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Hot Tub Covers – Service is Most Important

March 11th, 2011 by







Actual Testimonial this morning! I feel so lucky to work with these folks!


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Custom Spa Cover for the Record Book

March 11th, 2011 by

This Spa Cover is about as complicated as they get.  The client need a 16 panel hot tub cover for a commercial water park.  The CAD drawing for this spa cover says it all. From the picture below, you can see the size of this commercial spa!

Too bad we couldn’t set them up with a spa cover lifter! 🙂


Bullfrog Spas Hires A Good Guy

February 28th, 2011 by
Bullfrog Spas and HotTubs New CEO

Friday night I was checking email and this press release came through. It’s a good match for the man and the company. I’m impressed that the founder was humble enough to bring in a person who knows more about building a dealer network than himself. So, I predict good things for Bullfrog spas

Hi-Tech Hot Tub Company Welcomes New CEO

Hot tub industry veteran, Jerry Pasley named Chief Executive Officer at Bullfrog Spas. Plans to lead innovative up-and-coming spa manufacturer to the next level.

New Bullfrog CEO – Jerry Pasley

Quote startIn making this decision, I was not concerned about what Bullfrog Spas is, or is not at the present time, but what it can become. I can see enormous potential at Bullfrog going into the future.Quote end

Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus/PRWEB) February 25, 2011

Bullfrog International, LC, is pleased to announce the hire of Jerry Pasley to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Pasley was formerly the Executive Vice President of Sales at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Sundance Spas.

Mr. Pasley will assume responsibility for the general leadership, sales direction, and day to day decisions at Bullfrog Spas. David Ludlow, former CEO, Founder, and the inventor of Bullfrog’s patented JetPak System, will remain with Bullfrog Spas as President and will focus on further Product Research and Development and Business Development. Ludlow welcomed the addition of Pasley to the executive team and, in fact, was instrumental in his acquisition.

Ludlow expressed his support and approval of this move: “Jerry Pasley is not only a seasoned pool and spa industry veteran, but more than that, he shares the vision of what Bullfrog can become and he has the ability and industry influence to propel Bullfrog into a leadership role in the marketplace.”

Mr. Pasley has nearly 30 years of experience in the hot tub industry, with a focus on sales management and sales strategy. He has served on the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals’ Hot Tub Council and has considerable experience in the development of retailer and distribution networks. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) as a Director at Large.

When asked about the decision to leave one of the major hot tub manufacturers in the industry, especially considering their history and recognizable brand, Mr. Pasley replied, “In making this decision, I was not concerned about what Bullfrog Spas is, or is not, at the present time but what it can become. I can see enormous potential at Bullfrog going into the future. The track record of impressive growth is already there and with their patented technology and quality Bullfrog will soon be an industry leader.”

Mr. Pasley’s goals for Bullfrog include securing solid financing plans for Bullfrog dealers and the establishment of enhanced sales and marketing programs to expand the influence of Bullfrog Spas and the JetPak System. Pasley commented on these plans, “I’m confident that we can explore and implement plans to allow dealers to show more spas. Along with the expansion of sales networks, this will simply allow many more people the chance to discover the unique benefits and the reliability that you get with a JetPak-powered Bullfrog Spa.”

Most Energy Efficient Hot Tubs and Spas

February 23rd, 2011 by

Operating Cost…..maybe the “new” feature.

Its going to be a real driving factor for many spa buyers in the future. Historically, it has not been.  Features always won out,  bigger the better, more jets, fancy lights, over sized stereos, flat screen TVs, anything that was shiny sold. The same design strategy that brought us the HUMMER was also spurring the inspiration for hot tubs.

No doubt things are changing.  Today I saw a release by Bullfrog Spas, a small, yet good company out the Salt Lake area, touting their  low operation cost, they even were brave enough to create a graphic showing themselves better than the giants of the industry (Sundance Spas/Jacuzzi and Hot Spring Spas).

The graphic told me a couple things; 1- Their phone is ringing with a Hot Spring Spas representative calling and asking them to recall the graphic or be ready for war (at least that was my experience some years ago in a similar situation). 2- Bullfrog is brave (bravery can be confused for arrogance).  3-  It’s probably true.  Their company culture is honorable by spa industry standards.

Bullfrog’s claim is they rank high on CEC list of approved efficient hot tubs.  Which in turn caused me to look up who’s been approved.  I was surprised to see a rather short list of approved spa manufacturers.  I have included a link and the actual list from the CA.GOV site.  One fact worth mentioning is Roto Molded spas, like Free Flow Spa or Strong Spas, are the best design for heat retention, so I’m surprised they are not listed.

There are a number of factors to the ownership costs of a hot tub, a quality spa cover spa chemicals, spa filters, and spa parts, all play a part in the ongoing expense.  For those items, we ( here to help.

11/23/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Blue Falls Manufacturing 4549 52 St. P.O. Box 560 Thorsby Alberta T0C 2P0 CANADA (780) 789-2626 Ext. 352 (780) 789-2624
11/23/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Bullfrog 668 West 14600 South Bluffdale UT 84065 United States (801) 565-8111 (801) 553-0349
12/13/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Clear Water Spas/Hydra Plastics P.O Box 2140 18800 Woodinville-Snohomish Road Woodinville WA 98072 United States (425) 483-1877 (425) 487-1148
12/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Columbia Spas, Inc. 1827 Talbot Road SE Jefferson OR 97352 United States (541) 327-2938 (541) 327-2962
11/23/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Dimension One Spas 2611 Business Park Drive Vista CA 92081 United States (760) 727-7727 (760) 734-4096
11/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Emerald Spa Corporation / Kennedy Laboratories 4150 East Paris Avenue Kentwood MI 49512 United States (616) 871-3400 (616) 871-3420
01/12/2011 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Intertek 3933 U.S. Route 11 Cortland NY 13045 United States (607) 758-6366 (607) 753-0439
01/04/2011 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Marquis Corp. 4545-1 Independence highway Independence OR 97351 United States (503) 838-0888 Ext. 191 (503) 838-3849
01/06/2011 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Marquis Corp. R&D Lab 4545-1 Independence Highway Independence OR 97351 United States (503) 838-0888 Ext. 122 (503) 838-3849
11/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Master Spas, Inc. 6927 Lincoln Parkway Fort Wayne IN 46804 USA (260) 436-9100 (260) 432-7935
11/29/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) Sundance Spas Inc. 14525 Monte Vista Avenue Chino CA 91710 United States (909) 606-7733 (909) 627-1084
12/13/2010 Portable Electric Spas CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2) TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. 12 Commerce Road Newtown CT 06470 United States (203) 426-0888 x 121 (203) 426-4009

Ozone and Minerals for Spas & Hot Tubs

February 17th, 2011 by

ozoneMineral Sanitizers (Nature2, Frog Floating System, Sundance Spas Sunpurity, Hot Spring AG Mineral Purifier) is offered as an alternative sanitation system for spas and pools, with promises of cleaner water without the drawbacks of chlorine. However, these Mineral Sanitizers recognize that they do not oxidize all the organics that a spa may contain, so it recommends using its product ‘Cense’ as the required oxidizer (a version of MSP, or monopersulfate).

We have nothing against MSP, but why not have the best oxidizer you can have, without adding ANY more chemicals? It’s not just DEL saying this. Here’s the assessment of

What is Ozone for Spas?

“Ozone, fed into the water continuously by an Ozone generator, is the strongest oxidizer for pool [or spa] water treatment. …Ozone has a minimal effect on pH and water chemistry.”

The bottom line for spa and pool disinfection is that ozone is the strongest, broad-spectrum oxidizer that can be delivered simply and reliably. Ozone combines well with Mineral Sanitizers (Nature2, Frog Floating System, Sundance Spas Sunpurity, Hot Spring AG Mineral Purifier) minerals to cover the gaps in sanitation left by Mineral Sanitizers alone.

What is a Mineral Sanitizer?

Mineral Sanitizers are a “mineral bed” that is installed in your spa circulation to deposit silver and copper ions into the water to kill bacteria and algae, respectively. This is distinct from ionizing systems because the minerals are deposited through the flow of water through a cartridge rather than an electrical ionization process. Mineral Sanitizers shares some benefits with Ozone in that neither of them relies on excessive use of chemicals like chlorine that can have harmful byproducts when used at high enough doses to be effective.

Is Ozone and a Mineral Sanitizer Your Best Option?

No disinfection system is perfect, but if your criteria are for a simple and effective disinfection routine that produces clean, fresh smelling water with minimal harmful byproducts, start with Ozone. Whether you choose to supplement it with Mineral Sanitizers (Nature2, Frog Floating System, Sundance Spas Sunpurity, Hot Spring AG Mineral Purifier) or a small residual level of chlorine, you will be able to maintain fresh, safe water in your spa.

We have traditionally recommended a strong Ozone system coupled with a small residual amount of chlorine (maintained at about 3 ppm for spas, depending on your typical usage) for a simple, low cost way to keep spa water pure. The chemicals and the tests they need are widely available and understood. But if a Mineral Sanitizer appeals to you, we know it can also work.



Hot Tub Rule #1: Don’t crash into my hot tub!

January 27th, 2011 by

Dude, you crashed into my TUB!


Don’t crash into my hot tub!

A Prescott Valley woman, Atrina Sprague, is in custody for allegedly driving her car into a hot tub outside a northern Arizona home.

Police said Tuesday that Sprague, 32, remains in the Yavapai County Jail. She’s being held on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, criminal damage and endangerment.


Jeff Spicoli's Sister?


Police say a breath test showed Sprague had a blood-alcohol level of .23 percent – well above the 0.08 percent legal limit to operate a vehicle in Arizona.

Car that Prescott Valley, Ariz. Police Say Crashed into Outdoor Hot Tub (KPHO)

Residents of the Prescott Valley home told police they were woken up by a loud noise just after 2 a.m. Saturday, and discovered a car stuck in their spa. (Yes, they hate it when that happens)

They say the driver, Sprague, was apparently trying to leave, but couldn’t get the car off a hill.

I’m sure they will need a new Spa Cover.



Spa Retailers Required to Stop Making False ENERGY STAR Claims

January 18th, 2011 by

Canadian Spa Retailers Claimed Their Spas Were Compliant


OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 17, 2011) – The Competition Bureau announced today that, as a result of its successful enforcement action, two additional spa retailers must cease making misleading representations that incorrectly conveyed the impression that their hot tubs or insulation met the criteria of the ENERGY STAR Program.

Under the terms of a consent agreement filed today with the Competition Tribunal, which has the force of a Tribunal order, “EcoSmart Spas” and “Dynasty Spas”, as well as a director of both retailers, Brent Marsall, have agreed to cease making misleading representations and to pay an administrative monetary penalty of $130,000. Corrective notices will also be published in all stores, and on their Web site, to inform customers of the misleading representations. In addition, a corporate compliance program will be developed and implemented for both retailers.

“I am pleased that our enforcement action has been successful,” said Melanie Aitken, Commissioner of Competition. “Canadians seeking energy efficient and environmentally friendly products depend on businesses to ensure that the claims being made about their products are truthful and accurate. Companies that make false representations inhibit consumers’ ability to make informed purchasing decisions and put rival companies at a competitive disadvantage.”

On June 29, 2010, the Bureau announced that it had filed an application with the Competition Tribunal seeking to prohibit Mr. Marsall and his companies from making claims that the products were eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. The ENERGY STAR Program is an international standard for energy efficient and environmentally friendly consumer products. No hot tubs, spas, or insulation products for sale in Canada are eligible for certification by, or in association with, the ENERGY STAR Program.

Since announcing a crackdown on unsupported energy savings claims in June 2009, the Bureau has reached agreements with all Canadian hot tub and spa retailers identified as having made similar false or misleading claims, except EcoSmart Spas and Dynasty Spas. The Bureau was forced to start enforcement action against Mr. Marsall, EcoSmart Spas and Dynasty Spas. The consent agreement resolves the matter with respect to these final violations.

Canadian and American government agencies cooperated in the Bureau’s investigation. This includes the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which owns and manages the ENERGY STAR Program, and the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, which administers the program in Canada.

In June 2008, the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) jointly published enforcement guidelines, entitled “Environmental Claims: A Guide for Industry and Advertisers“. The guidelines provide the business community with the necessary tools to ensure that environmental marketing is not misleading, while providing consumers with greater assurance about the accuracy of environmental claims.

The EcoSmart Spas and Dynasty Spas retailers that made the misleading claims operate in the Calgary and Red Deer area.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

Warm Up with a Hot Tub Soak in Idaho

January 13th, 2011 by

Warm Up with a Hot Soak

Nothing like easing your tired muscles in a natural wonder

by Andrew Mentzer


Just because Old Man Winter has a stranglehold on the weather right now doesn’t mean you have to wait until May to feel warm again. Wouldn’t a nice soak in a hot tub feel great right about now? If you don’t own a hot tub yourself or don’t want to risk climbing the fence in the cold, dark night to slip into your neighbor’s tub, there are some great hot springs within a two-hour drive of Boise that can kill the chill.

Skinnydipper–Touted as one of the best hot springs in Idaho, these pools are not particularly easy to get to. Off of Banks to Lowman Road (South Fork of the Payette River), you have to park on the side of the highway and hike up a steep, rocky hillside. The trail can be especially tricky during the winter months. If you make it, the upper pools are piping hot and the scenery is well worth the trip.

Kirkham–Just past Lowman on Highway 21, these roadside springs are easy to get to and very relaxing. Just a short hike from the publicly managed Kirkham campground, these springs run right into the crystal blue waters of the Payette River.

Gold Fork–If you find yourself in the McCall-Donnelly-Cascade neck of the woods, Gold Fork Hot Springs makes for a worthy visit. Bring cash since these springs are privately owned and properly built-out. Get more information at

Baumgartner–Also adjacent to a publicly managed campground, Baumgartner hot springs is great place to sit back and take it all in. Being 11 miles past Featherville, access may be tricky depending on the weather.

Bonneville–Also just north of Lowman, Bonneville is an awesome spot if you enjoy hiking. These springs are about a quarter-mile hike/snowshoe from the Bonneville campground and have a “soak shack” that guests can enjoy.

Pine Flats–Another Highway 21 hot spot, Pine Flats hot springs are best enjoyed during the summer and fall months, since the river blows out the lower pools during the early spring. Just a few miles before Lowman off of Banks to Lowman Road, these springs are a short hike from the scenic Pine Flats campground.

Garden Valley/Moondipper/Pine Burl/Silver Creek Plunge–The Garden Valley area has many excellent hot springs, both improved and unimproved.

With all of these hotspots, don’t let the desire to soak your self override your common sense. Check conditions before heading into the mountains and keep in mind that some Forest Service roads are closed during snow season. Be prepared for any number of scenarios, including but not limited to the following: nude hot-tubbers, nude hot-tubber-loving mountain animals, Johnny Law (if you become a nude hot-tubber), and piping-hot water temps (dip your toes before you dive in)

What to Look for in a Backyard Hot Tub

January 7th, 2011 by

Winter Warmth Outdoors: Backyard Hot Tub Features

hot-tub-featuresPat Karlsson Backe and her husband, Kevin, say this is their favorite time of the year to use the hot tub in their Franconia back yard.
By Ann Cameron Siegal, for The Washington Post

“Something different happens when you are sitting outside,” said Pat Karlsson Backe, a fitness and Pilates instructor. Her husband, Kevin, brought his hot tub to their marriage three years ago, then they added a small, portable fire pit to celebrate their first Christmas together. Their Franconia back yard, with its slate patio and view of the woods, became their favorite hangout. It’s “good for the soul,” she said. “You have the ability to take in the evening air as nature takes away all the stresses of the workday.”

Whether seeking a focal point for gatherings or for solitary contemplation, here are some things to consider before installing a backyard hot tub or fire pit.

Hot tubs in the Washington DC area

Is your primary goal hydrotherapy for aching muscles, simple relaxation or socializing with friends?

Customers often say they want a hot tub – also called a spa – big enough for a party, said Dave Cintorino, owner of Home Escapes, a spa and patio furniture store in Reston. “Most often it’s one or two people at a time, so get the one you want,” he said.

Kevin Backe purchased his hot tub 20 years ago, when he was in his 30s. It’s a basic no-frills three-seater, which he and Pat, avid runners, use to limber up before exercising and for soothing soaks afterward.

Lise and Steve Lingo use their eight-person spa several times a week in the back yard of their Herndon townhouse, most frequently in winter.

“In the morning it wakes you up, gently,” Lise Lingo said. “In the evening, it puts you to sleep.”

Sprinting from your cozy indoors to the warmth of the water can be a challenge in the winter, so the closer the spa is to your house, the more likely you are to use use it.

“The trade-off may be the view,” said Charlie Hyink, owner of Vienna Hot Tubs and Patio in McLean, “so seek the best compromise.”

The Lingos, for example, installed a ceiling under their deck to protect the area between house and tub from snow and ice. It’s important to make sure you have a non-slip surface to guard against falls.

Acoustics count, too. Will the sound of spa jets, heaters or pumps be bothersome if your unit is near a bedroom window or a nearby house?

Before deciding on a location for your tub, you also should consider whether you need privacy screening so you’re not on display before the neighbors. Also make sure you have enough space around the hot tub to allow easy access for maintenance and repairs.

Contemporary hot tubs come in many shapes and sizes, seat two to eight people and require several hundred gallons of water. While you can get wooden and even inflatable versions, we’ll focus on the aboveground molded-plastic style. Popular sizes can take up to an 8-by-8-foot space.

Always do a “wet test” before purchasing a hot tub; many retailers will arrange for you to bring your bathing suit and towel to the store for the not-so-dry run. That’s the best way to determine if the seats, depth and jet placement fit your body, and whether the well is large enough that entangled feet won’t be a problem. Typical options include multi-level seating, armrests, or lounge seating for stretching out.

Hot-tub covers should be well insulated, tapered for rain run-off and lockable so uninvited visitors – particularly children – can’t access the water. (The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported more than 800 deaths associated with hot tubs since 1990, nearly 90 percent of them children younger than 3.) Lids can be heavy, so consider installing a cover lifter, which will add a couple hundred dollars to your cost.

Molded tubs run from $2,000 to more than $15,000, depending on the size and extra features, such as lighting and fountains.

The services of a licensed electrician will add several hundred dollars to the tab. Hot tubs require 110/120 or 220/240 volt systems, with the higher service needed to run spa pumps and heaters simultaneously in cold weather.

A hot tub full of water can weigh several tons. You’ll need a a substantial platform, concrete slab or reinforced deck to support it.

Heating requires about one hour for every three degrees of water temperature, so the better insulated your unit, the lower the costs to run and the quieter it is. The better the filtration system, the easier the unit is to maintain.

Cintorino estimates that chemicals and heating will run about $500 a year on a high-end model with options such as digital programming, individually controlled jets, mood lighting or water fountains.

Manufacturers recommend that users completely change the water every three or four months, depending on usage, and check the water’s pH weekly. To minimize bacteria, religiously add sanitizing chemicals and clean the filters according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Hot Tubs Help New Year Resolutions

December 29th, 2010 by

5  Ways a Hot Tub  Helps New Year’s Resolutions

benefits-to-spa-ownershipScientific studies indicate several key areas where hot tubs and hydrotherapy can help people to reach their goal of improved health and wellness.

The goal of improved health is the most common of all New Year’s resolutions. With the new year fast approaching, millions of people are vowing to improve their health but secretly worrying about how they will do it.

Scientific studies by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute, located at Washington State University, and others are showing remarkable health benefits associated with warm water hydrotherapy in hot tubs.

1.    Hot tubs can lower blood pressure. In studies performed by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute subjects experienced decreased blood pressure when immersed in water of all temperatures. However, the effect of lowered blood pressure was shown to last much longer for those who soaked in a hot tub.

2.   Hot tubs improve heart and circulatory health. Water immersion helps the circulatory system to operate more efficiently. This effect can be beneficial to all people and is especially helpful to individuals who experience decreased circulation due to diabetes and other ailments.**

3.    Hot tubs improve joint health. Spending time in a hot tub can decrease pain and help improve flexibility by decreasing the effects of gravity, increasing blood flow, and by lessening the pull of tight muscles on sore joints.

4.    Hot tubs improve muscle health. Soaking in a hot tub loosens stiff muscles and reduces soreness. The increased blood flow to the muscles, experienced while in a hot tub, also aids in healing after injuries and recovery after intense workouts.

5.    Hot tubs improve nervous system health. One of the reasons hot tubs feel so relaxing is because they actually balance the opposing functions within the nervous system – the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Hot water therapy reduces the effect of the sympathetic nervous system, which is the major cause of harmful stress. The positive effects of hot water therapy on the nervous system have actually been observed long after the individual actually leaves the water, showing that hot tubs help produce long term benefits that include lowered stress, relaxation, and a sense of well being.

Additional hot tub health benefits continue to come to light as physicians and scientists, especially in the area of Sports Medicine, perform studies on hot tub therapy. Individuals interested in the health applications of hydrotherapy can keep up to date by following the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute (NASMI) along with hot tub health updates posted at hot tub blog.

The science seems to show that a hot tub is likely to be one of the best investments that an individual can make in achieving their goals of health, wellness, and overall happiness for 2011.

*Information regarding health benefits of hot tubs is collected from studies performed, cited, and reported on by the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute.

**Always consult a physician before using a hot tub, especially if you have any of the following: high blood pressure, a heart or lung condition, are or may be pregnant, have diabetes or if you experience any other serious health condition.