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Ultimate Guide To Spa & Swim Spa Installation in Sydney

Getting a new spa or swim spa is exciting - you probably can't wait to jump in and relax! Before you can do that, however, you need to make sure it is properly installed. This comprehensive guide will help you easily understand all the ins and outs of a spa installation in Sydney - we've covered everything from costs to local council regulations and, of course, the step-by-step process to getting your new spa installed and running.

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Swim Spa Installation

Spa Installation


Swim Spa Installation

Spa installation

How much does it cost to install a swim spa in Australia?

The cost of installation depends on several factors, such as; the size of your pool, the type of materials used, and any additional features you may want to add. But, to give you a close estimation, we've broken down all the costs related to getting a swim spa installed below,

  • Costs of a new swim spa - A quality Australian-made swim spa will start around $20,000 for our Plunge specification and range up to $40,000 depending on size, features and equipment.
  • Cost to get initial council development approval - about $110
  • Cost to install a child-resistant barrier - between $100- $2,000
  • Cost to get a swimming pool compliance certificate - about $100
  • Cost to register your swim spa - FREE
  • Delivery and final installation costs - will vary depending on what crane and manpower you choose. mySpa has worked with budgets of $1,000 right up to $400,000.

For a more detailed guide on swim spa costs, check out our post on What Costs are Involved When Installing a Swim Spa?


Requirements for Installing a Swim Spa in Sydney, Australia

Swim spa regulations can change from state to state. The general requirements for swim spa installation in Sydney, Australia state that any structure over 30 centimetres deep intended for aquatic activity needs to comply with the New South Wales Swimming Pools Act 1992.

Here are some of the main requirements of swim spas,

  • You must register your spa or swim spa online on the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register.
  • Before you install your spa or swim spa, you need to have it approved by your local council.
  • You need to install a child-resistant barrier around your spa pool.
  • You need to install a fence around your spa pool that's at least 1.2 metres high and designed in such a way that kids can’t climb over or crawl under it.
  • The entrance gate to your spa pool must be self-closing.

For more detailed coverage of the laws and regulations, check out our Complete Guide to Spa Pool Safety in Australia from 2022 to 2023.


Step-by-Step Guide To Easy Swim Spa Installation

Once you've selected your dream swim spa and gotten council approval, here's how to go about installing it.

Step 1: Choose an experienced installer

The first step is finding an experienced installer who can handle your project from start to finish. mySpa Sydney is proud to offer a complete installation and landscaping service with our full range of swim spas and plunge pools.

We’ll handle the whole installation process for you, including:

  • Planning approvals
  • Site preparation and excavation
  • Concrete slab installation prior to delivery
  • Swim spa delivery
  • Crane hire & operation for hard-to-access sites
  • Swim spa installation
  • Plumbing, carpentry and electrical work
  • Decking and steps
  • Structural landscape design as required

Swim Spa Installation Services by mySpa Sydney

Step 2: Plan the Design

Once you've selected us to install your swim spa, we will help design and build a stunning custom spa into your home that seamlessly integrates into its surroundings. We'll also provide advice on which type of materials would best suit your needs and budget.

Step 3: Excavation

The next step is excavation which involves digging out an area large enough for the swim spa and preparing it for installation by removing any rocks or debris from the site before backfilling it with soil or sand, depending on what is required by local regulations.

Step 4: Crane in Your Swim Spa

After the excavation is complete, the spa or swim spa can then be craned into position. We'll use specialised equipment that's designed specifically for this purpose.

Doing so ensures that the spa is placed safely and securely without damaging surrounding structures or landscaping features such as trees or shrubs nearby.

Step 5: Backfill & Decking/Paving

Once the pool has been craned into position, we'll then backfill it with soil or sand, depending on what's required by your local regulations. This needs to be done before any decking or paving can be laid around the swim spa.

Step 6: Final Touches - Add Spa Pool Accessories!

Finally, once all the steps have been completed successfully, then all that remains is adding any final touches, like adding;

  • Spa cover lifters
  • Spa steps
  • A Smart Rail to easily enter your spa
  • A Smart Bar to hold your drinks
  • Spa Umbrella to keep you cool.

Consult swim spa installation professional for installation, preparation of site and landscaping or expert advice tailored to your specific situation and requirements.

Spa Installation

Installing a spa in Sydney can be a great way to enhance your relaxation and create a luxurious oasis in your home. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

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Location of spa installation in your Backyard

Decide on the purpose of your spa installation, whether it's for therapeutic purposes, entertainment, or both.

Choose a suitable location for your spa, considering factors like privacy, accessibility, and the availability of utilities such as electricity and water.

Council Regulations for Spa Pool

All spa pool owners must register their pool online on the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register. You will then be issued with a certificate of registration. To confirm this registration, you can check the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register website to see if your spa pool has been listed.

Spa pools are required to be surrounded by a child-resistant barrier. This law applies regardless if children are living on the property or not. This legal requirement helps ensure that no child can access the spa pool unsupervised.


Prepare the Installation Site

Clear the area where the spa will be installed, ensuring there is enough space for the spa itself and any required access for maintenance.

Ensure the site is level and properly prepared to support the weight of the spa.

Install a concrete pad or deck. A concrete pad or deck is essential for supporting the weight of your spa. The pad should be at least 100mm thick, and it should be level and smooth.


Arrange for Utilities

It's important to have a licensed electrician install a dedicated electrical circuit for your spa. This is crucial for safety and to ensure the spa operates efficiently. You may also need a plumber to install any required water lines and drainage systems.

If you've chosen MySpa Sydney for your spa installation, you don't have to worry about looking for licensed professionals, as we have qualified in-house electricians, plumbers and carpenters who will do the above for you.


Delivery and Placement

Coordinate with the spa dealer to schedule the delivery of your spa.

Ensure there is clear access to the installation site for the delivery team.

Carefully position the spa in its designated location, taking care not to damage any surrounding structures.


Installation and Setup

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing and setting up the spa. This typically includes connecting electrical components, plumbing, and filling the spa with water.

Install any necessary accessories, such as covers, steps, or handrails, to enhance safety and convenience.


Safety Precautions

Familiarise yourself with the safety guidelines provided by the spa manufacturer.

Install a compliant safety barrier, such as a fence or lockable cover, to prevent unauthorized access, particularly if you have children or pets.


Water Maintenance and Chemical Balance

Learn about the proper water maintenance and chemical balance required for your specific spa model.

Purchase the necessary chemicals and equipment to keep the water clean and balanced. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels as recommended.


Enjoy and Maintain

Relax and enjoy your spa while adhering to the recommended usage guidelines.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for routine maintenance and cleaning to ensure the longevity of your spa.

Schedule periodic professional servicing to address any technical issues and keep your spa in excellent condition.

It's important to consult with spa installation professional, electrician, and plumber, for expert advice tailored to your specific situation and requirements.

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That's it; now enjoy your brand new swim spa in the safety and comfort of your own home. And if you need any additional help or advice, mySpa Sydney is here to provide it. So don't hesitate to reach out to us

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