2015 NIRSA Aquatic Institute

Part of the NIRSA Triventure  |  Indianapolis  |  October 14-16, 2015

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NIRSA Aquatic Institute: “Striving to Make 71% of the Earth a Healthier Place”


A successfully designed and managed aquatic facility can make all the difference to the health and wellness of a campus. From pool therapy to water polo, aquatic facilities provide students, staff, and members with the space and programming they need to stay healthy and have fun.

The NIRSA Aquatic Institute is a week-long learning and networking opportunity for professionals involved with the planning, design, and execution of aquatic facilities and programs.

Whether you’re a recreation facilities director, an aquatic programming professional, or a university planner, the Aquatic Institute delivers in-depth discussions and information key to the development of safe and effective aquatic facilities and programs.

Institute Topics

For 2015, the Aquatic Institute will focus on the hot topic of the new Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Training & Development
  • Risk Management
  • Scheduling & Technology
  • Assessment: Goals, Objectives, & Outcomes
  • Marketing: Programs & Careers
  • Other Aquatic Related Topics

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The NIRSA Aquatics Institute is part of the 2015 NIRSA Triventure. Your registration provides access to all three Triventure institutes.
The NIRSA Triventure was a great conference! The educational sessions related to Aquatics were relevant, beneficial, and informative—I walked away with many new ideas, along with helpful information. The facility tours, socials, and networking opportunities were also great, I highly recommend this institute.
Erica Brown, UC Davis

Preconference Activities

Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Certification Preconference Workshop — October 12 & 13, 2015

NRPA - AFO Certification at NIRSA Aquatic Institute


Crowne Plaza Hotel

Two days before the institute, a preconference workshop on AFO Certification will be hosted on-site at the hotel. The AFO certification program is an advanced educational training course that trains and certifies your staff in all aspects of facility operation, including:

  • Facility management
  • Water testing and treatment
  • Disinfection
  • Design considerations
  • Facility trouble shooting
  • Hot tub and spa operation
  • And much more

Individuals who obtain the AFO certification are knowledgeable in the systematic approach to pool operations, including pool chemistry, management, pool safety, and risk reduction. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in public, semi-public, and municipal pool or waterpark facilities, and to provide training and information for both supervisory and operations staff. The AFO program creates better aquatic operators, who in turn make safer and increasingly-efficient programs for aquatic venues. The AFO Certification preconference workshop will be facilitated in two-day classroom-style training sessions, with a test conducted on the second day.

Please note that lunches will not be provided for this event; however, a morning and afternoon snack will be offered.

Lifeguard Instructor Training Preconference Workshop — October 11-13, 2015


Butler University

Three days before the institute, a preconference workshop on Lifeguard Instructor Training will be hosted off-site at Butler University. The purpose of the instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the following:

  • American Red Cross lifeguarding
  • Lifeguarding blended learning
  • Shallow water lifeguarding
  • Waterpark skills
  • CPR/AED for professional rescuers and health care providers
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training courses and/or modules.

Please note that there is an online portion to this training that is required to be completed prior to the event. Further details on this will be sent out after registering.

2015 Aquatic Institute Committee Members

  • Dana Dickerson, Committee Chair, UCLA
  • Katy Locke, The University of Tennessee
  • Bethany Bower, Georgetown University
  • Shannon Posey, Washington State University
  • Brittany Rejda, NIRSA Headquarters