BADUJET VS. Swim Spas – With a BADU® SwimJet System from Speck Pumps, and unlike a Swim Spa, any pool can become an aquatic workout center. You’ll burn calories, strengthen muscles and soothe body aches by swimming against a gentle or increasingly insistent current. You control the degree of workout you want — building body, mind and spirit.

SwimJets vs Swim Spas

There are two main methods to move water which create a sufficient current to swim or walk against:
Swim Jets

BADU® SwimJet Systems push water through adjustable jet nozzles that create a concentrated and customizable water flow. There is a “burst area” at the jet outlet capable of a flow rate of up to 400 gallons per minute at 37 feet per second. The system then pushes the body of water in front of it – creating a current (or “flow”) of up to 5,000 gallons per minute – measured between 4 and 6 feet from the pool wall. We call this the “sweet spot”. This sweet spot and the direction of the flow and its rate is completely adjustable. Our systems don’t limit you to the use of your pool because you are able to direct this sweet spot as you like and continue to enjoy other areas of your pool as you normally would.

River Flow Systems

This type of system essentially uses a propeller enclosed in a housing which is driven by a hydraulic pump or V-Belt. River flow systems do NOT generate that “sweet spot” or burst of water the way that our BADUSwimJet systems do. Instead, they produce a continuous flow of water throughout the entire pool – measuring approximately 5,000 gallons per minute. You’re not able to use other areas of the pool as you normally would – as this restricts your entire pool for all users to swim against that flow.


See the chart below for a side-to-side product comparison
Parameters BADU® SwimJet System Swim Spas
Cost With an existing pool – the BaduJet Inspiration system starts at $3,500 - $4,000 (depending on installation*). With a new pool – the BADU SwimJet systems start at $2,500 Range from $15,000 to over $20,000 for a complete package.
Design Flexibility Extremely flexible, can usually be installed in any existing or new pool – one that you design! Comes as a pre-manufactured one-piece fiberglass units, no design flexibility.
Current System Easily adjustable to create the perfect current for most levels of swimmers by pumping water through adjustable nozzle(s). Usually not as easy to adjust, and may require turning on or off the pumps to obtain the desired flow.
Swim Quality Depending on your design and your swimming abilities, our BADU SwimJet systems can provide you with leisure swimming, affording you with more space to swim. Restricted to spa design, generally requires the swimmer to swim at a constant speed.
Fun Creates a white water effect for fun activities, such as boogie boarding. Optional massage attachments for relation and therapy allows you to direct massage type flow to any part of your body. Only creates a swim current, not entertaining. Massage jets are stationary and require you to adjust your position to obtain any type relaxation or therapy.
Location & Type Can be installed in any pool design and type, regardless of new or existing pool, including concrete, fiberglass or vinyl. Limited to the specific design and is usually a one-piece fiberglass constructed spa.

*Note: Chart comparison is based on an existing pool. Certain designs may restrict the performance of the BADU SwimJet Systems.