After a two-year Covid- impacted break, the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers resumed its popular one-day seminar programmes.
The 124th seminar was held in November at the Cobham Hilton, a new venue for Institute that attracted more than 50 attendees.
Unfortunately, ISPE President Philip Barlow, FISPE, was unable to be present so ISPE past-President Chris Carr, FISPE, stood in and introduced the speakers throughout the day.
Ian Betts, FISPE, gave his first presentation on the various methods that can be utilised in the construction of concrete swimming pool structures. Later, Ian looked at how to reduce or avoid thermal cracking in concrete pool shells and the requirement for construction and expansion joints.
Will Dando, FISPE, looked at the options for lining swimming pools, and looked at how to deal with problems that may occur with liners.
Phil Barlow was due to be giving a presentation on ‘Closing down pools for the Winter’ but in Phil’s absence, Jimmy Lamb, FISPE and Howard Gosling, FISPE, with Chris, Will and Ian, collectively covered the various aspects of Phil’s tutorial.
The ISPE exams had been held in September, around six months later than usual. Congratulations go to the eight students who passed in all four subjects which are Heating, Construction, Chemicals and Filtration who now become Certified ISPE Technicians:
- Rob Berry – Concept Leisure
- Tom Fotheringham – Alan Bettin Swimming Pools
- Dominic Hall – Clearwater Marine Technology
- Ed Hegarty – DG Pool & Leisure
- Kieron McGarry – Guncast Swimming Pools
- Chris McGill – Guncast Swimming Pools
- Alex Round – Buckingham Pools
- Harvey Ruske – Tanby Pools
At the November seminar, Chris Carr initially presented Technician certificates to the three newly qualifed Technicians who were present.
Chris then turned to the Gartside Cup, awarded for the student who achieved the highest overall marks in their exams and congratulated Ed Hegarty, TnISPE(Cert.) from DG Pool & Leisure Ltd., on his success.
The Jim Johnson Filtration Shield is awarded to the person who achieves the highest result in their Filtration exam and Chris said that he was delighted to present this award to Chris McGill, TnISPE(Cert.) from Guncast Ltd.
Chris then announced that Bob Kent, FISPE, had kindly donated a new cup to the Institute; the ‘Bob Kent, MSI Cup’ which would be awarded for the highest exam mark in the subject of heating. Chris said that the inaugural winner scored a most impressive 92% in his heating exam and he was pleased to present the new cup to Ed Hegarty.
The Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers was established in 1978 for individual members and sets out to Give recognition to technical skill and ability.
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