Aquatic Facility Operations - Beyond the Basics

Designed for the operator who has completed the Essentials of Swimming Pool Operations course, or similar course, and who has practical, on-the-job experience, this course will provide participants with an advanced study of aquatic facility operations. It will further investigate the components of the circulation system, types of filtration, comparisons of efficiency and maintenance requirements, filter area, flow rates, and how these specifications result in selection for the application. Also, the course will explore circulation pump design, pump curves and how pump selection is determined. Water heaters will also be examined.

Water treatment and disinfection will involve a hands-on component of testing, analysis and application of the Saturation Index as a case study. Chlorination disinfection and safety will be discussed in depth along with consideration of alternative disinfecting methods, including ozone and ultra violet, and how current legislation impacts their application.

Seasonal operations, and the special requirements for outdoor facilities, will be covered, including best practices for winterizing and re-opening the facility. Also, indoor air quality concerns, challenges and best practices will be examined and discussed.

This course is taught using a combination of classroom-based study and some hands-on training. Participants are expected to be able to return to their workplace and utilize the skills and knowledge they have learned in the course.

Instructor: Dan McArthur, RRFA, CIT, CAT, Facilities Manager, City of Dryden (retired)