Swim jets, also known as counter-current systems, have recently risen in popularity. Nowadays, many homeowners enjoy the fitness and therapeutic benefits a resistance swimming system can bring to their backyard.
Understanding the various factors that influence swim jet costs is crucial, whether you’re considering upgrading your current pool setup or investing in one for a new pool build.
In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to understand the elements that make up the final price of a Swim Jet system, including:-
- Why researching Swim Jet systems starts with your individual needs.
- The different factors that affect Swim Jet costs.
- Average costs of a Swim Jet in Australia in 2024.
Why researching Swim Jets starts with your individual needs
Researching Swim Jets is similar to deciding which pool cover to choose. This is because not all Swim Jet systems can meet different homeowners’ needs.
If you are a serious swimmer looking to train regularly at home, your need for a powerful water flow and bubble-free swim will directly affect which brands you consider.
Conversely, perhaps you are looking to extend the use of your existing pool for relaxation and therapeutic reasons. In that case, your focus might be on overall aesthetics, automation options and low noise levels.
Understanding your needs from the outset will help direct your research, and in turn, this will automatically rule out some options that aren’t suitable.
Which factors affect Swim Jet costs?
While pricing is reasonably accessible for the Swim Jet brands on the Australian market, the retail cost of the system is not where pricing ends. The final cost of a Swim jet system will be affected by many factors, some of which include:-
- The Type of Swim Jet system
- The number of Swim Jets
- The Flow Rate of the system
- The Power of the system
- The level of automation you need.
- Installation considerations
The Type of Swim Jet System
Pump-based Swim Jets
Pump-based swim jet systems like Badu were originally launched in the 1970s.
Today, homeowners can retrofit or build these into new pools, using pumps and nozzles to create water flow. These pumps operate using water sucked in through an inlet and released through a separate nozzle. Their flow rate is determined by a pump ranging from 2 to 5 HP, resulting in a flow of up to 100 m3/h.
Spa-like pump-based systems, like Badu Swim Jets, offer entry-level pricing due to their lower flow rate capabilities.
The Hydraulic Vegetable Oil pump system used by the Fastlane Pro system uses significantly more power to deliver a broader stream and stronger current. It is, therefore, a lot more expensive than the Badu.
Turbine-based Swim Jets
The swimming turbine used in the Remco SwimJet works on the same principle as a ship’s propeller, creating a broad and powerful current that can offer flows of up to 1200 m3/h.
This power makes it a popular choice for high-level athletes who use it for their training. However, with its adjustable settings and four model types, the Remco counter-current system is also suitable for casual lap swimmers and those seeking remedial exercise.
Compared to traditional swim jets, turbine-based swim jets provide a significantly more effective counter-current system, and their increased power and improved energy efficiency come at a price.
The Number of Swim Jet Outlets
The more Swim Jets you incorporate into your pool, the higher the cost. Swim Jets push water in a steady stream, creating resistance you can swim against, and the number of jets affects the power, breadth and intensity of this current.
- Single-jet systems are typically most suitable for recreational swimmers. They’re also generally the most affordable.
- Multiple-jet systems cater to more serious swimmers and athletes, providing a wider, more powerful, uniform current, thus commanding a higher price point.
The Flow Rate of the System
The intensity of the water’s flow in a swim jet is determined by the velocity and breadth of the water as it returns to the pool.
A lower-powered jet may suffice for those seeking a gentle swim or therapeutic water movement. However, professional swimmers or those seeking a challenging workout will require higher-flow currents to remain buoyant.
When seeking quotes, be sure you compare the Flow Rates of the various systems, but also be aware that flow rate is only part of the equation. The position of the Swim Jet in the water can also affect the comfort of the swim. Some very powerful systems sit above the waterline and struggle to keep the swimmer buoyant for long periods.
The Power of the System
It is important to note that more powerful Swim Jets require more robust motors and components, which increases their cost. Additionally, more powerful Swim Jets can have higher operating costs due to increased energy usage, but not always.
The first step in assessing power requirements is identifying whether you will need to upgrade to three-phase power before installation. There are Swim Jet systems like Remco’s SwimJet that only need a regular power-point located near the control box, but this is not the same for all brands.
Beyond installation, some systems can use a lot of electricity to power their operation, which the Salesperson should confirm at the quote stage.
The Level of Automation
Automation and tech integrations have made their way into almost every corner of our lives, and swim jets are no exception. Automated systems can:
- Instantly adjust Swim Jet intensity based on user preferences
- Incorporate safety features and shut down the system if obstructions are detected
- Offer preset workout routines, changing Jet intensity to simulate various swimming conditions.
- Incorporate workout Apps to set and adjust workouts and water flow
- Operate via remote control
While these features provide unparalleled convenience and safety, they come with a heftier price tag than their manual counterparts. Further, not all brands offer these convenient options.
Is it an existing or new pool installation?
If you already have a pool and want to add a retrofit Remco SwimJet, the installation costs will be minimal because little construction is required. However, in Australia, there are limited options for adding a swim jet to an existing pool offered by other brands. Homeowners cannot add the Fastlane Pro system to an existing pool because it requires a lot of clearance around the unit and the Badu system must be installed during construction.
Remco or Badu systems will work best if you plan to incorporate a swim jet into the construction of a new pool. However, it’s essential to understand that you must budget for additional expenses for creating the jet cavity and electrical work. This can add approximately $5,000 to the cost of your pool build.
Average Cost of a Swim Jet in Australia 2023
These are currently the published retail prices for Swim Jet systems in Australia as of 2024, and they include GST.
- Badu Swim Jet integrated system – $9,000
- Remco Single jet turbine system retrofit for existing pool – 275m3 – $18,476
- Remco Single jet turbine system integrated new build – 275m3 – $16,286
- Fastlane Pro retrofit system – $20,990
Get a Remco SwimJet quote today
While swim jets offer an unmatched backyard swimming experience, knowing the factors influencing their cost is essential. Moreover, balancing your budgetary constraints with your expectations is beneficial because multiple elements contribute to the final price tag.
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