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The Basic Anatomy of a Swim Spa


Curious about the idea of using a swim-in-place spa? Owning a swim spa will open up a world of recreational and fitness possibilities. If you’re just starting your research, you may be wondering what exactly the components of a swim spa are and how it differs from a hot tub. For a start, let’s look at the basic anatomy of a swim spa.


Cabinet and Shell

Like your kitchen cabinets enclosing the goods hiding inside, a swim spa’s cabinet is the exterior enclosure. The nice thing about picking a high-end Wellis® swim spa is that you’re able to choose the cabinet color on most models. That way you can customize your swim spa to complement your deck, siding, or just fit your preferences!


The shell is the interior, sculpted lining. The shell cannot be replaced and needs to last for the life of your swim spa, so it pays to pick a spa with the highest-quality shell. Wellis swim spas have fiberglass-reinforced acrylic shells — an especially high-caliber material.


Jets and Swim Current

A lot of research went into developing the swim current you’ll experience when using a Wellis swim spa. The current is 20 to 23 inches wide, and the water flow is perfectly balanced with the centerline of the swim spa. Believe it or not, these technical details will make a world of difference in your swimming experience!


Swim spas also have hydrotherapy jets just like hot tubs. Some models, like the Wellis Rio Grande, have a divided shell so that the swim current is on one side of the spa while the other section has all the spa seats and is set up like a traditional hot tub. Other models, like the Wellis Amazonas and the Danube have one wide-open space, but there are still plenty of jets and a couple of seats for relaxing.


Internal Components

The insulation, pump, heater, and other internal components will make a big difference in your swim spa’s overall performance. For instance, a spa that’s poorly insulated will waste lots of energy and money over the years. On the other hand, a well-insulated swim spa, like a Wellis swim spa, will be energy-efficient. Good insulation may add to the price tag upfront, but it will save you money in the long run.


Now that you understand the basic anatomy of swim spas, you’re ready to do the rest of your research before settling on the best model for you. At Orange County Pools & Spas, we’re happy to answer all of your questions and help you learn everything about swim spas you ever wanted to know. Let’s talk!


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