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Miami Dade College Offers Online Course on Recreational Water Illnesses

Class aims to educate public health officials, pool operators, aquatic managers and pool service companies

Miami, July 20, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s  (MDC) renowned School of Continuing Education and Professional Development, in partnership with the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), is offering the Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) online training course and handbook. The course aims to help professionals understand and prevent illnesses, with the goal of ensuring a safer pool environment. Public health officials, pool operators, aquatic managers and pool/spa service companies, suppliers and manufacturers will gain a comprehensive and detailed understanding about the control of RWIs.

“It is hard to get excited about rashes, diarrhea and pneumonia. However, it is exciting when this field’s leading microbiologist, Roy Vore, Ph.D., composes a masterpiece to help us minimize those maladies,” says Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the NSPF.

The Recreational Water Illnesses online training course applies the principles of risk management to the control of RWIs. The course takes the participant through the basic steps of identifying the health threats present, unique features to those threats, understanding what the possible consequences would be, identifying ways to reduce the risks and finally, prioritizing the risk reduction. The RWI course and handbook include peer-reviewed scientific articles, and recognized references including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Numerous illustrative references and a list of useful websites are provided.

“The online course provides convenient training with a dynamic learning experience that includes narration, images, video, and interactive activities, and a copy of the Recreational Water Illnesses handbook,” said Alex Antoniou, Ph.D., Director of Educational Programs at NSPF. The course is $75.00 per student. Registrants have access to the online training for six months once purchased and can retain the book as a long-term reference. Participants can register for the Recreational Water Illnesses online training course at

The National Swimming Pool Foundation, an authorized provider for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for the Recreational Water Illnesses online training course.

MDC offers many other aquatic courses online and onsite, such as the Certified Pool Operator Certification in English and Spanish.

For more information, visit or call 305-237-2343.

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