Calling All Aquatic Professionals
The Association of Aquatic Professionals is excited to announce the first six applicants that have completed the requirements for the new AOAP Designated Aquatic Professional (AqP) Program. Each of these candidates has demonstrated a combination of experience in the field, continuing education and a strong commitment to being outstanding representatives for the field of aquatics.
Christopher Whipple, University of Maryland
Jeff Fryer, River Road Park & Recreation District
Brian Udany, Wilmette Park District
Sandra Kellogg, Fairfax County Park Authority
Mark Foote, City of Mesa (AZ)
Julia Martinson, New London Parks & Recreation
As part of the mission of AOAP, the organization strives to provide and support quality aquatic education, and this new designation helps to provide a pathway for every aquatic professional to advance their career and stand out from their peers. Whether you are new to the field or are a seasoned veteran, the information included in the program can be helpful for advancing your career, helping you mentor newer staff, or even as a qualification if searching for new hires.
When asked about the advantages in participating in the program, Brian Udany stated “The chance to stand out in the field by being recognized by an organization that has some of the top experts in all areas of the aquatics industry” as one of several benefits of completing the AqP designation. Jeff Fryer added “In addition to experience, there are a variety necessary skill set(s) an individual must master to be an effective leader in the aquatic industry. AOAP addresses these very skill sets through AqP process, ensuring that those receiving the AqP designation are, indeed, true aquatic professionals.”
The AqP designation is a combination of education and field experience. Along with doing the work that you are doing, you can complete the education requirements by attending the AOAP Annual Conference, participate in local and regional educational opportunities, and even complete the CORE requirements via webinar. Each participant will agree to a safety oriented, excellence driven commitment to the field of aquatics. With the successful completion of the AqP requirements, candidates will be issued a certificate, lapel pin, and entry into the directory of AqP designees, in addition to being a stand out in the aquatics industry. Do you have what it takes to be a Designated Aquatic Professional?
For more information on the AqP Designation including requirements and the application, please visit https://aquaticpros.org/aquatic-professional-designation