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Maintaining Safe Recreational Waters

How do we minimize the public health hazards experienced by visitors to recreational waters? Learn about the health hazards common to recreational waters and how to manage them.

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Course Information

Pre-requisites

  • none

About this course

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.

This training is intended for public health and environmental personnel, state and municipal employees responsible for management of recreational waters, citizen scientists participating in a cyanobacteria monitoring program, as well as anyone interested in learning about cyanobacteria and 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.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to address the following questions.

  • 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

Subject Matter Expert


  • Lynn Blevins
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Vermont
    College of Medicine
    

Enrollment and Contact Hours

Note there are two different options for enrolling in this course highlighted in the table below.

The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

If you wish to receive contact hours in Massachusetts, please go to the Massachusetts-specific training on Recreational Waters.

Enrollment Options Key
For a Certificate of Completion
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To Audit (No Certificate)
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Self enrollment (Student)