Technical Reference Library

Tropical Aquatics is the oldest and largest provider of the CPO® Swimming Pool Certification course in the State of Florida. We also provide consulting and expert witness services. We have an extensive technical library and we believe it is important for all pool operators to have access to vital pool/spa operations information. We are pleased to share some of our resource material with our CPO® students, so that they may provide a safer and more enjoyable swimming experience.

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ADA Requirements – A Presentation

Prepared by Ronald Ford with thanks to Keiser University's Chair of Aquatic Engineering – Connie Sue Centrella

Book of Water Clarity

Seklear Products – Terry Arko Aythor "Cloudy water is caused by the presence of suspended particulate matter in the water."

CDC Cryptosporidium

"Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”) is a chlorine resistant parasite, so even well-maintained pools, water parks, and interactive fountains can spread Crypto among swimmers."

CDC Diarrhea and Swimming

Diarrhea is the most common recreational water illness (RWI). Swimmers who are sick with diarrhea—or who have been sick in the last two weeks—risk contaminating pool water with germs

CDC Fecal

Fecal Accident Response Recommendations for Pool Staff Understanding that pool closure is necessary for proper disinfection and protection of the health and safety of swimmers. Pool closures allow chlorine to do its job.

CDC Giardia

"Giardia is a germ that causes diarrhea. Giardia is found in infected people’s stool and cannot be seen by the naked eye."

CDC Infectious Disease in Children

Infectious Diseases In Children – A Slack Corporation Publication "Is chlorination enough to ensure healthy swimming?"

CDC Swim Diapers

"The use of swim diapers and swim pants may give many parents and pool staff a false sense of security regarding fecal contamination."

CDC Swimmers Ear

“Swimmer’s Ear” (Otitis Externa) Swimmer’s Ear (ear ache) is an infection of the ear and/or outer ear canal. It can cause the ear to itch or become red and inflamed."

CDC Vomit and Blood

" The most common germs spread through recreational water are germs that cause diarrheal illnesses and skin rashes."

CPO Math Homework

Download this pdf homework and see what is taught in the CPO course before you come.

CPSC Alarm

An Evaluation of Swimming Pool Alarms: "A review of commercially available swimming pool alarm systems designed to detect water disturbance or displacement."

CPSC Barrier

Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools ?Some localities have incorporated the guidelines in this handbook into their building codes.

CPSC Pool Safety

"Your greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many safety steps as possible."

CPSC Reference Manual

"The key to preventing pool tragedies is to provide layers of protection."

EPA Chemical Emergency Preparedness

Facilities should train all employees, including summer employees, on the safe use and potential hazards of these chemicals.

EPA Safe Chemical Storage

Pool chemicals may become a hazard when they become wetted by a small quantity of water or when they are improperly mixed, such as with other chemicals or reactive materials.

Florida DOH Administrative Code

CHAPTER 64E-9 PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND BATHING PLACES "Regulation of public swimming pools and bathing places is considered by the department as significant in the prevention of disease, sanitary nuisances, and accidents."

Florida DOH Inspection Report

Form 920: Form and guidelines used by the DOH County Health Department pool inspectors.

Florida DOH Monthly Report

Form 921 State of Florida Department of Health Monthly Swimming Pool Report


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "This document addresses issues that pool manag- ers, designers, and public health of- ficials should consider to reduce ill- ness at indoor water parks and Pools (sic)."

NSPF Prevention Advisor 1

Collection 1 Topics Include: Federal Pool & Spa Safety Act; Crypto Outbreak Alert; Holding Your Breath; Hurricane & Flood Preparedness; Safer Swimming; Preventing Illness; Swim Diapers

NSPF Prevention Advisor 2

Collection 2 Topics Include: Model Aquatic Health Code; CPSC Pool Inspection; Cryptosporidium Outbreak Prevention; Energy Strategies; Troubleshooting Filter Problems

OSHA Chemical Hazard Communication

Chemical exposure may cause or contribute to many serious health effects such as heart ailments, central nervous system, kidney and lung damage, sterility, cancer, burns, and rashes.

OSHA Emergency Response

Several Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards explicitly require employers to have emergency action plans for their workplaces. Emergency preparedness is a well-known concept in protecting workers’ safety and health.

Taylor Technologies' Chemistry Topics

Reagent Shelf Life; Calcium Hardness; FAS-DPD: Non-chlorine Shock


Federal ‘‘Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act’’.

United States Access Board 2003

The ADA requires that newly constructed and altered state and local government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities be readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities.

United States Accessibility Guidelines

July, 2004: "These guidelines update access requirements for a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors covered by the law."

United States DOJ 2010 ADA Standards

The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements for newly designed or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations and commercial facilities.

World Health Organization

Guidelines for safe recreational water environments VOLUME 2 "The primary aim of the Guidelines is the protection of public health.

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