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Phosphates and their relationship to algae in green pools

Win The War Against Algae This Season

Green swimming pool caused by algae formationWithout doubt, one of the most irritating things for swimming pool owners is the dreaded appearance of algae in your pool. Not being able to use the pool during the algae elimination process, the expense of treating the problem and so on.

It is a common problem amongst pool owners, and for many, when the algae is caught early and swift action taken to tackle it they find it easy enough to manage.

However, others may find despite that knowing how to clear the pool of algae and following the correct procedure, they are plagued by stubborn recurrences of algae – and are fed up of it!

If that sounds familiar, you may be experiencing an issue with the level of Phosphates in your swimming pool. Phos-what?! Allow us to explain…

What Are Phosphates?

Phosphates are pollutants that also happen to be a form of plant-food. They are present in rainwater, fertilizers for landscapes, soil and leaves – all of which can find their way into your swimming pool water. When the level of phosphates in water builds up over time, it provides an excellent food source for algae, which alongside light, water and carbon dioxide set the perfect conditions for algae to thrive in.

Green swimming pool caused by algae formationWhat Can Be Done To Stop Recurring Algae?

As mentioned above, algae requires four components to enable it to thrive; Light, Water, Carbon Dioxide and Food. By removing one or more of these components, algae will struggle and be unable to thrive. If you find that algae keeps making an unwelcome return to your swimming pool each year, you more than likely have a higher than desired level of phosphates present.

Testing For Phosphates

If all of this sounds familiar, it makes sense to test your water for phosphates. This can easily be done with the Lo-Chlor Phosphate Test Kit. Once you’ve identified a high phosphate problem, you can take the necessary steps to remove the phosphate (food) source, dramatically reducing the chance of persistent algae recurrence.

How Do You Remove Phosphates?

Lo-Chlor Starver XWhen conducting a shock treatment to kill off algae you typically conclude the treatment process with either a clarifier or floculant product to remove the dead algae spores from the pool water.  While this appears to resolve the problem, phosphate particles are very small and do not get removed at the same time. They remain in the water, waiting for the next batch of algae to emerge!

Fear not though, as there are products specifically designed to remove phosphates; Lo Chlor Starver Phosphate Remover and Lo-Chlor Starver X. These products are a natural composition of unique polymers and rare earth compounds, proven to safely and effectively remove phosphates from swimming pool water, ponds and fountains.

Both Starver and Starver X are fast acting while simultaneously increasing the efficiency of sanitisers and salt water chlorinators. There is no need to vacuum to waste as no residue settles in the pool and they are compatible with all pool treatment products and equipment.

We offer free, comprehensive advice on all manner of water chemistry queries and managing your swimming pool too of course, so please feel free to get in touch with any questions you have either by calling 02920 705059, emailing or visiting our swimming pool and hot tub showroom here in Cardiff. We’re here to help!



Heatsavr and Ecosavr, the liquid swimming pool cover

What is a liquid pool cover?

Heatsavr is an effective ‘liquid pool blanket’ for swimming pools and spas that replaces the need for conventional pool covers, greatly reducing heat loss and evaporation from exposed pool surfaces 24 hours a day.

Heatsavr is a patented, non-toxic, biodegradable and completely safe liquid that does not change the appearance or operation of your pool and has been fully tested by numerous independent authorities to ensure that it meets the health and safety standards required.

What are the benefits of Heatsavr over conventional pool covers?

  • Low capital cost
  • Quick payback – costs funded directly from savings
  • Available 24/7
  • No cleaning issues due to bacterial build up
  • Fully automatic – no cover to remove
  • Pool always ready to use
  • Ultimate reliability
  • Energy Savings up to 50%

Using Heatsavr for outdoor pools

An outdoor swimming pool before using Heatsavr Heatsavr works like conventional solar covers for outdoor pools by enabling the pool to benefit from direct solar radiation, so an unheated pool will be naturally warmer or a heated pool cost less to run. Savings relate directly to reduced evaporation and hence pool water heat loss. Heat savings of up to 40% can be expected using Heatsavr although actual savings will depend on location and usage.

Using Heatsavr for indoor swimming pools

In addition to savings on water heating, Heatsavr also reduces the overall energy usage which includes dehumidification and air heating. Reduced evaporation means less load on any dehumidification plant and when the pool is unoccupied the air temperature can be reduced to a set back level, resulting in reduced air heating costs. Dependant on building design and pool usage, overall reduction in energy costs can be as high as 50% when using Heatsavr compared to an uncovered pool.

Chemical Savings of up to 50%

An outdoor swimming pool after using Heatsavr liquid pool cover Whilst the chemical saving benefits of Heatsavr have long been recognised, controlled tests carried out on several outdoor pools during 2011 showed reductions in chlorine consumption of between 45 and 50% - economic justification alone for the use of Heatsavr without taking into account the energy savings!

How does Heatsavr work?

In non-technical terms Heatsavr is a mixture of carefully chosen ingredients which are lighter than water so the mixture automatically floats to the surface. The particles of the liquid are then attracted to each other so they always try to form a perfect, very thin layer - one molecule thick - over the whole surface of the pool. They are individually so small that they are 500 times smaller than the spaces in a super high quality filter so you won’t lose performance from your swimming pool filtration system.

Unlike a conventional pool cover which has to be removed from the pool for swimming, the Heatsavr molecules break apart locally whenever the water is sufficiently disturbed but when the water calms down again they regroup to re-form the protective layer.

Easy and inexpensive to install, it provides a reliable and accurate method of ensuring that the pool benefits from the maximum energy savings possible. Fully programmable to suit pool size and hours of operation, it only requires a periodic check of the reservoir, topping up as necessary.

How to calculate the application rate of Heatsavr

Calculate your swimming pool’s surface area (length x width) then add 0.8ml per sq metre every 24 hours for a skimmer pool and 1ml per sq metre every 24 hours for a deck level pool. To help automatically dose you can use a Heatsavr dosing pump to ensure the Heatsavr liquid is added to your pool on a regular basis.

  • Save money, water & energy
  • Biodegradable: Environmentally friendly
  • Reduces make up water
  • Proven: Lab & field tested and verified
  • Easy to use – no manual handling
  • Reduces humidity in indoor pools
  • An outdoor swimming pool before using HeatsavrSafe: Tested extensively
  • Transparent
  • Safe for filters & plumbing

Heatsavr is also undetectable by pool users as it’s  tasteless, odourless and leaves no residue on your hair or clothing.


For a handy way to dose your domestic swimming pool with Heatsavr why not try the Ecosavr Fish? Combining the effective ‘liquid pool blanket’ treatment in a handy, easy to use sachet. One Ecosavr Fish treats a pool up to 40m2 for approximately one month, larger pools will require two Ecosavr Fish.

A proven alternative to hot tub chlorine and bromine

AquaFinesse: The Alternative Sanitiser

Aquafinesse Spa Kit, the alternative to chlorine and bromine sanitisers for your hot tubAs a hot tub owner, one of the first things you come to understand is the importance of sanitising the water in your spa, right? A vital step in looking after both the health and wellbeing of those using your hot tub and the water quality involves eliminating and killing bacteria, protecting users from the unwelcome, hazardous effects bacteria can pose.

An Alternative Choice

Whilst the majority of hot tub and spa owners still tend to use either Chlorine or Bromine as their sanitiser of choice, did you know there is an alternative product that not only destroys bacteria, but actually prevents it from reforming?!

The AquaFinesse Effect

Firstly, let’s ensure we fully understand the cause of bacterial build up; in order for it to thrive, bacteria creates a layer of slime where they feed, shelter and breed (gross isn’t it?!). As time passes, the slime (called Biofilm) actually increases in thickness, becoming increasingly resistant to sanitisers. In fact, 99% of all bacteria actually live in the Biofilm, only 1% of bacteria present in a spa lives in the water itself!

This then lurks invisibly on surfaces in your hot tub and within the pipework – and even high levels of chlorine or bromine are only able to kill off bacteria in the outer layer, with the remaining bacteria still present (and able to continue breeding) underneath.

Aquafinesse Spa Clean, for deep cleaning your hot tubAquaFinesse is a simple, environmentally friendly, patented weekly treatment that really takes bacteria and biofilm to task; this unique formula acts by loosening the slimy layer of biofilm from surfaces and pipework, which the action of the water then rinses away. Bacteria is also prevented from reforming, as it simply can no longer stick to surfaces during the presence of AquaFinesse. Only a very small amount of sanitiser is required alongside AquaFinesse. An added bonus is AquaFinesse’s ability to prevent calcium build up (your hot tub will thank you for this!).

How Do I Switch To AquaFinesse?

If you have previously been using chlorine or bromine as your sanitiser, you will need to perform a ‘deep clean’ with AquaFinesse Spa Clean prior to changing over AND to shock dose with your sanitiser at the same time. This action kills off and releases the bacteria present. Next you will need to drain your hot tub and fill with fresh water.

Then you can simply continue to use AquaFinesse weekly and enjoy crystal clear, softer and safer spa water every use.

Finding your perfect swimspa fit

Are swimspas going to be big enough to swim in?

Endless Pools E2000 Fitness System swimspa swimming and hot tub This is a question we get asked regularly from customers looking at purchasing swimspas, and the answer is yes, of course. You don’t need a large area or a deep body of water to be able to swim effectively. If you’ve ever used public swimming pools you probably didn’t need to adjust your swimming stroke when transitioning from the deep end to the shallow end, and the shallow end of a municipal pool will usually measure 0.9 metres in depth (some of the swimspas in our range are deeper than this).

So what is a swimspa and how does it work?

Well, a swimspa is a product that allows you to swim continuously against a current without having to turn or change direction. Whether you're a fitness fanatic training to keep fit and healthy, or looking to endure the extreme demands of competitive swimming, open water swimming, triathlons or iron man competitions, a swimspa can provide you with a tailored, adjustable swim current strength to suit your individual fitness needs. They also have their own integrated heaters so you can adjust the water temperature to suit you. They're a bit like an oversized swimming hot tub!

Swimspas work by either using a system of jets to create an adjustable water current to swim against or, in the case of our Endless Pools Fitness Systems, use the unrivalled Endless Pools Swim Machine to provide the water current for you. Either system will work well to help you increase your swimming fitness and choice is usually dependent on your needs and proposed use.

Which swim current will be the best for me?

This will depend entirely on your individual needs and how you will be using the swimspa. You will either be considering a jetted swim lane or a swim current system. Don’t worry, our trained sales staff are here to help you make the right choice for you but we can let you know a little bit about each type of system to help you understand how to make the right choice for you. We also have the X500 Swimcross Exercise System and E2000 Endless Pools Fitness System available to view and wet test at our Cardiff showroom, just bring your swimming costume and a towel to try these fabulous swimspas for yourself!

Swim jets are designed for both swim and water workout exercising and are suitable for all ages, body sizes and skill levels. Our SwimCross Exercise Systems feature five swim jets and are driven by two pumps providing a powerful and steady water stream of 1,200 litres per minute. The SwimCross jet design is also unlike many other because they don’t rely on introducing air to the swim current to add extra force, instead they use a boost effect to draw in more water, multiplying the volume and resulting in a stronger resistance for swimming against with less turbulence. This means you will find it easier to stay centered on the swimlane and the unique lift provided by the lower jets gives you added buoyancy when in the water.

The Endless Pools Fitness Systems is a swim current system that will appeal to regular swimmers and fitness enthusiasts right through to serious competitive swimmers, triathletes and iron men and women, it offers you the ultimate in swim lane technology. The industry leading Fastlane swim machine provides a superior swim-in-place experience, is custom made and the hydraulically powered propulsion system creates a laminar current of up to 19,000 litres per minute that is wider than your body and deeper than your stroke! Featuring multiple conditioning grills help smooth and redirect the water, removing air resulting in a swim current that is completely free of turbulence. Even at full power it feels like swimming in a smooth, open water current. The swim machine flow can also be adjusted from speeds ranging from 5:33 minutes (gentle breaststroke) to 1:14 minutes per 100 metres and can be precisely adjusted for perfect pace control.

These swimspas also have some great optional extras to further enhance your swim training. Choose a swim pace display system to really start measuring your performance efforts or, if you opt for a system without an underwater treadmill, add an underwater floor mirror.

Can I choose a size of swimspa that’s right for me?

Yes you can. The SwimCross and Fitness Systems are available in a number of different sizes and depth to suit your particular needs. The respective swim lane lengths for each swimspa are then determined by the distance from the front of the swim jet to the start of the first step at the rear of the unit. This gives you an indication of the fit you will need to comfortably swim within the swim lane offered by each model.

Model Length Width Height
X200 jetted 366cm 226cm 127cm
X500 jetted 457cm 226cm 127cm
E500 fastlane 458cm 226cm 132cm
E500 fastlane 458cm 226cm 147cm
E500 fastlane & treadmill 458cm 226cm 147cm
E700 fastlane 518cm 226cm 132cm
E700 fastlane 518cm 226cm 147cm
E700 fastlane & treadmill 518cm 226cm 147cm
E2000 fastlane 610cm 226cm 147cm
E2000 fastlane & treadmill 610cm 226cm 147cm

X200 Swimcross Exercise System swimspa

Swim lane length of the X200 Swimcross Exercise System

X500 Swimcross Exercise System< swimspa

Swim lane length of the X500 Swimcross Exercise System

Endless Pools Fitness System E500 swimspa

Swim lane length of the Endless Pools Fitness System E500

Endless Pools Fitness System E700 swimspa

Swim lane length of the Endless Pools Fitness System E700

Endless Pools Fitness System E2000 swimspa

Swim lane length of the Endless Pools Fitness System E2000

BISHTA Approved Retailers

Why Should You Buy Hot Tubs From a BISHTA Member?

Considering the vast selection of Hot Tubs for sale on the market today it can be tough identifying the best option. You need only type ‘hot tubs for sale’ into a search engine and you’re inundated with a wealth of choice, from a huge number of suppliers – so how do you decipher the good from the too-good-to-be-true?


Hot tubs and BISHTA membersBISHTA stands for the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association which was established in 2001 to ensure hot tub and spa retailers were fully trained and competent in water hygiene management and ensure their awareness of why maintaining these standards is of key importance. BISHTA consists of a world-renowned team of experts available to provide support and assistance to its registered members, ensuring promotion of high safety standards and value amongst hot tub retailers. This enables BISHTA registered members to competently advise prospective and existing spa owners on all aspects of water hygiene management and all manner of issues or questions that may arise.

Why Is Water Hygiene Important?

Whilst regular use of a hot tub will provide you with many health and wellbeing benefits it is important to maintain clean, clear and hygienically safe water in your spa to prevent unwanted, potentially harmful micro-organisms from developing.

In the case of water hygiene management, prevention is easier than the cure. The good news is that correct and safe water chemistry is easily achieved through using a combination of products including sanitisers (disinfectants), oxidisers, minerals and pH balancers, in accordance with BISHTA water treatment standards.

The Benefits of Buying From a BISHTA Member

The British and Irish Hot Tub and Spa Industry is at present not regulated by the Government or Law. This unfortunately means that neither sales of or maintenance of hot tubs is subject to a code of conduct, allowing anybody to retail or carry out maintenance on a hot tub.

Potential issues with the lack of regulation can include factors such as sub-standard quality hot tubs and parts being sold and improper advice being given regarding maintenance and water treatment which at worst can result in customers stuck with an unusable spa or water quality that poses a hazard to health.

Sounds a little doom and gloom, right? But fear not, you can rest assured when dealing with a BISHTA registered company that they have committed to honour the BISHTA Code of Ethical Conduct which includes:

  • To trade ethically with both the public and within the industry at all times
  • To comply with BISHTA’s standards for self-contained hot tubs and spas and abide by its Rules and Regulations
  • To comply at all times with the Trades Descriptions Act, 1968, Supply of Goods (Implied Terms) Act, 1973, the Sale of Goods Act, 1979
  • To ensure products and services advertised and marketed are fully understood by the prospective client and to comply with the requirements of the Advertising Standards Authority
  • To offer a clear and reasonable warranty of products and services and to perform on such warranties where justifiable claims are made within a suitable time period

All Swim – BISHTA Award Winning Retailers

BISHTA logoWith 2017 being All Swim’s 45th year of operation, we have worked tirelessly to build a strong reputation for reliability, integrity and exceeding our customer’s expectations. We are therefore proud to be BISHTA members and have won numerous BISHTA awards over the years including Retailer of Excellence and Best Hot Tub Showroom.

With that in mind, when dealing with prospective and existing hot tub owners, we guarantee our advice and assistance will always be provided with the customer’s wellbeing and satisfaction at heart. We believe there is simply no point in taking shortcuts to increase sales figures, particularly in an age where customer reviews and referrals are worth their weight in gold!

So if you are in the process of researching hot tubs, be sure to look for the BISHTA logo, so you can rest assured you are in safe (and knowledgeable) hands.

The UK Pool & Spa Awards 2017

Awarding excellence in the Swimming Pool, Swimspa and Hot tub industry

Michelle Dewberry at the UK Pool and Spa Awards 2017Well, another year is fast approaching an end and it’s time for companies in the Pool and Spa industry to start reflecting on their achievements over the past twelve months and plan for the forthcoming new season. Every company hopes to build on the completion of successful swimming pool and hot tub projects year on year, improve customer service levels and make valued improvements to the overall buying experience. It’s also nice to know that those continued efforts in a business are implemented effectively and that the improvements are recognised by both customers and industry peers alike. No industry awards ceremony reflects those efforts better than the UK Pool & Spa Awards.

Now in it’s seventh year the UK Pool & Spa Awards has continued to grow bigger and better year on year and has seen an overwhelming demand for entrants with 31 award winning opportunities now on offer. The competition is open to the entire water leisure industry across multiple disciplines including swimming pool designers, swimming pool installers, hot tub and swim spa manufacturers together with retailers and wholesalers. Entering these prestigious awards is an opportunity for any company to raise their profile amongst industry leaders and customers alike.

Simply entering these awards isn’t a guarantee of success though. Each entry is judged by both a public and private vote with 40% of the overall vote being cast on-line by the general public and 60% being judged by a specially selected panel consisting of industry representatives and professionals from around the globe. If you’re going to put yourself forward for an award there aren’t many places to hide unfortunately!

As ever, we’ve continued to work hard to make improvements to the business over the last year and decided that the categories best reflecting our efforts for reward were Spa Retailer of the Year, Pool Retailer of the Year, Pool Showroom of the Year, Pool & Spa Showroom of the Year and Website of the Year. That’s 5 in total, hopefully everyone else agreed with our opinions on the improvements we had made!

So began the anxious wait for the award results at The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham. As ever, the turnout was impressive with many leading industry figures present including a special guest appearance from Michelle Dewberry, a broadcaster, business woman and winner of the second series of the BBC’s, Apprentice. Our first chance to settle the nerves came with an informal networking session with major suppliers within the swimming pool, swimspa and hot tub industry followed by an introduction to the award entries and the companies looking to take home some awards. The competition was as strong as ever and winning an award was going to be an achievement this year.

Pool and Spa Showroom of the Year 2017 awardAfter a few inspirational words from Michelle on the role of technology and young women in business together with an insightful look at the pool and spa industry and the repercussions of the Brexit vote by the UK Pool & Spa Awards event organiser it was time to announce the winners. First awards category and our first entry, Website of the Year. There were some well deserved Business Award winners in this competitive field but we were stunned to be collecting our first win so early in the evening, a Gold Standard Award for the All Swim website. A great start! Next came the Commercial Pool and Project Awards with some stand out winners in the Luxury Pools and Hot Tub and Spa of the Year Awards. Finally, the Prestige Awards and the remainder of our four entries, let’s hope we followed on from our early success. Pool Showroom of the Year was announced as another Gold Standard Award for All Swim, followed by Winner of the Pool and Spa Showroom of the Year and amazingly, 2 more Gold Standard Awards for Pool Retailer of the Year and Spa Retailer of the Year. What an incredible end to an exciting evening of events, an award in every category we entered!

Jane Veysey, company director remarked:

“It’s unbelievable to receive so many awards at the UK Pool & Spa Awards this year, they are always genuinely unexpected as the competition is always very tough. I would just like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and to my team of staff who help make my business a success with their hard work and commitment.”

Here’s to another year of continued improvements at All Swim and another successful year of business in 2018, we hope you will all continue to support us as a business and enjoy the continued improvements we consistently make to our products and services.

Using swimming as an exercise routine

Swimming against a jetted Swimcross Exercise System

Is Swimming The Ideal Exercise Choice For All?

Whether you enjoy the occasional leisurely dip in the swimming pool or competing for your club team, we all know that swimming provides great benefits to health and wellbeing.  And with today’s hectic pace of life, it’s never been more important to dedicate time to taking care of ourselves and using that time wisely to improve our health, fitness and general wellbeing. 

Here are four reasons to consider fitting swimming into your workout routine:

#1 Swimming Boosts Mindfulness

While most forms of exercise are proven to release endorphins and aid mental wellbeing, the act of swimming forces you to truly ‘live in the moment’ as your visual focus is solely on the water not easily distracted by anything around you. In addition, the sound of the rushing water as you move aids in transporting you to a ‘zen’ like mental state – helping you to switch off from the stresses of the day.  Swimming has even been referred to as the Moving Meditation, a great option if you aren’t keen on traditional meditation styles. Here's 4 useful tips for turning your swimming routines into moving meditation.

#2 Time Savvy Workouts

Did you know that exercising in water makes your body work harder than on dry land? So swap that 45 minute exercise class the other side of town for a 30 minute aquatic workout instead when time is of the essence. Here's 8 more benefits of swimming that you may not be aware of. And don't worry, we understand that not everyone has the space for traditional swimming pools so our superb range of swimspas allows you to swim in place with the added benefits of easy installation of a unit that is totally self-contained.

#3 Swimming Can Help Relieve Asthma Symptoms

It can prove difficult trying to find the most suitable form of keeping fit when you suffer from asthma or respiratory system complaints, particularly as breathing in cold, dry air is often a trigger for symptoms.  The air you breathe in while swimming (particularly indoors) is moist, warm and humid which does not cause the same irritation in the lungs and airways – helping asthma sufferers to enjoy a work out without the additional struggle of battling symptoms. Here's more information on why regular exercise offers many benefits for people with asthma.

#4 Full Body Workout Minus The Impact

Every stroke and kick when swimming provides excellent resistance, as water is denser than air, and while your limbs are working hard your core stability comes into play to keep your head, neck and spine stable while your heart and lungs pump simultaneously. This combination of factors ticks every box in the great workout checklist; Aerobic Fitness, Core Stability Strengthening and Muscle Building/Definition.  Swimming is also a low-impact form of exercise, making it the ideal choice for those recovering from injury or suffering from joint and mobility issues.

Regardless of your ability level, swimming can provide some unique health and wellness benefits for everyone - whether you are 8 months or 80 years old! 

Adding a barrel sauna to your home's garden

Almost Heaven Grand View canopy barrel

Discover the health benefits of a barrel sauna

Barrel saunas are a great addition to any home and the build quality and craftsmanship of our barrel saunas will provide you with years of care free, outdoor sauna living. The circular design of a barrel sauna helps eliminate unused air spaces allowing the sauna to heat up more rapidly. The circular design also helps the hot air rising to the ceiling to be pushed naturally back down into the sauna, creating warmer temperatures lower in the barrel sauna.

Cooperage is also a key aspect to your barrel saunas performance. Constructed in a similar way to wine barrels (that must be a good!), our Almost Heaven Saunas are specifically designed with a breathable performance in mind. With no permanent fixings and specially designed fixing bands the saunas staves are able to swell and contract with fluctuations in temperature, creating a tight seal for the trapped heat to help rejuvenate your body. The solid wood construction also has great insulating properties, prevents delamination and closely replicates the look, smell and feel of a traditional Finnish sauna experience.

Saunas help relieve stress

Reducing your stress levels is one of the key benefits of using a sauna. Medical studies often cite stress as a major factor affecting our health and well being. Stepping into a sauna helps you immediately shut off from the outside world, enclosed in a warm, quiet space free from everyday distractions immediately puts you in a calmer, more relaxed state of mind. The heat from a barrel sauna helps relax your body’s muscles, stimulates circulation and encourages the release of endorphins, the ‘feel good’ chemical that gives you a natural high.

Muscle aches and pains can be soothed away

As well as promoting the release of endorphins that can help reduce the sensation of pain, the natural heat of a barrel sauna raises your body temperature, dilating blood vessels and improving your circulation. An increased blood flow can help speed up your body’s natural healing process and promote muscle regeneration together with natural healing. Stepping into a barrel sauna after an intense workout will immediately reduce muscle tension, eliminate lactic acid build up and help reduce toxin levels in your body. The perfect way to unwind after exercise.

Cleanse your skin the natural way

Sweating helps your skin naturally clear pores, rinse bacteria and replace dead skin cells, keeping your skin feeling soft and rejuvenated.

Saunas help improve your sleep patterns

Barrel saunas offer a range of health benefits

Natural sleep is normally preceded by a drop in body temperature. Using a barrel sauna in the evenings will help you increase your body temperature which in turn promotes a dramatic drop in core temperature after sauna use. This in turn signals the brain that it is time to sleep. Users often recount the feelings of deep sleep after bathing in the calming heat of a sauna.

Me time can be us time

Often an overlooked but important aspect of owning your own barrel sauna is the social and recreational benefits they can provide you, your family and friends. They’re a great way to relax and are conducive to some much needed open, intimate and quiet conversation with those close to you. With our increasingly connected, online lifestyles it’s important to take time to unwind and disconnect. A barrel sauna provides the perfect private, personal space to escape from the rigours of your hectic working schedule, switch off and re-connect with family and friends.

Improve your Cardiovascular health with a barrel sauna

High temperatures naturally heat up your skin and makes your core body temperature increase, this in turn dilates blood vessels near the surface of your skin increasing cardiac output. Medical research has shown that sitting in a sauna helps increase your heart rate by up to 50%. Regularly using saunas helps improve your heart rate and cardiac output together with your body’s natural regulatory system. Even more cardiovascular conditioning can be promoted with multiple sessions in your sauna. Each time your body rapidly changes temperature, from hot to cool and vice versa, your heart rate increases and can be comparable to the same physiological benefits of moderate exercise and don’t forget those all important improved sleep patterns!

Help fight illness

Saunas have been linked to a significant reduction in incidences of colds and flu among regular users. As your body is exposed to the heat and steam of a traditional barrel sauna more white blood cells are produced helping your body fight illness and kill viruses. Saunas are also the perfect way to relieve uncomfortable sinus problems associated with colds and allergies, warm steam vapour helps clear congestion and a touch of eucalyptus added to your water bucket will only help enhance your sauna experience.

Saunas just smell and feel good

There’s no getting away from it, the smell of natural wood together with a private, warm steam laden environment feels great! The stresses of a working day can be dissolved in the private, personal retreat of a barrel sauna. No distractions from the outside world, barrel saunas provide you and your family with a personal pampering retreat where you are able to relax and restore your body, mind and soul.

What to look for in a hot tub

Our guide to buying hot tubs

There are a bewildering array of hot tubs and spas on the UK market and it can be confusing knowing which spa is going to be the right choice for you and your family. Thankfully All Swim have done a lot of the hard work for you. We’ve been in the swimming pool and hot tub industry for over 45 years and our hot tub expertise will help you make the right buying choice.

Choosing the right hot tub for you

Should I research hot tubs online?

The fabulous Caldera Cantabria in their Utopia series

The hot tub market in the UK is growing every year. According to Nick Clamp, owner of What Spa? magazine, feedback from retailers and manufacturers has the current UK ownership at nearly 300,000 households. Joining this growing market is certainly an exciting prospect, but do some research online and find out why people are choosing a hot tub lifestyle. What exactly is it going to offer you and your family? Decide what are the important factors in wanting an outdoor hot tub and read hot tub reviews and comments from other owners online. Researching our range of Caldera Spas will also give you a good indication of why they offer more for your money compared to other manufacturers.

Be warned though, that a great deal online may be too good to be true. It’s always better to view hot tubs or spas before you buy them. If the hot tub you’ve decided to buy online has an inferior build quality, cheap jets and pumps or sub standard cabinet and cover insulation you’ll probably end up with a spa that costs you more to run and repair than you expected. It’s also important to check that the product has official CE marking. An abbreviation of the French phrase ‘Conformité Européene’, it means ‘European Conformity’ and indicates to government officials that the product can be legally placed on a country’s market place and safeguards consumers best interests. A hot tub is likely to be a long term investment and should provide you and your family with years of entertainment, make sure you understand the quality of your preferred hot tubs by visiting a reputable hot tub showroom like All Swim.

Is how a hot tub made important?

There are many different manufacturing processes involved with building hot tubs and if there’s a difference in price, there’s likely to be a difference in the build quality. Look carefully at a hot tub retailer’s website. You should be able to find plenty of information on their products, technical specifications and warranty details. Pay particular attention to the level and type of insulation used in your hot tub, our Caldera hot tubs utilise a revolutionary new loose, wool-like fibre called FiberCor® insulation - with four times the density of traditional urethane foam (used in most hot tubs) it has vastly improved insulating efficiency and fills all voids and gaps in the hot tub compartment. With a better insulated cabinet you will be spending less time heating your hot tub water, and that translates to lower running costs which, most consumers would agree, is an important consideration for purchase. It’s also important to look at the quality of the rigid cover supplied with your hot tub. Most of the heat loss will occur on the surface of the water so a strong, full-foam insulated cover with a durable, marine grade vinyl will help you reduce your running costs. Also check the cover has skirts on all sides of the hot tub when it’s closed as this will ensure the very best thermal seal.

What size hot tub should I choose?

Hot tubs are available in many different shapes and sizes. Your first consideration should be how much space you have in your garden and how many people are likely to be using your new hot tub. If you have a big family or like having friends around regularly for parties then you will probably need a larger hot tub with multiple seating positions. Be careful though, how much access you have at your property will also be a consideration for delivering your new hot tub. Don’t worry though, All Swim offer free site surveys so if you’re unsure of anything we are happy to advise.

It may sound obvious but always try and sit in a new hot tub in a dealer’s showroom, hot tubs look very different from the outside than they do sat in them! Visiting your local hot tub showroom with family or friends will allow you to try them on for size. Pay particular attention to the size of the foot well and the ergonomic design of the seating positions. A hot tub may specify a large array of seating but if it comes with a small footwell you’re likely to be struggling to fit everyone into your new hot tub!

What is hot tub hydrotherapy?

Discover the Euphoria jet features in the Utopia range

Hydrotherapy is a term used to describe the use of water for pain relief and treating illness. Water is a great way to soothe aching joints, help relax and reduce stress levels. The design, configuration and quality of hydrotherapy jets in your hot tub is probably the most important aspect of your new hot tub purchase, you’ll want to ensure you’re getting the best possible massage for your money. Caldera hot tubs differ to any other on the market with the introduction of their unique Hot Tub Circuit Therapy. Similar to the approach used by personal trainers, a Caldera Spas hot tub treats individual muscles with strategically placed jets and purposefully designed seats throughout the hot tub itself, moving you from station to station helps deliver a full body workout and intense all over massage.

Do I need help looking after my hot tub water?

Buying a hot tub is an important decision to make but proper care and maintenance of your water can be just as important. Well maintained spa water will ensure you and your family are safe and you will help prolong the life of your hot tub. Buying cheap hot tubs online or from large high street retailers may save you money in the short term but you could be left to make costly water balance mistakes on your own. All Swim ensures you have ongoing support from our trained staff and helpful advice on correct water balance tips if you ever need them.

Our Caldera spas have also been purposefully designed with you, the end user, in mind. The integrated spa frog system takes a lot of the work out of dosing your hot tubs water correctly and the Utopia and Paradise series feature Monarch CD Ozone systems that naturally kill bacteria helping reduce the cost of chemical sanitisers.

We will always provide an informative introduction to your new hot tub with our delivery, positioning and commissioning service. Our trained spa engineers can talk you through the set up of the hot tub and answer any questions you may have on looking after the water on the day your hot tub arrives.

How important is a good hot tub cover?

Hot tub covers are key to retaining heat on your hot tub

p>Most of the heat lost from the water in your hot tub will occur from the surface so a well designed, efficient hot tub cover is a great asset. Caldera hot tub covers are designed to be energy efficient, meeting the most stringent energy standards established by the California Energy Commission for portable spas. Keeping your hot tub covered when not in use will not only ensure you spend less money heating the water but it will also prevent airborne debris entering the hot tub water and adversely affecting the water quality.

Can I play music in my hot tub?

Absolutely! If music is an important aspect of your hot tub lifestyle then our Caldera Spas won’t disappoint. Almost all models across the Utopia, Paradise and Vacanza ranges are available with a fantastic bluetooth enabled music system, a few clicks and your smart phone, tablet or laptop can be synchronised effortlessly with your hot tub.

Can I spread the costs of a hot tub purchase?

Yes you can. All Swim have always put the customer first and our finance packages will help you spread the payment costs and ensure you find an affordable hot tub to suit you and your family’s budget. We can offer 12 and 24 months interest free credit at 0% APR or a 60 month finance option at 4.9% APR. You can even apply for finance online today!

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