Swimming is an easy and fun way for families to spend time together and keep active. And when the sun in shinning it’s a great opportunity to cool down at your local public swimming baths.

You may be surprised to hear that you can also enjoy the luxury of a pool in your own back garden, without breaking the bank. Building a swimming pool may not cost as much as you might think, as there are many different options to suit every family and budget.

Make sure you choose a registered Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) member; they will be able to tailor a build to your budget and location.

As well as getting the right pool for your home, it is also important to remember the essential tips to ensure that your children stay safe when swimming over the summer holidays. Here are some suggestions for child safety aids to help you encourage safe swimming for your family.

Five Essential Safety Items for Children:

  • Buoyancy aids designed to give a degree of independence, but under strict supervision. Available as arm bands, swim vests, float boards.
  • Baby swim seats let the baby sit properly supported in the water and able to kick freely.
  • Costumes with pockets contain removable floats designed for children 30 months and up.
  • Swim shoes protect children’s feet from slipping on wet floor or stubbing toes against the edge of the pool.
  • One-piece water suits for children; gives young skin a protection factor of 50+ wet or dry.

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) are the trade associations for swimming pools and hot tubs in theUKwhich ensure contractors and suppliers meet industry standards.

Always look for the SPATA and BISHTA logos to make sure the pool or hot tub you’re using is right for you.