Supplement Feature - February 2015
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Change Is in the Air

Managing Healthy Air & Water in Your Aquatic Facility

By Kelli Ra Anderson

Certifiably Better

The ultimate game-changer in the battle to create a healthy air and water environment, however, is not only great design or the best equipment. It is the professionalism and training of the staff in charge. "I truly believe that a lot of problems come from individuals that are not properly trained in the operations of aquatic facilities," Hefter explained. "This includes not having the appropriate training in pool water balance and how air quality can affect it."

Citing a common problem that pool operators are often put in a position of "this is how we've always done it", Hefter said such attitudes limit an understanding of how many options actually exist to improve air and water quality.

DeRosa agrees that aquatic supervisors would be wise to complete certification by a nationally recognized program with in-class components (like Certified Pool Operator, CPO; Aquatic Facility Operator, AFO; and Practical Pool Management PLUS, PPM+).

Pool operators, however, aren't the only ones who need more training for the complexity of pool chemistry. According to McBride, lifeguards are often responsible for water testing and need to understand what testing results mean and what corrective action needs to be taken.

The good news, however, is overall the tide is changing in the effort to improve air and water quality. Change is in the air.