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Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program

  • 05 Jun 2017
  • 8:30 AM
  • 06 Jun 2017
  • 4:30 PM
  • East Gwillimbury Sports Complex - 1914 Mount Albert Road, Sharon, ON, L0G 1V0
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  • Available to municipalities participating in Communities in Bloom.
  • Available to current OPA Members only.
    Price includes HST
  • Consider joining OPA to receive member benefits.
    Price includes HST

Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program

With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities 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 removable
    • Determining shape/size
    • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
    • Surfacing options
  • Considerations for construction
  • Water treatment and testing
  • Flow through, re-circulation 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 Scott Bowron brings to this course his 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. 

Date: June 5 & 6, 2017

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm


East Gwillimbury Sports Complex ( Canada Hall A)

1914B  Mount Albert Road

Sharon, ON L0G 1V0


Holland Community Centre (HLCC)

19513 Younge Street

Holland Landing, ON L9N 1L8

See Map (approx. 9 mins away)

***Please wear closed toe shoes to the training session***

OPA Member Price: $395.50 
Potential Member Price: $525.50

Please note that lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch for this session.

To attend this training please register online. Payment can be made online, via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing (905-864-6182, ext. 6710).

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