Make a Splash This Summer: Using Your Swim Spa as a Pool

Summer is always more enjoyable when experienced from the refreshing crystal waters of a luxurious swimming pool. The pool is a fantastic place to cool off on a scorching hot day, get low-impact exercise when it’s too humid to jog, or gather together with loved ones to relax and spend some quality time.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the room on their property for a full-sized pool, and even if you do, you may still worry about the upkeep and maintenance required to keep that pool swimmable. For those who fall into either of those categories in Iowa, there’s a simple solution: a swim spa.

outdoor swimming spa with water on a modern patio at sunset

With a swim spa, you can enjoy all the best aspects of a swimming pool without the hassle and installation limitations. You can also take advantage of everything a hot tub has to offer without losing your ability to stretch out and swim. Take a closer look at how your swim spa can double as a swimming pool — and beyond — this summer.

What Is a Swim Spa?

The swim spa is a hybrid of a swimming pool and a hot tub. It’s smaller than a pool but larger than a hot tub. A swim spa can create its own current allowing you to swim in place. This allows for aquatic exercise with more versatility and simplicity than a full-sized pool.

Benefits of Choosing a Swim Spa Over a Pool

Full-sized swimming pools have their advantages, but there are certain situations where the swim spa is simply the superior option. If you’re stuck between installing a full-sized inground pool and a swim spa, consider these swim spa benefits to get a better idea of which might better suit your needs:

Easy Installation

swim spa installation

An inground swimming pool takes considerable excavation during the installation process. That excavation requires permits, and it also relies on there being nothing underground or overhead during the installation process that can cause problems, like power lines and piping.

Swim spas are faster and simpler to install — not to mention cheaper — and they can be placed in a wider range of areas. You can install a swim spa virtually anywhere. This not only makes planning out your installation easier, but it can also allow for greater creativity when designing the area.

Ample Versatility

On top of the wider range of places you can install your swim spa, you’ll also have the freedom to choose whether you want yours to be above-ground, partially recessed, or fully recessed. This adds a whole new dimension to the versatility that choosing a swim spa offers.

Perhaps the real versatility of the swim spa, however, is in its range of applications. A swim spa can serve as a place for recreation and relaxation, a hydrotherapy and recovery spa, and an aquatic exercise machine, as well as a place to cool off on a scorching hot summer day.

Consistent Value

Whether you opt for a swimming pool, a hot tub, or a swim spa, you’re going to be making a monetary investment. However, the overall value offered by each of those investments is not necessarily equal. Swim spas cost less than swimming pools, and yet they offer a majority of the benefits a swimming pool can provide.

Range of Amenities

Your average inground swimming pool is not going to offer amenities like comfortable seating, hydrotherapy jets, or heated water, but your swim spa absolutely will. You can get all of the benefits of a hot tub in your swim spa — with more space for more guests.

Year-Round Use

Person relaxing in a steaming swim spa outdoors surrounded by snow

Summertime is the best time to enjoy a refreshing, relaxing swim, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your swim spa no matter what time of year it is. The water in your swim spa is heated, which means that when the traditional swimming season ends, your swimming season doesn’t have to.

When you opt for a swim spa, you can keep enjoying your investment all throughout the year.

High-Quality Swim Spas in Iowa From WCI Pools & Spas

Finding the best swim spa for your family’s needs starts with turning to the right dealer.

At WCI Pools & Spas, we proudly offer a selection of swim spas featuring trusted brands like Jacuzzi and Hydropool.

Get started by contacting WCI Pools & Spas today!