Swim spas are the ultimate backyard addition. They have features of both a swimming pool and a hot tub in one ultra-neat package. However, a swim spa is still its own unique item. While it’s easiest to describe one as a combination of a pool and a hot tub, swim spas are so much more. If you’re looking to get a swim spa, what exactly will you be getting? What will you be able to do in one? We only have limited space to discuss this here, so here are our top 4 uses for a swim spa.
Swim All Year Round
We live in Wisconsin, so there is no “option” of keeping your pool open for the winter like there is in warmer states. You absolutely have to close your pool in Wisconsin, which is a bummer. Swimming is great exercise, and a pool is a large investment. Some people don’t mind and want to only use their pool for part of the year, which is great option for some. But that’s not the case for everyone.
If you want to be able to swim all year round, then you could get great use out of a swim spa. Swim spas are big enough to swim in, and you can use the hot-tub-like jets to create a current. Plus, the heating system within a swim spa is designed to be used all year round, even in the winter. And if the idea of walking out to your swim spa in the cold snow makes you shiver, swim spas can even be installed within your home, as long as the structure can support a swim spa. So, you truly can swim all year round without having to go to an indoor public pool.
Teach Your Children How to Swim
It takes time to teach your children how to swim. As soon as you feel like you’re making progress, pool season is over and you have to stop. Then over the next nine months your children forget most of it, and you pretty much have to start over again. There’s a reason the school year always starts with a review of the previous year, and teachers are only dealing with a three month break from learning.
Pools are a great place for swim lessons — don’t get us wrong. But a swim spa allows you to teach your kids how to swim without interruption. No matter what time of year you begin swimming lessons, you can continue no matter the temperature outside.
Plus, a swim spa offers additional benefits you can’t get anywhere else. One of the main reasons kids learn to swim is to keep them safe. However, when you learn to swim in a pool, you only know how to swim in a pool. Unless there are a lot of kids jumping in at once, you’re just not going to get the same current as, say, a lake. But with a swim spa, you have the ability to use jets during your swimming lessons. As your children become better swimmers, you can add a current and adjust the speed as necessary. This doesn’t exactly resemble a natural current, but it’s a lot closer than no current at all! If an accident ever were to happen in the open water, your children will be much stronger swimmers than they would be without the practice in a swim spa.
Get a Great Workout
Swim spas aren’t just a great workout for your kids. They’re a great workout for you, too! In fact, our TidalFit® swim spas have optional fitness equipment you can use, like a rowing kit. Not only are you getting a swimming pool and hot tub combo, you’re also getting a home fitness center.
Plus, exercising in water is a great way to meet your fitness goals, no matter your ability. Just like the swim spa jets provide a challenge for your kids while you teach them how to swim, they also provide a challenge for your workout! If you like to swim, swim with a current. If you like to do water aerobics, do it with a current. And if you’re really looking for a challenge, work against the current. The increased resistance will give you a harder workout, but you’ll still have a lot of fun.
Amazingly, swim spas are also great if you’re looking for an easier workout. If you have conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia, or just need a lower-impact workout, a swim spa is a great location. Be sure to not use the current while doing your workout, but you can use the jets before and after to relax your muscles. During the workout, the buoyancy of the water will take pressure off of your joints. And, the heat will work to keep your muscles feeling great. You’ll be able to still get a great workout without stressing out your body too much.
Take Some Time for Yourself
A lot of times when you’re looking to get a pool or a swim spa for your backyard, you’re also looking to get something for your kids. You probably expected all of these top 4 uses for a swim spa to be about the kids. While a swim spa is great for kids, it’s great for you, too, and we want to make that clear. You deserve some you time, and you deserve it in your swim spa! It’s the ideal space for family members of all ages.
Swim spas are a great place for ladies’ night (or a men’s night, if you’re so inclined). Whether you want to do an activity or just hang out, there’s enough space for it. A hot tub is a little too small for all of your friends, and a pool just doesn’t have the seating you need. But a swim spa is absolutely perfect. And if you just want some time for yourself, you don’t have to tell anyone. Take the entire space for yourself. You truly deserve it.
With these top 4 uses for a swim spa, you’ll be off to a great start for year-round swimming. Come visit us at The Pool People. We can help you pick out the perfect swim spa and give you some more reasons why a swim spa is perfect for you.