Trades & Services

Swimming Pool Technician

Swimming pool technicians service and maintaining swimming pools, hot tubs and spas in private and public places.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Swimming Pool Technician do?

Swimming pool technicians service and maintaining swimming pools, hot tubs and spas in private and public places.

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Work activities

As a swimming pool technician, you would:

  • perform regular water cleaning
  • measure and apply necessary chemicals
  • test the water for quality and pH levels
  • service any mechanical heating or circulation systems
  • clean filters
  • check all pool equipment including covers, lights and slides
  • use wet vacuums and other suction equipment to remove scale, accumulated dirt and other deposits from swimming pools and spas
  • repair any cracks or leaks, or refer to specialist repairers.
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Key skills and interests

To become a swimming pool technician, you would need:

  • good swimming skills
  • a practical knowledge of pool equipment and machinery
  • an understanding of health and safety regulations
  • an understanding of how to use and store swimming pool chemicals
  • good communications skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would generally work a standard number of hours per week, which would include weekends. During peak season where pools may be open longer hours, you may work more hours.

Conditions

You may be based in one place, such as a leisure centre or resort, or travel around an area, carrying out contract maintenance on public and private pools and equipment.

You may require a current drivers' licence and you may have to wear a uniform.

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How to become an Swimming Pool Technician?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to work as a swimming pool and spa technician. You will get some training on the job. A VET qualification in swimming pool and spa service may improve your chances of a role in this occupation. Generally a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent is required for entry to VET courses.

In some states you would need to obtain a licence in, or work under someone with a licence in, swimming pool repairs and servicing.

For any electrical work on heating or lighting systems, a licence may also be required.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of swimming pool technicians is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Population growth and the construction of new homes leads to more opportunities in this occupation. The trend away from homes on large suburban blocks, with space for swimming pools, will limit growth. However, this will be tempered by the trend to outsourcing all types of domestic services, including swimming pool maintenance.

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