PWTAG Technical Pool Training

The necessary elements for the training of swimming pool technical operators (SPTOs) and onsite designated supervisors (ODS) to PWTAG standards as defined in the PWTAG Code of Practice.

Staffing Presence - The Code of Practice requires:

All pools should have an appropriate level of technical operation and supervision. The details depends on the type and use of the pool.

In order to comply with Health and Safety responsibilities and comply with this CoP, a qualified, trained and competent technical operator should be available on-site/on call during all hours of operation at any of the following:

  • public pool with more than 120m² of water area
  • pool with more than 120m³ of water
  • pool with a throughput of an average of more than 200 bathers daily
  • hydrotherapy pool not in a hospital (Swimming Pool Water: treatment and quality standards for pools and spas includes guidelines for those in healthcare settings)
  • pool used to provide swimming lessons and swimming training
  • permanent school pool
  • facilities used by the general public and children that include interactive water features.

All other pools or treated water facilities should have an on-site qualified, trained competent technical operator or a contract with a qualified, trained, competent technical operator for a minimum of weekly visits and assistance whenever needed. Written documentation of these visits should be available at the facility. As a minimum the written reports should indicate that:

  • the circulation, filtration and disinfection systems were checked and working satisfactorily; the safety equipment was noted available on site and in working condition
  • the pool and its infrastructure were in good condition
  • water chemistry and bacteriology were tested and their resulting values recorded on the report and were found to be in compliance with this code
  • any corrective actions were taken by the operator.

Supervisory requirements – visiting technical operator:

  • additionally, all swimming pool water facilities without a full-time, on-site qualified, trained and competent technical operator should have an On-site Designated Supervisor (ODS).
  • This supervisor should be capable of testing the water quality as required by this CoP and know how to make adjustments as needed to maintain water quality as specified in this CoP, and should be knowledgeable and competent regarding the operation of the facility in terms as required in the pool’s PSOP for both normal and emergency action plans.

A qualified technical operator should have completed a technical operator training course that is in line with the PWTAG CoP. On-site, specific training, monitoring and assessment of competence should always supplement these.

  • A qualified technical operator should have a current certificate or written documentation showing satisfactory completion of a technical operator training course that meets the PWTAG CoP syllabus and assessment.
  • Originals or copies of such certificate or documentation should be available on site for inspection by the Environmental Health Officers/ Health and Safety Inspector for each qualified operator employed at or contracted by the site, as specified in this CoP. Originals should be made available upon request by the relevant authority.

The qualifications

To meet the needs of both full time technical operation and onsite supervision where there arrangements in place for a visiting technical operator PWTAG has stipulated two qualifications, these are the

  • Swimming Pool Technical Operator
  • Onsite Designated Supervisor

PWTAG does not deliver training and qualifications rather these are provided by PWTAG approved training organisations.