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Endless Pools FAQ

Endless Pools FAQ
  • What is an Endless Pool?

    Endless Pools are a great option for someone who wants a swimming pool, a spa and a home gym – all in one. Most include a jet or propulsion system that creates a continuous current. This makes it possible to swim in place. In addition to swimming, you can also use them for low-impact exercise and relaxation. In an Endless Pools® Fitness System with an optional underwater treadmill you can also run or walk without impact.

  • Why Buy an Endless Pool?

    Endless Pools are multipurpose, so whether you want to maintain an at-home exercise routine or simply have a place to play and relax, the investment is worth it! Do you swim regularly? Or just for enjoyment? Will aquatic exercise help you meet your health goals? Or is a place for family enjoyment and to unwind what you are looking for? Endless Pools combine the joy of aquatic activity with at-home convenience, indoors and out.

  • What Kind of Backyard or Patio Setup Do I Need to Install an Endless Pool?

    First, you’ll need to make sure you have the space for a swim spa installation! The Endless Pools® Fitness Systems, the SwimCross®  Exercise Systems, and the RecSport®  Recreation Systems come in several models and sizes, allowing you to find the right one for your needs.

    The Endless Pools® Fitness Systems offers four models:

    • E2000: 20-feet x 89 inches
    • E700: 17-feet x 89 inches
    • E550: 15-feet x 94 inches
    • E500: 15-feet x 89 inches

    The SwimCross® Exercise Systems offers three models:

    • X2000: 20-feet x 89 inches
    • X500: 15-feet x 89 inches
    • X200: 12-feet x 89 inches

    The RecSport® Recreation Systems offers two models:

    • R500: 15-feet x 89 inches
    • R200: 12-feet x 89 inches

    Second, consider where you’ll be installing your system. For example:

    1. Will the system be on a surface that is structurally sound? A filled system can weigh a lot, so you’ll need a solid foundation to support it. If you’re installing on a deck, for example, you’ll need to know the deck’s maximum load capacity; consult a contractor or structural engineer before installing a system on an elevated deck.
    2. Is the surface also level and even? A level surface ensures that the system can operate properly and the internal plumbing can drain completely. If you’re installing the system outdoors, you’ll need a reinforced concrete pad that’s at least six inches thick, to allow for proper footing.
    3. Is there enough space around your Fitness System for steps or decking? These can be purchased separately to allow for easy access to your Fitness System.
    4. Is there proper drainage around your Fitness System? Whether you are installing your Fitness System above ground or partially recessed, you’ll want to ensure that there is proper drainage to protect your investment.
    5. Do you have 220v / 60 AMPS of power available? This is the minimum requirement for running a Fitness System and all of its components, so consult with a licensed electrician.
  • How Do I Maintain My Endless Pool?

    Because Endless Pools® Fitness Systems are smaller in size than a pool, maintenance is relatively simple. However, there’s still work involved. Regular care and maintenance will ultimately determine how long your Fitness System and its components will last.

    Swim Spa Maintenance Considerations

    Water Maintenance

    This is one of the most important areas of Fitness System ownership. Your dealer will guide you through maintenance orientation, but some pointers to know:

    • Test your water with a test strip once per week, or each time the Fitness System is used
    • Dispense water care products into the water as needed, to maintain water chemistry balance
    • Change 50% of water every year, however this really depends on how often it’s used so consult with your local dealer
    • A weekly or monthly super chlorination may be required, depending on use

    Filter Cycles

    Your personal usage, including frequency and the number of occupants, will all determine how often to clean your filters. We recommend checking and cleaning the filters, once every two to four weeks to ensure proper filter flow.

    The filter cycle can be adjusted on your control panel to run up to two times a day for as long as 12 hours per session. You have the option of changing the days, start times, and length of time.

    Freezing Prevention

    Your Fitness system is designed for year-round use in any climate; however, if not in use or not winterized properly, extremely cold temperatures could cause damage. Additionally, outdoor Fitness Systems have weather-related considerations, and those who live in colder climates need to take extra precautions. Please see your local retailer for help with proper winter use of your Fitness System.

    Other Maintenance

    • Clean your Fitness System’s acrylic shell regularly with water and a soft rag or nylon scrubber — you may also want to use a Stain and Scale Inhibitor if your Fitness System has a high concentration of dissolved minerals
    • Remove and clean pillows whenever the Fitness System shell is being cleaned
    • Regularly clean the Fitness System cabinet with a mild soap and water solution
    • Rinse dirt or debris off the vinyl cover once per month

    Your local dealer can provide a swim spa maintenance orientation when you purchase your Fitness System; of course, you should also consult your owner’s manual for more detailed information.

  • How Does an Endless Pool Compare to a Lap Pool or Open Water Swimming?

    Swim Spa vs. Lap Pool

    Traditionally, distance swimming at home meant installing an expensive, in-ground lap pool — often requiring construction and landscaping costs, and a commitment to maintenance, including high-capacity pumps and filtration systems and the use of cleaning chemicals. Now, innovative technology allows you to swim “endlessly” with the help of propulsion swim machines and jets.

    There’s no need to make a flip turn like you would in a lap pool, resulting in an efficient workout. Swim spas take up less space, cost less to operate, and allow you to truly customize your workout by varying the current speed.

    Fitness enthusiasts will find additional benefits to exercising in a swim spa or Fitness System instead of a lap pool. Endless Pools® Fitness Systems, for example, come with the option of adding an underwater mirror for checking your form, adding a pace display to track your time, and even adding the wifi enabled Endless Pools Fit@Home™ App, which allows you to program your workouts and manually control the swim machine and/or treadmill from a tablet or mobile device. For those who want to work on their form, an optional swim tether will help keep you stationary with every stroke.

    Swim Spa vs. Swimming in the Ocean

    Most users describe swimming in a swim spa as like swimming in the ocean, because you’re working against the current. Of course, with a swim spa, you have control over the speed of the current. Not only does the current control provide a more efficient and personalized workout, but there is no need to be concerned about your safety with natures added variables.

  • How Do I Find the Best Swim Spa or Fitness System For Me?

    When choosing your swim spa or Fitness System, consider the following:

    1. How much space do you have?

    Both the Endless Pools® Fitness Systems and the SwimCross™ Exercise Systems come in different sizes, ranging from 12 feet to 20 feet, so make sure you know how much space you have available, whether it’s indoors or outdoors.

    2. What’s your backyard setup?

    There are a few considerations for installing your Fitness System; learn more about the requirements here.

    3.Have you swam against a propulsion system, or jets?

    The Endless Pools® Fitness System features the original Endless Pools® Swim machine, a hydraulically powered propulsion system that creates a current of up to 5,000 gallons per minute that is laminar and variable from 5:00 to 1:08 minutes per 100 yards. The adjustability combined with the smooth current makes this propulsion system ideal for all levels of swimmers.

    The SwimCross™ Exercise System, on the other hand, features five swim jets that are air-free, producing a steady stream of water. The jet configuration, with top jets providing resistance and bottom jets providing lift, makes it easier to stay afloat.

    We suggest taking a test swim to try any swim spa or Fitness System you are considering before purchasing. Find out what to expect from an Endless Pools Fitness Systems test swim.

    4. What are your fitness goals?

    Depending on your goals, you may want to customize your Fitness System with Endless Pools® accessories: an underwater treadmill for walking or running, resistance gear to increase your core strength, or a swim tether set to improve your form.

    Once you’ve answered these questions, you can get a better idea of which model is right for you. Next, locate a dealer in your area and take a test swim! A free, no-obligation test swim at your nearest Endless Pools® Fitness System retailer is a great way to get a feel for the uses and benefits of a Fitness System. You will leave with a strong understanding of what the best swim spa or Fitness System is for you based on your specifications and test swim experience.

  • Is Endless Pools the Best Swim Spa Manufacturer?

    In 1988, Endless Pools® founder James Murdock built his first continuous current swimming machine. Nearly 30 years later, we’ve installed more than 22,000 swimming machines for people aiming to improve their health and stay active. In 2015, Endless Pools® joined Watkins Wellness and created the Endless Pools® Fitness Systems, marrying the best swim-in-place technology with the best in spa manufacturing. Together, we’re redefining swim spas.

    Endless Pools® Swim Machine is unmatched amongst all other swim spa manufacturers in the industry. We’re proud to offer:

    • Superior Design: We have high standards for our Fitness Systems, and work to ensure all models are nothing short of superior. The revolutionary shell design offers a beautiful look, and the bar top flows gracefully from the spa seats to the swim-current generator. Stunning lighting, with a blue LED illumination bar, provides visual appeal at night, and the water is backlit for added elegance. You’ll be proud to show off your Fitness System in your backyard!
    • Strength: Endless Pools Fitness Systems and SwimCross™ Exercise Systems are built on a durable steel frame and ABS base pan for strength, so you can feel confident that your purchase will last for years to come.
    • Energy Efficiency: All Fitness Systems are also insulated to conserve heat, enhance the energy efficiency, and lower operating costs. The three layers of the Tri-Thermic™ Barrier System include a three-quarter inch, two-pound density EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam and reflective film attached to the inside of the cabinet, combined with a two-inch thick heat blanket made of high quality recycled textile fibers and foil film, attached on the inside of the steel frame. Together these materials provide maximum thermal protection.
    • Practical Features & Add-Ons: We keep the athlete in mind for all aspects of the design. Teal accents guide you as you swim, acting like a swim lane marker. In addition to the aquatic exercise accessories offered, we understand the need for relaxation as well. Perfectly-positioned spa seats and four jet types enhance your experience when you’re ready to take a breather.
  • How Does An Underwater Treadmill Work?

    Our underwater treadmill works by a hydraulic power unit (HPU) that pumps biodegradable vegetable oil to the treadmill’s underwater motor. This innovative design is energy efficient and eco-friendly while still providing maximum power.

    The treadmill varies from a walking to running pace with a speed range of 0 to 5.5 MPH, so it can be easily adjusted for any workout level. Customers are typically drawn to the underwater treadmill because of the extra versatility and benefits it gives to their in-home Fitness System.

    Benefits of Underwater Treadmill Exercise

    The underwater treadmill gives you a full-body, low impact workout. You can also create a more challenging workout by turning on the swim current, which increases water resistance for an impactful core, leg, or upper body workout. The underwater treadmill can be used as alternative for people who find that running on land is hard on their joints. It also eliminates other environmental distractions, such as traffic, other pedestrians or runners, and pavement cracks.

    With an underwater treadmill as part of an in-home fitness pool, you can benefit from all of the physical and mental benefits of exercise in the comfort and privacy of your own backyard. Whether you depend on the underwater treadmill to be your full-time workout equipment or want to add it is an alternative to shake up your regular fitness routine, the benefits help motivate you to exercise more and have fun while doing it.

  • How Does the Swim Machine Produce a Water Current in an Endless Pool?

    The idea of an in-home Fitness System might be a new concept for some because of the swim-in place experience. One of the many innovative benefits of this Fitness System is the Endless Pools® Swim Machine. The swim machine allows you to swim in place while still staying afloat. It uses a hydraulically powered propulsion system to create a water current of up to 5,000 gallons per minute at full power. Conditioning grills help to redirect and smooth the water to create a laminar water flow. Once you get accustomed to this unique experience, it feels like swimming in open water.

    Like the underwater treadmill, the swim machine pumps biodegradable vegetable oil to the 5 HP underwater motor for energy-efficient power. This adjustable speed ranges from 5:00 to 1:08 minutes per 100 yards. This results in a system that is valuable for any level of swimmer. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about getting in and out of the water to adjust speeds. Use either the water resistant remote control or the Wifi enabled Endless Pools Fit@Home™ App to easily adjust the pace. The Fit@Home App can also be used to program your workouts!

    The Endless Pools Swim Machine is ideal for swimmers who want to improve their stroke. It can benefit anyone training for a swimming event, and is useful for the everyday swimmer who wants to switch up their exercise routine. While getting used to the swim machine current, it’s usually recommended to start at a mild speed and slowly increase to find the pace that is right for you. You can also take a swim test with us, to try out the experience!

  • How Do the Swim Jets Produce a Water Current in a SwimCross™ Exercise System?

    Not all Jetted Swim Spas are created equal. Most jetted swim spas use high powered jets that are similar to spa jets. Those jets introduce air to produce force, which also tends to create heavy turbulence. The swim jets in SwimCross Exercise Systems are different. The five swim jets are configured so that the top three jets provide resistance while the bottom two jets provide lift. We don’t introduce air into our jets to produce force, therefore swimmers experience less turbulence than with the average jetted swim spa.

    The SwimCross Exercise Systems Swim Jet Technology

    Rather than delivering a strong force of water current, the SwimCross jetted technology works like a ceiling fan that moves more air with less force. Now, imagine that typical swim jets are similar to an oscillating fan. The force will throw papers all over a room. Which would you prefer to swim against? The SwimCross Exercise Systems swim jets capitalizes on what is referred to as the venturi effect, which draws in more water to multiply the volume but provides a steady stream rather than a turbulent push of current. The result is a swim-in-place experience that is easy for you to become acclimated to and enjoy.

    The jetted SwimCross Exercise System works well for people who want to swim, row, or benefit from any type of resistance exercise. It also offers a pleasant way to unwind after a challenging workout due to its soothing hydrotherapy benefits delivered by 27 hydromassage jets. There are five swim jet levels that you can choose from depending on your fitness levels or workout goals. Customization is easy: simply toggle between two speeds of the three top jets and turn the two bottom jets on and off to find the combination that feels best!

  • What Other Features or Benefits Can I Expect with My Endless Pool?

    One of the top reasons people purchase an Endless Pool is to gain physical and health benefits from swimming. However, it’s not limited to swimming alone since the system provides a full body workout that helps increase core strength, work arm and leg muscles, and can serve as a cardio exercise substitute or alternative to land-based running or walking.

    As a low-impact exercise, swimming is also easier on the joints and is a relaxing way to get daily physical exercise while also relieving stress on the body. For the truly fitness-focused, optional features like the underwater treadmill, swim tether, row bar kit, and pace display enhances your workout and provides multiple options for adaptability to swimmer level.

    Therapeutic Swim Spa Benefits

    People also like our swim Fitness System because of its therapeutic effects. Customers often use it for its hydromassage benefits after a tiring workout or to unwind after a long day. The 27 hydromassage jets can be customized to target areas of extra soreness or tightness and give people a way to de-stress and feel refreshed.

    Room for the Whole Family

    Additionally, since our swim Fitness System is appropriate for any swim level, it’s a way for families to spend more time together… If one user wants to work out on the underwater treadmill, another user can simultaneously relax by the jets on the other end. It’s a great way to increase quality time together, have fun, and improve swimming skills all at the same time.

    These are only a few of the key benefits that people highlight after they purchase their own swim Fitness Systems. Since it’s customizable for every person, the personal benefits are virtually endless!

  • Can I Try Out an Endless Pools Fitness System Before I Purchase?

    Yes — in fact, we strongly recommend it! The best way to experience the many features and benefits that an Endless Pool® Fitness System provides is by stepping into one of our models and taking a test swim yourself. Test swims are free with no obligation, so you can really envision how much you’ll enjoy this innovative system.

    If you decide to schedule a test swim, make sure you let us know how you’re planning to use the in-home fitness pool. This will help with customization of your test swim experience and ensure that you are aware of the all the features focused specifically on your swim goals. For example, customers who wish to use the Endless Pools® Fitness System as part of a regular cardio exercise, the optional underwater treadmill is a key feature to experience. It provides a low-impact workout that still works the entire body.

    For those who want to primarily use the Fitness System for therapeutic relief, it’s a good idea to learn about the hydromassage jets, which can be customized to target different areas of the body.

    If you are considering purchasing an Fitness System for your household, know that it helps people maintain a healthy fitness level, while also providing a way to relax and unwind. Many people also choose a Fitness System as a way to spend more time together as a family. It’s really up to each person how to personalize the experience. Regardless of the reason you’re interested in buying an Endless Pools® Fitness System, bring the whole family for a test swim and see how easy it is to use and customize! Learn more about what to expect when you take a test swim.

  • How Do I Install a Swim Spa or Fitness System, & How Long Does it Take?

    Upon purchase of your new Endless Pool, we will provide you with a delivery guide that will outline each step of the installation process. It will outline which parts you are responsible for, and where and how we can assist. The process itself will vary depending on how well the space is prepared for delivery and if there are any unforeseen delays that may occur; it will require working together to achieve a successful installation with minimum delays.

    Customer Responsibilities

    We will assist you with the installation. However, there are several preparation steps that the customer is responsible for before the delivery and installation can begin. This first includes preparing the site where you’ll want your Endless Pool installed.

    Customers may choose to install it inside or outside on a patio or deck. Something to keep in mind when preparing the location is having a good understanding of how structurally sound the area is. You want to choose an even surface that can withstand the weight of the system on its own and, when it’s filled with water. Also, ensure you select a space where the water will drain away from your electrical equipment compartment. Need help deciding where to play your system? No problem – schedule a backyard consultation with us today!

    When the system is delivered, you may need to make room near the installation site as well and temporarily remove part of a gate or fence to clear the path for delivery. Ground preparation and electrical requirements must also be fulfilled by the customer for the installation of their fitness pool. Both must be performed by qualified and licensed professionals.

    As your date of delivery nears, keep in contact with us and discuss any concerns or questions you have about the installation and timeline. The goal is to have it installed as quickly as possible without compromising safety or care. The sooner you can start benefiting from the features of your new Endless Pool, the better.

  • What Are My Financing Options for An Endless Pool?

    We can help you find the right Endless Pool, as well as work with you to determine the right option to finance your purchase. When you finance an Endless Pool, you will enter into an agreement through us, and then pay monthly payments for a fixed payment term, typically 60 months.

    The financing plan we can offer you may vary based on:

    • your credit score
    • your total purchase price
    • the payment term length


    When you’re ready to learn about financing, contact us about your financing options!