A couple and their teenage daughters can step out their back door into their Endless Pool
Ingredients for the perfect swim spa
George Kay and wife, Molly Baross, wanted a pool that didn't take up the whole yard and in which their athletic daughters could practice swimming. Take a very small swimming pool, add the warm water of a spa, mix with something you might call a "treadmill in water" and you have the ingredients for a swim spa. It's not only perfect for today's small back yards, you can even put it inside your home.
Swim spas have been around for about 40 years, but they've become increasingly popular as lot sizes have shrunk and people have seen the value of keeping fit. Those values are what motivated George Kay and Molly Baross to buy one for their Orange County home.
"I've tried to use public and private pools to keep in shape," Baross said, "but they're always so crowded, and it takes a lot of time getting there and back."
Their Endless Pool Swim Spa is typical in size: about 7 feet wide by 14 feet long. The flow of water is created by propeller. Most standard swim spas are about 39 inches deep.
Swim spas can regulate the water temperature to over 100 degrees but a temperature no higher than 90 is recommended for swim exercise.
Both Kay's daughters use it a great deal for exercise swimming — they're on their high school swim team.
"It's been so easy to maintain," says Kay, "and we've gotten so much use out of it, I can't think of where we'd be now if we didn't have it."
— Excerpted from a review by Nick Harder< Return