We recommend that ALL commercial swimming pools/spas etc. have enough staff who hold the full Pool Plant Operator Certificate to ensure that there is always a holder of this qualification on shift whenever the pool is in use. In addition, we recommend that at least one person from senior management at each facility that operates a pool should also hold the full Pool Plant Operator Certificate.
Once that level of provision has been established, duty holders should look to enhance their teams competence by ensuring that as many people who have involvement in running the pool, or supervising activities (e.g. swim teachers, lifeguards, maintenance staff etc.) hold at least the Pool Plant Foundation Certificate. This course can be delivered face-to-face or online.
We have seen a common pattern repeat itself at many facilities where far too few staff are competent to look after the swimming pool. Sometimes we find that there is only one person who has received any type of accredited training at the facility. Situations such as these mean that there is no contingency factored in to the system that would enable the facility to cope when their only qualified pool plant operator leaves. We strongly advise managers to look at their staff training arrangements in anticipation of problems like these and ensure that they have the necessary resilience built in to their staffing arrangements.
We hope this article help you to select the appropriate pool plant course for your needs, but if you need any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.