Many people have realized the benefits of either purchasing a swim spa and having one installed or converting an existing pool into a swim spa. If you choose to convert a pool into a swim spa from scratch, there are some things you need to consider before heading out to the manufacturer or showroom to pick out one of the many great models that are available.
One of the main things to consider is the size and type of spa you can comfortably afford and realistically fit into the space you have available. The type of propulsion system is another factor that will need to be considered at some point before the sale as well. There are traditionally three types of propulsion systems that can be used in a swim spa. There are the jet propulsion systems, the paddlewheel system and the propeller system.
All three systems have similarities and some distinct differences, but all three do basically the same thing just in a different mechanical way. The Jet system is exactly what it sounds like - a motor propels the current through a pressure system, which can be directed into a specific current depending on the swimmers needs and desires. The paddlewheel system has a large paddle wheel that turns at various speeds to create a current that the swimmer swims or exercises against. The propeller system is very much like the paddlewheel in how it works and is similar to the jet system. The one downside to the paddlewheel system is that the paddlewheel creates a current that runs the length of the spa whereas the jet and propeller system can be directed to change the current to flow in a certain direction, which can be beneficial.
Choosing the right swim spa for you and your family is a very personal choice that depends on a lot of key choices. Propulsion systems, affordability, size and a host of other things are necessary to consider. Be sure to take your time and do some research to ensure that the answers you require are all met. Talk to your local retailer and be sure that you know everything you need to know before making your purchase.