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

As British Summer Time is now upon us, our thoughts turn to revamping the garden

It certainly feels like spring is finally here and the weather is starting to get warmer and brighter. With this in mind, we can start to prepare for the summer months and consider some garden improvements. As well as the annual garden tidy up, it could be time to consider a hot tub, swim spa or even a new swimming pool, to make the most of being at home.

Outdoor activity is great for family fun and getting children out in the fresh air rather than being stuck indoors. Swimming and other water-related activities are an easy and fun way for families to spend time together 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 create a holiday feel to the garden and create a relaxing environment for entertaining. Best of all, they can be tailored to suit your house and garden design, 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 respective trade associations for swimming pools and hot tubs which encourage these contractors and suppliers to meet industry standards and to make usage safe.

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)    Be sure you know what you want to use the equipment for, as this will determine what to buy?  If you just want to relax in some hot water then a Hot Tub may be best, but if you want to swim , then either a swim spa or a swimming pools will be better

3)    Set a budget, but be prepared to be flexible if you find something that meets all your needs, but is slightly more than you had hoped for

4)    Ensure the contractor / supplier can show other 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

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

6)    Ask who will be responsible for after-sales maintenance, service and check the warranties on the products

7)    Find out what method of water treatment is proposed

 

Summer Holiday Swimming Fun for the Whole Family

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.

 

Start to enjoy your garden again, with a pool, swim spa or hot tub

After a long hard winter, we are finally looking towards summer. Therefore it’s time to think about making the most of the garden this season with pools, spas and hot tubs to give your garden the added wow factor.

Swimming is still the most popular way of keeping fit and healthy.  It provides other benefits such as having fun, which is a lovely way for families to spend some time together.

It is also great to encourage children to learn a life skill and to be sporty and fit from a young age.

There are swimming pools and hot tubs to suit all specifications; here are a few ideas of what you can do with a range of budgets and locations and there is an affordable option for you!

Hot tubs (designed for all year round use) come in a variety of sizes to suit, from 2 to as many as 8 bathers.  The sensation of experiencing the therapeutic massaging affects of the warm water is a wonderful experience.  To soak away the stresses and strains of the day there is nothing quite like a hot tub to ease away those aches and pains,.  They incorporate the heating and filtration systems to maintain your desired bathing temperatures.  Hot tubs are available with additional features that can include perimeter and external lighting systems, surround sound (CD, radio and / or ipod) and they are even available with LCD screens and DVD for that complete aquatic audio visual experience.  Prices start from just a few thousand pounds.

Swim spas are a more cost effective option than most swimming pools.  They take up less space, are quick and easy to install and offer reduced running costs than a typical pool.  They are usually fully self contained and can often be installed in as little as a day.  The features of a swim spa offer the perfect home aqua workout facility, including swimming or jogging against a counter current and there can be other options including rowing and resistance swimming.  As swim spas are portable, they can even be taken with you if you decide to move home.

Swimming pools may be the ultimate dream and there are various options to consider:

Above ground pools are affordable and can be installed very quickly.  Inground pools are either one piece pools, liner pools or concrete pools.     The advantages of one piece pools are that they are stylish and quick to install (as they are craned into position).

Liner pools have opened up the possibility of pool ownership to a far greater section of the leisure seeking consumer market and advances in plastics technology has resulted in highly efficient and economical pools constructed.   The life expectancy of a pool liner is usually quoted as from 8 to 12 years.  . On average, a liner pool takes only about four weeks to install and, given the appropriate skills and experience, lends itself to the self-build approach.

Concrete Swimming Pools are the traditional pool construction material and are either made from Sprayed Concrete (which involves spraying wet concrete onto a pre-formed cage of steel reinforcement.  This method enables pools to be constructed without any sharp angles where the pool walls meet the floor) or Shuttered Concrete (a construction method based on a poured concrete slab or floor with the pool walls poured between retaining panels – the shuttering).  Sprayed or shuttered concrete pool shells are normally rendered internally with sand and cement to provide a smooth and uniform waterproof lining, ready to receive a decorative finish of tiles, mosaic or terrazzo.

Other important options for pool buyers include the choice of installation of pool covers, enclosures, heat sources and for indoor pools the environmental control systems.

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, respectively, which work to ensure contractors and suppliers meet industry standards and their     top tips when buying a pool or hot tub are:

1)   Always choose a SPATA or BISHTA member so that you can expect your purchase will conform to industry standards. Contact BISHTA and / or SPATA by checking their relevant website –www.spata.co.ukwww.bishta.co.uk

2)   Ensure the contractor/retailer can show at least two examples of the type of hot tub or pool that you want, and if you are buying a hot tub, ideally you should try before you buy with a “wet test” to see if the particular model is to your liking.

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

4)   Confirm the preferred method of water treatment being proposed to suit your requirements

5)   Compare warranties between different companies to make sure you are getting the best deal for you

6)  Be very wary of internet bargains, there are many customers dissatisfied with some companies that are not BISHTA or SPATA members, who are trading on the internet.

 

Pool and hot tub companies make a splash at annual industry awards

Some of the most innovative swimming pool and hot tub companies were celebrating on Sunday night (6 February) after collecting awards at the annual SPATA and BISHTA Awards.

 

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association (SPATA) and British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) Awards were held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel where SPATEX, the UK’s largest swimming pool and hot tub exhibition, held its 15th annual trade show.

 

The big winner of the night was Portrait Pools & Enclosures from Southport, Lancashire. They scooped ten awards in total including ‘Domestic Pool of the Year’; The Dick Millward trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year’ and gold, silver and bronze in the category of ‘Residential Indoor Pools over £150,000’. They were closely followed by Tanby Swimming Pools who took home seven awards, including three golds.   A number of companies gained BISHTA Awards, including Euphoria Lifestylewho had a clean sweep in the Residential Portable Hot Tub above £10,000 category, while Southern Spas and Saunas won the category of Best Innovative Spa and were runners up in two other categories.   Oyster Pools & Leisure was celebrating a great double, as they won the Peter Geekie Retail Excellence Award (SPATA) and they won the Best Showroom category in the BISHTA Awards.

 

The awards, organised by SPATA and BISHTA, highlight the achievements of the pool industry by showcasing the best examples of construction, design, installation and innovation.

 

Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both SPATA and BISHTA says, “This year was the 50th anniversary of SPATA and the 10th anniversary of BISHTA and the Awards once again benefitted from a large number of sponsors and we are very grateful for their support.  The Awards created tough competition for the judges with a shortlist of 114 entries across 28 categories. The awards profile some excellent work from our members and demonstrate the value of choosing a SPATA member to build or renovate your pool and a BISHTA member to purchase a hot tub or swim spa from.

 

“SPATA and BISHTA host their awards evening at the SPATEX exhibition, part of the Pool Spa and Lifestyle Show, the UK’s largest swimming pool and hot tub exhibition, which also held its 15thannual trade show at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Exhibition Centre over the weekend.   This event sees companies from across theUK 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,  spas and hot tubs bring more to the home than simply leisure; they can be a way to keep healthy, have fun with the children, as well as having relaxation time with family and friends.”

 

The 2011 SPATA award winners were:

 

Concrete pools up to £60,000 sponsored by OASE

Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Bronze:Neptune Swimming Pools

 

Concrete pools £60,000 and over sponsored by BAYROL UK

Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools

Silver: Tanby Swimming Pools

Bronze: Tanby Swimming Pools

 

Liner pools up to £30,000 sponsored by Aquaflex Ltd

Gold: Deep End Pools Ltd

Silver: Home Counties (Horsham) Ltd

Bronze: MClark Swimming Pools

 

Liner pools £30,000 and over sponsored by Plastica Ltd

Gold: Deep End Pools Ltd

Silver: Home Counties (Horsham) Ltd

Bronze: MClark Swimming Pools

 

Residential indoor pools up to £75,000 sponsored by Sprayed Concrete Services Ltd

Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools

Silver: Tanby Swimming Pools

Bronze: Ian Lewis Design

 

 

 

Residential indoor pools over £75,000 and up to £150,000 sponsored by Stretch Ceilings Ltd

Gold: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Bronze: London Swimming Pool Company Ltd

 

Residential indoor pools over £150,000 sponsored by BAYROL UK

Gold: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Bronze: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

Non traditional pool installations

Gold: Cheshire Wellnewss

Silver: Deep End Pools Ltd

Bronze: Home Counties (Horsham) Ltd

 

Special requirements pools sponsored by Heatstar Ltd

Gold: David Hallam Ltd

Silver: David Hallam Ltd

Bronze: Origin Leisure Ltd

 

Commercial pools sponsored by Astralpool UK Ltd

Gold:Cheshire Wellness

Silver: Beaver International Ltd

Bronze: David Hallam Ltd

 

Overseas Domestic Pools

Gold: Belhasa Projects LLC

Silver: Belhasa Projects LLC

Bronze: David Hallam Ltd

 

Refurbishments sponsored by Sprayed Concrete Services Ltd

Gold: Asher Swimpool Centre Ltd

Silver: Asher Swimpool Centre Ltd

Bronze: London Swimming Pool Company Ltd

 

Inground domestic spas and health pools sponsored by Golden Coast

Gold: London Swimming Pool Company Ltd

Silver: Tanby Swimming Pools

Bronze: Asher Swimpool Centre Ltd

 

Inground commercial spas and health

Gold:Cheshire Wellness

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

The Peter Geekie award for retail excellence sponsored by Certikin International

Gold: Oyster Pools & Leisure Ltd

 

Environmental award sponsored by Calorex Heat Pumps

Gold: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

The Dick Millward trophy for pool contractor of the year

Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

Domestic Pool of the Year

Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

Commercial Pool of the Year

CheshireWellness

 

The 2011 BISHTA award winners were:

 

Residential Portable Hot Tub Below £5,000

Winner: Deep End Pools
Runner up: Southern Spas and Saunas

 

Residential Portable Hot Tub Over £5,000 & Below £10,000

UK Winner: Riviera Hot Tubs

Overseas Winner: Sovereign Spas & Pools

 

 

 

 

 

Residential Portable Hot Tub above £10,000 (inc vat)

Winner: Euphoria Lifestyle
Runner up: Euphoria Lifestyle

 

Swimspas/Excercise Pools (All Sizes)

Winner: Hydropool Spas (UK)
Runner up: Southern Spas and Saunas

 

Best Innovative Spa

Winner: Southern Spas and Saunas
Runner up: East Midlands Spas

 

Best Showroom

Winner: Oyster Pools & Leisure

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Notes to editors:

1. For interviews with the winners, or representatives from SPATA please contact Anna Wrightand Kirsty Gilbride at BOTTLE PR on 01865 882988 or email pip@bottlepr.co.uk .

 

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

Tel. 01264 356210 www.spata.co.uk

 

4. BISHTA- The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association, is a member of BSPF, the British Swimming Pool Federation.   Tel. +44 01264 356211 www.bishta.co.uk

 

5. For more information about the SPATEX exhibition visit www.spatex.co.uk.

Feel the benefits of swimming this winter and start the New Year with a new you!

Once again it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution, so this year, why not take up an activity that you’ll find truly beneficial.

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA)the trade association for swimming pools in the UK, setting standards governing the construction and operation of pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms,  is encouraging the UK to start their new year in the pool!

Swimming gives you the chance to get fit in the water and stay active throughout the winter months.

Swimming is great for exercise, health and spending time with your family. So, if you’re starting out with a keep fit regime, trying to get into shape after Christmas, or enjoying an activity with your family, then swimming is the perfect New Year resolution for you.

 

SPATEX 2011 – The Pool, Spa & Lifestyle Show announces 2011 dates

The organisers of the annual Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Exhibition SPATEX has announced dates for its 15th exhibition

 

The Pool, Spa & Lifestyle Show will run from 5 – 7 February 2011 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Exhibition Centre .The event is the UK’s largest swimming pool and hot tub exhibition.

Trade visitors will have the opportunity to see the industry’s most innovative products showcased by companies from across the UK and internationally as well as network with key suppliers and contractors within the wet leisure sector.

With industry experts on hand for free and impartial advice, together with a full and varied Workshop Programme, SPATEX 2011 will provide an unrivalled centre of information.

Michele Bridle, SPATEX Organiser says: “We are delighted to host our 15th show, which will be bigger and better than ever and look forward to seeing more new products being unveiled at the event next year.

“The three day exhibition, which runs over a weekend, attracts audiences from both trade and consumer; last year we saw over 1,500 visitors come through the door. We’re looking forward to seeing even more people this year having already secured 80 exhibitors.”

The annual BISHTA and SPATA Awards will also take place during the weekend. These awards recognise the achievements of the hot tub and pool industry by showcasing the best examples of products, construction, design and innovation.

Chris Hayes, BISHTA and SPATA’s Managing Director, says: “Next year’s event will see a number of milestones as we will be celebrating the 35th year of the SPATA Awards, the 50th anniversary of SPATA and the 10th anniversary of BISHTA.   Given how tough the judging process was last year we expect it to be ever more competitive when we see this year’s entries come in.”

The entry pack is now available and members have until Friday 5th November to submit their projects and the judging process will take place in December.

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Notes to editors:

For more information on BSPF, SPATA, BISHTA and SPATEX, please visit the websites:www.bspf.org.ukwww.spata.co.ukwww.bishta.co.uk and www.spatex.co.uk

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 (http://tinyurl.com/y9jxjay) 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 email:pip@bottlepr.co.uk

For further information on SPATA go to www.spata.co.uk, and for BISHTA go to www.bishta.co.uk

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.”

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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 pip@bottlepr.co.uk .

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 www.spata.co.uk

4. For more information about the SPATEX exhibition visit www.spatex.co.uk.