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The New Aquatic Directors Manual
(Aquatic Directors Reference Manual)
Consisting Of 205 Chapters
and 650+ Pages Is Now Available.

Aquatic Directors/Pool Managers

And Aquatic Facilities

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 normal.

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

Many aquatic directors all over the country are confused, stressed out,
scared, and don't know what to do.
Aquatic Administration and Programming Will Never Be The Same As It
Was During The Old Normal Before The Pandemic.
Many pools have closed - now existing aquatic facilities understand that their future can be very bright. It is in their hands. Having the new aquatic directors manual in their hands will be a big help and help to relieve some stress in their life plus provide ideas and creative thinking that should encourage some serious thinking about how you can enter the new normal.
Where are we now?
The Old Normal that existed before the pandemic hit.

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The New Normal that will gradually be here in the future.
*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.
This is where most aquatic directors and programs are now ("in the tube").
Where have all of the people, excitement about aquatics and money gone?
What can you do?
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?

Course Table of Contents

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National Aquatic Directors Certification

Information Regarding Securing Various Levels

A 3-year Certification, No CEU's Required

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Certification Level

Prerequisites

You Get This When You Register For The Course

Requirements To Earn This Level Of Certification

1

Associate Aquatic Director (AAD)

     Have an interest in securing information regarding aquatic administration and programming and the possibility of being an aquatic director.

         The new Aquatic Directors Manual.

         The course Program Packet to be completed for this level certification.

  Practical Open Book Test

(Level 1)

  Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

1.        Current CPR certification card or certificate

2.        Successfully complete all of the course program material's packet for the Associate Aquatic Director's Certification

         Practical Open Book Test

         Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

3.        Your typed resume

2

Primary Aquatic Director (PAD)

     Worked in aquatic programs for at least two years.

         The new Aquatic Directors Manual.

         The course Program Packet to be completed for this level certification.

  Practical Open Book Test

(Level 2)

  Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

 

1.        Current CPR certification card or certificate

2.        Successfully complete all of the course program material's packet for the Primary Aquatic Director's Certification

         The Primary Level Practical Open Book Test

         Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

3.        Your typed resume

3

Master Aquatic Director (MAAD)

     Worked in aquatic programs for at least 5 years, at least 2 years of those years as an aquatic director.

         The new Aquatic Directors Manual.

         The course Program Packet to be completed for this level certification.

  Practical Open Book Test

(Level 3)

  Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

1.        Current CPR certification card or certificate

2.        Successfully complete all of the course program material's packet for the Master's Aquatic Director's Certification

         The Masters Level Practical Open Book Test

         Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

3.        Your typed resume

4

Senior Aquatic Director (SRAD)

     Worked in aquatic programs for at least 10 years at least 5 years of those years as an aquatic director.

         The new Aquatic Directors Manual.

         The course Program Packet to be completed for this level certification.

  Practical Open Book Test

(Level 4)

  Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

1.        Current CPR certification card or certificate

2.        Successfully complete all of the course program material's packet for the Senior Aquatic Director's Certification

         The Senior Level Practical Open Book Test

         Your personal opinion regarding topics supplied for this level

3.        Your typed resume