New England Public Health Training Center

Maintaining Safe Recreational Waters

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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1.50 hours


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How do we minimize the public health hazards experienced by visitors to recreational waters?  This course reviews the four health hazards common to recreational waters: biological, chemical, physical, and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Information is provided on water sampling and testing, visual monitoring, reporting, and recreational water management (i.e., beach closure, signage).

This training is intended for the environmental public health workforce, state and municipal employees responsible for management of recreational waters, as well as anyone interested in understanding how recreational waters are monitored and managed from a public health perspective. While the regulations and administrative processes cited are specific to Vermont, the underlying science and public health implications are applicable to all states and jurisdictions.

Learners can expect material presented in a clear, concise, easy-to-learn way. This format offers pleasant visuals and clear, direct audio. 

What You'll Learn

  • Identify common recreational water hazards
  • Describe regulations and strategies to prevent recreational waterborne illnesses
  • Describe methods to monitor, sample, and test recreational water
  • Explain the process for posting warning signs and closing beaches

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