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The surprising benefits of using a hot tub

Muscle massage relief with Caldera SpasUsing a hot tub is a proven method of enhancing health and wellbeing, with benefits including better sleep, physical and mental relaxation and detoxification to name a few. But how exactly does the experience of using a hot tub help?

The Science Bit

Most people attribute a hot tub session with relaxing tense muscles and pain relief, which are certainly key benefits of using a tub, but did you know the benefits run deeper than just relaxation?

The warm water temperature reduces the gravitational pull of the body and dilates blood vessels, reducing pressure on your heart – fantastic for stress reduction and improved blood flow.

The high temperature water also encourages your body to sweat out stored impurities, so it’s a great boost for detoxing your body and helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Those suffering from arthritis will find the hydrotherapy massage on our Caldera Spas a great relief from their symptoms due to improved blood circulation, allowing for easier movement and pain relief.

Feel-good endorphins are naturally released by the body during a hot tub session too, which can reduce anxiety and promote feelings of calmness.

Social Interaction

With today’s hectic lifestyles and our growing tendency to spend time on our gadgets, spending all important quality time with family and friends can prove a challenge.

Hot tub owners have the advantage of using their hot-tubbing time to socialise with their nearest and dearest, helping to nurture relationships and step away from screen-time. They might also notice an increase in visits from friends once the hot tub arrives!

Long Term Gains

If you’ve never owned a hot tub before, the initial cost might be something you are questioning – as let’s face it, it’s not an every-day essential purchase.

At All Swim we offer a range of hot tubs, designed to suit a wide range of budgets and needs, as we believe the benefits of hydrotherapy should be widely available to all. If you're considering the hot tub lifestyle but are a little unsure as to whether you'll use it regularly our inflatable hot tubs are a great way to get started, all the benefits of a hot tub at a fraction of the cost! Alternatively, if budget is a consideration but you're looking for a hot tub you can use all year round, consider our Fantasy Spa range, durable, portable and offering all the comforts of a more expensive spa. And lastly, if you're looking for the ultimate in comfort, style and hydrotherapy massage experience our Caldera Spas will not disappoint!

Whether you’re a regular gym user or not, using a hot tub at home will help you achieve your health and fitness goals, as the massage from the jets is strong yet gentle, allowing you to work your muscles in a low impact environment.

The Caldera Spas Utopia series light showOwning your own hot tub is like having your very own personal wellbeing retreat, making a staycation an appealing alternative to pricey spa getaways.

Add Value to your Home

Seeing as we’re not blessed with year-round fine weather in the UK, it’s fair to say most of us don’t make great use of our outdoor space during autumn and winter. The addition of a hot tub makes being outdoors more inviting – just imagine toasting the New Year in under the stars together in your hot tub!

Or maybe you’d prefer your tub to be indoors? Either way, it can add value to your property if in time you choose to move on and include the hot tub as a feature.

Not sure where to begin? For expert advice or a free, no obligation site visit contact us on 02920 705059 or email e-mail sales@allswimltd.com.

Waterco develop a revolutionary new microfibre pool broom

Aquafingers pool broomWaterco are an Australian manufacturer specialising in a wide range of swimming pool products. As industry leaders they are constantly looking to develop new and innovative products, and their new Aquafingers® broom is a world-first. This unique multi-purpose Microfibre broom was designed by Connie Grace, a stay-at-home mum, and is set to make pool maintenance quicker and easier for you as a pool owner.

"This is a truly innovative addition to the pool cleaning accessories category," says group marketing director Bryan Goh. "Nylon pool brooms have been in circulation for 80 years and consumers haven’t had a choice of broom that better suits the make of their pool, until now."

The Aqua Fingers® pool brush features a high-density microfibre attachment to help gently remove dirt and algae from your pool. The multi-purpose design also includes a unique, flexible body and curved underside, which ensures no awkward corners or difficult to reach areas are missed.

"This provides more angles of operation, making it quicker and easier to clean smooth surfaces,” Bryan explains. “Furthermore, Aqua Fingers® is made from flexible ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), which enables pool owners to clean hard-to-reach places."

That lightbulb moment

Aquafingers pool broomIn January 2017, Connie Gerace from Abbotsbury in Western Sydney returned from a four-day holiday to discover her fibreglass pool's walls and floors were covered with algae.

"I tried sweeping it off with my pool broom, but it proved unsuccessful,” she recalls. “The next day I called our local pool guy to come over and after treating it with chlorine, I asked if there was a better way to clean it. He replied, ‘If you come up with an idea, let me know.’ That’s when a lightbulb went off in my head."

Later that day, Connie attached a microfibre cloth to her broom and used it to clean off the algae from the surfaces of her swimming pool. "I could see it working and, even though I had no idea where to start, I believed in my idea."

Connie then developed a prototype with an industrial designer and pitched her revolutionary new idea to industry experts, she also approached Waterco’s Research and Development division, meeting with domestic water care product manager George Flory and senior engineer Pradeep Tandon. They both immediately saw the potential in this new invention.

"As a pool owner, I know how important it is to keep the water clean, inviting and easy to maintain," she says. "With Aqua Fingers®, all it takes is a quick sweep to dislodge dirt or algae."

Just some of the unique features that Waterco’s Aquafingers® Multi-purpose microfibre broom include:

  • Flexible ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) construction, making it easier to clean curved corners, ridges, crevices and steps,
  • Premium quality microfibre chenille is gentle on smooth surfaces
  • Perfect for cleaning fibreglass, tiled and vinyl lined pools
  • Also suitable for cleaning glass fences, windows, pool covers and pool coping
  • Replacement chenille attachment also available

Aquafingers® has patents pending in New Zealand, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

What is pre-filtration?

Imagine filtration as a sieve;

  • large particles caught by a coarse mesh, with wide open holes
  • smaller particles pass through
  • they are caught by a smaller, finer mesh
  • fine particles pass through and so on until the finest of material is captured

Pre filtration is removing as much coarse material from the water, before reaching the primary filter. This reduces the ‘load’ on the main filter and extends filter cleansing cycles. It can also lead to better water quality.

The image below shows where Pre-Filtration is within a pool system;

Why use pre-filtration?

Prevent blockages

Skimmer and basketIf a skimmer basket wasn’t used, there is a high risk of blocking pipes and other equipment. This first method of pre-filtration is generally accepted as a ‘must’ when constructing a swimming pool, yet no further thought is given to pre-filtration.

Improve circulation

Leaf trappers (bag filters) have a large capacity and can collect a large amount of course debris before it reaches the pump. This helps the pump circulate more water without becoming blocked itself.

Improve water quality

By using a combination of pre-filtration methods, much of the coarse debris can be removed prior to the primary filter.This allows the primary filter to perform more efficiently, and therefore improve water quality. Service/cleaning cycles are extended which can also save water. Waterco’s award winning MultiCyclone is an example of how pre-filtration can be applied most effectively to improve water quality and save water.

Multi Cyclone 16 diagramExtend equipment life

If pre-filtration devices are installed, the life of equipment such as pumps and filters can be extended. Effective pre-filtration will also prevent damage to other equipment such as pool heaters and salt chlorinators.

A Waterco Multicyclone will help you save money

MultiCyclone is the brilliant new pre-filtration device that can help you save thousands of litres of water and reduce filter maintenance. Based on the principals of centrifugal water filtration – MultiCyclone collects 80% of the dirt that clogs your filter before it gets there. It drastically reduces backwashing and filter cartridge maintenance. There are no moving parts to wear and tear, and no filter media to clean or replace.

How does it work?

Centrifugal water filtration

  • Incoming water enters 16 hydro cyclones tangentially, generating a strong centrifugal effect
  • Sediment is spun out to the hydro cyclone’s wall, and then spirals down to the
    sediment chamber
  • Multi Cyclone schematicThe filtered water migrates towards the centre of the hydro cyclone and spirals upwards through the outlet

There are no moving parts to wear and tear, and no filter media to clean or replace.

  • Accumulation of sediment can be visibly monitored through the MultiCyclone’s clear sediment chamber
  • The MultiCyclone is easily cleaned by opening the valve - whilst the pump is running
  • Only 15 litres of water is discharged to cleanse the MultiCyclone

 

Introduction

MultiCyclone Ultra combines centrifugal and cartridge filtration into one streamline housing, creating an ultra filtration system that can be vertically installed on a pool pump.

  • Dual Filtration
  • EnviroproUltra Compact
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Save Time, Water & Energy

Features and benefits

Dual stage filtration

  • MultiCyclone Ultra uses the most advanced hydro cyclone technology to reduce the footprint of the filtration system.
  • It combines all of the revolutionary features of its predecessor with an inbuilt cartridge filter.
  • Incoming water tangentially enters its multiple hydrocyclones, generating a strong centrifugal effect.
  • Approximately 80% of the incoming dirt load is spiraled down to its clear sediment chamber.
  • The outgoing water is finally polished via its inbuilt cartridge filter, producing crystal clear water.

Extended filter capacity

  • The MultiCyclone Ultra increases the capacity of the 75ft2 filter cartridge by five times, equivalent up to a 375ft2 filter cartridge.
  • Its centrifugal section filter pre-filters up to 80% of dirt which would normally go into the filter, and drains it out.

Ease of maintenance

Extended filter capacity

  • MultiCyclone Ultra’s sediment chamber is easily cleaned by opening its purge valve.
  • Only 15 litres of water is discharged compared to a sand filter, the MultiCyclone Ultra can save between 7,000 to 10,000 litres of water a year.

Ultra compact

  • MultiCyclone Ultra’s streamline design enables installation directly to the pump out let port and Chlorinator on top of the MultiCyclone Ultra.
  • Achieving a reduction in pool equipment foot print, minimizing pipe work and reducing the filtration system’s overall head loss.

EnviroproDual cleaner

  • Benefit of placing a filter cartridge on the MultiCyclone. When the air release valve is opened, the flow of water through the filter cartridge flushes some of the large debris down through the MultiCyclone’s sediment chamber.
  • The filter cartridge is not cleansed of all its debris, but the removal of some debris during each purge of the sediment chamber, will definitely decrease its cleaning frequency.

Time Saving

  • Its centrifugal section filter pre-filters up to 80% of the dirt which would normally go into the filter, and drains it out.
  • Filter cartridge maintenance is significantly reduced. Frequency of maintenance should be equivalent to the same level of maintenance required for a 300ft2 to 375ft2 cartridge filter.

The best of both worlds

  • The MultiCyclone Ultra offers the best of both worlds. It is more hydraulically efficient than a sand filter, reducing the overall head loss of the pool’s filtration circuit.
  • MultiCyclone Ultra does not have backwashing requirements and is not dependent on a high flow rate for backwashing.
  • Smaller single speed pumps are capable of operating a MultiCyclone Ultra, reducing electrical usage and operating noise of the filtration system.

MultiCyclone Ultra offers the water savings of a cartridge filter, but without the frequency of filter cartridge maintenance.

MC12 Ultra and MC16 UltraWaterco MultiCyclone 12 & 16 Ultra

MultiCyclone 12 & 16 Ultra specifications:

  • Cartridge rating: 30 Micron.
  • The MultiCyclone 16 Ultra’s maximum flow rate is 280lpm.
  • The maximum flow rate is determined by the surface area of the filter cartridge.
  • NSF international cartridge design filtration rate is 41lpm/m2 (1gpm/ft2).
  • However, the MultiCyclone 12 Ultra’s maximum flow rate has been set to 225lpm.
  • The flow rate has been decreased to meet with a Head Loss of 5m that offers a better operating balance to lpm and Head Loss.

MC Ultra performance table

Waterco MultiCyclone Plus

Multicyclone UltraSaves water, energy and extends the life of pool filters Waterco Ltd has unveiled the next generation of its multi award-winning centrifugal pre-filter.

Waterco engineers have taken the MultiCyclone technology one step further and developed the MultiCyclone Plus, a vertically-mounted, all-in-one pre-filtration/filtration unit which saves between 7,000 and 10,000 litres of water a year compared to sand filtration systems.

Features and benefits of MultiCyclone Plus

The MultiCyclone Plus offers the best of both worlds. It is more hydraulically efficient than a Sand filter, reducing the overall head loss of the pool’s filtration circuit. MultiCyclone plus does not have backwashing requirements and is not dependent on a high flow rate requirement for backwashing.

A small single speed pump is all that is required to operate a MultiCyclone Plus, reducing electrical usage and reducing the operating noise of the filtration system. MultiCyclone Plus offers the water savings of a cartridge filter, but without the frequency of filter cartridge maintenance.

Dual stage filtration

  • MultiCyclone Plus uses the most advanced hydro cyclone technology to reduce the footprint of the filtration system.
  • It combines all of the revolutionary features of its predecessor with an inbuilt cartridge filter.
  • Incoming water tangentially enters its multiple hydro cyclones, generating a strong centrifugal effect.
  • Approximately 80% of the incoming dirt load is spiraled down to its clear sediment chamber.
  • The outgoing water is finally polished via its inbuilt cartridge filter, producing crystal clear water.

Extended filter capacity

  • The MultiCyclone Plus increases the capacity of the 402 ft filter cartridge by five times, equivalent to a 2002 ft filter cartridge.
  • Its centrifugal section filter pre-filters up to 80% of dirt which would normally go into the filter, and drains it out.

Ease of maintenance

  • MultiCyclone Plus’s sediment chamber is easily cleaned by opening its purge valve.
  • Only 15 litres of water is discharged

Energy saving

  • The MultiCyclone Plus’s excellent hydraulic efficiency means that a small ¾ horsepower or 0.61kW pump is capable of circulating water through it.
  • A 1 horsepower or 0.82kW pump may be required to power a suction cleaner or water features.
  • OR alternately, use a variable speed pump such as Waterco’s ECOV 100 on low speed.

Multicyclone and floor standWater saving

  • MultiCyclone Plus’s sediment chamber is easily cleaned by opening its purge valve.
  • Only 15 litres of water is discharged. Compared to a sand filter, the MultiCyclone Plus can save between 7,000 to 10,000 litres of water a year.

Time saving

  • Its centrifugal section filter pre-filters up to 80% of the dirt which would normally go into the filter, and drains it out.
  • Filter cartridge maintenance is significantly reduced. Filter maintenance should be equivalent to the same level of maintenance required for a standard 1502 to 2002 ft cartridge filter. 
How to safety-proof your Swimming Pool

Finding the right safety-proofing solution for your swimming pool is a must, particularly where young children and pets are involved. You need equipment that offers reliable protection and meets your budget, so we’ve put together a little guide to help you choose the right solution for your needs:

Pool alarms

Immerstar floating pool alarm The IMMERSTAR Pool Alarm is one of the most popular alarms on the market, which complies with the French NFP90-307/A1 Safety Standards.

The sensor of the IMMERSTAR alarm detects the fall of a body and raises a powerful alarm with a 100db siren.

The IMMERSTAR fastens to the pool edge and is operated with a magnet contact key. It won’t be set off by strong winds and features LED status indicators and auto switching from swim to alert mode.

Swimming pool safety covers

Whatever your style or budget, we supply a range of manual or automatic swimming pool safety covers designed to suit all needs:

Walu manual pool safety covers

Immerstar floating pool alarmThe different types and styles of Walu Swimming Pool Safety Covers are designed to suit a variety of swimming pool shapes and sizes and are manufactured to comply with strict French NFP90-307/A1 Safety Standards. The Walu Starlight consists of strong yet lightweight aluminium bars that run across the pool width, with a fabric panel section in between each bar.

The Starlight features a sleek appearance, as the support poles are underneath the cover on this model, also making the winding and unwinding process smoother. Due to the positioning of the support bars, the Walu Starlight is only suitable for rectangular swimming pools.

The end bars are fixed to the deck via a webbing strap, which are tensioned to ensure a firm cover which completely seals the swimming pool.

Removing the cover is a case of simply releasing the tension then rolling the bars away, either with the manual Walu Crank Handle or the electrical Walu Power. Pull on one of the webbing straps when ready to unwind the cover to replace it.

Walu Air pool safety coverThe Walu Evolution works in the same way as the Starlight, but has the support poles on the top of the cover. This allows the flexibility of being able to manufacture the Evolution in all shapes, making it suitable for kidney or other shaped swimming pools.

Both the Walu Starlight and the Walu Evolution are available in either Opaque or Translucent finishes in a range of colours. The Walu Air is effectively two covers in one, as it acts as both a safety cover and a winter debris cover.

The Walu Air works by creating an inflated pillow that plugs the shape of the pool completely. This means that no debris can get in to the pool from underneath and the shape formed on top of the pool allows rain and debris to flow straight off it onto the poolside, keeping the water clear – and stopping anyone or anything getting on top of the cover too!

The Walu Air overlaps the pool by 35cm around all sides and is secured in place using traditional spring, pin and strap fixings. This cover is suitable for pools up to 11.5 x 5m (not freeform pools) with optional ladder or counter current system cut outs available.

Coverstar automatic safety cover

Coverstar automatic safety coversWidely regarded as one of the best on the market, the Coverstar is the ultimate automatic safety cover around.

At the flip of a switch, the Coverstar automatic safety cover creates an impenetrable barrier preventing children, pets or even adults from accidentally falling into the pool.

Featuring sliders 4 times stronger than traditional sliders (typically the weakest component in safety covers), choosing a Coverstar system ensures your peace of mind that your pool is safely secured.

An additional benefit is the Ultraguard III vinyl material of the fabric with heat-sealed webbing for double strength, which is also highly resistant to pool chemicals and UV light, greatly minimising colour fading. With 5 colours to choose from, you can ensure the cover complements your pool perfectly too!

Additional Coverstar System Benefits:

  • 90% reduction in evaporation
  • 70% reduction in pool heating costs
  • 50% reduction in electricity costs
  • 70% reduction in chemical use
  • Acts as a debris cover, preventing any debris from entering the pool

Coverstar systems can have either a deck mounted or in-pit installation and can be made to suit almost any shaped pool!

Swimming pool safety fencing

Coverstar automatic safety coversWhen a traditional style swimming pool safety cover isn’t compatible with a pool due to the shape or specific nature of the pool, Swimming Pool Safety Fencing offers an attractive and practical solution. Rollaway Safety Fencing is easy to install and is easily removed when not required – the perfect flexible safety solution!

Made from exceptionally strong plastic coated polymer mesh and fixed to sturdy aluminium uprights, Rollaway Safety Fencing can be affixed to concrete, grass, soil or paving. Glass Swimming Pool Safety Fencing is a stylish safety-proofing option with the added bonus of shielding the pool from the wind.

Whatever size or shape pool you have, or are planning to have, we can help you create the perfect safety solution for your needs, simply contact us on 02920 705059 or e-mail sales@allswimltd.com for assistance and quotations.

Swimming pool pumps: Choosing the right one for your pool

Sta-rite pool pumps It’s important to ensure you choose the right swimming pool pump when planning your pool, or when replacing an existing pump.

What does a swimming pool pump do?

UK guidelines for residential pools state that the entire volume of pool water should pass through the filtration system every 8 hours.  The pool pump controls the circulation system of the pool water, a very important job as the circulation and filtration of the pool water ensures your chemicals are properly distributed, preventing the water from stagnating. 

The pool pump draws the water through the skimmer and the main drain, forces it through the filter (which traps and removes debris and impurities) then returns it back to the pool via the return inlet.   

How do I find the correct size pump?

The first thing to establish when choosing a pool pump is:

  • The total volume of water in your swimming pool(in gallons). This can be calculated using the following formula:

Calculating the volume of your pool Astral Victoria Plus pool pumps

Square & Rectangular Pools

Length (ft) x Width (ft) x Average Depth (ft) x 6.25 = Gallons

Circular Pools

Diameter (ft) x Diameter (ft) x Depth (ft) x 4.9 = Gallons

The water flow rate (gallons per minute) of a pool pump determines how quickly the pump can move the water.  We can use the below example;

Pool Volume = 24,000 gallons of water

  • To calculate how many gallons you need to pump each hour based on an 8 hour total turnover, divide the number of gallons by 8 (24,000  8 = 3,000)
  • Divide the 3,000 by the number of minutes per hour (60) then = 50 gallons per minute, in order to provide a complete turnover of the pool water in 8 hours.

For help or advice in sizing your swimming pool pump, give us a call on 02920 705059 or use our online enquiry form.

Which brand is best?

Certikin Aquaspeed pool pumpsWe have chosen our swimming pool pumps based on their long-standing reputations for reliability and performance, including the very popular Sta-Rite 5P2R range, Astral Victoria Plus, Hayward Super and Certikin Aquaspeed. Alternatively, have a look through our complete range of swimming pool pumps.

It’s worth keeping in mind that if you are replacing an existing pool pump, opting for a like for like swop will require less work in terms of changing any pipe and fittings.

All of the swimming pool pumps we stock are self-priming pumps and popular brands from reputable manufacturers, in a range of sizes to ensure all size and shapes of pool are covered!

With over 47 years’ experience in swimming pool equipment, we are ready to share our advice and talk you through any aspect of either building or maintaining a swimming pool.  And if you’ve browsed our products and cannot find what you’re looking for, or are trying to replace a swimming pool pump and are unsure what model it is, contact us on 02920 705059 or email a picture of it to us on: sales@allswimltd.com for further help.

Fitting an Endless Pools Fastlane to your swimming pool

So what exactly is the Endless Pools Fastlane?

Endless Pools Fastlane counter current swim systemThe Fastlane is a powerful, counter current system that delivers a smooth, even swim current to your swimming pool. It has a fully adjustable swim pace from zero to a 1 minute 10 second hundred yard pace (1 minute 16 second/100 meters) and allows you to swim in place without the need to turn. It’s perfect for converting any small pool into a home fitness system.

How does the Fastlane work?

The Fastlane consists of two parts, a hydraulic power unit and a swim unit. The 5Hp power unit is usually located remotely with other pool equipment and provides power to the swim unit via two hydraulic hoses, utilising biodegradable vegetable based hydraulic fluid. The swim unit mounts pool side. Inside the swim unit is a special, sealed stainless steel hydraulic motor that turns a custom designed 16” (40cm) propeller. Water entering the base of the unit travels through a unique channelling system that helps straighten the swim current and removes any turbulence from the water before being delivered through the final smoothing grill at the front of the unit.How to position your Endless Pools Fastlane system

How do I use the Fastlane?

Using a Fastlane is incredibly straightforward. Simply position yourself in front of the swim unit so that you can swim into the current and then turn the unit on by pressing the on/off switch button on the remote control fob. Once you are comfortable with the swimming position you can increase or decrease the speed by using the faster and slower buttons on the control fob. Remember, because you are swimming without stopping you will tire 20-30% faster than when swimming laps. To stop swimming simply press the on/off button. If you turn the unit back on, the Fastlane current will return to the last speed programmed into the remote. The Fastlane has a built-in safety timer that will automatically shut off the current after 30 minutes.

Where do I position the Fastlane in my pool?

The Fastlane can be installed in virtually any new or existing in-ground concrete, gunite, masonry, vinyl lined or fibreglass pool together with any above ground pool. Water depth can be as shallow as 35”, generally speaking, if a pool is deep enough to swim in, it’s deep enough for a Fastlane!

There are two different types of fitting systems for a Fastlane, either a deck mount or a wall mount bracket. The deck mount option is suitable for retro fitting a swim unit to an existing pool and a wall mount bracket is used for new pool builds as it is incorporated into the wall structure itself.

The swim unit must be installed no closer than 24” (61cm) from any adjacent pool wall and choosing a location that is at least 12’ (3m 65cm) from an opposing wall (see diagram opposite) will provide you with the ideal swim lane for exercising. Remember, to help ensure a turbulent free swim current it is also key to position the swim unit away from surrounding walls, benches and stairs.

Installing a wall mount Fastlane to your new pool build

The wall mount Fastlane attaches to your pool wall with the use of a special, wall mount bracket that is embedded in the pool wall. The hydraulic hoses and power unit are then hidden in the pool wall under the pool deck area leaving a clean looking installation on your pool. If you are building a new pool or significantly refurbishing an existing pool this option of mounting the Fastlane unit is ideal for you.

The minimum clearance guidelines for this type of installation are outlined below.

Installing a deck mount Fastlane to your existing pool

The deck mount Fastlane can be installed on any existing pool without the need to alter the wall structure. A deck mount hose cover conceals the hydraulic hoses and is secured to the deck area around your pool and you can either run the hoses along the pool deck area itself or through a trench. If you are winterising your pool the deck mount Fastlane allows you to easily remove the unit and store it over winter. The hydraulic fluid that remains in the hoses will not freeze, even in cold climates.

If you choose the deck mount Fastlane option there must be 18” (46cm) of solid decking from the pool water’s edge to the mounting site because the swim unit will need to be bolted to the pool deck. If your pool decking isn’t wide enough a small concrete pad will need to be poured to help secure the mounting bracket. Once installed the deck mount Fastlane unit extends 19” (48cm) into your pool and 18” (46cm) onto the pool deck area.

Planning the equipment placement

In addition to planning for the position of the swim unit you must also plan for the location of the hydraulic power unit. Typically this is placed next to your other pool equipment. It is important that the unit is not subjected to driving rain and it must always be placed on soild ground. The power unit is also air-cooled and must be sited with plenty of ventilation, ideally a minimum of 12” (30cm) air space must be left on all sides. In addition, although frequent access is not required it is important that the power unit is accessible once sited for the purposes of general maintenance.

The dimensions of the power unit are as follows.

Electrical requirements

It is important that the Fastlane installation complies with the National Electric Code Article 680 Swimming Pools and Similar Installations and any other applicable local codes and ordinances. The Fastlane is ETL listed, Ref.#2001770, and CE listed. A licensed electrician can help with this review and must perform all electrical work.

Below are some of the most important considerations.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

All equipment provided by Endless Pools, Inc. and all associated pool equipment must be protected by GFCI.

These GFCI circuits must be tested monthly.

Power Unit Connections

The Fastlane requires a single 30-Amp, 220-Volt GFCI circuit to operate. An electrician must install a disconnect box within 6' of the Power Unit location.

Bonding

Both the Swim Unit and Power Unit have bonding lugs. Proper bonding with a #8 or larger solid copper wire is required.

In summary, why should you build your own endless pool?

Remember, a swimming pool doesn't have to take up a vast amount of space in your garden. If space is at a premium or you don't want to lose valuable playing space for the kids you can always build your own endless pool. A modest sized, inground swimming pool with an Endless Pools Fastlane will create the perfect swim in place pool without the need for as much space. Instead of having to make turns while you swim, you simply swim against the Fastlane's powerful swim current. Perfect!

Spring is coming: How to get ready by Shocking the Pool

All Swim 16 inch rubber bristle brushAfter a few months of hibernation over the winter, the arrival of spring means it’s time to think about getting your swimming pool ready for the new season – and hopefully lots of fun and relaxation over the summer!

Before starting, it’s a good idea to make sure you have everything you will need to open up the pool, including:

  • A good leaf net and extending handle
  • Waterline or Tile & Liner Cleaner
  • Winter debris cover cleaner
  • Pool brush
  • Garden hose
  • Protective equipment (chemical resistant gloves & safety goggles)
  • Chemicals to put in to the pool (shock chlorine, algaecide, pH adjusters)
  • Test strips

Once you’re fully stocked up, follow the below step by step guide to opening up your outdoor swimming pool:

  1. All Swim waterline cleaning productsRemove surface water and any debris from the winter cover before taking it off.  Then carefully clean the cover, dry it off (towels or a leaf blower work well here) and re-package it ready for storage.
  2. Using your extending handle and leaf net, remove as much debris from the pool as possible and clean any tide marks at the water line using All Swim Tile & Liner Cleaner or Waterline Cleaner. To view our complete range of waterline cleaning products click here.
  3. If you removed the pump last winter, reconnect it making sure all the electrical connections are free from dampness – if unsure call in an electrician to do this step.
  4. Open any valves beneath the water line which may have been closed or plugged.
  5. Check there are no obstructions to the drains, the outlets and the pump strainer basket.
  6. If necessary, top up the water level so that it can be drawn in through the skimmer / skimmers.
  7. Prime the pump, turn it on and check that the filter, skimmers and drains are all working. Don’t be too concerned if the water from the circulation is discoloured at first. If the water level was too high because of rain over the winter, pump to waste.
  8. Run the filter for several hours, vacuuming out any remaining debris.
  9. Backwash the filter and top up with fresh water.
  10. Prepare your heat retention cover ready for use, cleaning off any patches of algae or mould.
  11. Check the pH and adjust to 7.2 – 7.6. Use All Swim Pool Acid if you need to lower the pH or All Swim Pak 2 to raise it. To view our complete swimming pool water balance chemicals click here.
  12. Lo-Chlor Knock-out Algaecide, Jelly Clear Cubes and Jolly GelDose the pool water with All Swim Shock Chlorine following the instruction label on the container.  This will kill off any algae and harmful organisms that may be present. Allow the water to circulate to ensure thorough mixing and if required, add Lo Chlor Algae Knock Out to get rid of particularly stubborn patches of algae.
  13. The final step is to add an algaecide to prevent algae growth. Long life algaecides such as Kleen Pool or Lo Chlor Pool Algaecide can keep algae at bay for up to 6 months, or if you prefer to dose it regularly, All Swim Algicide is a weekly treatment. To view our complete range of pool algicides, clarifiers and cleaners click here.

Once the pool is clean and ready for the start of the season remember to bring or send in a sample of your swimming pool water in a 500ml empty still mineral water bottle with your pool details and we can test the sample FREE of charge for you using a photometer to analyse the current water balance and we will then give you a free report detailing any recommended remedial action required.

If you are unsure of any element of swimming pool chemicals or water treatment please do not hesitate to contact us for further help and advice by calling 029 2070 5059.

Looking after your swimming pool

All Swim water balance chemicalsAs a new swimming pool owner you probably feel there is so much to learn and familiarise yourself with – this is true, but if you start out on the right foot, pool maintenance and water treatment will become easy to maintain in the long term.

The biggest learning curve with pool ownership tends to be the water chemistry, so we have put together a brief guide we hope you find helpful.

Guide to the chemicals in a new pool

A simple system to help pool owners learn about proper water balance is the Blue Horizons ‘BOAST’ system. This system will help you remember the key points in achieving safe, clear and clean water:

B  =  Balance your pool water for bather comfort and maximum chemical efficiency. This includes adjusting the pH level up or down as required, raising Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness when necessary. All the products you need to adjust your swimming pool water balance can be found here.

O = Oxidise to establish a sanitiser level then weekly to destroy waste compounds. Chlorine is the most common sanitiser used in swimming pools, which kills bacteria and keeps the water safe and clean. Shock Chlorine is used to raise the sanitiser level quickly (and to kill algae off if present). TIP: if the pool is heated, Quick Dissolve Shock does not need to be pre-dissolved, so will save you time and energy!

A = Algae prevention, stop algae establishing itself in your pool water. Using a long-life algaecide such as Kleen Pool or Lo Chlor Pool Algaecide will help keep the pool free from algae for up to 6 months. Or use All Swim Algicide for weekly dosing. To view our complete range of swimming pool algicides, clarifiers and cleaners click here.

All Swim water balance chemicals SSanitise, maintain a constant sanitiser level to prevent and kill bacteria. Stabilised chlorine (Cyanachlor) in the form of either granules to be pre-dissolved in water or tablets with a floating dispenser are used for regular dosing. To view our complete range of chlorine water treatment chemicals click here.

T  = Test your water frequently, you really don’t know what the levels are without testing! Test strips are extremely easy to use and provide an accurate reading of your water chemistry and there are also various test kits available to keep track of your water balance. To view our complete range of pool and hot tub water testing kits click here.

We also provide a FREE water sample testing service in our showroom, simply bring or send in a sample in a 500ml empty still mineral water bottle with your pool details and we’ll use a photometer to analyse the current water balance and we will then give you a free report detailing any recommended remedial action required.

If you are unsure of any element of swimming pool chemicals or water treatment please do not hesitate to contact us for further help and advice by calling 029 2070 5059.

 

What size of Hot Tubs are available?

Caldera Spas Aventine hot tubDo you love the idea of having a hot tub but wonder if there is one to fit your space? We get it, once you start looking around and visiting showrooms the sheer size of hot tubs in real life can be overwhelming, especially if you’re limited on space.

Hot tubs in all shapes and sizes

At All Swim we stock a large selection of Hot Tubs ranging from 2 to 8 seaters to suit a wide variety of customer needs and spaces.

Short on space? Our most compact 2 seater hot tub is the Caldera Spas Aventine which measures 1620 x 1620 mm and is specially designed to fit snugly into a corner. And the cleverly designed 3 person Kauai features the UltraMassage Lounger which delivers a powerful, adjustable full body massage alongside 2 seats facing each other.

Or maybe you’re looking for a larger-than-average hot tub – in which case the 8 person Cantabria by Caldera Spas offers the ultimate in customisable massage and comfort – complete with a state of the art design.

Hot tub circuit therapy, the Caldera Spas differenceWe have a range of all-seated hot tubs too that comfortably seat 7 people, ideal for large families or entertaining friends.

Find the right fit

A question we are often asked when customers visit our Cardiff showroom is "How big are the hot tubs you have?" Getting the measurement of hot tubs is naturally a factor in choosing the right one, so to make it a little easier we have compiled a chart showing the measurements and weights of every hot tub we stock along with useful information on everything you need to consider before buying a hot tub.

Did you know that we also offer a free site visit? This can be helpful for checking the access for delivery and offering advice regarding positioning and which model could best match your needs, and there is no obligation to purchase if you decide not to!

Whatever size and style of hot tub you have in mind, our aim is to help you find the perfect choice. For more information on any of our hot tubs by American manufacturers Caldera Spas, Fantasy Spas or DreamMaker, you can get in touch with us by calling 02920 705059 or via our online form.

Alternatively you can view our entire range of hot tubs online. 

Caldera Spas sizes

 

Utopia Series Dimensions
L x W x D
Empty
Weight kg
Filled
Weight kg*
Capacity
litres
Amps
required
Cantabria 2740 x 2310 x 970mm 595 3,560 2,325 40
Geneva 2260 x 2260 x 970mm 455 2,485 1,550 40
Niagara 2260 x 2260 x 970mm 450 2,535 1,525 40
Tahitian 2130 x 2130 x 910mm 410 2,315 1,425 40
Tahitian AMS 2130 x 2130 x 910mm 410 2,315 1,425 40
Florence 2130 x 2130 x 910mm 395 2,235 1,360 40
Provence 2130 x1980 x 890mm 395 1,715 1,005 40
Paradise Series Dimensions
L x W x D
Empty 
Weight kg
Filled
Weight kg*
Capacity 
litres
Amps 
required
Makena 2260 x 2260 x 910mm 465 2,445 1,500 40
Salina 2260 x 2260 x 910mm 455 2,615 1,600 40
Martinique 2260 x 1930 x 860mm 420 2,320 1,500 40
Kauai 2130 x 1650 x 750mm 335 1,450 875 16
Vacanza Series Dimensions
L x W x D
Empty 
Weight kg
Filled
Weight kg*
Capacity 
litres
Amps 
required
Palatino 2260 x 2260 x 980mm 415 2,420 1,525 20
Marino 2130 x 2130 x 910mm 380 2,235 1,375 16
Vanto 2130 x 2130 x 910mm 385 2,370 1,425 16
Capitolo 2080 x 2080 x 840mm 330 1,905 1,175 16
Celio 2130 x 1650 x 760mm 290 1,355 825 16
Aventine 1620 x 1620 x 740mm 225 960 575 20

* Filled weight includes the weight of the occupants assuming an average weight of 80kg each

 

Fantasy Spas sizes

 

Fantasy Spas Dimensions
L x W x D
Empty
Weight kg
Capacity
litres
Amps 
required
Drift 1730 x 1600 x 810mm 129 841 13 or 16
Embrace 1830 x 1830 x 790mm 137 776 13 or 16
Entice 2190 x 1960 x 840mm 172 890 13 or 16
Splendor 1980 (diameter) x 860mm 163 984 13 or 16
Aspire 1830 x 1190 x 710mm 113 435 13 or 16

 

DreamMaker Spas sizes

 

DreamMaker Spas Dimensions
L x W x D
Empty
Weight kg
Capacity
litres
Amps 
required
Fantasy 1980 x 1680 x 810mm 120 700 16
EZ Spa 1980 x 1730 x 810mm 129 795 16
EZ L Spa 1980 x 1730 x 810mm 147 795 16
Odyssey 2080 x 2080 x 810mm 154 1022 16
Big Ez 2080 x 2080 x 810mm 154 1022 16
Dream 600L* 2030 x 2030 x 910mm 179 1080 23
Cabana 1 pump* 2030 x 2030 x 860mm 190 1190 20
Cabana 2 pumps* 2030 x 2030 x 860mm 190 1190 25
Heatsavr is put to the test

An outdoor swimming pool before using HeatsavrHeatsavr, the original liquid pool cover, was first introduced to the UK leisure industry almost 10 years ago. During this time, a number of commercial pool operators and domestic owners have adopted the technology and enjoyed considerable energy savings, as well as the benefit of a simple pool cover system that works 24 hours a day. However, for pool managers and council heads who are in control of expenditure where the pool itself has limited controls, using Heatsavr may feel like a leap of faith as the energy savings may not be easily extracted. Furthermore the product is odourless, tasteless and completely invisible, tempting pool managers to wonder if it is working at all. It is unsurprising that some pool managers seek credible analysis to prove that Heatsavr really can save energy. However carrying out product trials can be expensive and time consuming.

All Swim's supplier decided to approach EEVS, the UK’s leading provider of independent performance measurement and verification (M&V) services for energy, water and waste efficiency products and services, to carry out analysis on a client’s energy data. The objective was to determine if, through independent verification, Heatsavr could be proven to offer customers a level of energy saving worth investing in. Pool boiler readings were supplied to EEVS by our suppliers client, Hoburne Holiday Parks in Torbay. The readings related to weekly gas consumption for the pool for a 13 week period between April and July in 2010 and 1 year later, in 2011, when Heatsavr was in use. Taking into consideration the external air temperature during these 2 time periods, Heating Degree Days were used to determine a base temperature on which to compare Heatsavr’s ability.

An outdoor swimming pool after using Heatsavr liquid pool coverThe Hoburne site in question was a deck level pool that had VSDs linked to humidity. There were no changes to the fabric of the building during the 2 time periods so no known external factors affecting the results. EEVS was able to determine from the data provided that the site had benefitted from a reduction in gas usage during the 13-week period in 2011 of 56,509kwh. Using a commercial gas price of 2p per kwh, this equated to a financial saving of £1130, equivalent to an impressive 21.7% reduction in gas usage. On a cumulative basis the reduction in gas consumption would be equivalent to approximately £4500 per annum.

The Hoburne site could have enjoyed even greater savings by reducing the air heating system at night when the pool was closed. The report does not evaluate the associated savings on water consumption either as this data was not available for analysis.

Based on a saving of 56,509kwh, the Hoburne site also produced the equivalent of 10.5 tonnes less CO2 during this time period, or 42 tonnes on an annualised basis. Heatsavr works by slowing evaporation from the pool’s surface. The Heatsavr monolayer spreads across the water and traps energy and moisture within the pool. In an indoor pool, energy savings relate not only to pool water heating but also to the ability to turn down the dehumidification system due to the reduced evaporation.

Click here to view our Heatsavr productHeatsavr has to be added to the pool on a daily basis to maintain its effectiveness. This is because Heatsavr biodegrades – it has what is called a 2 day half life – which means that in 2 days 50% of it has biodegraded.

The EEVS report is available from our supplier to anyone who is genuinely interested in saving energy and CO2 output from within their pool. Our supplier chose to work with EEVS due to their credibility within the M&V sector. EEVS was the first UK adopter of the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP), the leading global standard. EEVS is also certified by BSI to ISO 9001:2008.

In providing customers with the independent analysis that they have been seeking, All Swim hopes to be able to deliver energy saving benefits and ultimately, peace of mind, to a greater number of commercial operators and domestic pool owners across the UK. Pool managers and pool owners alike should have confidence in the findings and recognise that whilst invisible, Heatsavr continues to work throughout the day and night, saving energy and enabling you to focus on other cost saving initiatives within their site.

For further information on EEVS and the services offered, please visit www.eevs.co.uk. If you are interested and would like to contact All Swim for advice on energy, water and CO2 savings with Heatsavr please call us on 029 2070 5059.

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