients utilising the company can be assured that any project that they undertake will be in more than capable hands. The method of using sprayed concrete to build swimming pool shells offers versatility, efficiency and strength over other techniques and technologies. Sprayed concrete is easy to transfer and mould to various shapes, meaning even the most eccentric of designs can be easily constructed in a short period of time. Costs can be dramatically lowered by reducing construction time too, leading to competitive quotations for all of Shotcrete Innovation’s clients. The team understands that trust is earned, and they are excited to build new trading relationships and expect to be at the forefront of the industry for years to come. The company offer structural design calculations with professional indemnity insurance for the design and construction of all their shells. Each comes with a ten-year guarantee, for added peace of mind. With a professional and discreet approach and utilising unmarked vehicles, the team can also blend in and easily become part of another installer’s operation. Shotcrete Innovation 07931 182930 / 07437 749763

Have Your Say In The Wet Leisure Industry Survey 2021

Golden Coast has once again launched its much-anticipated annual Wet Leisure Industry Survey and is inviting all those working in the sector to share insight into the challenges and achievements faced throughout the past year. Completed anonymously, the survey gathers opinions and feedback from businesses around the UK. Responses are collated into a detailed report that highlights trends and statistics to help companies make informed business decisions. Jamie Adams, Managing Director at Golden Coast explained: “The survey is an invaluable tool that companies can use to see how the sector is performing, and how this might impact their business next year. We encourage anyone working in wet leisure to get involved, and to share the survey as widely as possible. “The domestic market fared well in 2020

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as customers invested heavily in pools and spas, given how much time they were spending at home. But it remains to be seen how sales compared in 2021. Stakeholders in the commercial sector may have seen a continuing rise in demand for products and services this year since some leisure centres, hotels and spas were revamping and updating their facilities in preparation for reopening. When government restrictions

eased in early summer there was a boom in staycations, and we want to know how all of this affected the sector. “Additionally, challenges regarding Brexit, logistics and supply may have impacted many businesses, so it will be helpful to see how they have coped with this, and what their plans are for the year ahead.” The Wet Leisure Industry Survey 2021 can be taken online or a paper version can be requested. It does not contain compulsory questions, and only takes a few minutes to complete. The survey report will be available to view online and at SPATEX 2022. Wet Leisure Survey 01271 378100 19/10/2021 23:02

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EMEC Appoints Vanessa Lloyd As Leisure Manager For The UK

STA’s CEO Honoured With Outstanding Leader Award At this year’s 2021 UKActive awards, STA’s CEO Dave Candler was honoured to receive the coveted Outstanding Leadership Award, which is a special award, voted for by the industry. Dave was appointed CEO in 2016 and along with his senior management team has transformed STA. In recognition of this, STA won ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the 2019 UKActive awards, but then everything changed when the country was forced into lockdown because of the pandemic. As a not-for-profit charity, STA wholly relies on income from its membership, qualifications, and award sales, so when COVID-19 hit in March 2020 and pools closed, it goes without saying that this was a very worrying time for the organisation. For Dave and his team, business survival had to be STA’s priority, but then as the weeks passed and

the reality of the pandemic truly hit home, it soon became clear that STA’s members and swim-schools were wholly reliant on the organisation too to lead and guide them through these unprecedented circumstances. “Swimming has been one of the most impacted sports (Sport England: 2021) during the pandemic, so, it’s fair to say that it has been one hell of a rollercoaster journey, and we are by no means out of the woods yet, but STA is proud of the route it took in prioritising the needs of all those involved in delivering grassroots swimming. If there are any positives to come out of the pandemic, it’s how we’ve all come together as an STA family to support each other – long may this continue,” said Dave. STA 01922 645097

The team at EMEC have supported the UK wet leisure industry with the supply of chemical dosing equipment, technical expertise, and on site services for over 25 years. Keen to further strengthen this offering, the Lincolnshirebased company have recently welcomed a new member to the team. Vanessa Lloyd joined in July having worked in the industry for the previous ten years. “My main focus during my time in the industry has been water treatment having found this area to be fulfilling to work in. Working alongside EMEC whilst holding a position with a distributor, I was already aware of their professionalism and quality of product,” said Vanessa. Explaining her remit, she continued: “Chemical dosing is challenging to get right and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my role which is solely focused on helping customers manage the whole process from selecting equipment, on budget and fit for purpose, right through to installation and after sales services. “In my experience of supplying this equipment, the challenge is selecting products which meet the operators’ expectations as well as industry guidance and ensuring that it is installed and operated in a safe and correct manner. “What’s clear is that supplying equipment doesn’t start and end with delivery and installation, that’s just one part of the overall challenge. We know that operators are most satisfied when equipment is specified and installed with their expectations, requirements and ability level in mind and when it’s serviced and maintained in line with recommendations. “I’m here to build on that and help provide customers a quality service wherever I can.” EMEC Pumps 01529 300567

ISPE One-Day Seminars To Return In November The ISPE has presented 123 of its popular one-day seminars since the first one in 1981. The tried and trusted format has provided a platform for learning, an opportunity to network with other ISPE members and colleagues plus have a very enjoyable day. ISPE is delighted to announce that after the various lockdowns, the next ISPE Seminar (their 124th) will take place on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at the Hilton Hotel in Cobham, Surrey. This will be a new venue for ISPE but it has always been the intention to move the seminars around the country where possible to attract and encourage members and others from different parts of the UK to attend.

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Following a warm welcome back to live events from ISPE President, Phil Barlow, FISPE, Ian Betts, FISPE from PoolConsult will look at the first of two presentations he is giving on the day, ‘Methods of Concrete Swimming Pool Construction’. Will Dando, FISPE from Plastica Ltd, will then look at the options for ‘Vinyl Pool Liners’. Phil Barlow, of Phil Barlow Swimming Pools will then take to the stage with a presentation about ‘Closing Down Pools for the Winter’ which is a brief tutorial on methods, equipment and chemicals used. Howard Gosling, FISPE, who has spoken at many ISPE seminars over the years, will give an update on the latest COVID advice relating

to swimming pools, spa pools and hot tubs, both in regard to maintaining adequate residual disinfectant, pH and also cleaning regimes. Ian will then return for his second presentation, ‘Thermal Cracking and Expansion Joints in Concrete Pools and Crack Repairs’ (another catchy title!). Programmes and booking forms will be sent to ISPE members and are available on the ISPE website. All members and non-members are very welcome but places must be pre-booked. ISPE 01603 499959 19/10/2021 23:10

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New Pool And Spa Water Sampler From Lewsolve Lewsolve are pleased to announce their new Swimming Pool & Spa Water Sampler, designed for collecting water samples for analysis. The most important factor when taking a water sample from a pool or spa is to ensure the sample is taken from at least 300 mm depth and not from the surface or any areas near a skimmer or return jets. The Lewsolve sampler allows the user to collect from this optimum area without bending or laying on the ground to retrieve the water sample. Benefits include more accurate pool readings, better water chemistry control, improved water condition and improved posture when collecting sample. Features of each unit include: • Tapered neck collector vessel for controlled water collection • Water collector quick release holder • Adjustable length for pool or spa use which featuring non slip handle grip with lanyard • Screw cap spout adaptor for easy sample transfer • Screw cap for collector for offsite analysis Chris Lewis, designer of the Lewsolve water sampler said: “We are really excited about our new product. Our approach in designing this unit was to fully evaluate commercial and domestic market needs for a water sample collector and produce an ergonomic, rugged & cost effective unit. “Now available from available for purchase from our new website, we hope our customers enjoy this new and exciting product.” Lewsolve 07768 515376

Leisure Works Launches Fun Pool Floatles Leisure Works are excited to announce the launch of their new range of Floatle pool floats. They are now ready to order and will bring a fresh splash of life to swimming pools with their bright, bold and fun designs. Choose from Monkey, Hippo, Penguin, Lobster and Walrus! Floatles are a reinvention of the simple pool float, designed to provide more interactivity and fun, build water confidence and encourage interaction amongst children and adults of all ages. They also bring longer life to the pool area due their durable, easy to clean, hard wearing printed skin which helps prevent degradation. The product was trialled at the China Fleet Leisure Centre in Cornwall, and when asked for feedback, customers gave the Floatle an impressive 10/10. Not only did they get points for being light and flexible, but they were popular and fun too! Purchase up to three Floatles for £155 each, four or more for £140 each or ten or more for £125 each (excluding VAT and delivery). With a team of highly experienced individuals, Leisure Works focus on combining technological advancements in manufacturing with new designs for pool play equipment and aim to bring more innovative water play products to the market to suit all budgets, objectives and enhance customer experience. Leisure Works Ltd 01579 381916

Certikin’s iSAVER – An Efficient Upgrade For Single-phase Pumps The Certikin iSAVER Inverter is a low-cost solution designed to reduce the running costs of pool circulation pumps and improve the efficiency of swimming pool filtration by as much as a 60%. Pumps in swimming pools invariably run at higher flow rates than necessary, and the iSAVER Inverter enables owners to control both pump flow rates, and pump run times. Allowing the pump to run at a slower speed reduces power consumption to reduce electricity running costs. Reducing the pump speed often does not significantly affect the filtration rate of the pool due to the corresponding reduction of 15+17_SPN_October_2021_Prod+Eco_News.indd 15

pressure and resistance within the filter. Featuring a high contrast display panel, the iSAVER Inverter also includes a timer to control the pool circulation pump. The pump can be programmed to run at different speeds for each time programme. The unit works with virtually all single-phase pool circulation pumps and two sizes are available: • For circulation pumps up to 1hp (output power up to

1.1kW from inverter) • For circulation pumps up to 2HP (output power up to 2.2kW from inverter) With a reduction in running speeds, owners will also benefit from a quieter running pump, plus see a longer life span for the motor and other pool equipment. Certikin International 01993 777200

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PRODUCT / ECO NEWS The team at SolarisKit along with the innovative product

Amazon Launchpad Success For SolarisKit Start-up A Dundee company that launched a pioneering thermal collector flat pack kit following support from Royal Bank of Scotland’s Climate Entrepreneur Accelerator has been accepted onto Amazon Launchpad, enabling the product to be offered globally. SolarisKit was established in 2019 by mechanical engineer Dr Faisal Ghani to harness solar energy in an affordable, practical way to heat water. Its S400 flat-packable solar thermal collector is one of the easiest and cheapest solar thermal collectors to install in the world – and can be used to heat above-ground pools during the summer months, or provide hot water to camping and glamping sites. With a footprint of 540mm x 540mm per collector, the space saving solution means owners can enjoy an uncluttered garden. The product is compatible with all pool sizes, as solar collectors can be joined together to add more heat to a pool. Available to buy direct or on Amazon, SolarisKit has pledged to plant 25 trees globally for every kit sold, through a partnership with Eden Reforestation Project. With ambitious plans to sell up to 160 S200 thermal collectors per week, SolarisKit is set to contribute to the planting of 4,000 trees, offsetting roughly 40,000 kilogrammes of carbon per year. Amazon Launchpad is an exclusive, invitation-only programme designed specifically for innovative and unique brands to accelerate their growth on the platform. SolarisKit earned its place in the scheme thanks to founder Dr Ghani’s experience in the Royal Bank of Scotland Climate Entrepreneur Accelerator. SolarisKit Ltd 07470 493134

New Piranha Clip® – The Ultimate Grip For Domestic Pool Covers The new Piranha Clip® from Plastica is a unique and ingenious way of connecting a standard webbing strap to an averaged sized domestic pool cover. The Piranha Clip® can be placed into position firmly but temporarily while being adjusted across the cover end to ensure perfect alignment. Once in position, the locking wings will click permanently into place. These clips replace the short strap and buckle assemblies and require no holes to be made in the cover. General feedback of this unassuming yet effective new product has been positive from various test sites. Simply put it’s a

‘well-designed’ and ‘time saving’ new fixing that owners of this type of pool cover can simply ‘fit and forget’. If placed at regular intervals to spread the load it will pull the cover with ease. The fully patented design has been manufactured to take a full 150 Newton load per fixing. The Piranha Clip® will be available this October – contact Plastica or an existing account manager to arrange a visit and see or be sent a sample. Plastica 01424 857857

SwamCam System Provides Advanced Pool Safety The SwamCam system is a brand-new innovation in pool security. SwamCam streamlines several technologies to create a customised and richly featured camera alarm system for the pool environment. It uses AI detection and alerts users to human activity at the pool area before they even enter the water. The team behind SwamCam consists of senior engineers that have many years of experience at technology giants such as Motorola, which has enabled the company to make the SwamCam system the most advanced of its kind. Some of the distinct features in comparison to other pool alarms are that the SwamCam alerts users to a potential drowning before a 15+17_SPN_October_2021_Prod+Eco_News.indd 17

person enters the water. Other systems only alert users after a child has already fallen into the water. Another essential feature is that SwamCam sounds an alert in three different locations: outside the home from the camera’s speaker, inside the home from the wireless alarm and remotely from the app. The goal was to cover every possible area to provide the best chance of an immediate response. A backup system has also been integrated to sound an alert from the camera and wireless alarm in case the Wi-Fi signal goes down.

Additionally, SwamCam has a fully integrated app that allows for a myriad of rich and interactive features such as automatic re-arm option in case owners forget to set it, two-way audio, live video, a speed-dial button to call for emergency services and a suite of highly customisable settings. Though fully usable and efficient out of the box, SwamCam also includes the option of premium features for additional fees. SwamCam +1 888 679 2622

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Professional Cyclists Put Hot Tubs To The Test A trio of professional Spanish cyclists were recently interviewed by Europe’s largest hot tub distributor Superior Wellness, and each praised the use of hot tubs after exercise. Ultra-cycling champion Ziortza Villa, semi-professional cyclist Adrian Garcia and ex professional cyclist Alvaro Robredo visited the Reyman Electrobombas showroom in Gordexola, Spain to put hot tubs to the test. The session was led by Ziortza who is a physiotherapist by profession. She understands that muscle recovery and optimal muscle maintenance is vital to get riders back on the bike to compete. The balance between body and mind is fundamental for wellbeing and hydrotherapy provides this – so combining cycling and hot tubs makes perfect sense. The three cyclists took a dip in a Platinum Spas Arizona which has 43 jets and provides massage options for the entire body. Ziortza talked about the benefits of a hydrotherapy massage and she said: “The key parts of the body to work on are the feet and legs as they are exposed to muscular overload. The hot tub really helps to relieve and strengthen the muscle tone

and will also prevent overloads and injuries.” Adrian added: “Massage is not only necessary for competition but also essential if you want to perform on a daily basis and avoid injuries. Being in the warm water was the perfect muscle recovery therapy. I felt recharged and renewed.” After seven seasons in professional cycling Alvaro knows the importance of recovery and how massage can aid this. “When you first start in sport you don’t realise the benefits that hydrotherapy can bring. You then realise you should have started much earlier. There are differences with the manual massage, there is physical friction because it squeezes you and you suffer a little bit and I think that with water you get a more relaxing point.” Superior Wellness 01246 559071

Darlly Europe Appoint New Operations Director Filter Specialist Darlly Europe is delighted to announce that they have expanded their Board of Directors with the appointment of Dominic Mosely as Operations Director at the Shropshire-based firm. Dominic joins the business from Villeroy & Boch, where he spent nearly six years as UK & Scandinavian Sales Manager. During his tenure, Dominic expanded the retailer network and increased Villeroy & Boch UK sales by over 300%. Dominic’s appointment comes hot on the heels of the company moving into a new UK head office and the setting up of a Netherlands-based storage and distribution centre for their premium filters. Commenting on the appointment, Darlly’s Gil Gingell said: “Dominic brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role and will be providing strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of quality based operations. “Dominic will consolidate and build on our strong track record of partnership developments with our customers and will support new collaborative initiatives. “Having experienced and talented leaders within our business is essential for us to maintain our proven track record in the industry LEFT TO and grow our business. RIGHT: Darlly Directors “Dominic’s Gil Gingell, appointment within our Dominic Mosely and European management Phil Mosely team is key to our corporate expansion and will support the direction of our business strategy and development plans. “We are delighted to welcome him to the company and to joining the board.” Darlly Europe Ltd 01952 580500

All-New CCW25™ Ushers In A New Era Of Spa Treatment Clear Comfort have announced the allnew CCW25 AOP treatment system – the company’s first system that’s universally designed for portable and swim spas. As a leader in AOP technology, the all-new CCW25 delivers the easiest path to quality water that protects both the health of spa owners and their spas. Limited preorders are now available and being manufactured in the company’s newly expanded US-based Colorado manufacturing facility. Designed to meet spa owner’s demands for wellness, ease of use and affordability, the product introduces a new industry standard for spa water care.

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With powerful full-flow treatment that’s noncorrosive, the CCW25 protects and extends the life of spas. “We built the CCW25 with a customer-first design that fits today’s spa owner’s demands for healthy lifestyles and simplicity,” said Steve Berens, CEO of Clear Comfort. “With powerful full-flow treatment and low-touch water care, previously unseen in the spa industry, our new product elevates the spa experience to new heights of ease, wellness and convenience.” The CCW25 provides spa water that looks as good as it feels with freedom from toxic chemical handling after every use. Additionally,

the new system introduces the industry’s fastest system maintenance method with a sustainable cartridge replacement that takes less than one minute each year. The product’s intuitive integration and reduced need to troubleshoot can help spa dealers efficiently serve a wider range of customers in less time. The CCW25’s spa-specific, compact design provides the convenience and ultimate flexibility needed for a wide variety of mounting configurations. Built for factory integration or aftermarket addition, it accommodates full-flow water treatment for all types of portable spas, swim spas, plunge pools and more. Clear Comfort +1 303 872 4477 19/10/2021 23:16

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Award-winning Group Leaves COVID In The Shade With New Product Range UK Leisure Living, which employs 15 staff across sites in Mochdre, St Asaph and Deeside, is receiving positive feedback and sales for the latest line in its quality outdoor selection – roofed and retractable verandas. Managing Director Gareth Jones has also secured a partnership with Swedish manufacturer Tylö – a pioneer in the production and global distribution of saunas, steam rooms and steam showers – and is remodelling showrooms to complement existing lines including hot tubs, swim spas and outdoor kitchens. Having achieved record turnover this year following a post-pandemic boom, he advised diversifying their range gives UK Leisure Living Group an even more sustainable, long-term model for success. “There has already been a real buzz and interest in the verandas because it is quite a well-priced product which is unique to this region and works perfectly alongside our current offering,” said Gareth. UK Leisure Living can supply and deliver to any part of the UK and are also able to install the verandas, which are available to the trade and DIY professionals at reduced rates. They are available to view online and at the ‘super showroom’ in Mochdre or at Deeside (the latter opened earlier this year and is already proving a hit with customers in north east Wales and over the border into Cheshire, Shropshire and Wirral). “The verandas we offer are more functional, contemporary conservatories with a modern twist; there has been a lot of demand and we look forward to seeing how that develops over the coming weeks,” concluded Gareth. UK Leisure Living 01492 548525

New Managing Director Appointed For Balboa Helios Technologies, Inc., a global leader in highly engineered motion control and electronic controls technology, announced recently that it has named JeanPierre ‘JP’ Parent as the Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Balboa Water Group, LLC. Josef Matosevic, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Among our shared values is developing and leveraging the deep talent that is within the Helios organisation. We are establishing an optimal structure that will be the force multiplier for effective execution of our augmented strategy. I am very pleased to recognise JP’s considerable contributions to Helios in a relatively short time. We expect JP to be instrumental as we advance on our multi-year journey to build our Electronics segment into a top industry player.” Mr Parent joined Helios Technologies through the acquisition of Balboa Water Group in November 2020 as the Executive Vice President of Global Sales. Since April 2021, he has assumed oversight for operations in addition to sales and engineering. Mr Parent has more than 35 years of managerial experience in international companies as an executive who demonstrated expertise in planning, developing and executing innovative solutions to address strategic business plans. Thirty of those years have been spent in the United States (after moving there with his family from France in 1988). Before joining the industry in 2002, he worked 19 years for the Zodiac Group in various positions which took him from Quality Assurance Manager, to Plant Manager and Executive Vice President of newly acquired subsidiaries in which he led several organisational turnarounds. Balboa Water Group +1 714 384 0384

Harvia Acquisition Ensures Supply Of High-quality Sauna Stones Harvia Plc has signed and closed an agreement to acquire Sauna-Eurox Oy along with sister company Parhaat Löylyt Oy. Together, the parties will continue to develop and expand the sauna stone business. Founded in 1991 and based in Luvia, Western Finland, Sauna-Eurox is one of the world’s largest suppliers of safe and durable sauna stones. The company has over 30 years of experience of different stone varieties, their thermal durability, and their use as sauna stones. The offering of Sauna-Eurox caters broadly to the needs of both consumers and spa professionals: the product selection includes safe and high-quality, ready-to-use, prewashed and hand-selected olivine diabase and vulcanite sauna stones in all sizes. In

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addition, the offering includes round sauna stones, decorative stones and heat-tempered olivine diabase sauna stones designed for demanding professional use. “Sauna-Eurox and Harvia have been partners for a long time globally, and the acquisition expands the potential of this collaboration,” said Harvia CEO Tapio Pajuharju. “Sauna-Eurox has also operated

under its own brands and delivered tailored sauna stone solutions to several suppliers of saunas and sauna stoves. These brands and partnerships are also very important for Harvia, and the aim is to foster and strengthen these partnerships further.” The acquisition allows Harvia and SaunaEurox to strengthen the availability of sauna stones and increase production capacity. It also offers Harvia the necessary expertise in stones for business expansion and quality assurance in a product category that is essential for sauna heaters and an enjoyable sauna experience. Harvia Plc +358 207 464 000 19/10/2021 23:18

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IN BRIEF WAHC 2021 MOVES TO VIRTUAL PLATFORM The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Board of Directors has made the unanimous decision to hold the 2021 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) in a virtual format only, in the interest of public health and safety. WAHC 2021 will now be presented as an entirely virtual event from 7-9 December. Speaking in September, PHTA President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE said: “Earlier this month, PHTA surveyed registered and potential attendees and speakers to understand attendee sentiment regarding WAHC. “The results of these surveys showed that the audience’s risk tolerance was rapidly diminishing for an in-person event. So, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the danger of the Delta variant, we felt it was in the best interest of our speakers, attendees and sponsors to move to a virtual format once again.” All current registrations will automatically transfer to the virtual event, which will offer 36 on-demand educational sessions that attendees can view at their own pace. All sessions will be available for 30 days after the event, giving attendees time to earn the maximum amount of CEUs.

BWT ACQUIRES LEADING POOL EQUIPMENTCOMPANY Australian pool equipment distributor Lincoln Pool Equipment has been acquired by Best Water Technology Group – a leading European water technology company with subsidiaries all around the world. Lindsay Hartshorne, CEO and owner of Lincoln Pool Equipment, is contracted to stay on for the next four years. Lincoln Pool Equipment was established in Victoria in 1974 and has been owned by Mr Hartshorne since 2002. During that time it has grown substantially and has branches in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. 23+24_SPN_October_2021_World_News_2.indd 23

NIVEKO Expansion Increases Efficiency And ‘Green’ Credentials NIVEKO specialises in high-quality custom-made swimming pools and at the beginning of the year, the company completed its new production hall. Covering an area of 2,550m2, the new building is situated in the immediate vicinity of its existing complex in the Czech Republic and will be fully equipped and adapted in line with the increase in production capacity. The company built it in response to the current market situation, which has seen demand for private pools soar to unprecedented levels. NIVEKO met this challenge head on and took the necessary steps to meet that demand. The new hall features cutting-edge technology to increase the proportion of automated production: two cranes, automatic CNC machine tools and a fully automatic rack storage

system – the first of its kind in the country – which is able to meet the requirements of the just-intime system. The development has enabled NIVEKO to increase its production capacity by 50%, becoming more flexible provides the firm with an even stronger base. It goes without saying that the company has introduced efficient procedures to make the process of producing pools smoother than ever. Like the original building, the new hall also provides the company’s fully trained employees with an outstanding clean working environment and facilities. Residual material left over from production is always recycled, from small offcuts to bigger pieces – not a bit is wasted. Owing to its quality, High-Tech

polymer is absolutely ideal for subsequent processing. The firm’s modern production processes guarantee that generated waste is not a burden on the environment. In fact, it is further processed in various branches of industry for a wide range of products. NIVEKO looks further than the nearest horizon and strives to make the world a better place. The ‘green’ aspect, social awareness and respect for the environment are the basic building blocks on which NIVEKO is based. Its broad range of activities in this regard are clear evidence of the direction the firm is taking and what its priorities are. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246

Fluidra Builds Olympic Pool At Gozo Aquatic Sports Centre Fluidra has announced that it will build the Olympic pool to be used for water polo competitions and other aquatic disciplines at the Aquatic Sports Centre on the Maltese island of Gozo. For this turnkey project, which is estimated to be completed in six months and amounts to more than €1m, Fluidra Commercial Italia together with Fluidra Engineering will be responsible for all mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineering work using the BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology, which will allow for comprehensive, shared and co-ordinated operation of the pool throughout its life cycle. The pool will be 50m x 25m in size with a depth of between 2.2m and 3m. The system selected for the project is Skypool, which is a technological solution patented by Fluidra consisting of prefabricated hot galvanized steel panels secured to a concrete block which are then covered in PVC-P sheeting.

In addition to the Olympic pool, the centre will also have a multipurpose community pool and will be adjacent to another sports complex currently under development, which will have a 500m2 gym and other ancillary facilities, including a first aid room.

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Peab To Build New Swimming Pool Facility On Sweden’s Baltic Coast Nordic Community Builder Peab has signed a contract with property company Kunskapsporten to build a new swimming pool and fitness centre in Snurrom in Kalmar, located in south eastern Sweden. The contract is worth SEK 500 million (approximately £42m). The new centre will include a swimming pool, two training pools, a rehab pool, a family pool, gym, spa and restaurant. All in all it will total a gross area of 15,000 m2. “I’m very pleased that Peab together with Kunskapsporten can contribute to developing Kalmar through a new swimming pool and fitness centre that will offer a

lot of opportunities for Kalmar residents. This is a positive community development that we are happily part of,” said Anders Bergeling, Region Manager at Peab. “We’ve developed a fantastic swimming pool facility for Kalmar and the entire Kalmar region. It will be a beautiful and sustainable building with a lot of activities for Kalmar residents as well as a big magnet for tourists,” added Joakim Ollén, CEO of Kunskapsporten AB. The project is a turnkey contract. Construction will start at the end of 2021 and the facility is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.

Fluidra Further Accelerates Growth With Acquisition Of S.R. Smith Fluidra S.A. recently announced it has acquired S.R. Smith, the US-based manufacturer of pool equipment, from Champlain Capital, a private equity fund based in San Francisco and Boston. Founded in 1932, S.R. Smith is a leading global manufacturer specialising in commercial and residential pool deck equipment and accessories. Their product portfolio, which is complementary to Fluidra’s offering, is extensive and includes starting blocks, rails, ladders, slides, diving boards, ADA-compliant lifts, swimwall systems, thermal cover systems and in-pool furniture. Headquartered in Canby, Oregon, S.R. Smith operates manufacturing facilities from multiple locations in the United States and Australia. Their products are supported by distributors around the world, with a focus in the US, Australia, Canada and Europe. With the addition of S.R. Smith, Fluidra will further expand its existing operational network, increasing the company’s overall product delivery capability. “In the past year, we’ve doubled down on our commitment to grow in different market segments and product categories and have

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made strategic acquisitions in North America of Built Right Pool Heaters LLC’s business and Custom Molded Products LLC to bring us closer to that goal,” said Bruce Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Fluidra. “This latest acquisition of S.R. Smith doesn’t just move us one step closer, it propels us. S.R. Smith is an exceptional company with a talented team and stellar reputation.” “We are excited to join the Fluidra family,” said Rich Laitta, Chief Executive Officer of S.R. Smith. “With their strong dedication to meeting customer needs, focus on innovative solutions and services, and global market expertise, we believe this move will facilitate the next evolution of growth for S.R. Smith.” Following the acquisition, S.R. Smith will continue to operate independently from its Oregon headquarters.

ACP Announces Sale of Pleatco Filtration To Pentair Plc Pleatco Filtration, a portfolio company of Align Capital Partners (ACP), announced in September that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Pentair Plc. This transaction marks an exciting new milestone in the history of Pleatco who have earned the reputation as a leader and innovator in the pool and spa industry and have successfully forged into the industrial air filtration arena in recent years too. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Pleatco is a leading aftermarket-focused manufacturer of highly engineered clean air and pool and spa water filtration technologies that helps protect people, processes and the environment. ACP acquired Pleatco in June 2017 and has spent the last four years professionalising and growing the business through several key initiatives. “Pleatco has been truly transformed through an aggressive series of investments in people, systems, facilities and products,” said ACP Managing Partner Rob Langley. “Additionally, the key tenets of the business that attracted us to the investment years ago are still driving the company forward today. Pleatco benefits from the recurring nature of its highly engineered, consumable products that are focused on serving pool, spa and industrial air customers’ aftermarket needs.” “With the planned acquisition of Pleatco, we are excited about the opportunity to offer additional options to pool, spa and industrial air customers and we are looking forward to welcoming the Pleatco employees to our Pentair team,” said John Stauch, Pentair President and CEO. 19/10/2021 23:39

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Full Steam Ahead For Our Still Busy Industry With face-to-face opportunities returning, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes provides an update on a number of initiatives taking place


aving commented in the last issue of SPN about the excellent performance of Team GB at the Olympics, the Paralympics GB athletes (including from Northern Ireland) continued their remarkable achievements with another second place in the medals table at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The industry will be awarding our own gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2022 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards (hosted by SPATA and BISHTA), so members are encouraged to enter and have a chance to be recognised for their hard work. The winners will be announced in Coventry on Tuesday 1 February. The deadline for entry is at the end of October, so please go online now. For details of the evening, see the following page and please remember, attendance at the event is open to the whole industry! This time of year sees many industry events, including the annual Information and Networking Days for both BISHTA and SPATA. Although it had been hoped to have these events taking place at venues in Andover and Doncaster, with members so busy, a decision was taken to hold them online, so that members could attend them without having to travel (or they can still choose to watch the presentations at a later date on-demand)! A really exciting mix of industry and external speakers was assembled for these days. BISHTA members will

have heard updates on various aspects of how BISHTA promotes hot tub safety. From working with the HSE, where BISHTA members (and the wider industry) have been providing details of microbiological tests in business settings, to identify if there are any issues and whether the HSG 282 guidance needs adapting in any way. Our friends from Trading Standards will have provided updates on some member factsheets they have been revising. Sallie Leslie-Golding will have detailed the latest news on how BISHTA and the industry have been in the news over the past year, and how several BISHTA (and SPATA) members have taken advantage of guidance from business advisors such as Mark Page, who will have spoken on matters relating to supporting your business – he also has an article in this issue on page 29. There will have also been updates from BISHTA and details of the preparations for the AGM. At SPATA’s Information and Networking Days, members will have received updates on workforce development, including qualifications where work continues with the ISPE and the STA to develop opportunities for members (and the wider industry). There were also sessions on Trading Standards, Business Support, and the industry in the news session, plus details of the changes to the SPATA Awards, which will offer more opportunities of acknowledgement for members’ workmanship. Finally, there was also the chance for SPATA members to hear what their trade association has been working on and have their say on matters relating to the AGM. With BISHTA and SPATA also being

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members of the BSPF, the three respective AGMs for these companies will be held on Thursday 4 November in Andover. By the time of the next issue of SPN, we will know who has won the EUSA European Pool and Spa Awards for 2021, being held at Piscina & Wellness in Barcelona on Monday 29 November, so good luck to all of the entries (but especially those from the UK!). Spain will have also hosted the WAPSA meeting in Barcelona on Monday, 29 November, so this will be an action-packed day for all national pool and spa associations. There will be plenty of opportunities to understand how different countries organise their associations, so it is hoped to find sources of interest that can translate to our industry to share with BISHTA and SPATA members (and the wider industry, where applicable). Also in this issue, there’s a piece from Wright Hassall on suspending and terminating contracts correctly (see page 30), an article from our friends at Nsure on their PoolSure and SpaSure insurance packages (see page 31), plus an update from the SPATEX team (see page 32). Enjoy the remaining part of this year, and I look forward to seeing you in Coventry at SPATEX 2022!

DIARY DATES 2021 2 Nov 4 Nov 4 Nov 4 Nov 9 Nov 7 Dec 9 Dec 10 Dec 16 Dec 2022 1 – 3 Feb

PIP Committee, WebEx SPATA Council and AGM, Andover BSPF AGM, Andover BISHTA Committee and AGM, Andover SPATA Technical Committee, WebEx BISHTA Technical Committee, WebEx EUSA Meeting, Zoom SPATEX Board, WebEx BSPF Board, WebEx SPATEX, Coventry

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Are You Just Too Busy? In this issue, business coach Mark Page shares tips for owners to overcome business challenges and strive for excellent results


ark Page recently shared his knowledge with BISHTA and SPATA members as a guest presenter at their annual Information & Networking Days. Throughout his career, Mark has helped teams and individuals accomplish their business goals and reach their potential. His analytical mind and ability to get people talking candidly about their challenges help Mark see the ‘big picture’, which often eludes business owners. Before becoming a coach, Mark worked for a large corporation and built up a reputation as a trouble-shooter. “Whenever a department or team was in trouble, I’d be sent to work out what was going wrong and why. Sometimes it was people in the wrong role or lacking training/motivation. Other times, the processes or performance metrics were the barrier. The point is this: there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for overcoming business challenges. Each scenario must be taken on its own merit and given care and respect.” This combination of business experience and the ability to tailor his approach to each client and situation has ensured that Mark has been in constant demand since becoming a business coach. He has helped business owners overcome their challenges and build the business they want by working with hundreds of clients. In the current climate, many businesses are working flat out with the feeling they are doing brilliantly with an extended order book several weeks, if not months ahead. However, when they look at the cash in the bank, it’s a different story. Simply put, they may be busy, but the model needs to change to create more money in less time. Many good businesses have hit a virtual ‘glass ceiling’, struggling to break through for one reason or another. Could this be you? Do you suffer from the three most common frustrations in business? • Money – the business doesn’t generate the sales, profits and cash flow the business owners desire or believe possible. • Team – challenges recruiting the right people; the team doesn’t perform to the level the business owner desires. • Time – the owner works too many hours in the business; therefore, missing out

on time with family and friends and developing interests outside of the company, and the business doesn’t work without the owners. You went into business in the first place to give you and your family a better life. The reality is, you’re working long hours and possibly not earning enough money to justify the extra responsibility and pressure you’re under. Perhaps you don’t spend enough time with your friends and family? Maybe when you do, you’re still thinking about work? Possibly you’re wondering if there is a better way? The answer to this is simple – there is a better way. Wealth is not just money, but also time and health. There is no point in having money with no time to enjoy it, or the business has robbed you of your health. Likewise, time and health with insufficient funds to enjoy is also not an ideal outcome either. Wealth is money, time and health.

WHAT IS IN IT FOR THE BUSINESS OWNER? • You will have clarity and focus on what’s essential… and your levels of focus will be sky high! • Find the most cost-effective sales appeal

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for your products and services to set your business head and shoulders above the competition. • You’ll stop selling on price and learn to sell on value. • Your business and personal financials will dramatically improve. • You’ll receive a step-by-step marketing plan that significantly increases new customers, revenues and profits. • You’ll gain an advantage over your competition to help grow your business. • Your leadership skills and abilities will rapidly develop. • Your team will be inspired and outperform your expectations. • Get the team to a stage where your business will perform for profit so that you can take time out for hobbies and holidays. • You will feel challenged, stretched and most importantly, happier because of your achievement levels. • You will get a hotline to someone who helps you stay focused, answers pressing questions, and can help you grow your business. If you want to identify the key areas to help you grow your business and get a better worklife balance, take this helpful survey: https:// To view Mark’s videos and client testimonials, visit and search for ‘Mark Page Coaching’. Mark Page Business Coaching 07836 673093

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Suspension And Termination – A Means To An End Or An End To Your Means? In this issue, Paul Slinger, a Partner within the Construction & Engineering Team at Wright Hassall, looks at a number of differences companies can expect when working with main contractors on various swimming pool and spa projects


ontractors will often threaten to suspend or terminate their contract when they are not happy that the other party is complying with their side of the bargain, often because they believe they are not being paid fairly or appropriately. However, the law might take a different view on whether or not the other side is behaving properly and, even if they are not behaving properly, whether their behaviour is in fact so bad that it should allow the innocent party to terminate the contract.

SUSPENSION Suspension is often carried out without taking advice. Typically the aggrieved party says “until you do x, y and z (normally pay me at least a certain amount of money), I am not returning to site”. The thought process is typically “I don’t want to keep losing money by staying on site and working if you are not going to pay for it”. However, the law does not recognise a right to suspend unless it is contained in the contract. Many suspensions are, therefore, a breach of contract. By suspending services, you might not, therefore, improve your position by forcing the other party to do what you want, rather you might expose yourself to substantial liabilities by delaying/disrupting the whole project and facing additional costs from the other party, including ultimately the excess costs of a replacement contractor to complete your works if the stalemate persists. Construction contracts only tend to include a single specific right to suspend services in

the event of non-payment of an interim sum. However, any such non-payment must be of a sum that has legally become due through the proper observance of the payment mechanisms in the contract. Payment mechanisms vary significantly, so it is always worth getting advice on whether or not the sum has legally fallen overdue and whether or not the other party has a valid reason for not making payment. A suspension will also usually require giving at least seven days’ notice of the intention to suspend to allow the paying party to make amends. If your construction contract does not contain such a right, then unless you are dealing with a residential occupier, it is highly likely that it will be implied into your contract in any event by the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, as amended. In summary, suspension can be effective but make sure that you have a right to do so first. In non-payment scenarios, it is wise to take action sooner rather than later because suspension will have less leverage at the end of the project. Your cash flow might already have taken a severe dent that could be challenging to recover.

TERMINATION Termination is the ‘nuclear option’, so parties do tend to consider their position more carefully. Termination is a high-stakes game because if the other party has done something so fundamentally wrong that you can lawfully terminate, you are likely to be entitled to most of what you want, plus the

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cherry on top of your lost profits that you would have made if you had seen the contract through. If you are wrong, however, you are unlikely to get much, if anything. The other side is likely to be entitled to substantial losses that it will almost inevitably incur in getting somebody else in to finish your work. Again, the first place to look is the contract. Does it explain in what circumstances you can terminate, and is it clear that any of those events have, in fact, arisen? If so, are there any formal requirements that the innocent party must comply with before terminating? There are often clauses about how termination notices must be sent and even getting something wrong can turn a valid termination circumstance into a breach of contract nightmare. If the contract does not appear to give you a right to terminate, then there could be a common law right to do so. This arises where the other party’s breach of contract is fundamental, such that it ‘goes to the root’ of the contract. A breach of contract that does not go that far only entitles the wronged party to damages, not to terminate. It is always worth obtaining advice before considering terminating and exploring other options to see if the parties can be re-aligned when they are falling out, and these should also be explored. Wright Hassall 01926 880739 19/10/2021 23:42


Poolsure and Spasure – Specialist Insurance For The Wet Leisure Industry With many years experience of the wet leisure industry, Phil Bristow from specialist brokers Nsure, highlights the importance of choosing the correct insurer for peace of mind business cover


ometimes you can’t win. Obviously, the customer is always right, but it is slightly difficult to hear “bl***y insurers never pay out” when the very same client received over £1m for a fire claim some years before! That said, some insurers only have themselves to blame for their reputation, seemingly doing everything they can to avoid paying claims, although, in our experience, most insurers are fair, most of the time. But even with decent insurers, you need to play by the rules. To use football as an analogy, arranging insurance could be likened to defending in the penalty area, where it’s best not to give the referee a reason to give a penalty. So, when you arrange insurance, make sure you do it properly and do not give the insurer a reason to refuse to pay a claim. The first thing is to get the basics right and be sure your insurer is clear about your business activities. A number of insurers are not keen on wet leisure risks, and if, as we have seen in the past, a pool installer tries to ‘get round’ this by saying they are ‘builders’ either online or via a broker, they should not be surprised if there are problems if a claim occurs. Building pools is unlikely to be specifically excluded on a policy, but there may well be issues if you did not tell the insurer that you do. By contrast, Nsure, with many years’ experience of the wet leisure industry, has seen the sort of claims that occur in the industry and the issues that can arise. Our Poolsure and Spasure policies have been established to avoid potential problems using an insurer with an understanding

and acceptance of the risks and practices involved in the industry. They will still need to know broadly what you do, but they will not be surprised that you dig holes, may use heat or undertake sub aqua work. As the names suggest, Poolsure is designed for those predominantly involved in pools and Spasure for hot tubs and spas. SPATA and BISHTA members benefit from discounted premiums, and both policies offer a range of wet leisure industry specific extensions, including legionella, theft and damage cover for in-ground pools and displays or stock in the open, wet testing and sub aqua work. Insurance can be notorious for the ‘fine print’, and another essential distinction of the Poolsure and Spasure policies relates to checking a subcontractor’s insurance cover. You will be required to check that they have public liability cover, but only to a limit of £1m, whereas many insurers require subcontractors to have the same level of cover as your own policy. That could be £5m or more, and many subcontractors, particularly small firms, do not have the necessary level of cover. Arranging a policy correctly with the right cover is obviously important, but so is having a broker on your side if a claim occurs. As already mentioned, we have the experience of most eventualities that are likely to happen

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in the wet leisure industry and provide expert guidance during the claims process. Nsure’s customers can also benefit from our expertise in professional Indemnity insurance to dovetail with the Poolsure and Spasure covers. The design and construct professional indemnity insurance market is very restrictive for wet leisure risks at present, but Nsure have access to insurers offering competitive premiums as well as a collateral warranty checking facility. Collateral warranties can impose very onerous conditions that go beyond the scope of the insurance cover available, and it is vital such conditions are identified before you commit to the terms of a contract. Professional indemnity is another area where the fine print can be extremely important, particularly when to notify circumstances that could give rise to a claim, where late notification can lead to a claim being declined and again, Nsure have the experience and expertise of dealing with complex professional indemnity claims. Nsure have also prepared a number of factsheets on insurance related to wet leisure, which can be found on the SPATA and BISHTA websites, in the Members Hub, and a range of factsheets on general insurance topics including flood, business interruption and write off claims that can be found at There is always something that may look cheaper but using the football analogy again: give away penalties, and your business is likely to suffer. Using experts with specialist industry policies is the best way of defending your business. Nsure Chartered Insurance Brokers 01903 608114

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Join The Industry’s Big Reunion! After hosting an online event this year due to COVID restrictions, SPATEX returns as a face-to-face event in 2022 and there are many reasons to be involved


o much more than just an exhibition, SPATEX represents many things to many people. As it returns to a muchanticipated live event from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 February at the newly named Coventry Building Society Arena, it will not only unite the industry for the first time in two years but also celebrate its milestone 25th silver anniversary. Here’s 25 reasons why you should attend:



SPATEX 2022 is the UK’s only dedicated international water leisure showcase thus, the one and only time you can view everything under one roof. The first international water leisure show of 2022, it features exhibitors from all over the world, including Spain, Hungary, USA, Netherlands and Belgium. Many stands will showcase two years’ worth of new products and innovations and with the industry booming, there’s lots to talk about. Get reacquainted with over a hundred of the world’s leading suppliers and manufacturers plus there’s many new names joining the exciting line-up. View the full list of exhibitors online. See products and services in over 150 categories. Everything under the water leisure umbrella is covered, for both the domestic and commercial sectors. It isn’t just about pools – over 30 sparelated companies are putting the ‘spa’ into SPATEX. The Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly known as The Ricoh Arena) is a world-class, centrally located venue currently undergoing a £10m upgrade. There’s no substitute for face-to-face business as the lockdown has proved. Take advantage of exclusive, very generous show offers and discounts. International visitors arriving at Birmingham Airport – hop in a free taxi, courtesy of SPATEX. You literally can’t afford to miss it – energy conservation will be high on the agenda, both as a topic for discussion and product launches. Visit SPATEX’s ‘New Product Zone’ to get an overview of the latest launches, trends and innovations that will make headlines in 2022.

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SPATEX hosts the industry’s most comprehensive and highly regarded double seminar training and education programme and it’s all free. The Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) is holding its popular programme of technical workshops including 14 new titles and the latest guidance on health and safety legislation. See the full programme online. Certificates of attendance and CPD points are available to all attendees of the workshops. SPATEX is enriched by the backing of a number of esteemed associations e.g. The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) which is giving a series of talks on the Thursday of the show. Pick the brains of the world’s water leisure experts for free and impartial advice on your own projects. STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) is giving three seminars on the Tuesday morning of the show. As one of the world’s largest swim teaching and lifesaving organisations, it delivers the highest quality training across four key business areas – Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving, First Aid and Leisure Management. SPATEX has raised over £1.8m since its inception and ploughs every penny back into the industry it represents. The SPATEX Foundation exists to assist with funding initiatives or items to benefit the whole industry.


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Tuesday 1 February – SPATA & BISHTA host the 2022 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards and the re-presentation of the ISPE Awards 2021. Featuring dinner, dancing

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and live entertainment, the night is open for everyone in the pool and hot tub industry. To book tickets, contact the BSPF on 01264 356210. Wednesday 2 February – All visitors and exhibitors are warmly invited to The Big Reunion – SPATEX’s famous aftershow networking party – to toast the show’s silver anniversary with free drinks, canapes and party hats. Eat, drink, watch and play on the pool tables at the swish new state-of-theart sports bar – The Anecdote – located at the entrance to the Coventry Building Society Arena. Relax and enjoy great food whilst gaming in the Grosvenor Casino – the UK’s leading casino conveniently situated on-site at the Arena. The Casino is offering all exhibitors and visitors 10% off all food and drink if they become a member.

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Easy to get to, SPATEX 2022 takes place at the Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE which is just minutes off Junction 3 of the M6 motorway. It’s less than a twohour drive for 75% of the population, has an on-site railway station and 2,000 free on-site car parking spaces. Registration for SPATEX is free and open now online. SPATEX 01264 358558 19/10/2021 23:43

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Why Do We Need To Test Our Water? In this article Colin Day from Lovibond® Tintometer – who have recently partnered with STA – answers some common questions on water testing


veryone would agree that water is a vital component in any pool and having good water quality is essential. To achieve the desired quality requires both testing and knowledge surrounding water chemistry and the testing processes involved.

WHY DO WE NEED TO TEST OUR WATER? As we all know, water has to be treated to keep it safe. How can we treat the water and know what to add if we do not know the levels? Therefore, water must be tested regularly to ensure: • There is sufficient treatment • The water is safe and comfortable for bathers • Plant and equipment is well maintained • Compliance to guidelines and operation procedures.

WHAT SHOULD WE BE USING TO CARRY OUT THE TESTING? A professional test kit must be used. This can be either a coloured glass-based comparator system or photometer. To ensure readings are correct, the equipment must be spotlessly clean and the correct reagents used. Operators must also follow the instructions and keep photometers calibrated.

WHICH IS BEST FOR ME – A COMPARATOR OR PHOTOMETER? Both systems are acceptable and the final selection is down to end user preference. Photometers will give more precise readings (i.e., down to 0.1mg/l for chlorine) but can drift out of calibration. Glass comparators have fixed colours so cannot go wrong, but they are not suitable for all users (please note that the colours on plastic-based discs will fade over time).

HOW OFTEN DOES A PHOTOMETER NEED CALIBRATING? All photometers should be checked regularly against known standards. With most professional systems, reference kits are available which enable users to check units easily and quickly on site. For continued accurate operation, it is recommended that photometers are factory checked every year.

WHAT PARAMETERS SHOULD WE BE TESTING AND HOW REGULARLY? There are numerous parameters that can be measured in pool water but the five most important are (assuming chlorine-based disinfection): • Chlorine (free and total) – Test frequently throughout the day in accordance with risk assessment and operating procedures (work out combined chlorine) • pH – Must always be tested the same time as chlorine - doing one without the other is pointless • Total Alkalinity – Measure weekly • Calcium Hardness – Measure weekly • TDS – Measure weekly or more often if issues.

WHY SHOULD FREE CHLORINE AND PH ALWAYS BE MEASURED TOGETHER? Not only is pH important for bather comfort and to ensure that the water is not scale forming or corrosive, but it also affects the efficiency of the chlorine. As pH rises, the amount of free chlorine that is available as hypochlorous acid decreases. If levels increase above 7.8 the chlorine efficiency declines so much that pools should consider closing even if free chlorine readings are within range. Therefore, they should always be tested together.

WHAT IS TDS? TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids. It is the sum of the weight of the soluble compounds in the water. Normal potable drinking water contains around 600mg/l, brackish water 3000mg/l and seawater typically 35000mg/l. In a pool TDS can rise with the addition of chemicals and contamination introduced by bathers. High levels of TDS will impair the performance of the disinfectant and other treatment. As it is ‘dissolved’, TDS cannot be removed by filtration, so can only be controlled by dilution. Ideal TDS is no more than 1000mg/l above the incoming level.

WHAT IS TURBIDITY AND IS IT IMPORTANT IN SWIMMING POOL WATER? Quite simply it is a measurement of the cloudiness of water. High turbidity means the

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water is cloudy and low turbidity means it will be clear. Turbidity is normally measured in NTU (Nephelometric Turbidity Units). In the UK the maximum value allowed at a consumer drinking water outlet is 4NTU and is normally around 0.5NTU. Is it important in pool water? PWTAG say yes and that levels should be no more than 0.5NTU, so the same level as drinking water. Poor turbidity can: • Make the water dangerous, especially if you cannot see the bottom of the pool • Indicate poor water chemistry • Indicate poor circulation or filtration • Prevent underwater cameras functioning correctly. Finally, testing should always be carried out correctly, as you are only measuring very small quantities. Here are some tips on good practice when it comes to water testing to help ensure your results are accurate and correct: • Follow manufacturer’s instructions • Use the correct tablets • Allow reaction time if specified • Keep equipment clean and dry • Wash and dry hands prior to testing • Never handle the tablets • Check and calibrate photometers regularly • Ensure those testing are trained and understand its importance • Carry out testing as quickly as possible after taking the sample • Check sample tubes and discard any dirty or scratched vials. STA offer a regulated four-hour Swimming Pool Water Testing qualification, which is perfect for those responsible for carrying out routine pool water tests. Many lifeguards or pool hirers for example must test pool water as part of their job role, and this qualification gives them the basic information and skills necessary to test swimming pool and spa water competently, whilst providing a basic understanding of the outcomes of those tests. STA 01922 645097 STA is pleased to announce a new partnership which will see Lovibond® Tintometer pool water testing equipment and reagents added to the STA Swim-Shop with a 10% discount off list price for STA members. Visit the STA’s online store at for details. 19/10/2021 23:44

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Swim England Report Warns Of Pool Closures A concerning new report from Swim England warns almost 2,000 pools could be lost forever by the end of the decade unless the Government and local authorities ‘act now’ to replace or refurbish ageing facilities


wim England has warned in its new ‘A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England’ report that there will be a huge reduction in the amount of water space available by 2030, which could threaten the future of aquatic sports in some areas and leave millions shut out of the activities they love. The looming shortage is based on pools which were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s and are coming to the end of their lifespan – while not enough new facilities are being built to replace them. While the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the issue, it is not a direct cause for the dire prediction. However, the report states that ‘if we continue on the current trend, the number of available pools in England will fall by 40% by the end of the decade – down from the current 4,336 to around 2,468’. Swim England is now backing calls for the Government to commit to investing £1 billion into public leisure facilities to help refurbish existing pools – as well as building the new ones needed in the future. Part of this funding should be used so communities can apply for grants to get design and feasibility studies completed – the costs of which can currently be a barrier to pools being built. The recognised national governing body is also calling on local authorities short of water space to include the provision of new pools in any Levelling Up Funding application they make. Jane Nickerson, Swim England Chief Executive, said: “As we reflect on the amazing achievements of our swimmers, divers, artistic swimmers and para-swimmers this summer in Tokyo, it was heartening to hear so many reflect on the important role their local pool played in their sporting journey. “Swimming pools are naturally essential to the future of all our aquatic sports if we are to nurture the next Adam Peaty, Tom Daley, Anna Hopkin or Maisie Summers-Newton. “However, they are so much more than that.”

A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England Report 2021

A WORRYING REPORT Showing the value of pools, the report highlighted that every £1 spent on community sport and physical activity generates nearly £4 for the English economy and society. It also says that weekly swimming saves the NHS and social care system more than £357m each year. In addition, the reports states that swimming supports: • Physical wellbeing – with swimmers reporting feeling 12 years younger than non-swimmers • Mental wellbeing – 1.4 million adults feel swimming has significantly reduced their anxiety or depression • Individual development – with women and girls reporting that swimming more than doubled their levels of self confidence • Social and community development – swimmers have been found to be more socially connected and to have more friends than non-swimmers • Volunteering – swimmers are 26.1% more likely to volunteer. Jane continued: “Pools are hubs of the local community, helping people of all ages to lead healthier, happier lives and saving the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds each year. “They are also the places where millions

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learn a skill that could one day save their life – or someone else’s. “Without adequate investment into the new pools this country needs, we are forecasting a huge decline in the available water space by the end of the decade, threatening the future of our sports, leaving millions shut out of the activities they love and widening health inequities. “The time to act is now.” The report highlights that almost a quarter (23%) of local authorities in England have a deficit of at least one average-sized swimming pool. Swim England is also asking local authorities to conduct an analysis of its pool stock to understand if it has the right pools in the right place to meet the needs of the community. The governing body has a dedicated facilities team, which provides expert guidance on new and refurbished pool designs and facility management. Jane added: “This is a very worrying report which could impact on millions of people across the country. “We hope the Government and local authorities will take note and work with us to prevent these concerning predictions from becoming a reality.” A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England is available to download as a PDF direct from the Swim England website. Swim England 01509 640700

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Sunbeach Spas Go From Strength To Strength With a new collaboration providing extended reach around the UK and an innovative app that streamlines all stages of the sales process, Sunbeach Spas have a vision that is sure to please both customers and dealers alike


ansfield’s Sunbeach Spas recently confirmed a collaboration with SpaCare UK to expand their distribution network significantly, with the Scunthorpe-based company serving as Sunbeach’s first external distribution centre. It’s no coincidence that this announcement comes with the creation of SpaCare’s brand new showroom, which at 5,000 sq. ft., is one of the largest of its type in the UK. The showroom features over 40 hot tubs on display and a private wet test room for the ultimate hot tub shopping experience. With plans for a further distribution centre in the south of the country already in the works, Sunbeach Spas, who are also the exclusive UK distributor of the best-selling Oasis Spas brand, are going from strength to strength with their award-winning spas and service receiving plaudits from their peers. Speaking about the move, company director Wayne Green said: “We’re growing massively, both as a company and a brand. Rather than simply expand here in Mansfield, we felt it more sensible to space ourselves out; to keep stock and skilled staff at key points around the country to give our dealers a more localised experience. With [SpaCare UK’s] Craig’s passion and vision, this was one of our easier decisions this year!” One of the more interesting outcomes of this collaboration has been the development of a mobile CMS web app, available exclusively to Sunbeach Spas and Oasis Spas dealerships. The app, which has been designed to function on any platform from smartphones to desktop PCs, is set to become the beating heart of the Sunbeach dealership system, and will be a significant shift in how many dealers might be used to operating. It has been built from scratch entirely to serve the needs of spa dealerships and permits suppliers, dealers, sales teams, engineers and customers alike to access information about each spa through its entire life cycle in the sleekest, most stressfree way possible. Wayne explained: “Everything you need to know about each hot tub is available from the app. Need to order a spa for a customer? Your sales team can check live stock and place the order right there on their phones. Waiting for new stock to come in? The app tracks the progress of the shipment, showing you just where it is in the process, and when you can expect it to be available. Or maybe your

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customer is expecting a delivery – the app tracks on a map where the delivery team are in the UK. It’s complete transparency and simplicity.” The premise is simple enough – for every process, every transaction and for everything relating to every spa a dealer sells, everything needed will be available at their fingertips via the app. The system is built on the idea of ‘live data’ – whether it be warehouse stock levels or the spa’s location – everything is kept totally up-to-date across all dealerships. Alongside supply chain and order management, the system boasts a wide range of features including built in text messaging to contact customers and confirm deliveries; information and checklists for the installation or service teams, along with the ability to report missing items or other issues; tracking of the spa’s service history and any warranty-related issues; and a dashboard to show important metrics on sales and other reporting tools. The end customer too will be able to use a version of the app to view guides and manuals specific to their own spa, receive reminders and arrange services, and to order consumables safe in the knowledge that they are compatible with their hot tub. And this is just the start – with more

functionality for the app already in the pipeline, Sunbeach Spas and SpaCare UK are really embracing how the technology carried with us everyday can be leveraged to simplify and streamline their dealership’s workload. In order to extend the company’s reach yet further, they have put together a Demonstration Trailer – a branded, walk-in trailer containing one each of the Sunbeach and Oasis spa ranges – designed to showcase the best of each brand in a mobile form. Wayne elaborated: “The trailer means that, if you’re a showroom manager who’s considering joining the Sunbeach family or just to see what our brands are all about, there’s no need to take staff away from your showroom or even close up for the day – we can come to you.” Both Sunbeach Spas and SpaCare UK are actively recruiting new dealerships. SpaCare UK 0800 644 6762 Sunbeach Spas 01623 706185

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Hot Tubs That Provide A Premium Experience There’s no stopping hot tubs and as with many lifestyle products, that applies to the premium end of the market too. Promising a setting which will provide users with the ultimate hot tub for relaxation, recuperation and more, the luxury end of the market is a key and lucrative sector for both manufacturers and retailers. Featuring models retailing over the key £10,000 mark and which boast the sector’s latest innovations and technology, in this issue we look at some of the high-end hot tubs which are tempting buyers this year By Jon Wadeson


he premium end of the hot tub sector has always been a tough battleground for both retailers and manufacturers, especially with so many cheaper models and brands on the market. However the last year and a half or so has been somewhat different. Continuing uncertainty throughout 2021 due to the pandemic, combined with some decent, albeit not amazing weather, plus mainstream media coverage and supply issues… add it all up and it meant the demand for hot tubs across all price ranges, has still been high. For the more affluent in the UK, money saved from not going on luxury summer holidays has often meant some form of retail therapy has been hard to resist. For numerous others where budget still is a factor, it seems that they have come round to the idea that now is the time to enjoy the finer things in life from the comfort of their own home, and hot tubs are increasingly falling into that ‘finer things’ category. Range-topping hot tub models are a chance to fully showcase a brand’s design capabilities, imagination, quality and much more to potential customers. In short, they’re a brand’s flag-bearers – which makes them important for reputations as they will have a bearing on a customers’ perception of cheaper models within ranges too. After all, not everyone will commit to the ultimate tub experience, especially if they are new to the experience, so impressions, rightly or wrongly, count. With budgets often well into fivefigure territory for these models, any customer looking to invest in this sector quite rightly demands the latest features and innovations combined with a sense of style and of course exclusivity. After all, bragging rights and social media pictures are likely to follow! So with a lot to live up to, and with premium products very much still in demand, we take a look at just some of the luxury models that are available. 41-43_SPN_October_2021_Hot_Tubs.indd 41

ARTESIAN ELITE RANGE – THE ULTIMATE IN HYDROTHERAPY Artesian Spas has long been recognised as a manufacturer of premium luxury hot tubs and have always strived to be at the forefront of innovative spa technology. 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. The brand is home to one of the most premium lines of spas on the market, the Artesian Elite Class, which focuses heavily on hydrotherapy, energy efficiency, water quality and user experience. Each model within this range has been designed to offer features that ensure each hydrotherapy break is the best ever, making them the perfect addition to any health and well-being routine, during and after the lockdown period. For the ultimate hydrotherapy, the Artesian Elite class outperforms other spas by utilising patented DirectFlow™ technology with Variable Flow Control™ . This fantastic The Artesian Elite Class offers a unique solution for those who like to enjoy the finer things in life such as this Eagle Crest model

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 have created the most powerful yet energy efficient spa range on the market. The Artesian 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 features such as impeccable design, superior construction, innovative technology, and optional lighting and stereo systems, the Artesian Elite Class offers a unique solution for those who like to enjoy the finer things in life.

NEW OASIS BRAND GIVES SUNBEACH SPAS GREATER HIGHEND OPTIONS Sunbeach Spas were recently given a huge opportunity to bring the world-renowned Oasis Spas hot tubs and swim spas to the UK market. Sold in 35 countries worldwide, these quiet, roomy and comfortable hot tubs are available exclusively through Sunbeach Spas. Featuring one of the thickest and toughest shells on the market and strong frames, Oasis Spas are built to last! They are also some of the most energy efficient hot tubs available, with features including: • Multiple layers of high density foam which reduce heat loss significantly • Low current pumps consume less energy than a 75W light bulb • Covers which use high density foam to create a seal minimising heat loss.

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The HE-570 five person hot tub from Oasis Spas is now available in the UK through Sunbeach Spas

The inside of the each Oasis Spa routes warm air back into the system to reduce the energy required to heat the water, and during circulation the water is kept at a regular temperature, reducing the energy used in a standard heating/cooling cycle. Two models which sit at the top of the Oasis range are the HE-570 five person hot tub and the HE-760 six person model. In addition to the ‘green’ features already outlined, both models come complete with a multi-layered cabinet insulation for high thermal efficiency. They’re fitted with up-todate Gecko electronics and controls, and the ozone module has a boost chamber for ultra clear water. Oasis have implemented cutting edge technology to fit the spas with a double filtration system and on the entertainment side, the HE range also boasts a Gecko Instream 2 music system with a 2 transducer speaker system and subwoofer, as well as illuminated valve controls and exterior corner lighting.

EXCLUSIVE THERAPY FROM PASSION’S ECSTATIC WAVE The Ecstatic Wave from Passion Spas is a seven-person oasis that incorporates all standard features from Passion Spas Exclusive Collection, and a variety of massage

With a variety of massage experiences, the Ecstatic Wave a unique and highly therapeutic spa from Passion Spas

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experiences that makes the Ecstatic Wave a unique and highly therapeutic spa. The various massages include Aqua Rolling Massage™, which is proprietary to Passion Spas and was designed in close cooperation with physiotherapists. The function of Aqua Rolling Massage™ is similar to the powerful strokes of a massage therapist, starting at the lower back and working its way up to your neck. The Levitation Bed™ is the most innovative spa therapy feature available on the market today. This massage feature creates a floating sensation, and bathers almost feel as though they are lying on a cload. The Levitation Bed™ provides soothing, head-to-toe therapy, and the bather may choose to lie either face up or face down. The Ecstatic also now boasts their Therapy Wave Zone™, a massage feature that uses jets to work the muscles in the back, as well as a Waterfall Massage™ that concentrates on the neck. Additional features include an audio system, their Aqua Rolling Massage™, aromatherapy, Synergy Water Maintenance System™, and over 150 therapeutic massage jets. In short, this model is packed with many cutting-edge features designed to provide the most relaxing, renewing hydrotherapy

The luxurious sixperson Geneva from Caldera’s Utopia Series is a spa that showcases the leading brand’s message of comfort, style and performance

experience imaginable. Of course, the Ecstatic Wave spa incorporates all of the quality construction features Passion Spas is known for, including molded base, synthetic frame, and thick fibreglass laminate backing the acrylic surface; everything needed to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment.

FOR A LESS CONVENTIONAL TUB CHECK OUT CALDERA’S GENEVA Supplied exclusively in the UK by Certikin International through its network of Caldera dealers, the luxurious six-person Geneva from the Utopia Series is a spa that showcases the leading brand’s message of comfort, style and performance. There is no skimping on space, it’s a large spa, measuring 226cm x 226 x 97cm, featuring uniquely contoured ergonomic seats to provide the benefits of buoyancy to realign your body. Two 2.5hp pumps and 55 powerful jets deliver true Hot Tub Circuit Therapy. This feature-heavy spa is loaded with the Atlas Neck Massage System™, UltraMassage™ Lounger and Dual Euphoria™ lower leg massage jets to home in on those areas of the body that benefit most from hydromassage. The spa offers stunning, contemporary looks and LED lighting, including the Acquarella Waterfall, which all combine to provide a centrepiece for any setting. The spa shell is available in White Pearl, Platinum, Tuscan Sun, Arctic White and Midnight Canyon with the option of Chocolate, Slate or Taupe for the marine-grade vinyl cover. Featuring the highly efficient FiberCor insulation and Caldera’s EnergyPro™ Circulation pump which operates at a very low wattage, operating costs are kept to a minimum. All Utopia Series spas can be paired with the Freshwater Salt System as well as the option of adding a Bluetooth music system. All Caldera hot tubs come with one of the most complete warranties in the business. Caldera is manufactured by Watkins Wellness – the global industry leader responsible for building more than one million hot tubs. 19/10/2021 23:51

HIGH-END HOT TUBS WELLIS’ PEAKLINE RANGE DEMONSTRATES THEIR LATEST AND GREATEST MODELS In the space of just a few short years, Wellis has become one of the world’s influential manufacturers of hot tubs and spas and recently teamed up with SCP UK to ensure complete coverage and support across the UK. 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 companies’ 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 additional control panels and the Wi-Fi 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 Elbrus 230. This well equipped spa has many features: recessed jetting for ultimate comfort, UV-C water sanitiser to help reduce the need for chlorine, illuminated water fountain, Aquasoul™ Pro 2.1 Pop-Up Sound System, two antimicrobial filters, chromotherapy LED lighting, Central LEDs and StarLight™ illuminated corner elements, aromatherapy features, plus much more. This hot tub has been designed and engineered to provide total comfort and performance. It’s been a popular choice for many families and it’s easy to see why. The well equipped Elbrus 230 spa from Wellis sits within the company’s high-end PeakLine range 41-43_SPN_October_2021_Hot_Tubs.indd 43

Available through the team at Superior Spas, the Executive range is the flagship of the Be Well brand

Range-topping hot tub models are a chance to fully showcase a brand’s design capabilities, imagination, quality and much more to potential customers. In short, they’re a brand’s flag-bearers” SUPERIOR’S BE WELL EXECUTIVE MODELS INCORPORATE OPTIONS AS STANDARD Available through the team at Superior Spas, Canadian spa manufacturer Be Well has produced a high quality product that is designed to withstand the world’s toughest climates. Built with a very heavy duty frame, a thick pan base and utilising a perimeter heatlock insulation process, Be Well truly reflects quality. The Executive range is the flagship of the Be Well brand and is made up of three high-end models: the Winnipeg E585, the Vancouver E680 and the Edmonton E770. By creating the Executive range, the company wanted to offer spas with an exclusive design – plush spas equipped with all the technologies at their disposal. Therefore no options exist in the Executive range, as they are all included as standard. Each one contains carefully positioned water jets so users can experience the best directional water placement to reduce stress and soothe tired muscles. These top-quality hot tubs are available in a range of sizes and can accommodate five to seven people. Moulded seating has been ergonomically designed to provide maximum comfort while immersed in the heated water. Be Well hot tubs include the latest technological features with Bluetooth connectivity for music and LED lighting to create a soft and relaxing atmosphere. Sitting in the middle of the range, the Vancouver is a large family spa offering

hydrotherapy via 80 jets along with air therapy, giving users the best of both worlds when it comes to massage. Styled with a curved front and back, this spacious six seater is jam packed with high-end features, such as touch screen controls, bluetooth music and in.clear water purification from Gecko. There’s also impressive underwater lighting, including backlit jets and water features. If style and build quality what you’re after look no further.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Artesian Spas 01302 730295 Certikin International 01993 778855 Passion Spas +31 57 745 6040 Sunbeach Spas 01623 706185 Superior Wellness 01246 559071 Wellis +36 29 564 380

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his spectacular residential pool demonstrates the prodigious talent of Wearside-based pool contractor, Whitewaters, in creating spectacular, technically-advanced swimming pools and the lengths it goes to, to achieve the desired result. Designed for some serious swimming, Certikin takes a bow in being the supplier of the project’s filtration, environmental control and auto chemical dosing system. This is no ordinary pool. Complex, both in build and operation, this 25m x 5m residential training pool is fitted with a sophisticated lap pacer system. Whitewaters’ Managing Director, Mick Guthrie, explained: “The client is an avid swimmer and required a number of competition-style features. Our challenge was to incorporate these

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features without compromising the general aesthetics of this high specification property. I am satisfied we achieved it and we certainly have a very happy customer. The project displays excellence in both aesthetic design and technical complexity and we welcomed the part that Certikin’s products and technical expertise played in it.” As Theodore Roosevelt once said: “Nothing worth having comes easy” and so this pool proved. What should have been a nine month build, turned into 18 months due to difficult site conditions and the delays wrought by COVID-19. Every detail of the project was meticulously researched and executed. A single storey contemporary hilltop home, a large-scale extension was added to form the pool hall which, when you enter, you are bowled over by its striking 35m feature wall adorned with 3m slabs of Corten-effect porcelain. Porcelain is also used in the pool’s contrasting black lane markers and turning crosses. Bespoke stainless-steel channels are recessed into the pool’s lane markers to carry LED light strips which allow pace, stroke and tempo to be set at the poolside via a smartphone app. This permanent built-in solution was designed and installed by the Whitewaters team using technology sourced from the US. The starter blocks are another bespoke feature, again manufactured from stainless steel inset with porcelain to match the pool surround. Less obvious, but nonetheless integral to the pool’s performance, is its environmental control system, and for this, Whitewaters turned to Certikin to supply a Calorex Delta 12. Featuring touch screen technology in a unique multi-functional single unit, the Delta takes 19/10/2021 23:59


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full control of the pool’s indoor environment and pool water heating. At the opposite end of the hall, Whitewaters constructed a small leisure pool featuring an inset sunken spa complete with bench seats, massage jets, a lounger with twin air strips and a shallow children’s play area. Elsewhere in the pool hall is a hot yoga room, with large floor-toceiling frameless glass panels, lined with Abodo Vulcan timber with benches to match, concealed LED strip lights, and a 24kW exposed stone feature stove. Fundamental to the overall beauty of both pools is Certikin’s automatic dosing system which provides a reliable source of pristine clear water combined with minimum maintenance. Mick added: “We used two Certidos WCP dosing systems, one for each pool. We use these on the majority of our high-end projects as we know it will do everything we need at a reasonable cost but, and more importantly, in the event of there ever being a problem we know we can always rely on Certikin and its excellent service record to sort it out. It’s called buying peace of mind.” Certikin’s exclusive Vision bobbin wound domestic filters are bestsellers in their sector so it’s no surprise that this plantroom features three. The filter offers unrivalled features such as a large 10-inch wide clear lid making sand changes quicker and easier and a dual dump port arrangement means a small outer cap can be removed for drainage and a larger secondary cap assists with the removal of the media. The Top Mount Vision is the only one of its kind to feature a clear valve mounting ring, allowing full view of the filter in operation whilst the pump is running. 44-45_SPN_October_2021_Project_Showcase.indd 45

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Tiled Spa Solutions Are Tough To Beat Thanks to providing a combination of unique finishes, installation flexibility and a durability that’s hard to beat, it’s no wonder tiled spas and swim spas are enjoying a lot of success, especially within the commercial sector. Their bespoke nature has also made them a hit for high-end domestic installations and designers also love them thanks to the variety of choices on offer. With options expanding year-onyear, this issue, we take a look at some of the robust solutions that are offering a compact luxury water experience By Jon Wadeson


hat’s it to be… a fabulous looking project with the wow factor or a functional and economical relaxing space for a spa, holiday park, leisure complex or even the home? Thankfully, with the developments, improvements and sheer choice on offer within the tiled spa and swim spa sector, there’s no need to choose between form and function anymore. Both can be accommodated within a single, bespoke and durable package and it’s this that is the key to the success of tiled spas and swim spas. Tiling and mosaic finishes offer a perfect way to create beautiful, bespoke products and whether for an everyday, special place to relax in or for a top luxury hotel, tiling provides the perfect, flexible solution and can provide something that is extra special that will last for many years. With a vast amount of options available for style and design, there’s no need to compromise as the results which can be obtained from these varied and flexible products means that anyone can be the proud owner of a truly unique spa. Everyone likes to think that something they own is just that little bit different and a tiled spa or swim spa is the perfect platform to enabled this to be achieved.

space. The swim spa comes complete with swim jets, equipped with a supercharger and air blower, a patented compressed air massaging system, as well as the famous Venturi Massager. Equipped with an exclusive design of swimming against a current, the company’s swimming spas are provided with three swim jets, augmented by 3 highpowered, automatic pumps which can be adapted to the needs of the swimmer (25 to 90 cubic metres per hour). Easy to maintain, they are equipped with a very efficient insulation system. Spa De La Mare’s continued success can be attributed to their non-comprise attitude to quality and the dedicated team of technicians who see all projects through from start to finish. They have worked with everyone from A-list celebrities and royalty to the man on the street – clients that have in common an appreciation of the value and sheer quality of the Spa De La Mare range of products. Whilst already having a vast stable of products available to the industry covering

domestic, commercial and bespoke spas alongside their swim spas range, their previous experience in providing wellness solutions to the cruise ship industry has also opened the doors to the Super and Mega Yacht sector.

HAND CRAFTED INNOVATION FROM CHESHIRE WELLNESS Established in 1965, Cheshire Wellness is a family-run business with a proud history in the design, construction and manufacture of pools, experience rooms, wellness products and of course, tiled spas. All of their products are hand crafted which allows them to accommodate anyone’s requirements. With a 30,000 sq ft factory, Cheshire Wellness are one of Europe’s largest spa shell and pool manufacturers which allows them to have up to 40 tiled spas in production at any given time. The company liaises very closely with developers, architects and interior designers throughout the design and build stages Spa De La Mare’s swim spa range offers an unmatched quality with a finish of Briare porcelain which gives them a unique character

TILED SWIM SPAS A SUCCESS STORY FOR SPA DE LA MARE Guernsey-based Spa De La Mare can confidently claim to be one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of fully tiled spas and swim spas, having now spent over 40 years as one of the leaders within the sector. Tiled swim spas have been a particular success story for the company. Created using the same concept as the company’s multi-jet hydrotherapy spa pools, Spa De La Mare’s swim spa range offers 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 47+48+50_SPN_October_2021_Tiled+Swim_Spas.indd 47

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TILED SPAS & SWIM SPAS to ensure that they exceed each client’s expectations. With an internal Contracts team, each project is assigned a manager to oversee construction to completion – ensuring all aspects adhere to SPATA and PWTAG regulations. Cheshire Wellness are highly regarded for their creativity, dedication and innovative ideas. It is through these skills and values that they are able to provide all clients with their own unique and grand spa. Whether it’s for a domestic client or for a hotel, leisure centre or school, Cheshire Wellness combine luxury with style, functionality with quality and aesthetic brilliance with an exquisiteness. For residential clients, whether a tiled spa is outdoors or part of an extension, the company ensures that it is built with the highest level of care, meeting all requirements and exceeding all expectations. As you would expect, the same level of care and attention to detail applies to commercial installations too where the company’s innovative and unique designs blend in

GMT Spas International is uniquely placed within the spa industry and focus on manufacturing what they believe are the highest quality products on the market today

perfect harmony with the architect and landscape of the venue, giving clients the feeling of being in a luxury 5* resort.


Cheshire Wellness are highly regarded for their creativity, dedication and innovative ideas

Over the past few years GMT spas has established itself as the leading manufacturer of mosaic tiled spas, gaining many new exclusive contracts such as AstralPool UK and Certikin International as well as maintaining excellent relations with their own long-term loyal customers including a growing oversees clientele through representatives in Europe. The company are uniquely placed within the spa industry as they are the only UK spa manufacturer not to install. This business model of supplying to the trade only enables GMT to concentrate on, and remain true to their ethos of manufacturing superb high-end quality products. It also gives assurance to customers that they will never compete for contracts. GMT Spas work closely with designers, architects and pool installers, merging their extensive knowledge and with flair to produce bespoke luxurious spas, swim

spas and hydrotherapy pools to fulfil the needs of the most exacting clients. As a result, GMT have been involved in many award winning and elaborate projects. The company’s graduate run drawing office uses the latest 3D design to produce working drawings and 3D renders for clients. They also Finite Eliment Analysis (FEA) a stress testing programme which enables them to test the integrity of a product before it goes into production, eliminating problems such as excess deflection and pressure on surrounding structures – essential on yacht, balcony or rooftop projects. By using FEA, the life of the spa is prolonged due to the exacting design. Using the finest marine quality materials and the expertise of an experienced workforce, GMT Spas are able to produce a range of products that are as unique and individual as their clients. GMT are committed to manufacture a quality product for each and every customer – be that a spa from their standard range or an exclusive design – and they are the only UK Spa Manufacturer to offer a ten-year shell warranty.

CASE STUDY TILED HYDROTHERAPY SPA HELPS WICKWOODS REACH FOR THE STARS Displaying the brilliant craftmanship of West Sussex-based Fowler Swimming Pools, the multi-million-pound Spa Garden at Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa near Brighton was one of last summer’s success stories. Set amongst 22 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland within the South Downs National Park, the beautiful Spa Garden is part of an investment by The Hunter Group to establish Wickwoods as the leading lifestyle venue and private members club in the south. Given the brief to create a year-round facility, a sheltered sun deck with a swimming pool, tiled hydrotherapy spa, bio sauna and heated loggia, Fowlers took their

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inspiration from a Nordic Spa. Proudly lying alongside the pool is a bespoke deck level spa. The enticing fully tiled mosaic spa (5m x 3.5m x 0.9m) features stainless steel fittings, a combination of 70 various sized water jets including air to give its users a therapeutic, all over body massage. To add atmosphere, the spa is fitted with mini

colour changing LED lights. Delighted with the result, Lee Goossens, MD of The Hunter Group, declared: “As a high-end residential and commercial developer, the collaboration between ourselves, Fowler Swimming Pools and Certikin has produced an exceptional facility, adding value to the underlying asset value and enhancing the client experience. The eye-catching, newly added outdoor swimming pool and hydro pool mean that members of the popular country club can now enjoy the mature woodland setting.” Fowler Swimming Pools 01403 864373 20/10/2021 00:00

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TILED SPAS & SWIM SPAS CERTIKIN – THE HOME OF THE TILED SPA AND MUCH MORE For exemplary sales and technical support coupled with trust and reliability, when it comes to purchasing a tiled spa, it’s hard to beat Certikin. Manufactured in the UK, the highly versatile Certikin tiled spa is available for domestic, light commercial and heavyuse overflow applications. It is the perfect solution for new build or refurbishment projects, and particularly where access is a problem, as it comes with the option of being delivered in two halves. Fully tiled from the factory in eye-catching glass mosaics, the spa is re-joined on site and the joint hidden by tiling over with the matching tile strips provided. Alternatively, the customer can provide their own choice of tiles. Available in any size, shape or design, skimmer or overflow, they vary from a twoperson 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. The Certikin tiled spa’s high specification can be tailored to each client’s requirements. Its features can include water hydrotherapy jets, air jets, underwater lighting, a floating heat retention cover and full support leg kit. Purchasing a tiled spa from Certikin does not stop at the spa shell; being the UK’s number one supplier and manufacturer of wet leisure equipment, the company are able to supply as part of the package the correct sized pumps, filters, air blowers, heaters, balance tanks and even the dosing for the complete one stop shop.

AWARD WINNING SOLUTIONS FROM RIGO SPA Rigo Spa is the UK’s leading manufacturer of GRP tiled spas and pools. Their awardwinning design and manufacture team are creating some of the UK’s most luxurious, unique pool and spa products that are robust, aesthetically stunning and huge programme

Produced in the UK, the highly versatile Certikin tiled spa is available for domestic, light commercial and as here, heavyuse overflow applications

With the developments, improvements and sheer choice on offer within the tiled spa and swim spa sector, there’s no need to choose between form and function anymore” savers for leisure builds, whether indoor or outdoor. They look and feel like concrete pools and spas but, are available faster, to factory enforced quality control conditions and huge money savers too, when compared to a concrete solution. This means whatever the vision, their creative design team can help make it happen. Their GRP tiled swim spas are a great way of combining relaxation, hydrotherapy massage and exercise. They can be designed and tailored to almost any size to suit any individual specific requirements and space availability. This incredible three-fold swim spa product allow bathers to choose the intensity of the swim against a counter-current system to

one end, whilst also offering the therapeutic relaxation of a hydrotherapy massage at the opposite end of the spa. From their 21,000 sq.ft manufacturing facility in Cheshire, Rigo Spa can create these luxury tiled swim spas in under eight weeks. The swim spas can also be split into multisegments to fit through access restrictions and can be finished aesthetically in many different tile options to fit the client’s specification. For a three-fold relaxation, hydrotherapy and exercise pool all in one product, this swim spas solution is a fantastic leisure addition to any property whether residential or commercial, indoor or outdoor, it suits all environments.

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Cheshire Wellness 0151 336 3417 GMT Spas International 01244 629252 Rigo Spa 0151 236 4259 Spa De La Mare 01481 701333

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Show Season Returns! With the domestic and international show season resuming after closures due to the pandemic, in this issue, we have show previews for three industry related exhibitions – aquanale in Cologne, Piscina & Wellness Barcelona and the Holiday Park & Resort Innovation show at Birmingham’s NEC By Jon Wadeson

AQUANALE 2021: ALL SET FOR THE RE-START Taking place from 26 to 29 October, aquanale, the International Trade Fair is returning to Cologne and is all set to go. As in previous years, aquanale will be co-located with FSB, the International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities. As one of the leading international trade fairs for the industry, it will play a key role in successfully relaunching the market, and is a must for anyone wanting to achieve success in the pool, sauna, wellness and ambience sectors. Only in Cologne do all industry players get a comprehensive overview of what’s new: the latest technologies, product innovations, process optimisations and visionary planning. The #B-Safe4Business hygiene concept and the new 3-G concept, CH3CK, which requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated, or have recovered from an infection within the last six months (but at least 28 days ago), or test negative for COVID, will ensure that all participants are completely safe. Attendees can find useful information and assistance for planning their travel to Cologne on the aquanale website. Around 180 companies from 25 countries will be exhibiting at aquanale, which this year will cover approximately 24,000 sqm in Halls 7 and 8 of the Cologne trade fair grounds. Fifty eight per cent of the exhibitors are from abroad. The strongest international presences come from France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, the Czech Republic, UK, Austria and Switzerland. The exhibiting companies will be showcasing every aspect of the latest products and designs for modern, sustainable 53+54_SPN_October_2021_Shows_Preview.indd 53

and innovative construction of pools and spa and wellness facilities. A trade fair is the ideal communication platform to give all market players an excellent and comprehensive overview of new technologies, smart concepts and product innovations. It’s also the only context in which it’s possible to have discussions and dialogue that are intensive enough to ultimately generate business and new leads. This is reflected in the strong presence of market-leading companies, which take vital inspiration from aquanale. Companies that will be represented at the event in Cologne include Fluidra, Riviera Pool, Speck Pumpen, Grando, Hugo Lahme, WDT, Fluvo Schmalenberger, Chemoform, Dinotec, Pentair, Hayward, Bünger & Frese, Maytronics, B&B Pool Systeme, Niveko, Alukov, Whirlcare Industries, Diamant Unionpool, Passion, Whitewater, BeWell Canada and Superior Wellness. All aspects of the public and private pool, wellness, sauna and spa sectors are now comprehensively represented at aquanale, on one platform and in six, clearly defined themed worlds. This is where German and international trade fair visitors from specialised pool construction companies, local authorities, water parks, architects and planning offices, hotels, day spas, gyms, sanitary, heating and air-conditioning companies as well as premium private visitors can convince themselves of the comprehensive and innovative spectrum of products, conveniently and with short walking distances. In addition, this year’s specialised event programme is guaranteed to provide international trade visitors and experts with added value and an edge in industry

knowledge once more. The connection between the private and public pool segments is to be the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum once again, which will take place for the ninth time in Cologne. On all four days of the trade fair the bsw (Association of Swimming Pools & Wellness e.V.) as aquanale’s conceptual partner will offer an informative and topical specialised programme in collaboration with IAKS (the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities). The programme is aimed at the target group of public pool operators but will also address technical and trending topics for pool construction companies, hoteliers, planners and architects. The diverse topics range from ‘Sustainability and digitalisation: innovation for public pools’ and ‘Examples of best practice from the IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes 2021’ to ‘Development of healthier and more sustainable pools’ and ‘Pandemic plan / re-opening public swimming pools safely’. The BDS (German Federal Association of Swimming Pool Professionals) will also be represented once again in the ‘Training/ Advanced Training/Continuing Professional Development’ section of the programme. In Hall 8, the European Waterpark Association (EWA) – the quality association for European leisure pools and thermal baths – will be presenting its EWA Village in collaboration with Koelnmesse GmbH, and showcasing the strengths of its member companies. Among those present will be Aquarena, Roigk, Beco Beermann Plettenberg, Klafs, Lutz-Jesco and other supporting members of the EWA. The focus this year is on dialogue with and among industry members, with the primary aim of discussing relevant issues for operators of leisure pools, water parks and public pools, and advancing ground-breaking concepts. The award ceremony for the winners of the EUSA AWARDS 2020 will also be held at aquanale 2021 to celebrate the best looking private outdoor and indoor pools, hot tubs, spas and pools with enclosures and covers. The awards have been presented every year since 2013 by the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) in cooperation with the bsw (German Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness) and other European swimming pool associations. The award ceremony, which will be hosted by Bert Granderath, President of

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Along with these world class exhibitors, visitors will be treated to some unmissable seminars from the likes of BISHTA/SPATEX, Lovibond and Bowman/SpaTech Training, covering topics which are bringing the latest innovations and inspiration to the forefront of minds! This year’s instalment is set to be the most exciting and comprehensive edition yet for the UK’s wet leisure sector. With world-class experts, enlightening seminars, sought-after suppliers, workshops, unrivalled networking, live features, plus panel debates all under one roof – these two November days are a must for anyone working within the wet leisure side of the holiday park and resort sectors. For peach of mind, the show’s organisers along with the NEC will be following government guidance, so anyone wishing to enter Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show will have to provide one of either proof of immunity to COVID-19, proof of double vaccination, or a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending.

Barcelona Building Construmat and Piscina & Wellness Barcelona will take place simultaneously from 29 November to 2 December 2021 at the Gran Via venue with the aim of contributing to the recovery of two fundamental sectors for the economy. Organised by Fira de Barcelona, these two trade shows have joined forces to provide greater added value to their offer on a platform providing a service to both the construction and swimming pool and wellness industries. Both events will be held in a hybrid format, with a face-to-face fair complemented by a virtual one, in an initiative that demonstrates Fira de Barcelona’s desire to help reactivate the economy. With this joint event, BBConstrumat and Piscina & Wellness Barcelona will be able to increase the number of business opportunities that can be established at the shows by reaching a wider potential professional audience, ranging from constructors and installers to managers of hotels, sports facilities, campsites and water parks, as well as architects, interior designers, landscapers and engineers. This year Piscina & Wellness Barcelona is launching a unique innovation programme with which it aims to revitalise and reveal new market solutions from the perspective and experience of the demand sectors and users of aquatic facilities. Thus, the trade fair will create spaces for communication, recognition and training open to professionals and companies where innovation will be addressed as a response to the uses of swimming pools linked to wellness, health and the community. Also new for 2021 is ‘The Outdoor Living Concept’, which will include a specific area for exhibitor companies who in turn will provide materials, products and services for the recreation of an outdoor living space, activity and demonstration areas and a seminar and conference room.

Holiday Park & Resort Innovation 0117 929 6087

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A trade fair is the ideal communication platform to give all market players an excellent and comprehensive overview of new technologies, smart concepts and product innovations” the EUSA and Vice-President of the bsw, will take place on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 5.15pm in Hall 7. aquanale +49 1806 603 500

HOLIDAY PARK & RESORT INNOVATION RETURNS WITH A FOCUS ON WET LEISURE Over 18,000 owners from across the holiday park and leisure industry will set up camp in Birmingham’s NEC on 10 and 11 November for Holiday Park & Resort Innovation 2021. As Europe’s largest event in the leisure and hospitality industry, the show is an unmissable opportunity for those within this sector, especially with last year’s show having been cancelled due to the pandemic. Visitors to the two-day event will be able to expand their knowledge on the industry, delivering first-hand expert advice on the latest trends and products. With a specific focus on the wet leisure sector this year, the event’s organisers have some incredible exhibitors heading to the Midlands venue, and with a few weeks still to go before the event takes place, even more may confirm their attendance. Companies to see from the sector over these two not to be missed days include: 1 Stop Spas, Aachen Wellness Sauna & Steam, Aqua Fun Project Group, Blue Whale Spa, Complete Pool Controls, Darlly Europe, Golden Coast, Jacuzzi Spa & Bath, Key Environmental Services, Lovibond Water Testing, Mosaic Spa & Health Clubs, Palm Spas, Spaeuro, Splash Pools, Sunbeach Spas, Suntrap Systems, Swiftclean, The Mosaic Spa Company, TWC (Services) Ltd, Ustigate Waterplay, Van Egdom and Wibit Sports.

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ENCLOSURES Swimex installed this fixed Galaxy enclosure, finished in anthracite and measuring 26.2m x 10m at St Stephens School to the delight of the pupils!

An Effective Addition To Garden-based Pools

Providing all year round swimming, regardless of the unpredictable UK weather, pool enclosures reduce both maintenance and running costs for both commercial and domestic owners, plus they offer built-in safety too. There’s no doubt that choosing an enclosure is an investment, but having one means owners can maximise the full potential of their swimming pool. From the big to the small and to suit any size and shape of pool, we take a look at the options that are available to provide under cover swimming across the UK By Jon Wadeson


f ever there was a right time to invest in an enclosure for a garden-based swimming pool, then the last 18 months have to have been just about perfect. With this year being even more so. With staycations becoming the increasingly normal and sensible thing to do, at least in the short term, pool owners in both residential and commercial sectors are opting for effective cover-ups that mean swimming and pool-based outdoor leisure time can continue way past the normal seasonal shut down. Instead of flying off to exotic locations, families are still looking to relax closer to home and where better to do this than around their own pool or at their holiday park facility. There is a wide selection of fabulous enclosures that come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the majority of site requirements and the most particular of customers too. So in this issue, we take a look at some of the glazed cover-up solutions that are available.

RELY ON THE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE OF SWIMEX Swimex UK are one of the country’s leading swimming pool enclosure suppliers, with over 57-60_SPN_October_Enclosures_Feature.indd 57

1,000 buildings installed throughout the country. Swimex are an established industry renowned supplier and have been providing pool enclosures for over 20 years to homes, hotels, leisure centres, holiday parks and schools. The team have extensive experience and whatever the shape, size and location of the pool, they have a pool building to suit all requirements. Installed pool enclosures are of the highest quality and built to withstand the British weather and come with a ten-year product guarantee. The company’s comprehensive hassle-free service goes from design, planning issues to installations and after care to provide onestop service. They can supply both Fixed and Telescopic enclosures, with any width, length or height to suit requirements. Design wise they can offer curved/arched or angled and can help choose what design would be best for the pool site. Swimex’s EasyGlide Telescopic Enclosures are designed to give each client exactly what is best for their needs, they don’t restrict clients to standard sizes. Their enclosures are manufactured to any length, width or height

and they offer a full choice of 180 colours to suit every requirement. An EasyGlide pool building can raise the water temperature of a covered pool by up to 12°C. The Swimex Galaxy fixed pool enclosures are great value for money and can be designed to be attached to a house or building, either at the end or on the side of the enclosure, allowing owners and users to walk straight into an all-weather pool area. They have been designed so that all the side walls can be lifted from the floor to a height of 2.1 metres allowing access to the pool from any point at both sides, giving the feeling of an outdoor pool but with a translucent roof above. Inside there is a minimum 2m walking height along the sides approx. 0.5m in from the sides.

FROM ASSEMBLY TO INSTALLATION – ALUKOV PROVIDES THE TOTAL SERVICE As UK weather is not always favourable, and over the last 18 or so months and with the pandemic meaning many pool owners are reluctant to travel, the aim of any enclosure is to extend the swimming season plus

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ENCLOSURES manufacturing to transport and even installation. Their preference is that the enclosures are fully pre-assembled in the factory and then transported in complete sections. This means that not only is the installation itself incredibly fast – half a day to one day, depending on size – it is also very clean. Alukov UK is based in Surrey and covers the whole of the country. As an extension of the factory in the Czech Republic, customers are talking directly to enclosure experts. Alukov are known as innovators within the sector and are constantly developing their products. Providing new shapes and models, using the best possible materials, employing fantastic craftsmen and providing a great, customer orientated approach are all part of the Alukov experience.

For a model that was ‘not too low, not too high’ – this Tropea NEO™ from Alukov fitted the bill perfectly and was supplied in four segments ready for on-site installation

With staycations becoming the increasingly normal and sensible thing to do, at least in the short term, pool owners in both residential and commercial sectors are opting for effective cover-ups that mean swimming and pool-based outdoor leisure time can continue way past the normal seasonal shut down” keep heat loss and maintenance of the pool to minimum – and that is exactly what all Alukov enclosures do. The company is very proud to present the widest range of enclosures from one manufacturer – from ultra-low, medium, high, free standing, lean-to and spa domes – all enclosures are fully bespoke and can satisfy any need. An example meeting needs was when a customer recently required a model that

was ‘not too low, not too high’ and Alukov’s Tropea NEO™ fitted the bill perfectly. The Tropea is a superb combination of the company’s spacious Laguna model and the low Elegant which provides an enclosure that fulfils all expectations. The design has higher vertical sides allowing owners to sit on the edge of the pool while still being under cover. It can be fitted with clear polycarbonate with UV resistance. Alukov provide a full service from

CUSTOM OPTIONS PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY FOR ALBIXON’S CLIENTS Albixon are a well-known around Europe and the Czech Republic-based manufacturer who are looking to establish more of a footprint in the UK. Established in 1990, the company are best known for their swimming pool enclosures and have been producing them for 25 years. Products are manufactured within Albixon’s own facilities using the most recent technologies and carefully selected quality materials. They are then stored in the company’s 50,000m2 warehouse where technicians perform the final thorough quality check before the products leave the premises. Products are delivered door-to-door with enclosures then assembled on site to ensure they work perfectly. A comprehensive range includes a number of standard sizes and options, with further custom alternatives also being offered. If a low-level telescopic enclosure solution

CASE STUDY: AQUACOMET’S THE SOLUTION FOR DEVON POOL OWNER For this Tiverton pool owner, who was looking to get the most out of the family’s new swimming pool, installing an Aquacomet enclosure from Certikin, with all its flexible options, was a no-brainer. Somerset based pool builders, Purepools were given the brief to create a good family-sized indoor pool at a farm overlooking the stunning Lowman valley. Located on the hillside, it affords breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside but the downside is its exposure to the elements. Installing an enclosure to maximise the pool’s use was a decision made at the outset. Manager of Purepools, Stewart Skinner said: “The site is subject to strong winds so swimming without some sort of enclosure would, on most days, be unpleasant. I had no hesitation in recommending Certikin’s Aquacomet enclosures as I have fitted them in the past using their team of installers and it has been a very straightforward process. They look good, are robust and are highly versatile. “For this site, I chose a lean-to telescopic enclosure which opens from the middle. The garage was converted to make a changing room which the pool adjoins.” Delighted with the result, the owner says: “My two teenage boys enjoy hours of fun in the pool and it is a good focus for family entertaining. Thanks to the enclosure, the pool season is greatly extended and we could, if we want, swim all year.”

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Albixon’s ultra-low profile Sydney was developed in cooperation with automotive designers and features elegant curves and unique look

is required, the Casablanca Infinity is a modern looking choice. This low enclosure, which makes a very discreet first impression in the garden, features angular clear roofing material, futuristic carbon design and low Air rails. Glazing consists of 4mm compact carbonate with UV stabilisation and the Casablanca Infinity has a removable front panel, supporting L profiles and a side entrance within the biggest module. Another low-level telescopic model within the range is the Sydney, which was developed in cooperation with automotive designers. This relatively new ultra-low profile option features elegant curves and unique look. Glazing again consists of UV stabilised 4mm compact carbonate and this model offers a left or right guide rail location option. The Sydney is sure to make a statement in any environment and is available in four sizes as standard. With custom options available on many of the enclosures within the Albixon range, including for size and colours (over 40) on the

Swimming Pool Enclosure Benefits

• A pool enclosure can be a highly worthwhile investment to extend the season; keeping it covered and warm well into the winter and keeping out leaves and snow. • The polycarbonate material used for most enclosures also helps to protect swimmers from harmful UV rays in the height of summer, as well as sheltering from any unwanted insects and wildlife. • An enclosure decreases the amount of chemicals that are required to look after the water. • Additionally, cost savings can be made with the addition of a pool enclosure; they shelter the water meaning less water evaporation and with a reduction in heat loss, owners will see utility bills are reduced. • Many of the models come with secure locking systems, making it almost impossible for children to be in the pool unattended. Slips and falls can also be reduced by keeping the surrounding ground covered from ice and rain. • Great for extending the home and creating an additional living space.

supporting structures, there’s an enclosure solution for every possible situation.

NORSUP POOL ENCLOSURES FROM BOSTA UK The ultimate in swimming pool comfort Unobtrusive, solid and available through Bosta UK, Norsup’s Supreme Line combines modern design with sophisticated functionality 57-60_SPN_October_Enclosures_Feature.indd 59

is achieved with indoor swimming pools but budgets, space and planning are all traditional factors in deciding whether an indoor pool is an option. By choosing a Norsup pool enclosure, there is another option to gain ultimate indoor pool comfort at a fraction of the price. Whether it is a simple pool covering or a walk-in pool house, with their new enclosures range, Norsup has cost effective options to maximise the pool design. Norsup is synonymous with quality design and their pool enclosures range follows this ethos. Manufactured by a well-known company with 26 years’ experience in producing quality pool enclosures, they have four different options of pool enclosure that can accommodate any size of pool, plus with different finish options, there is a design suitable for all. The Supreme Line combines modern design with sophisticated functionality. The flat track on one side allows easy access to the pool. In three different colours, the roofs harmoniously fit in every garden. The Premium Line is both subtle and classic in its design. The flat tracks on both sides are inconspicuous and guarantee easy opening and closing of the roof. The Pro Line offers the most space with a height of up to 1.90m. Thanks to the universal structure of the roof and the optional revolving door, it is also ideal for

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ENCLOSURES pools with access in the middle. Lastly the Basic Line is a classic and medium-high canopy, which is universally suited for every pool. It offers all the advantages of a pool roof at a competitive price. The design of all Norsup enclosures has been made with easy installation in mind. The sections of pool cover run on easy-to-fit tracks for seamless opening and closing. The manufacturer can also fit windows and doors for easy access plus safety locks too.

The range from Salisbury-based Extending Outdoors includes telescopic enclosures from French brand Azenco

EXTENDING OUTDOORS LEISURE – AN ALL-EMBRACING RANGE The team behind Salisbury-based Extending Outdoors Leisure have been installing retractable swimming pool enclosures for more than 25 years. The company design, supply and fit made to measure swimming pool enclosures anywhere in the UK. Alternatively, they offer standard and supply only pool enclosures as well as a DIY option enabling end users and owners to save on installation costs. The company offer two brands meaning the product range is extensive with exclusive products from Polish company Aluna and French brand Azenco. The buildings can be fixed or retractable are made to measure and can be single or double glazed. Commercially they offer far more insulated buildings whether fixed or retractable than others. This is particularly true of schools as some local authorities decline plastic swimming pool enclosures due to their cost to maintain a suitable environment all year as those products do not offer much heat insulation and costs may be excessive to heat in the colder periods if used all year. Up to a ten-year warranty is offered on the build and installation, plus there is a 15-year warranty on the glazing. There are other products available for spas and hot tubs, retractable garden rooms, retractable buildings for restaurant, hotel and other concerns who seek a quick economical extension to cover a patio area, outside eating area, reception area etc. There is also the option to not only replace Certikin’s Endless Summer Enclosure is fixed along its length allowing all windows and wall sections to slide up into its roof

older pool buildings but also refurbish some as a more economical option. In short, whatever a customer is looking for, Extending Outdoors Leisure can offer a solution, especially as they have a sister company whose garden patio ideas transform outdoor living spaces.

ENCLOSURES FROM CERTIKIN – AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE A pool enclosure can be a highly worthwhile investment to extend the season; keeping it covered and warm well into the winter and keeping out leaves and snow. Certikin have a huge range of enclosures, which are suitable for any pool size or shape and will fit into most environments due to the colour options and styles that are on offer. Great for extending the home and creating an additional living space, many of the models come with secure locking systems, making it almost impossible for children to be in the pool unattended. Certikin’s AQ Box DIY Pool Enclosures are entry-level structures which are supplied flatpacked and ready to build. These enclosures come in three different sizes with a choice of two glazing options. Everything is supplied in a box together with an assembly manual making them a fast and cost-effective way

to fit a high-quality pool enclosure. With a uniquely low profile and solid design, the AQ Box enclosure is perfect for those looking for a simple yet durable solution The most popular model in Certikin’s range is the Endless Summer enclosure. It is fixed along its length, which allows the windows and wall sections to slide up into the roof, leaving the sides open – a key advantage over traditional enclosure models. The rigid and durable structure offers elegant and graceful aesthetics while still retaining key safety and protective features. Each enclosure comes equipped with a double wall polycarbonate roof, while the side doors and wall endings of the pool enclosure are constructed from solid, transparent polycarbonate panels. For those who desire the least intrusive pool enclosure possible, the Horizontal enclosure combines an ultra-low telescopic design with durable construction. It’s perfect for spaces where height may be an issue without compromising on strength and flexibility.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Albixon +420 777 795743 Alukov UK 0118 940 6789 Bosta UK 01284 716587 Certikin International 01993 777200 Extending Outdoors Leisure 07718 180511 Swimex UK 0800 804 8025

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Swimming On The Spot Unlike jetted alternatives, the Fastlane from Certikin generates a wide block of crystal clear, bubble-free and completely adjustable water flow

When it comes to increasing the functionality of smaller pool spaces, countercurrent systems are perhaps one of the most effective add-ons for both new and existing installations. The technology has been a driving force behind the success of swim spas and an increasing number of pools are now incorporating them. Affordable and easy to install, they deliver a more complete experience and in this issue, we take a look at the brands that are providing the power behind these systems By Jon Wadeson


ools of all shapes and sizes have become a popular and welcome addition to many homes during the pandemic, but there’s a number of reasons why a larger swimming pool isn’t always a possibility or even a necessity. Perhaps there is a restriction on space or budget. There may also be aesthetic reasons why a large pool just won’t work within a certain setting. Whatever the reason, sometimes a small pool is the only suitable option but whilst they can be a lot of fun, they can also just seem to lack that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ – and often, it’s the ability to enjoy a good old-fashioned and proper uninterrupted swim. For the owners of many pools, the solution is a counter-current system – a product which enhances the usability of smaller installations, adds some much-needed wow factor and somewhat levels the playing field against their much bigger rivals. In a number of ways, it could easily be argued that they actually surpass them. Once installed, a counter-current system makes it possible to have unlimited pool fun, swim for as long as a user likes, plus their introduction can often provide hydrotherapy options too. With built-in and over-the-wall options available, there are no excuses for not exercising in smaller pools or maximising their full potential, and we take a closer look at some of the counter-current options that are available.

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The Fastlane Pro from Endless Pools sits at the top end of the Certikin range and is a product which effectively turns a swimming pool into a health club. Athletes love the adjustable speed swim current and, for those in training mode, it is also possible to add Fit@Home which lets the customer control their Fastlane Pro from any smart device, meaning that you can programme and repeat advanced, multispeed ‘interval’ workouts. What sets this counter-current apart is that the turbulence-free water stream is wider than the swimmer’s body and deeper than any swim stroke, yet it is narrow enough not to impinge on other swimmers. Unlike jetted alternatives, the Fastlane generates a wide block of crystal clear, bubble-free and completely adjustable water flow, delivering a fast, smooth swim current up to a 1:14/100m pace (a necessity for any serious swimmer). It’s suitable for almost any pool – free Fit@Home lets customers control their Fastlane Pro from any smart device

form or rectangular: gunite, vinyl or fibreglass; new construction or retrofit. The required minimum water depth is 0.9m. It’s particularly suitable for small swimming pools as it lets users swim for as long as they like without turning. Certikin also supplies its own branded entry-level counter-current system – an affordable option designed for small private pools. It is equipped with a 3hp pump to create an adjustable counter-stream of water. The directional inlet allows a 15° inclination in any direction and also features an adjustable air/water mixer for a relaxing bubble massage effect.

GOLDEN COAST HELP SWIMMERS TRAIN HARDER As a leading wet leisure distributor, Golden Coast offers one of the widest ranges of counter-current units on the market today. For those looking to up their training, they provide athlete-level systems like EVAstream, from Dutch manufacturer EVA Optic – a counter-current unit that delivers a powerful jet of water to swim against to help build strength and conditioning. “EVAstream was designed to challenge swimming ability,” explained Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast. “It can be used to improve swimming technique and really enhances a physical fitness regime.” Compact yet powerful, EVAstream has a flow rate of 8.5 m/s (> 30 km/h) and has the option of using pre-programmed training modes – providing a challenging workout even for professional swimmers. The flow of water can be adjusted between 10% and 100%, so EVAstream can also

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COUNTER-CURRENT SYSTEMS Designed to challenge swimming ability, the EVAstream counter-current from Golden Coast

be used for lower-level activity such as rehabilitation, or just to aid relaxation when unwinding in the pool. EVAstream is extremely energy efficient and fits to a standard 16A 230V connection, with a consumption of just 2.2kW. It has been extensively tested to ensure it meets the most stringent safety standards, including DIN EN16582-1/2/3, EN16713-2, EN13451-1/3. EVAstream is available as a recessed model for new pool builds, or as a surface-mounted model for retrofitting onto existing pools. Golden Coast also offers the BADUJET Turbo Pro, which produces a soft, even flow of water for a more natural swimming experience. For more professional workouts, the stream of water can be regulated up to 350m3/hr at 1.8-4.1 m/sec, but even with the higher output and performance, remains extremely quiet. The Turbo Pro is available in two different designs, and as there is no drive shaft or shaft seal, wear is very low.


a counter-current system don’t have to be deprived of the pleasure thanks to the TREVI and TREVI LUX surface-mounted systems! Just fit them on the edge of the pool and plunge into fun. With a range that is constantly being enhanced, a wide selection of UWE’s countercurrent products are available through experienced specialists Jetstream UK who also carry spares to support the systems (including legacy units back to the 1970s) and distributor SCP.

German manufacturer UWE invented the counter-current system in 1967 and the creation of the company’s JetStream countercurrent systems has revolutionised the traditional swimming pool. By regulating the current, even small pools can become really exciting – and that goes for trained athletes as well. With a wide portfolio of counter-current systems, there’s a solution for a wide range of needs. Sitting at the top of the company’s range is the TriVA counter-current system. BINDER’S TURBINE COUNTERIt was designed with ambitious athletes CURRENT SYSTEMS FROM OCEA in mind and thanks to its innovative FLAT Ocea UK exclusively supply the increasingly technology, TriVA creates a flat, powerful popular range of turbine counter-current flow just below the water’s surface – right at systems from German manufacturer Binder. chest and shoulder height, right where an The built-in Hydrostar option offers a athlete needs resistance. Depending on the unique 24V turbine-driven fully submerged version, the pressure-sensitive single-button counter flow system which brings a natural PIEZO control offers three power settings: from 75 m3/h to 225 m3/h. To ensure an optimal flow channel, the WAVE safety filter inlet cover (included) should be installed directly opposite from TriVA. For customers wanting high performance for minimum outlay, popular choices are the EUROJET and DUNA compact systems. Featuring PVC ball valves, PVC pipes, and the control panel – all the components are preassembled and it takes minimum effort to install, but gives maximum pleasure. In variants from 11 to 18 litres per second, all with a swivel nozzle, fully adjustable Adding some style, UWE’s impressive flow, plus an air bubble bath. looking TriVA counterEven pool owners who do not current system have the option of retrofitting

CASE STUDY FASTLANE IS PERFECT SOLUTION FOR ENERGETIC FAMILY’S POOL When space is limited, the Fastlane from Certikin could be a solution. That was the answer provided by West Midlands Swimming Pools when an energetic family contacted them for a swimming solution,

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as Kay Cunningham from the Staffordshire based company explained: “We were approached by a family who were looking at installing a pool largely for exercise and sports purposes. They had previously tried out an Endless Pool and although they found the counter-current unit exactly what they wanted, they felt the off-the-shelf pool was too shallow for their purposes and didn’t have quite the finish they were looking for. The solution was to design a bespoke pool for them with the addition of a Fastlane counter current unit.” An existing building, which was being used

as a home office, lent itself perfectly to accommodate a 5m x 2.5m Faslaneequipped pool with a constant depth of 1.6m and adequate deck space. The Fastlane unit from Certikin is the Rolls Royce of counter-current units and is designed for athletes and serious swimmers as well as lesser mortals wishing to get the most out of their swimming pool. Having the benefit of remote control, the speed can be altered, with an optional LED display allowing monitoring of swimmers’ progress and speeds. After completion, Kay said: “The customer was absolutely delighted with how the pool fits into the space and highly rates the Fastlane’s performance.” Swimming Pools Midlands 01543 677476 20/10/2021 00:08

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COUNTER-CURRENT SYSTEMS swimming experience to any home pool. The patented technology has already received numerous prestigious awards, including a Golden Wave Award, a German Brand Award and a Plus X Award. As opposed to conventional counter flow systems, HydroStar generates a wide water flow which carries the body in the water similar to a natural river current, without splashing. Unlike pump-operated swim systems, there is no concentrated jet that causes unpleasant concentrated strain on the head or shoulders. The wide and regular overand undercurrent of the HydroStar engulfs the entire body. Hydrostar has a range of turbines that offer a flow capacity for all swimmers. Six standard performance levels are on offer with flow rates ranging from 160 to 550m3 per hour plus for particularly ambitious swimmers, there are two special sizes with flow rates of 600 and 1200m3/h. Flow velocities are fully adjustable between 1 – 3.2 m/s. As the units are turbine driven, a maintenance free, all-in-one flush fitting kit is offered which are available for all types of pool construction from concrete tiled, liner to panel or fibreglass construction. For existing pools, there’s the modernlooking EasyStar hanging system. Available in grey and white and, just like the permanently integrated version, the retrofit system is offered with the six standard performance levels and has all the benefits of a fullyfledged HydroStar system. Ocea partnership with Binder has grown over recent years leading to it becoming one of the most popular high spec countercurrent systems available. With a good mix of German engineering combined with UK based sales and service backup, the HydroStar and EasyStar products are perfect for all ranges of training whether it’s for health, fitness or elite swimmers.

THROUGH- AND OVER-THE-WALL UNITS FROM PLASTICA The X-Stream counter-current unit, made with a stainless-steel niche and grab rail, is Plastica’s new through-the-wall unit. It’s easy to install, gives a neater finish and is more powerful than overthe-wall alternatives. There are two options for the X-Stream. The single kit comes with a Nardoself pump and produces 60m3/h output. Alternatively, the X-Stream duo, which comes with two of the Espa wiper pumps and gives an impressive 100m3/h output. Each X-Stream kit option comes with a complete plumbing kit and counter-current controller. The

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Binder’s HydroStar counter-current turbine system is available through Ocea UK

A counter-current system makes it possible to have unlimited pool fun, swim for as long as a user likes, plus their introduction can often provide hydrotherapy options too” duo unit has a sequential start system, so the pumps have a start delay between them. The X-Stream is especially suited for the range of wooden pools manufactured by Plastica. It uses pneumatic on/off switches, accessible from the pool to keep any electrics away from the bather and also features directional nozzles for fine adjustment of the flow. Perfect for a small size pool where space is limited, Plastica also sell the Counter-current Jet with white LED Light Kit which is ideal for fitness training, underwater massage and endless no-lap swimming. The Jet can be used as a single or double jet system with one or two pumps. The counter-current face plate is fitted with a white LED light, along with the On/Off light switch for ease of access while in the water. The unit is made

from a durable ABS structure, and is suitable for installation in concrete and liner pools. If an over-the-wall unit is needed, new to Plastica’s BADU® Jet range this year is the Stella, which has two swivelling nozzles. This model comes with White or RGB LED colour changing ambient lighting for night exercise or an atmospheric and relaxing swim. It joins the existing Perla or Riva units and all three can be used as a simple retro-fit in any swimming pool.

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If an over-thewall unit is needed, the twin nozzled Stella (left) has joined the Perla (right) in Plastica’s BADU® Jet range

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‘No Need To Panic As Stocks Run Low’ In this latest issue, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams asks: “What has happened to the global supply chain and how is it affecting our industry?”


hen you read the headline to this article the word that sticks out is ‘panic’ and like Clive Dunn warbling ‘Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring’ in ‘Dad’s Army’, the very thing it exhorts you to do is to panic. The mere thought of a shortage of something sends people into a scarcity mindset where they stampede towards the biggest pile of – for instance, loo rolls – and start buying, whether they need them or not. For example, on 23 September the country was in a fairly normal state for these times with the newspaper front covers predominantly concerned with Boris and his desire to avoid another lockdown over the winter. On 24 September The Sun’s front cover had a picture of a petrol pump nozzle and the headline, ‘WE’RE RUNNING ON EMPTY’ simply because half a dozen BP forecourts in Wales were closed due to a delivery issue. We all know what happened next.

into the supply chain. For now, they are stuck in the wrong place. Another container ship that became stuck in the wrong place was the Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container vessels that managed to run aground in the Suez canal blocking the shortcut for ships sailing from Asia to Europe. That one incident disrupted the 12% of global trade that normally passes through the canal each day.


AND SOMETIMES THE CRISIS IS REAL The fuel crisis was driven by a lack of drivers rather than a lack of fuel and some people blame Brexit for a shortage of HGV drivers, but the story is more complicated than that. The pandemic shut down all HGV training and so there were no new drivers to step into the cabs. The average age of a long distance lorry driver is 55 and many of them took early retirement. The pandemic also affected the DVLA in Swansea where there are thousands – yes, thousands – of new HGV licenses waiting to be sent out. We started to notice the strain on the courier companies that Golden Coast use back in May and even though we enlarged our delivery fleet, next day delivery became something that we couldn’t always offer.

THE ICE WE SKATE ON IS GETTING PRETTY THIN The supply chain is about manufacture as much as delivery. Towards the back end of 2020, spa steps began to be difficult to source and the reason turned out to be climate change. In February a freak weather event buried

Texas in an ice storm and caused a handful of chemical plants to shut down including several polymer plants. A shortage of polymer soon triggered a global plastic shortage. No plastic; no spa steps. Fortunately, we had increased our warehouse space and built up stock levels to help cover peaks and troughs in supply and demand but it is startling how a single event in a foreign country can have such an impact.

ALL AT SEA Ninety per cent of the world’s goods travel by container ship. Two years ago a container cost about $4,000. Today the price is closer to $18,000 – that’s if you can find one – although we do know where quite a lot of them are. Moored off the western seaboard of the United States are hundreds of container ships waiting to get into port. Labour shortages caused by COVID are keeping them out at sea, unable to dock and unload. Those containers can’t be emptied and put back

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Moving stuff from A to B has become more complicated in order to shave costs and increase margins. Globalisation means that production of essential parts and products has been centralised in just a few manufacturing bases. All our eggs are in the one basket and it very often isn’t even our basket. The vast majority of semiconductor chips, which go in everything from saunas and spas to cars and computers, are made in China or Taiwan. A shortage of these chips has led auto manufacturers to cut production across the globe and, as wet leisure products become more and more technically advanced, it is certain to impact our industry too.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND The global economy and its hugely complicated interwoven supply chain looked to be robust and reliable and we had made a habit of embracing ‘just in time’ delivery. We thought we were looking at a calm and majestic swan gliding serenely across the water; we didn’t see the little legs paddling frantically below the surface. Things are bound to settle down but it might also be foolish to think we will go back to exactly how we were. For now it’s sensible to think ahead about what you might need and place your order in good time. You might think of increasing your stock levels so you have a bit of a cushion to protect yourself from shortages. You should build a bit of extra time into any installation or construction schedule; if you discover you don’t need it then that’s even better. And just keep on reminding yourself, whatever you do, don’t panic! Golden Coast 01271 378100 20/10/2021 00:09

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