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December 17, 2017 (Paris)

Set of regulations for France

In cooperation with the colleagues of the French Swimming Pond Organisation has been published a set of regulations for the construction and operation of swimming ponds in France, which includes both private and public swimming ponds.
November 16, 2017 (Leeuwarden, Netherlands)

New board of IOB

The general assembly of the IOB has elected a new board according to its schedule: Stefan Meier (Spain) is the new IOB chairman. His deputies are Michael Messner (Germany) and James Robyn (USA). Treasurer is Jan Sarosiek (Poland), secretary Dirk Esser (France).

By standing ovations the representatives of the eleven member associations present thanked the retired members of the board Guido Manzke (Germany), Paul Luther (Italy) and Udo Schwarzer (Portugal) and the departing IOB managing director Stefan Bruns (Germany) for their eight-year work in the board.
November 16, 2017 (Leeuwarden, Netherlands)

IOB Pondy Awards 2017

The participants of the 9th International Swimming Pond Congress have elected the winners of the IOB Pondy Award 2017.              more
October 5, 2017 (Stuttgart, Germany)

The nominees of IOB Pondy Award 2017

The jury has spoken. Here are the nominees of IOB PONDY Award 2017:

Natural pools privat use: Bio Piscinas (P), Ginkel Groep (NL), Fuchs baut Gärten (D)
Swimming ponds privat use: Stefan Meier (E), Fa. John GmbH (D), Lily Pond (NL)
Swimming ponds tourist use: Bio Piscinas (P), Stefan Meier (E), Wasserwerkstatt Bamberg (D), Fuchs baut Gärten (D)

The jury has choosen 4 projects in the category of tourist used swimming ponds.

The nominees will present their projects at the International Swimming Pond Congress at Leeuwarden. The congress participants will vote to elect the winners per category.
July 4, 2017 (Stuttgart)

Participants 2017 PONDY AWARD

Joachim Scheible, Jury President of the PONDY AWARD 2017, reports that the second issue of the Swimming Pond Prize has candidates from six (Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal) countries with a total of 18 projects. Awards can be given in the categories private swimming pond, private natural swimming pool and swimming pool of tourist use.
June 1, 2017 (Bremen, Germany)

Deadline extended!

In order to give more participants the opportunity, the IOB has extended the submission to the POND AWARD until 30 June 2017. A jury will select the nominees and the winners will be selected by the swimming pool congress in Leeuwarden, Netherlands this November.
May 23, 2017 (Bremen, Germany)

Natur:Pur reports the International Swimming Pond Congress

The media partner of the International Swimming Pond Congress in Leeuwarden, the German magazine Natur:Pur, reports on the congress and venue.              more
February 6, 2017 (Bremen, Germany)

Pondy - the international swimming pond Award

As the umbrella organization for global swimming pond experts, the International Organization for natural bathing water (IOB) has launched Pondy. For the first time the price will be awarded at the 9th International swimming pond Congress, October 2017 in Leuuwarden, the Netherlands. Note extended deadline: 30.6.2017!              more
January 17, 2017 (Czech Republic)

New board of directors in the Czech Association

On 17 January, the General Assembly of the Czech Association took place, with a new Board of Directors being elected for the next three years.
Martin Panchartek, remains the chairman. Vice president is Jiri Hajek. Other newly elected members of the Executive Board are Jan Kroupa and Michael Vránek. Jakub Urbanec was elected as new member of the Executive Board.
December 23, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

Program of the 9th International Swimming Pond Congress

Take a first glance on the program. Still provisional, so you may have suggestions. We are still looking ...              more
December 5, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

Extraordinary member for Chile

Cristobal Elgueta Marinovic has planned and built 30 swimming ponds in Chile. Now he is an extraordinary member of IOB for his country. This is what the IOB Board decided today at its board meeting.
September 22, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

New member from US

ASPNSP is the name of the new member association in the IOB, which was accepted by IOB Board on 09.24.2016. This means the United States are included with their swimming pond association in the Federation of swimming pond associations.              more
August 30, 2016 (Chester, New Jersey, USA)

News from USA

James Robyn, extraordinary IOB member for the United States, soon will have to give up his position because he and colleagues have founded the US swimming pond Association ASPNSP which will now apply for IOB membership.              more
August 30, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

IOB present at facebook

Visit our IOB-page at facebook.              more
August 25, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

New IOB board member

Jan Sarosiek from the Polish Association for natural bathing watesr is the new Vice President of IOB. After the retirement of long-time board member Peter Petrich IOB Board has been elected by the IOB board for the period until the next General Assembly on 9 November 2017 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.
May 10, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

IOB brochure

The work of the IOB is subject of an online brochure which has just been published.              more
April 22, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

June - Month of the swimming pond

As well in 2016, June is the »month of the swimming pond«. Many companies of IOB member's associations in Europe present information sessions during this month. From the open day of the swimming pond up to a test dip in a swimming pond a lot of activities are provided to meet the great interest in Europe related to swimming in natural treated water.
March 1, 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

Belgian Association with a new name

The Belgian federation for swimming ponds is now called »Groen Groeien Zwemvijverbouwers« and is a platform within the Flemish horticultural association »Groen Groeien«. Further information here:
October 30, 2015 (Cologne, Germany)

Swimming pond congress in Holland

In autumn of 2017 the 9th edition of the Swimming Pond Congress will be held in Holland. This was announced at the end of this year's Swimming Pond Congress in Germany.
October 29, 2015 (Cologne, Germany)

New Board member

Stefan Meier, landscape architect and swimming pond planner from Spain, is the new Vice President of the IOB. His election was unanimous on the Annual General Meeting of IOB in Cologne.
October 28, 2015 (Cologne, Germany)

Outstanding natural pool

The natural pool Riehen in Switzerland won the gold medal at the prestigious IOC/IAKS competition. The jury stated in its laudatio that ...              more
October 28, 2015 (Cologne, Germany)

Winners of PONDY Award

Here they are, the winners of the first edition of the IOB PONDY Award. The winners in the four categories are ...              more
September 22, 2015 (Bremen, Germany)

New members from South America

Paula Tarditi (Argentina) and Diego Contreras (Costa Rica) are two new Associate Members from countries of South America, who were accepted by the IOB Board at its meeting yesterday.
July 24, 2015 (Minneapolis, USA)

First public swimming pond in the USA

Congratulations to James Robyn, extraordinary IOB member in the USA! He and his team have planned and built the first public swimming pond in the United States.              more
July 10, 2015 (Munich, Germany)

Swimming pond Congress, book now!

Now booking is possible! Get your ticket for three days swimming pond Congress in Cologne, including entrance ticket to aquanale fair, end of October in Cologne.              more
July 1, 2015 (Bremen, Germany)

Swimming ponds on the rise in South America

In Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico and Chile swimming ponds are existing since some years, in Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia projects are in preparation or under construction, reports Luís Pereira, extraordinary IOB member in Brazil.
June 16, 2015 (Bremen, Germany)

LCA pool vs. natural swimming pool

On behalf of the IOB, the renowned Heidelberg IFEU Institute for Energy and Environmental Research created a »Eco-balance evaluation of natural pools in comparison with a conventional swimming pool for private use.« A preliminary interim report has been recently presented to IOB.              more
May 10, 2015 (Bremen, Germany)

PONDY Award - Nominees

The nominations for the 2015 Pondy Award have been announced. The winner of each category will be announced at the international swimming pond Congress in Cologne this autumn. The nominees in the category private swimming ponds are ...              more
April 14, 2015 (Bremen, Germany)

Swimming Pool and Spa Conference

The 6th International Conference on swimming pools and spa was held from March 17 to 20 at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The associations ABS, FLL and the Federation of public baths of Germany informed together in the newly created workspace for pools with natural water treatment.              more
April 2, 2015 (Bremen, Germany)

A swimming pond for London

The construction of a public bath with biological water treatment for London makes progress.              more
November 15, 2014 (Faro, Portugal)

INSMED recommends swimming ponds

For the first time, a European funding program has recommended swimming pools              more
July 23, 2014 (Bremen)

Examples of international cooperation

New public natural swimming pond projects in Slovenia and Poland show the excellent international cooperation in the industry.              more
May 27, 2014 (Basel, Switzerland)

New Public natural swimming pond in Switzerland

On June 14, 2014 opens another public natural swimming pond in Switzerland. On the edge of the city of Basel the little village Riehen gets a pool with biological water treatment for 2,000 bathers.              more
April 7, 2014 (Brno, Czech Republic)

Guidelines in Czech Republic

The Czech Association has released a set of rules for the design, construction and operation of swimming ponds and natural pools.              more
March 14, 2014 (Bergamo, Italy)

Logo for holiday with swimming pond

The Italian swimming pond association AIABN has launched the brand "ospitalita naturale" (about: Hospitality course). It is an initiative to promote the construction of swimming ponds in hotels, inns and guesthouses.              more
January 29, 2014 (Paris, France)

Dirk Esser back as Chairman in France

Following Raphael Colson, the previous Vice-Präsdent has assumed the Presidency of the French swimming pond Association AFBB.
October 23, 2013 (Bregenz, Austria)

New board of IOB

A new IOB board was elected on the edge of the 7th International Swimming Pond Congress. The delegates from 12 member organizations unanimously confirmed Udo Schwarzer as chairman. His two deputies are now Anne Laurent-Schmelzle and Peter Petrich. The previous treasurer and secretary, Guido Manzke and Paul Luther, were also confirmed for another four years in office.

Following an invitation of the German Association the IOB members meeting elected the city of Cologne as the venue for the 8th International Swimming Pond Congress in 2015.
October 22, 2013 (Bonn, Germany)

FLL directive now also in English

The "Guidelines for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of swimming pools with biological water treatment (swimming ponds)" from 2011 is now available in English.              more
October 18, 2013 (Bremen)

Brochure: Performance of Public Swimming Ponds

The first overview of hygiene in public pools with biological water purification edited by IOB.              more
October 14, 2013 (Bremen)

Our youngest member: Slovenia

As member number 14 the IOB Board accepted the Association swimming pond association of Slovenia (Slovenije združenje naravnih kolpalnih voda - ZNKVS). The association applied for a membership immediately after its establishment in October. First Chairman is Tadej Volcansek whose associate membership expired in accordance with the statutes IOB.
September 24, 2013 (Bremen)

Netherlands full member now

For several years, the Netherlands was already represented with an extraordinary member at the IOB. With the establishment of the Platform foor Zwemwijverbouwers has now been established a group within the National Horticultural Association. The IOB Board has added this group as 13th full member at its today's meeting.
September 4, 2013 (Bremen)

Member from Slovenia

Tadej Volčanšek is IOB's associate member for Slovenia. IOB Board has included the owner of a swimming pool company by unanimous vote.
June 27, 2013 (Orduña, Spain)

Bath with biological water treatment in Spain

For the first time a public administration in Spain has announced a swimming pond project.              more
March 14, 2013 (Capetown, Southafrica)

A swimming pond in Africa

As this example shows, the swimming ponds are on the rise also in Africa.              more
March 1, 2013 (Berlin/Paris)

New chair in France and Germany

On their general assembly, these day, the French and German swimming pond Association (DGfnB and AFBB) have elected with Wendelin Jehle and Raphael Colson new chairmen.
January 25, 2013 (Bremen, Germany)

Polish Association joined IOB

»Polskie Stowarzyszenie Naturalnych WOD Kąpielowych" - that is, Polish Association for natural bathing waters. PSNWK was accepted as As full member number 12 by decision of the IOB board at today's meeting.              more
November 23, 2012 (Bremen)

IOB-member in the U.S.

Mr. James Robyn is the Associate Members of IOB in the United States. Today, the Board has taken this decision at its regular meeting. Robyn is an experienced swimming pond planner and, like all extraordinary members of the IOB, trying to build a national organization in his country.
October 18, 2012 (Kloten, Switzerland)

Professional recommendations in Switzerland published

The Swiss IOB member SVBP and Jardin Suisse have released a technical recommendation for design, execution and operation of public, artificial swimming facilities. This recommendation is to be used as the basis for quality assessments.              more
September 14, 2012 (Bremen)

Extraordinary Member in Slovakia

At today's IOB board meeting, Mr. Martin Halahija, swimming pond designer in Slovakia, has been wellcomed as new extraordinary member. Like all extraordinary members, Martin Halahija will be involved with the construction of a national swimming pond organization in his country.
August 31, 2012 (Bregenz at Lake Constance, Austria)

International Swimming Pond Congress

The 7th International Swimming pond Congress 2013 with Exhibition is hosted by the Association of Austrian swimming pond builders under the patronage of IOB. It is all about quality and quality assurance for swimming pond construction.              more
August 1, 2012 (Piacenza. Italy)

Swimming pond competition

For the first time, the category »biopiscine« (swimming ponds) is included in the traditional swimming pool competition of the magazine »oggi piscine«, reports the Italian swimming pond association AIABN.              more
July 24, 2012 (Tinguá, Brasil)

First tourism swimming pond in Brazil

Now as well Brazil has its first semi-public swimming pond. In the ecological condominium Vale do Tinguá near Rio de Janeiro ...              more
July 9, 2012 (Kriens, Switzerland)

New natural pool in Switzerland

At Kriens, near Lucerne, there is now a bath with a biological water treatment, anotherone built in Switzerland. As part of the renovation of the »Parkbad Kleinfeld«, a 1,000 square meter ...              more
June 24, 2012 (Piacenza, Italy)

Guidelines about public swimming ponds in South Tyrol

Since 12th July 2011 a directive for public natural bathing ponds exists in South Tyrol, Italy. This was announced at the edge of a public information session on natural pools in Italy.              more
June 10, 2012 (Paris)

One of the biggist swimming ponds of Europe

With 8.000 square meters of water the new swimming pond at Lac de Sapins is one of the biggest in Europe. The facility situated in the neighborhood of Lyon will open in July.              more
June 1, 2012 (Bremen)

Extraordinary member for Brazil

With the entry of Luís Pereira, extraordinary member for Brazil, IOB is now represented on all five continents. As all extraordinary members, Luís Pereira will try to organize a national swimming pond builder's organization in his country.
April 1, 2012 (Feldkirchen/Austria)

International Swimming Pond Congress 2013

As announced by the Association of Austrian swimming pond builders VÖS, the International Swimming Pond Congress 2013 will take place from October 23rd to 25th in Bregenz at Lake Constance.
January 20, 2012 (Bremen, Germany)

Chlorine no longer required in Wallonia

According to a report in Belgian newspaper "De standard" of 14 January 2012, the environment ministers of the Belgian region of Wallonia has taken the decision, that chlorination of private and public pools is no longer be regarded as mandatory. A new law regulates the details. This step is justified by the risk of formation of chlorinated by-products.
December 22, 2011 (Edmonton, Canada)

First public swimming pond in Canada

The City of Edmonton in the Canadian province of Alberta will receive the first public swimming pond on the North American continent. This reports the online edition of the Edmonton Journal.              more
November 20, 2011 (Bremen, Germany)

IQN - Quality label for natural baths

After the Association of Austrian swimming pond builders had already implemented a quality management for the swimming ponds created by its members, in Germany is now available a seal of quality for public swimming ponds with biological water treatment.              more
November 12, 2011 (Bonn, Germany)

New FLL directive for public swimming pools with biological water treatment

The new FLL guidelines for planning, construction, maintenance and operation of swimming pools with biological treatment water (swimming ponds) are available now.              more
September 29, 2011 (Budweis, Czech Republic)

New direction of the Iberian Group

The General Assembly of the Iberian Group just voted for a new direction. Carles Perez is the new President of this association of swimming pond builders from Portugal and Spain. Udo Schwarzer gets the charge of the secretary. As Vice President, tesoueiro and vocal continue Peter Enge, Ignacio Pujol-Xicoy and Claudia Schwarzer.
September 27, 2011 (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)

Change within IOB board

At the edge of IOB General Assembly was announced that from now on Ralf Schmiel from the Australian Natural SPA association replaces Heinz Meier from the Suisse swimming pond association.              more
September 16, 2011 (Bremen)

New member from Belgium

Counting the existing installations, Belgium is a country with a tradition in constructing swimming ponds, The recently founded "Belgische Vereniging voor Biologische Zwemvijvers" was accepted by the board as the eleventh member of the IOB.
September 16, 2011 (Bremen)

Swimming pond Association of Australia

As the tenth member IOB board has received the Australian Association for swimming ponds «Natural* NSP» at its meeting today. Six companies on the fifth continent have recently formed this new organisation, making it the fourth organization that joins IOB in its two years of existence.
September 11, 2011 (Bremen)

Training course for swimming pond builders

The German Society for natural bathing waters (DGfnB) is the initiator and carrier of this training. It aims to train professional personnel practical skills and excellent practical know-how. The reduced price is offered to all individual members in the IOB affiliated organizations.              more
August 18, 2011 (Bremen)

Member for New Zealand

Darin A. Brenner is swimming pond Designers in New Zealand and since today an extraordinary member of the International Organization for natural bathing water (IOB) for this country.
July 27, 2011 (Bremen/Germany)

DANA - database Natural Ponds

The IOB board has taken the decison to join the project «Database for natural swimming ponds (DANA)» with the intention to search public natural swimming ponds as new project partners.
Created years ago, funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation, DANA had the main goal to create data collection from about 30 natural swimming ponds in Germany. The analysis of the data should give answers to previously unanswered questions of environmental performance of public baths.
In the public debate ...              more
June 29, 2011 (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)

Legal regulations on public swimming ponds

As announced at the edge of the preparations for the 6th International conference about swimming ponds, Czech Republic is the second European country (first was Austria), which receives a statutory regulation referring public natural swimming ponds.
There the Law No 135/2004 Sb. is under revision ...              more
June 17, 2011 (Bremen, Germany)

IOB now also in Africa

With Dr. Jerome Davis of the company aQua-design from South Africa, the IOB is now also represented on this continent. At its meeting today, the IOB board has received the swimming pond designer from the Cape as a new extraordinary member.
May 17, 2011 (Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)

With the rally by bus to the Congress

Here we go! Preparations for the 6th International swimming pond Congress in Ceske Budejovice (28 to 30 September 2011) are now largely completed. From Prague, Munich, Vienna and Graz, it goes by bus to the swimming pond Congress at Ceske Budejovice. Departure is always September 26th. Registration for the conference ...              more
May 16, 2011 (Hvalsø, Denmark)

Denmark: allowed public natural swimming pond

Also thanks to the technical support from the International Organization for natural bathing water (IOB) the construction of a public swimming pond has been approved for the first time in Denmark. The construction license of the Government of the Region Nordjylland says,              more
May 10, 2011 (Bavaria, Germany)

New public swimming pond

From Bavaria, two new public natural swimming ponds are reported: Breitenbrunn and Gössweinstein. After two years of planning and construction time one can have a swim in chlorine-free water at Breitenbrunn.              more
May 9, 2011 (Mol, Belgim)

No licence necessary

While in some European countries the building of private swimming ponds is accompanied by the authorities with strong constraints a good news is coming from Belgium. The Flemish Regional Government has taken the decision that swimming ponds have to be considered as so-called small buildings and should be created without applying for a permit. This applies to a system size of up to 80 m2. This reports Jean Vanhoof, extraordinary IOB member for Belgium.
April 15, 2011 (Bremen)

Extraordenary member for Belgium

Jean Vanhoof, swimming pond planner and author, is a new extraordinary member for Belgium. Received by IOB Board resolution on April 15th 2011.
January 21, 2011 (Bremen)

Extraordinary Member from the Netherlands

Thijs Weijns is swimming pond constructor in Amsterdam and IOB board accepted him today as extraordinary member of IOB.
January 10, 2011 (Bremen)

Asthma risk in baby swimming in chlorine?

«Suspicion surrounds that swimming in chlorinated pool water may trigger asthma, in particular by the baby swimming. It is necessary to study the nature and effect of eligible materials from the indoor air to carry out further knowledge to fill the gap existing», behind this buttery soft wording of the German Federal Environment Agency put no less than the warning Babayschwimmen in chlorine.              more
December 17, 2010 (Bremen, Germany)

Swimming pond association in Israel

Israel Natural Swimming Pools Association (INSPA) is the name new association founded on 12/16/2010. Still, they are are very few companies, but active since years. Thus they established the first industry organization for swimming ponds outside of Europe. At its meeting today IOB's board has agreed to the application for membership of INSPA to the IOB.
October 21, 2010 (Bremen)

New members

At its meeting on 10.19.2010 the IOB Board accepted Mr. Ümit Düzgün (Turkey) and Mr. Nikostratos Vardakis (Greece) as new extraordninary members.
October 21, 2010 (Ceske Budejovice)

Notice: International Swimming Pond Congress

The sixth International Swimming Pond Congress with Trade Fair will be held from 28 until 30th of September 2011 in Ceske Budejovice under the auspices of IOB and organized by the Czech swimming pond builder's federation. Just two days before beginning of the Congress, on 26 and 27th September, there are excursions to swimming ponds in the Czech Republic.              more
October 17, 2010 (Bremen)

New FLL guideline in early 2011

The Landscape Research, Development and Construction Society (FLL) will release the completely new Directive on public natural swimming pools in the first quarter of 2011. The account after months of work by an expert commission created recast the latest knowledge in the construction of public swimming pools. The first version was published in 2003. A major focus of the review is the concretization of hints and recommendations for filtration.
September 29, 2010 (London)

Mini-Conference of the British Association

Nine out of thirteen member companies of the British swimming pond Association (BANSP) and other interested parties from the natural pools industry gathered for one of the IOB-supported mini-conference at the Capel Manor House in London. Priority issues were the presentation of existing regulations in Europe and establishing of the swimming pond industry on the island.              more
July 23, 2010 (Bremen)

British swimming pond association turned member

Since 23 July 2010, the British swimming pond federation BANSP is member of the IOB. The board of IOB unanimously approved host application and added the BANSP as the eighth member of IOB. Chairman is Mr. Tim Evans.
The British Association for Natural Swimming Pools (BANSP) was recently founded, on 8th of June 2010, at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. It currently represents about 10 companies in the British Isles that deal primarily with the design and construction of natural swimming pools and swimming ponds in the UK and Ireland.
April 15, 2010 (Osnabruck)

DANA project

At the spring meeting of the Working Group for lakes and swimming (ABS) on 15 April in the premises of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) the technical evaluation of the database system for natural swimming ponds (DANA) was presented, which was elaborated as a research and development project with funding from the German Federal Environmental Foundation.
DANA examined and compared the tens of thousands of records of over 30 public natural swimming ponds in Germany over several years of operation. The results are very encouraging and demonstrate for the first time the scientific reliability of the natural swimming ponds.
download: DANA_DBU%20Pressemitteilung.pdf (73 kB)
March 19, 2010 (Bremen)

French organization joined

At its meeting of 19 March 2010, the IOB Board unanimously approved the application of the French swimming pond federation AFBB and added the "Association française de baignade biologique" as the seventh member. The AFBB was founded only 4th December last year. Chairman is Mr. Dirk Esser.
February 26, 2010 (Bremen)

IOB goes online

With the website online, IOB has now its most important communication tool. "Dialogue with the public and dialogue within the industry, both as possible across borders - these are our most important objectives we designed a multifaceted website for," says IOB representative Stefan Bruns.