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Pools & Aquatic Centers - Pool Area Prep Process Template

Use this template to outline how staff and pool employees should prepare the pool area before visitors enter the facility.

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Pools & Aquatic Centers - Pool Area Prep Process Template

Use this template to outline how staff and pool employees should prepare the pool area before visitors enter the facility.


The Importance of a Well-maintained Pool Area

Pool area prep stands as a cornerstone responsibility of our opening staff, embodying our commitment to excellence in service and safety. As the first point of contact for visitors, the state of the pool area reflects our dedication to providing a clean, inviting, and secure environment for everyone. 

Beyond mere aesthetics, a well-prepared pool area directly influences the overall experience of our guests, setting the stage for enjoyable recreation and relaxation. It encompasses a range of tasks, from ensuring the water is properly treated and maintained to checking that all facilities are clean, functional, and fully stocked with essential supplies. Additionally, our staff must verify the presence and readiness of safety equipment. 

By meticulously executing this process, our team not only upholds our standards of excellence but also fosters trust and confidence among our patrons, ensuring their comfort and satisfaction throughout their visit.

Inspection and Maintenance

Removing Debris from the Pool

Before opening the pool area to visitors, it's essential to ensure that the water is free from any debris that could compromise the swimming experience. Staff should follow these steps to remove debris effectively:

  1. Inspect the Pool: Walk around the perimeter of the pool and scan the surface for any visible debris such as leaves, twigs, or insects.
  2. Use Skimming Equipment: Utilize skimming nets or baskets to skim the surface of the water and remove any floating debris. Work methodically from one end of the pool to the other, ensuring thorough coverage.
  3. Empty Skimming Baskets: Regularly empty the contents of the skimming baskets or nets into a designated waste receptacle to prevent debris from re-entering the pool.
  4. Check Pool Drains and Filters: Inspect pool drains and filters to ensure they are free from debris and functioning correctly. Clear any blockages if necessary.
  5. Brush Pool Walls and Floor: Use pool brushes to gently scrub the walls and floor of the pool, dislodging any debris that may have settled.
  6. Vacuum if Needed: If the pool bottom has accumulated sediment or debris that cannot be removed by brushing, use a pool vacuum to clean the surface thoroughly.

By diligently removing debris from the pool before opening, staff can maintain a clean and inviting swimming environment for guests to enjoy.

Checking Pool Water Quality

Ensuring optimal pool water quality is paramount to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests. To achieve this, our opening staff follows a meticulous step-by-step process to check chlorine and pH levels before the pool area opens to visitors.

  1. Gather Testing Equipment: Collect the necessary testing kits, including chlorine and pH test strips or liquid reagents, and ensure they are in good working condition.
  2. Dip Test Strips: Submerge the test strip into the pool water to measure chlorine levels. Allow it to react according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Read Chlorine Levels: Compare the color of the test strip to the provided chart to determine the chlorine concentration in the pool water.
  4. Record Results: Document the chlorine levels in the pool logbook or electronic record, noting any deviations from the recommended range.
  5. Repeat for pH Levels: Using a separate test strip or kit, measure the pH level of the pool water following the same procedure as for chlorine.
  6. Adjust if Necessary: If chlorine or pH levels fall outside the optimal range, take appropriate corrective action by adding chlorine or pH adjusters as per established protocols.
  7. Retest if Adjustments Made: After making adjustments, retest the water to ensure that chlorine and pH levels are within the recommended parameters.
  8. Document Actions Taken: Record any adjustments made to chlorine or pH levels in the pool logbook, along with the corresponding test results.

By meticulously following these steps, our staff ensures that the pool water maintains the necessary balance of chlorine and pH, contributing to a safe and enjoyable swimming environment for all our guests.

Cleaning the Pool Deck

Cleaning the pool deck is an integral part of preparing the pool area for visitors. Here's how staff should approach this task:

  1. Clear Debris: Begin by removing any loose debris, such as leaves, dirt, or trash, from the pool deck using a broom or leaf blower.
  2. Sweep and Scrub: Sweep the entire pool deck to remove surface dirt and dust. For stubborn stains or dirt buildup, use a scrub brush or pressure washer to thoroughly clean the area.
  3. Rinse Thoroughly: Once the deck has been scrubbed, rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove any remaining debris or cleaning agents.
  4. Check for Hazards: Inspect the pool deck for any hazards or safety concerns, such as slippery spots or damaged surfaces. Address any issues promptly to ensure the safety of pool visitors.

By following these steps, staff can ensure that the pool deck is clean, safe, and welcoming for guests to enjoy.

First Aid Kits

Ensuring that first aid kits are fully stocked and easily accessible is crucial for maintaining a safe pool area. Here's how staff can accomplish this:

  1. Regular Inspection: Conduct regular inspections of all first aid kits to ensure they are fully stocked with essential supplies such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, and adhesive tape.
  2. Restocking: Promptly restock any items that are used or expired to ensure that the first aid kits are always ready for use in case of emergencies.
  3. Accessibility: Place first aid kits in easily accessible locations around the pool area, such as near the entrance, lifeguard stations, and other high-traffic areas.
  4. Visibility: Ensure that first aid kits are clearly labeled and easily visible to both staff and visitors so that they can be located quickly in an emergency.

By following these guidelines, staff can help ensure that first aid supplies are readily available to address any injuries or emergencies that may occur in the pool area.

Facilities Check

Checking Locker Rooms

Preparing the locker rooms is an essential part of ensuring a positive experience for visitors to the pool area. Here's how staff can accomplish this:

  1. Restocking: Ensure that locker rooms are stocked with essential supplies such as towels, soap, and toiletries for visitors' convenience.
  2. Checking Functionality: Test the functionality of showers and lockers to ensure that they are in good working order. Address any issues promptly to prevent inconvenience to visitors.
  3. Safety Inspections: Conduct regular safety inspections of locker rooms to identify and address any potential hazards or maintenance issues.

By following these steps, staff can help ensure that locker rooms are clean, well-stocked, and functioning properly, providing visitors with a comfortable and enjoyable experience at the pool area.

Setting Up the Pool Area

Setting up the pool area properly is crucial for creating a welcoming and enjoyable environment for visitors. Here's how staff can ensure everything is set up effectively:

  1. Arranging Poolside Furniture and Umbrellas: Place poolside lounge chairs, tables, and umbrellas strategically around the pool area to provide ample seating and shade options for visitors. Ensure that furniture is clean and in good condition for comfort and safety.
  2. Setting Up Recreational Equipment: Install lane dividers to separate swim lanes and allocate space for lap swimming. Additionally, set up pool toys, floats, and other recreational equipment in designated areas for visitors to enjoy. Ensure that all equipment is clean, properly inflated, and in good working condition.
  3. Check the outdoor shower area. Check shower functionality and ensure there are towels.
  4. Safety Considerations: Maintain clear pathways around the pool area to allow for easy access and prevent tripping hazards. Position recreational equipment away from high-traffic areas to minimize the risk of accidents. Regularly inspect equipment for any signs of damage or wear and replace as needed to ensure visitor safety.

By following these steps, staff can create a welcoming and safe pool environment that encourages visitors to relax and enjoy their time at the facility.


Have Questions?

In conclusion, ensuring that the pool area is properly prepared is essential for providing visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience. By following the steps outlined in this process, staff can maintain cleanliness, safety, and functionality throughout the pool area, from water quality checks to setting up recreational equipment. 

Should any questions or concerns arise during the pool area prep process, staff are encouraged to reach out to their supervisor or the facility manager.

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