By Debra Maurer

Swim spa Diamond Spas indoor pool fitness tile decorSwim spas are a combination of a hot tub and a swimming pool, which means—like most 2-for-1 items—they provide twice the bang for your buck. So what do these aquatic hybrids have to offer? Here are 10 benefits:

1. Compact size. Bigger than a hot tub, and smaller than a pool, swim spas are perfect for small yards.

2. Year-round swimming. By programming a set water temperature and keeping the cover on when not in use, you can use your swim spa hot tub all year long.

3. No flipturns necessary. Swim laps without interruption or reaching for the wall. 

4. Forget sharing a lane. No need to wait around for a lane to open up when you have your own private swim lane at home.

5. Challenge muscles. Water’s resistance makes for more challenging movements.

6. Low-impact. Thanks to water’s buoyancy, swimming is a low-impact activity with little risk of injury. 

7. Replaces your gym membership. Exercise using an underwater bike or treadmill, resistance bands, and rowing system—all in a swim spa. 

8. Smaller carbon footprint. Swim spas use much less water than a pool, meaning they require fewer chemicals and less energy to run, which also reduces your cost.

9. Unique options. Some manufacturers offer swim spas with deep water wells. This means the floor of the swim spa opens up to provide another 1 – 2 feet of depth, perfect for deep-water running.

10. Hydrotherapy. Enjoy the pulsating jets of a swim spa hot tub before or after your workout, or during a relaxing weekend.

Bonus: Did you know swim spas are great training tools for competitive swimmers? Learn how Michael Phelps used a swim spa to train for the London Olympics.

For a list of recommended swim spa manufacturers, visit our Swim Spas Buyers' Guide.

Photo courtesy of Diamond Spas; Photography by Cameron Neilson