Our Pool Plant Courses...

  • Save you money
  • Are delivered on-site
  • Are fully guaranteed
  • Have very high pass-rates
  • Are accredited and industry recognised
Quick Facts...

Location: At your company premises in a suitable training room.

Cost: Depends on numbers...contact us for our best price as we offer big discounts for groups. Three is the minimum.

Duration: 3 days.

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At a glance...

This three-day pool plant course is recommended for anyone who has any legal responsibility for the safe operation of pool plant rooms; the health and safety of staff who work in pool plant rooms; and people who use their swimming pools.

This three-day pool plant course enables candidates to maintain safe, clean and hygienic swimming pool and spa water and to manage all aspects of pool plant operations. This course enables pool plant operators to meet their legal duties set out in the Health and Safety Executive publication 'HSG179 Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools'.

Why should businesses buy this course?

If you're operating a commercial swimming pool or spa (even you're a voluntary organisation), you have legal duties under several pieces of legislation (Health and Safety at Work Act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations to name a couple). The only way to ensure that you meet these legal duties is to have the pool operated by people who know what they're doing. There's simply too much that can go wrong, and the consequences are too serious to risk it.

On a lighter note - running a pool properly not only saves (a lot) of money, you can actually see an increase in revenue too. Properly managed swimming pool water is a pleasure to swim in because the chemical levels are minimised and controlled. The swimming pool water looks stunning and people are not put off swimming in it.

Why should individuals take this course?

In a word - development! Both for you and the company you work for. You'll learn vital skills that will help you to make big contributions to the company and become a key member of the team. They'll come to wonder how they ever managed the swimming pool without you!

It's also a fantastic qualification to have listed on your CV. It's recognised everywhere as it's awarded by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG), who are the Health and Safety Executives (HSE) source of authoritative advice when to comes to swimming pool water treatment and pool plant operations.

What does the course cover?

The course is split into fourteen sections, which we cover using a variety of methods, including discussion, videos, case studies, exercises, quizzes and more. We keep the courses interesting and engaging as that's how people learn best. Click the following link to see the whole course syllabus: Pool Plant Operator Course Syllabus.

How do I book a course?

Easy. Click the button below and a form will come up so that you can input a few key details (contact information, how many people you would like on the course - that sort of thing). Once we have that information, we'll use it to prepare a proper quotation. If you're booking for five or more people, you'll qualify for a group discount and we'll make sure that this is applied to your quotation. 

We'll email the quotation to you as a PDF document. If you're happy with it and want to go ahead, there will be a link in the email for you to click to confirm. Simple as that!

Pool Plant Operator Course Syllabus

01. Introduction to Swimming Pools

  • History of Swimming Pools in the UK  
  • Swimming Pool Construction

02. The Management of Swimming Pools 

  • Management Responsibility 
  • Duties under Section 3 of the HSWA 
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Approved Codes of Practice
  • Guidance Notes
  • Enforcement 
  • Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 
  • The Reporting of Injuries, Disease sand Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) 
  • The Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015
  • Training 
  • Pool Safety Operating Procedures  
  • Normal Operating Procedures 
  • Emergency Action Plans 
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Chemical Incidents
  • Chemical or Microbiological 
  • Contamination Outbreaks 
  • Pool Plant Operations/Swimming Pool Technical Operations 
  • O&M Manuals & Health and Safety Files 

03. Pollution

  • Relative Pollution 
  • Bather Load and Turnover Period
  • Bather Load 
  • Turnover Period 
  • Physical Pollution
  • Chemical Pollution
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Source Water 
  • Alkalinity
  • Hardness  
  • Sulphates 
  • Bather-Added Chemicals and Disinfection By-Products 
  • Biological Pollution 
  • Infectious Agents
  • Microbiological testing 
  • Aerobic Colony Count
  • Total Coliforms
  • E. Coli
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • Gross Microbiological Contamination
  • Legionella
  • Pre-Swim Hygiene 
  • Exclusion of Swimmers 

04. Swimming Pool Environment: Design, Cleanliness and Hygiene 

  • Pool tank
  • Emptying and Refilling  
  • Pool tank profile 
  • Pool tank edge
  • Pool tank detailing
  • Pool tank bottom
  • Movable floors and bulkheads 
  • Inlets and Outlets
  • Balance Tanks
  • Access to the pool and the pool hall
  • Pool Covers 
  • Circulation in ‘wet’ areas and around the pool
  • Access to the pool tank 
  • Design of steps and ladders 
  • Design of ramps 
  • Floors
  • Cleaning 
  • Periodic removal of hard water scaling and body grease 
  • Slip resistance
  • Movement joints 
  • Drainage gullies and transfer channels 
  • Walls  
  • Glazing
  • Ceilings
  • Public toilets
  • Changing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Showers 
  • Baby change facilities
  • Stainless Steel

05. Main Features of a Pool Plant System 

  • Surface Water Draw-Off System
  • Deck-Level System
  • Skimmer Basket System
  • Scum Trough System
  • Outlets
  • Entrapment Hazards 
  • Entanglement Hazards
  • Balance Tank
  • Pre-Pump Strainer(s) 
  • Circulation Pumps 
  • Filters
  • Straining
  • Sedimentation 
  • Adsorption
  • Heat Exchanger  
  • Recommended Pool Temperatures 
  • Valves 
  • Butterfly Valves
  • Multi-port Valves

06. Circulation

  • Flow Rate, Turnover Time and Pool Volume 
  • Recommended Turnover Times
  • Single or Multiple Pumps 
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Circulation for Multiple Pools
  • Dye Tests

07. Filtration/Coagulation 

  • Pool Water Clarity
  • Filter Design and Construction
  • Inspection and Maintenance 
  • Filtration Rates
  • Backwashing
  • Air Scouring
  • Other types of filter and filtering medium 
  • Cartridge filters
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Glass
  • Carbon
  • Membrane
  • Zeolite
  • Coagulation 
  • Flocculation 
  • Dosing Coagulants 

08. Primary Disinfection 

  • Primary Disinfection
  • Calcium hypochlorite
  • Sodium hypochlorite  
  • Electrolytic generation of sodium hypochlorite
  • Chlorinated isocyanurates
  • Bromochlorodimethylhydantion 
  • Elemental liquid bromine
  • Sodium Bromide 
  • Chlorine gas 
  • Chlorine Dioxide
  • Tetra-Chloro Deca-Oxygen
  • Polymeric Biguanide
  • Free, Combined and Total Chlorine 
  • Free Chlorine 
  • Combined Chlorine
  • Breakpoint Chlorination 

09. Secondary Disinfection

  • Residual and Non-Residual Disinfection
  • Ultra Violet
  • Ozone

10. pH Control

  • Sodium Bisulphate 
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Sulphuric Acid
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • pH Bounce, pH Lock and Total Alkalinity 

11. Chemical Dosing 

  • Automatic Dosing 
  • Chemical Pumps 
  • Pipework, Valves, Fittings
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Installations 
  • Monitoring
  • Fail-Safe Systems 
  • Constant-Rate Dosing
  • Circulation feeders 
  • Chemical dosing operations 
  • Day Tanks 
  • Preparing dosing chemicals 
  • Manual Dosing
  • Increasing Chlorine
  • Superchlorination
  • Decreasing Chlorine
  • Increasing or Decreasing pH Value
  • Increasing or Decreasing Calcium Hardness 
  • Increasing or Decreasing Total Alkalinity 

12. Pool Water Testing

  • Documentation 
  • Reagents 
  • Comparators
  • Photometers
  • Collecting Samples 
  • Free Chlorine Test 
  • Total Chlorine Test
  • Calculating the Combined Chlorine Reading
  • pH Test 
  • Calcium Hardness and Total Alkalinity Tests
  • Water Balance

13. Other Types of Pools 

  • Spa Pools 
  • Design bathing loads
  • Circulation 
  • Air blower system 
  • Filtration 
  • Dilution
  • Disinfection 
  • Monitoring
  • Outdoor Pools 
  • Hydrotherapy Pools 

14. Health & Safety

  • Risk Management
  • The legal framework for risk management 
  • Hazard identification techniques
  • Assessment and evaluation of risk 
  • The risk assessment process
  • Selecting risk controls
  • Safe systems of work (SSW) and Permits to Work (PTW) 
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) 
  • Factors to Consider when Assessing Risks
  • COSHH control measures 
  • Personal protective equipment 
  • Delivery, storage and handling of chemicals

15. Air Handling and Energy

  • Efficiency 
  • Condensation 
  • Evaporation 
  • Relative Humidity
  • Other ways of energy saving 
  • Dilution rates 
  • Pump redundancy
  • Grey water harvesting

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