On behalf of everyone at the company, we want to thank you for purchasing a Hydropool Swimspa
Recognized for quality worldwide, we are confident that your new Swim Spa will provide you, your family and friends, with years of enjoyment and hydrotherapy.
Please take the time to carefully read and understand all the safety, installation and operating instructions in this manual before electrically connecting your Swim Spa and adding water. The following pages contain valuable information that will save you both time and money, especially with the maintenance.
We manufactured our very first Swim Spa in 1995 and since then we have been dedicated to producing a quality product catering to maximum Swim Perfection, comfort, energy efficiency and ease of operation.
As you become more familiar with the various safety and maintenance features, you will be satisfied that you made the right decision in purchasing a Hydropool Swim Spa.
David Jackson, Owner Hydropool Hot Tubs & Swim Spas
Congratulations on your decision to enjoy the finest Swim Spa available.
You are now a member of the family of Hydropool Swim Spa owners.
Please take the time to read this booklet carefully, as it will provide you with the information you will need to ensure the safe, secure, and timely installation of your new Swim Spa. The following sections are guidelines on how to prepare for delivery and set-up of your new Swim Spa. Specifically covered are site selection, delivery access, ground preparation, and electrical requirements.
Remember to carefully review the Owner’s Manual that accompanies your Swim Spa, and to register the Swim Spa’s warranty within 10 days of delivery. These items, along with other valuable information, will be found in the Owner’s Package which has been placed in the envelope taped to the outside of your Swim Spa, where you will also find its serial number the number is also located on the bottom right hand corner of the front on your Swim Spa.
Hydropool Swim Spas reserves the right to change features, specifications and design without notification and without incurring any obligation.
In most cities and counties, permits will be required for the installation of electrical circuits or the construction of exterior surfaces (decks and gazebos). In addition, some communities have adopted residential barrier codes which may require fencing and/or self-closing gates on the property to prevent unsupervised access to a pool (or Swim Spa) by children less than 5 years of age.
Your Hydropool Swim Spa is equipped with a locking cover and is usually exempt from most barrier requirements. As a general practice, your local Building Department will inform you of any applicable barrier requirements at the time a permit is obtained for the installation of an electrical circuit. Your Hydropool dealer can provide information on which permits may be required.
Please ensure the following items have been addressed prior to delivery of your Swim Spa
The Swim Spa equipment and all electrical plugs, outlets and lights within 1.5m (5ft) of the Swim Spa must be G.F.C.I protected. Consult your electrician or local electrical authority for further details.
Access to the Swim Spa must always be secured:
Outdoors – in accordance with local property by-laws and/or via an approved fence with a self-closing gate and a safety hardcover;
Indoors – by a lockable door and a safety hardcover.
Your Hydropool swim spa can be installed indoors or out, on the ground, in the ground or half-and-half. The following information will assist you in choosing the right location for your individual needs. When making your decision, always remember that swim spas can be enjoyed year-round, indoors or out, regardless of the climate. Many Hydropool owners report that their favourite time to use a swim spa is in the cooler fall and winter months, while others praise the enjoyment of using their swim spa in the warmer spring and summer months.
If members of your family are not cold weather enthusiasts, or if your backyard or patio area is not suitable for a swim spa installation, then an indoor location for your swim spa may be your best or only choice. You may wish to create an exercise/spa area in your home, or install your swim spa in a glass solarium or four-season room adjoining your home. Indoor installations not only add a unique look and appeal to your home, they provide the privacy and controlled climate to ensure that use and enjoyment of your swim spa is maximized.
OUTDOOR AND PATIO LOCATIONS
For a variety of reasons, outdoor locations are a far more popular choice. Some of the reasons include:
For those who choose an outdoor location, swim spa operating temperatures can be adjusted to match the season. In colder months, many owners will operate their swim spa in the range of 26-32°C (80-90°F).
During warmer months, an operating temperature of 24-30°C (75-85°F) will provide a refreshing retreat.
Where the swim spa is a ”stand-alone“ above-ground installation to be installed in regions where freeze/thaw conditions may occur, a level patio stone or pre-formed paver type base may be sufficient if there is no abutting deck(s) that could be damaged during potential seasonal movement of the ground. The potential drawback to this type of base is that splash water could eventually de-stabilize the ground under the base, with the resultant shift of the support base causing damage to the swim spa structure.
For best results, we recommend the installation of a level concrete pad:
IN GROUND & PARTIAL IN GROUND INSTALLATIONS
When recessing the swim spa all or part way below ground level, a concrete base along with a concrete or wood retaining wall to hold back the earth is suggested.
This forms a box or ’bunker‘, in which the swim spa is placed. Hydropool does not recommend back-filling full in-ground or partial in-ground installations without the backfillable frame accessory and installed support panels.
Areas with a high ground water table – a level concrete base, as well as a concrete or wood retaining wall to hold back the earth, is recommended. This forms a box or ‘bunker’, in which the hot tub is placed.
OVERALL SUPPORT (non-cabinet installations)
Your Hydropool swim spa is equipped with a factory installed load support substructure, which distributes the weight of the water over the entire foot area of the swim spa. The cabinet, either factory installed or customized on-site, should be decorative only, and not relied on for overall support. Although the lip of the swim spa must be supported to ensure it remains level, never suspend a swim spa from a deck or floor by the outer acrylic edge, as this will lead to product damage and/or serious personal injury.
SWIM SPA MUST BE INSTALLED ON A LEVEL PAD
In regions where freeze/thaw occurs, or where there will be custom decking abutting the swim spa, we recommend the installation of poured concrete footings extending below the frost line beneath the pad to prevent the possibility of future shifting.
Where the Swim Spa is a “stand-alone” above-ground installation to be installed in regions where freeze/thaw conditions may occur, a level patio stone or pre-formed paver type base may be sufficient if there is no abutting deck(s) that could be damaged during potential seasonal movement of the ground. The potential drawback to this type of base is that splash water could eventually de-stabilize the ground under the base, with the resultant shift of the support base causing damage to the Swim Spa structure.
For best results, we recommend the installation of a level concrete pad:
In regions where freeze/thaw occurs, or where there will be custom decking abutting the Swim Spa we recommend the installation of sono-tubes beneath the pad to prevent shifting.
IN-GROUND & PARTIAL IN-GROUND INSTALLATIONS
For units being installed fully or partially in the ground, the type of support will again vary based on whether or not the tub is being installed in an area with freeze/thaw conditions. Hydropool does not recommend back-filling full in-ground or partial in-ground installations.
EQUIPMENT ACCESSIBILITY & PROTECTION
The equipment must be located in an area where it will remain dry and will not be exposed to rain, snow or ground water.
All Hydropool swim spas are shipped with a layer of protective foam wrap and plastic film. Each swim spa is shipped from the factory strapped onto a wood skid. If your swim spa is to be delivered by your local Hydropool retailer, it will generally arrive on a flat bed truck or low profile trailer. Typically, the dealer will arrive with the necessary equipment to maneuver the swim spa from the truck.
For direct deliveries, your swim spa may arrive on a 48 ft. or 53 ft. common carrier closed box trailer. It may be necessary to arrange with a local towing company for a tilt and load flatbed truck with a winch system, to pull the unit from the box trailer to the flatbed. The swim spa can then be gently slid off the flatbed truck or lifted by a crane into place.
Your swim spa may be pushed along rollers by 10 to 12 able-bodied adults (see image below), trailered, or craned to its final installation site. If rollers are to be utilized, we recommend that at least six 4” pipes, 8’ long, be placed under the shell to move it across a soft lawn, down a path, etc.
Some installations require the use of a crane. When a crane is used for lifting, place the straps under the swim spa, ensuring that the plumbing lines and fittings are not stressed and/or damaged. The straps should be secured so that they will not slip in any direction, and strap spreaders utilized to prevent undue structural side load on the swim spa shell.
Hydropool swim spas require a minimum clearance of 249 x 143 cm (98 x 56 in.) to allow movement of the unit through alley-ways, fence openings, etc. Where this is not possible, the use of a crane (with strap spreaders) to lift the swim spa from the truck or trailer over the house to the patio or yard is often the most viable option.
After the swim spa is properly positioned on the support base, the entire unit should be checked and leveled as necessary. Should you find that the unit is sloped or the base is otherwise uneven, level your swim spa using a 2”– 3” clear sand bed. Make sure to enclose or ‘box-in‘ the sand to prevent erosion. This will ensure contact with the entire support base to appropriately distribute the weight of the swim spa structure. Do not adjust shim under the outside edge, as this will cause structural stress on the unit, potentially causing damage to the swim spa structure.
IMPORTANT ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
SAFETY COMES FIRST. WHEN INSTALLING & USING THIS ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT,
BASIC SAFETY PRECAUTIONS MUST ALWAYS BE FOLLOWED!
This guide is for standard installations where the wire run is 15 m (50 ft.) or less. For longer wire runs, consult a qualified electrician.
EUROPE (single phase)
Standards for amperage breakers may vary from country to country in the CE controlled area. Please consult your local installer for advice on breaker level and wire specifications. Some examples are below:
NOTE: Please consult your applicable electrical codes related to the size of conductors as they may vary from what is stated above. Take into consideration the length of cable as well and increase as required.