PLUNGE POOLS VS REGULAR SWIMMING POOLS
Plunge pools have been developed as the need for a smaller backyard pool arose. With a more compact footprint and smaller body of water, plunge pools are fast becoming a popular alternative to the traditional large backyard swimming pool.
Less water also means it’s easier and cheaper to keep clean and keep warm. Most plunge pools also come with a cover to keep out any leaves and debris, whereas a swimming pool will need vacuuming and filtering often to clean anything that falls into the water.
Some people add solar water heating to their swimming pools which, when the sun is shining, can raise the water temperature enough to take the chill off. Solar heating however, is not a viable way to keep a swimming pool warm enough to enjoy throughout the cooler months. External heat pumps may increase the temperature a little but the large body of water of a swimming pool just simply becomes too expensive to keep warm enough to enjoy except throughout summer. Plunge pools, much like spa pools and swim spas work really well with external heat and cool pumps. These heating and coolings systems were developed specifically to offer a cost effective way to heat a body of water in a spa or plunge pool to as high as 40 degrees and also cool the water on hotter days as well so it can also be used much like a swimming pool. This is great because then your plunge pool basically doubles as a swimming pool as well so you can get the use out of it all year round.
Some swimming pool companies do offer smaller backyard pools, known as plunge or courtyard pools, but they’re still not insulated or efficiently heated and cooled like a plunge pool can be.
Smaller usually means cheaper to buy and also cheaper to install. Less materials are needed to manufacture an all-in-one plunge pool package compared with the complexities of custom building a swimming pool onsite. Regular swimming pools are either custom built onsite by preparing and spraying concrete or craning in a fiberglass shell, once a large enough hole has been excavated to suit. This labour intensive process can take months depending on the site, weather and size of the pool, whereas a plunge pool can simply be craned onto a suitable concrete slab, as the most basic install. Decks, pergolas, steps and landscaping can of course be completed at a later date, but are not necessary for you and your family to enjoy the pool on delivery day.
Sapphire plunge pools are the ideal alternative to the typical backyard swimming pool BUT you can jump in all year round. With our economical heating systems and the smaller body of water, it’s realistic to keep your plunge pool warm all winter and then cool it down for the summer months with an energy efficient external heat and cool pump.
PLUNGE POOL IDEAS
It’s a great idea to position your plunge pool close to the house so you can step out the back door and use it as your home gym. We like to add a couple of swim jets at the pool end of our plunge pools, for you to have a light exercise or for the kids to play in the jet stream.
Even with just one pump / swim jet running, you can exercise at a walking or jogging pace; much like wading through the water in the ocean. This is great for your cardio fitness and helps build abdominal strength through resistance.
Instead of an afternoon at the hot and stuffy local pool, come straight home after school and hop in your plunge pool with the kids to teach them to kick supported whilst holding the grab rail or freestyle arms against just one swim jet to hold them in place. Throw in some pool toys to encourage underwater play and finish off with free splashing and a fruit platter. Dry off on your own deck then start the bbq when Dad gets home.
A day at the beach:
‘I love going to the beach but Mum & Dad only took us a few times last summer because it was too cold! Now my baby sister can play on the steps with Mum while Dad & I play water games in the deep end’
The wide steps & open plan layout of myWatersedgeSERIES is ideal for child’s play & toddler splashing. The Sapphire plunge specification with 2 powerful swim jets is just enough water movement for kids to swim against and create a whirlpool for pool toy fun. There’s even enough room in the myWatersedge6.0m for kids to safely jump in from the edge.
Rehabilitation & mobility:
‘Being able to exercise freely without my joints aching is something I never thought I would be able to experience again. My swim spa has given me a new lease on life’
The power of the 2 swim jets in plunge pools can be adjusted to allow for any level of competency and even turned off for stretch or rehabilitation exercise. These effective rehabilitation tools can help maintain mobility in older years as you exercise supported by the buoyancy of the warm water.
Water pilates & yoga
As long as you design your routine so your head is above the water, these small pools can also be used for water pilates, stretching or yoga. You could introduce a resistance band for support or make use of the seated areas throughout the pool. Try some water weights or use the swim jets for pressure to move yourself around the water.