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Education for operators/managers of aquatic facilities. Learn a systematic approach to pool operations, including pool chemistry, management, pool safety, and risk education to ensuresafer, more attractive, and longer-lasting institutional and public aquatic facilities.

5/7/2015 to 5/8/2015
When: May 7-8, 2015
Where: Willamalane Park Swim Center
1276 G Street
Springfield, OR  97477
Presenter: Mike Smith, Knorr Systems Inc.
Contact: Stephanie Redman, ORPA Exec. Director

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The Aquatics Facility Operator (AFO) program is designed to educate pool operators and pool management staff about the systematic approach to pool operations, including pool chemistry, management, pool safety, and risk education. The AFO program makes technical topics reasonable and logical, with the goal of improving pool operators’ knowledge and skills to result in safer, more attractive, and longer-lasting institutional and public facilities.  The AFO course makes technical pump-room and water chemistry matters understandable and gives students the tools they need to better operate and manage their aquatic facility.

The AFO program is designed specifically for pool owners, operators, and managers of public facilities including universities, high schools, municipalities, military bases, YMCAs/private clubs, swim schools, water parks, HOAs, resorts, spray park facilities, and other public-park facilities. 

 AFO Teaches You:

  • Systems Approach to Swimming Pool Operation:  "Nuts-and-Bolts" knowledge, role of the AFO in the system
  • Health Department Considerations:  Role of the health department, Health Department code and pool operation
  • Pool Recirculation:  Area and volume, calculation of pool capacity and turnover rates, system component overview, pipe sizing and flow velocities, pump basics, surface and bottom collection, surge pits
  • Filtration:  What is a filter?, high rate sand filtration, cartridge filtration, diatomaceous earth filtration, regenerative filter, filter mechanics and backwashing
  • Water Chemistry:  pH overview, chlorination and superchlorination, oxidation and disinfection, ORP vs. ppm, alternatives to chlorine for sanitation and oxidization, prevention of eyeburn, water balance and prevention of corrosion
  • Plant Operations and Maintenance:  Maximizing equipment lift, chemical feed systems tips, developing a preventive maintenance system, automation
  • Chemical Safety:  Handling hazardous chemicals. types of chemicals, emergency procedures
  • Energy Conversation: Pool covers, saving natural gas, reducing electrical energy consumption, PVD's, high efficiency pool heaters, solar pool heating, LED pool lighting, spa and therapy pool operation, UV systems, special consideration for spray parks

Registration Information

Register by April 17 by clicking "register" above. Registration is $375 for ORPA members and $395 for nonmembers. Registration includes AFO instructional program, manual and reference materials, exam, lunch, and refreshments.  Minimum of 15 participants; maximum of 30.  Cancellations accepted through April 17, less a $55 administrative fee; no refunds will be issued after April 17.

About the Instructors

ORPA's 2015 AFO course will be taught by Knorr Systems, which has been conducting aquatic training courses for more than 35 years. Nationally recognized for its class quality, Knorr Systems has certified more aquatic professionals than any other commercial organization. Their certified instructors are all veterans of the aquatic industry and possess in-the-field practical aquatic experience. Scheduled presenters for ORPA include Mike Smith and Mike Frick, both popular veteran AFO instructors.


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