Pre-Conference & Post-Conference Workshops

** Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the registration form for the pre and post conference workshops  as well as CEUs

** Do you need continuing education units (CEUs)?  CEUs are $20 and include any pre and post conference workshops as well as regular conference sessions. You may register for them via the form below.

Aquatic Facility Tour
Frisco Athletic Center, Texas Ford Aquatics and the Frisco Natatorium

Time:  2:00 – 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 24, 2019
Fee: $30 AOAP Member, $45 non-member
Join us as we visit three (3) very different and amazing aquatic facilities throughout Frisco, Texas.

Frisco Athletic Center – The FAC is an award-winning, family-focused fitness and aquatic facility located at the southeast corner of Preston Road and Wade Boulevard. Spanning more than 100,000 square feet of indoor
wellness opportunities and more than 350,000 gallons of water – the FAC has something for every member of the family.

Texas Ford Aquatics – Texas Ford Aquatics began as a parent-run board in 2002 as Frisco Aquatics, and became coach-owned in 2010. Since then, our team has grown leaps and bounds producing great swimmers along the way. In August of 2014, the team partnered with the North Texas Ford Dealers in a naming rights sponsorship, changing the name of the team and also naming the team’s new facility, which opened in October 2014.

Frisco Natatorium – The The natatorium is adjacent to Memorial Stadium and features an Olympic-sized pool, 50 meters long by 25 meters wide. The facility can host a 50-meter long course, or two 25-yard short courses. 9′ racing lanes, a separate classroom, enclosed meet management room, full concession area, and girls’ and boys’ dressing rooms, are just a few of the amenities at this great facility. There is seating capacity of up to 800, plus an additional 400 on the deck. All meets are run with the Colorado System 6 Timing System and Mercury scoreboard.
.3 CEUs provided

Aquatic Risk Management

Time: 8:00 a.m.–2:15 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019
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.

Developing Effective Training Skills for Lifeguards: Land

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Monday, February 25, 2019
Instructor:  Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Park District
Fees: $50 AOAP Member, $65 non-member

This workshop focuses on strengthening your skills as an effective trainer. We will review ideologies, learning objectives and strategies to streamline in-service training. This is an intensive, hands-on skill session with the opportunity for group teachbacks, individual instructor development and troubleshooting of skill areas. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the in-water post-conference workshop as well.
Learning Objectives
1. Strong knowledge of in‐service training and objectives
2. Proficiency in land skills for lifeguard in‐service: team work, primary assessment, ventilalaons, CPR
3. Ability to build effec􀆟ve in‐service training components
4. Be􀆩er understanding of troubleshoo􀆟ng and overcoming challenges during in-service academic support:
Goal Work, Enhancing Personal Motivation, Focus on Future, and Study Skills. Groups are offered around each of
these approaches.

The Body says YES to AquaStretch™

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019
Instructor: Laurie Denomme, Water Exercise Coach
Fees: $50 AOAP Member, $65 non-member (Minimum of 20 participants required to offer)

AquaStretch™ is a clinically proven, groundbreaking technique helping to restore flexibility, decrease pain, increase exercise training efficiency, improve sports performance and improve general well being. Using weighted resistance in shallow water, the body is dynamically stretched in ways virtually impossible on land. The result is significant pain reduction and movement freedom. In this interactive introduction to AquaStretch™ you will feel the power and simplicity of the AquaStretch™ four-step
technique: Play – Freeze – Pressure – Move. Discover why individual clients, companies and health care providers are seeking AquaStretch™ facilitators at a rapidly growing pace. Be the first to learn the benefits of this revolutionary technique – providing immediate as well as long-term benefits to a wide variety of people.
Learning Objectives: After completion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how facial adhesions may restrict flexibility and/or cause pain on movement.
2. Distinguish the two major ways that the AquaStretch™ differs from many other forms of myo-fascial work: Client encouragement to
“move, if you feel the need to move”, so the client will not inhibit intuitive movement, and because AS accents the client’s intuitive
movement rather than just following that movement.
3. Be able to perform the AquaStretch™ 4 step process: Play – Freeze – Pressure – Move, to release facial adhesions.
4. Demonstrate the ability to effectively facilitate AquaStretch™ starting positions: one leg standing and two heavy feet lean back.

Learn and Lead Log Rolling

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019
Instructors: Abby Hoeschler and Emily Ward, Key Log Rolling
Fees: $50 AOAP Member, $65 non-member

Learn to teach the sport of log rolling! Log rolling is an exciting and safe, low-impact activity with high rewards including cardio, core strength, balance and foot speed – and fun! In the classroom you will learn the history and development of the sport, best practices, and programming and staff training models. Much of the session will be in-water to learn basic proficiency in log rolling, as well as the ability to teach and share the sport with others through effective programming for all ages. This is a unique opportunity to add “Log Rolling Instructor” to your resume.

Aquatics professionals are continually seeking ways to attract new users to the pool and excite and re-energize current users. Log Rolling represents a historic American sport and new aquatic program that engages users at all levels of interest, from pure play to competition. Key Log Rolling has
developed a portable log that makes the sport of log rolling accessible to all types of organizations and aquatic environments (indoors, outdoors, beaches, pools). Log rolling is a very attainable sport to learn and teaching log rolling to others does not require one to be an expert log roller, mastery of teaching techniques are also very achievable. This session will teach individuals to log roll as well as how to teach log rolling to others. It has utility for programs that are currently using Key Logs and desire to have their staff trained affordably, and helpful and cost effective for programs planning to purchase Key Logs.

Beyond the Pool: Your Toolbox for Successful Operations

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019
Instructor:  Chris Nunes, Woodlands Township
Fees: $50 AOAP Member, $65 non-member (Minimum of 20 participants required to offer)

Aquatics professionals love the water and know most everything about the water- how to teach swimming, proper life guarding techniques and training and water chemistry. To be successful in your operation a professional needs to move beyond the pool and tackle other issues such as strategic and
business planning, project management and managing a plan for succession. Having these three skills in your tool box will allow you and your agency to grow and develop, which means you are ensuring you are remaining a relevant service.


The Jury’s Out So YOU Be The Judge! 

Time:  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019
Instructor: Shawn DeRosa, J.D., DeRosa Aquatic Consulting
Fees: $30 AOAP Member, $45 non-member

Using detailed fact patterns and case studies, you will discuss key elements in aquatic injury claims. What is the standard of care? Where do we find it? Are there aquatic standards or do we rely more heavily on best practices in the industry? Do the same standards apply to pools as to beaches? Do the standards apply equally in all situations? Learn to evaluate aquatic claims as would an expert, by reviewing facts and data and comparing the same to the standard of care. Working in groups, you will discuss actual cases;
identify applicable standards; weigh the evidence; arrive at an opinion and defend your opinion to the group. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how the various puzzle pieces of evidence fit together in an attempt to paint a picture of what really happened during an incident. Some pieces of the puzzle may be missing, but in the end there’s likely to be enough to create a masterpiece.

Developing In-Service Training Skills for Lifeguards: Water 

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019
Instructor:  Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Park District
Fees: $50 AOAP Member, $65 non-member

This workshop develops a trainer’s in‐service skill set for the water portion of lifeguarding. We’ll cover ideology, objectives and strategies. The expectation is full participation in the water and in the teachbacks. It is highly encouraged to attend the pre‐conference Land Workshop as well.

Learning Objectives
1. Better understanding of trainer ideology, strategies and objectives
2. Proficiency in water lifeguarding skills
3. Development of streamlining in‐services and troubleshooting
4. Practical application of management of space and resources and time

Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)

Time: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday, February 28 & March 1, 2019)
Location: Embassy Suites Convention Center
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: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 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 3/1 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. with hands on interaction. Successful completion of the instructor-led session leads to certification.*


Date:  Tuesday, February 26, 2018
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)
Location: Plantation Golf Club, 4701 Plantation Lane, Frisco, TX 75035
Fee: $95 includes 18 holes, golf cart, gifts, awards and BBQ lunch

Join us for a fabulous golf outing at the Plantation Golf Club’s beautiful 6,402-yard, par-72 championship golf course designed by Richard Ellis to blend seamlessly with its beautiful, natural surroundings in the rolling hills of Frisco, Texas, just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas. Mature trees frame wide, generous Bermuda fairways and perfectly-maintained greens, with 20 sand bunkers, 9 picturesque ponds and indigenous flora and fauna adding to the course’s strategic diversity as well as its beauty. While challenging for scratch golfers, multiple tees on each hole enable golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy this scenic golf gem.

Take this extra opportunity to network with fellow exhibitors and conference attendees.
All players are required to wear collared shirts. Slacks, shorts, or skirts must be hemmed and in good condition. Recommended short/skirt length is mid-thigh. Tank tops, swimwear, cutoffs, gym
shorts and the like are not acceptable. (Players provide their own transportation to the course.)

Pre and Post Conference Workshops

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