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Swimming Pool Operators Course

The Saskatchewan Health Authority in Regina and area offers a Swimming Pool Operators Course (SPOC) for all individuals involved in the operation of a swimming pool or hot tub. This course may be taken by anyone who has an interest in learning more about the design and operation of a swimming pool or whirlpool, including individuals who own private pools or hot tubs

The topics that will be covered in this course include:

  • Pool Equipment and Recirculation
  • Pool Water Filtration
  • Pool Water Chemistry
  • Swimming Pool Water Disinfection
  • Whirlpools

To ensure the requirements outlined in the Swimming Pool Regulations, 1999 are met and to help ensure the ongoing safe operation of your public swimming pool, we encourage you to send any other staff involved with your public swimming pool operation. This may include lifeguards, town maintenance staff, recreation board members, and council members with an interest in pool operation.

The upcoming Swimming Pool Operator Course is a two day course and will be offered on:

Tuesday October 26, 2021
and
Wednesday October 27, 2021

Note: Students must attend both days.

  • Students can pick up a copy of the Swimming Pool Operators Course Manual from the Environmental Public Health Office, 2nd floor, 2110 Hamilton Street, Regina, Saskatchewan. Note that our Office is not open to the public, so please call 306-766-7755 when you reach our Office and we will be able to bring the book to you.
  • Students are responsible for reviewing the course material before attending the course.

Course Location

Wascana Rehabilitation Centre
Main Auditorium
2180 - 23rd Avenue
Regina, Sk.

Classes are held from 8:30am to 4:30pm. There is a half hour lunch and two 15 minute coffee breaks.

Important Information Regarding COVID Restrictions for attending courses held at Saskatchewan Health Authority Facilities

As of October 1st 2021, anyone entering the Saskatchewan Health Authority Facility (e.g. Wascana Rehabilitation Centre) will be required to provide proof of COVID immunization or a negative COVID PCR test taken 72 hours or less, prior to the date of the course.

Please note that all current Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines still need to be followed, including keeping at least 2 metres apart from other students and a medical grade must be worn at all times while inside Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) buildings. No food or drink is allowed in the classrooms. If you are unable to follow the current SHA guidelines, please email eph.regina@saskhealthauthority.ca or call 306-766-7755 to see if different arrangements are possible.

We anticipate that starting October 1st 2021, anyone entering the Saskatchewan Health Authority Facility (e.g. Wascana Rehabilitation Centre) will be required to provide proof of COVID immunization or a negative COVID PCR test taken 48 hours or less, prior to the date of the course.

The cost of this Swimming Pool Operator Course is $65.00.

SPOC INDIVIDUAL Registration Form

SPOC GROUP Registration Form

How to Register

To register by fax, mail, email. In person Registration is not allowed at this time. Please complete the online registration form (above) and send or drop off the form and payment to:

Environmental Public Health, 2nd Floor - 2110 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 2E3
Fax: 306-766-7730
Email: eph.regina@saskhealthauthority.ca

*Important* Registration and payment must be received by 12:00 noon the day before class. Classes can fill up early; late registrations will not be accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Notice to cancel must be given before the start of your scheduled class. With proper notice you will receive credit to register in an upcoming course or you can have someone else attend in your place. Failure to cancel before the start of the course will result in loss of the registration fee. Classes are subject to cancellation if there are insufficient registrations or due to other extenuating circumstances (e.g. severe weather, poor road conditions, etc.). If your class is cancelled, you will be notified immediately and issued either a refund or credit.

Email eph.regina@saskhealthauthority.ca or call 306-766-7755 to see if different arrangements are possible.

Parking

Parking is limited. Car-pooling and public transportation are recommended. Limited parking is available along 23rd Avenue and some in Lot 5 located left of the West entrance. Parking in visitor or employee parking may result in a ticket.

For more parking information please review the WRC Parking Lot Information Map.

Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Public Health Inspectors work with pool operators to ensure recreational waters are safe and prevent the spread of disease. Recreational waters can include the use of beaches, hot tubs, swimming pools and even sensory deprivation tanks.

Public Swimming pools are regulated under The Swimming Pool Regulations, 1999 along with Design and Operational Standards.

To monitor the safe operations of public swimming pools, operators are required to submit bacteriological water samples at least once every month. Sampling requirements for swimming pools and hot tubs include testing for E.coli, Coliform and Pseudomonas. If you receive a positive water sample result for E.coli, Coliform and/or Pseudomonas, please contact your district Public Health Inspector at (306) 766-7755 to discuss further actions.

For more information on E.coli, Coliform and Pseudomonas, please see the information sheets below.

Please call (306) 766-7755 if you are interested in the building and licensing process for a Public Swimming Pool or Whirlpool.

The Swimming Pool Regulations 1999

Swimming Pool Design and Operational Guidelines and Standards

Whirlpool Operational Guidelines and Standards

E.coli Information Sheet

Coliform Information Sheet

Pseudomonas Information Sheet

Recreational Water - Beach Sampling Program

The safety and quality of beach water samples taken in the Saskatchewan Health Authority for Regina and area are assessed using the Guideline for Canadian Recreational Water Quality.

Blue Green Algae Questions & Answers - Recreational Water

Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria)

CAUTION Toxic Algae May be Present

ADVISORY Unsafe for swimming & other in-water activities

Water Security Agency Advisories

Visit the Water Security Agency's website for up-to-date information about blue-green algae blooms and water quality at Saskatchewan beaches www.wsask.ca

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