Make the most of your garden this Spring and add some water fun!

The Met Office is avoiding a prediction, but according to Positive Weather Solutions ( the UK is set for a great summer, so it’s time to implement some garden improvements and cover all bases with a hot tub, swim spa or a new swimming pool, as these can be used whatever the weather!

Outdoor activity is great for family fun and getting children out in the fresh air and active rather than being stuck indoors. Swimming is an easy and fun way for families to spend time together, keep fit and is also a great way to encourage children to be sporty and fit from a young age.

Adding something as eye catching as a swimming pool or hot tub can bring fantasy to the garden and create a tranquil environment for the family. They can be designed to stay in keeping with house and garden design, any shape and size and to fit every budget.



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 which ensure contractors and suppliers meet industry standards to make usage safe.

Ten top tips when buying a hot tub and/or swimming pool:

1)      Always choose a SPATA or BISHTA member so that you can be assured that your purchase will be built to industry standards. You may wish to check the company is a current member of either BISHTA and / or SPATA by contacting the office, or checking the relevant website (details below).

2)       Ensure the contractor can show at least two examples of the type of hot tub or pool that you want. Ask past clients for their feedback on the contractors’ professionalism and ability to hit agreed deadlines

3)      Check the contractor is able to do all of the work involved, or ensure that they have regular sub contractors that are used

4)      Ensure the contractor agrees to start work when needed; make this a stipulation in the contract

5)      Ask who will be responsible for after-sales maintenance and service

6)      Find out if there are any Local Authority consents required (e.g. Planning, Building Regulations, etc.)

7)      Ask the installer what the proposed method of dealing with increased costs and extra works will be

8)      Find out what method of water treatment is proposed

9)      Check the warranties on the products

10)  Find out who is responsible for site clearance and subsequent reinstatement


As Britain basks in warm weather, SPATA encourages bathers to swim safely at home

With Britain basking in temperatures as high as 29 degrees this week, Brits are choosing to spend their weekends sunbathing and entertaining the children at outdoor public pools. Some people are lucky enough to have a pool in their garden so water fun is literally on the doorstep.

SPATA (The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) is encouraging all pool users to play safe in the lovely warm weather and avoid any water danger.

Swimming is an easy and fun way for families to spend time together, keep active and it’s a great way to encourage children to be sporty and fit from a young age. However, being more active in the pool also means being more safety conscious.

When hitting the pool this summer ensure you are swimming safely, whether it’s in your back garden, at your local pool or on holiday abroad.

Suggestions for safety in and around the pool:

  1. Learn to swim
  2. Always supervise children in and around the pool
  3. Do not dive into water that is less than 1.5 metres deep
  4. Ensure family and friends know what to do in an emergency
  5. Never swim in unsupervised areas such as old flooded quarry pits, rivers, canals and reservoirs.

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 and 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 over.
  • 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 respective trade associations for swimming pools and hot tubs in the UK, setting the Standards for contractors and suppliers to make usage safe.

For further information or images, please contact BOTTLE PR on 01865 882 988 or

For further information on SPATA go to, and for BISHTA go to

SPATA Awards Winner Tanby Pools

Local swimming pool company make a splash at annual industry awards

Tanby Swimming Pools, based in Warlingham, Surrey, is celebrating after collecting a hat-trick of awards at the prestigious SPATA Awards last night (Sunday 7 February). The gold award was given to Tanby Swimming Pools for ‘Best Inground Spas and Health Pools up to £25,000’, a silver in the‘Inground Spas and Health Pools over £25,000’ category and a bronze for ‘Innovation’ in recognition of the company’s outstanding design and construction.

The Swimming Pool Allied Trade Association (SPATA) Awards were held at the Brighton Hilton Hotel where SPATEX, the UK’s largest swimming pool and hot tub exhibition, is currently holding its 14thannual trade show.

The awards, organised by SPATA, who represent approximately 200 specialist pool building companies across the UK, with some overseas members, highlights the achievements of the pool industry by showcasing the best examples of construction, design and innovation.

Chris Hayes, Managing Director of the SPATA says “This year was the 34th year of the SPATA Awards, which once again proved to be more popular than previous years, creating tough competition for the judges with a shortlist of 91 entries across 22 categories.  The Awards profile some excellent work from our members and demonstrates the value of choosing a SPATA member to build or renovate your pool.

“The event sees companies from across the UK gather to showcase their most innovative products.  We were delighted to recognise so many of the industry’s hard working companies, these award winners demonstrate that swimming pools and spas bring more to the home than simply leisure; they can be a way to keep healthy, have fun with the children as well as have a focus for relaxation with family and friends.”

Martin Borley, Director of Tanby Swimming Pools, says: “Winning these awards is great recognition for the whole Tanby team who have put a lot of hard work into all of the construction projects this year and we’re absolutely thrilled to win.”



Notes to editors:

1. For interviews with the winners, or representatives from SPATA please contact Kirsty Gilbride or Tracey Warmington at BOTTLE PR on 01865 882988 or email .

2. Images are available on request.

3. SPATA – The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association, is a member of BSPF, the British Swimming Pool Federation and of EUSA, the European Union of Swimming Pool Associations.

Tel. 01264 356210

4. For more information about the SPATEX exhibition visit