For the first time, Colorado Springs, Colo.-based National Swimming Pool Foundation will offer its Certified Pool Operator course in the United Kingdom. The class will be presented at the next U.K. Pool & Spa Expo, to be held Feb. 20-22 in Birmingham, England. “We are very excited to contribute to, and participate in, the U.K. Pool & Spa Expo,” said NSPF’s CEO, Tom Lachocki, Ph.D. “It is great to see that the professionals in the field who have been contacting us and those exploring online training for service companies and aquatics facilities at can now get a taste of NSPF training at the UK Expo. … ” The cost of the event will be £350 per delegate and will provide certification valid for five years.

In other NSPF-related news, the organization recently recognized its top instructors for exceptional performance and their commitment to work together to keep pools safer, healthier and open. The award-winning educators included:

Robert R. Freligh, Nationwide Aquatic Consulting, Chestertown, N.Y.

Taylor White, Langley and Taylor Pool Corp, Nashville, Tenn.

Scott Ford, Tropical Aquatics Pool Education, Dunedin, Fla.

Connie Centrella, Connie Centrella Consulting, LLC, Nashville, Tenn.

Phil Reynolds, Steve Lintz and Michael Freeman, Swim Pool & Spa Consultants, Reno, Nev.

Shane Anthony Ince, Aquatics Information, Moana, Adelaide, South Australia

Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico.