We strongly recommend that ALL commercial swimming pools and spas have an adequate number of staff members who have completed the full Pool Plant Course. This ensures that someone with this qualification is always present during pool usage. Additionally, we advise that at least one senior manager in each facility operating a pool should also hold the full Pool Plant Operator Certificate.
Once this level of provision is in place, duty-holders should strive to enhance the competence of their teams. This can be achieved by ensuring that as many individuals involved in pool operations or supervision (e.g., swim teachers, lifeguards, maintenance staff) hold at least the Pool Plant Foundation Certificate. This course can be completed through face-to-face or online training.
At many facilities, we have observed a recurring pattern where too few staff members can properly manage the swimming pool. In some cases, only one person has received any accredited training at the facility. Situations like these pose a risk. There is no backup plan in place if the sole qualified pool plant operator departs. Therefore, we strongly advise managers to assess their staff training arrangements in anticipation of such problems and ensure they have sufficient resilience built into their staffing plans.
We hope this article helps you choose the appropriate pool plant course that suits your needs. If you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you.