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ENGINEERING 101: Basic Pool Hydraulics

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the introduction of physics of water including pressure, flow rate, velocity, energy, friction, etc.
  • Discuss Total Dynamic Head (TDH), system curves, pump curves and selection.
  • List code limitations and recommended design parameters for safety and efficiency.
  • Explain construction details for plumbing and equipment.


This module introduces basic hydraulic considerations and provides the student with a series of construction details. It is not designed to enable students to complete TDH analysis or design complicated systems. It also does not address gravity systems or water-in-transit systems such as vanishing edges and slot-edges. The primary focus is construction considerations of basic pools and spas. Gravity systems are introduced in ENGINEERING 301: Basic Gravity Plumbing. For a thorough education in hydraulics see E211: Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas and E311: GENESIS ENGINEERING SCHOOL: Advanced Pool Hydraulics.

Time/ Credits

1:50 hrs

Instructor TBA


  • Module of C201