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The Aquatic Director

“As I was going through the CD and reading the text, I realized that you outline everything that I had to learn by trial and error when I was an Aquatic Director, plus so much more. The information on marketing was great. I wish I had your book 15 years ago. I highly recommend your class and text for anyone involved in aquatics or anyone thinking about going into aquatics.” - Doreen G (former student)

The aquatic director is the person responsible for everything that occurs in aquatics in a particular organization. The facility could be one year-round indoor pool, or multiple indoor and seasonal outdoor facilities.

Aquatic Program Administrator - picture by permission of Wallover Architects Incorporated
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Regardless of the scope of the job, the aquatic director must:

  • select and organize appropriate activities
  • lead and manage an effective staff
  • develop sound business practices
The text covers
  • Programming: safety, instruction, wellness, recreation, parent-tot, adapted and competition
  • Staffing: select, hire, and motivate the staff
  • Business practices: finances, marketing, risk management
  • Aquatic businesses: material that provides resources to use that will help you develop a pool management company, a swim school in your own pool, or a swim shop.

FREE DOWNLOAD of Chapter 2: Aquatic Programs and Activities

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Aquatic Partners
2417 Sheffield Circle East
Ft Collins, CO 80526

Certification as an Aquatic Director

Over 450 students have taken the CAD Certification Course! Here are the evaluation and comments from the last two ASCA conferences.

Category Rating (0-10) Comments
Text usefulness 8.9 Great. No change needed.
CD usefulness 10.0 Sample forms extremely helpful.
Course organization 9.0 Relaxed atmosphere; didn't talk down to us.
Course presentation 9.2 Good combo of discussion and PowerPoint.
Staff 9.7 Very knowledgeable; excellent; friendly.
Value of course 9.0 Worth every penny!

Certification as an Aquatic Director is available by...

  • Enrolling in the Home Study course. You will receive the text and CD mentioned above. When the exam is completed, it is sent to Aquatic Partners HQ where an experienced aquatic mentor will interact with constructive feedback. Upon successful completion, the Certified Aquatic Director certification will be awarded. The cost for the Aquatic Director Home Study course is $199.
  • Attending a one-day workshop (see below).

BONUS - Register for the HOME STUDY COURSE
and receive the Aquatic Businesses information FREE!

Enroll in The Aquatic Director Home Study course, includes text and CD
$199 with FREE SHIPPING in US
($24 foreign shipping)

The CD that accompanies the Home Study course contains a PowerPoint presentation keyed to each chapter, 41 forms that can be adapted to specific situations, an Aquatic Career Forecast, and The Aquatic Aide booklet (a guide for in-service training of new employees or volunteers), and materials relating to aquatic businesses.

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or send a check or money order to:
Aquatic Partners
2417 Sheffield Circle East
Ft Collins, CO 80526

BONUS - register for the ASCA CONFERENCE
and receive the Aquatic Businesses information FREE!

Certified Aquatic Director Conference Course - Ft Lauderdale, FL.
Monday, Sept 5, 2016, 8:30am—4:30pm

Content: aquatic programming, staffing, and operating a total aquatic program. In addition, the text and CD contains bonus material relating to possible aquatic careers—owning a pool management company, owning a swim school in your own facility, or owning a retail swim shop.


COST: $249.00

Further information contact us at: or 970.493.4124

Adam B. Katchmarchi

The instructor of the course will be Adam B. Katchmarchi. He is the Aquatic Director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and also a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University. He is the current Vice President/President Elect of the NDPA (National Drowning Prevention Alliance). In 2012, Adam was recognized as a “Next Generation Leader” by Aquatic International Magazine. He holds certifications/licenses from the American Red Cross (Instructor Trainer), many other aquatic specific certifications, a K-12 Teaching License, and an EMT License. Adam has been a lifeguard, head lifeguard, aquatic manager, instructor, coach, and facility operator. His research interests surround aquatic facility management and drowning prevention education.