How to Find the Right Swim Spa – SpaCap

  • By Jeff Sliger
  • 20 Jan, 2015

You want to buy a swim spa but you do not know from where to begin? You have no idea which manufacturers offer the best swim spas or which features differentiate one brand from another? Our goal is to covers the strengths and characteristics of some Swim Spa brands available on the market. No matter what are your needs, we hope to help you find the one which best fits your needs and expectations.

 

Swim Spa

  1. Dimension One Swim Spa– The Aquatic Fitness System brand of Dimension One is designed not only to relax, but also to exercise, so it corresponds to all of your demands and wishes related to swim spas. You can use it to swim, walk, run, stretch, and strength exercises or just to enjoy the recreational effects of the swim spa. No matter which age group you belong to, Aquatic Fitness System will definitely meet your expectations. You can choose from 4 types of spas according to your needs. AquaFit Sport’s water management system which ensures you clean water every time you exercise, the forceful swim jets and the cross-training functionality make it your functional underwater gym. What can be better than that? After your exhausting training session, the AquaFit Pro, offers you with its patented Jet Therapy® pillow, the ultimate relaxation experience. The AquaFit Play will provide you many moments of pleasure with exercise, fun and relaxation due to its max therapy seat, patented water cleaning system and stereo and lighting package (optional). AquaFIT PLUS is the king of Dimension One Swim Spas, not only because it is the largest one, but also because you can adjust the water temperature separately: you can have a different temperature in one side of it while you are exercising and another in the other part which is ideal for soaking and spa.

These luxurious spas have a lot of innovation: they are environmentally friendly and energy efficient, include water cleaning systems and interior innovations. Visit their page to read more about these amazing swim spas.

 

  1. Cal Spaprovides a full aquatic gym in the comfort of your own home. The Cal Spas’ Jet Stream Propulsion System is designed for both amateur and professional swimmers. The two jets produce current both on the top and under the water. Cal Spa offers a large variety of options for their customers in order to help them to improve their swimming and hydrotherapy experience. Cords attached to the anchors of the spa can make your training easier; the built in Isound system or stereo with CD player and the led options make your spa time more joyful. The entry level swim spa provides 22 jets and is designed for 6 people. The top of the line model has the capacity of 10 people and includes 70 jets, it consists of a zone designed for swimming and workout and another separated one for hydrotherapy and soaking. Like the Dimension One offering you can set the temperature separately for both areas.

 

  1. Endless Pool Swim Spasoffer you the great opportunity to spend fun and valuable time with your friends and family, without exposing you to the dangers and unpleasant features of the public spas. These spas are designed to be suitable in almost every size backyard and have much lower operating cost than normal sized pools. These spas can be used indoor or out, and are available in four different sizes. The ten foot, fifteen and seventeen foot long, offer a fairly spartan layout with one seat to relax in after your workout. The top of the line nineteen foot model offers the separate spa end with the by now expected dual temperature control. According to their website, the installation consists of 3 easy steps: place, fill up, and connect the power. Although it makes it sound like you just plug it in, because it requires 220 volts and a 60amp breaker, it’s not quite that simple. You can adapt not only the temperature, but also the current according to your preferences.

 

  1. The Michael Phelps Swim Spasby Master Spas were developed “with input” from the famous swimmer, Michael Phelps, and his coach, Bob Bowman, and the professional engineers of Master Spas. The company website claims that these are one of the most energy-efficient swim spas in the industry, due to the eco-friendly icynene foam insulation. In their own words, “Every swim spa is built to not only meet but to exceed the stringent California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency standards.” They also have high density polymer base which keeps away pests and helps to maintain the heating, manifold plumbing which ensures the equal spread of pressure in the jets. They also contain Noise Reduction, EcoPur and Ozone systems. The EcoPur® System contains a filter which integrates a combination of minerals which help not only the elimination of bigger impurities, but also of the microorganisms and heavy metals, resulting in softer water. The Ozone System eliminates the pathogens, making the water fresh and clean. Its Wave Propulsion™ Technology System offers you a swimming experience with less turbulence and the SwimNumber™ System allows you to set the suitable swimming, training speed according to your needs. Some workout programs are pre scheduled, so you can choose between the beginners, intermediate or advanced levels. Again it is available in a number of lengths and configurations including the spa on one end that can be at a different temperature. The one obvious difference is the housing. On the pump end, the one you swim toward, a good foot to eighteen inches is taken up by the pump works. Not a huge deal but if your buying a cover for it, you’ll be covering a section you can’t swim in or sit in.

 

  1. SwimEx Swim Spasapply paddle wheel instead of jets and propellers to generate swim current. The fiberglass panel construction of these spas is similar to the aircrafts’ panels. SwimEx is based on a special shell designed to control the course of water. In the past this manufacturer was mainly oriented towards corporate customers like universities, hospitals, but in more recent years they have become more and more oriented towards residential clients. Customers can choose from a large variety of custom options for their indoor or outdoor SwimEx including colors, finishes and water depths. The first glaring difference between these swim spas and others listed so far is that they are not designed to be stand alone spas in their own cabinet. True they can be set up for indoor or outdoor installation but that installation will be sunken. This is more of a commitment since installing it will be very similar to an actual swimming pool. Plus as you would expect from a builder that has focused on commercial applications their spas are a little more utilitarian. The website has some very attractive photos but the main focus is on the pleasing deck work around the spa rather than the spas themselves.

 

  1. Arctic Spas Swim Spasclaim to be the perfect choice for even the cold weather and climate, they are easy to install and very energy efficient. The patented Forever Floor® will save you time and effort in connection with installing, because you do not have to work on a spa foundation. The Total Access™ system Đ makes every interior component easy to access for repairing. The insulation of the floor and of the wall (foam) of these spas was developed to stop heating from escaping. The biggest difference between the Arctic Spas Swim Spas and the others we covered here is that rather than offering several different sizes they only offer one size with different interior options. From a manufacturing point of view this is a great idea. Every cabinet is the same size which saves time and money. For the home owner it takes one decision off the table and you can focus on the options instead. This manufacturer does not offer a model with a spa in one end. The down side of this is that you’ll be exercising in the same temperature as when you are using the spa for relaxation. So you’ll have to either workout in water that is too warm or relax in water that is a tad on the cool side.

 

These are 6 of the largest manufacturers, who, based on their years of technological research and experimentation, offer a large variety of swim spas which meet the various needs of customers. If you have decided to purchase a swim spa, list your preferences, and what you want from your purchase to match them with the technological features provided by the spa manufacturers available on the market.

When you’re ready to cover your investment, visit

SpaCap.com . While spa manufacturers have been working on designing and building swim spas, SpaCap.com have been building the perfect swim spa covers .

No matter which company you purchase you swim spa from they will offer a traditional rigid foam filled spa cover. The problem is that depending on the overall length of your new spa, that cover will consist of three or four individual panels. And just like every other foam filled cover ever made, those panels will eventually begin to saturate with moisture from the steam coming off the spa water, (starting the day you fill your spa) until they are too heavy to lift. (Normally one section will be notably heavier within six months)

Invariably with four separate sections this will happen at different speeds. So you the owner has to choose to struggle to remove and replace that one section or just leave it on and try to use your spa under it.

Bar lifters won’t help once the cover becomes too heavy either because you will still have to flop it over the bar while trying not to strain yourself. Then push it off the end of the spa. When the cover is heavy it will either rip itself apart (because the seam of the cover is not built to handle the added weight) or worse it will rip the bar lifter off the sides of your spa potentially causing damage to the spa cabinet.

The SpaCap Swim Spa Covers by contrast, don’t employ foam so there is nothing to soak up the moisture. They are built to stay lightweight and easy to use. Visit SpaCap.com and order one for your swim spa today.




By Jeff Sliger 27 Jun, 2017

The SpaCap Hot Tub Covers can also handle more wind than any other hot tub cover. After years selling covers in areas that get Hurricanes and tornados, not even ONE of our SpaCap Hot Tub Covers have ever blown away.

If you are tired of replacing hot tub covers every couple years, consider the only hot tub covers that have ALL the answers, SpaCap.com.

SpaCap hot tub covers let you enjoy using your spa without throwing out your back.

Ever been injured by your heavy hot tub cover?   It even becomes more likely when you add the height of a swim spa and the number of sections required to cover it.

For Pricing on Swim Spa Covers you can call or go to the Order page and put in your measurements

It will give you pricing based on size and options before it asks for any personal information

 

One of our customers related how his previous traditional foam filled hot tub cover had nearly killed him. He was checking the chemicals in his spa. Rather than attempting removing the entire waterlogged spa cover, he decided to just lift one side enough to get at the water long enough to get a sample. He bent over and supporting the heavy cover with his left arm while attempting to fill a sampling bottle with water from the spa.

As he leaned over further, the weight of the heavy spa cover dislocated his left shoulder and allowed the cover to hit him on the back knocking him into the spa. He was now face down in the spa with his legs pinned to spa by the weight of the spa cover. His shoulder was dislocated and unlike the Mel Gibson character in Lethal Weapon, he was in agony because of a the pain. He tried to move but could not budge the weight of the waterlogged cover.

He began to choke as he swallowed spa water and tried to rise up but could barely get his head out of the water. With what could have been his last breath, he screamed for help. Fortunately he had left the door from the house to the deck open. His daughter and her boy friend heard the commotion and looked out to see his legs sticking out of the spa cover.

They were able to lift the cover off of his legs and pulled him up from the water. They took him to the emergency room where they put his shoulder back in place and treated him for shock.

This man had owned a hot tub for 12 years and had replaced 3 conventional rigid foam core spa covers. While the life on the foam covers had averaged from 2 to 4 years, regardless of manufactures claims, all the covers became waterlogged.

Another woman told us how she and her husband were in the hot tub with their heavy foam hot tub cover propped up against the wall. A gust of wind hit the spa cover and it suddenly fell hitting her husband on the head. The blow was hard enough to push them both under the water. Fortunately they were not trapped and they both recovered quickly, or so they thought.

A couple of days later the left side of her husbands face suddenly went DEAD. He had no feeling, sensation or movement. Naturally they both were quite frightened and thought he had suffered a stroke. They rushed immediately to the hospital where the doctor diagnosed him with Bells Palsy which can be caused by stress and or trauma like a heavy spa cover hitting him on the head. He later made a full recovery. He was extremely lucky.

Here is something you will never hear from a foam spa cover dealer. Every year people are injured by foam hot tub covers. Most of the injuries have come from a gust of wind blowing the heavy foam cover onto people as they use their spa. Sometimes people attempting to carefully maneuver a saturated foam cover off their spa, have lost their grip and had the hard foam cover slam down breaking the arch of their foot.

Something that will never happen with a SpaCap hot tub cover.

If you're tired of getting beat up by your hot tub cover it's time you get a SpaCap.

There are many different hot tub manufacturers that are building swim spas and there will be more as time goes by. However since we custom build all the covers we make you can rest assured that we can build a cover no matter the brand.




What makes SpaCap Covers so great is:

  • As easy to remove and replace as using a comforter on a bed.
  • The natural dome shape repels rain snow and debris like no other cover ever could.
  • The dome shape also prohibits the SpaCap from ever flying away in a wind storm. These covers have survived Tornados and Hurricanes without loss or damage.
  • Because the bottom of the cover rests on the water surface, no snow load will ever crush your SpaCap.
  • Air Chamber design insulates using layers of air, stacked on top of each other.
  • Sunbrella fabric is the only outdoor fabric that is rated by YEARS where all vinyl covers are rated by HOURS
  • All seams are double stitched with the same weight of thread used on commercial truck tarps. Your cover will never come apart at the seams.
  • No rigid foam panels means the cover resists saturation and breakage that plague every foam cover ever made.
  • The lack of foam also prohibits places for mold and mildew growth so no more musty smell when you open your spa.
  • Less chemicals needed and better insulation means it will cost you less to enjoy your spa for years to come.
  • Easy to clean and no fading means your SpaCap will continue to look and perform brand new.
  • Easy to remove Even on a Swim Spa
  • Won't Break
  • Won't Saturate
  • Won't fly away
  • Won't crush under snow

Hot tub manufacturers are constantly adding new models and styles, and we have been building Hot Tub Covers for so many years that we have seen many makes and models come and go. But don't worry, we can still build you a cover even if the spa manufacturer has stopped making it.

By Jeff Sliger 27 Jun, 2017
I bought your product almost 10 years ago and it is still in good working order. The color has not even faded. It is very easy to move around and store. Your support was very good. It holds the temp of the water very well in winter, which saves me money and shortens the time it takes to bring to full heat. All in all it has been one of the best investments I have ever made for my home. Dallas M.
By Jeff Sliger 11 Dec, 2016

On a regular size hot tub it can be hard to manage, but on a Swim Spa it can be downright dangerous.

It's not due to rain water or snow so a tapered cover isn't going to make any difference. It's because of the steam coming off the water in your swim spa or hot tub. It soaks into the foam and then condenses, the water molecules are bigger than steam and they get trapped in the foam. SLOWLY the hot tub cover gets heavier.

What's worse is that on a swim spa, because of all the sections it typically happens to each section at different rates. You have to replace your cover or try to maneuver the heavy sections around so you can still use your spa. Eventually you can't use your spa BECAUSE IT'S TOO MUCH OF A STRUGGLE.

That's why SpaCap hot tub covers were invented, literally!

Compare the materials used on SpaCap Swim Spa Covers and Hot Tub Covers to those on a traditional foam filled hot tub covers.

By Jeff Sliger 03 Jun, 2016

Even with careful maintenance there can be unexpected water problems that take place in your pool. Being able to resolve them on your own is very important. It will save you both time and money. You will also get more enjoyment out of your swimming pool because you won’t become stressed out every time something is amiss. It is very important that you strive to resolve issues though right away. They can continue to compound if you don’t.

Many people assume that cloudy water in the swimming pool is a sign that no one has been taking care of it. In many instances it is the sign that your filter isn’t doing its job like it should. Take the time to check it and make sure there isn’t a build up of debris you need to remove. You also need to make sure the filter you are using is right for your size of swimming pool.

You may discover you simply need to have the filtering system on more time each day than you currently do. If your pool is used often by many people then you will definitely want to increase the filtering time to get rid of all the oils and debris that will be in your water.

Some individuals have clear water but they can see black spots in it. This is a sign that a type of algae is starting to form. The sooner you act on this the better as it can spread very quickly. You will want to shock the water as soon as you notice these black spots appearing. You will also want to scrub the locations by hand or with a robotic cleaner daily for about a week to prevent the algae from coming back.

Signs of reddish brown have also been noted in swimming pools. This is an indication that you have too much iron present in the water. There are some good chemicals specifically to remove iron. You want to get rid of it as soon as you can so that it won’t permanently stain your swimming pool. The additional iron may just be something you have to deal with ongoing if the water in your area contains higher than normal amounts of it. You simply don’t have any other choice about the water to use in order to fill up the swimming pool.

You shouldn’t find your eyes or your skin to be irritated by the chlorine in the water. If that is the case there is something out of balance. If you haven’t completed a shock recently then this is the time to do it. The next day you want to test your chlorine level. Too many owners assume that they are adding too much chlorine and that is why they have the irritation. As a result the cut back on the recommended amount to use. Don’t be tempted to do this as it won’t get you the results you are after. But there are many better alternatives to these harsh chemicals. Here at SpaCap.com we use and recommend PristineBlue which is a copper based disinfectant.

When you notice problems with the look or smell of the water in your swimming pool you need to take action. The early warning signs are your chance to get everything back under control right away. If you ignore the problems they will only escalate in nature and they can be expensive to take care of when they do.

By Jeff Sliger 02 Jun, 2016

Are you a pool owner? If you are, you may be contemplating installing a pool fence. Although a fence is recommended, you may be looking for reassurance that you are making the right decision. After all, high-end pool fences can cost thousands of dollars.

As for why you should install a fence around your swimming pool, five great reasons why are outlined below.

It Is an Amazing Safety Tool

On the market today, you can find an unlimited number of items that are commonly referred to as pool safety tools. Just a few of these items include pool safety covers, pool alarms, and flotation devices. The more safety tools you use, the better protected you will be, but the greatest of all is a fence around your swimming pool. Why? Because if your swimming pool area is outfitted with a strong and sturdy fence, the chances of anyone getting inside are slim to none.

It Can Help to Reduce Your Liability

If you are a parent, a pool fence is a must. However, even if you aren’t a parent, you can still benefit from installing one in your yard. Do you have children in your neighborhood? If one of those children made their way into your yard and fell into your swimming pool, even when uninvited, you could be held liable. It all depends on the safety measures taken, as well as the family of the victim. Don’t take any chances. A pool safety fence can help to keep unwanted guests from your pool, keeping it a fun, safe, and affordable place for you to sit back and relax.

Your Buying Options

As it was previously stated, high-end swimming pool fences can sell for thousands of dollars. The good news, however, is that you don’t have to spend that much. Depending on the size of your swimming pool and the type of fence you install, you could walk away only spending a few hundred dollars. Even if this seems like a lot, remember that a fence around your swimming pool can help to protect your children or reduce your liability from stranger or neighborhood related accidents.

In keeping with your buying options, there are a number of pool fences available for sale. These include a number of wood styles, mesh, aluminum, iron, and metal. When making your decision, be sure to examine costs and consumer ratings.

Ease of Installation

At first glance, a installing a fence around your pool may seem like a task that you just want to avoid. Yes, it can be difficult to do, but it all depends on the type of fence you purchase. Mesh pool fences are the easiest to install. Depending on where you make your purchase from, free installation may be included the overall cost. In fact, professional installation is something that you will want to closely examine, regardless of whether or not it is included.

Because It May Be the Law

Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should have a pool fence installed is because you may be required to by law. Did you know that many pool owners are actually surprised when they receive a fine from their local code enforcer? Before your swimming pool is up and running, be sure to check your local and state laws concerning fences around swimming pools. For example, in New York State all swimming pools that hold more than 24 inches of water must have a pool fence installed, even above-ground swimming pools.

As an important reminder, a fence around your swimming pool is an amazing safety tool. With that said, it is only if you properly use it. Be sure to keep your gate locked at all times. This may take some practice on your part to get use to, but always keep your gate locked. Be sure to keep all chairs, toys, and ladders away from the fence to prevent someone from climbing it. An alarm on your gate is also recommended.

While we’re talking safety

Heavy hot tub covers can be a more than just annoying, they can be a serious hazard. That’s why the covers we build at SpaCap.com don’t use foam panels like the typical rigid hot tub covers . We use air chambers to do the insulating instead. Aside from being more efficient, the air chambers don’t suck up moisture like every foam-filled cover ever made.





By Jeff Sliger 01 Jun, 2016

Are you looking to have a swimming pool installed in your backyard? Whether you do your shopping locally or online, you will find a number of swimming pool accessories available for sale. One of those accessories is a pool alarm. If you are like many other new pool owners, you may be curious whether or not this is an item that you need. Please continue reading on for five reasons why a pool alarm is considered a must have.

It May Be Required By Law

Did you know that many state and local governments have strict laws concerning swimming pools? Many home and pool owners are actually surprised to hear this. Typically, you will find requirements for pool fences, but many states are now starting to mandate swimming pool alarms as well. For example, all pools installed or constructed after December 14, 2006 in New York must come equipped with a pool alarm.

Does your state have this similar requirement? You should know before you buy your next swimming pool or at least before it is up and running.

It Is a Pool Safety Tool

As for why some states are starting to require the installation and use of pool alarms, it is because they are a great pool safety tool to utilize. When properly used, pool alarms can help to reduce fatalities associated with drowning. This is because these alarms are designed to sound when there is a disturbance in the water. This includes a child or even an adult falling into the pool. While you will find some variations, most alarms are designed to sound within twenty seconds of that disturbance. SonarGuard can and will sound instantly.

If you are a parent, a pool safety alarm can give you great comfort and peace of mind. Of course, it shouldn’t replace constant supervision and a watchful eye.

It Can Reduce Liability

One of the biggest complaints made by some pool owners is that they don’t have a child, so why do they need to have a pool alarm? It is important to remember that just because you don’t have a child in your home, it doesn’t mean that one can’t make their way into your pool. Do you have young children who visit your home? Do you have small children in the neighborhood? If so, a pool alarm is needed.

In terms of liability, it is hard to state whether or not you will be held liable for an accident in your pool. It depends on a number of factors, including precautions taken, the outcome of the accident, the victim’s family, and your local and state laws. Don’t let it get the point where you are concerned about liability though. Protect your swimming pool with an alarm.

They Are Easy to Install

Another pool safety tool that is recommend is that of a fence. Although fences are recommended and even occasionally required by law, they can be hard to install. In fact, professional installation is often used. That isn’t the case with pool alarms. They are easy to install. In fact, with detailed directions provided by the manufacturer, it could take you five minutes or less to do so!

Your Buying Options

Pool safety alarms are sold by a number of retailers, both on and offline. Just because you buy your pool from one retailer, it doesn’t mean that you also have to buy your pool alarm from there. You can price compare. Just make sure that you have an alarm and that it is installed as soon as your pool is filled with water.

As an important reminder, equipping your pool with a pool alarm is recommend, but it isn’t always enough. Be sure to check the alarm for yourself. Set it so that your pool is protected and jump in. Does the alarm sound as required? If you have children in your home or even in your neighborhood, remember that a watchful eye is the best way to implement pool safety this summer.

As always when replacing hot tub covers or swim spa covers , SpaCap.com is the best to get a custom made, light weight, easy to use cover.





By Jeff Sliger 01 Jun, 2016

Having your own swimming pool can be a wonderful treat. You can enjoy it when you want and not have to share with the public. You can also host terrific parties and barbeques with swimming as an option for your guests. However, before you have one installed or you but one that sits above ground you need to make sure you are ready to care for the swimming pool.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential so that the water is the right temperature and it is clean. If you don’t take the time to care for the swimming pool as you should it isn’t going to last you very long. It is also going to be very expensive for you to continually drain it out and refill it. A common problem is that people just don’t take the time to learn how to properly care for it. While they are putting in the effort they simply go about it the wrong way.
There are certain types of chemicals that you will need to use for your swimming pool. Buying quality products is essential if you want your swimming pool to be the best it can be. While you can buy lower cost products, you need to make sure they are equal in quality as the name brands. Take the time to read the labels so you can verify that the ingredients are the same.
With the busy schedule people have, you will need to document when it is time to add more of the various chemicals to your swimming pool. Exact measurements are essential in order to keep everything balanced in the swimming pool. With the busy schedule people have, you will need to document when it is time to add more of the various chemicals to your swimming pool. Exact measurements are essential in order to keep everything balanced in the swimming pool. With the busy schedule people have, you will need to document when it is time to add more of the various chemicals to your swimming pool.
Exact measurements are essential in order to keep everything balanced in the swimming pool. With the busy schedule people have, you will need to document when it is time to add more of the various chemicals to your swimming pool. Exact measurements are essential in order to keep everything balanced in the swimming pool. Don’t be in such a hurry that you don’t do things correctly the first time. Otherwise it can end up costing you a ton of money as well as a huge chunk of time to resolve later one.
Each week you will need to remove dirt and debris from your swimming pool. You can use a skimmer to get the stuff off the top of it. They come with very long handles and a net so you can reach all the areas of your swimming pool without getting inside of it. There are also vacuums that will suction up dirt and debris from the floor of your swimming pool.
The amount of effort you will have to put into that depends on many factors. You may have a swimming pool with an automatic cleaning system. This will do most of the work for you. However, there will be areas that you need to give attention to due to them not being able to work well in corners and such. If it is windy in your area then you will also find you have more debris to reckon with on a regular basis.
If you want to get the most enjoyment out of your swimming pool then you must take care of it. You need to take the time to evaluate this part of things before you commit to getting a swimming pool. That way you will know what is in store for you. All of the maintenance is going to be well worth it though when you get to enjoy relaxing and playing in your own swimming pool.

When you have done everything you can to make your pool area awesome why settle for a boring hot tub cover? At SpaCap.com , we build designer Hot Tub Covers with Sunbrella outdoor fabric. Sunbrella is not only long lasting and color fast but available in a wide range of colors that can really set off your spa.

By Jeff Sliger 28 Jan, 2016

Every traditional foam filled hot tub cover gets heavy. But the how and why may come as a surprise. It has nothing to do with rain so it doesn’t matter how steep the taper is, that cover will still get heavy. If it was rain that was making hot tub covers heavy then putting a roof over the spa would stop the cover from getting heavy.

Moisture getting trapped in the foam is what eventually makes a cover too heavy to lift. But if it’s not the rain, how does the water get in there? The answer is steam from the warm spa water. When water becomes steam it is a much smaller molecule than a drop of water.

Steam can get into a much smaller area, like say the spaces in the foam. Once it cools back down and turns into water again, it’s trapped inside the foam. Once trapped in the foam the water won’t drain out so a fancy drain hole won’t help. The only way the water can get back out of the foam would be to evaporate. In order to evaporate, the hot tub cover would have to be removed from the source of steam (the hot tub) and placed in a dry, well ventilated area.

The problem has nothing to do with how well the cover is cared for or how much vinyl protector is rubbed on it. The problem is the foam. The type of foam used in hot tub covers is designed to be used as insulation in DRY conditions. For instance it works well in floors, walls and ceilings (provided it is kept dry) and is great for refrigeration applications.

However if the same foam is exposed to steam, the insulation it could offer is quickly reduced to something equivalent to wet plywood.

So why is foam still being used in hot tub covers? It’s cheap and it’s the industry standard. But just because everybody is doing it doesn’t make it the best idea.

A hundred years ago the standard mode of travel was the horse. The horse had been the standard for hundreds of years. Until something better came along.

A better idea as far as hot tub covers go would be one that eliminates the foam, still insulates but stays light weight and easy to use.

Thirty years ago, (yes really, thirty years ago) that is how the SpaCap was developed. A single woman with back trouble, needed to be able to use her hot tub every day for therapy. She had to be able to get her cover off and on by herself without further injuring her back.

The cover she eventually came up with was light weight, easy to use and insulated as well as a foam filled hot tub cover. Although it has gone through many improvements over the years, the concept and principle is still the same. SpaCap.com builds custom hot tub covers for all kinds of spas including swim spa covers .

Don’t go out and purchase another foam filled hot tub cover just because that’s what the neighbors do. Visit SpaCap.com and get a cover that won’t get heavy or break and will make it easy for you to use your spa for years to come!

By Jeff Sliger 18 Jan, 2016

It’s not everyday that hot tub covers make the news. Recently in Florida a toddler fell from a three story balcony and landed on, you guessed it a hot tub cover.

Here’s a link to the story

Now, as a grandparent the first thing that comes to mind is, “How did this happen?” Not to say we are disappointed to have a happy ending (the little boy was fine and ran back up stairs to tell his grandfather what happened) but how did the little guy fall?

Let’s lock the sliding glass door and prevent this future stuntman from repeating this maneuver. Next time he might miss the hot tub entirely.

A few years ago “Dwarf Tossing” was a thing. Then “Dwarf Bowling” and a few other manifestations along the same lines. Without taking a side as to the rights of little people to be tossed for sport and amusement, let’s just nip “Toddler Tossing” in the bud before it too becomes the new fun activity.

In our personal experience a lot of things seem like a good idea to toddlers. Many of them seem to lack the “fear” gene or chromosome to alert them to potential serious consequences. As entertaining as it may be to watch videos of animals misjudging their leaping abilities, no one wants to see this with toddlers.

If on the other hand you would like to lay your toddler gently on your spa cover for some reason, let’s go over some ground rules first to ensure safety and happy endings.

First rule. The spa or hot tub must be no higher than deck level. If your hot tub is free standing, the distance from the edge of the spa to the ground would be enough to damage your toddler so better to lay the little bugger on the ground than on the spa. If on the other hand your spa is flush with the deck it MAY be okay. Move on to rule two.

Rule Two. The cover must be properly secured in such a way as to insure that the toddler cannot by accident or intent gain access to the spa water below. Neither by a fall from a great height, significant impact or any other instance.

Rule Three. The hot tub cover must be a comfortable place to lay one’s toddler. If the hot tub cover is a rigid piece of foam it must be considered not suitable for toddler laying. If the spa cover allows a cushion like softness that will comfort and embrace the toddler then proceed to rule three.

This is only a demonstration of ruggedness. Please do not try this with your own hot tub cover. Damage caused by this would NOT be covered by warranty.

Rule Four. If a toddler is resting comfortably on a soft hot tub cover, there should be jumping on the cover by any other person or animal. This would dislodge the toddler and could potentially cause harm.

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