Monthly Archives: April 2019
30 Apr|Categories: Events
Our flagship showroom on the A5 in Dordon is the jewel of the Award Leisure network. With 30 Hot Tubs on display at any one time, our expert sales team can chat with you to understand your needs and show you the perfect Hot Tub for you.
We understand that sometimes, life gets in the way. That’s why we’ve extended our opening hours on a Thursday evening to 7pm throughout the Summer at Award Leisure Warwickshire!
Starting on the 9th May, you’ll be able to experience everything we have to offer at Award Leisure Warwickshire, to help you achieve the garden leisure lifestyle that you’ve been dreaming of.
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24 Apr|Categories: Events
We are delighted to announce that we are the headline sponsor of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Day!
The third annual golf event will take place on Friday 28th June at Sleaford Golf Club and will be raising funds for YMCA Lincolnshire.
Charlotte Anthony, Sales Director at Award Leisure, said: “As very keen golfers and a local retailer at Award Leisure Lincoln based in Pennells, we felt this was the perfect partnership with which to promote our refurbishment and relaunch of our Outdoor Leisure Hot Tub & Garden Buildings store in Hykeham. We are thrilled to be involved with this worthy cause.
“We have big plans for the grand reopening of our North Hykeham store at the end of April, with a string quartet playing during the open day. New features include 30 hot tubs on display, a woodfire pizza oven from which customers can enjoy freshly cooked pizza slices during their visit, a large barbecue area and a functioning swim spa for customers to try out and swim against the currents or enjoy as a hot tub.”
Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is such a perfect example of why sponsorship of our events is a great opportunity to shout about your business and its plans.
Stay tuned for more information about our Lincoln open day coming soon!
First observed on the 22nd April 1970, World Earth Day is all about raising awareness about our environment. So, can you still enjoy your hot tub without impacting on the environment?
Spurred on by a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, a US Senator lit the fuse for what would become the World Earth Day we know today.
What is World Earth Day?
The mission for the Earth Day Network is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. It works tirelessly to recruit as many people as possible to committing to making a change for their planet. More than 1 billion people now participate in World Earth Day each year!
What are some changes you can make for World Earth Day?
There are so many little changes you can make to your life. The beauty of little changes is that more people can adopt them and will collectively make more of a difference to our planet. Looking for some inspiration?
- Have one meat-free meal per week. Meat is extremely resource-intensive to produce, with some estimates claiming that livestock contributed to 14.5% of human caused greenhouse gas emissions. Cutting back one evening is a small change that can have a big impact!
- Change your light bulbs. If every person in the UK replaced just three light bulbs to more energy-efficient ones, we could save enough energy to light the UK’s street lamps.
- Turn electronics off. Standby just isn’t good enough – you’re still powering that little red light! Turn your electronics all the way off to save the most energy.
- Maintain your car. As well as standard things like keeping your tyres inflated and your car regularly serviced, make sure you regularly clear out the junk from your car! Excess weight means your car must work harder, so clear out anything that you don’t need for your journey.
- Clean the back of your fridge. Dust at the back of your fridge increases energy consumption by up to 30%! Keeping it clear keeps your fridge working at optimum efficiency.
- Remember your reusable bags. Plastic bags have 3 times the greenhouse gas impact of reusable bags! Stick a couple in your car so you’ve always got them to hand when you nip into the shops.
I still want to enjoy my luxuries: How can I do this without feeling guilty?
Being conscious of the environment doesn’t mean you have to live without a nice tv, or beautiful chandelier lighting, or even your hot tub!
With almost everything nowadays, there are alternatives that are better for the environment. Look for TVs that are A++ energy rated, swap out the chandelier bulbs for energy-efficient ones, and trade in your inflatable hot tub for something that’s designed to be the most energy-efficient it can be.
How efficient can a hot tub be?
We know what you’re thinking – how efficient can heating a hot bath outside in all weathers really be? Turns out, that can be very efficient! With advances in insulation, your hot tub will have a lot less impact on the environment than you think. This also means you’ll save money in running costs – everyone will benefit, including the planet!
The Omega Hot Tub is handcrafted by Coast Spas in Canada with only high quality, sustainable and reliable parts. The Omega is built to suit the Canadian climate – cold and snowy! Coast Spas offer 100% Full Foam Insulation: a 2-pound density thick foam sprayed all around the plumbing and pipework. Not only does this maintain low running costs all year round, it also cements the pipework preventing movement and vibrations – which can cause leaks.
Our Omega is perfect for a larger family where space is a little limited or if you don’t want something too big in the space available. Measuring 167cm x 213cm and 97cm high, there are 2 max therapy seats delivering wrap around water massage and a max lounger offering head to toe hydrotherapy. The clever seating arrangement allows for a cool down seat and a total of 4 individual and uncompromising hydrotherapy experiences.
The hot tub also comes with a 3inch thermal lid as standard; this helps to maintain low monthly running costs by trapping the heat in!
Coast Spas Hot Tubs come with a 3KW heater that will heat the spa water efficiently and effectively, making the Omega Hot Tub very eco-friendly. The Omega comes with commercial grade filtration, with this filter system it has been tested and proven that it is 83% faster and 20% more efficient than internal skimmer filtration. This means you will change the water less, saving more water plus as the filtration is so efficient, you will use less chemicals!
If you want to learn more about our Omega Hot Tub, check out our video here:
Wherever you are on the 22nd April, make sure you keep the environment in mind. Starting little changes that become habits is the best way for us all to make a difference to our environment.
When people go shopping for their dream hot tub, most don’t pause to think about maintenance. While Coast Spas hot tubs are much easier to maintain due to features such as powerful filtration, you need to be clear on how much maintenance your hot tub is going to take. The biggest factor? Chemicals.
Currently, there is no way to avoid using chemicals in your hot tub. I’m sorry to break it to you – you will have to commit to maintaining your hot tub! How important is it to get the chemicals right? We don’t want to scare you, but it can be disastrous if you’re not keeping on top of maintenance.
Who can be affected?
There have been several outbreaks of disease linked to poor water maintenance, including those in leisure centres, hotels, holiday homes, cruise ships and showroom displays. Scary right?
Everyone is susceptible to infection but there is a heightened risk with:
- People over 45
- Smokers and heavy drinkers
- Those with existing respiratory diseases
- People suffering from conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney disease
- Those with an impaired immune system.
How bad are the effects?
We’re not writing this blog post to scare you, we just want to inform you! Properly maintained hot tubs will not give you any problems, and you can enjoy your hot tub any time of the year without fear of any infection. Problems arise when hot tub owners slack off with maintenance, taking the attitude of ‘I haven’t had any problems yet, I must be fine’. Please don’t be one of these people! There are so many nasty things that can contaminate your water and lead to problems:
Coliforms and E-coli.
E-coli can contaminate the spa via faecal matter. Coliforms occur in soil as well as faeces, so their presence alone indicates contamination. How many times have you jumped into your hot tub without washing off your feet first? It’s that easy! Proper sanitation will keep these types of bacteria away, so if you have a problem with this, you need to tighten up your water care routine.
Numerous outbreaks of folliculitis caused by P aeruginosa are associated with spa pools and hot tubs. Hot Tub Folliculitis presents as a red rash caused by infection of the hair follicles, usually about 48 hours (but can be up to 5 days) after immersion in pool water. The degree of rash depends on how long you were in the contaminated water for, and just how contaminated the water is. Children tend to be more susceptible than adults.
Respiratory disease has been associated with non-tuberculous mycobacteria, particularly Mycobacterium avium, in association with spa pools and hot tubs.
Other potential infections
Other infections such as amoebal, parasitic and other gastrointestinal infections, furunculosis (caused by Staphylococcus aureus) and Molluscum contagiosum (a viral skin infection producing papillomas) have also been associated with using spa pools.
Wow, that’s a lot of nasty stuff! Thinking you may as well just throw out your hot tub now? Wait! Like we said before, hot tubs are perfectly safe when you follow a proper maintenance regime. But what exactly does that regime look like? We’re here to show you!
What you should do every day
- Check sanitiser level.
- Check pH level
- Clean water line.
What you should do every week
- Oxidise the hot tub with Non-Chlorine shock.
- Add spa sparkle to keep water crystal clear.
- Add No Foam to control foaming.
- If you live in an area with high calcium hardness, add No Scale to prevent scale deposits.
What you should do every month
- Clean filter cartridge.
- Take water sample to check balance.
What you should do periodically
- Drain and refill water. While there is no ‘rule’, there is a little formula that you can use as a guide:
- (Hot Tub litres) ÷ (number of daily bathers) ÷ 12
- If your hot tub contained 1200 litres and 2 daily bathers, your formula would look like this:
- 1200 ÷ 2 ÷ 12 = 50 days between draining and refilling.
So, what chemicals should you use?
There are a lot of different chemicals mentioned in this blog post already! We’re here to cut through the confusion and tell you what you need to know about them. Starting with the most important: Sanitisation.
Sanitisers are an integral part of your hot tub maintenance regime, as they are responsible for killing all that nasty bacteria we spoke about earlier. They’re also great for helping to kill algae! The two most common sanitisers are Chlorine and Bromine.
Is it cheap?
Chlorine is the cheaper and more common form of sanitation.
The production costs of Bromine are significantly higher, making it the more expensive choice.
Does it smell?
Chlorine has that distinctive ‘clean smell’ that most of us are familiar with. If the hot tub is poorly maintained, this smell will become overpowering.
Bromine is virtually odourless.
How quickly does it take effect?
Chlorine is very fast-dissolving, meaning it takes effect much faster.
Bromine dissolves relatively slowly, however this is not a bad thing!
Is it safe for sensitive skin?
Chlorine can cause dry skin and hair, so is best avoided by people with sensitive skin.
Bromine is safe for people with sensitive skin.
You should test the levels of either chlorine or bromine regularly. This can be done with test strips that are easy to use and give you readings fast.
Oxidising your Hot Tub
Oxidising, also known as shocking, your hot tub regularly will help to destroy odours and other nastiness (such as perspiration, cosmetics and body oils). Oxidising also increases your comfort when in the Hot Tub and restores a bit of sparkle back into your water!
You should shock your Hot Tub every week using a non-chlorine shock. Regular shocking will also help to reduce the amount of sanitiser you use – win!
What else can Chemicals help with?
There are so many other products available that can help you keep your water clean and clear, or just make it even better!
- Foam Control. Foam can sometimes appear on the surface of the water, especially when oils and lotions are in the water. Spamate Antifoam will prevent and control excess foaming to keep your water clear and inviting!
- Preventing Cloudy Water. Tiny particles that are too small for the filter to remove will build up and eventually cause dull, cloudy water. You should already be showering before hot tub use to minimise this, but if it’s still an issue, use Spa Sparkle weekly to remove the little particles.
- Keeping your Filter Clean. When the filter is dirty, you can’t expect it to clean as efficiently. Use a cartridge cleaner to easily clean the filter and restore your filtration!
- Make your Hot Tub Smell Beautiful! Aromatherapy has long been known to have amazing psychological benefits. By using specially formulated aromatherapies that are specifically for use in Hot Tubs, you can bathe in a delightful fragrance without upsetting the balance of your Hot Tub water!
If you want more information on how to keep your Hot Tub in tip top condition, take a look at our Chemical masterclass, filmed with our Director of Operations, Paul Anthony!
If you’re having an issue with your hot tub water, chances are that you can sort most problems with chemicals. If you’re unsure of what chemical to use, or need advice on your water, our dedicated customer service team are on-hand 7 days a week to answer any question!
The London Marathon is less than 3 weeks away, and as the runners are coming to the end of their training regimes, we’re talking about training, hydrotherapy, and recovery!
How much do you know about the London Marathon?
A little over 40 years ago, the iconic London Marathon didn’t even exist!
In 1979, two runners named John Disley and the Chris Brasher decided to enter the New York Marathon after hearing talk of the amazing atmosphere that a city marathon had. When they returned, Chris Brasher wrote the article ‘The Greatest Human Race in the World’, describing the camaraderie, excitement and sense of achievement after doing the impossible. He signed off by wondering “whether London could stage such a festival? We have the course… but do we have the heart and hospitality to welcome the world?”
With that, the wheels were set in motion.
Since the first race in 1981, the London Marathon has gone from strength to strength - from 7,747 runners in 1981, to a record-breaking 40,000 in 2018. The course is flat and fast, covering 26 miles of gruelling tarmac running.
Swimming Training for Runners
If you’re in the London Marathon this year, you’ll want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible – but your training regime doesn’t have to be all about running!
It is vital that you look after yourself before and after the event. If you have access to a swim spa, the combination of swimming and hydrotherapy can be just what you need to beat your personal best and survive the demanding course!
Swimming is an amazing way of switching up your training. It gives you a full-body workout without putting stress on your joints that you would experience while running. It’s also a great way to strengthen muscles that are not used during running, contributing to greater overall strength and fitness, which directly translates to increased speed and stamina.
As a runner, I’m sure you understand the importance of strong core muscles for maintaining posture and stabilising your hips. Did you know that swimming is perfect for this?
What if you don’t like swimming? We’ve got you. Using specialised exercise equipment such as exercise bikes, treadmills, and boxing equipment can give you a stellar workout using the resistance of the water!
Getting into hot water is not only vital to your training, it’s also brilliant as part of your recovery! Whether you’re recovering from the Marathon itself or from a hard training session, swimming on your recovery days will help to accelerate your muscle repair.
Swimming is not the only aquatic outlet that will help you take your athletic performance to the next level. Hydrotherapy jets found in Swim Spas and Hot Tubs are perfect for easing muscle strain, helping to promote repair and recovery of your tissues after a gruelling day. Joint pain and inflammation are also common in marathon runners and respond well to the warm water and hydrotherapy jets.
Swim Spas from Award Leisure
Swim Spas are the perfect combination of hot tub hydrotherapy and adjustable swimming exercise! If you think that a Swim Spa could be just what you need to take your training to the next level, check out our range of Swim Spas available.
If you’re looking for something to help you with your training as well as make a great addition to your family garden, you need to check out the Brand New for 2019 21ft Infinity Edge Swim Spa!
The swim lane is so wide and long that two swimmers can swim side by side against a powerful current that’s out of this world! There’s so much room for a true swimming experience without your feet or arms touching the spa walls. The swim spa also offers seating for up to 5 people with 3 dedicated massage seats and two stand up hydrotherapy zones!
The 2100 VE Swim Spa is also available with a variable speed pump meaning you can customise your swim to suit your ability and experience from 1-100%. Perfect for interval training and catering to all swimming abilities!
Check out our video of the 2100 VE Swim Spa in action at the International Dealers Meeting in Toronto in January 2019.
This Swim Spa is the first, largest & only portable Swim machine featuring the exclusive vanishing infinity edge design, giving you barrier free views to create the true feeling of swimming in open water.
If you want to know more, check out our information video below:
And if you’re participating in the London Marathon later this month, Good Luck!