BISHTA Celebrates Industry Excellence with the annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards

Winners of the 2019 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards have been revealed at the annual wet leisure industry gala evening, held during SPATEX at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry (on 29th January 2019).  Presenting the top awards on the night was special guest Charlie Matthews, from Wasps Rugby Football Club, based at the Ricoh Arena. Charlie’s towering presence as a 6ft 8in lock was a huge feature for the Award recipients!

The annual Industry Gala Evening brings together BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association) and SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) in a joint event to highlight the achievements of their members in the wet leisure industry, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation.

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‘What BISHTA is Doing for the Industry’

Come and join us for a ‘BISHTA Breakfast Meeting’ which takes place on Thursday 31st January from 8.30am – 9.30am in Seminar Room 2, during SPATEX 2019. This session is not only open to BISHTA members but anyone else with an interest in the hot tub sector. There will be an update on the new European standard for domestic spas (EN 17125) and also information about training courses that are available to enhance the education of the workforce. The meeting will also be an opportunity to find out how BISHTA can network with other agencies to reduce the chances of poor (or illegal) practice by some companies in the industry. We look forward to seeing you!

Please register your interest by emailing: with the Subject: BISHTA Breakfast Meeting – with your name and your company name 

EUSA recognises the best of the best in Europe

Winners of the 2018 European Pool and Spa Awards presented by EUSA at Piscine Global in Lyon, France.

Winners Hosted by the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA), the annual European Pool and Spa Awards celebrate the best of the industry, with award winners from across Europe competing for the highest accolades.

Each year, EUSA holds an awards event to celebrate the fantastic work of their Association members. The European Pool & Spa Awards are annually held at a different pool and spa exhibitions across Europe, and the 2018 event is the sixth time the event has been held. Piscine Global in Lyon, France provided the venue on Wednesday 14th November. Twenty-Six winners were announced in seven award categories from across the current thirteen EUSA member countries. Read more

Water and Electrical courses proving popular with the industry!


With the increasing popularity of spas and hot tubs in the UK, there’s been a need to provide specialist training to those working in this sector. This article takes a close look at two dedicated courses being provided to BISHTA members plus others across the industry.

While it may be true that water and electricity do not mix, training courses on these two important subjects have been proving very popular with the industry in terms of training courses to promote continuing (or continuous) professional development (CPD). Read more

Hot Tubs are great for Business!

Coast Spas Hot Tub by Award Leisure

Having a hot tub as part of a holiday accommodation package is becoming more of a requirement, than an optional extra, as holidaymakers have become more aware of the proven lifestyle and health benefits of exercise and hydrotherapy.

The interest in hot tubs has proliferated, and they have become a very popular internet search term, so investing in them should assist you to increase your bookings and therefore your revenue! Read more

Can a Hot Tub Change Your Life?

Humans have known the health benefits of water and hydrotherapy for centuries, and although we have made countless medical advances in the western world, many people are returning to the proven treatments of the past for good, non-invasive therapies.

Many members of the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) have reported that the popularity of owning a hot tub at home has increased again this year. Hydrotherapy products range from basic inflatable spas to portable hot tubs and even swim spas and exercise pools which can offer hydrotherapy and exercise space, all in one self-contained unit. Read more

Wood-fired (Scandinavian-type) hot tubs used in holiday parks (Business Settings)

BISHTA issues the following advice regarding wood-fired (Scandinavian-type) hot tubs, as they are not considered suitable for ‘business settings’ (e.g. holiday parks and rentals) unless they are going to be drained and cleaned at least every 3 to 5 hours, depending on the water source used.

Scandinavian-type hot tubs are spas designed for single use of the water, where the water temperature is increased from an external heat source (such as a wood-fired stove) which is sited out of doors. Read more

Ever Wanted a Pool or Hot Tub at Home?

Ever Wanted a Pool or Hot Tub at Home?

It just got easier to find hot tub and swimming pool retailers and installers in the UK!

The two UK trade associations, BISHTA (the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association) and SPATA (the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association), have relaunched their consumer websites with some great new features. To help put hot tub and pool owners and purchasers in direct contact with companies who are approved by the two trade associations, which can bring peace of mind when purchasing these ‘high ticket’ items. Read more