Products4Pools now sells Fastlane Endless Pools

Fastlane Pools are endless pools which deliver the ultimate swim – swim for fitness!

Swimming is one of the exercises that uses all the muscle groups, building strength and endurance without wear and tear. Swimming exercises your heart, improves blood circulation, tones muscles, and burns calories. By alternating between walking, running, and swimming in the Endless Pool, you get a full body workout that’s particularly refreshing and enjoyable!

An Endless Pool from Fastlane delivers the ultimate swim. By swimming in-place, you never turn, so your swimming is 20-30% more effective. The fitness benefits are extraordinary!

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With the convenience of having a pool at home, you can fit swimming into your busy routine. No traffic jams, no leisure centre fees, no crowded swim lanes. You’re free to swim on your own schedule, when and how you want it! Imagine how great it would be to make a 20-minute swim part of your morning routine, or to enjoy a quiet swim before bedtime. An Endless Pool makes it possible!

For many people exercising in a backyard pool means six strokes and a flip turn, over and over and over. The Fastlane produces a smooth, quiet, powerful current that’s perfect for any backyard pool. Set the water speed to the pace YOU want, and swim at home.

Other Uses of Fastlane Pool:

  • Health and Fitness
  • Swimming & Aqua Aerobics
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Triathlon Training
  • Family Fun
  • Pure Enjoyment

Imagine your own private swimming pool, installed just steps away, set to the temperature you desire, with less chlorine than drinking water. Another benefit is its size, this pool can be installed virtually anywhere, indoors or outdoors and used year-round for lap swimming, aqua aerobics, hydrotherapy or family fun.

The Fastlane Pool has helped thousands enjoy a new life of enriched health and wellness by making swimming a regular part of their lives.

Even after 10 years of use, 90% of Fastlane Pool owners still use their pools every week! It’s like opening a health club in your backyard. The Fastlane is perfect for every level swimmer- from dog-paddlers to experienced competitors…

There are several models of NIVEKO’S Fastlane Pools available. The WALL MOUNT is designed for new pool construction, while the DECK MOUNT fits over the side of an existing pool. The Fastlane fits outdoor pools, indoor pools and most above the ground pools.

Easy to install with no electrical connections poolside, the Fastlane fits virtually any pool. For fitness or fun, the Fastlane swimming machine adds a whole new dimension to your pool.

If you were thinking of building a new pool, you could build it to half the size and install the Fastlane and have the same benefits of an Olympic size pool!

If you would like to request more information or arrange a non-obligatory consultation, please contact me direct at alan@products4pools.co.uk or call me on 0800 977 4966

The Development Of Swimming Strokes

Thanks to ongoing innovation and scientific research, swimmers are getting ever faster and word record times are common place in big competitions.

Although John Trudgen introduced front crawl with a scissor kick to Britain in 1873, front crawl with the more efficient flutter kick was first seen in a swimming race held in London in 1844, where the Americans easily defeated the British breaststroke swimmers. The British continued to swim only the breaststroke in competition until 1873 however, due to the splash caused by crawl! Australian Richard Cavill is credit with the development of front crawl as we know it in 1902 when he combined an alternating over arm stroke with the up and down leg kick motion. American H. Jamison, AKA Jam Handy is recognised by the International Swimming Hall Of Fame with inventing modern freestyle breathing. It was also his idea to put lines on the bottom of swimming pools to help guide swimmers.

Backstroke has evolved from its 1900 Olympic debut with the introduction of an underwater stage. As breaking the water surface reduces speed, David Berkoff  and Daichi Suzuki both swam over 30 metres of the first length of the 100 metres backstroke race at the 1988 Seoul Olympics completely under water. For health and safety reasons FINA, the international swimming governing body, changed the backstroke rules the following year, limiting the under water phase at the start of the race to 15 metres. Since the early 2000’s, the Australians have improved backstroke speeds after discovering that more horizontal thrust is achieved by bending the arm slightly as it passes the body underwater rather than keeping it straight. This modern backstroke technique has now been widely adopted.

Breaststroke is the both the oldest and slowest swimming stroke and the most popular recreational stroke. In 1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel, swimming 21.26 miles in 21 hours and 45 minutes using breaststroke. The scientific study of swimming began in 1928 when David Armbruster filmed swimmers underwater. His research led to significant improvements in breaststroke speed by refining the method of bringing the arms forward under water, rather than breaking the water surface which increases drag. This led to controversy at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics when Masaru Furukawa won the 200 metres breaststroke gold medal by swimming as much of each length underwater as possible. The adoption of this technique led to many swimmers suffering from oxygen starvation so FINA introduced a new rule to limit the distance that can be swum underwater at the start of a race and after every turn.

Experiments with breaststroke led to the creation of the butterfly stroke. In 1934 David Armbruster devised a double over arm movement out of the water. This “butterfly” arm action gave more speed but required greater training and conditioning. Then in 1935, Jack Sieg mastered the skill of swimming on his side and beating his legs in unison like a fish’s tail. He then developed the leg action face down. Armbruster and Sieg’s co-ordination of this arm motion and leg kick resulted in the birth of the butterfly stroke. It wasn’t until the 1950’s however that the butterfly stroke was legalised for swimming competitions.

The development of the tumble turn to change direction quickly at the end of a swimming pool lane is credited to swimming coach Tex Robertson while he was training Adolph Kiefer for the 1936 Olympics. Flip turns weren’t permitted in Olympic swimming competition until the 1956 Games in Melbourne however. Tumble turns are only allowed during front crawl and backstroke races. In butterfly and breaststroke races, swimmers must touch the end of the pool with both hands simultaneously before turning back for another length.

You might not be about to shave a fraction of a second off a world record time but install an above ground swimming pool from Products4Pools and you can swim as quickly or slowly as the mood takes you, without fear of breaking any rules! Choose from our extensive range of wellness products, including spas, saunas and steam rooms and you can enjoy some well earned relaxation and pampering after your work out too!

Products4Pools Swimming Kit Development Guide Will Turn Your Head…!

It is often said that the best way for swimmers to optimise their performance is to swim naked and until the middle of 19th century, that’s exactly what most people did! The following brief history of swimming attire will make you appreciate the benefits of modern technology when you next dive into a swimming pool or relax in the spa, sauna or steam room.

Swimming costumes have been around since the 1800s but most were made from woollen materials which were extremely heavy when wet and hardly flattering! It wasn’t until the end of World War II that companies began developing materials designed to increase the swimmer’s speed. Elite swimmers, including the 1924 British Olympic team, wore outfits made of silk, which was lighter and more comfortable but very expensive.

Manufacturer’s designs had to adhere to the Amateur Swimming Association’s rules regarding taste and decency, many of which are still in place today. The development of man-made fabrics such as nylon which were light weight, comfortable and cheap to produce was a major break through in swimwear technology. Male swimmers wore full body swimsuits up until the 1940s, which caused more drag in the water than their modern hydra-dynamic swim-wear counterparts. In 1943 the US ordered the reduction of fabric in swimsuits by 10% due to wartime shortages, resulting in the first two piece swimsuits. Shortly afterwards the Bikini was invented by Louis Reard.

Realising that fractions of a second can be the difference between Olympic silver and gold, the Amateur Swimming Association commissioned a report into the issue of drag in 1972 and by the early 1980’s Speedo revolutionised swim wear by developing Lycra which minimises drag so maximises the swimmer’s speed. Speedo’s latest innovation, the all-in-one bodysuit designed to mimic the movement of a shark was worn by Michael Phelps at the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. These performance enhancing, polyurethane body suits proved highly controversial and were banned by FINA; swimming’s governing body, on January 1st 2010. Whatever will the swim wear companies think of next?

Early swimming caps were made from cotton or silk. Rubber caps were introduced in the 1920’s to preserve hair styles and to protect hair from chemical damage. The earliest chin strap caps were known as “aviator’s style” as they resembled flyer’s leather helmets! During the 1940s swimming caps became scarce as rubber was needed for war materials.  Men’s long hair styles of the late 1960s and early 70’s resulted in swimming pool’s introducing a rule requiring swimmers with long hair to wear caps to avoid clogging the pool’s filters. Competitive swimming’s research to boost speed by reducing drag made swimming caps even more popular from the 1980’s onwards.  David Wilkie was the first swimmer to wear a swimming cap at a major competition when he won bronze in the 200 metre backstroke event at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

The development of goggles can be traced back to the 14th Century, when Persians used tortoise shells to cover their eyes while diving for pearls! Goggles were first used in competitive swimming to protect the eyes from the salt during English Channel crossings, with Thomas Burgess wearing goggles similar to motorcycle goggles to cross the Channel in 1911. Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel, also used motorcycle goggles but she made hers watertight with a paraffin seal! For many years, goggles were still bulky and uncomfortable so swimmers either suffered the discomfort of the goggles or the discomfort of swimming pool chemicals stinging their eyes. By the 1970’s, goggles were standard equipment, though they weren’t permitted at the Olympics until 1976. Today’s high tech goggles are hydrodynamic, anti fog, comfortable and stylish and prescription lenses are increasingly common place. Tinted goggle lenses are even available to provide UV protection for outdoor swimming!

Kitted out in all the latest hydrodynamic kit, how fast can you go? There’s only one way to find out … Install an above ground swimming pool; along with a spa, sauna or steam room for some well earned post exercise relaxation. With Products4Pool’s complete range of pool care products, swimming pool covers, heating systems and water treatment filters, your blue lagoon will always be crystal clear, hygienic, warm and inviting… What are you waiting for?

Immerse Yourself In Olympic Swimming Glory…

As London 2012 draws ever closer, it’s highly likely watching the world’s most outstanding swimmers in action will inspire you to put on your water wings. By installing an above ground swimming pool from Products4Pools you can attempt to emulate the elite on a daily basis without having to leave the house! Why not go all the way and treat yourself to a spa, sauna or steam room for some well earned relaxation after all that exercise?

With Products4Pools top ten Olympic swimming facts you can also win the gold medal for your Olympic swimming knowledge! Swimming is the 3rd most watched Olympic sport behind athletics and gymnastics so you’ll be able to impress your friends too…!

  1. Swimming has been part of the modern Olympics since the first event in Athens1896.
  2. At the second modern Olympic Games contested in Paris in 1900, the first and last underwater swimming event was held. 2 points were awarded for each meter swum underwater. In addition 1 point was added to the scoring for every second a competitor remained below the surface. Much to the delight of the locals, Frenchman Charles de Venderville won the event swimming 60 meters and staying submerged for 1 minute 8.4 seconds! Denmark’s Peder Lykkeberg lasted underwater for a longer period, 1 minute 30, but only managed to travel 28.5 meters.
  3. Prior to 1908, Olympic swimming events were held in open water rather than in swimming pools!
  4. Initially Olympic swimming was a male only event. Women didn’t participate until 1912.
  5. The 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden marked the introduction of electronic timing.
  6. The 1924 Olympics were the first to use the standard 50 metre pool with marked lanes.
  7. Prior to the 1968 Olympics, women were considered too delicate to swim the 800 metres freestyle, even though the men’s 1500 metres freestyle event had been held from the early Olympic years!
  8. Rebecca Addlington became the first British competitor to win an Olympic swimming gold medal when she won the 400 metres freestyle race at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. When she added the 800 metre gold medal she became the first Brit to win more than one swimming gold at a single Olympics for 100 years!
  9. Michael Phelps holds the record for the most swimming gold medals at a single Olympics. His 8 gold medals won at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 surpassed the 7 won by Mark Spitz at the 1972 Munich Games (Spitz broke world records in all the events that he won)! His 8 gold medals in Beijing, combined with the 6 he won in Athens 2004 also give Phelps the record for the most gold swimming medals in total. Phelps has in fact won 16 Olympic medals, as along with his 14 golds, he won 2 bronze medals   in Athens in 2004!
  10. Prior to London 2012, Great Britain are 7th in the Olympic swimming medal league table with 64 medals, 15 of them gold. The USA leads the table with 489 medals, including 214 golds!

Your dreams of Olympic glory might have faded but with an above ground swimming pool, spa, sauna or steam room you can transform your fitness, health, life style and well being. Choose from Products4Pool’s range of pool toys and you can enjoy exercise, fun and games all rolled into one. That’s a “win win” even by Olympic standards!

Products4Pools Swimming Pool & Spa Safety Guide

Although at times it feels like the world has gone health and safety mad and any fun seems to be subject to a risk assessment, when it comes to swimming pool safety you really can’t be too careful. Most swimming pool safety measures are common sense but whether you are thinking of installing an above ground swimming pool for the first time or you have had a swimming pool for a while, the following checklist could make a life saving difference:

Children

  1. As children are the highest risk it is vital to teach them the rules that they should only go in the swimming pool or spa when they’ve asked your permission and must never swim alone. Detachable swimming pool steps from Products4Pools are perfect for preventing child access.
  2. Begin teaching children to swim when they are babies as the younger they are when they learn to swim, the safer they will be in water for the rest of their life. When teaching babies and young children to swim always keep them within arms length and use swimming aids such as arm bands.

Pool Design

  1. Plan the position of your above ground pool and or spa so swimmers can be easily seen and always be vigilant. Install appropriate swimming pool lighting if the pool is to be used at night.
  2. Think carefully about the depth of your swimming pool; shallower water is appropriate for a relaxation pool to be used for social purposes or by children, whereas an exercise pool will require deeper water.

Rules

  1. Establish and display clear swimming pool rules including no running, diving or horse play.
  2. Never take glass near the pool or spa and avoid drinking alcohol prior to and during swimming.
  3. Remember to apply sun cream after swimming on a hot day.

Equipment

  1. Purchase a lifebuoy / life belt from Products4Pools and keep it close to the pool side at all times.
  2. Keep a well stocked first aid kit to hand and check it regularly. Why not use your swimming pool as the motivator to en-role on the first aid and life saving course you’ve always intended to do but never found the time?

Hygiene

  1. Pool covers should be in place at all times when the swimming pool is not in use. As well as restricting access, this will keep the pool clean and more hygienic.
  2. Ensure the appropriate levels of chlorine are maintained in the water to prevent health threatening bacteria forming and store chemicals safely and out of reach of children.

Be a responsible swimming pool and spa owner and always exercise caution. Adhering to the above rules will give you peace of mind that your loved ones are safe. You can rely on Products4Pools to provide all the pool care and maintenance products you’ll need so you can be confident your pool is hygienic, including chlorine tablets, chemical testing and dosing equipment and pool covers. A safe swimming pool is a happy and fun pool!

Products4Pools Top 10 Amazing Swimming Facts…

  1. Drawings and paintings found in ancient Egypt, which date back to 2500AD depict people swimming!
  2. During the early 19th Century, swimming naked was commonplace! It wasn’t until the mid 1860’s that local authorities and swimming clubs introduced regulations that swimmers had to wear costumes when swimming in public! Around this time men and women were allocated different sections of beach to ensure they swam separately at the seaside!
  3. Breaststroke is the oldest stroke used and even though the Americans beat the British in an 1844 race by swimming the faster front crawl, the British continued to swim breaststoke until 1873, as crawl created too much splash!
  4. Captain Matthew Webb in 1875 was the first man to swim the English Channel. It took him 21 hours 45 minutes to swim the 21.26 miles using breaststroke. The first woman to swim the English Channel was teenager Gertrude Ederle in 1926.
  5. The current Channel records are held by Chad Hundeby in 7 hours 17 minutes and the fastest women to date is Penny Lee Dean in a time of 7 hours 40 minutes. The records for the youngest swimmers to cross the Channel are held by Thomas Gregory, aged 11 years 330 days and Samantha Druce, aged 12 years 118 days.
  6. Approximately 65,000 people in America can’t swim!
  7. One of several legends about how the animals were chosen for the Chinese Zodiac is that the Emperor held a swimming race on the understanding that the first twelve animals to cross the fast flowing river would have a year of the Zodiac named after them. The rat cheated to be crowned the winner! As a result the year’s of the Zodiac rotate in the following order; the year of the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.
  8. Titanic was the first ocean liner with a swimming pool and gym!
  9. In 1922, Johnny Weissmuller, more commonly known as Tarzan, became the first person to swim 100 metres in less than a minute. The current world record is closer to 45 seconds! Weissmuller became a hero twice over when he saved the lives of 11 people after an excursion boat capsized on Lake Michigan.
  10. In 1998, Benoît Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean, a total of 5,600 kilometres in 72 days, by swimming 6 to 8 hours daily!

You might not break any swimming records but install a swimming pool, spa, sauna or steam room from Products4Pools and you’ll be the envy of your friends and neighbours! You’ll also improve your health and well being into the bargain!

Products4Pools Swimming Pool Installation & Maintenance Guide

No longer the preserve of the rich and famous; recent swimming pool innovation and design has made owning your own swimming pool an affordable luxury! You’ll still be the envy of your neighbours and very popular with your friends though…!

Above ground swimming pool kits are only a quarter of the price of  similar sized in ground swimming pools so they bring all the benefits of an in ground pool for a fraction of the cost! Metal framed and wooden sided above ground pools can be conveniently installed in a day, in contrast to in ground swimming pools which can take up to six weeks to construct. The costs of digger and skip hire to remove the earth are avoided too. Above ground pools are safer for families than in ground pools as there is no danger of children falling in and the pool ladder can be removed to prevent them climbing in. Above ground pools also heat up more quickly than conventional swimming pools as the heat stays in the pool rather than being lost into the ground. An added benefit of an above ground pool is that if you decide to move house you can simply drain and dismantle the pool and take it with you!

Before purchasing your above ground swimming pool there are a number of factors to consider. Firstly you need to decide on the size of the swimming pool. This will obviously be determined by the space available and also the purpose of the pool; a bigger pool will be required for exercise than for a family fun pool. Do you have space for a spa, sauna or steam room too? Secondly you need to select the shape. A rectangular pool is the best option for swimming lengths for exercise whereas a rounded shape is perhaps more aesthetically pleasing if the pool is just for fun and relaxation purposes. The intended use of the swimming pool will determine the appropriate depth. A deeper pool will be required for an exercise pool than if the pool is to be a social, children’s or relaxation pool. Location is another issue to take into account. Your above ground swimming pool needs to be positioned for maximum sun and not too close to trees as the leaves will end up in your pool! Ease of access and locating the pool so it is not obscured from view for easy supervision of children are also important. Finally landscaping around the swimming pool requires planning. A decking surround gives an above ground pool a more permanent feel and surrounding plants add beauty.

In addition to the initial purchase you’ll also need to budget and prepare for an on going swimming pool cleaning and maintenance routine. A few minutes effort for hours of pleasure in crystal clear water is definitely worth it though! Daily chlorine checks to ensure the water is free of bacteria and to prevent algae forming are essential. Your swimming pool will need to be covered when not in use to prevent debris blowing in, though being raised up, this is less of a problem than with in ground swimming pools. Solar pool covers are dual purpose, providing protection whilst using the sun’s energy to heat the pool! A surface skimming net and a hose pipe attachment to “hoover” out debris from the bottom will also be required.

Products4Pools is your one stop shop for all the products you’ll need for swimming pool installation and maintenance, including water pumps, treatment filters, heating systems, pool steps, chemical testing kits and pool covers. So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge and transform your home, your life style, your health and your well being…!

Swim To Look Good Inside & Out…!

Suitable for all ages, swimming is one of the most fun, relaxing and yet beneficial forms of exercise. By swimming regularly, the whole family can enjoy keeping fit all the year round!

From a physical health perspective swimming uses all the major muscles for a full body workout, especially if you vary the strokes. Water’s buoyancy makes swimming ideal exercise for physical therapy, rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise with a minimal injury risk. Even those with arthritis and pregnant women can continue to exercise in the swimming pool. Swimming promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance as every leg kick and arm stroke is a resistance exercise against the water. As swimming puts the body through a range of motions it also helps joints and ligaments to stay loose and flexible, in contrast to gym machines which tend to only work one specific body part.

Being an aerobic exercise, swimming strengthens your heat and lungs, as well as reducing your risk of diabetes and stroke. Swimming keeps your heart healthy by lowering your resting heart rate and so helping your heart to pump blood more efficiently. By raising “good” HDL cholesterol and reducing bad “LDL” cholesterol, swimming contributes to maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. Swimming is also a great for weight control. It burns more calories than walking or cycling and almost as many as running! In fact an hour of vigorous swimming will use up to 650 calories!

As the saying goes, “a healthy body equals a healthy mind”. Alongside the host of physical health benefits, swimming also brings psychological benefits. By releasing feel good endorphins and serotonin in the brain, in addition to the healing and calming properties of water, swimming lowers stress, boosts your mood and raises energy levels. The yogic combination of stretching with rhythmic breathing makes the relaxation of swimming almost meditative.

Besides the physical and well being advantages, swimming also promotes life skills such as time management, self discipline, sportsmanship, self worth and a sense of achievement, social skills and self confidence from a well toned body!

Swim regularly in your own above ground swimming pool and years of better health, relaxation and pleasure await! Why not install a wellness product from Products4Pools too, whether a spa, sauna or steam room? We have all the kit you’ll need to build your swimming pool, including heating systems, pumps, water treatment filters and pool steps, along with all the pool care products you’ll require for ongoing swimming pool maintenance, such as chlorine tablets, chemical testing kits and pool covers. With our selection of pool toys you can even exercise whist having fun and games with the family at the same time!

Dive Into The World’s Most Amazing Swimming Pools…

Allow Products4Pools to introduce you to the swimming pools around the world with true wow factor! These extra ordinary pools bring a whole new meaning and experience to swimming. Which would you choose to take the plunge in?

Chile is home to the world’s largest swimming pool, as confirmed by the Guinness Book Of Records! The San Alfonso Del Mar Algarrobo is 1013 metres long, dwarfing a 50 metre Olympic sized pool! It took 5 years to build, covers almost 20 acres and holds 66 million gallons of salt water which is filtered from the Pacific Ocean!

The swimming pool at the Joule Hotel in Dallas defies logic. The pool extends 2.5 metres out from the side of the building. It is partially transparent so as you swim you can look down to the street ten floors below! You are literally swimming and flying; what a feeling…?

You need a head for heights to take a dip in the world’s longest elevated swimming pool. At three times the length of an Olympic pool, the swimming pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino boasts a 200 metre high view of the Singapore skyline from the 57th floor! Similarly the Mandarin Oriental Hotel roof top pool enables you to swim in the sky with a backdrop of the New York skyline!

Dare you swim in shark infested waters? Surely the world’s most terrifying swimming pool is the notorious Tank at The Golden Nugget Resort in Las Vegas. The swimming pool surrounds a 2000 gallon shark tank and an aquarium, which is also home to in excess of 300 species of marine life!

If you prefer relaxation to thrill seeking, the Jade Mountain resort in St. Lucia offers the ultimate sensory indulgence. Glass tiles and fibre optic illumination bring a kaleidoscope of colour to the purified water. The infinity pools which spill out from each luxury suite create an optical illusion whereby the swimming pool water appears to extend to the horizon!

For pure artistry, the Gellert Thermal Baths & Swimming Pool in Budapest are unsurpassed. Constructed in 1912–1918 and recently restored to their full original splendour, the baths are more like an awe inspiring Art Nouveau style cathedral than a swimming pool! References to the healing properties of the water on the site date back to the 13th Century!

The title for the most quirky swimming pool belongs to The Badeshiff, meaning “bathing ship”, on Berlin’s Spree River. This highly unusual pool is an old barge that has been converted into a public swimming pool!

You too can turn your dream swimming pool into a reality with Products4Pools – let your imagination run wild…!  We have an extensive, affordable range of above ground swimming pools and wellness products including spas, saunas and steam rooms so you can exercise and relax in style. For added sophistication, why not install a swimming pool lighting system from Products4Pools? Ordering a jet wave / current kit along with pool toys will also delight the children and the grown ups alike!

Swimming Pools Past, Present & Future …

Though swimming pools are increasingly high tech in terms of heating systems, chemical injection systems and water treatment filters, the earliest evidence of swimming dates back to ancient drawings and paintings by cavemen during the Stone Age in Egypt! There are even biblical references to swimming! Early civilisations including the Egyptians and Greeks extolled the virtues of cleanliness and bathing notoriously played a part in Roman social life with Roman baths featuring a swimming exercise area and a hygiene bathing area. The first heated swimming pool was built in Rome in the 1st Century BC and swimmers are depicted on the mosaics still preserved in Pompeii! The words “piscine” and “piscina”, commonly used across Europe to refer to swimming pools, come from the Latin as the Romans allowed fish as well as people to swim in their swimming pools!

The Romans introduced swimming to Britain in 78AD and swimming quickly came to be seen as an essential life skill. Perhaps the most famous and certainly the best preserved Roman bath is in the town of Bath. In view of the natural, mineral rich healing properties of the thermal water, the Romans viewed the hot spring as sacred and so they threw coins and other valuables into the water to please the Gods.

Competitive swimming has military origins and the first ever swimming race took place in Japan in 36BC! A swimming competition held in London in 1844 saw the American’s easily beat the British, because they swam front crawl, whereas the British swam the slower breaststroke. As crawl created considerable splash, the British continued to swim breaststoke until 1873! Swimming became increasingly popular in the mid 19th Century, thanks to the Victorian’s increased leisure time. In 1837, 6 swimming pools complete with diving boards were opened in London and by 1880; there were 300 swimming clubs in England. The National Swimming Society of Great Britain started holding regular swimming competitions in the 1830’s. The popularity of these competitions grew steadily so swimming was one of the sports included in the first modern Olympics held in Greece in 1896. Decency laws and the Victorian belief that women were too fragile to compete in sport meant that women did not compete in swimming at the Olympics until 1912 however. In fact in 1907, synchronized swimmer Annette Kellerman was arrested for indecent exposure because her swim suit revealed her arms, legs and neck!

With Products4Pools you can write the next chapter in the story of swimming… By installing an above ground swimming pool you can be part of the growing trend to have an exercise pool or a relaxation pool all to yourself! Massaging water jets, jet wave machines and swimming pool lighting will add the finishing touches! For the ultimate in luxury and pampering you could even indulge in a steam room, sauna or spa, complete with an Aquatray to hold the champagne..! The Romans would have been impressed!