2021 PRO Aquatics Conference

Date:   Nov 23, 2021 - Dec 01, 2021
Time:   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:   Zoom Webinar, Toronto, ON

2021 PRO Aquatics Conference


November 10 to December 1, 2021

Join us for Canada’s premier aquatics conference! This year we're back online with even more engaging and inspiring sessions covering everything from trends in technology and innovative programming to Indigenous cultural competency training and standard of care principles. Join a community of practice committed to safety, innovation, and inclusion. Connect with aquatic professionals from across the province in breakout sessions and discuss the issues that matter most to you. Read our full program for details!

November 10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training: Program Delivery
Sarah Jacknife, INclusion INcorporated

Sport and physical activity holds a place of prominence in Indigenous cultures and ways of life. As a sector, how do we ensure that we are taking the time to understand the systemic barriers faced by Indigenous communities in accessing services? This workshop provides a brief overview of the history of Indigenous Peoples, methods of colonizations and current demographics. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of the diversity of Indigenous cultures, proper language and terminology to use, and be equipped with some actionable items they can take into their daily lives.

Community Engagement: Putting Theory into Practice
Lesley-Anne Morley, Manager, Injury Prevention Risk Reduction Indigenous Programs

Since 2013 the Indigenous Swimming & Water Safety program has by invitation been delivering First Aid & Water Safety programs in Indigenous communities. As historical and modern truths are revealed, the method of delivery and approach to community continues to evolve as we strive to work in a truly collaborative way with our Indigenous partners.

This session will share tangible examples of how to put community engagement strategies and theories into practice specific to first aid and aquatic programming. It will include sample activity plans that incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous games. It will also provide ideas based in experience to make connections, build trust and foster relationships in order to become more than simply a service provider and become a true community partner.

Swim Together: Program Innovation Through Co-Participation for Parents and Youth
Katie MisenerAssociate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo; Erin SchmidtActive Together

We will provide an overview of a new community swim program in Elmira, Ontario titled "Swim Together". The co-participation program brings mothers and daughters together for weekly coached swim sessions and has incorporated a university research partnership to evaluate program effectiveness. We will share an outline of key program features and research findings.

Myrtha Pools Presents: You're Only as Good as the Feasibility Request for Proposal
Stu Isaac, Aquatic Facility, Program, and Management Consultant: The Isaac Sports Group
This session discusses the key elements in a Request for Proposal, how to create a needs assessment, and challenging traditional trust in the process. It also covers an approach to value engineering, fighting tried and true mentality, success parameters in the design process, and reigning in the architect.

November 17, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

The Scared Straight of Aquatics
Gerry Dworkin
, Technical Consultant for Aquatics Safety and Water Rescue, Lifesaving Resources, LLC

A fast-paced comprehensive session presenting Standard of Care principles with instructional videos to prevent real scenarios involving drowning and injury incidents.

Braving Uncharted Waters: a S.E.A. Captain Story
Jaclyn Ziemniak
, Aquatics Director, The Boulevard Club; Lucy CarolanAquatics Professional

This session shares the story of how a new position for young staff helped us navigate the rough seas of reopening a multi-purpose facility in the midst of a global pandemic. The S.E.A. Captain position not only exceeded expectations for guest-experience, but provided staff with hands-on leadership growth experiences, through empowerment and self-direction.

Myrtha Pools Presents: Trends in Pool Technology
Tim Hamel,
 President RecTec Management Group IncPatrick D'AlmadaAquatics Associates

This session discusses the current industry trends in pool technology. Topics include pumps & values, gutter systems, HVAC, pool structure and design, pool flooring, safety equipment, competition equipment, deck support, and window glazing.

November 24, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

Shallow Water Blackout (SWB) Prevention Training
Agnes Manivit
National Manager, Services de bien-être et moral des Forces canadiennes; Abby Refausse, Aquatic Coordinator at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton

When we updated our aquatic policy in 2019, we decided to ban hyperventilation and repetitive breath holding from our facilities. Knowing our client - military members mostly - are the overachieving type by nature, we knew we needed to come with additional support for our lifeguard in order to implement the policy. We created a working group during the pandemic, consulted with the Lifesaving Society, did research, and came up with our own training using multiple supports. The idea, like it was written in the military medicine journal, was to "seperate necessary training from unwarranted risk". We also use a "train the trainer" approach and decided to focus on SWB prevention during the 2021 drowning prevention week with posters and top tank for Lifeguard that we hope will create an impact on clients.

Growing Lifeguards
Chris BrownRed Cross Manager- First Aid Training Partner Development

It is much easier to grow lifeguards than to find them. Join as Chris takes us through his journey of becoming an aquatic professional to remind us that our lifeguards are an investment. Our last few years have left us scrambling for staff. We need to look at how we will grow lifeguards for the future.

Myrtha Pools Presents: Nailing the Operation Plan
Stu Isaac
, Aquatic Facility, Program, and Management Consultant: The Isaac Sports Group

This session covers driving a revenue-based accountability culture and "Rectangular Recreation" - thinking out of the box.

December 01, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

Gender Identity and the Impact of Creating Safe Spaces with Pronouns
Megan Cleary
Canadian Red Cross

As leaders in recreation and aquatics it is important to understand what it means to be marginalized. Walking through terminology and concepts surrounding gender, identity, and expression will provide an understanding of why specifically, members of the LGBTQ+/Trans/Non-Binary community are a marginalized population requiring a safe space. Attendees will gain knowledge, understanding, and practical tools to support the creation of safe spaces in your facilities and programs.

The Aftermath
Gary Sanger
, Lifesaving Society

This session will examine the process following a major incident. The session will explain the steps supervisory staff should take to prepare for such an event, how they should manage the event and the information gathering required to successfully complete post incident follow up. A Lifesaving Society Incident Table of Contents Report and Incident Management Kit Contents will be shared with delegates.

Myrtha Pools Presents: Case Study on Creating a Revenue Accountability Framework
Stu Isaac
, Aquatic Facility, Program, and Management Consultant: The Isaac Sports Group

This session will examine a Case Study focused on optimizing stakeholder input, building the right pool, creating a revenue accountability framework.


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