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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.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, we are not able to offer our normal in classroom swimming pool operators’ course. The Saskatchewan Health Authority - Regina area office is instead offering a home study Swimming Pool Operator’s Course to assist public swimming pools that plan to open in Phase 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. The Swimming Pool Operators’ Home Study Course is of interest to all persons involved in the daily operation or maintenance of a public swimming pool.

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 Swimming Pool Operator Home Study Course will be provided in the following format:

  • Students may register and pick up a copy of the Swimming Pool Operators Course Manual from the Environmental Public Health Office, 2nd floor, 2110 Hamilton Street, Regina, Saskatchewan at a pre-arranged time. Our building is not open to the public, but we will be able to bring the book to you.
  • Students will be responsible for reviewing the course material on their own.
  • Online interactive course review will be held on Thursday July 16th, 2020 from 1:00pm to 4:30 pm to review the course material by Webex.
  • Swimming Pool Operator Home Study Course exam will be held at 2nd Floor, 2110 Hamilton Street on Thursday July 23, 2020 at 1:00pm.

The cost of this Swimming Pool Operator Home Study Course is $30.00. Please note that an additional fee may be added if the manual needs to be mailed.

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

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