Jan. 12, 2018 – San Francisco, CA
Jan. 19, 2018 – Austin, TX
Jan. 27, 2018 – Miami, FL

This course is certified for 6.0 Professional Development Hours by the
ASLA Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES)

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Learn About Natural Swimming Pools

The Pool Reinvented – Plants Instead of Chemicals™

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or call 507-Bio-Nova (507-246-6682)

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Natural Swimming Pools/Ponds (NSPs)

The NSP represents a new paradigm for recreational watershapes because it is a completely chemical-free, environmentally friendly, ecologically harmonious, and sustainable choice for a swimming pool. Chemical-free means no chlorine, no bromine, no biguanide, no pH adjusters, no alkalinity adjusters, no algaecides that are toxic to plants, no calcium hardness increasers, no agglomerating clarifiers or flocculants, no oxidizers, and no shocks. No manufactured chemicals are used whatsoever which eliminates the environmental costs and embodied energy associated with the extraction, refinement, manufacturing, transportation, packaging, and distribution of those chemicals.

Another environmental benefit of the NSP is its very low energy usage based on efficient design and energy conserving pump and filter hydraulics. No sterilizers or disinfectants (e.g., salt chlorine generators, ozone, ions, or UV light) are incorporated. Only natural biological processes are harnessed to clarify and purify the pool water.

Typical attendees will be:

• Landscape Architects
• Pool Designers
• Pond Designers
• Pool and Pond Contractors
• Homeowners
• Students

Presentation Topics will include:

• History of NSPs
• FLL Guidelines
• How Natural Swimming Pools Work
• How to Design a Natural Swimming Pool/Pond
• Basic Construction Fundamentals and Hydraulics
• Limnology, Water Quality, and Algae Control
• Aquatic Plants
• Maintenance


Testimonials from previous seminars:

“Thank you for the wonderful presentation. It was educational and inspiring.”
Tim Williamson, Graduate Student, UMD Department of Environmental Science and Technology

“After several months of consideration, and knowing the US market is ripe for Natural Swimming Pool contractors, I attended the BioNova® seminar in San Francisco and I am now proud to be a BioNova® Partner on California’s Central Coast! BioNova® not only demonstrates their years of knowledge and expertise, but identifies clearly that being the founding leader in this industry is an essential piece to constructing a successful Natural Swimming Pool. My clients now know I have the experience behind me to design and build a Natural Swimming Pool properly.”
Troy Becker, BioNova® Dealer Partner, Ojai Pool Store

“I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. The information was exciting as I truly feel this is the “wave of the future” as more people in the US become interested in sustainability.”
Doreen Tapley, Homeowner

“I was very impressed with the seminar. The information was very informative and the presentation was put together very well.”
Darren Schelsky, Principal, Schelsky’s Landscape & Irrigation

“I have not told anybody that I am into doing this, they are finding me.  Right place right time I guess.  Thanks so much, the workshop was very helpful. I have a deeper understanding of the principles.”
Kerry KenCairn, Principal, KenCairn Landscape Architecture

“I gained a great deal of important knowledge from this seminar…it was a productive experience for us all…with a great deal of knowledge that I can use everyday.”
William A. Johnson, Field Technical Engineer, Firestone Specialty Products

“Wanted to thank you for your great presentation! We greatly appreciated your knowledge and expertise”
Candide Valadares, President, Candide Landscaping and Water Gardens

“I would like to compliment you on a very informative and engaging seminar…the time flew by.  I agree with you that now is the time for these beautiful, sustainable and ecological watershapes to be embraced by an increasingly environmentally aware public.”
Margaret Crowley Hoffman, PhD Candidate doing research in Natural Swimming Pools, Penn State University

“Thought it was a great seminar, very educational and interesting.”
John R. Sampino, SCP PoolCorp.

“We were enlightened as to how a natural swimming pool can take on the look of a formal swimming pool….the pictures were great!”
Bruce Corbett, Corbett Excavating


Seminar Presenters:

profile pictureMr. Alan Weene is Chief Technology Officer and Head of Marketing for BioNova® Natural Pools North America. Alan is a graduate of Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies and he is a candidate for the Master of Sustainable Design Degree at the Boston Architectural College. Alan’s passion for sustainability and aquatics led him to join BioNova® in 2012, where he frequently conducts educational seminars on Natural Swimming Pool technology to educate homeowners, students, and trade professionals across North America. Alan is an authorized provider for the ASLA Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System, a member of the Genesis 3 University Faculty, a Certified Pool Operator, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter, and an American Red Cross CPR, Lifeguarding, and Water Safety Instructor.


profile pictureMr. James Robyn designs and consults on Natural Swimming Pools/Ponds (NSPs) throughout the Americas. He has over 30 years of experience in the “traditional” swimming pool business as the owner of Rin Robyn Pools and he has been marketing NSPs in the Americas as a Partner with BioNova® since 2007. He has authored articles for WaterShapes magazine and Aqua magazine and his work has been featured in Luxury Pools, Signature Pools, as well as numerous other publications. James is also a founding member and President of the Association for Swimming Ponds and Natural Swimming Pools (ASPNSP).


For more information, please email:
or call 507-Bio-Nova (507-246-6682)

Please click here to register online:


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