In the State of New York, it is required to have a certified pool operator for a public swimming pool (requirements as noted below).

Section 6-1.21 – Operator and operating records states “6-1.21 Operator and operating records.
(a) Each swimming pool shall be maintained by a pool operator familiar with its equipment. The pool operator shall comply with the regulations in this Subpart and any conditions of the permit.

(b) All pools larger than 3,000 square feet in surface area, or pools disinfected using gas chlorine, shall be maintained by a qualified swimming pool water treatment operator within one year of the effective date of this section [March 30, 1988].

(c) Complete daily operation records shall be kept of the operation of each swimming pool on forms approved or furnished by the State Commissioner of Health. Upon completion, a copy of such records shall be maintained at the facility for 12 months. The permit-issuing official may require submission of reports at periodic intervals.”

Operators must follow state, county, city and local laws as well as federal laws pertaining to the operation and maintenance of pools and spas.

New York State Pool Forms

Operations Record:

Safety Plan:

Code Excerpts

Criteria New York
What is to be recorded TAC, FAC, CAC, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium, Chemicals Added, Bather Load, Clarity, Temperature
Water Testing Frequency Beginning, during & end of hours in operation (3x’s per day)
Chlorine Levels (Min-Max) POOL:  Indoor & Outdoor 0.6-5.0 CH, 1.5-6.0 BR (lithium prohibited)
SPA: Indoor & Outdoor 1.5-5.0 CH, 3.0-6.0 BR (shock weekly)
WADING: Indoor & Outdoor 0.5-5.0 CH, 1.5-6.0 BR (lithium prohibited)
pH Levels (Min-Max) not listed – 8.2 CH, 7.2-7.8 BR
Chlorine Test Kit Requirements DPD replace annually
pH Test Kit Requirements phenol red .2 increments (80-120 ppm alkalinity)
Cyanuric Acid Levels (Min-Max) Prohibited (includes trichlor & dichlor)
Water Clarity 4″ black object test
Turnover Rate POOL: 6 hrs
SPA: 30 minutes
WADING: 2  hrs
Bather Load (per bather) POOL: Shallow 15 sq ft. Deep 25 sq ft, Diving 300 sq ft
SPA: 10 sq ft drain, clean every 2 weeks
WADING: 15 sq ft
Depth Markings POOL: Deck & Pool black line floats
SPA: Deck & Pool
WADING: Deck & Pool
CPO® Required ≥ 3,000sq ft or gas chlorine (check w/local health department)

Class Schedule

Date Location
2018 2018
October 13-14, 2018 Long Island, NY
October 23-24, 2018 Albany, NY
November 6-7, 2018 New York, NY
2019 2019
February 5-6, 2019 Long Island, NY
February 26-27, 2019 New York, NY
February 26-27, 2019 Albany, NY
March 5-6, 2019 Long Island, NY
March 7-8, 2019 Binghamton, NY
March 19-20, 2019 Syracuse, NY
March 21-22, 2019 Rochester, NY
March 23-24, 2019 Buffalo, NY
March 23-24, 2019 Newburgh, NY
April 4-5, 2019 New York, NY
April 16-17, 2019 Long Island, NY
April 23-24, 2019 Syracuse, NY
April 25-26, 2019 Rochester, NY
May 7-8, 2019 Albany, NY
May 16-17, 2019 Buffalo, NY
May 16-17, 2019 New York, NY
June 13-14, 2019 Long Island, NY
June 25-26, 2019 New York, NY
July 9-10, 2019 Syracuse, NY
July 11-12, 2019 Rochester, NY
August 15-16, 2019 New York, NY
October 5-6, 2019 Long Island, NY
October 29-30, 2019 Albany, NY
November 12-13, 2019 New York, NY

To register by check, print and complete registration form and mail with check to Pool Operation Management, 68 Edwards Road, Brick, NJ 08723. Please make checks payable to Pool Operation Management.

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