The New Aquatic Directors Manual
(Aquatic Directors Reference Manual)
Consisting Of 205 Chapters
and 650+ Pages Is Now Available.
Need Help Now!!
We can all see how many
things are changing around us. Aquatics is no different. We can't exist doing
things the way we did during the old normal (before the pandemic). Also,
we can't just zip into what will be the new normal. The whole
world is a long skinny tube between the old normal and what will be
the new normal. "Mass confusion and panic" is what we call it.
What a perfect time for
big time help to come to aquatic directors, pool managers, and aquatic
facilities. What we're talking about is the
New Aquatic Directors Manual and Reference Manual.
For years, I have been
involved in a wide variety of aquatics administration (leadership on the local
and national level) with programming and using my futurist thinking. Now
I've put loads of ideas and possibilities into this manual and reference manual.
It hasn't just been "I think
I'll write a book for aquatic directors". I've been putting my ideas on paper (reading
books and magazines, doing extensive research, taking notes, formulating ideas,
listening to people who were known to be aquatic experts and the little guys -
many who were making things happen) and also, many aquatic directors, swimming
teachers, lifeguards, water fitness instructors, and big bosses and authorities
who didn't know what they were talking about and didn't have a clue about what
it was all about.
I kept reading and listening.
I read so many self-help books that did or didn't help me. At one time, I was
getting more than 60 different magazines a month. They were from all kinds of
fields - business, fitness, aquatics, the printing industry, the motivational
field. Many had absolutely nothing to do with aquatics. When I would get a
magazine, I would go to the Table of Contents and circle the items that I
wanted to read more about. Then I would go through the magazine tearing off page
by page that was no interest (or help) to me. When I came to a chapter I had
circled in the Table of Contents, I would look to see if I could find a word,
phrase, or sentence that would give me ideas. I used my yellow marker and then red
felt tip pen to underline items that might give me ideas that could help me and
others. Sometimes, I didn't find anything in the magazine and other times I
did. Then I made notes on the page of the articles that I thought could help me
to do a better job or to help other people like people who worked for me,
friends, or the other local or national organizations I was working with. The
results? Boxes and boxes of paper all over the place. Then a few years ago, I
started getting all the stuff organized. I got 6 big bankers boxes, put
dividers in them, and then stated putting individual file folders under the
specific topic that the item pertained to.
Eventually, I started putting
a master list together by specific thought or idea and subject. I didn't
believe that I could ever publish the most important stuff. But then came
the pandemic and I saw what a mess existed in aquatics - and the
world. So, I started writing. The Aquatic Directors Manual and Reference
Manual is the result of compiling ideas and chapters that could help people get
out of the long skinny tube between the old normal and the new normal.
Many people might not like or
agree with what I say but it will make them think and realize they can't do
things the same old way as they did before!
Aquatics will never be the same as during the old
One of the major things that
is desperately needed is "for money to roll in". We need to change our mindset
to think more about how can we produce more people and money. In the manual, I
often mention items two or more ways of possibly doing things. I'm trying to
get people to think about what would work for them in their situation. People
need to be more creative and innovative and do their own thinking regarding
what will (or might) work at their aquatic facility.
Ken Treadway, who was my boss
when I was Aquatic Director and Swimming Coach at Phillips 66 National
Headquarters, said something I've been thinking and talking about since I first
heard him say it - he said "I know why it can't be done. Let's talk
about how it can be done." That's what it is all about.
There are so many things that can be done and so many different ways it can be
done. This manual is designed to get you to "put on your thinking cap" and come
up with items that will help you and your aquatic facility. You can't get it
all by just buying the manual. You need to read, act, and make things happen.
So! Purchase the manual
and start thinking about how you can learn more and help to guide your
organization into the new normal years by producing more programs that produce
more people and income.
John Spannuth, Editor
The New Aquatic Directors Manual and Reference Manual
Published in June, 2021
*The long, skinny tube between the old normal and the new normal. When we get the right ideas and information plus provide the right
planning (including better use of pool space and producing more income) you should be able to move into the new normal.
Now is the time to rethink and reinvent your thinking, programs, and services plus income needed to continue your aquatic program and keep your
aquatic facility doors open with new and updated thinking. What lessons have we learned from the old normal and what do you need to learn regarding
where the new normal can possibly take you?