Pre-Conference & Post-Conference Workshops

Aquatic Risk Management

Time: 8:00 a.m.–2:15 p.m., Monday, February 5
Location: TBA
Fee: $90 w/full conf registration, $125 w/out full conf registration
Instructors: Dr. Tom Griffiths and Rachel Griffiths, Aquatic Research Group

The popular Aquatic Risk Management (ARM) Seminar developed by the Aquatic Safety Research Group will be taught again by Dr. Tom Griffiths and Rachel Griffiths, MA.

The Aquatic Risk Management (ARM) workshop “arms” you with simple, practical, and affordable tools to minimize risks that could lead to catastrophic injuries and large jury verdicts for pool, waterpark, and beach managers. Gain an understanding of the applicable standards of care through this fast-paced class using videos, PowerPoints, and lively discussion. Participants
receive a certificate upon completion.

Some of the topics include:

  • Significant aquatic risks with risk management strategies for mitigation
  • Psychology of Lifeguarding and Lifeguard Blindness
  • Case studies from real aquatic facilities throughout the country: The “do’and don’ts”
  • Shallow Water Blackout
  • ·Effective Signage
  • Engineering and programming for drowning prevention
  • Real drowning videos
    and much more!

Most of these seven topics were researched and developed by the Aquatic Safety Research Group and are exclusive and unique to this ARM Seminar. Much of the information presented simply cannot be found elsewhere. Cutting edge lifeguard videos, actual drowning videos, and Summaries of actual court cases and aquatics will also be included with the major topics. The program is very interactive, encouraging Q&A concerning any areas of water safety that attendees would like to discuss. No topics too small or too controversial to discuss.

Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)

Time: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Location: TBA
Fee: $245 w/full conf registration, $275 w/out full conf registration
Instructor: TBA

Course fee includes the AFO manual and course materials.

To receive the discounted rate, registrants must register for a full conference package in addition to the class. No other discounts may apply.

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AF0) program is designed for pool operators and management staff in aquatic facility operation and management. Certification can be achieved by passing the AFO Certification examination. The AFO course is a two day training program designed to educate individuals on the systematic approach to pool operations including pool chemistry, management, pool safety and risk reduction. The course uses an AFO manual which is a comprehensive training manual for AFO certification; reviews organization, safety, risk management, filtration, circulation and control, basic chemistry, and purchasing.

Aqua Tech Course

Date: TBD
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $245 w/full conf registration, $290 w/out conf registration
Speaker: TBA

AquaTech is designed to prepare you to operate a pool or aquatic facility according to U.S. and international training requirements. Using a combination of online study and on-site competency testing, the AquaTech certification course offers a flexible alternative to classroom only certification methods.

User-friendly, nonintimidating training. AquaTech helps you master the fundamentals of aquatic facility care through clear, simple explanations of the key concepts. Rather than just working through pages of math problems, you’ll learn the hows and whys behind the essential procedures, resulting in a more thorough understanding of the job.

Developed by industry leaders. AquaTech was designed with the help of experts who understand the changing needs of today’s aquatic facilities. These people include Robert Burrows, Tom Carrico, Robert Clayton, Juliene Hefter, Mick Nelson, Jill White, and Kent Williams.

*** All registrants will take part in an on-line portion of the course prior to the conference. The AquaTech online course will teach you how pool systems work and how to maintain them, as well as how to diagnose, prevent, and solve common pool care troubles. You’ll also find information on reducing risk and increasing safety at your facility. After
completing the course, you’ll have all the requisite competencies to successfully operate a pool or other aquatic facility. Following successful completion of the online course, students take part in an instructor-led session at the conference on 2/4 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with hands on interaction. Successful completion of the instructor-led session leads to certification.*