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    Spa Steps (In-ground) Do you need them

    We are installing an in-ground pool with connected spa. Are steps required to enter the spa or can you just step on the spa bench to step down into the spa? What is your opinion/experience?
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    Re: Spa Steps (In-ground) Do you need them

    While we don't have a "step" in our spa we do have a raised seating section. It's 4" higher than the rest of the seating area. Most people enter and exit at this spot. Is your spa raised or level with the pool. Ours is raised 18" above the pool. To enter most people just step up the 18" and down into the raised seat. Some people just sit on the 18" raised coping and swing their legs over and into the spa.
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    Re: Spa Steps (In-ground) Do you need them

    Our Spa design is nearly level with the pool water level (spa overflow is only 3" higher than the pool water level). Was the higher seat intended to be a step or just to be a shallow seat? We are also installing a semi-circle bench/seat on the outside of the spa that is in the pool area for seating (your back will be against the spa wall).
    21,500 gal sport pool, 8' spa, beach, 400k btu LP heater, Pentair IC60 SWG & #300 Tablet Feeder, 60 sqft DE filter, Paramount in-floor PoolValet 3 cleaners, Debris Canister, Polaris 360, Pentair VFD 3hp pump, IntelliPh, Geysers & Turbo Twister Slide w/1 hp pump, Color LED Pool & Spa lights, E-Z Touch8 control system, Wireless controller. Test Kits:TF-100, Taylor K-1004, CYA K-1720, Phosphate K-1106, Salt Water K-1766, Hach CN-39WR.

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    Re: Spa Steps (In-ground) Do you need them

    You probably don't want to step down more than 8" to get in the spa. We all age and the body does not work the same as the younger days, I'm only 45 and my knees are already giving me major problems. I have an entry step in my spa but I wish it had two before the sitting area.
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    Re: Spa Steps (In-ground) Do you need them

    You need steps. That first one is awful deep otherwise, and you really don't want people slipping. The edges are a lot closer to your head than they are in a large pool.
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    Re: Spa Steps (In-ground) Do you need them

    You need steps and a hand rail.

    Well, you might not need them today, but tomorrow's coming. I first noticed I needed a hand rail when my 80ish MIL had trouble getting out of the pool. Last summer, I had knee trouble and I realized rails would be handy for both walking in and out. And, I'm decades away from being 80....

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    Re: Spa Steps (In-ground) Do you need them


    I agree, go for steps and a handrail. Safety is important.

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