As technology and materials become cheaper, venues for recreation are opening up with great frequency. One favored venue, particularly in the scorching summer months when everybody wants to cool down, is pool plants. A pool plant is, essentially, a large swimming pool, capable of handling several dozen or more people, and the space and equipment such a venture would need to function, such as chemical storage, filtration systems and heating systems for indoor pool plants that operate during the colder months of the year. Whether one is looking for a place to exercise with minimal strain through swimming and water sports, looking for an afternoon’s amusement or looking to practice potentially life saving water skills, a pool plant is an ideal location for many people.
That said, a pool plant is only as good as its staff. Pool plant training then becomes essential for the smooth operation of a pool plant. While experience is as ever the best teacher, preparing an operator to run a pool plant usually takes a few days at most and the courses are offered by many different institutions. When the course is over, the students should be able to understand the design and operation of their own pool plants. This is not quite so simple as staring at an oversized water bucket though! Pool plants have complex circulation systems, vital filtration systems that keep the water flowing, disinfection procedures that halt the spread of disease, pH fixing procedures that make the water safe to swim in and heating systems that make the water tolerable to the human body. This is all a very delicate balance, but its end goal is simple; creating water that is safe and comfortable for human beings to swim in.
Pool plant operation training will, by necessity, include the training needed to test pool water and know what it takes to create, maintain or restore the conditions that make the water its best. This is the bulk of a pool plant operator’s daily work, so learning how to do it shouldn’t be neglected. It also includes training for the technical aspects of running a pool plant; the systems and machines that make the pool comfortable to swim in can’t be neglected either, and can, in the hands of an untrained operator, devour unnecessary amounts of energy and money that most pool plants simply can’t spare. Training in the chemistry of pool water is also a vital aspect of this training. Chlorine keeps the water relatively clean, but too much can be unsafe to human beings. Further, the level of acids and bases in a pool’s water can make all the difference between a comfortable swimming experience and a toxic soup. Disinfecting the water without making it dangerous to humans should also be covered by a training course.
As we’ve seen, a pool plant’s operation is not so simple as just staring at a large pond of still water. Pool plant operations require proper training. However, this training is far from difficult to find; ask your local life saving society for a place to start. And, when you’re done, prepare to enjoy the water for some time to come.