What is a natural swimming pool

Welcome to the world of Natural Swimming Pools


Natural Swimming Pools™, Eco Pools™, Organic Swimming Pools, Nature Pools, Chemical Free Pools, Ecological Pools, Green Pools, Wetland Pools, Bio Pools, Biological Pools, Mountain Pools, Spring Pools, Reed-bed Pools, Pure Water Pools, Plant Pools, Freshwater Pools, Swimming Ponds: so many names for the same concept.

Qua-design has pioneered Natural Swimming Pool technology in South Africa. We offer a product that is tried and tested. Our designs are cutting edge and surpass anything available internationally as we have developed unique secret methods to ensure that our pools work in the warm and sunny South African climate.

We are unique because of our strengths: biological innovation, design creativity, high aesthetics, obsession with detail, authentic bio-mimicry and eco-logical solutions. We offer aqua-solutions that extend beyond the swimming pool: grey water recycling, energy optimisation and total water management in the form of baseline investigations and reporting. Our flexibility allows us to provide solutions to our clients that match budget, ecological requirements and aesthetic taste.

We are leaders in the Natural Swimming Pool industry and will continue to extend this lead because of our unique position: we have strong ties with academic institutions, research facilities and the scientific community in South Africa and internationally. We have formal ties with the Natural Swimming Pool industry in Europe, the USA and Australia and we are constantly researching our technology – finding affordable, environmentally friendly, local solutions.


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What is a natural swimming pool?

Natural Swimming Pools recreate pristeen ponds and mountain pools found in nature. The water is kept sparkling clean by circulating it through an ecosystem of water plants. The result is a lush indigenous aquatic garden cradling a clear, natural pool, the water of which is perfectly clear, soft on the skin and infused with healing energy. No Salt, no chemicals, no steralisation equipment.


The science behind organic swimming pools

The water in aQua-designed natural swimming pools trickles through filters inoculated with beneficial micro-organisms. Wastes are broken down here and absorbed by the roots of selected indigenous plant species, leaving no nutrients available for algae and bacteria to develop. As the plants grow, they strip the water of impurities, leaving behind nothing but pure, fresh water.

The design system is based on natural principles whereby the forces of nature are harnessed rather than combated.




  • Low maintenance

Once established, aQua-designed swimming pools are essentially self-regulating. This is because the system is designed to reach the stage where it operates as a completely balanced aquatic ecosystem. The only maintenance required is cutting away dead plant material and emptying the leaf collector from time to time. Twice a year the system needs to receive a biological service where the ecosystm is analysed in our laboratories by our team of scientists. The interventions are then biological; there are no nasty shock treatments, no harmful chemicals, no toxic substances, no salt. In fact there are zero artificial inputs. The only work required by the swimming pool owner is the trimming of the aquatic plants from time to time and the emptying of leaf traps.

·         Water quality

Although it is difficult to describe in words the feeling of swimming in a natural swimming pool, the closest one can come is perhaps “delicious”.  The feeling is more like flying through silk than swimming. No burning eyes, dry hair, itchy skin. No chemicals or additives, only pure, clean, natural water infused with healing energy. You can drink as you swim. The water from our pools has been analysed and has been found to be better than municipal drinking water. The water is so pure that it can be piped into the kitchen.

·         Health

aQua-designed pools are nurturing, healing and energizing – as opposed to traditional pool products which have been linked to cancer, allergies, asthma and immune stress. The aquatic ecosystem also ionizes pollution and allergens.

  • Year-round enjoyment

The swimming season is extended as the shallow aquatic garden acts as a natural solar heater. Every day of the year, you will be treated to an exquisite, tranquil, ever-changing aqua-scape full of flowers, dragon flies, frogs and birds. Eco Pools are not just for swimming, they are a landscaping feature that invites nature into your backyard.


Creating your natural swimming pool

Each aQua-designed pool is as different and unique as its setting. The pools are tailored to your environment, taste and budget.

  • aQua-design boasts 20 years of experience in aquaculture; designing and building aquatic systems around the world.
  • The founder of aQua-design is Jerome Davis who holds a Ph.D. in aquatic bio-engineering and many years of international experience in aquaculture which enables aQua-design to provide a unique combination of solid science, design savvy and practical experience.


 Mission statement

aQua-design is committed to absolute quality, the most modern technology and luxurious yet conscious living in harmony with nature. Together with our clients we are greening the planet, one pool at a time.