Iowa Swimming Pools and Spas
Iowa Swimming Pools and Spa Program Proclamation of Disaster Emergency Update
The most recent Proclamation of Disaster Emergency extends the section pertaining to in-person continuing education courses through July 25, 2021. We have continued to align the approval of online CPO courses and CEU’s with this date. However, the proclamation indicates that this provision will be removed on July 25, 2021. As a program we will be extending this provision through August 31, 2021. This means that all CPO courses and CEUs can be completed online through August 31, 2021. On September 1, 2021 we will no longer accept the online CPO courses and CEUs.
Iowans use public swimming pools and spas throughout the year at a variety of locations such as municipal pools, schools, hotels, motels, camps, health clubs, country clubs, apartments, condominiums, and water parks. The Iowa Department of Public Health Swimming Pools and Spas Program has established minimum standards, 641 IAC Chapter 15, applicable throughout Iowa for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the bathing public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission and provide a safe and healthy aquatic recreational environment.
These minimum standards apply to all public swimming pools, spas, wading pools, water slides, wave pools, leisure rivers, and spray pads. The Swimming Pool and Spa Program contracts with local environmental health agencies that annually inspect about 1300 pools, more than 420 spas, 260 wading pools, and 260 water slides at about 1,260 locations in Iowa.