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A Two-Day, Live Interactive Webinar

Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8, 2023
9:00 am – 12:20 pm CST (both days)


Presented by: Kent Kimes

Agenda Day One:

Development of Backyard Pools, Water Features and Related Amenities

  • History and current state of outdoor pools in the U.S.
  • Types of pools, water features and related amenities
  • Sustainability of pools in areas where energy and water conservation are key

Complying with Codes and Standards for Pools and Water Features

  • What codes apply to the industry?
    • International Code Council (ICC)
    • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
    • State codes, for example Florida Building Code
    • Reference standards adopted in codes
  • Q&A

Safe Pool Geometry

  • Jump and dive envelopes
  • Floor and wall limitations
  • Entry and egress from the pool or spa
  • Hand holds when needed
  • Sun shelves and benches
  • Q&A

Safe from Suction Entrapment

  • Scope of standard
  • Maximum possible flow
  • Suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFAs)
  • Listing limits and instructions
  • Pipe sizing
  • Q&A

Energy Efficiency

  • Scope of standard
  • Maximum circulation flow
  • Pipe sizing
  • Pumps
  • Filters
  • Heaters
  • Q&A

Child Barriers

  • Scope of standards
  • Covers
  • Alarms & cage
  • Alarms and fencing
  • Q&A


Agenda Day Two:

Electrical Bonding

  • Scope of standards
  • Bonding of pool
  • Bonding of perimeter deck
  • Bonding of components
  • Q&A

Equipment Selections

  • Pumps
  • Filters
  • Heaters
  • Applications
  • Q&A

Pool Structural Issues

  • Depths
  • Excavation close to structures
  • Pool steel
  • Concrete strength
  • Connected structures

Permitting Issues

  • Pool plan
  • Site plan
  • Site specific code information
  • Q&A

Inspection Issues

  • Dig and steel
  • Plumbing
  • Bonding
  • Deck structure
  • Final Inspections
  • Q&A

Current Trends in Home Aquatic Amenities

  • Shade structures, and pergolas
  • Sunken seating
  • Fire features
  • Slides
  • Q&A


Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours


International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES. 

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)

6.0 HSW PDHs (LA CES) 


Kent Kimes

Aquatic Engineer at Kimes Engineering

Mr. Kimes is recognized as an aquatic engineering expert. His 40+ years of expertise and reputation in state and local government and private practice place him as a highly sought after creator of definitive solutions in aquatic engineering. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences from the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Kimes’ innovative views and grounded engineering techniques have proven him to be a leader in the field. Maintaining a focus on health and code compliance while incorporating creativity and technology inspires Mr. Kimes seeks perfection in every aquatic project.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Swimming Pool Design and Construction

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course analyzes code-compliant design and construction of pools and spas. The course will focus on safe pool geometry, safety from suction entrapment, energy efficiency, child barriers, electrical bonding, equipment selection, structural issues, permitting and inspections. The course will also reference and explain relevant code provisions found in the ICC, ISPSC, and some state codes.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to examine entry and egress designs for pools and spas, as well as child barriers, alarms, covers and fencing.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to maximize possible flow into suction outlets and keep users safe from suction entrapment.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explore excavation practices for pools close to existing structures.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to maximize energy efficiency of pools and spas through considerate selection of pumps, filters and heaters.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.


Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/16/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00