Record-Breaking Workshops

The SPATEX Challenge was hosted by ISPE and was presided over by members John Asher, Chris Carr and Phil Barlow
The SPATEX Challenge was hosted by ISPE and was presided over by members John Asher, Chris Carr and Phil Barlow.

Attracting over 450 delegates over the three days, the ISPE Workshops at SPATEX were extremely well-supported once again.

Covering over twenty topics there really was something of interest to everyone and delegates packed the ISPE technical arena to take advantage of the information on offer. Whilst ISPE Workshop attendance was around 6 per cent up on SPATEX 2015, special mention has to be made of Allen Wilson’s session on Monday lunchtime looking at ‘Dealing with Pool Problems’.

This attracted an audience of 54 which is a record since SPATEX has been in Coventry. It should also be mentioned that the ISPE do look at providing training for those on the spa and hot tub side of the trade too, and another session which attracted a great deal of interest was Phil Barlow’s workshop on ‘Servicing Domestic Spas’. The ISPE is looking to provide more training in this area so if this is of interest to you do get in touch.

Attendance certificates will be sent to all those that requested them and with nearly every one of the delegates adding their name to the request list, it shows how seriously pool professionals are taking their CPD (Continuous Professional Development). Each attendance certificate will indicate one CPD point.

The final Workshop of the three days was ‘The SPATEX Challenge’ where teams of two competed to win a prize of £400. The equipment and prize money for the Challenge was kindly donated by Astral UK, Bowman, Certikin, Plastica and SCP. The competition tested the participants’ skill at assembling some commonly used plant equipment and each completed rig was thoroughly inspected for workmanship and attention to detail. The winners were Mathew Van Den Broeck and Sean Lawson from Unipools.

The ISPE would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and companies who participated in the ISPE Workshop Programme and we now look forward to ‘Coming of Age’, at the 21st Anniversary of SPATEX next year.