Homebound folks look to hot tubs for the stress relief of its multiple massaging jets. (Photo courtesy: Aqua Spas).
Aqua Spas features a line of spas and swim spas from Olympic gold medal legend Michael Phelps. (Photo courtesy: Aqua Spas).

By John Lehndorff

Many Northern Colorado families have ended up in hot water in the past year and there is a simple explanation.

“Homeowners looked at their backyards a lot and decided they needed to have a spa,” says Cindy Strick, finance and human resources manager for Aqua Spas.

Some homebound folks needed the stress relief of a hot tub and its multiple massaging jets, but many other customers ordered above-ground swim spas as a new way to exercise at home for themselves and their children who are high school and college athletes.

With 25 years of experience in hot tub sales and service, Fort Collins-based Aqua Spas is the exclusive Master Spa Dealer for the state for over 25 years as well as Nebraska and Wyoming. Aqua Spas also features the line of spas and swim spas from Olympic gold medal legend Michael Phelps.

For homeowners considering the purchase of a hot tub or swim spa, Aqua Spa’s Cindy Strick suggests considering a few questions first:

How much space do you have available on your deck and in your backyard?

How many people will regularly make use of the spa?

Will they use it for relaxation, therapy, exercise or maybe all of the above?

What is your total budget, including a budget for ongoing maintenance?

“We have four different levels of hot tubs depending on your budget needs and the features you want,” Cindy Strick says. For instance, the top-of-the-line Michael Phelps Legend Series spa is a spacious 108- by 94- by 38-inches with four powerful pumps supplying an array of 72 jets. This spa seats eight adults comfortably.

“Swim spas have been especially popular. We have customers who are training for the Ironman. Parents have gotten them for their kids who are swimmers in high school and college,” Cindy Strick says, noting that swim spas are much less expensive to install than a full-size swimming pool because they don’t involve excavation and require less maintenance.

Strick notes that swim spas are not just for swimming. For instance, the Michael Phelps Swim Spas include a Therapy Seat with jets in a therapeutic “X” pattern on the hot tub end of the spa.

Security and safety are a paramount concern for spa owners, especially those with young children. Aqua Spas offers covers secured with multiple locks and Auto Covers that open and close themselves with the flick of a switch. The new generation of smart spas can be programmed and controlled using an app on a smartphone or tablet.

Regular maintenance of filtration systems and surfaces is ongoing as any owner of a home hot tub or swim spa knows. Aqua Spa provides detailed training for new owners and all of the spa owners’ manuals are available at the Aqua Spa web site. “We can also provide regular scheduled maintenance services for any spa,” Strick says. The company’s website provides a catalog of essential spa chemicals, supplies and accessories.

A longtime Colorado company, Aqua Spa products are proudly made in the U.S. and no-money-down financing is available.

> Aqua Spas, 4731 W. 10th St., Greeley, 970.352.7140, aquaspasinc.com (Additional locations in Fort Collins, Longmont and Castle Rock).