2020 Aquatics Bundle


This virtual Aquatics bundle includes staff training, inclusion, and innovation topics geared towards the Aquatic professional. This package is eligible to earn 0.3 CEU upon completion. An additional session is included at no cost that is eligible for 0.034 CEU upon completion. 

Sessions included in this bundle, eligible to earn a total of 0.334 CEU are:

  1. Equitable Aquatics: The 3 Ps of Inclusive Aquatics — Personnel, Programming and Policies (0.1 CEU)
  2. More Than an In-Service: A Layered Approach to Aquatics Staff Training (0.1 CEU)
  3. Aquatics and COVID-19: What Worked, What Didn’t, What’s Still Unknown? (0.034 CEU)
  4. Back to a New Reality: How to Adapt Your Center to a Post-COVID-19 Era (0.034 CEU)
  5. Communities and COVID Recovery: How to Adapt Your Aquatics With Secondary Sanitation (0.034 CEU)
  6. Recreation Employee Conversations (REC): One-on-One Check-Ins (0.034 CEU)


NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

  • Recreation Employee Conversations (REC): One-on-One Check-Ins

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session and develop a five-question "listening" system that will allow you to effectively check in with your staff and volunteers in 10 minutes or less. Use a series of questions to learn from part-time staff and volunteers about workplace wins, challenges, and suggestions for leadership.

    Can you say your workplace culture values actionable feedback, staff development, and personal connection if you don't have uninterrupted time to give your staff and volunteers the floor to share their work experiences? In 20 minutes, learn to develop a five-question "listening" system that will allow you to check-in with your part-time staff (one-on-one and in 10 minutes or less!) and hear in their own words about their workplace wins, current challenges, operational suggestions, peer contributions and suggestions for leadership (that's you!). Leave with a five-question template to take and tweak as well as master documents to set up your sessions, explain the impact to staff and volunteers, and organize and collect your data.



    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. How to create 1x1 feedback based check-in sessions with your part-time staff and volunteers.
    2. How to use a series of questions to gather feedback from their perspective. 
    3. Rework questions to fit your organization and the individual in front of you to elicit a valuable response.

     


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Kate Connell

    City of Iowa City

    Kate Connell is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free swimming lessons, safety education, and accessible pool events. Kate leads trainings and conversations on equitable aquatics, staff training, and humanness through leadership. Kate also is experienced in private recreation as a yoga teacher trainer and author of The Art of Teaching Private Yoga.

  • Communities and COVID Recovery: How to Adapt Your Aquatics With Secondary Sanitation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session that discusses secondary and supplemental sanitation; as well as, measures to promote patron health and safety to reassure and rebuild communities that have been impacted by COVID-19.

    After many facilities were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, communities went on high alert from public health risks. Being closed over a Cryptosporidium outbreak or other Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) gathers more attention than ever. Aquatic facilities are installing secondary sanitation to reduce risk and protect swimmers while providing additional patron assurances. This session explores secondary and supplemental sanitation, as well as how taking measures to promote patron health and safety can help reassure, and thereby, rebuild communities that have been deeply scarred by COVID-19.


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand why secondary sanitation is needed to reduce risk for swimmers and facilities.
    2. Why chlorine, on its own, is not adequate.

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Tom Schafer

    Technical Sales Director

    Clear Comfort

    Tom Schaefer, Technical Sales Director of Clear Comfort, brings over 20 years of experience in the commercial pool treatment industry. As an accomplished speaker appearing at the aquatic industry and environmental health spheres, Tom is an expert in water sanitation technologies and resource efficiency. Events where Tom has presented, include the National EHA, AOAP, WWA, TPPC, IAAPA and more.

    Geoff McKenzie

  • Aquatics and COVID-19: What Worked, What Didn’t, What’s Still Unknown?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session to learn more about how COVID-19 has impacted the aquatics industry during the last six months.

    While the full effect of COVID-19 on the aquatics industry still has some unknowns, we have learned a lot in the past six months. This session will take a quick look at what worked, what didn't work, and how we continue to move forward to ensure the safety of our team members and facility guests.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify preliminary findings from the aquatics industry response to Covid-19 and describe their effect on aquatic operations.



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    George Deines

    George Deines

    Cousilman-Hunsaker

    George Deines is a Studio Director for Counsilman-Hunsaker, specializing in aquatic facility feasibility studies. He has 26 years of experience in the aquatics industry and holds degrees from the University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has spoken at numerous local, regional, state and national conferences on topics related to aquatics.

  • More Than an In-Service: A Layered Approach to Aquatics Staff Training

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session to learn about a creative and layered approach to aquatics staff training that is delivered in a variety of formats, and offered to a variety of team members.

    Aquatics staff training is beyond a monthly in-service requirement. Learn to take a layered approach to aquatics staff training by breaking up workplace culture expectations and protocol, operational and emergency procedures, and program administration into bite-sized education that is delivered in a variety of formats, but offered to a variety of team members. Use your creativity to come up with the "what" instead of the "how" by completing a training needs assessment and building your own customized Hierarchy of Staff Training. Learn to find ways to replicate yourself in the overall structure of staff training, so your team can learn predominately from passive, group, peer, and environmental ways of coaching and learning. Gone are the days of focusing primarily on energy (and time!) heavy one-on-one training or reverting back to monthly lifeguard in-services as the sole source of information delivered to staff.


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify aquatics and workplace-specific content, to effectively deliver necessary information to staff.
    2. Understand the five parts of the hierarchy of staff training.
    3. Break up the division of focus and how-to spread out training to all members of the team.



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Katherine Connell

    Aquatics Program Supervisor

    City of Iowa City

    Kate Connell is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free swimming lessons, safety education and accessible pool events. Connell leads trainings and conversations on equitable aquatics, staff training and humanness through leadership. She also is experienced in private recreation as a yoga teacher trainer and author of The Art of Teaching Private Yoga.

    Sydney Stodola

    Recreation Assistant/Assistant Aquatics Supervisor

    Fargo Park District

    Sydney Stodola is a community-minded recreational professional based out of the Midwest. She currently serves as the recreation assistant for the city of Iowa City (Iowa) Parks and Recreation Department. Stodola aims to provide fun, educational and equitable opportunities to those in her municipality and beyond by advocating for exciting and inclusive aquatic programming and policies. She believes that with enough creativity, spunk and thorough research and planning, we can meet the needs of each and every person we serve.

  • Equitable Aquatics: The 3 Ps of Inclusive Aquatics — Personnel, Programming and Policies

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session and explore the implications and implementation of the 3 Ps of Inclusive Aquatics: Personnel, Programming, and Policies. Discuss outcomes and examples for each of the areas.

    LGBTQ+/non-binary individuals, non-native English speakers, breastfeeding moms, low-income families, and persons who are differently-abled: are these people able to have equal experiences at your facilities? Equitable aquatics is about making sure that you are making your pools accessible AND working to get all types of folks to your facilities. Part exercises, part lecture — this session is designed for you to “work in” your aquatics operations area in real-time, and leave with ideas to unpack later. We'll explore the implications and implementation of the 3 Ps of Inclusive Aquatics: Personnel, Programming, and Policies, and discuss outcomes and examples for each of the areas. We'll touch on how to grade your policies and rules for inclusivity, the fundamentals of low-income and scholarship-based offerings, and how to focus on outreach to fill your pool, programs, and payroll list with individuals who represent your diverse community.


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. List and create action steps to promote inclusivity in aquatic facilities.
    2. Identify blind spots in current operations as related to programming, policies, and personnel and summarize changes to implement as a result of lecture.
    3. Recognize unique community needs to foster safe and inclusive aquatic experience



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Katherine Connell

    Aquatics Program Supervisor

    City of Iowa City

    Kate Connell is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free swimming lessons, safety education and accessible pool events. Connell leads trainings and conversations on equitable aquatics, staff training and humanness through leadership. She also is experienced in private recreation as a yoga teacher trainer and author of The Art of Teaching Private Yoga.