For some builders who have traditionally found the installation of swimming pools to be challenging in some backyards—whether due to space or the homeowner’s budget—swim spas have opened the door to just about anyone looking for a large conventional pool. Swim spas, in a sense, are mini-versions of swimming pools, which can be installed just about anywhere, and accommodate swimming in place against a swift current. Where retailers truly benefit is the fact they can also promote the advantage of relaxation—especially after a swim or workout—in one of the jetted hydrotherapy seats these spas also offer.
When considering a swimming pool and hot tub addition to an outdoor landscape design, many homeowners select a hot tub that is integrated into the pool form. This not only creates a cohesive look, but also allows the hot tub to be used as a design element with water flowing over or out into the pool. This is a common design premise. Installation concepts for portable hot tubs, however, can be a little more challenging when trying to make them look as integrated as their built-in counterparts.
As public swimming pools, spas, and waterparks continue their explosive worldwide growth in popularity, the need likewise grows to maintain these facilities as safe and healthy recreational environments in every conceivable climate and setting. This remains a fundamental priority for everyone involved with the industry, from public health officials and equipment manufacturers to end users.
Water has been used in medicinal and/or therapeutic treatments for centuries. Sebastian Kneipp, a 19th century Bavarian monk, is sometimes said to be the father of many hydrotherapy methods. While he wrote several books, one of the most popular is My Water Cure. He believed that disease could be cured by using water to eliminate waste from the body.
In the world of increased health awareness and lifestyle enhancements, fitness spas, also known as swim spas, continue to be a popular choice among consumers seeking a hot tub for hydrotherapy, health, physical therapy and rehabilitation purposes. As their popularity increases, manufacturers remain focused on incorporating features into their fitness spas, which address various health issues and provide soothing alternatives to both physical and sleep therapy, in addition to rehabilitation. Today, fitness spas are not only backyard aquatic gyms; they are machines for improving health and overall quality of life.
In 2009, Diamond Spas Inc. (DSI), a custom fabricator of stainless steel and copper aquatic vessels in Frederick, Col., was approached by a client and her interior decorator with a vision of incorporating a custom metal swim spa into a luxury ‘getaway’ retreat she was building in…