You don’t have to be Michael Phelps to enjoy swimming. It’s a lot of fun and is a great way to stay fit. In fact, exercise for an hour three to four times a week, and you could see your blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk decrease. But do you have money and space to install and maintain an in ground pool? If not, buy a swim spa.

Backyard swim spa


What types of swim spas are available?


With a variety of choices, buy the spa that fits your space, landscaping and budget. Here are three popular choices.


  • Molded shell on the deck—Between 12 and 24 feet long, the shell sits on your deck or anywhere in your lawn.
  • Portable swim spa—With the pumps, heater, filters and jets built into the portable unit, move it to your lawn in the summertime and to your covered deck in the winter.
  • Modular designed units—Simple to install, modular units range in size from seven by 12 feet to 10 by 16 feet. Choose the trim, siding style and materials that match your landscaping design.

    Which swim spa should you choose?


    Before signing the dotted line on the bill of sale for your new swim spa, consider how you’ll use it. The model you choose depends on whether you want to enjoy it indoors, outdoors or year round.


    Single temperature swim spas include the swim section at one end and hot tub seating at the other end. They hold 600 to 2,000 gallons of water that could be expensive to heat. That’s where quality hot tub covers come in. Install a spa cover to keep the water warm, clean and healthy. Dual temperature swim spas include a plastic divider that separates the cooler swimming side from the warmer soaking side. Both sections include their own pumps, filters and heaters, and large units can be as long as 18 feet. Matched sets give you the best of both worlds and include a swim spa unit and a separate hot tub unit.


    Which spa will you choose? Consider your space, needs and budget then install the spa that welcomes you to swim and relax whenever you want.


    Happy Tubbing!
    Ethel Elliott


    Ethel Elliott
    Written by Ethel Elliott. +Ethel writes about all things backyard with a focus on replacement hot tub spa covers. You can also chat with Ethel on Twitter! Follow this author on Twitter