NSPF Launches First Recreational Water Illnesses Online Course, Book

NSPF’s online training course and handbook were created to help professionals understand and prevent waterborne illness

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) launched the Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) online training course and handbook, designed to help professionals understand and prevent waterborne illnesses.

Public health officials, pool operators, aquatic managers, pool/spa service companies, suppliers and manufacturers will gain a comprehensive and detailed understanding about the control of RWIs. “It is hard to get excited about rashes, diarrhea and pneumonia. However, it is exciting when this field’s leading microbiologist, Roy Vore, Ph.D., composes a masterpiece to help us minimize those maladies,” said Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF.

“The online course provides convenient training with a dynamic learning experience that includes narration, images, video and interactive activities and a copy of the Recreational Water Illnesses handbook,” said Alex Antoniou, Ph.D., director of educational programs for NSPF.

The course costs $75 per student. Registrants have access to the online training for six months once purchased and can retain the book as a long-term reference. Participants can register for the RWI online training course at www.nspf.org and click on online training, or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

“Our field is built on science. The better we understand it, the better we can prevent disease outbreaks,” Vore said. “This material is quite advanced compared to any other topic in our industry. We have set a new standard for comparison and simultaneously delivered a badly needed tool."

The RWI online training course applies the principles of risk management to the control of RWIs. The course takes the participant through the basic steps of identifying the health threats present, unique features to those threats, understanding what the possible consequences would be, identifying ways to reduce the risks and prioritizing risk reduction.

The RWI course and handbook include peer-reviewed scientific articles and recognized references, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Numerous illustrative references and a list of useful websites are provided.

The following topic areas are examined:

  • Risk management and how it applies to RWIs;
  • Microbes and diseases;
  • RWI overview;
  • Gastrointestinal illnesses caused by microorganisms;
  • How outbreaks occur;
  • Increased risk facilities;
  • Dermal RWIs, infectious and non-infectious;
  • Distinguishing chemical and bacterial rashes;
  • Respiratory RWIs, infectious and non-infectious;
  • Other microorganisms and diseases in aquatic settings;
  • Methods for routine control of RWIs; and
  • Methods for remedial control of RWIs.

NSPF, an authorized provider for the International Assn. for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for the RWI online training course. Students who successfully complete it can submit for IACET credits by contacting NSPF. 

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