Stay afloat with answers to questions from the most trusted Kalamazoo area pool store.

At Locey Swim & Spa, we’ve earned a reputation as the most knowledgeable Kalamazoo area pool store. For decades, we’ve guided locals in the best ways to open, close, treat, and enjoy their swimming pools and hot tubs. No matter the questions you have, you can rest assured that we have answers. From tips on maintaining a proper chemical balance to help selecting the right equipment for your needs, our team is here to help. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our contact page.

Opening a pool for the summer can be a daunting task. With so many steps to remember, it can be easy to overlook a critical step. You need to remove the cover, clear out the debris, top off the water levels, test its chemical balance, and so much more. To assist local pool owners, the experts at Locey Swim & Spa have created a helpful video to guide you during the process. We customize a step-by-step guide, based on your pool size, on how to open your pool. Stop into our store and ask for our Pool Opening Sheet to help guide you.

When planning your pool closing, it’s important to start preparing early. But, closing too early, during improper temperatures, can lead to algae growth. From the initial deep cleaning to the installation of the cover, thorough planning is a surefire way to avoid headaches. We offer closing instructions on an easy-to-read, one-page guide that itemizes what you need to do to winterize your pool. Stop in and ask for our Winter Pool Closing Sheet to help guide you.  

As a pool owner, you’ve probably already researched how to keep your pool clean. But, for first-time owners, it can be a real challenge to do everything correctly. You need to perform weekly water testing, vacuum regularly, keep an eye on your pool filter, and maintain healthy chemical levels. With your pool’s safety on the line, the stakes can seem incredibly high! Thankfully, Locey Swim & Spa is here to help. Aided by years of experience, we’ve created an in-depth video to walk you through the process. You can also stop into our store at any time to receive a personalized chemical routine for your pool printed on an easy-to-read, one-page sheet.


With Michigan summers being so short, a chemical imbalance in your swimming pool can be a real downer. Potentially shutting your pool down for several days, imbalances can damage your pool’s equipment, cause skin irritation, and lead to bacteria growth. To avoid this, you should seek professional pool water testing as needed. Weekly testing can help you avoid dangerous spikes, balance out your pool’s chemicals, and ensure that it’s safe, fun, and enjoyable for your family.

When deciding between a fiberglass pool and a concrete pool, it’s important to know the differences. Fiberglass pools are less expensive to maintain, quicker to install, and more resistant to algae growth than concrete pools. On the other hand, concrete pools are more customizable. If you still have questions, we encourage you to watch the video below or contact us for more information.



A ‘salt pool’ is a chlorine pool. When pool salt is added to your pool, it gets sent through a chlorine generator, which turns it into liquid chlorine. Chlorine-generated (salt) pools seem to be gentler on skin, less irritating on the eyes, and have an overall ‘softer’ experience in the water. To learn more, be sure to watch our video comparing chlorine versus salt pools.

When you’re considering investing in an outdoor hot tub, you want to be sure that it’s built to last. At Locey Swim & Spa, we carry Nordic brand hot tubs which are made in Michigan and are known for their durability, beauty, and longevity. As a way to showcase their benefits – and why they’re great choices for Michiganders – we created a highlight video of their advantages.