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swimming pool operations and management1
Swimming Pool Operations and Management
  • The tasks demanding the most employee time at a pool include cleaning and supplying guest services. Thus in many operations, the housekeeping department is assigned the responsibility of managing the property’s swimming pool.
components of a swimming pool system
Components of a Swimming Pool System
  • No two systems are exactly alike, but most are designed with similar operating equipment. They include:
    • Water inlets
    • Skimmers & skimmer baskets
    • The main drain and the drain manifold
    • The main trap
    • Pumps
    • Valves
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Components of a Swimming Pool System
  • Sight glasses
  • Pressure gauges
  • Heaters
  • Chlorinators
  • Vacuums
pool sizes and shapes
Pool Sizes and Shapes
  • A typical pool size might be about 30,000 gallons
  • In cold climates, they are usually indoors
  • Pools can be rectangular, kidney shaped or almost any other shape
  • There is often a spa associated with the main pool
water clarity filtration
Water Clarity & Filtration
  • A pool free of particulates will appear to have blue water
  • There are three types of filters in use:
    • DE or diatomaceous earth
    • Cartridge filters
    • Sand filters
  • A backwashing cycle reverses water flow and cleans the filter.
spas and spa temperatures
Spas and Spa Temperatures
  • Spas are nothing more than small pools
  • Sometimes they are directly connected to the main pool and thus have no skimmer, but do have a spa dam that empties water into the main pool
  • Other spas have completely separate plumbing systems from the main pool
  • Spa temperatures should not exceed 103 degrees Fahrenheit
water chemistry
Water Chemistry
  • Chlorine is the most common sanitizing agent for pools
  • Bromine is the most common sanitizing agent for spas with separate plumbing systems
  • Both sanitizing agents oxidize impurities in the water
  • The pH of water should be between 7.4 – 7.6 in order for the sanitizing agent to work efficiently
water chemistry1
Water Chemistry
  • Algaecides are sometimes needed to kill algae that has entered a pool
  • Every swimming pool owner needs a test kit in order to regularly check the pH, chlorine content, and the hardness of the water
  • Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and organic material. Pools need to have free chlorine, consequently the pool will be “shocked” to increase the free chlorine
pool equipment
Pool Equipment
  • Pool equipment should be available at poolside, such as:
    • Brushes with poles
    • Skimmer net on a pole
    • Vacuum
    • Garden Hose
    • Shepard’s hook
    • Life ring
    • Signs with rules and regulations
    • Fencing around the pool
pool liability issues
Pool Liability Issues
  • Diving Boards are a liability
  • It is permissible to inform guests through signage, that there are no lifeguards on duty and guests are responsible for their own safety.
  • Children should not be allowed to enter a pool without adult supervision. Pool fences should have gates that small children cannot enter.
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