What is a Swim Spa?

A swim spa, is a compact pool designed to provide a versatile aquatic experience that combines swimming, hydrotherapy, and relaxation. It features a unique design that incorporates a powerful water current system, allowing users to swim in place against a steady stream of water.

The swim spa offers a multifunctional aquatic environment that can be used for swimming laps, aquatic exercises, hydrotherapy, and leisure activities. Additionally, many swim spas come equipped with built-in seating areas and massage jets, providing a hot tub-like experience for relaxation and therapeutic purposes.

While swim spas have gained popularity due to their space-saving design and versatility, they are often compared to fiberglass pools, which offer their own set of advantages in terms of durability, installation ease, and cost-effectiveness.

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Adam Breeden
Adam Breeden
i procured a pool from compass on a new construction house we built. the house was considerably delayed, but compass were extremely good and accommodating the moving timelines. now the pool is in we are totally delighted with it, stunning aesthetic but also the kit is state of the art and all online via an app they really take the hassle out of up keeping a pool which i was dreading. re the resign of the pool, you are really left with the feeling they really know about pools and whats important. we were going to build one bespoke but we would never have thought of the little design touches that make is so user friendly. i rarely write reviews, but these guys really deserve it, rarely these days do you come across top notch suppliers that are also not too expensive. top service too, shout out to sheila, thank you..
Rupert Evenett
Rupert Evenett
Penny and Mike of Compass in Kent did a fantastic job - professional, experienced, confidence building (for first time pool owners!) and always on time/always doing exactly what they said they would from first meeting and good advice through to final installation, handover and explanations of maintaining the pool. dealt expertly with difficult access, a narrow lane, a big crane lift (with high winds) along the way. Thoroughly recommend them. Great product, great finish.
Tiffany Hornshaw
Tiffany Hornshaw
Penny and Mike have been fantastic - from the first enquiry to the handover. So easy to deal with - very responsive and accommodating. Would highly recommend!
Jonathan Hook
Jonathan Hook
The team were so professional from start to finish. Very thorough and slick. It is true that 'you get what you pay for'! 5/5
Michael Stallard
Michael Stallard
Compass pools have just installed our new pool, the service from them has been nothing short of fantastic from the beginning to the final handover. Nick has given us all the help we needed from the start and on site Ryan Nathan & team made the whole construction process enjoyable. We can highly recommend them.
Tom Nicholls
Tom Nicholls
Denise and Mike were fantastic! Thank you so much for the quality service
Zar Sheikh
Zar Sheikh
Once decided upon a pool company I’m very pleased we went with Waterstream and the Compass pool. Their whole end to end process was so straightforward for such a dramatic change. No sales push. Dedicated representative thorough out the process. The on-site team were efficient, no nonsense get the job done - but all friendly and very professional. Couldn’t be happier with the final result. Pool looks great - went with the light Pearl finish which looks stunning against the green backdrop of the garden. The plant room is compact and easy to navigate and we love the way it’s all hidden away (behind the hedge) and quiet! The integrated cover completes the look and helps heat the water. With the plethora of companies out there, choosing the right one is paramount and we’ve not been disappointed.
James Lloyd
James Lloyd
Penny and Mike from Waterstream installed our Compass Pool. From the moment I first met Penny to discuss installing a pool to their handover on completion they gave the best service. The quality of the product is excellent and Penny and Mike are so professional and their work is of the highest standards. Commissioning a pool can be quite a daunting process but throughout the process they were always there to put your mind at rest and the end result is perfect. Thanks again and highly recommended to anyone thinking of having a pool!
hamish baillie
hamish baillie
Made a potentially difficult job simple and enjoyable. The team at Compass completed the installation professionally and promptly. They were always quick to reply to any queries we had and had a depth of experience to call upon. The end result is a high quality pool installation that speaks for itself. Anyone daunted by the prospect of a project of this size should speak to the team - it is actually quite simple and they have a tried and tested formula that works.

Fitness Swimming Pool Cost Calculator

Not sure how much installing a swim spa or fiberglass swimming pool will cost for your outdoor space? Use our handy online cost calculator tool below to explore different size and feature options. Tailor the design to your specific needs and desired pool specifications, and get an estimated cost range for the project based on your selections. This allows you to plan and budget accordingly before moving forward with purchasing and installing a new swim spa or swimming pool.


  • Model

    • Compass Swim 50 Fit 50 £ 19,995

    • 5m x 2.45m x 1.35m


    • Compass Swim 60 Fit 60 £ 24,995

    • 6m x 2.45m x 1.35m


    • Product shown in renders is the Fit 60


  • Colour

    • 1 Nova Navy

    • 1 Nova Gray

    • 1 Bespoke Colour £ 499

  • Fitness

    • No Fitness Equipment

    • 160m3 Turbine £ 7,995

    • 200m3 Pro Turbine £ 14,995

    • Fastlane® system by Endless Pools® £ 9,995

    • Profesional athletes should select the 200m3 pro turbine. Fastlane - Endless Swimming Pools only compatible with Fit 60.


  • Heating

    • 3 KW Electric Heater

    • All Season Heat and Chill £ 2,995

    • Will Heat the Pool to 28 degrees at 0 degrees air temperature. Requires separate power supply.


  • Cover

    • Floating Thermal Cover

    • Electric Cover £ 8,995

  • Lights

    • White Led Light

    • Full Spectrum Light £ 695

  • Installation

    • Above Ground Installation £ 3,995

    • Partial In Ground Installation £ 8,995

    • Full In Ground Installation £ 11,995

    • Installation excludes: Excavation, Power Supply or Landscaping / Decking round the Pool. Shell does not have sides.


  • Delivery

    • Trailer Delivery £ 695

    • Delivery & Offload (kerbside) £ 1,695

    • Delivery and Hiab (32m Max) £ 2,995

    • Installation based on Mainland UK with access for an HGV


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Swim Spa vs Fitness Fibreglass Pool

A swim spa is a compact, self-contained unit designed primarily for exercise and hydrotherapy, featuring a powerful water current that allows you to swim in place. In contrast, a fiberglass pool is a larger, traditional in-ground pool installed for recreational swimming and relaxation. Swim spas are much smaller than fiberglass pools and are optimised for a swim current rather than open swimming areas. Fiberglass pools offer more customisation options, greater durability, and lower long-term operating costs compared to swim spas, though swim spas have a smaller initial expense and footprint.


Durability & Longevity

Fiberglass pools boast unparalleled durability, making them a long-term investment. The smooth, non-porous surface of fiberglass resists algae growth and minimises the need for harsh chemical treatments, resulting in a pool that maintains its pristine condition with minimal effort. Swim spas, while durable, may not match the longevity of fiberglass pools. Fiberglass pools, on the other hand, are resistant to cracks and leaks, ensuring a reliable and low-maintenance outdoor swimming pool for years to come.

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Running Costs of an Outdoor Pool

While the initial cost of a swim spa may seem appealing, it’s essential to consider the long-term expenses and total installation costs associated with both swim spas and fiberglass pools. Swim spas require electricity to operate the water current and maintain the desired temperature, resulting in ongoing energy costs. They often have a simple but inefficient electric heating element. The size of the swim spa and its usage patterns will directly impact the monthly energy bills.

Fiberglass pools, once installed, offer more energy-efficient operation. The smooth surface of the fiberglass shell contributes to reduced friction, requiring less energy to circulate and filter the water. Additionally, the insulation properties of fiberglass help retain heat, minimising the energy needed to keep the outdoor swimming pool at a comfortable temperature. Over time, the lower running costs of fiberglass pools make them a cost-effective choice for swimming pool installation in the UK.


Pool Customisation Options

Fiberglass pools provide a wide range of options and customisation opportunities to suit various preferences and space constraints for outdoor swimming pool installations. At Compass Pools we offer an array of sizes, and designs, allowing homeowners to choose a pool that seamlessly integrates with their outdoor aesthetics and hard landscaping. Compass Pools’ fiberglass pool models come equipped with built-in features such as steps, benches, and even water features, enhancing the overall swimming experience.

Swim spas, while offering customisation options, may not provide the same level of variety as fiberglass pools. The compact design of swim spas limits the range of features that can be integrated, and the primary focus is often on the swim current and hydrotherapy jets.

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Swim Spa Pool Installation

When considering a swim spa or an outdoor swimming pool, the installation process plays a crucial role. Swim spas are often installed above ground, requiring a sturdy foundation to support the weight of the unit and water. While this can result in a visible addition to your backyard, many homeowners opt to partially or fully sink them into the ground. However, this approach can be complicated as swim spas have built-in electronics and pumps within their cabinets, increasing the risk of flooding, especially in areas with heavy clay soil.

On the other hand, fiberglass pools are designed specifically for in-ground installation, seamlessly integrating with your landscaping. The installation process for a fiberglass pool is relatively straightforward compared to the complexities of building a structure for a below-ground swim spa. When you consider the costs of installing a swim spa below ground, plus the cost of the unit itself, it can be similar to that of a proper in-ground fiberglass pool. The fiberglass shell is pre-manufactured, eliminating the need for extended construction timelines and allowing for quicker project completion.

In summary, if you’re considering a swim spa or an outdoor swimming pool installation, fiberglass pools offer a more streamlined in-ground installation process, seamless integration with your landscaping, and potentially comparable costs to a below-ground swim spa installation. This makes fiberglass pools an attractive option for those seeking a low-maintenance, aesthetically pleasing swimming experience.

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