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swim spas

Swim spa is perfect for all lovers of swimming! You can now have a small swimming pool in your garden or even in your house! Which swim spas are the best?

How do they work? The water pump creates strong water flow which you can swim against infinitely! Genius!

Swim Spa and a Hot Tub

The usefulness of the hot tub (Check out our inflatable spa buying guide) in cleaning as well as relaxing the body cannot be stressed more clearly in the modern setting. Life is going through such a fast pace that people have almost no time for rest and relaxation. The hot tub is one of the most convenient ways to relax that any person can find. Companies have decided to enhance this relaxation factor by adding features to the hot tub.

This resulted in different types of hot tubs. One of these types is known as the swim spa. This article will talk about the swim spa, its types, and its differences from the conventional hot tub.

Water flow in a swim spa


        Swim spas are essentially hot tubs that have integrated jets. The jets are used to shoot water towards the center of the tub which the user can then use to simulate the motion of swimming.

Actually, the jets shoot air which in turn pushes the water, resulting in the formation of a current. Aside from this usage, the swim spa can also be used similarly to how a Jacuzzi is used. The water jets provide a relaxing experience which can be shared with friends. Swim spas have a predetermined size which dictates the number of people that can simultaneously use the spa.

Usually, the smallest swim spas measure 12 feet in length with a maximum capacity of 5 adults or 1 swimmer. Swim spas also come in different types and are categorized based on their swim current.

The main feature of a swim spa is a powerful water jet

Differences between spas for swimming and ordinary hot tubs

        The main difference between swim spas and hot tubs except the water jet is that a hot tub is used for cleaning the body and passive relaxation while a swim spa is used for fun, swimming and therefore more active relaxation. Essentially, swim spas combine the functions of a hot tub and a swimming pool through the use of water jets. This means that swim spas can only be used when there is a power source nearby.

This results in higher energy consumption in the household. However, the benefits of swim spas outweigh this disadvantage by a clear mile. Think about it, wouldn’t you want a portable swimming pool at the cost of a little higher electricity bill? The answer to this question is definitely a yes.

swimming in a pool

How Does a Swim Spa Work?

        Swim spas follow a certain set of procedures before they can function. First, the swim spa should be inflated or set in a location that has a power source.

Next, the swim spa should be connected to the power source so that the jets and internal mechanisms would begin to function. The power source should be as prescribed by the instruction manual. Having a higher or lower voltage rating for the power source would result in malfunction and damage to the swim spa.

Next, water should be placed in the swim spa at a level that is indicated in the instruction manual. Finally, all that is left is to enjoy the pleasures of having a swim spa.

Types of Swim Spas Based on Swim Current

Swim spas are categorized as spa type or propeller type based on swim current. Spa type swim spas are those that have water jets that shoot air and water through nozzles. They provide a steady current and are useful for family fun. They are also useful for people who use swimming as a hobby.

On the other hand, propeller type swim spas move a vast amount of water at a given time to create the current. These swim spas use a system that simulates the formation of waves. These swim spas are for serious swimmers seeing that the current is stronger. Propeller type swim spas are also more expensive than spa type swim spas because of the complexity of the internal mechanism that is needed to propel a large amount of water. Both of these types can be purchased as either a built-in swim spa or a portable swim spa.

How deep is a swim spa?

Most swim spas are about 40 inches deep (1 meter), with some spas up to 51 inches deep.

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