Managing Motion: Understanding The Concepts Of Moving Water
By Peter Davidson for Pool & Spa Marketing Magazine
Demand for residential swimming pools with moving water (e.g. lazy rivers and current-powered exercise/therapy pools) is coming on strong. Topping the list of market trends driving this demand is the growing number of people in the ‘Baby Boomer’ demographic who are becoming more concerned with overall fitness. That said, many are turning to aquatic exercise regimens as a way to speed recovery from hip and knee replacements, ease pain from arthritis or chronic back problems, or even help fight diabetes and obesity.
Many favour current systems simply because they provide an at-home venue for exercise, thus removing the need to find public or commercial pools nearby at a local gym or community centre. They value the convenience and privacy of being able to work out at their leisure in a comfortable setting, making these exercise/therapy pools a perfect fit for their often-busy lifestyles.
At the same time, the number of homeowners looking to add greater recreational dimensions to their backyard aquatic environments is also increasing. Inspired by experiences many have had in waterparks, resorts, or community aquatic centers featuring interactive water attractions, these consumers are looking for ways to transfer those experiences to their stay-at-home resorts. Current systems enable these ambitious clients to build elaborate lazy rivers or far simpler vessels that also make use of manufactured currents for recreational purposes.
Whether for exercise and/or fun, current systems give bodies of water ‘personalities’ that cannot be achieved with static environments, as such they empower designers and builders to deliver dramatically increased levels of excitement, enhancing the joy of pool ownership.