SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2021

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PEOPLE NEWS

ISPE Return To Live Seminars And The 2021 ISPE Awards

Heatstar Close Out 2021 With The Return Of Free Technical Training Seminars Over the years, Heatstar has gained a reputation for their knowledge and expertise in the field of swimming pool environmental control and they have a clear aim to pass that knowledge on to pool trade professionals through the utilisation of their free of charge technical training seminars. Since their introduction nearly five years ago, the company has seen nearly 500 delegates attend with interest in the course growing rapidly. After being placed on hold for nearly 18 months due to COVID19, Heatstar and AstralPool UK are undertaking several courses before the end of the year, with demand being so high that the first 5 dates were fully booked within 1 hour of being released. As a result, further dates have now been added. The seminars will again be hosted by David Hayles – Technical Manager of Heatstar and organised and assisted by Ron O’Sullivan of AstralPool UK. Each seminar runs for half a day – typically around 5 hours, and

include practical tuition, training materials, lunch and a Training Seminar Attendance Certificate, all free of charge. Training will take place in both Fareham and Doncaster to allow members of the UK pool trade to attend a course that is in a convenient location to them. The main purpose of the seminars is to assist engineers of the swimming pool trade in gaining the knowledge required to carry out the installation and maintenance of Heatstar systems. The seminar is also designed to develop both technical knowledge and practical application, along with a full and in-depth explanation of the technology behind the Heatstar equipment and to give a better understanding of the fundamentals of swimming pool heating and ventilation. Contact Heatstar for more information or to book your place on the next available course. Heatstar Europe 01983 521465 www.heatstar.com

Following a two-year break, the ISPE One-Day Seminars resumed in November with the 24th seminar taking place at the Cobham Hilton, a new venue for the Institute. Unfortunately ISPE President Philip Barlow, FISPE, was unable to be present so past-President Chris Carr, FISPE, stood in and introduced speakers throughout the day to the 50 ISPE members who were in attendance. Following a warm welcome back to a live event, Chris introduced Ian Betts, FISPE, who gave two presentations during the day based on concrete pools. Will Dando, FISPE looked at the options for lining swimming pools, and examined how to deal with problems that may occur with them. A presentation on ‘Closing down pools for the Winter’ was taken by Jimmy Lamb, FISPE and Howard Gosling, FISPE, along with the three previous speakers some intense discussions followed. This particular session highlighted one of the main reasons for the ISPE Seminars – an exchange of views, opinions and ideas based on personal experiences of those present. Howard Gosling then gave his own presentation looking at the latest COVID advice with regards to swimming pools. After a good lunch Chris introduced the 2021 ISPE Awards. Certificates were presented to the three newly qualified Technicians who were present. Chris Carr then turned to the Gartside Cup, awarded for the student who achieved the highest overall marks in their exams and congratulated Ed Hegarty, TnISPE (Cert.) from DG Pool & Leisure Ltd on his success. Ed Hegarty, The Jim Johnson Filtration Shield is TnISPE(Cert.) awarded to the person who achieves with the new the highest result in their Filtration Bob Kent MSI Cup and the exam and this award was presented Gartside Cup to Chris McGill, TnISPE(Cert.) from Guncast Ltd. Chris McGill, A new cup to the Institute, the ‘Bob TnISPE(Cert.) with the Jim Kent, MSI Cup’ was also announced Johnson for the highest exam mark in the Filtration Shield subject of Heating with Ed Hegarty picking up a further trophy. ISPE 01603 499959 www.ispe.co.uk

Dave Candler Named As One Of UK’s “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs Of 2021” Following on from receiving the coveted Outstanding Leadership Award at this year’s ukactive awards, STA’s CEO Dave Candler has now been named as one of the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2021” in the UK. Dave was first approached and nominated by The CEO publication (the curators of the Top 20 CEO listings here in the UK and USA) back in September, because of all of the work he had done to support the aquatics industry through the pandemic. This then led to Dave being interviewed by The CEO publication, where he features this month as one of “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2021” in the UK, alongside CEOs selected

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from 19 other types of business sectors – making Dave the only CEO on the list from the UK leisure sector. The CEO publication state their aims are to “showcase some of the most prominent CEOs in the world; CEOs that have not only transformed their lives, but also the

organisations they are leading and the lives of all those that surround them”. Commenting on the accolade, Dave said: “I was truly shocked when The CEO publication contacted me out of the blue and then invited me to be a part of this Top 20 feature. Leisure, let alone swimming, is rarely featured in business accolades of this type, so it is a great honour for me personally – and for the STA and swimming in general – to be recognised in this way.” STA 01922 645097 www.sta.co.uk

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