Leveraging Technology for Aquatics Risk Management – A Three-Part Webinar Series

FREE TO AOAP MEMBERS: To include .3 CEUs if you watch all 3 of the webinars and successfully pass each quiz. CEUs qualify towards either the .2 Additional Risk Management requirements and .1 towards the electives, or all .3 towards the electives towards the AqP designation (The quizzes are located after each webinar on this page).

Aquatic facilities must continuously adapt their operations to an ever-changing environment and new challenges.  From risk and staff assessment to managing health and safety, information technology is a critical tool to aid in proper risk management.  In this Webinar Series, we’ll explore some of the risk management challenges experienced by pool managers and operators and how technology in aquatics can help with managing risk, enhancing safety and achieving superior results.

In three sessions we’ll tap subject matter experts in three key areas of expertise and apply technology to the solving real-world problems to achieve results, including:

  • Aquatics Risk Assessment: In this session we’ll review types of risk, common causes, and how to leverage technology to prepare, execute and document an effective risk management program.
  • Emergency Action Planning and Staff Assessment: We’ll cover how to ensure we have a complete EAP at your facility and how we can leverage technology to aid in staff preparation and readiness to implement your plan.
  • Using Technology to Enhance Health and Safety:  We’ll learn some winning strategies and what to avoid, and demonstrate how Digital Tools can help you to comply with CDC guidelines, follow and document best practices, and generate insight using real-time reporting.

Series Moderator Bio: Rich DiMeo

Rich DiMeo leads web applications technology at Counsilman-Hunsaker. His responsibilities include product strategy, industry partnerships and client service. Rich focuses on helping aquatic facility owners and operators manage risk, enhance safety and reduce cost. His over 20 years’ experience in business and software solutions for multiple industries includes facility management, construction, engineering, real estate, and maintenance management. He is a leader in technology solutions in enterprise software, mobility, and SaaS. Rich’s academic experience includes an MBA, and BS in Architectural Engineering. Rich is also a Certified Pool Operator, an Emergency Medical Responder, and a former ocean lifeguard from New Jersey.

Session 1: Aquatics Risk Assessment and Mitigation

  In this session we’ll review common causes of injuries and how to mitigate risk in and around the aquatic center through training, maintenance, planning and documentation procedures.  We’ll also discuss how to leverage current technology to prepare, execute and document the effective risk management program areas we’ll discuss. 

Speaker Bio:  Miklos Valdez

Miklos Valdez is the CHAMP Studio Director for Counsilman Hunsaker. Miklos focuses on the Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatic Management Program (CHAMP) services including facility operations analysis, business planning, operations planning, training and feasibility studies. Miklos is a certified Aquatic Examiner for the American Red Cross, a CPO Instructor and is serving as a member of the Technical Review Committee for the 2021 Model Aquatic Health Code Update.

Aquatics Risk Assessment and Mitigation

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Session 2: Emergency Action Planning and Staff Assessment

Most of us have some sort of EAP for emergencies, maybe a SOP for staff, or even a diagram flow chart that looks nice. But do we have a complete Safety Plan for our facility?  Do all the staff know the plan in and out?  Is the plan relevant for all emergencies or issues that may arise at the facility? And is this plan practiced and reviewed frequently for validation and changes, if necessary? We will be examining a standard SOP and the relevant sections that need to be covered, and how we can leverage technology to aid in staff preparation and readiness to implement your plan.

Speaker Bio:  Johnathan Nies

Johnathan Nies has a diverse aquatics background including indoor and outdoor operations, training and management as well as working for the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Working with the City of Colorado Springs, US Air Force Academy, and private clubs, Johnathan learned pool operation and management. After his time in aquatic operations, he helped launch the Advanced Service Technician course at the National Swimming Pool Foundation, which trains residential service professionals to better manage their business and give the best service to their customers. Johnathan maintains certifications as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, Emergency Medical Technician, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor, and NSPF Certified Pool Operator.

Emergency Action Planning and Staff Assessment

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Session 3:  Using Technology to Enhance Health and Safety. 

Aquatic facilities continuously adapt their operations to an ever-changing environment and new challenges.  From budgets to RWI management, pool operators must rely on technology to aid in proper risk management.  Over the past several years, we have learned some winning strategies and what to avoid. Learn how Digital Tools can help you to comply with the CDC guidelines, follow and document best practices, and generate insight using real-time reporting.

Speaker Bio: Kevin Post

In the role of Principal and Studio Director, Kevin leads Counsilman-Hunsaker’s Operations team. With nearly 20 years of experience in the aquatic industry, Kevin has served a variety of client types including public and private clubs and waterparks, municipalities, universities, YMCAs, and school districts. Kevin focuses his efforts on helping improve the safety and sustainability of aquatic facilities. Kevin speaks at national conferences and major universities, educating the industry on sustainable business practices for pools, new technologies for aquatic facilities, and the science behind risk management. Kevin was recognized in Aquatics International’s 2019 Power Issue for his efforts in making pools safer and more sustainable. Kevin is a contributing author to WWA’s annual development guide and The Complete Swimming Pool Guide. Kevin also serves on the Educational Cadre for the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, training new Instructors, and providing content for new educational products.

Using Technology to Enhance Health and Safety

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