THE INSIDER GUIDE TO SWIM SPAS

6 expert tips and 2 money-saving secrets.

If you’re looking for a way to have it all in a small space, a swim spa (also known as a plunge pool, endless pool or swimpool) is a great choice!

More affordable and easier to maintain than a small pool, a swim spa checks all the boxes for a busy, active family: entertainment (boogie boarding springs to mind), fitness (swim laps without a single turn), adventure (think kayaking!) and a relaxing soak (with therapeutic jets).

But you probably know all that already. You’re looking for the insider tips and money-saving secrets, right? Then we’ll get right to it.

You can install a swim spa almost anywhere (basement, deck, a sunroom, or in a small yard), but the size you choose will depend on how much room you have and what you dream of doing there. Prioritize to make sure you have room (and money) to do them well. Different sized swim spa also offer different experiences. A swim spa smaller than 12 feet is little more than a spot for one person to do aquatic aerobics. A medium-sized swim spa (14 to 16 feet) offers room for family fun and fitness. The largest swim spa offer the most room for swimming, soaking, entertaining and games of water volleyball.

Different sized swim spa also offer different experiences. A small swim spa (up to 12 feet) is little more than a spot for one person to do aquatic aerobics. If you love to soak, you’ll save money and get a better therapeutic experience from a hot tub. A medium-sized swim spa(12 to 16 feet) offers room for family fun and fitness. Large swim spa (17 to 18 feet) are great for larger groups and older kids. The largest swim spa offer the most room for swimming, soaking and games of water volleyball.

Questions to ask:

› What are the most important backyard activities for me and my family?

› Once I have a swim spa, how might I use my yard differently?

› What will we want to do the most in the pool?

› When do we plan to move?

› How might my family's needs change over that time?

THE NEXT STEP

Measure and draw the entire area you want to put your swim spa. (Free online space planners are great if you want to forego the pencil and paper.) Be sure to incorporate all of the other features you want to keep or include, such as eating and lounging areas. If you want to use an outdoor swim spa in the winter, consider the experience you want to have getting to the pool as the mercury drops, as this may influence its location in your yard.

FROM THE EXPERTS

Consider these factors when locating your swim spa: the view (from inside and outside the pool), how you'll get in and out of the pool, where you'll store your hard cover while swimming and where splashes will go.

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