A one-day joint meeting hosted by the Royal Society for Public Health and Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group.

Chaired by Dr John V Lee, Director, PWTAG and Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd.

People have been relaxing in artificial bathing pools since at least Roman times. Natural warm water spas surged in popularity in the 18th century. Construction of public swimming pools blossomed in the late 19th century and they have remained popular since. More recently, there has been a marked increase in the incidence of private pools designed not only for swimming but also for simple relaxation such as hot tubs and spa pools.

The benefits of swimming as exercise, aquatic therapy and immersion in water for recuperation are well recognised as well as the importance of swimming for life saving.

In recent years pools have received some bad press caused by outbreaks of disease; controversy over chlorination, urination and breast feeding in pools; and the 2016 Olympic pool turning green.

This seminar will provide an update on the new guidelines for keeping pools of all types safe and healthy for all to use. It will be of benefit to public health practitioners, environmental health officers, leisure centre operators, hoteliers and aquatic therapists.

Learn about:

  • Health benefits of swimming and water immersion
  • Designing healthy pools
  • The PWTAG CoP and revised Pool Water Book
  • New guidance on spa pools, hot tubs and hydrotherapy pools
  • Pool risk assessment
  • Why Cryptosporidium has specific guidance
  • Outbreaks
  • Discussion sessions and workshop

5 CPD points available 


Sponsored by SUEZ Water UK  



0900 Registration and refreshments
0930 Introduction Chairman, Dr John V Lee, Director PWTAG
0955 Health benefits of swimming and water immersion Frank Thomas, Medical Adviser, PWTAG
1020 Why not pee in the pool? Janice Calvert, Chairman and Director, PWTAG
1045 Discussion
1100 Refreshment break
1120 Designing healthy pools Tom Devin, PWTAG
1145 The PWTAG CoP and revised Pool Water Book Ralph Riley, Director, PWTAG
1230 Discussion
1245 Lunch
1345 New guidance on spa pools and hot tubs Howard Gosling, Director, PWTAG
1405 Hydrotherapy pools – new guidance Sarah Wratten, Aquatic Therapy Clinical Specialist and ATACP Accredited Tutor
1430 Discussion session and workshop - risk assessing your pool for baby and toddler swimming classes
1500 Refreshment break
1520 Cryptosporidium: why it has specific guidance Rachel Chalmers, Director Cryptosporidium Reference Unit
1540 Outbreak investigation Rob Johnston, Public Health England
1600 Discussion and Workshop – training the public All and pool operators - getting our message through
1630 Close

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Book before 28 July 2017 to get early bird rates on all fees

RSPH members and Special Interest Group members £150 (early bird £115)
PWTAG members £150 (early bird £115)
Public sector and charities £175 (early bird £142)
Private sector £235 (early bird £195)

Take advantage of discounted member rates by joining RSPH or PWTAG.

Cheques must be made payable to RSPH. Please note, places are guaranteed only upon receipt of payment and payments must be received by RSPH 4 weeks prior to the conference.

Cancellation: Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 8 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. The organisers reserve the right to change the timings and/or identity of the speakers.