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NEWS IN BRIEF
ISPE’S FILTRATION
London “in trouble“
Labour MP Kate Hoey has
criticised the Government for
failing to produce workable
WORKSHOP SUCCESS
plans that would increase Ten delegates attended the
sporting participation in the recent ISPE Filtration workshop,
London after the 2012 Olympics. run by Chris Carr and Ray Burt
She warned about a “facilities and hosted by SCP at their
gap” caused by swimming pools Crawley offices.
closing because of funding This workshop helps new
difficulties. Ms Hoey, a former recruits, especially students due
sports minister, said Boris to sit their exams. The main
Johnson will commit at least concept is that each delegate
£10m of London Development has the opportunity to better
Agency funds to help boost understand the theory and the
participation in grass-roots sport practical elements of domestic
and would set out his detailed swimming pool filtration, plant
sporting legacy strategy. and equipment. Delegates
faced a practical trade test as
well as a mini-exam.
ASA backs SwimFin Delegates took a practical
THIS: Delegates took a practical trade test at the ISPE workshop
The Amateur Swimming trade test to make a pipe-work
BELOW: Tony Gabriel with Francesca Canueto
Association has given its set. The pipe set test is
endorsement to SwimFin – a new designed to be awkward, but a
floatation device. The association’s test to measure accuracy in The average for all attendees
swimming experts tested SwimFin cutting pipe, glue preparation, was an excellent 82% but Tony
and classed it as an ‘outstanding perfecting glued and threaded Gabriel, returned a combined
product’. Worn on the back, joints and general cleanliness. average result of 93.5%.
SwimFin looks like a shark’s fin As well as stripping out the Although Tony was the winner,
and allows free movement of the sand, delegates were instructed he decided to ‘gift’ the winner’s
arms, which is normally restricted to remove all internal pipe-work bottle of champagne to the
by the use of armbands or discs. and fittings, checking and second place delegate,
Other instruction aids tend to tip inspecting for damage. Any Francesca Canueto who
the swimmer forward to hold them faulty components were achieved a pass mark of 89%. STAXIL and WATERCO EUROPE
upright, resulting in a swimming replaced, as should be the case The next ISPE Filtration will for their support.
position that impedes movement in a typical service scenario. be held in March 2009.
through the water. SwimFin gives Delegates then sat a 20 The institute thanked SCP,
ISPE
only the support needed, giving minute multiple-choice exam ASTRAL , BZC, CERTIKIN, CPC,
envelopeback ross@ispe.co.uk
the user the feel of paper. GOLDEN COAST, PLASTICA,
independence, and thus
encouragement and motivation.
Energy efficient loan
Dumfries Pool becomes training centre
schemes double The £17.3m DG One leisure The facility owned by form leisure pool, two flume
Small businesses struggling for complex in Dumfries which Dumfries and Galloway Council, rides, sauna, steam room, spa
credit during the credit crunch opened earlier this year has comprises a 25m eight-lane pool and treatment rooms.
received a boost as the Carbon become an approved training national short course Stephen Jack, Leisure
Trust doubled the maximum size centre for all the Institute of competition pool, a training Services Manager: “It can be
of its interest-free Energy Qualified Lifeguards courses. pool with moveable floor, a free- difficult to attract and recruit
Efficiency loans from £100,000 to new lifeguards, and yet it is
£200,000 – and increased the essential if we are to be able to
overall loans pot by 45% to staff and operate our
£31m. The move will enable small swimming pools safely and
businesses to implement energy effectively.”
saving projects on a more DG One plans to schedule
ambitious scale. It is expected courses at regular intervals
that the new scheme will throughout the year. It also
generate 20% more carbon and provides the flexibility to run
energy savings this year than sessions for new candidates
would have been possible under as well as those wishing to
the previous limit. The loans are renew their qualifications
unsecured, interest-free and without the inconvenience of
repayable over a period of up to them having to travel outside
four years. the local area. The first
For more information visit National Pool Lifeguard
www.carbontrust.co.uk Qualification course was held
Getting down to some practical life saving lessons!
at the Centre in July.
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