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by The Professionals at Master Spas

March 1, 2023

Swimming, exercise, relaxation, and family fun—all in the privacy of your backyard

You don’t need to install a lap pool or have a large backyard to swim at home

Although you love the idea of a pool at home, as a swimmer, you want to be able to use it for swimming and training.

Many residential pools, which can cost $100,000 or more, are not ideal for swimming. Most are 36 feet or shorter—far smaller than the short-course pools you’re used to swimming in. After pushing off the wall and kicking, you’ll only swim a few strokes before it’s time to turn.

But there is a backyard pool alternative that not only allows you to swim continuously, but year-round, in any climate.

Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas®

Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas combine the benefits of swimming and fitness with the therapy of a hot tub.

All models feature a continuous water current that can be adjusted based on your fitness and comfort levels. With the option to adjust the temperature, you can relax in warm water when lounging or lower it for exercising. These fully insulated swim spas are built for year-round use.

The smooth, wide current provides resistance so you can swim in place, with speed settings from zero to 100. Choose a gentle speed for recovery swims or turn up the pace for interval workouts. You can swim as fast as 54 seconds per 100-meter pace.

Complement your Masters swim sessions, swim independently, and tailor your training to your schedule

Swimming is an activity that you can do for your entire life, whether you want to swim on a team or recreationally.

Masters programs provide workouts and coaching so that you’ll be able to swim your best. There are times, though, when you can’t make it to the pool for a workout or want to be able to do drills on your own.

A Michael Phelps Swim Spa provides the space for you to develop your swim technique. You can put pool mirrors on the bottom of the spa, getting the real-time feedback you need to improve your stroke. Alternatively, you can use an underwater camera to get video of your catch, pull, and kick.

But more than just a place to swim, Michael Phelps Swim Spas have features that allow you to recover and relax. Therapy jets offer a custom massage—just like a hot tub. LED lighting, waterfalls, and other water features add to the ambiance. Many homeowners discover that a swim spa becomes the centerpiece of their backyard. It’s a place to reconnect with loved ones, balance training with family life, and host guests.

Triathlon training in a swim spa

Many triathletes come into the sport without a swimming background. Masters programs can offer the coaching, workouts, and camaraderie needed to become proficient in the water.

Still, swimming is very technique oriented. To reach your triathlon goals, you need to get in the water often, repeat drills, and reinforce good movement patterns.

Michael Phelps Swim Spas offer triathletes and open water swimmers an added benefit—the opportunity for continuous swimming.

Delivery and installation

Wherever you choose to put your swim spa, you’ll need a solid, level foundation that can support the weight of the spa. The best foundation is a concrete pad, but you can also put your spa on a paved patio or reinforced deck. Once your space is ready, installation takes less than a day.


USMS members receive up to $500 off hot tubs or $1,000 of swim spas. Here are more details. 


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