Ontario Parks Association   
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Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program

Instructed by: 

Scott Bowron

Remember running through the backyard sprinkler as kids? How fun it was playing in the summer sun? It was simple and so entertaining back then, part of an active lifestyle.

In the 90s, the idea of the sprinkler came to life in a whole new way when the recreation world started to include spray pads, sometimes called splash pads. Since that time, the spray pad has become the most requested piece of park equipment in North America. New urban areas and existing alike want this type of equipment in their community.

With this increasing demand are you prepared to deal with the choices (and possibly trade-offs) that will need to be made when dealing with the installation of this type of equipment? Once through or recirculated, type of features required, type of surface, materials, location, understanding the context of the Health Act, responsibilities of owners, and water treatment and testing, all these options, questions and the need for a basic understanding of operations come to light with the installation of a spray pad.

With these things in mind, Ontario Parks Association has developed a new spray pad operations course that will help prepare participants to be able to confidently respond to these questions and more. This session is the first of its kind in North America, and promises to be an exciting addition to the training program line up currently offered by OPA. This two day Spray Pad Practitioner program will include both theory and practical, with a visit to a local spray pad being part of the training.

Following is an overview of the items that will be addressed during this training:

  • Design philosophy
    • Considerations (ie. ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
    • Selecting colours, location, patterns
    • Types of fixtures – fiberglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removeable
    • Determining shape/size
    • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
    • Surfacing options
  • Considerations for construction
  • Water treatment and testing
  • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
  • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
  • Inspections (daily, pre-opening,  pre-season)
  • Signage
  • Winterizing
  • Ministry Guidelines

Upon successful completion of this program participants will receive a certificate indicating that they have received basic operations awareness training as it pertains to spray pads. 

Our instructor is City of London Aquatic Operations Supervisor Scott Bowron. Scott brings to this course extensive knowledge and expertise - with over 34 years in the industry and certification as a CPOI (Certified Pool Operator Instructor). 

Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting new course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 

Want to host this session?

For this session we require:

  • a classroom that can accommodate 20 people 
  • access to a PC with connection to a projector and screen 
  • white board
  • good sized table for equipment display 
  • a nearby spray pad for the practical portion of the session - our instructor prefers an operating circulated pad but can make a once through work
***Please provide pictures of the facility (spray pad) when requesting to host in order for us to confirm the facility will meet the requirements of the instructor for training purposes***

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Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · RR4 · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)


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