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Certified Pool Operators Group


Certified Pool Operators Group

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Comment by Howard J Knight on May 31, 2012 at 4:33am

Has anyone openned an olympic size pool (71m.) before?  I mean the 'First' filling and operating of the pumps and filters.  I would enjoy and conversion...or two.

Comment by Richard A. Falk on May 4, 2012 at 12:01am

You should take a look at the pending CDC Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) "Disinfection & Water Quality" module that just closed for public comment.  Section completely bans use of Cyanuric Acid (CYA) in "aquatic venues designed primarily for diaper-aged children (children < 5 years old), such as wading pools, water activity pools, interactive water features with no standing water, spray pads" where secondary disinfection systems (UV or ozone) are also required and CYA is also banned in "therapy pools and spas and indoor venues."

It is unclear as to how your "Play Area" will be classified.

Comment by Howard J Knight on April 25, 2012 at 7:18am

I have been the operator for the past 8 years with a three pool system with a total of 150,000 gallons of water.  Next month, we breakground on a new Aquatic Centre.  It will have a 71 meter 'olympic pool.' hot tub (45 person) and "Play Area." with slides, splash stuff, flowrider, etc. My guess is that it will be over one million gallons of water.  I would enjoy starting a coversation with operators who look after such pool systems.

Comment by Laurie Batter on March 11, 2010 at 10:39am
American Physical Therapy Association
Aquatic Section Summit
Partners with 2010 World Aquatic Health™ Conference

Colorado Springs, CO/March 8, 2010

The Aquatic Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will hold its Summit in conjunction with the 2010 World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC™) scheduled October 6-8, at the Antlers Hilton Hotel located in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The WAHC is sponsored by the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®).

The collaboration brings together two leading organizations who spotlight the unique properties of the aquatic environment to enhance health.

“We are excited to be collaborating with the NSPF on the World Aquatic Health Conference to help us elevate the practice and acceptance of aquatic physical therapy and to learn from leading researchers,” says Sharon H. Kneebone, IOM, CAE, Acting Executive Officer Aquatic Physical Therapy Section, APTA. “The WAHC has great appeal because it also presents leading experts on many illness and injury prevention topics that our members are interested in learning more about,” adds Bess Maxwell, Ph.D., PT the President of the APTA Aquatic Section.

This year’s WAHC Health Benefit education track will offer nine seminars that share the latest research findings from leading physicians and scientists over two days. They will reveal new science that demonstrates why immersion and activity in the aquatic environment benefits mankind. Pools and spas are ideal environments to reverse negative health trends and to help the vastly increasing aging and sedentary population. There are currently more than 3.8 million people in the United States older than 85. That figure is expected to grow to 9 million by year 2030 and 19 million by the year 2050.

“Aquatic environments will play a growing role in preserving and improving health,” observes Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF. “Partnering with a leading organization like the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section is the next step up the ladder to lead society back to the water by building a critical mass of researchers, leaders, professionals, and science.”

More about the conference
Conference sessions will include seminars that focus on aquatic health benefits, recreational water illness prevention, risk management, reducing drowning and injury, future facility designs and regulations, new industrial technologies, and more. As conference details are available, they will be found at or by contacting NSPF by phone at 719-540-9119. Early bird discounts for in-person attendance and/or the virtual web option are now offered. Sponsorship opportunities are now posted. An NSPF instructor course and several leadership meetings will be held just prior to the WAHC.
Attendees can fly directly into the Colorado Springs airport, just 11 miles from the hotel. NSPF has negotiated a discounted group rate of only $139 per night plus taxes. Parking is free for those staying at the hotel in the WAHC room block. Conference attendees can bring family or friends and stay for the weekend in beautiful Colorado. The Antlers Hilton has extended the special rates through the weekend. Details on how to reserve a room will be found at
Colorado Springs offers world class scenic splendor. Local attractions include Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods, Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Olympic Training Center, Manitou Springs, Cave of the Winds, and others. Day trips to the Great Sand Dunes National Park or the Rocky Mountain National Park are possible.
About the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section, APTA
The Aquatic Physical Therapy Section, representing more than 1,000 members, is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association, which represents more than 74,000 members. The section’s mission is to develop, promote, and advocate for evidence based aquatic physical therapy as an effective intervention to enhance movement. Visit

About the World Aquatic Health™ Conference
This is the only event that brings together researchers, government officials, the aquatics sector, and influencers to impact more lives in a positive way through aquatics. The sixth annual 2009 World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC™) held in Atlanta, Georgia, drew 292 registrations from 40 states and 5 countries, participating in 43 seminars. Of the registrants who attended, 45% were high-level decision makers including CEO, president, vice president, owner, and director. NSPF reports the seminars are now available to view on-demand at

About NSPF®
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is a non-profit organization founded in 1965, giving back $4 million of all revenue in the past five years to fund grants to prevent illness, injury, and drowning, and to demonstrate the benefits of aquatic activity. NSPF’s commitment to spurring health benefit research includes a $1 million grant to help fund the National Aquatic and Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University. The Foundation works towards its mission to encourage healthier living through aquatic education and research with its collection of educational products and training.
Visit and for more information.
Comment by Laurie Batter on December 1, 2009 at 3:44pm
Genesis 3 Chooses National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification
CPO® Certification will be one of three educational requirements for newly launched Genesis 3 Education to Service Professional Certification

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is pleased to announce the Genesis 3 Design Group (Genesis 3) has chosen the NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO®) certification as one of three educational requirements for the newly launched Genesis 3 “Education to Service Professional” certification program.

“The NSPF CPO® certification program exemplifies the training that we would expect from a Genesis 3 professional,” said Skip Phillips, cofounder of Genesis 3. “NSPF is recognized around the globe as having the world’s leading, verifiable pool and spa training credential.” Phillips added, “As Genesis 3 continues to expand beyond U.S. borders, the NSPF multi-lingual, metric offerings and online training opens the door of education to broader regional professionals to raise their abilities.”

Developed to help pool professionals broaden their horizons, the Genesis 3 Education to Service Professional certification will uniquely position professionals to move into the remodel, construction, and service markets. The certification requires a passing grade on the Genesis Construction School, attendance in David Tisherman’s Understanding the Elements of Renovation of Pools & Spas, and a valid CPO® certification. CPO® Certification is valid for five years. Slated for March of 2010 in Dallas, “The first program will raise the standard of professionalism for the entire industry,” concluded Phillips.

“We are proud to associate with organizations like Genesis 3 who reflect excellence and new thinking and emphasize education as the key to a brighter future,” emphasized Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D. CEO of NSPF. “Certification helps build broad foundation for awareness about how to operate efficient and safer pools, spas, or public aquatic facilities, thus protecting the public, employees, and the facility and reducing liability risk,” Dr. Lachocki explained. Since 1972, NSPF has certified over 250,000 operators from 44 countries, more than any other training program. About 20,000 service professionals are certified annually and thousands more rely on a spectrum of online courses and print materials offered by the NSPF.

Professionals who have not previously taken and passed the CPO® certification course, or need to renew their certificate, will be able to do so through a Genesis 3 NSPF-Certified Instructor, or they can enroll in a local course by visiting and clicking on ‘Find a Class’. The blended CPO® certification course (Pool Operator Primer™ online plus Pool Operator Fusion™ class) is also available for those professionals who would prefer to take a portion online and then attend a one day course. NSPF Instructors can provide more details and information on how to register.

NSPF is approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The CPO® certification training in English or Spanish earns 1.8 CEUs, whether the certification is completed as a two-day class or a blended course.

About Genesis 3
Since 1998, Genesis 3 Design Group has worked to advance the art of watershaping by offering a range of educational, cultural and social opportunities to those who design, engineer and build recreational and decorative bodies of water. More than just an educational program, our schools, courses, seminar and events embody a value system based on excellence, creativity and professionalism. To learn more about Genesis 3, visit

About NSPF®
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is a non-profit organization founded in 1965, giving back over $3.6 million in the past five years to fund grants to prevent illness, injury, and drowning, and to demonstrate the benefits of aquatic activity. The Foundation works towards its mission to encourage healthier living through aquatic education and research with its collection of educational products and training. Findings are presented at the World Aquatic Health™ Conference and incorporated into NSPF educational programs. Visit, and for more information.
Comment by Laurie Batter on February 2, 2009 at 8:09pm
Terrific Rick, thanks for letting everyone know. despite weather, some may travel. Hope all well. Did you see the press- new study about swimming and men? see my discussions. hey, and thanks for joining and contributing! Laurie
Comment by Rick Woemmel on February 2, 2009 at 6:58pm
Last minute notice I know, but we have a CPO course in St. Louis in association with APSP tech 1 and tech 2 classes (going on currently). Class will be February 5 & 6. Course is at the Holiday Inn next to six flags.
Comment by Laurie Batter on December 18, 2008 at 12:13pm
Great description Rex, thanks for jumping in and explaining to Mike. Mike
You can check out information at the nspf website,, also their online training site, With CPO you can now have a choice to take the course partially online and partially in classroom, or take in all in classroom. That info is at the epro site. Let us know if you want more info. Oh, and once you become CPO, you can qualify to become an instructor as Rex said. Our next class for CPOI is in Costa Rica in Feb:)
Comment by Rex Richard on December 18, 2008 at 8:21am

The CPO is completely different from the CBP. It stands for Certified Pool Operator, and deals with water chemistry, circulation, and operation of a pool. I have taken the course and highly recommend it. The NSPF programs are well crafted and very informative. Besides the CPO, there is a CPOI, (Instructor) course. If you or Nick had the time to conduct a few classes though out the year, you can become certified as an instructor to teach the class.

The first step is the CPO, then you can decide. Rex
Comment by Michael Logsdon SWD, CBP on December 18, 2008 at 6:24am
Do you reccomend the CPO designation even w/ CBP? Are the programs completely different? Is it important to have both and what are the main differences between the two? Thanks in advance for any comments.

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