Follow Us:


Agenda

For detailed information on each day's sessions and events, please see below.

Key for Session Streams

Facility Operations / Design Management      / Admin Programming Mental Health Staff Recruitment / Training Wet Session Lifesaving Society Session Red Cross Session


Pre-Conference Workshops

(Show Details)

Course #1270703

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 2-day course. Mon. Nov. 4 (11 am - 6 pm) and Tue. Nov. 5 (9 am - 6 pm).

Psychological First Aid Instructors support the delivery of our Psychological First Aid Course. Candidates will develop competencies in facilitating case-based learning, and how to support learners in understanding a resiliency-building approach to emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Certified Instructors may teach Psychological First Aid Courses through Training Partners who are offering the program across the country. 

Pre-requisites: Fundamentals of Instruction Online; PFA certification (recommended); PFA - Self-Care (Online); PFA - Care for Others (Online). Must be 18 years of age. 
Instructor: Doug Hannum and Gregory Peri
Price: $150,  inlcludes tax and course materials. Lunch not included.
Registration: Please register at myrc.redcross.ca or by calling 1-877-356-3226

(Show Details)

Course # 1269589

The IT Recertification Course is designed to ensure quality and standards are maintained in the field. The course focuses on activities and information to support the IT in facilitating Water Safety Instructor Courses and/or Lifeguard Instructor Courses. In addition to the new teaching tools provided in the package, recertification provides the opportunity for Water Safety Instructor Trainers and Lifeguard Instructor Trainers to network and discuss areas of challenge. Recertification course content is built every two years based on feedback from the field. Please ensure you meet all requirements for recertification. Refer to the Swimming & Water Safety Program Standards for details: My Red Cross (myrc.redcross.ca) > Standards > Program Standards. Should you have any questions, please direct them to: swsmyrcsupport@redcross.ca

Instructors: Lindsay Snider and Meghan Steel, Red Cross Master Instructor Trainer: Recertification Conductors
Price: $135, inlcludes tax and course materials. Lunch not included.
Registration: Please register at myrc.redcross.ca or by calling 1-877-356-3226



(Show Details)

This recertification will provide updated information and Lifesaving Society Inspection Checklists that reflect recent changes to Regulation 565. Participants receive the Lifesaving Society Aquatic Safety Inspector Handbook and the new Checklists.

Prerequisite: Lifesaving Society Aquatic Safety Inspector certification.

Bring: Pens or pencils and paper, Guide to Public Pools Regulation.


Instructor: TBA
Price: $75, includes tax and course materials. Lunch not included.
Registration: Please contact Ann Palmer, AnnP@lifeguarding.com 


(Show Details)

The Lifesaving Society Pool Operator Level 1 course is designed to review safe water management practices and procedures preparing and certifing candidates to operate both Class A and B swimming pools in a safe and efficient manner. Additional topics covered include poor air quality, pool design, and solving water treatment problems.

Participants receive the Lifesaving Society Pool Operations Manual and Course Workbook.

Those who pass the written and practical examinations receive Lifesaving Society Pool Operator Level 1 certification.

Prerequisite: none
Bring: Pens or pencils and paper.

Instructor: TBA
Price: $166, includes tax and course materials. Lunch not included.
Registration: Please contact Ann Palmer, AnnP@lifeguarding.com 


(Show Details)

This course enables participants to provide a higher quality experience for older adults in their aquatics programs. This course is designed for anyone working or teaching in the pool or on the deck, including aquafit instructors, lifeguards, and Masters swim coaches.

For more information, contact JaimeLynn at jjelley@prontario.org or 416-426-7383. 

Instructor: JaimeLynn Nowbari, Senior Coordinator, HIGH FIVE Training & Stakeholder Engagement, Parks and Recreation Ontario 
Price: $65 plus HST, includes course materials. Lunch not included.

Click on the Register button at the top of this page to add this to your conference registration.



Conference Activities


(Show Details)

If this is your first time at the PRO Aquatics Conference, you'll want to attend this popular event. Start building your professional network on the very first day of the conference by meeting other first time delegates and members of Conference Committee and PRO Board of Directors. First Timers are welcome to bring a friend to this "invitation only" event.
Sponsored by:

 

Conference Activities



(Show Details)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Thriving on Aquatic Chaos
You have to be a special kind of person to be the Aquatic Professional who can overcome, and even enjoy, the challenges we face every day. From cranky customers and young staff to code browns and constantly changing regulations and rescue techniques, aquatic professionals never have a dull day. We wear many hats: risk manager, problem solver, recruiter, trainer, chemist and more.  This fast-moving, reality-based session will have you laughing and crying as we journey through the world of Aquatics.
Jim Wheeler, CEO, Total Aquatic Management, Alameda, CA




10:45 AM - 12:00 AM Concurrent Sessions 1

(Show Details)

Cryptosporidium outbreaks have become increasingly common in aquatics facilities around the country, and they pose a major risk not only for patrons but also to the facilities themselves. A Crypto outbreak can damage an aquatics facility’s reputation and lead to major lawsuits or even being permanently shut down. Crypto is resistant to chlorine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that facilities use secondary or supplemental disinfection to prevent Crypto outbreaks. Yet many aquatics facilities choose not to adopt secondary or supplemental disinfection because of budgetary concerns, indecision on which system is best and lack of support from decision makers. This presentation will discuss why secondary or supplemental disinfection is necessary and the right steps to take in acquiring it for your facility
Tom Schaefer, Technical Sales Director, Clear Comfort, Boulder, CO


(Show Details)

In this session, learn about the best way to support transgender persons in Aquatics. Join Mason Coates as he shares his journey as a trans man working as a lifeguard for the City of St. Catharines. As the Aquatic Supervisor at the City of St. Catharines, Jennifer Green reflects on how the City worked to support Mason and on the positive impact this has had on Aquatics in St. Catharines. Join in a friendly and supportive conversation designed to help you create a diverse and inclusive culture where your staff can be their authentic selves.
Jennifer Green, Aquatic Supervisor, City of St. Catharines; Mason Coates, Head Lifeguard, City of St. Catharines


(Show Details)

It is vital that aquatic facilities  have both an aquatic safety plan that covers how to prevent and address incidents and one that deals with post-incident management. In this interactive session, share your facility's aquatic safety plan and learn about how recreation facilities across the province are addressing post-incident management. Topics covered include staff training best practices, post-incident management, and post-incident best practices. 
Shelly Makepeace, Deck Supervisor, Town of Aurora; David Kerr, Assistant Facility Manager, Pools University of Toronto


(Show Details)

Anyone who has been around indoor swimming pools knows the ill effects of poor air quality. Our noses revolt, our eyes water, and our lungs begin to burn. The Lifesaving Society and Ryerson’s School of Occupational and Public Health teamed up to expand on their first research study of air quality at indoor swimming pools. Join this session to learn about the latest findings regarding the concentrations of airborne contaminants between different types of water treatment systems (UV vs. traditional chlorination) and learn from best practices on how to minimize this issue and enhance air quality. Bring your questions along…theses speakers are experts in air and water quality management. 
Dr. Chun-Yip Hon, PhD CPHI(C) CRSP CIH, Associate Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University; Conny Smith, Supervisor of Operations-Aquatics, City of Cambridge; Michael Lowry, Sales and Marketing, Lowry & Associates, a Division of Chem-Aquascience, Inc.


(Show Details)

What are the best ways to recruit and retain quality aquatic staff when other employers offer comparable wages and perks? Join this session to learn how the City of Ottawa approaches the recruitment and retention of its aquatic staff by analyzing registration statistics from certification courses, feedback from staff, and human resource management strategies. Participants will leave this session with innovative ideas of how better to support, recognize, and engage their staff. 
James Verreault, Recreation Supervisor - Aquatics, City of Ottawa; Katy Prusakowski Recreation Supervisor - Aquatics, City of Ottawa


(Show Details)

You are responsible for a waterfront. Now what? We will explore lifeguarded beaches vs. non-lifeguarded waterfronts through the current waterfront guidelines. This session will include training on opening and closing a waterfront daily and seasonally, as well as staffing and training management. What are the tools and equipment you will need, and how do you maintain a safe experience for your community? Come with your questions as well as your insight as this will be a working session to share ideas and best practices.
Shanna Reid, Manager of Recreation, City of Orillia


(Show Details)

Aquatic Exercise classes are not just for the active, older adult. Everyone from athletes and rehab patients to seniors and your lifeguards can benefit from movement in the water. This session will cover water exercise programming for all ages. Who should be teaching these specialized classes? If not using certified aquatic exercise instructors, a simple training handbook will be supplied.
Jill Ruot, Recreation Coordinator, Aquatic/Fitness, City of Apache Junction, Apache Junction, AZ


Conference Activities

(Show Details)

Join us for lunch in the Courts. Take this opportunity to relax, refuel and reaquaint yourself with the supporters and supplies of the parks and recreation sector. 


2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions 2

 (Show Details)

This session will highlight the data and operational outcomes of implementing advanced oxidation process (AOP) and UV for commercial pool and spa disinfection. So far, field data and real-world validation have been limited. Attendees will gain an understanding of why facilities are deploying these technologies and the challenges as well as the opportunities related to them. This session will also discuss and analyze the costs and benefits associated with adopting AOP or UV with real-world results from field study data. Additionally, this session will review each technology’s installation process, maintenance requirements, troubleshooting procedures for real-life situations and other operational considerations. Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of the future direction of supplemental water treatment in health regulations and aquatic facilities.
Tom Schaefer, Technical Sales Director, Clear Comfort, Boulder, CO


(Show Details)

Collaboration with post-secondary institutions offers unique benefits to both community partners and participating students. Recently, Humber College and the City of Mississauga worked together on a number of initiatives that have both provided exceptional learning opportunities for future recreation professionals and have had positive effects in the community. In this session, learn about successful initiatives and how best to jumpstart collaborations within your own community.
Heather Rusiniak, Aquatic Supervisor City of Mississauga; Daniel Geiger, Aquatic Supervisor, City of Mississauga; Sherri Branscombe, Professor of Recreation and Leisure Services & Sport Management, Humber College

(Show Details)

Every child has the right and ability to learn to swim regardless of any challenge they may face. No challenge - whether physical, developmental, or communication-based - should prevent a child from enjoying all the fun and benefits of an aquatic environment. So many parents of children with disabilities tell the same story:  either their local swim programs would not accept their child at all, or a centre agreed to teach their child but lacked the knowledge and skills to make sufficient progress. Leave this session with a treasure chest of tips and techniques for teaching swimmers with disabilities from the Red Cross Adapted Swim Program and Melissa’s years of experience in creating welcoming and successful learning environments.
Melissa Lefebvre, Aquatics Coordinator, City of Welland


 (Show Details)

As most aquatic professionals know, effective scanning requires being aware of your level of focus on the task at hand. However, given our increasing reliance on smartphones as a source of entertainment and information, we have been conditioned to receive a continuous stream of stimuli. Anything less can leave us feeling bored. What impact does this have on scanning? This session will explore research related to boredom, mind wandering, and attention and share promising practices for enhancing focused attention.
Carolyn Tyner, Manager, Program Development YMCA Canada


(Show Details)

Aquatic facilities depend on senior staff to keep things running smoothly and safely. Finding young professionals who can manage the day to day needs of your customers, staff, programs and facility can be difficult. In this session, learn how to evaluate talent, select high performers, and better understand the critical areas of development they need to succeed. Use proven training and mentoring principles to develop confident senior staff.
Jim Wheeler, CEO, Total Aquatic Management, Alameda, CA


(Show Details)

Opening a new aquatic facility can seem daunting, but there are ways to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. Taking a collaborative, systematic approach can ensure project success. Using Orillia's new multi-use recreation centre as a case study, this session will investigate the key elements of a successful project management process, including communication plans, project planning, and design.
Shanna Reid, Manager of Recreation, City of Orillia; Christine Mitchell, Aquatic and Fitness Supervisor City of Orillia


(Show Details)

Social media platforms can be an invaluable tool for aquatics programs looking to increase their impact. They allow you to create and capture multimedia content deck-side, share it easily, and increase views through targeted advertising.  In this session, dive into the ways social media and multimedia content can dramatically increase your program registration numbers. Learn how to create social media profiles, develop professional media content, and targeted ads.  Wave goodbye to ineffective marketing strategies at this informative and high energy session!
Dylan Bartlett, President Progressive Results Group Inc.


Conference Activities



3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Concurrent Sessions 3

(Show Details)

Green energy is an increasingly important topic in the recreation sector, given the numerous ways it can lower costs and improve efficiency. In this session, learn about different types of filtration systems, developments in controllers and ways we can reduce with our chemical systems, while complying with the new Ontario health code, and creating positive outcomes on the pool deck.
Scott Bowron, President, Clear Aquatics Inc. 


(Show Details)

The drowning of a young boy in 2006 sent shockwaves through his small town. John Napier was brought on as Aquatics Supervisor in the aftermath. In this session, he will share what the inquiry taught him and offer insight into what we can do within our facilities to support our staff, build resiliency, and prevent drownings without losing our love for the water.
John Napier, Principle, Fluid Consulting Inc. 


(Show Details)

From high intensity interval training to sport specific training, train your guards to switch from relaxed to reactive at a moment’s notice by building physical stamina and mental acuity. Use the facility you have to develop training for your guards promoting base and 
job-specific fitness while building a stronger team. In this session, learn how to give your guards the tools they need to handle the physical and mental demands of the job using fun, functional and inventive physical challenges.
Jill Ruot, Recreation Coordinator, Aquatic/Fitness, City of Apache Junction, Apache Junction, AZ


(Show Details)

Optimize your lifeguard training by focusing on key performance markers including sector data, skills, and teamwork. Learn how to make staff smarter, stronger, and faster by using a performance-based approach to lifeguard development. Learn about training and mentoring methods that will ensure lifeguard success and develop their "big eye" while improving the performance of routine rescue skills.
Jim Wheeler, CEO, Total Aquatic Management, Alameda, CA


 (Show Details)

The City of Mississauga has successfully harnessed the power of the "#". Come and learn how the City has engaged thousands of residents through their series of #sauga events. This session provides a comprehensive round up of the tools you need to mobilize community partners, elected officials, and your operations team to develop large-scale events or awareness campaigns. Discussion topics will include sustainable event models, approaches to community engagement, event planning templates, and marketing strategies.
Heather Rusiniak, Aquatic Supervisor, City of Mississauga; Heather Evanoff, Aquatic Supervisor, City of Mississauga; Cameron Evanoff, Supervisor, Facility Operations, City of Mississauga


(Show Details)

Warm water exercise provides a comforting medium for people with chronic conditions. Explore the scope of therapeutic exercise in warm water and deepen your understanding on the types of conditions that respond positively to progressive exercise in an aquatic environment. Study facilities in Canada that have launched successful aqua therapy programs and learn how to connect with health care professionals to secure referrals.
Charlene Kopansky, Founder and President of Canadian Aqua Fitness Leaders Alliance Inc. 



Conference Activities

(Show Details)

Relax and recharge at the end of a long day of learning! Network with fellow delegates and enjoy some of Ontario's finest wines and cheeses.

Sponsored by:
 


(Show Details)

Take this opportunity to meet up with friends and sample some of the exquisite food at one of the many restaurants in the Blue Mountain Village. From steak to sushi or pizza to pasta, it’s all there for you! Enjoy, but not too long as the evening’s social event is calling you…


 Sponsored by Red Cross (Show Details)

PRO-Chella Fest ‘19

First there was Woodstock, then there was Coachella. Finally, there is PRO-Chella! It’s your ticket to the hottest new festival in town with great music and super fun activities. Dress in your best festival-inspired gear, from fringes to feathers and everything boho-chic. Or, come dressed to watch and enjoy the festivities and network the night away!

Sponsored by:

Conference Activities




8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions 4

(Show Details)

What are some of the common mechanical and chemical issues your aquatic facility could face? In this discussion, learn about issues that can arise due to poor maintenance and water chemistry, along with maintenance techniques and practices to combat and avoid them. Examine the benefits of planning and properly executing maintenance schedules and how consistently monitoring water chemistry can ensure the longevity of your swimming pool using detailed case studies.
Codi Keller, Service Manager, Acapulco Pools


(Show Details)

Open water events create unique challenges and coordination between event managers, law enforcement, lifeguards, EMS volunteers and sometimes even the US Coast Guard. In this session we will discuss different categories of open water events, water environments, participant classifications and methods of providing safety for competition and/or participation.  Session attendees will learn the application of current surveillance and response tactics along with use of specialized rescue equipment, staff/volunteer recruitment, and logistics as well as communication options.
Dan Jones, Division Head, Aquatics and Beaches, City of Norfolk, VA


(Show Details)

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, in any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Do you find yourself stressed out? Unable to concentrate? Feeling like you just can’t do it anymore?  This session will use components from the Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid course to give you an understanding of how the workforce is changing, how best to overcome stress at work, and how to support your staff and peers with mental health challenges. Leave with resources that will help you at work and in your personal life.
Gregory Peri, Coordinator, Aquatics, Town of Aurora; Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Instructor Trainer


(Show Details)

Stop investing ALL of your effort and energy into your in-service trainings and start investing in Passive Off-Rotation Trainings to maximize your return on investment. This session will challenge you to rethink your training strategy and the ways you build confidence and competence in your aquatic teams. Learn how to find Passive Off-Rotation Training opportunities and to build a culture of continuous learning.
Joey Rusnak, Founder, Lifeguard Authority


(Show Details)

Many organizations in Ontario struggle to recruit qualified aquatic staff. Bucking this trend, Centre Wellington has been able to grow its aquatic staff over the last five years using a unique approach to staff recruitment, development, and retention. Using a volunteer program to bridge the gap between Bronze programs and the instructor development process, the Township of Centre Wellington has seen stronger instructor candidates who are better equipped for their job. In this session, learn about Centre Wellington's approach to staffing and how you can apply it in your own community.
Bruce Parkin, Supervisor, Township of Centre Wellington


(Show Details)

As a leader, creating an effective staff team requires a multi-pronged approach to management. In this session, learn about the defining qualities of high performance teams and the essential tools that can help you encourage team growth. Expand your human resource toolkit with new strategies for resolving conflict and evaluating team performance. Participants will deepen their understanding of team building dynamics, effective communication, motivational tactics, and ensuring the efficacy of your team in the long run.
Anthony De Laurentis, Community Recreation Programmer, City of Toronto


(Show Details)

Ontario was the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass concussion safety legislation. Rowan’s Law was enacted in 2018, creating concussion awareness and management rules for sport and recreation organizations, coaches, instructors, officials, athletes, and their parents. This session will provide an overview of the legislation, including clarification on who must comply and where to access free resources and training.
Presented by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. Moderator: Diane English, Director of Public Policy and Communications.



Conference Activities



10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions 5

(Show Details)

This presentation will review air quality concerns and HVAC design challenges associated with indoor pools using a recent HVAC renovation and upgrade project at a university indoor facility as a case study. An emerging air quality issue with these facilities is Trichloramine formation and off-gassing from indoor pools, and the adverse health effects of this gas on swimmers, coaches and facility personnel. Presenters will review major natatorium HVAC design concerns, including ventilation, space pressurization and humidity control, and removal of Trichloramine gas through effective ventilation design. Specific examples will be provided both from the case study as well as for general natatorium applications. HVAC system selection will be discussed, including comparisons against alternate styles of pool HVAC equipment available. The application of advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling for evaluating and improving HVAC design in natatoriums will be presented. Simulation results will be shared highlighting conditions under existing system operations and of the various design configurations considered and analyzed throughout design.
Joseph Seidl, VP Peter Basso Associates, Detroit MI, Jason Slusarczyk, Principal, Novus Environmental


(Show Details)

The Borden Natural Swimming Pool (NSP) in Edmonton is the first chemical–free public outdoor pool to be built in Canada. The facility received the 2019 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architecture Award recognizing the pool’s integration of chemical-free technology into a beautifully designed public recreation facility. The new pool, designed by the architecture firm gh3*, replaced an existing pool and includes a seasonal pavilion and landscaped pool precinct for 400 swimmers. The award's entry description noted thethe challenge of creating a large-scale pool with natural filtration that could meet public health standards and Canada's strict guidelines for public pools. Find out more about this unique and beautiful community asset.
Shauna Graham, Site Coordinator and Operation Supervisor, City of Edmonton; Cyndi Schlosser, Facility Manager, City of Edmonton


(Show Details)

How do our Head Guards and Head Instructors continue their professional growth after they have made the “Big Leap”? This session is designed to help you keep your supervisors updated, motivated and at the top of their game. Learn new training strategies that will help you take your senior staff to the next level, gain insight into the challenges shared in the field and discover ways to balance the training needs of new and senior supervisory staff.
Julie Auchterlonie, Red Cross Ambassador and Recreation Supervisor, City of Ottawa; Ashley Murdoch, Red Cross, Ambassador and Aquatic Supervisor Town of Georgina


(Show Details)

Over the last fifteen years, advances in the aquatics industry have led to a deeper understanding of recreational water illness (RWI) outbreaks and how to prevent them. This is reflected in the Model Aquatic Health Code, an all-inclusive document based on scientific data and best practices gathered by public health and aquatics industry experts. In keeping with newfound research, the sector has seen an increase in broad-based collaborations and changes in facility design that reduce the impact of RWI on those in and around pools. This presentation will chart the future of RWI in aquatics and provide participants with strategies for reducing disease transmission.
Dr. Michael Beach, Deputy Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Associate Director for Healthy Water, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


(Show Details)

Drowning is a hypoxic cardiac arrest event. Why, then, are we spending so much time concentrating on the treatment of trauma and other disease morphologies instead of addressing the hypoxia? In this session, hear about case studies from the field and join in a discussion about a more appropriate treatment plan. Learn about real-life rescue scenarios, "blowing through the foam", the steps involved in the lifeguard to paramedic transfer, and key treatments for overcoming hypoxia from the experiences of a former lifeguard and paramedic.
Scott Ruddle, Lifeguard, Grand Bend Beach Patrol/City of London, and Primary Care Paramedic, Middlesex London Paramedic Service


(Show Details)

This presentation explores the history of participant diversity in aquatics programs. It is common knowledge that the ability to swim and engagement in swim programming correlates with race and socio-economic status. What, then, are we doing with that knowledge? Have the methods of swim instruction changed to accommodate a greater swath of swimmers? Are we accommodating and reaching out to low-income or marginalized groups? This presentation will offer insight into increasing social equity in swimming. Participants will tap into the collective aquatics imagination to work through various instructional models for building a more diverse swimming lesson program.
Josh Reusser, Aquatics Coordinator, Salt Lake City, UT


(Show Details)

Expand your repertoire of aqua core conditioning exercises with this innovative program that combines the joint-friendly benefits of buoyancy with the destabilizing forces of resistance and turbulence. In this wet session, learn how to build powerful posture through a progressively designed plank series performed in contact and suspension, with and without equipment. This program is easily customized to suit different fitness abilities and can be integrated into existing water workouts for groups and one-on-one training.
Katherine McKeown, Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc. Master Trainer



Conference Activities

 (Show Details)

Mental Health: The Personal Tragedy of Sergeant Sylvain Routhier
Sarah Routhier could not imagine how mental illness would affect her life in the summer of 2018. Her husband, Sylvain, was a very successful police Sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police and an incredible husband and father. They had the perfect life until he started struggling with a mental illness only 3 months prior to taking his own life on July 31st, 2018. Sarah will share the struggle and tragedy their family lived through in hopes that it can help raise awareness about mental health.
Sarah Routhier, Aquatics Coordinator, City of Belleville and Red Cross Water Safety Ambassador

New Findings from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: Disinfection, Surfing, and Indoor Air Quality
Keeping aquatic facilities clean and sanitary is a necessary part of maintenance. In this talk, learn how the latest disease control research is tackling cutting edge issues like Cryptosporidium inactivation, issues with surf pools, and possible paths to improving indoor air quality. 
Dr. Michael Beach, Deputy Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Associate Director for Healthy Water, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Refreshment Break



2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Concurrent Sessions 6

(Show Details)

The Redwoods Group is an insurance company that was founded to prevent social harms such as drowning and child sexual abuse. Redwoods insures exclusively youth-serving community organizations, enabling the company to collect claims data for developing tools and resources that keep children safe and help communities heal. From consulting services to empathy-centered incident response, and from cutting-edge online trainings to live webinars for aquatic professionals, come and hear from the Redwoods team about how they are working to eliminate drowning and make a positive impact on communities.  This session will also explore the insurance perspective on the use of cameras in pools.
Ronish Pahwa, Vice President, Redwoods Canada; Joey Rusnak, Founder, Lifeguard Authority


(Show Details)

One of the challenges in recreation and health care-related education is finding ways to bring the "real world" into staff training. In-service training is an opportunity for you to provide support to your team. In this session, learn about how the Canadian Red Cross has used case-based learning in its recently released Psychological First Aid program and how this method can be applied to in-service training programs for recreation staff.
Shelly Dalke, Director, Swimming and Water Safety Education Programs, Red Cross; Kevin Paes, Manager Swimming & Water Safety Training Partner, Red Cross


(Show Details)

An effective design process takes into account a number of variables including programming potential, user experience, and, most importantly, safety. The process doesn’t start and end with a single safety evaluation, but is iterative. It makes use of tools and resources to identify potential hazards and evaluate whether the design will meet safety and lifeguarding requirements, and then makes changes to the original design based on these findings. In this session, learn about  effective design processes, the tools and resources that can help, and potential solutions to common challenges both as part of building or retrofitting an aquatic facility.
Gary Sanger, Supervisor of Community Recreation Aquatics, City of Toronto; Claudia Cozzitorto, Architect, Director of BIM and Digital Practice, MJM Architects; Jeanne Ng, Architect, Senior Associate, MJM Architects


(Show Details)

Adults and children drown each year while visiting lifeguard supervised swimming pools and beaches. In many cases, lifeguards are not properly positioned or trained to recognize and respond to individuals in distress. Typically, the lifeguards are not held to their original training standards and most often the lifeguards on duty can become distracted by secondary duties, facility patrons, other staff, external environmental factors and/or internal factors. In this presentation, we will identify and discuss the different types of distractions lifeguards must overcome in the workplace, review and break down actual drowning cases and discuss the RID Factor involving the audience from beginning to end, including some role-playing exercises. By reviewing and discussing past incident scenarios, session attendees will understand the consequences of distracted lifeguards on duty. We will share and learn common sense practices to reduce and eliminate distractions for lifeguards and improve patron safety. All staff should play a role in reducing lifeguard distractions, whether it be swimming pool managers, swim coaches, recreation managers, lead lifeguards, beach lifeguard officers and the front-line staff such as lifeguards, instructors and gate keepers. We hope everyone who attends this session walks out with the tools to train and manage staff better to avoid distractions, decrease liability and more effectively protect swimmers.
Dan Jones, Division Head, Aquatics and Beaches, City of Norfolk, VA


(Show Details)

Moving beyond mental health awareness, this session will give you concrete tools, strategies, and communication techniques to support staff experiencing mental health issues. Learn best practices based on years of experience working with youth facing mental health issues. This session will detail how to approach the topic with staff, supports you can establish in the workplace and common stressors that could lead to mental health distress.
Joaquin Barrientos, Supervisor Aquatic Services, City of London


(Show Details)

Making swimming lessons accessible is essential - but how can teachers accommodate every student? In this session, consider a three-pronged approach to ensuring every child learns to swim. Learn teaching techniques to help parents teach their children to swim and overcome their own fear of the water. Just as importantly, participants will learn techniques to help instructors overcome their fear of parents. When parents and teachers collaborate effectively, every child benefits!
Josh Reusser, Aquatics Coordinator, Salt Lake City, UT


 (Show Details)

Wading pools and splashpads are significant assets in attracting new families to neighbourhoods and in maintaining the vitality of parks or other community spaces. When retrofits are needed there are solutions that don’t involve major reconstruction, are cost effective, easy to implement and can transform a dated space into a fun and vibrant one in next to no time. Learn how new water play features can fit into your plan in a way that meets both community need and your capital budget.
Terry Dubuc, Development Manager, Vortex Aquatic Structures



Conference Activities


 (Show Details)

Tonight, we celebrate and commemorate the outstanding accomplishments of this year's PRO Aquatic Awards recipients. Enjoy a delicious dinner, take time to network, and dress to impress for what promises to be a very memorable evening.


Conference Activities



 (Show Details)
Public, Private, Non-Profit Program Providers - Competitors or Collaborators?

There are only so many pools in any given community. Similarly, there are only so many people who are interested in being involved in some form of aquatics activity. Knowing this, how can different types of service delivery agencies work collaboratively to ensure people are being served? How can these different agencies survive financially in a program area that has significant operating costs? And, most importantly, what are the benefits to a community from having a diverse range of service options? Hear from service providers who see competition as different sides of the same coin, and how they have found inroads to understanding the difference. 
Panel Members include representatives from: Conservation Authority, Private Club, Swim School, Municipality, University, YMCA.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Water Competence: A Tool for Aquatic Education and Drowning Prevention
"Water competence" provides a new approach to swimming instruction that emphasizes how each individual can uniquely acquire broad capabilities in different water settings as well as reducing their risk of drowning. The term was coined by Steve Langendorfer and Larry Bruya in 1995, and in 2013 Dr. Kevin Moran used the approach to rework traditional drowning prevention methods. This keynote will cover the increasingly vital role of water competence in aquatic education and drowning prevention, the importance of educating parents and caregivers as part of their children's swimming lessons, and crucial lesson content. Dr. Langendorfer will also touch on recent advances in aquatic education and where the field should be moving. As a practicing instructor and Masters coach, he will show aquatics professionals how they can help kids develop water competence while building confidence.
Stephen J. Langendorfer, Ph.D., developmental aquatic kinesiologist, Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University, member of American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, and Founding Editor, International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE)