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London aims to save
London Mayor Boris Johnson has STA and the Institute for Sport,
put together 12 proposals to Parks and Leisure have taken
secure a sustainable water supply another step to raise standards
for the capital. A report has blasted within water testing.
“decades of under-investment” in In line with recommendations
the water system and Johnson has from the Pool Water Treatment
warned the hosepipe bans of 2006 Advisory Group, the association
could be repeated, with a real risk has updated its Level 1
of more serious restrictions. (Foundation) and Level 2 Pool Plant
The plan includes installing all qualifications. The Foundation
London houses with water meters course has been redesigned to
by 2015, reducing leakage suit training requirements of the
standards to bring London in line leisure industry.
with other world cities and The new qualifications will be
encouraging rainwater harvesting available from November 2009
in London homes. Water use and both Level 1 and 2
accounts for 2% of a household’s qualifications will ensure new
carbon footprint. If the average and current candidates are reinforces training necessary to pool has the right to expect that
Londoner reduced their water use informed about the latest reflect the most up to date they can enter the pool and
by just 10% a day, the city could recommendations from PWTAG standards for those employed in enjoy themselves in conditions
save 48 Olympic-sized swimming and the Carbon Trust. The Level the management and operation that are comfortable and free
pools of water every day. 1 qualification is now a 5-hour of swimming pools, spas and from hazards. The water in the
course to deal with the practical hydrotherapy pools. pool should be maintained in a
issue of training for front line The standards reflect condition that is free from any
Vandalism closes pool staff. The new ‘fit-for-purpose’ recommendations in the Health avoidable threat to the bather.
The Jubilee open air swimming course provides essential basic and Safety Executive’s Managing The water should be hygienically
pool in Penzance has been forced knowledge for those engaged Health and Safety in Swimming safe and maintained at a
to close, while the pool is drained, primarily in water testing. Pools (HSG 179) and include comfortable temperature,” says
cleaned and re-filled following “It is the ideal introduction to microbiological testing, risk Garry. STA will be introducing a
vandalism. Wheelie bins, broken pool and spa plant and can also assessments, electrical hazards new Pool Spa Safety Award
glass, cans and other rubbish were be used as a bolt-on course for and avoiding legionnaires, shortly. This award will allow
thrown into the pool. Wooden the STA’s NaRS lifeguarding cryptosporidium and gardia. “In operators to self-assess safety
window shutters were pulled off the qualifications,” confirms Garry essence the manual for this provision in any spa facility.
main office and destroyed exposing Seghers, the STA’s Qualifications module will act as a reference
the glass window panes, which Development Manager. document for all pool plant
were also smashed. Sue Nicholls, The Level 2 Certificate operators,” says Garry.
Beach and Pools Manager for provides information and “Every user of a swimming
Cornwall Council said: “It is
heartbreaking to see the pool in
such a state, but we are working
very hard to make sure Jubilee pool
Tier filter offers lifetime guarantee
STA, the Swimming Teachers’
can re-open as soon as possible.” A New Wave tier filter which be isolated individually. Association is hosting a series of
has been in production since New Wave are now offering regional one day seminars this
1972 is now being offered a lifetime guarantee with each autumn, which will be run by
£46m investment in with a lifetime guarantee. The new or existing filter. Garry Seghers and Irene Joyce.
Plymouth patented filter which has They will be held on the following
Plans for a multi-million pound featured in over 10,000 dates (venues to be confirmed):
regional sports and leisure centre installations worldwide can 26 September 2009 – West
in Plymouth’s Central Park have be used in either domestic or Midlands
been approved. At £46.5m the commercial installations. It 17 October 2009 – Northern
Life Centre scheme will see the comprises of several England
city’s biggest investment in leisure fibreglass drums stacked 21 November 2009 –
facilities. Facilities will include: within the stainless steel Southern England
A leisure pool with flumes, shell. The filters upright
‘beach entry’ and bubble pool design saves over 50% of The day will be split into two
A 10-lane, 50-metre swimming floor space in comparison to sessions with the morning
pool with moveable floors and other fibreglass filters when seminar, providing guidance on
submersible ‘booms’ used in a plant room the management and operation
One of the top four diving pools installation. Each filter enters of swimming schools (PAS81), an
in the country, also offering a and exits through a standard introduction to STAmark and an
moveable floor so it can be used door width. update on the new HSE First
as a standard pool The filters are normally Aid at Work Courses. In the
A dryside training facility for installed within a bank of units;
afternoon, attendees can then
competitive divers this makes servicing and choose from a four hour seminar
( 01277 840709
A relaxing oasis with sauna, routine maintenance extremely
on the new Pool Snorkelling
steam rooms and showers cost effective as each filter can
Programme or an update on
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