SMART Pool Operations

As an example, the specific would be the chlorine residual remaining between 2 to 4 ppm. The measurable objective is achieved by testing the water. Your staff’s understanding of the value of this residual makes the objective relevant. At this residual, all of the recreation water illnesses are curtailed, except cryptosporidium!

Continuing Education

Continuing education ensures that operators, service companies and facility management are prepared to minimize risk with the latest technologies. “Continuing education brings the experienced professionals back into focus, armed with refreshed and increased knowledge that helps them do their jobs better.” (“Get the Education Edge,” Parks and Rec Business, July 2007). Continuing education is available through various associations and foundations; online courses are also offered in a broad array of topics. The National Swimming Pool Foundation’s online training site,, offers two ways (available in both English and Spanish) to become certified as a pool/spa operator. A two-day, in-class program has certified thousands over the years. In 2006 the foundation launched a blended program allowing busy professionals a way to complete training online (Pool Operator Primer), and then take a one-day classroom course and exam (Pool Operator Fusion). The convenience and effectiveness of the blended format learning are popular with parks and recreation aquatic professionals. To those who do not require operator certification, the online option is an effective stand-alone course that includes the industry’s leading handbook.

Designing your operation strategy around the ultimate goal of safe and healthy swimming will benefit your entire aquatic facility. Be SMART with your strategy. Be sure to communicate, delegate, and continue to educate.

Connie Gibson Centrella is Program Director for the online Aquatic Engineering Program at KeiserUniversity eCampus. She is an industry veteran with over 40 years experience in the pool and spa industry. She is a former pool builder with extensive knowledge in pool construction and equipment installation, as well as manufacturing.

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