While swimming is most often associated with Summer, it's a physical activity that anyone can participate in at any time of the year.
As soon as the weather heats up, everyone starts looking around for the friend with the pool or swim spa. But how wonderful – and more convenient – would it be to have one of your own in your own backyard!
Swimming isn't just a fun way to cool off during the Summer. Swimming is one of the few activities that doesn't cost a lot of money or require expensive equipment – and it holds no age or ability barrier.
CEO of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA Victoria) Chris Samartzis says, “Swimming pools and spas are wonderful additions to the lifestyle of every Australian home. Exercise - and the social capital provided by a pool or spa - are immeasurable. With the current childhood obesity epidemic, the health and fitness benefits of pool and spa ownership are undeniable.”
Here’s an article featuring 8 incredible health benefits of owning a pool
Swimming provides countless health benefits to pool and spa owners:
Add Value to Your Property
Not only is swimming good for you and fun for the whole family, investing in a home pool or spa can add value to your property. Read the articles below to see why owning a pool or spa makes smart financial sense. So if you’re looking for a cheap, fun and healthy activity over Summer - or thinking about investing in a swimming pool or spa for your home – visit www.spasavic.com.au and remember – always choose a SPASA Victoria Member!
Evoking deep nostalgia and childhood memories, this two-part documentary takes a look at the Australian identity through the prism of the pool.
Narrated by Richard Roxburgh, this fantastic documentary includes interviews with Christos Tsiolkas, Myf Warhurst, Matthew Mitcham and Hannah and Eliza Reilly and follows the evolution of the swimming pool in Australia demonstrating how pools have been integral in crossing gender, religious and cultural divides that have brought communities together.
A huge congratulations to SPASA Victoria members Melton Pools & Spas for winning Best Retail Business for the City of Melton!
Melton Pools & Spas are now back-to-back champions having won in 2018 and 2019 in this category.
Well done Serana, Tony & team!
Have you ever thought about clever ways to improve your time at home? Have you ever thought to invest in a small swimming pool? Have you ever thought what might be the benefits of having one? Well, if so, then this is the place to be as we’re going to explain to you the benefits of having a small pool at your home.
The best thing about a pool, regardless of size, is that it offers you tons of fun. We’ve all wanted a pool as kids, and now we can have it. Thinking about it now, I still want the same things I did as a kid, and a pool is definitely one of those things.
A small pool might not be ideal for getting you into shape, but it can certainly help you. Your pool can be the place where you do your exercising. Did you know that water exercises such as swimming helps work every muscle in your body? As a matter of fact, swimming is a type of activity that is most recommended if you want to address the issue of muscles. It’s the best activity for stamina, and it’s great for the mind as well. But did you know that you can also do your exercises inside the pool? This beats having to pay for gym fees, and you can dump into the water every time you feel like it.
One of the biggest drawbacks to big pools is the fact that they require regular maintenance, which can be so boring and exhausting. The biggest benefit of having a small pool is the fact that it requires less maintenance and less work.
The question of flexibility is oftentimes subjective when it comes to pools. The first thing to note is that most small pools are made out of eighter vinyl or concrete, which are quite flexible materials. But in terms of quantity, larger pools have more options since they can also be made out of fiberglass. However, concrete and vinyl are better than fiberglass, so we have that one to remember.
The other thing to note is that a smaller pool requires less space and fewer materials to produce. This makes it ideal for you to choose different styles and shapes using the flexible materials of your choice. If you want to check more benefits click here.
It’s definitely worth having a pool around, as it racks up the price of your property. Though it costs money, it definitely adds more to your overall property cost. Smaller pools require cost less money than bigger pools, and they add less value to your property than bigger pools. But the main thing to note here is that it still adds value regardless.
A benefit when it comes to your overall health, swimming pools are great for improving your sleep. If you ever feel stressed and cannot sleep, just hop in for a quick swim and you’ll be sleeping before you know it.
From 1st December this year, local councils will register all backyard pools and spas in their area, with property owners being required to submit a current certificate of compliance for their pool or spa safety barrier.
SPASA Victoria CEO Chris Samartzis, applauds the Andrews Government for bringing in this new legislation that will ensure the safety of all Victorians. “Backyard pool and spa owners can now relax and enjoy the fantastic lifestyle that comes with pool and spa ownership, knowing that their wonderful asset will now be safer than ever. Thank you Minister Richard Wynne,” says SPASA Victoria CEO, Chris Samartzis.
It is proposed that local councils will take charge of this mandatory registration scheme from December, with all pool owners required to contact their council by April 14 next year and pay the proposed small $37 registration fee.
Inspection certificates for all pools built before 1994 must be lodged by 30 October 2020. For pools built between 1994 and 2010, it is proposed that owners will have until 30 April 2021, with all pools built after 2010 requiring to be certified by 29 October 2021.
It is also proposed that councils will charge pool and spa owners a $20 fee to lodge their inspection compliance certificates, a process they will be required to undertake just once every three years. Households are also tipped to have 20 days to bring their pools into compliance if an inspector identifies any safety concerns.
The state government introduced this new scheme after numerous coronial investigations found that un-maintained and non-compliant pool barriers had contributed to the deaths of children in backyard pools.
The Victorian Coroner recommended strengthened pool safety laws after investigating several drowning cases.
“As the peak body of the swimming pool and spa industry in Victoria, SPASA Victoria is delighted that these new safety measures will increase the enjoyment of pool and spa ownership for all Victorians”, said SPASA Victoria CEO, Chris Samartzis.
For further information please contact:
For Media Comment: Chris Samartzis, CEO SPASA Victoria – 0418 443 758
The magnificent Melbourne Room of the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was alight on Saturday night as winners of the 2019 SPASA Victoria Awards of Excellence were announced.
With over 440 industry stakeholders in attendance, the SPASA Victoria Awards of Excellence Gala night is the largest industry event of its kind in Australia and the most anticipated industry event on the Victorian calendar.
A total of 39 Awards of Excellence categories made up the SPASA Victoria Awards of Excellence program, including major awards - Product of the Year, Spa of the Year and Remco Pool of the Year.
The 2019 Remco Pool of the Year was awarded to Laguna Pools, the 2019 Spa of the Year Award was awarded to Out From The Blue and the 2019 Product of the Year went to Sunbather for their CoolPv product.
For the first time ever, SPASA Victoria also recognised ‘Industry Achievement’ milestones, acknowledging organisations that have demonstrated longevity within the Victorian pool and spa industry – Sunbather 45 years, Albatross Swimming Pool (Aust) 50 years and Neptune Swimming Pools 60 years.
Expertly emceed by Australian media personality and former Australian rules football player Sam Kekovich, guests were treated to mid-show entertainment by Marcus ‘Elvis’ Jackson and cover band ‘Unlimited’.
A total of 45 Gold and Highly Commended awards were presented to well deserving SPASA Victoria members.
CEO of SPASA Victoria, Chris Samartzis said, "This year's high number of award entrants again demonstrates excellence across the board and proves that SPASA Victoria members are true leaders within the national industry. Our high award entry numbers show healthy competition amongst our most passionate and talented members.”
“The Victorian pool and spa association represents a very mature industry which has evolved over the past 60 years to become truly world class. The innovation and sheer ‘wow factor’ present in Victorian backyards exceeds much of what is celebrated in Europe and America. There’s never been a better time to invest in a pool or spa,” Mr Samartzis said.
With images of the best pools and spas in Victoria on prominent display around the prestigious Melbourne Room, guests were treated to superb food and entertainment which led to a night enjoyed by all.