The new swimming pool of Holiday Park De Krim opened on 6 July 2017 in the village of De Cocksdorp on the island of Texel (NL). The demolition of the old swimming pool started precisely ten months prior. For De Krim, the planned opening date was essential, considering the peak traffic on Texel during the summer holidays. WaterVision, together with De Krim and all the other parties, has given its all to create a fantastic atmosphere and, naturally, to meet the deadline. And with stunning success.


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Swimming pool of the year!

The ZwembadBranche Dag, a special day of the swimming pool sector, took place on 11 October 2017. The day was concluded with the awarding of the ZwembadBranche Awards for 2017: a Golden Seahorse. In all, more than 150 swimming pool complexes participated in the election. The winner is determined through an independent study among visitors to the participating swimming pools. Based on a questionnaire, visitors were able to evaluate various aspects of the pool. Some 5,000 evaluations in all were completed. The swimming pool at Holiday Park De Krim won the award in the category 'Swimming pool as part of a holiday park, fitness area, sauna or hotel'.

The new pool of De Krim received glowing evaluations – in particular the complex, the entire ambiance and the friendliness of the employees were given high marks. Frank de Laat, manager of the swimming pool, is delighted with the award:

                                    'What is extra nice is that the new swimming pool
                                     has only been open for a few months
                                     and has already won an award.'
                                                               – Frank de Laat, manager of De Krim, Texel (NL)

For De Krim, the election came at a good moment. De Laat: 'It's provides us additional insight in the experiences of our guests in our new swimming pool. We are very happy that they are so satisfied, and naturally we are very proud of this award in the form of a golden seahorse.'

WaterVision provides the lighting
The new swimming pool is new in all respects. Plenty of water fun can be had with three water slides, a wild-water course and an indoor "spray-park" for the little ones, among other facilities, which has been built entirely in the island-country style found on Texel in the Wadden Islands. The swimming pool has also been built in a modern, sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Behind the scenes, modern technologies have been used to optimise sustainable energy use. WaterVision underwater and overhead floodlights are among the most atmospheric, innovative and energy-efficient lighting available on the market today.

Maximum flexibility from WaterVision
During the building process, aspects were often changed or moved at the last minute, and this had to be considered in the lighting application. WaterVision therefore used a unique and universal method of overhead lighting: all the light shines down from high up in the columns. A combination of spotlights and floodlights offers the opportunity to reconfigure the light right up to the last minute and adjust the ambience and light output. The spotlights can reach every object which needs to be lit. The wide-beam floodlights evenly illuminate large surfaces, while the spotlights draw attention to specific objects and paths. The result is a perfectly lit space.

                                    'All those involved have worked
                                   incredibly hard during the past months
                                     in order to make the deadline.'
                                                               – Iwan Groothuis, Director of De Krim, Texel (NL)

Together with the underwater lighting in the pools and daylight from the large side windows, an especially attractive atmosphere was created. Equally important is the fact that this way of working enabled WaterVision to be ready before the planned opening date. The official opening took place when Menno Siebinga and his children whooshed through the ribbon on the family slide on 6 July 2017, and everyone could watch with satisfaction. A few months later, De Krim was chosen as Swimming Pool of the Year 2017. Congratulations!

Photos and sources: WaterVision, Swimming Pool Sector Zwembadbranche,, newspapers "Noordhollands Dagblad" and the "Texelse Courant"