From its beginnings as a craze among yuppies in the 1970s and 1980s, the hot tub has enjoyed an increase in popularity across North America in recent years. Hot tubs and spas have become more reliable and affordable as technology improves. In particular, today's hot tubs have been designed to have minimal impact on the environment and to use water economically.
In recent years, the health benefits of home spas have also contributed to purchasing decisions. A swim spa, which combines the features of a hot tub with those of an endless pool, is a great training aid for swimmers. It is also a way to enjoy low impact, relaxing exercise. The gentle jets and warm water of a hot tub can relax and massage muscles, but it is the positive effects of just relaxing, alone or socially, which have made the hot tub so popular with couples, families and groups of friends.
It’s little surprise that hot tubs and swim spas are so popular in Canada, where winter temperatures can reach -20 or below, and even Vancouver's mild winters are too chilly to think about being outdoors in swim gear. Yet the contrast between a cold atmosphere and a warm tub is undeniably a wonderful experience. Scandinavians, with their sauna culture, have understood this for centuries. Now hot tub owners know they can stay outside comfortably in the bitterest weather, enjoying the fresh air and the beauty of the winter landscape.