Safe Aquatics, Certified Pool-Spa Operator Training Program
Larry Scott, CPO, National Swimming Pool Foundation Instructor ®

Larry D. Scott,
National Swimming Pool Foundation Instructor.

Larry has over 10 years experience as a Certified Pool Operator®. In addition, Larry has years of experience in pool water chemistry through involvement with manufacturing of specialty pool chemicals, sales of pool and spa chemicals and some of the most advanced swimming pool technologies available on the market today.  He has been the co-chairperson of the Kalamazoo County Health Department Pool Seminar for 5 years, a co-chairperson of the Southwest Michigan Pool & Spa Expo, a featured speaker at the 2007 Michigan Environmental Health Association 63rd Annual Educational Conference where he presented two presentations to Michigan county pool inspectors. One entitled, “New Equipment, Resources and Chemicals for Commercial Pool Operators” and the other “Chapter 5: Disinfection, from the CPO Handbook”. His presentation at the 2008 Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is Entitled "Technology to Flight Recreational Water (Borne) Illness."   He has served as Facilities Chairperson for the largest private commercial swim club in Portage, Michigan.  He is a member of the Kalamazoo County Safe Kids Coalition, a member of Michigan Environmental Health Association and the Michigan School Business Officials. He also served as the Facilitator of the Residential Swimming Pool & Hot Tub Building Code Compliance Project Meeting for Kalamazoo County, Michigan.


Dave Patterson

Dave has been a Certified Pool Operator for more than 10 years. He has been the pool operator for one of the largest commercial swimming pools in the Grand Rapids area. During that time Dave learned what it takes on a daily basis to operate and maintain a large and very heavily used body of water.  He is certified by the Kent County Health Department, has earned the Swimming Pool Chemical Operators License from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Dave also worked for Leslie’s Pool, Inc. where his knowledge as a CPO benefited his retail experience when brainstorming and  trouble shooting many situations with residential and commercial pool operators. Dave’s enthusiasm for the profession is evident in his “pool operation is a hands on profession” philosophy while teaching the dynamics of this course.


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Vern Johnson, R.S.
Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department, Environmental Services Division.

Vern has been an instrumental professional involved with the Kalamazoo County pool program for over 10 years. During his tenure the program has developed an annual Pool Operator Training Seminar for all commercial pool operators in the area. He co-chaired the 2006 Southwest Michigan Pool & Spa Expo and has given numerous presentations on  swimming pool operation, management and water quality. Combined with his academic background in biology he brings a wealth of experience and training to the CPO curriculum.


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