On behalf of the International Scientific Commitee, it is a real pleasure and a great honour for us to invite you to take part in the 8th International Conference on Swimming Pool and Spa, which will be held 18th-22nd March, 2019, in Marseille (France).

Swimming and bathing have long been recognized as having beneficial effects on health, whether for maintenance of wellness by exercice activities in swimming pools or for their therapeutic potentials when bathing in mineral, spring or sea waters. In the other hand, when the pools or spas are not well managed, or when users do not comply with the hygiene rules, swimmers, bathers, and, maintenance personel and lifeguards, are exposed to microbial and chemical contaminations, through inhalation, dermal absorption and accidental ingestion.

Considering :

  • the increasing number of people frequenting swimming pools and the increasing types of pounds -private or public- (spa, hot tubs, whirlpools, water parks, biological ponds, hotels, camp sites,...),
  • the various kinds of waters (drinking water, seawater, spring or mineral waters) and uses (sporting, relaxing, healing, therapeutic, ...)
  • the various kinds of water and air treatments (new filters, new disinfectants -physical, chemical, physical-chemical-, ...)
  • the various reglementations applied around the world (regarding pool management, parameters analyzed and frequency of analysis, ...)

it seems important to bring together academics, doctors, sport facilities managers, policy makers, equipment manufacturers, engineers and other professionals, who make research, design, management, regulations and operate and control pools and spa.                       

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This event intends thus to present the current state of knowledge regarding the impact of the recreational and sporting use of swimming pools and similar environments upon the health of users and staff– specifically microbial contamination and exposure to chemicals. Control and monitoring of the hazards associated with these environments, and design and management of the pools to reduce these impacts will also be discussed. Improvements (and/or harmonization) to the existing regulations will be addressed. The crucial role of bathers in bringing down the occurrence of contaminants will be covered in terms of educational, social and behavioural aspects.


Scope and topics

Swimming pools and spas are the subjects of basic and applied international research that will be covered by the conference.

Preliminary programme includes the following topics:

  • Microbiological health
  • Disinfection by-products
  • Removal of contaminants (in air and water)
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Pool design and management
  • On-line and off-line measurement of air and water quality
  • Guidelines and regulations
  • Health benefits of swimming
  • Education/behaviour
  • Safety and emerging topics
  • Biological swimming pools/ponds
  • Thermal and seawater pools/therapaeutic pools
  • Private whirlpools, water playgrounds, water-theme park


The conference is now concluded ...

Thanks to all participants for coming to this conference. It was a real honour and a real chance to gather more than 100 specialists from 24 countries, to share and to exchange on recent knowledges on chemical and microbiological risks and on their mitigation, to learn from each other on the best practises applied in represented countries and also to share happy moments together within the "pool family".

Hope to see you soon!


Key dates

July 30, 2019 : End of paper submission to Environment International. More info at the specific page dedicated to Special Issue to Environment International






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