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STA Lead The Way With Pool Plant Operative Training

Heatstar’s Production Capability Grows Again To Meet Demand During late 2017 and early 2018 Heatstar re-organised their premises to release more space for the manufacture and production of their range of swimming pool environmental control systems. This also coincided with a 20% increase in its production workforce. These changes were all driven by Heatstar’s desire to improve customer service and better meet the demand for its products. Following another successful year, and having started 2019 as they mean to carry on, the company have announced an additional re-allocation of workspace to increase its production capabilities again to further maintain and improve its delivery lead times. Along with the additional factory space these new changes have also seen the development of a brand new purpose-built dedicated testing and appraisal facility for every Heatstar unit before it is delivered to the customer. Ensuring that Heatstar units operate at the peak of their capabilities is a constant thread running through all of the company’s manufacturing

and supply processes. They are manufactured from the highest quality materials and built exclusively in the UK by Heatstar trained staff in their own dedicated facility on the Isle of Wight in the south of England. On completion every unit then goes through a rigorous inspection and testing process to ensure each individual unit is operating to the correct level of performance standards before leaving the factory. On installation at the client’s location Heatstar offer a free commissioning system to ensure every unit is installed correctly. This commissioning process covers a checklist of over 120 different items covering all parts of the Heatstar system. On completion Heatstar also provide a Commissioning Certificate to show a ‘true’ diagnostic operating record of the new system. In short, there’s a total commitment to a tested quality product at every stage in the process Heatstar 01983 521465

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has defined a new employer-led professional standard for the role of a pool plant operative in the UK, as part of its primary objective to ‘define and facilitate professional development’. Leading the way is STA’s Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations, which is the only qualification that currently meets the new Pool Plant Operative Professional Standard, and to receive professional endorsement by CIMSPA, the sector’s single chartered professional body. Luke Griffiths MCIMSPA, Qualification Development Manager (Pool Plant) at Safety Training Awards (STA’s Awarding Organisation), said he is delighted that the Level 3 qualification successfully meets the professional standard set by the industry. He said: “As an awarding organisation with a passion for professionalising training in this niche, but important sector of the leisure market, receiving professional endorsement from CIMSPA further highlights the high quality of the qualification, its relevance to a modern leisure industry and most importantly, how it serves to promote safe pool, spa and interactive water feature operations. “Furthermore, by being the only pool plant qualification currently to meet this new employerled professional standard shows our commitment to providing the highest quality training for pool plant operatives in the UK.” STA’s Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations qualification, which launched in 2018 following a year’s development and consultation with industry groups, has been produced by the STA to ensure it is fit-for-purpose and relevant to the industry and all different pool types − from sports and leisure centres to hotels, spas, and interactive water features. Written with the whole industry in mind, it is more user-friendly, robust and has a technically advanced syllabus that importantly covers all aspects of running a pool, spa or interactive water feature plant. STA 01922 645097

Poolworks Come To The Rescue With The Hyprolyser North Kent College swimming pool is open daily to the public and is also used for fire training and as a national sea training centre. Their facility had a 15-year-old dosing station to help keep the pool clean, but would regularly break down and spread granules everywhere. The college was after a more sustainable and reliable product that’s also simpler to use, so they approached Poolworks – a specialist pool company who help to improve the day-to-day running of commercial pools in the UK. After Poolworks consulted with the technical team at

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Golden Coast, the Hyprolyser iSEC 90 electrochlorination system was recommended as an economic option. It allows for the on-site generation of a non-hazardous sodium hypochlorite solution using just salt, water and electricity. Jamie Adams, Managing Director of Golden Coast said: “The Hyprolyser is incredibly efficient and an ideal way to improve indoor pool systems. It helps to prevent accidental spillages as it’s so easy to use: the operator just adds salt to the tank.” John Bennett, the Director of Poolworks said: “This was our first

Hyprolyser from Golden Coast, it was easy to set up and took less than 2 hours to install. “With daily pool use, it doesn’t require a complex operation with harmful chemicals. You simply add salt to the tank; the rest is done electronically. The team at North Kent College love how simple it is and no longer having the smell of chemicals in the plant room. “The support from Golden Coast has been excellent as always. Any problems were easily resolved, and I would be very happy to work with them again.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 26/03/2019 15:32

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2019  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2019  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...