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March 27th, 2012 by

USA Swimming Announces Partnership with Master Spas®

Master Spas to provide swim spas and hot tubs to top U.S. swimmers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — USA Swimming today announced a partnership with Master Spas, one of the largest portable spas, hot tubs and swim spa manufacturers in the country. Master Spas will become an Official Supplier of USA Swimming.

usa-swimming logoAs part of the partnership, Master Spas will provide a hot tub and a swim spa for swimmers competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming, which will take place June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska; Master Spas will also be a part of the USA Swimming Aqua Zone fan experience in Omaha, which offers its attendees the ultimate swim-fan experience. Master Spas will hold the “Michael Phelps Swim Spa Challenge,” which will enable fans to see how they measure up against the training speed of Michael Phelps in a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas.

master-spasEvery Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas contains proprietary wave propulsion technology that provides a wider, deeper and smoother current for swimmers to train in. Resistance in the swim spa is adjustable through a Swim Number System™ that lets swimmers adjust the flow of the current as they practice.

“The partnership with Master Spas allows us to provide a great service to the athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials, as well as a one-of-a-kind fan experience to gain an appreciation for Michael Phelps’ training in a swim spa,” said Matt Farrell, USA Swimming Chief Marketing Officer. “It also allows the coaches and athletes participating in the U.S. Olympic Trials to use the swim spa system to better prepare for their own performances.”

“Master Spas is honored to be working so closely with USA Swimming to support the hopes and dreams of swimmers,” said Bob Lauter, Master Spas, CEO. “We worked with Michael and his coach, Bob Bowman, to develop a swim spa that would benefit swimmers of all levels and we’re looking forward to sharing it with the swimming community in Omaha and across the country.”

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States, USA Swimming formulates the rules, implements policies and procedures, conducts national championships, disseminates safety and sports medicine information and selects athletes to represent the United States in international competition. USA Swimming has more than 300,000 members nationwide and sanctions more than 7,000 events each year. For more information, visit   .

About Master Spas

Master Spas is one of the largest portable spas, hot tubs, and swim spa manufacturers in the country, operating out of a state-of-the-art 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility on 27 acres, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Master Spas’ management team has over 80 years of spa manufacturing success, and one of the strongest track records in the industry. For more information, visit .

New Hot Tub Warehouse For Bullfrog Spas

March 22nd, 2012 by

Bullfrog Spas Announces Improvements in Hot Tub Delivery with New Warehouse in Eastern Canada

BullFrog Hot Tub

BullFrog Hot Tub

Bullfrog Spas unveils new Milton, Ontario warehouse which will help get spas to Canadian hot tub dealers and customers faster.

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) March 22, 2012

Bullfrog International, manufacturer of portable hot tubs with patented modular technology, announced a new warehouse in Milton, Ontario, Canada today. This warehouse is intended to increase delivery efficiency and to decrease customer wait times for spas purchased from Authorized Bullfrog Spa Dealers in Eastern Canada.

The warehouse is stocked with hot tubs in the most popular models and sizes. Any Authorized Bullfrog Spa Dealer will be able to order from this inventory and get spas to their customers faster.

This is welcomed news to both consumers and to hot tub dealers in Eastern Canada. Kelly Hare, at Premium Pools and Spas, a Bullfrog Dealer in New Brunswick, expressed what this means for their business, “We couldn’t be happier to hear about Bullfrog’s new warehouse. This effectively increases my inventory by 4 or 5 times and lets me get my customer their spa in days instead of weeks.”

Bullfrog Spas is the fastest growing spa manufacturer and continues to expand its presence in Canadian hot tub markets. Danielle Lavallee-Wasson, International Sales Director for Bullfrog Spas expressed her thoughts on what this means for Bullfrog Dealers in Canada: “Opening this warehouse in Milton, Ontario will allow us to better serve our dealership base as well as attract new dealers who will know that this new venture is another move that shows our firm commitment and support of our Canadian clientele.”

For customers looking for a specific custom hot tub model not stocked in the Ontario warehouse they may still order with their Authorized Dealer and have their spa shipped from the factory to their Dealer’s location.Bullfrog spas logo

For any questions on Bullfrog’s new Canada warehouse feel free to contact Bullfrog Spas at info@bullfrogspas or by calling 801.565.8111.

Bullfrog executives, including founder and President, David Ludlow, are available for interview.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: carries hot tub covers and supplies for Bullfrog Spas.

Hot Tub Sales Picking Up

March 19th, 2012 by

I just read two articles about Home and Garden Shows picking up. Both articles talked about hot tub sales and people starting to shop again for hot tubs, after flat sales for the last several years. 

The Tampa Home Show Article had this to say:

Sunday was the last day for Florida’s Largest Spring Home Show and the 2012 Tampa Bay Spring RV Show. The home show featured exhibitors that displayed everything from cutlery to water purifying systems to pest control materials to garage doors.

Maggi Honda, a software developer who lives in Land O’ Lakes, rested inside an empty spa.

Hot Tub Shopper Sits In Hot Tub

“Times are getting better,” she said.

She’s in the market for a spa, she said, because she’s planning on building a screened porch. The price tag: $4,300. She said her income allows it. Her job is secure, she said.

“Everybody needs consultants and computer programmers,” she said. “We always are in demand.”

From Iowa:

Afford-A-Spa & Pools of Fort Dodge came with a rippling $3,500 hot tub and a top-of-the-line $10,000 spa. The Sundance Spas Cameo on display has 46 jets, and is adorned with multicolor SunGlow LED lights. It also has a stereo system.

“I wish I could bring a pool in here,” David Folsom, representative, said. “It’s hot enough today.”

According to Folsom, more people buy pools than hot tubs in the summer.

“In the summer, hot tub sales slow down, because nobody likes sitting in the hot water in 100 degrees,” he said. “Unless you’ve got aches and pains. Then the hot water always feels good.”

Hot tubs are mostly purchased for use later in the year, Folsom said.

“Most people start using them in the winter,” he said. “Kick it on, sit outside, snow falling on them. It’s great.”

Afford-A-Spa is often a presence at the Home & Garden Expo.

“It’s been great,” Folsom said. “I’ve enjoyed it. Yesterday, there was some good traffic.”

Denny Staley, Casady Bros. Implement of Webster City, brought with him a line of Gravely products, including zero-turn mowers, lawn edgers, push mower and trimmers.

“We try to bring a variety that would interest people, consumers and gardeners,” Staley said.

Staley said participating in the expo for several years has been lucrative for Casady Bros.

“It’s usually a pretty good show,”he said.

Paradoxically, Staley worried that the good weather would affect attendance.

“This year, I don’t know how the turnout’s going to be with nice weather, if we’re going to see a lot of people or if they’re going to stay home and work on their yard,” he said.

Visitors Saturday were treated to four guest speakers: Rick Lamoureux and Lois McCoy from Fort Dodge Earl May Nursery, on preparing for spring and container gardening; Linda Thomas, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, on how to “get ready for spring’s winged wonders”; Rick Edington of Critter Camp on what they offer and on Dogwatch hidden fence systems; and Katie Kitterman, on Iowa Couponing.

The show continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Iowa Central Community College’s Continuing Education building.


This is good news for the Hot tub industry which needs to get back on it’s feet. Good news for one is good news for all, as they say – “a rising tide floats all boats”. Hot tubs and spas could be considered luxury items, so when sales of these items is on the rise, it’s also good news for the economy in general. 

– Jack



Hot Tub Cover Quote

March 14th, 2012 by

Custom Quotes on Spa Covers

Hot Tub Covers

This is a recent sample letter with most of what I normally send out to customers requesting a custom spa cover quote.

For unusual shaped or sized spa covers, we create a customized quotation for construction of our hot tub covers. We have 3 people who do this – it takes a lot of work but they make sure we get it right every time for the client.

Our quotations are emailed to you within hours and each quote is good for 30 days.

We can quote a cover for any size or shape spa or hot tub, and we have built some very unusually shaped, or gigantic spa covers.

Here’s how a typical spa cover quote looks:

I believe you have requested a quote once before so hopefully this one will arrive. The information you are requesting on a proposed cover for your Rio Swim Spa at 198” x 90” is enclosed. After reading, if you have any questions or wish to proceed, please give me a ring at 800-770-0292. ….and by the way….if you are shopping price alone, this may not be what you are looking for. If on the other hand, you want the best engineering, function, longevity, quality and warranty in a hot tub cover, I suggest you read on!

There are many levels of spa cover quality and pricing, so before your eyes drop down to the quote below, please note the differences between our product and others you may be considering. As a company that is used to shipping better than 1400 covers a month, we need to be sure our product is the best available today – and it is.

Any dimension which exceeds 96 inches is considered oversized. You should be able to find a few companies able to quote a cover this size, and some may actually have lower quotes than mine. The real key will be the warranty and the ability of the company to build a cover that will last and stand the test of time while providing good insulation and a lower utility cost.

The oversized covers we manufacture are designed mostly as four panel covers, however a cover this size would need to be a six panel cover. We do not fabricate five panel covers because the engineering is not conducive to a well made cover or a cover that can be tapered appropriately. If need be, I can quote as an oversized four panel cover. however the six panel cover will be stronger and easier to remove and replace.

The overall taper is 4 inches with the center point thickness at 6 inches and the outer edge measurement at 2 inches. This gives the cover a full 4 inch slope which is imperative in climates where covers need good rain drainage and/or snow melt capabilities. This design is supported by a framework composed of 10 galvanized steel braces on each side of all hinges and both sides of where each pair of panels attach with a Velcro flap. One of the best advantages of this type of cover is the ease of use and storage. This cover would fold and stack to 33” wide x 90” long x 24″ thick.

In short:
Based on a Rio Swim Spa at 198” x 90” three piece, six panel cover.

● Center panels 6-5 inch taper, 1# foam.
● Middle panels 5-4 inch taper, 1# foam.
● Outer panels 4-2 inch taper, 1.5# foam.
● Each three panels are attached with a vinyl hinge; however we can have each panel attach to the next with a Velcro flap if preferred. (Total of 5)
● Otherwise, each hinged set of panels will connect to another with a Velcro flap. (Total of 2)
● Total taper is 6 to 2 inches for rain run off.
● Total of 10 “U” channel braces span the spa for extra strength.
● Covered in 30 oz. marine grade vinyl with UV inhibitors built in.
● 12 safety straps (nylon webbing covered in matching vinyl)
● 6 handles.

Five year non pro-rated warranty.
Base price door to door, shipping included: $1649.99


Options available:
Foam upgrade to 1.5# and 2# @ $210.00 (Better strength and insulation; r value ranges to 19)
Foam upgrade to 2# all panels @ $310.00 (Better strength and insulation; r value ranges to 26+)
Continuous center heat seals (2) @ $120.00 (Also better insulation)
Double wrapped foam cores @ $120.00 (Increases thickness of moisture seal from 6 to 12 mil and extends cover life span 2-3 years)
Deck Anchor System @ $120.00 (Better security)
Wind Rated Safety Straps @ $120.00

The illustrations below show how our multiple panel covers are designed. The first is a four panel cover to show the construction. The second a six panel cover similar to yours.

This is our six panel cover in a four cut corner design. The cover you require would look similar to this.


No matter how you view this process, multiple panel spa covers are expensive. Our approach here has been to develop a cover for large spas that will stand the test of time, present an ease of use and storage and carry the best and longest warranty available. We have found in recent years that the “standard” or typical multiple piece covers being produced are usually flat, and about 3-4″ thick. This kind of construction is usually in the 6 – 8 hundred dollar range and yet has a shorter than average life span. That is primarily due to the flat construction and inability of the cover to handle moisture run off. Most of these covers tend to begin sagging as soon as they pool water or animals start resting or standing on them.

Michael, you will not find a better value for your spa cover investment when it comes to our quality, warranty and customer service backup. Should you choose Hot Tub Works, we will work to be sure the spa cover we manufacture meets all the size specifications as indicated by the information and CAD approvals you will provide prior to construction. Please acknowledge receipt of this mail if possible and let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

– Jack

Now, wouldn’t you like to get your own customized quote for a custom spa cover? You’ll find that our prices are fair and our workmanship outstanding – plus we’re a nice group of people to work with. Once you buy from Hot Tub Works spa cover, we are sure that you will recognize the difference between our spa covers and the “other guys”.

Hot Tub Covers for Marquis Reward

March 13th, 2012 by

The Make-A-Wish Spa

Marquis make-a-wish spa

We often get calls for spa covers for model so I wanted to post to make it available for all. It’s a hard cover to make by hand but since we use CAD files for all covers its as easy as a square hot tub cover.

So if you have a Marquis Reward Spa, or think you might – the drawing below will help you verify exactly that this is your model.

This model was also known as their “Make A Wish” model and I believe one of the most popular models.

Marquis Spas are great hot tubs made in Oregon and have been making spas or hot tubs for about 25 years.

The company is known for great filtration and solid customer service.  The one down side is they have a very limited number of spa dealers.

We find they have most dealer coverage in the North West which makes sense because that’s their backyard.

If you have a Marquis Spa and are looking for a spa cover but a different model, here is a list of all the models: Marquis Spa Covers

If you do not have the Marquis Make a Wish Spa – but are looking for a new spa cover or hot tub cover, you can order any shape or model of spa cover here : Spa Covers


March 2nd, 2012 by

The Race to Get the First Hot Tub Boat

Posted by Steven Humphrey on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM

This “rivalry” that Portland supposedly has with Seattle is a joke. We’re better in practically every conceivable way, and they know it. HOWEVER! It has come to my attention (via Bethany over at Slog) that Seattle is on the cusp of getting… THEIR OWN “HOT TUB BOAT” COMPANY. Hot Tubs! Inside a boat! That you can ride around in!

hot tub boats

I think Hot Tub boats are a great idea – combining two wonderful past times. They drain easily, but if you want to keep it full, we make custom Hot Tub Boat Covers, to keep the hot. Fun for all ages – I’m thinking about getting my own hot tub boat!

From the Hot Tub Boats site:

Imagine navigating the waters of Lake Union with sweeping views of the Seattle skyline while lounging in a luxurious soaking tub.
The boat can accommodate up to six persons while underway, and eight at dockside. It is powered by an almost silent electric motor at approximately 4 to 6 knots. Each hot tub boat is equipped with built in dry storage and two coolers.

The Hot Tub Boat Company also rents their spa boats, in Seattle.

What follows is a slightly amended speech first made by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Now it is time to take longer strides—time for a great new Portland enterprise—time for this Portland to take a clearly leading role in Hot Tub Boat achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth. Recognizing the head start obtained by the Seattlites with their advanced Hot Tub Boat technology, which gives them many months of lead-time, and recognizing the likelihood that they will exploit this lead for some time to come in still more impressive successes, we nevertheless are required to make new efforts on our own.

I believe that this Portland should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of sending a man onto the river in a Hot Tub Boat and returning him safely to the land.
We choose to build a hot tub boat. We choose to build a hot tub boat in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard!


These are a lot of fun – we rented one on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. We fished too!

– Jack