About The Class
The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is an advanced and state-of-the-art educational training program specifically tailored for individuals responsible for managing, operating, and maintaining aquatic facilities. Developed by the National Recreation and Park Association, this national certification serves as a mark of distinction, signifying to the public that your agency, organization, or business is dedicated to excellence in the field of aquatics and committed to providing the highest level of service and professional excellence.
The AFO program is designed for pool operators and aquatic administrators who work at or manage educational facilities such as colleges and high schools, municipal facilities, military bases, YMCA's/YWCA's, health clubs, swim schools, private water parks, and other public or private aquatic facilities. Successful completion of the two-day AFO class equips you with the tools necessary to enhance the safety and efficiency of your facility.
This comprehensive two-day course offers in-depth instruction on all aspects of aquatic facility operation and management. Topics covered include filtration, disinfection, water testing and treatment, design considerations, facility management, pool safety, new technologies, facility troubleshooting, risk management, hot tub and spa operation, local and national laws, and much more!
One of the key resources used in this course is the Aquatic Facility Operator Manual by NRPA, which is considered the most complete and comprehensive publication available on pool operations. The manual is regularly updated every three years to ensure it stays current with changing technology. Authored by Kent G. Williams, an industry expert with over 20 years of experience, the manual is written in a reader-friendly style that is easy to understand and enjoyable to read. With wit and expertise, Williams guides even beginning pool operators through the sometimes complex processes of aquatic operations, making the course accessible to all participants.
For over 15 years, Bob LaDuke has been an experienced instructor of the AFO Class across the Midwest, bringing his unique teaching style that adds liveliness and fun to the course. LaDuke incorporates a dynamic mix of instructional methods, including PowerPoint slides, "white board"/chalk board sessions, lectures, and a guided tour of the host site pool area. Hands-on experiences with various pool operations are provided throughout the two-day course, allowing participants to gain practical skills and knowledge.
In addition to LaDuke's expertise, most classes also feature an outside speaker from the Aquatics Industry who brings specialized knowledge that may not be covered during the two-day class. This valuable additional insight further enhances participants' understanding of pool operations and provides a well-rounded learning experience.