Aquatics; Risk Management/Legal Issues
023 Diving Deep into Scuba Programming
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Austin 1-3
Tec Clark, Nova Southeastern University
Scuba programming is heavily requested by students wishing to become certified divers, as well as external vendors wishing to instruct at colleges and universities. Scuba programming can be popular, safe, and profitable if it is properly developed. In this presentation, participants will learn of the many issues surrounding scuba training. These include agencies, industry standards, liability issues, academic vs. recreational, equipment, and screening of proper diving professionals.
Core Competencies: Programming; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand where liability issues in scuba programming exist, and learn how to mitigate them.
  2. Understand what to look for in hiring diving professionals and/or partnering with dive shops.
  3. Learn various business strategies for increasing participation and generating revenue through scuba programming.
Aquatics; Student Learning Outcomes
040 Long Course Learning: Student Learning Outcomes for Your Aquatics Staff
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Texas C
Erin Erford, The University of Texas at Austin
Student learning outcomes aren’t just a trending fad, they are here to stay. Learn how to write, implement, and assess the student learning outcomes for your aquatics environment. This presentation will touch on five specific aquatic outcomes that will equip your staff with the skills to become better leaders and to take ownership of the aquatic center when you’re not there to back them up.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate what the acronym ABCD means when it comes to writing student learning outcomes.
  2. Create implementation tactics and assessment techniques for aquatics student learning outcomes.
  3. Design student learning outcomes that are tailored to your staff and specific program.
084 Aquatics Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Fort Worth 5-6
Erin Erford, The University of Texas at Austin
This is an an opportunity for colleagues to ask questions and discuss current hot topics around aquatics facilities and programming on college and university campuses.
Aquatics; Special Event Programming
130 Aquatics Special Events: Not Your Average Swim Meet
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Texas 1-3
Reginald Merritt, University of Kentucky; and Courtney Bradford, Mississippi State University
Maximizing the usage of your aquatic facility by creating programming that fits the needs of multiple constituents can pose several challenges. Learn how to develop quality special-event programs that will increase aquatics participation among both swimmers and non-swimmers.
Core Competencies: Programming; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the importance of providing alternative methods of recreation in an aquatics environment.
  2. Learn new ways to implement programming that markets your facility to both swimming and non-swimming audiences.
  3. Have an implementation plan built on one of the six special event topics discussed.
138 Are Lifeguards Enough? Exploring Ways to Keep an Aquatic Environment Safe
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Fort Worth 5-6
Courtney Bradford, Mississippi State University; Brent Crocker, Mississippi State University; and Reginald Merritt, University of Kentucky
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “From 2005-2009 there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the United States.” During many of these incidents, the lifeguards were blamed for the drownings. It is important for managers to set their lifeguards up for success, and make sure there are layers of protection in an aquatics environment. Lifeguards should not be the only protection for participants when they enter a pool. Learn how to not only have responsible lifeguards, but a responsible aquatic environment for camps and other large groups of people.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Know the importance of not putting all risk management responsibility on the lifeguards; managers will learn to set up their lifeguards for success.
  2. Learn what not to do during a drowning incident after watching one play out and discussing what the lifeguards and management did wrong.
  3. Know about the different layers of protection–which are meant to prevent drownings in the aquatics environment–given by the Redwoods Insurance Group.