Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) December 12, 2004
The National Swimming Pool FoundationÂ®(NSPFÂ®) introduced the long-awaited Certified Pool-Spa OperatorÂ® Handbook at the Aquatic HealthÂ Conference, October 3-5, in Atlanta, Georgia. Authored by Ron Ford, veteran CPOÂ® instructor, the new handbook is the fundamental training and reference manual for professionals who help protect those who use aquatic venues, including operators, health officials, service technicians, retailers, property managers, and manufacturers.
This handbook emphasizes pool and spa operations and protecting people in and around the water. It brings insight into understanding and preventing drowning, suction entrapment, evisceration, diving accidents, recreational water illness, electrocutions, chemical hazards, and slip and falls. Fresh information related to regulatory agencies and guidelines, disinfection, water balance, water problems, troubleshooting, chemical testing and record keeping, chemical feed and control technology is also included.
New features and information are found throughout the handbook. The most prominent is the extensive use of color to help students and instructors visualize important concepts. ÂLife is better in color; learning is better in color; color reflects the needs of the student,Â says Ford. He adds ÂFor example, students can see in the handbook the color changes in chemical test kits instead of just reading about them.Â ÂEducation creates a better future; black and white is the Â50sÂ. We are not going back. Our customers deserve better,Â added Thomas M. Lachocki, CEO of NSPF. ÂRon Ford dedicated almost a year to making the new handbook exciting, relevant and easier for both instructors and students to comprehend,Â agreed Bill Kent, President of the NSPF Board of Directors.
The new handbook has other features to help the student find important information:
Â·Color-coded page edges make it easy to thumb to the right chapter.
Â·A comprehensive keyword index and table of contents make it easy to find important topics.
Â·Guides to simplify mathematics and calculations are included.
Â·A PowerPointÂ® presentation, available to current CPOÂ® instructors, supplements the imagery in the handbook.
ÂWe are indebted and thankful to Ron Ford and the experts who reviewed and provided input on each chapter. Many organizations graciously donated images to help make this the finest and most up-to-date handbook in the recreational water field,Â said Lachocki.
ÂAs the world has evolved, so has technology. As technology evolved, so has the CPOÂ® training program. The new handbook reflects the FoundationÂs commitment to industry leadership and continuous improvement,Â commented Bill Kent. ÂThe launch of the new CPOÂ® Handbook is the biggest educational advance in the recreational water field in many years. It will touch 20,000 students in the next year,Â he added.
CPO Handbooks (without the exam) are available to any individual or company at a cost of $59.95 per book (plus $5 shipping and handling). CPO Handbooks may be ordered by downloading the NSPF Order Form on our web site, http://www.nspf.org. Payment may be by check, money order, or Visa/MasterCard. If paying by check or money, the order form and payment should be mailed to the NSPF. If paying by Visa/MasterCard, the order may by submitted by telephone or FAX.
The NSPFÂ® CPOÂ® training program is an international training program. It satisfies educational requirement for commercial pool operators in many states and counties. Since 1989, over 150,000 students have been certified by the NSPFÂ®. NSPFÂ® provides advanced education at the Aquatic HealthÂ Conference and funds research to advance science, to protect people, and encourage better health through aquatics.