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COMMENT: The benefits of an accessible ‘spool’

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Debbie Pearson, The Pool Lift Company

How we use our home is continually changing with the introduction of compact and space-saving solutions. It is now possible to create a home office, a gym and even a mini spa within the smallest of spaces.

Swimming pools are also no longer reserved for those with large sweeping lawns: welcome to a new trend, the spool.

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A spool is a hybrid of a spa and pool. It is much smaller than a swimming pool and about twice the length of an average hot tub, making it ideal for smaller gardens or outdoor spaces. The idea is that you swim against a current which can be adjusted according to your physical ability.

The spool gives you the best of both worlds as it can be used for exercise but also relaxing since it doubles up as a hot tub. Endless Pools offer a variety of options such as an underwater treadmill, hydrotherapy jets or underwater lights so you can tailor your experience.

So even if you have minimal space you can enjoy a multitude of water activities with this simple low maintenance pool solution.

When it comes to access, a pool lift or spa hoist is a great way of future proofing this investment to ensure customers can continue to gain access to their spool throughout their retirement years.

The addition of a pool lift or spa hoist also means people with disabilities, the elderly, or someone who is recovering from injury or an operation, can enjoy the benefits of swimming, hydrotherapy and relaxing in this revolutionary space-saving pool product.

The same principles apply to choosing a pool lift solution for a swimming pool or hot tub – it depends on whether it is in the ground or above ground.

For example, Endless Pools can be installed above-ground, partially in-ground, or completely in-ground. If it is fully in the ground, then you can consider a portable or a fixed pool lift or hoist. If it is partially above ground or there is a wall or raised edge, then you will need a fixed pool lift or hoist.

If it is fully in the ground, then you can consider a portable or a fixed pool lift or hoist. If it is partially above ground or there is a wall or raised edge, then you will need a fixed pool lift or hoist.

Once you have established whether you need a fixed or a portable pool lift, it is advisable to measure how far the lift needs to be able to reach down to the water or else clear walls, curbs or other obstacles. For example, if the pool lift is going to be used inside then consider the ceiling height. In its raised position, the pool lift may extend beyond a typical 8-foot-high ceiling.

Anchoring your pool lift to the ground depends on the type of product and is only applicable to fixed pool lifts: portable pool lifts have safety braking systems and stoppers. There are different options available to anchor a fixed pool lift to concrete, stone, tiles or a wood surface.

This may involve drilling into the ground or fixing the lift onto a concrete base – it can differ according to the type of product and some modifications to the surface may need to be carried out. If your spool is in-ground, then you have the option of a portable pool lift which means it can be stored away if space is an issue.

It is exciting that there are now products out there like Endless Pools which enable people to benefit from water therapy and exercise in the comfort of their own home.

With the addition of a pool lift, it opens up opportunities for so many people who might not be able to access their local swimming pool or who would prefer the privacy of their own space. The two concepts dovetail perfectly within a home environment and could provide a life-changing experience with many health benefits.

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