NEW! Aquatic Facility Operations
Wednesday, May 1 to Friday, May 3, 2019, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON - Google Map
Instructor: Ross Rankin, CRFP, CAT, CPOI, Director, Facility and Property Services, Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada, RA Centre, and Gary Makins, RRFA, Manager of Community Services, City of Port Colborne (Retired)
This course is worth 21 professional development credits towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
According to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – Regulation 565, operators of public pools and spas must be trained in the safe operation of the facility. The requirement in Reg. 565 (Public Pools) for operator training is new for operators of public pools. There is no specific training course identified at this time, however the regulation specifies that the operator must be trained in public pool and public spa operation and maintenance, filtration systems, water chemistry and all relevant safety and emergency procedures. There are existing training courses and resources available through many local public health units and industry providers which may be used to meet this requirement.
Through the Recreational Water Protocol, public health units are required to ensure training materials are available and to promote recreational water facility training to owners and operators. As a guide, courses should contain information on the following topics, which are found in the Recreational Water Protocol:
- Public health legislation and regulations, as applicable;
- Prevention of illness, injury or death;
- Pool water chemistry;
- Sanitary operation of other amenities in the facility;
- Provision of safety equipment;
- Emergency communication and procedures;
- Safety supervision;
- Admission Standards, as applicable; and
- Record keeping.