Britain’s Finest Pools and Hot Tubs Revealed

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As the summer warms the gardens of Britain, people habitually move their lives outside – and if you ever needed an incentive to enjoy an alfresco lifestyle the winning entries from this year’s British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, hosted by the UK Trade associations BISHTA and SPATA, provide a fabulous taste of what the UK’s world of wet leisure has on offer, reaching new heights in design and technology.

The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) and the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) are the relevant trade associations upholding standards for pools and spas within the industry.

These annual awards highlight the achievements of the wet leisure industry, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation – and they provide the perfect gallery for consumers to pick their dream project from trade association approved companies.
Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both BISHTA and SPATA, says, “We congratulate all the winners of the BISHTA and SPATA Awards this year.  BISHTA represents over 100 specialist hot tub companies across the British Isles and SPATA represents in excess of 170 companies. As we set our standards high for both trade associations, the award winners keep coming up with even more fabulous entries!  The outstanding quality of submissions, this year has certainly created some stiff competition, making it a difficult job for the judges in determining who should receive what level of Award! The high quality of the entries will aid us in showcasing what our members can do for their customers and why it is so important to choose a BISHTA or SPATA member to turn your dreams into reality”.

The quality of the 2015 winning entries are clearly outstanding. Each project generates the lifestlye aspiration of a holiday or spa feel in home or garden. And whilst some of the winning projects represent the high-end of the industry, owning this kind of facility needn’t cost the earth. According to industry data, the running costs of a standard hot tub range from a variable £1 – £1.50 per day (depending on outside temperature and amount of time used), and an indoor domestic pool at about £7.50 per day, compared with about £5 per day for an outdoor pool. Its not surprising then that an ever increasing number of people are looking to splash out on the ‘health and wellness at home’ trend.

2015 British Pool & Hot Tub Award Winnersclick to view

 

Editors Notes:

A full range of images are available on request – the 2015 Award Winning Pools & Hot Tub gallery, and Awards Evening Winners Press Shots.

For interviews with the winners, or representatives from SPATA and BISHTA, please contact:

Sallie Golding

T: 01264 356 210 / 211

E: sallie@bspf.org.uk

 

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

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

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

Teach everyone to swim; it could just save their life!

Teach everyone to swim

Lets teach everyone to swim.  SPATA, the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association, promotes swimming as both a leisure activity and a great form of exercise. They know that swimming has so many benefits, so they have some simple tips to help you keep safe.

Teach everyone to swim. With a warm summer predicted this year, there is nothing quite like getting out and swimming in a pool, but if you do not have access to one, then the countryside can be an enjoyable way to relax and make the most of the warm weather by the water. However, whether it’s with friends or family, in a pool at home or abroad or enjoying a picnic by a river or swimming in a lake, it’s always important to keep safe.

Teach everybody to swim!
Under the National Curriculum, all children by the age of 11 years should be able to swim 25 metres unaided, ensuring they have some knowledge of safety in the water. It is always good to have competent swimmers at hand who can swim to an emergency if need be. Where possible, use a swim school so that your children can learn to swim correctly and safely. Key swimming organisations include www.sta.co.uk or www.britishswimming.org

Being able to swim from an early age can open the door to incredible experiences, time spent at a swim class as a child can bring years of new opportunities as you grow and develop. The ability to swim competently is essential for any water sports from diving, canoeing, jet skiing, snorkelling, rowing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding…….the list goes on! And this essential life skill can be a regret for many adults who don’t learn swim skills early in life!

Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences. Putting this into context, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK. Drowning is also the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK. So the need for children (and adults) to be competent and confident in and around water is essential.

To raise awareness of the importance of water safety, Drowning Prevention Week (20th -28th June 2015), the national campaign of drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK, aims to cut down the number of drowning and near drowning incidences that happen in the UK every year.

SPATA offers tips on staying safe in and around water;

1. Always check the depth of the water.
Shallow water can deepen suddenly, therefore if you are not a strong swimmer you should not swim out of your depth and set clear boundaries about where you will swim. Also don’t jump or dive into water that you cannot see the bottom of, even if you swim there regularly. Rocks and debris could have moved in flowing water that will make it unsafe.
2. Look out for weeds.
One or two weeds aren’t uncommon in slow flowing water, but a spaghetti-like forest can entangle a swimmer’s legs. Try to avoid them. If you do encounter some, slow your swim speed right down and either float using your arms to paddle or turn around slowly.
3. Watch out for strong currents.
The best water has flowing currents and therefore you should be careful to judge the strength of the current to asses if you are a strong enough swimmer to deal with it. Always think about your escape route if you do get washed downstream.
4. Don’t swim alone.
People should ideally swim where there are others to supervise them, as this may reduce the risk of drowning, as there will be someone to rescue or raise an alarm if a swimmer gets into difficulty.

For more tips and information on water safety and swimming pool usage, visit: www.spata.co.uk

Shape-Up for Summer with Water Wellness

BISHTA & SPATA offer helpful tips to maximise your water fun

for fitness and good health

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We’ve made it through the winter and the days are gradually getting lighter and warmer, which can mean only one thing – summer is on its way! It’s, therefore, the perfect time to spruce up and improve your general fitness by taking up some form of regular exercise, and what better way to get fit than having a splash around in the water!

The latest government guidelines recommend, to stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate physical activity every week. A rule of thumb is that 1 minute of vigorous-intensity activity is about the same as 2 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.  Worryingly, only a fraction of the population manages even that.

Swimming is in the top ten popular types of exercise, after walking and running in the UK. There’s probably a pool near your home or workplace or better still if you have the space and budget you could consider some form of pool or hot tub at home.

One of the biggest health benefits of swimming is that it’s non-weight bearing, which means you won’t be putting any strain on muscles and joints. Swimming exercises the whole body and is an excellent way to tone up and get trim. Doing a few lengths involves most of the muscle groups. If you increase the pace, you’ll get an aerobic workout too. Swimming can also help you lose weight if you swim at a steady and continuous pace throughout the session. You could also join a swimming club or sign up for pool workout sessions, such as aqua aerobics. Not only does swimming help you lose weight and tone up, but it can also improve balance, increase flexibility, and help relieve stress and tension.

If you prefer a gentler form of water wellness, a hot tub can offer some incredible hydrotherapy benefits. The warm water and bubbles will reduce the gravitational pull of your body, dilating the blood vessels which means less pressure on your heart, helping you cope with stress and anxiety and giving your body and mind time to relax. The temperature of the water will also induce perspiration which will help your body get rid of impurities and any water retention, which is an excellent way to detox your body and help those people who wish to lose weight or are struggling with cellulite. The experience of using a Hot Tub will release the body’s natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which will make a person feel happy and relaxed – another factor that will help those suffering from anxiety or depression.

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) have joined force to promote the health benefits that water wellness can bring. BISHTA has begun with a ‘Happiness is a Hot Tub’ Campaign, which launches in April. It all starts with a photo competition where people are invited to share their Hot Tub Selfie photos for a chance to win a prize and their winning image to front the campaign. Entries to the competition will be shared on the BISHTA website (www.bishta.co.uk) and Facebook page (/PoolsHotTubs) with the hashtag #Happinessisahottub.

For more great tips on how water wellness can help you get in shape, visit www.spata.co.uk or www.bishta.co.uk  and start your journey to a fitter and more chilled out lifestyle.

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Editors Notes:

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/swim spas in the UK, setting the Standards for contractors and suppliers.

 

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

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

PR & Marketing Manager

Sallie Golding

T: 01264 356 210 / 211

E: sallie@bspf.org.uk

Brits are splashing out and shaping up!

As British people focus even more on their health and wellbeing, their spending reflects how their hard-earned cash is being used on items that can be enjoyed at home!

With the increased demand for wet leisure products, the UK Trade associations BISHTA and SPATA are celebrating some of the most innovative swimming pool and hot tub companies, following the prestigious annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, hosted by BISHTA and SPATA, which were held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry (on Sunday 1st February).  The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) and the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) are the relevant trade associations upholding standards for pools and spas within the industry.

The awards event brings together BISHTA and SPATA to highlight the achievements of the wet leisure industry, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation, providing the perfect gallery for consumers to pick their dream project from trusted trade association approved companies.

 
Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both BISHTA and SPATA, says, “We congratulate all the winners of the BISHTA and SPATA Awards this year.  BISHTA represents over 100 specialist hot tub companies across the British Isles and SPATA represents in excess of 170 companies. As we set our standards high for both trade associations, the award winners keep coming up with even more fabulous entries!  The outstanding quality of submissions, this year has certainly created some stiff competition, making it a difficult job for the judges in determining who should receive what level of Award! The high quality of the entries will aid us in showcasing what our members can do for their customers and why it is so important to choose a BISHTA or SPATA member to turn your dreams into reality”.

Adding something as eye-catching as a swimming pool or hot tub, can create a holiday or spa feel to a home or garden, creating a relaxing environment for entertaining. Best of all, these new home additions can be tailored to suit your house and garden design, and can fit every budget. And with the running costs of a standard hot tub averaging from a variable £1 – £1.50 per day (depending on outside temperature and amount of time used), and an indoor domestic pool at about £7.50 per day, compared with about £5 per day for an outdoor pool. More and more people are joining the ‘health and wellness at home’ trend and adding these luxuries to their family lives, creating their very own dream residential retreats!

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Editors Notes:

A full range of images are available on request – the 2015 Award Winning Pools & Hot Tub gallery, and Awards Evening Winners Press Shots.

For interviews with the winners, or representatives from SPATA and BISHTA, please contact:

Sallie Golding

T: 01264 356 210 / 211

E: sallie@bspf.org.uk

 

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

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

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

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Wet Leisure Industry Survey Results 2014

Now in its fourth year, the Wet Leisure Industry Survey results are in. Once again with the help and support of the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF), the report, researched and produced by Golden Coast (http://goldenc.co/) gave wet leisure companies across the UK the opportunity to share their feedback either by post or online. The survey pulls together statistics and insights that give us all a better picture of the industry that we work in. The first statistic is a rather encouraging one. Once again we received more responses this year than the year before. In fact, the number of businesses that have taken the time to fill in the survey has increased by over 75% since the survey began. The survey also allows people to share their own views of the industry in their own words.

You can read and download the full report (for Free), click the link below.

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New Year’s Resolution Number One: Treat Yourself Better!

Whether swimming in a swimming pool or lounging in a hot tub of your very own, it starts with the right choice. The UK wet leisure trade associations SPATA and BISHTA are on hand to help!

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

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA)  the trade association for swimming pools are encouraging the UK to start their new year getting water active!

Owning a swimming pool provides the chance to get fit in the water and stay active throughout the year. The winter months are the perfect time for researching and planning a new home addition, which would mean a dream pool, could be installed before the summer.

For those looking for something to soothe limbs and muscles or are working with space limitations, a hot tub or combination swim spa may be more fitting.

With the increased popularity of hot tubs in the UK, weighing up the options of exercise over hydrotherapy may be a consideration…pool, hot tub or both?

The thought of relaxing in a hot tub at home is an excellent idea, but your children may be rooting for a pool? Hot tub or pool — it’s a difficult choice. Before coming to a decision, be sure to weigh all the pros and cons. Careful planning is essential when  thinking of landscaping a back garden with this type of specialty installation. Either way, it’s a challenging project to tackle, but help is on hand from SPATA and BISHTA (the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association).

Each year SPATA and BISHTA showcase the very best swimming pools, hot tubs, and swim spas with the British Pool and Hot Tub Awards. The awards take place at SPATEX the UK’s number one swimming pool and spa exhibition with over one hundred exhibitors, from the UK and abroad, SPATEX brings together under one roof, the country’s largest showcase of new products and innovations. The show represents all sectors of the wet leisure industry, including saunas, hydrotherapy, steam rooms and children’s play equipment, in both the domestic and commercial arena. Primarily a trade show, it also welcomes members of the public from Sunday 1st to Tuesday 3rd February 2015.

There’s a solution for every budget and the security of purchase which comes from buying from a SPATA or BISHTA member, who follow standards of practice and a code of ethics.

So why not kickoff  the New Year with a resolution to treat yourself better? Whatever your age there is no denying that water brings a lifetime of enjoyment!

 

SPATA   

W: www.spata.co.uk

BISHTA

www.bishta.co.uk

SPATEX               

www.spatex.co.uk

Facebook: PoolsHotTubs     

Twitter: @Pools_Hottubs

Press Contact;

Sallie Golding

PR & Marketing Manager (BSPF/SPATA/BISHTA)

T: 01264 356210/1 

E: sallie@bspf.org.uk

High Recognition for British Companies Who Win at the European Pool and Spa Awards

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The second European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) awards took place at the Piscine Global exhibition held in Lyon, France on Thursday 20th November. Hailed as a resounding success, the awards have grown from three to five categories, with sixteen winners announced across the 13 countries that comprise EUSA.

Competition was tough, with EUSA representing over 3,000 swimming pool and spa companies across Europe. The awards were judged by top industry professionals representing the EUSA members. With such superior standards, understandably tensions were high in anticipation of the results, with the audience warmly acknowledging each of the winners as they were announced, securing their places as the 2014 industry leaders.

Being judged a winner by the leading industry voices, of the Pool & Spa Associations across Europe is important recognition for every award recipient. Each of the UK winners was able to gain entry to the European awards by previously winning either a Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association (SPATA) or British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) award.

Surrey based company Tanby Pools Ltd, were overjoyed at their gold award in the Domestic Spas category, with Lancashire based company John Preston Pool & Spa Services picking up a bronze award in the same category. Devon based Riviera Hot Tubs scooped bronze in the Domestic Hot Tubs category, and West Sussex based company Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs of Horsham won bronze in the Domestic Above Ground Pools category. Award winners visited the Picine Global show in Lyon to collect their awards supported by managing director of the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF), Chris Hayes, who oversees SPATA and BISHTA.

JPWEBChris Hayes commented “We were thrilled by this year’s results and very proud that our members won 4 of the 16 awards being given out. The judges had some tough decisions to make, with a shortlist of 86 entries across five categories.” Chris continues: “This year seven countries provided entries and seven countries judged the categories. The excellent work displayed by our members and those of the other relevant National Associations defines the industry and celebrates the exceptional standards of our members and their professionalism. I am sure that consumers across Europe can be secure in the knowledge that a company in a national association who are members of EUSA are a business to trust and who provide superior standards.” The current development of European standards for domestic pools and spas will reinforce this desire for uniform knowledge and application.

The successes of the UK winners in Europe are defined by the influence of EUSA and the combined support of its member countries which has a fantastic impact on the wet leisure industry. The message is clear in providing wet leisure companies across Europe, with an exceptional reason to celebrate their achievements.

Founded in 2006, EUSA is registered in Brussels and spearheaded by the current President Philippe BACH. With an objective of, strengthening and coordinating the spirit of European unity between all its members and the voice of craftsmen, the trade, wholesalers and the wet leisure industry across Europe. Philippe BACH commented: “I am immensely proud to be able to present the EUSA 2014 awards at Global Piscine in Lyon. The quality of the winners and the other entrants demonstrate the high standards that the pool and spa industry has to offer in Europe. EUSA will continue to promote everything that is great about our industry.”

Moving forward for 2015, the influence of EUSA and the combined support of its membership countries are sure to have a fantastic impact on the industry. The message is clear in providing wet leisure companies across Europe with a reason to celebrate their achievements and the opportunity to promote pool and spa equipment as a lifestyle choice to consumers with a message that excites and inspires.

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10 Inspirational Ways to Integrate a Beautiful Swimming Pool into your Life

10 Inspirational Ways to Integrate a Beautiful Swimming Pool into your Life

SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) provides inspirational ideas via their Members showcasing some of the 2014 award winners.

Let Water be Your Playground

(Images for each pool click here to view download gallery)

As Britain looks forward to a predicted Indian summer, the attraction of cooling off in an inviting stretch of water is overwhelming for many people and helps keep feelings of summertime relaxation and healthy living alive.

Pool ownership is on the rise, with an estimated 240,000 in-ground and (top end) above ground residential pools in the UK with swimming poolownership ranking in the top ten-status symbols throughout Britain, becoming the latest ‘must-have’ feature in British homes and gardens.

People in the UK are making their homes and gardens the perfect place to enjoy healthy, sociable lifestyles. Diving into the inviting waters of a swimming pool at home is one of life’s great pleasures. So how do prospective purchasers ensure they get a seamless integration of their dream pool their homes and gardens, complementing their property and the surrounding landscape?

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) provides inspirational ideas via their Members, showcasing some of the 2014 award winners.

(Image ref: A3A) XL Pools 1. A perfectly placed and designed swimming pool can fit a garden space to provide a feature, which enhances its surroundings. The overall layout and combination of outdoor living space provides a tranquil, idyllic poolside space, perfect for entertaining and enjoying family time.

(Image ref: B3A) Rio Pool Construction Company 2. Extending your living space into your garden can be great for relaxing and entertaining! This pool provides an unobtrusive and sympathetic design, complementing the surrounding landscape – no bright colours and minimal paving!

(Image ref: C1B) Deep End Pools 3. Swimming pools require an amount of equipment that needs to be housed somewhere. This example shows a well-placed pool in a split level garden, with the plant room equipment beautifully hidden in the garden house, which adds to the setting, as a feature.

(Image ref: E4B) John Preston Pool & Spa Services – http://www.johnpreston.info  4. Adding a swimming pool to your home will provide a major feature, designed to your lifestyle, with countless health benefits. This pool shell and pool hall is designed and constructed to enhance the building and the pool through; layout, feature lighting and the combination of lots of natural light. This pool is an amazing feature when the evenings and days are dark, with the flexibility to open back the pool hall doors and enjoy the light and air of the outdoors in the summer months.

(Image ref: A2B) Harris Pools & Leisure – http://www.harrispools.co.uk  5. For those who love the alfresco lifestyle, mixing and matching a range of wet leisure products can provide the ultimate outdoor environment for any season. This combination offers the homeowner a space to capitalise on the marvellous view, whether exercising, relaxing or entertaining friends and family.

(Image ref: A1B) Cheshire Wellness – http://www.cheshire-spas-pools.co.uk  6. The classic crisp styling of this pool fits perfectly with the clean garden design, creating a modern, uncomplicated feel which compliments the house and its surroundings. When choosing the right pool contractor, ask to see examples of their finished projects and ask questions about the types of pool construction they offer and how this fits in with your requirements.

(Image ref: B7A) Portrait Pools & Enclosures – http://www.portraitpools.com  7. If you want it all, why not combine all of your desired features into your ultimate dream pool? It is important to ensure the build of the pool integrates all of the specialist elements together, as solving technical problems after completion could be difficult, disruptive and expensive. The build must be right from the outset, so it is vital to appoint a professional swimming pool designer or architect with specialist experience in this area.

(Image ref: D2B) Spruce Pools – http://www.sprucepools.co.uk  8. The design of this swimming pool is unobtrusive and sympathetic to the surrounding landscape, delivering a pool that blends seamlessly into its environment. Ensure your chosen swimming pool position benefits from maximum exposure to sunlight. Avoid trees and other foliage which could overshadow the pool, or shed leaves and other debris into it.

(Image ref: E11B) Rigo Spa – http://www.rigospa.com  9. Maximising space is key! This example shows a pool shell and pool hall designed to incorporate the crisp minimalistic features of the house. The seamless integration of the pool and pool hall is further enhanced by the cohesion of a high-gloss stretched ceiling, enriching the space with reflection and light!

(Image ref: O2B) Rockingham Swimming Pools – http://www.rockinghampools.co.uk  10. This swimming pool is situated within the house and is designed and built with low-energy consumption and sustainability in mind. The pool itself has an air source heat pump environmental control system, variable speed filtration pump, LED lighting, high insulated pool cover, cartridge filters and pre-filter to reduce water consumption and power usage monitors installed. A salt chlorinator has also been fitted to reduce chemical usage. Combined to provide a swimming pool which demonstrates exceptional green credentials and looks stunning both by day and also in the hours of darkness, thanks to the dramatic lighting in the pool and pool hall.

When considering adding a swimming pool or spa to a home, there are an enormous number of products to choose from in the UK market. Buyers should consider whether they want to have a safety device included in their pool build, such as a cover, enclosure, pool fence and an alarm. Any of these features will enhance the protection of a swimming pool, but actively supervising the pool whilst in use is key.

Time spent in planning a dream pool is never wasted, this helps to safeguard a build “wish list” against the planned budget. Any easy pointer is; the larger the pool dimensions are, the more expensive it will be to build and the larger the volume of water it will contains means that the operating costs will be greater. Choose a contractor with care. Do they build to industry standards and will they behave ethically?

Buy with Confidence As the UK trade association for swimming pools, spas, sauna and steam, SPATA works tirelessly to ensure that it provides a service that consumers can rely on to put them in contact with reputable companies who provide superior service. The companies work to industry standards, based on legislation and Codes of Practice, together with a Code of Ethics. Buying from SPATA member should ensure that consumers get the best advice and find the item they wish to purchase that suits their needs and budget requirements.

A well planned and installed pool, or spa will give years of pleasure to the owner, their family and friends and should enhance health and enjoyment for all users. Pool or spa owners looking to refurbish or upgrade, or customer’s looking to buy a pool will find help from the UK wet leisure trade associations who are on hand to offer advice and guidance. Visit https://www.spata.co.uk.

Notes for Editors: Please click here to download images to go with this press release.

An addition image is also included in the above album link named Lead Image B4C – which can be used as a lead image for articles. The company acknowledgement is: Spruce Pools – http://www.sprucepools.co.uk.

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Keeping Your Children Safe In and Around Water This Summer

As Britain basks in warm weather, SPATA encourages parents to ensure their children swim safely at home and abroad.

With temperatures on the rise this month and the summer holidays just around the corner, British parents are choosing to spend family time entertaining their children outdoors at water venues, such as public pools, lido’s and water parks.

SPATA swim pool girl SMLSPATA (The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) is encouraging all pool users to play safe in the warm weather and to avoid any danger, while playing near water.

Swimming is an easy and fun way for families to spend time together and keep active and it is an excellent 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, whether it is 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.         Only dive into water that is designated for this purpose

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

In the summer months, spending a full day by the pool is a wonderful way to enjoy time with your family, but be aware of the effects of the sun. Use waterproof sun lotion and ensure that young children are covered up. Watch out for signs of sunstroke and make sure everyone drinks plenty of water and spends time in the shade.

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) , provides consumers with a trusted source of information on swimming pool ownership with direct links to its members and free consumer guidance resources via www.spata.co.uk. SPATA members are committed to providing customers with a first-class service.

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 / swim spas in the UK, setting the standards for contractors and suppliers.

To read more tips, if you are a pool / spa owner or looking to buy, the UK wet leisure trade associations are on hand, visit them at; www.spata.co.uk / www.bishta.co.uk

 

 

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