With the chillier fall weather back in the air, kids back in school, and long vacation days of summer behind you, it’s a time many of our owners tell us when they get the most frequent use from their Beachcomber Hot Tub.
More time spent enjoying the hot tub shouldn’t mean more time spent maintaining the water and mechanics. That’s why it’s important to follow a few simple rules when it comes to hot tubbing, that will keep your water sparkling, even under frequent use.
Hot Tub Etiquette Checklist:
Do: Shower Before
You always see signs posted at public pools and hot tubs asking you to shower before entering, and might be wondering, is that really necessary? The short answer is yes. Even a one minute shower can heavily reduce oil, dead skin, and dirt that you might not realize you’ve picked up throughout the day. By reducing the amount of contaminants on your person, you reduce the risk of them entering your hot tub water and adding maintenance to keep it balanced. Another little known fact is that showering before can also reduce that chlorine smell that many people associate with pools and spas. Chlorine only produces that familiar smell when oxidizing contaminants.
Don’t: Bring Food
While a snack in a hot tub might sound fun, we discourage this for a number of reasons. First, your health. Remember when your mom told you not to go swimming until 30 minutes after eating? Entering the water speeds up your blood flow, and can cause discomfort if you are in the middle of digesting a heavy meal. The second and more obvious reason to avoid eating in a hot tub is the crumbs that inevitably end up in the water, quickly dirtying the hot tub.
Do: Keep A Clean Swimsuit Handy
Just like showering before a hot tub removes the contaminants on your body, keeping a clean swimsuit will keep you covered, without covering your hot tub with added dirt and debris. Give your swimsuit a rinse after use, or if you have an outdoor shower, take a quick dip under in your trunks before slipping into your Beachcomber Hot Tub.
Don’t: Use Glassware
While glassware is an absolute no-go around a hot tub, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t’ keep water handy. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated before, during, and after a hot tub soak, as the process of hydrotherapy naturally heats up your body and leaves it more dehydrated. That’s why the second you bring home a hot tub, the first follow-up purchase you should make is plastic water glasses and bottles that are safe to use around your Beachcomber. While grabbing the nearest kitchen glass might seem harmless, a hot tub a slippery environment, and losing your grip on glassware can be extremely dangerous and costly in a hot tub.
A hot tub is more than just a place for entertainment. For years now, research has shown that frequent hot tub use is a critical building block in sustaining a healthy, happy lifestyle. One of the lesser known benefits of hot tubbing is the impacts on your mental health and clarity – and all it takes is 15 minutes a day!
Mental Clarity In A Hot Tub
While stress is unavoidable, what many of us don’t realize is it also inhibits circulations and leads to heightened blood pressure. When we are overly stressed, our hearts work harder and digestion slows down. Nearly every process in the body is negatively affected. Research has even shown that up to 80% of disease is stress related.
The jets in a Beachcomber Hot Tub are specifically designed to pinpoint major pressure points throughout the body to better stimulate the flow of blood and speed of the body’s processes. This boost in circulation will help your mind and body enter into a state of calmness, and has been clinically shown to reduce anxiety and stress.
With heat and massage working together, you’ll also create a release of toxins in your body, keeping you feeling healthier and happier than ever. Here are a few of the other mental health benefits of hot tubbing:
Increasing your body temperature from soaking in a hot tub at night, before bed, will help you fall asleep faster.
Natural headache relief:
If you suffer from tension headaches, a hot tub can help! Get in your hot tub, relax, perform some deep breathing, and let the hydro-therapeutic action of the hot tub relax the muscles that are creating the tension in your head.
Provide mental reprieve from physical symptoms
Whether your ailment is standard post-workout muscle soreness or advanced arthritis, physical pain understandably takes a toll on mental energy. While your body is healing inside the bubbling water of your hot tub, your mind will be freed from thoughts of pain. Use this opportunity to practice letting go of other mentally draining thoughts, such as work worries or routine responsibilities, and just focus on indulging in the solitude of your backyard oasis.
Find your sense of inner peace and live healthier and happier than ever before every single day with a Beachcomber Hot Tub at home!
We always want to seize the day, but are you doing enough to really seize the night? If you aren’t, you shouldn’t feel alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia more than one night a week. So what are a few of the steps you can take to ensure a good night’s rest? With over 90 known sleep disorders today, we need all the help we can get!
Natural Solutions For A Better Sleep
Physical activity has been shown to be very beneficial to your sleep. Exercise increases the quality and duration of sleep by boosting the production of serotonin in the brain and decreasing levels of cortisol, better known as the stress hormone. However, it is important to maintain a moderate-intensity exercise and not overdo it.
Get On A Schedule
Most people find that one of the best ways to build out a smooth sleep cycle is by following a schedule. The more consistent you are with your bed and wake-up times, the easier it will be for your body to follow. Your body has it’s own regulatory cycle, so use the most of it.
Using A Beachcomber Hot Tub
At night, our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin, better known as the sleeping hormone. Soaking in a hot tub raises your body temperature, and exiting will more rapidly cool it down, triggering a faster production of melatonin, better preparing your body for sleep. This sensation improves your circulation and helps your body release endorphins that allow you to relax and fall asleep not only faster but also sleep through the night soundly.
So, next time you want to watch late-night television, think about the benefits of clearing your body and mind in a Beachcomber Hot Tub before bed instead. Don’t just look at a Beachcomber Hot Tub as an investment into a good time, look at it as an investment into good health, and use it every single day as part of your routine to achieve the best results.
It’s no secret that soaking in warm water provides relief of joint pain and muscle soreness. Research has proven that warm water therapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain.
Bruce E. Becker, MD, director of the National Aquatics & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane, points to many reasons why soaking in warm water is effective for arthritis sufferers. It reduces the force of gravity compressing the joint, offers full support for sore limbs, and can decrease swelling and inflammation and increase circulation.
Patients who Dr. Becker has studied seem to reach a maximum benefit after about 20 minutes of soaking.
Keeping this in mind, consider these other simple steps to make the most of your next hot tub soak.
Go warm, not hot.Water temperatures between 92 and 100 degrees are a healthy range. If you have cardiovascular problems, beware of water that’s too hot as it can additionally stress the heart.
Keep moving.Since warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, the hot tub can be an ideal place to do some gentle stretching. To ease low back pain, trap a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom or back of the tub, then lean into it and roll it against knotted muscles. The resulting improvement in flexibility can last even after you get out, especially if you stretch upon exiting the tub.
Hydrate! Make sure you drink water both before and after your soak to prevent dehydration. It may be easy to neglect the care you need to take of your insides if you’re distracted by the relief in your joints caused by the surrounding water. Consider setting a reminder alarm on your phone so you don’t forget your post-soak glass of water!
Get salty. Magnesium is a mineral that’s important for bone and heart health. While it’s not advisable to add non-Beachcomber water care solutions to your hot tub water, occasionally supplementing hot tub soaks with regular baths infused with magnesium sulfate crystals, or Epsom salts, can have a beneficial impact on arthritic symptoms as well.
It’s always the same story every year, just when you think summer isn’t going to ever end, it does! While summer, for many of us, is the best time of the year, it also presents its challenges for parents to keep kids entertained. With fall around the corner, and kids back in school, you can start getting back into your regular routine, which might come as a bit of a relief!
One of the biggest downsides of back to school time, along with a busier work schedule that normally comes with the change of seasons, is the loss of valuable family time. So, what’s the solution?
Investing in a big hot tub and making it a part of your evening ritual as a family is a great way to stay connected with kids of all ages year-round. It’s the perfect place for everyone to enjoy, relax, and spend quality time with one another.
Staying Connect As A Family In A Hot Tub
Relaxes and Connects You at the Same Time
One of the biggest reasons people invest into a high-quality Beachcomber Hot Tub is the therapeutic benefits that have proven impacts on both your body and mind. Beyond this, however, a large size hot tub also provides an amazing space for creating memories and building relationships with the people who matter most. By making it a priority every single evening, you create a time to do something not only good for yourself, but for your family as well.
Provides a Distraction-Free Environment
Without even realizing it, you and your family are facing a battle each day to really spend some quality time together. In a recent study, 9 in 10 parents admit that the time they are spending daily together as a family is often filled with distractions. Unlike sitting in the living room, a hot tub invites everyone to be totally engaged, facing one another, free of distractions from smart phones, tablets, television and the internet. It’s also an activity that is enjoyed by kids of all ages, whether they are just starting elementary school or almost off to college.
Offers Room for Everyone to Enjoy
With a large size Beachcomber Fall Anniversary Edition Hot Tub, there’s plenty of space for everyone to comfortably lay back and enjoy the enhanced features that come standard, along with an invigorating FlexJet massage, that helps improve muscle pain, relieves stress, and promotes a restful sleep.
Fall is in the air, and now is the perfect opportunity to give your hot tub a deep clean before the inevitable winter chill! Doing this now will help you get through the next 3-4 months without having to drain and fill your hot tub when you and your family want to hop in and enjoy the perfect winter refuge. It’s also a great time to inspect your Beachcomber Hot Tub and its components for any signs of damage and wear. Making any necessary repairs and doing preventative maintenance will save you from having to do an emergency repair later.
We’ve created a step-by-step approach to help you get your hot tub ready for the busy season.
The Let Go – Easy as A, B, C
STEP A: Remove & Soak
To remove the MICROFILTER™, twist the trim ring counter clockwise to unlock it and remove along with the floating weir ass mbly. Lift out the basket, and pull out the MICROFILTER™. Remove debris from the basket and rinse. Soak the MICROFILTER™ in Beachcomber’s FILTER SOAK™ cleaner and when finished, rinse thoroughly with a spray nozzle to remove residue.FILTER SOAK™ is an environmentally friendly Ecologo® certified, one-shot, fast acting, alkaline detergent cleaner, which removes organic contaminants and improves the performance of your MICROFILTER™. For best results use in conjunction with a BEACHCOMBER™ Cleaning Canister.
STEP B: Cleanse & Neutralize
Before draining your hot tub, simply add Beachcomber’s PIPE CLEANSE to your hot tub water and let the product circulate for at least 12 hours. This product flushes out an amazing amount of biofilm and bather waste from pipes, leaving a cleaner hot tub for a better experience. Test water for any sanitizer level and if present add NEUTRALIZER as directed to allow for environmentally safe dumping of water.
PIPE CLEANSEis a very effective pipe cleaner that is formulated to loosen and dislodge biofilm deposits deep in the internal water lines of your hot tub just before draining. For best results, follow directions on the label.
NEUTRALIZER completely neutralizes active chlorine or bromine in hot tub water, making it safe and environmentally friendly to drain. It is concentrated and will instantly neutralize, or reduce your sanitizer level. Always, follow the directions on the label.
STEP C: Drain & Clean
Turn power off at the breaker or power disconnect switch. Locate the black DRAIN & FILL valve, found inside behind the door on a portable LEEP™ model or under the step on the Hybrid3™ Edition. Remove the safety cap from the fitting threaded into the valve.
Attach the female end of your garden hose and place the other end at a level lower than the DRAIN & FILL valve to
ensure complete draining.To open, turn the outer part of the DRAIN & FILL valve counterclockwise to open and start the draining. Draining time will vary from model to model. Once the hot tub is drained and empty, disconnect the garden hose and close the valve.
While the water is draining is the perfect opportunity to protect your Beachcomber HEATSHIELD™ with COVER CARE. Prepare exterior cover surface by cleaning dirt and grime off with a mixture of warm water and a very mild detergent, using a soft cloth. Thoroughly rinse and allow to dry. Spray COVER CARE generously over entire exterior cover surface until wet. Wait 30 seconds, then wipe dry and buff with a clean absorbent cloth, removing any excess. R-eapply COVER CARE at least once a month to ensure optimal protection.
HOT TUB CHAMOIS™. Rinse well with fresh water making sure the DRAIN & FILL valve of the hot tub is still open so that residue drains out. This helps to rid the hot tub of any contaminants that have ended up in the low lying plumbing lines.
COVER CARE is a concentrated, EcoLogo® certified, liquid revitalizer and UV protectant that is ideal for all types of hot tub covers, as well as vinyl products around the home, including patio furniture and vinyl on vehicles.
TUB CLEAN is a fast acting, EcoLogo® certified, non-abrasive biodegradable surface cleaner for the removal of scum lines and grease build-up on hot tub surfaces as well as many other sensitive home and auto applications.
HOT TUB CHAMOIS™ is the fastest, safest way to a streak free clean hot tub. This super absorbent, non-abrasive, ultra soft cleaning tool will make your hot tub shine like new.
THE GET GO – Easy as 1, 2, 3
STEP 1: Fill & Eliminate
Close the DRAIN & FILL valve. Using the FRESH FILL™ pre-filter attached to your garden hose start filling up the hot tub. Once hot tub water is up past the skimmer, you are now safe to turn on the power.
After the hot tub is circulating with all bubbles out of the lines, add ELIMINATE™ to protect your hot tub from corrosion.
FRESH FILL™ hot tub pre-filter easily connects to your garden hose and works with all hot tubs. It utilizes food grade activated carbon and proprietary filtration media for the removal of metals, volatile organic compounds and suspended solids before they reach your hot tub.
ELIMINATE™ is a liquid concentrate formulated to prevent and inhibit corrosion on hot tub surfaces, fixtures, and equipment. Add an entire 500 mL bottle at every hot tub start-up.
STEP 2: Accessorize & Heat
This is the perfect time to replace your hot tub accessories such as FILTER SAVERS and HYDRO MOP and turn up the heat so you and your family can be soaking away blissfully in a few short hours.
HYDROMOP™ absorbs unwanted oils and residue from your hot tub water to ensure the optimal water clarity and keep water lines clean.
FILTER SAVERS™ are made from a fine nylon material which traps leaves and debris which reduces maintenance and extends the life of your MICROFILTER™.
STEP 3: Test & Balance
Nothing is more important than testing your hot tub water and ensuring everything is perfectly balanced for bather comfort and water care product efficiency.
TEST STRIPSare the fastest and easiest way to test your hot tub. You should test at least 2 times per week and after each use.
RESIST™ helps water to resist changes in pH, and increases the total alkalinity of hot tub water to prevent pH fluctuations. Maintain a proper Total Alkalinity (TA) level of 100 – 120 ppm.
PROTECT™ helps protect hot tub equipment and parts from etching by increasing the calcium level of hot tub water. Maintain a proper calcium hardness (CH) level of 150 – 200 ppm.
pH PLUS effective for minor pH increases of hot tub water to prevent corrosion and eye/skin irritation and increase sanitizer efficiency. Before adjusting pH, ensure your Total Alkalinity is balanced. Maintain a proper (pH) level of 7.2 – 7.8.
pH MINUS effective for minor pH decreases of hot tub water to prevent scaling, cloudy water and eye/skin irritation and increases sanitizer efficiency. Before adjusting pH, ensure your Total Alkalinity is balanced. Maintain a proper (pH) level of 7.2 – 7.8.
Where to get everything you need? Beachcomber’s DRAIN & FILL TOTE has absolutely everything for just $129!
The final few weeks of summer are upon us, which means it’s time to squeeze as much as you can out of the sunny, warm weather, and those last remaining care free afternoons and evenings.
What’s a great way to spend time outside and together? It’s right outside the backdoor: your Beachcomber Hot Tub!
With a Beachcomber Hot Tub, everyone can spend time together and catch up without the distractions of cellphones, TV, tablets, and the internet. An electronic-free zone can keep the whole family engaged in what is going on with everyone else, without getting distracted by the screens in front of them.
Enjoying Family Hot Tub Time
Especially in summer, it’s always important to keep the following in mind when soaking in your Beachcomber Hot Tub.
This is important any time of the year, but in the summer heat, sometimes we can forget how much water we really need. Always encourage everyone to have a big glass of water before stepping into the hot tub, and make sure everyone stays hydrated following a soak. Also, grab some plastic cups and bring them out to enjoy a cold glass of water as you enjoy your hot tub.
Lower The Temperature
If the temperature outside is hot, it’s likely you’ll want a little less heat inside your hot tub. And it’s easy to do! Just turn the set temperature down by 15 degrees, for a cooler, more refreshing summertime experience in your Beachcomber.
Add in Some Shade
If you are doing any big activities in the summer months, it’s always best to find a place with some shade to cool off. Too much time in the sun can lead to heatstroke. If your hot tub is set-up for direct sun, be sure to invest in an umbrella or sun shade that will deflect some of the rays.
As a key component of your backyard oasis, your Beachcomber Hot Tub needs to be in tip top shape to enjoy with the whole family. And maintaining it is simple! Just take a minute every few days to test your water to ensure it’s balanced and follow your water care program to ensure healthy, crystal clear results. Also remember that right before a high usage period of your hot tub is a good time for a drain and re-fill.
Most of the time, potential hot tub buyers find themselves stuck in a debate over the size, jet count, and seating available in different models as they try to narrow down the options. While making the right decisions here is vital to your enjoyment of your purchase, what’s visible and on the surface of the hot tub isn’t the only thing that needs serious attention.
What’s really going to impact the long-term enjoyment you get out of your hot tub is how it’s made, and quite often where.
What to Look for in Hot Tub Construction
Although most potential buyers believe a new hot tub costs between $3,000 – $5,000, the reality today is that a quality model costs between $7,000 – $20,000. While you save in the short-term on a cheaper model, you’ll end up paying far more in electrical bills, replacement parts, water treatments, and maintenance calls. Not to mention, you’ll be looking at a short-term, no frills experience with a much shorter product lifespan.
As you will soon discover, the quality in the construction will not only make a big impact in the enjoyment you get inside of your hot tub, but will also make a world of difference in the reliability, performance, and the return on your long-term investment. Simply put, the cheaper the hot tub is to buy, often the cheaper the components that were used to build it. At Beachcomber Hot Tubs, we are proud to use the exact same materials and construction standards across all of our models, with difference in price reflected in the add-on options, finishes, jetting configurations, and size.
So what to look for? Make note of the materials used as you look around and ask questions in-store.
To the average person, a hot tub shell and outer cabinetry may come in different colours but they all look the same. But assuming that all cabinetry and shells are of the same quality can be a huge mistake. For instance, most high-quality hot tubs are made with acrylic. Acrylic is a hard, durable plastic that is resistant to chemical and UV damage. When you look at hot tubs at a lower price point from unreliable manufacturers, you are likely seeing molding that is made from rotary plastics. This is the same kind of material you will find in a kayak or a portable table.
To choose the best shell, make sure it is durable and comes with an extended or lifetime warranty.
Cabinetry is another important consideration, although earlier generations of hot tubs were made of durable redwood or cedar, most of today’s cabinetry is synthetic. The best hot tubs are made by manufacturers who have specially engineered their hot tubs for superior durability and protection from extreme hear, cold, and UV rays. When choosing a hot tub, look for a model that has built in structural cradle that can support the tub with or without the cabinet – this will ensure the weight stays balanced The Enviroskirt by Beachcomber Hot Tubs, for instance, is designed to capture the look and performance of real wood, without the weathering and maintenance requirements.
These are a few of the reasons why it is so important to pay particular attention and educate yourself on the materials that are used. Ensure you find a durable, acrylic shell that is stain and scratch resistant, long-lasting cabinetry, and look for an intuitive control system that is accessible and easy-to-use at nighttime.
Then Be Sure to Pay Attention to Where it’s Made
Some hot tubs are made in countries known for cheap labour and few environmental regulations in order to decrease the production costs. Hot tubs produced in countries with lower labour costs and regulations tend to have more quality (not to mention ethical) control issues, and will most likely result in a smaller up-front cost but higher maintenance and shorter product lifetime.
Every Beachcomber Hot Tub is 100% manufactured in our Surrey, BC factory, with the same materials, and construction standards applied across every model price point. Each stage of the production is checked by hand for absolute quality to ensure we uphold our zero-defects approach to manufacturing.
A high-quality hot tub cover not only adds to the look of your hot tub, it is also critical to its performance. Old hot tub covers often become water-logged, making them heavy to move and inefficient in trapping heat in. Once a hot tub cover is no longer easy to move or capable of sealing in heat, it will start costing you more in heating bills, not to mention add to the time you spend maintaining clean and healthy hot tub water.
Why Invest In A New Hot Tub Cover
There are definite quality differences in the range of cover you can buy. A HEATSHIELD™ by Beachcomber is designed by maximum energy efficiency. The key element of our HEATSHIELD™ hot tub covers is that they have 45% more insulating power than standard hot tub covers, and have been designed to lock in your hot tub’s heat and energy – saving you up to $500 per year in heating costs!*
What makes a HEATSHIELD hot tub cover perform better?
Maximize the longevity and performance of your cover with our airtight, heat-seal design that keeps cold air out.
Durable Against All Elements
Reinforced light-weight aluminum keeps the structure of your cover looking like new. Mildew, moisture, and UV rays are simply no match against the marine grade vinyl skin!
Made in Canada
Every Beachcomber HEATSHIELD™ is proudly made in Canada with quality materials and craftsmanship.
Two Year Guarantee
We stand behind our products. This is our commitment to our customers. Our Heatshield will perform as promised.
So how can you make your HEATSHIELD™ even better?
There are many reasons why a hot tub cover lifter is regarded as an essential accessory for your Beachcomber Hot Tub. First and foremost, a cover lifter makes it easy for one person to fold the cover back and out of the way. It’s almost effortless.That’s why a hot tub cover lifter really is the key to using and enjoying your hot tub experience on a nightly basis.Remember, a good hot tub cover will conserve heat, save electrical costs and keep dirt and debris out of your hot tub. When it’s in good condition it’s easy to remove, which makes your hot tub experience more relaxing.
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