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WRPA 2022 Aquatics Conference
McMenamins Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011
United States
(425) 398-0127

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Monday, September 19, 2022 8:00 AM PDT to Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Category: Network Meetings & Events

2022 PNW Aquatics Conference

Monday, September 19, 2022–Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us at the McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, WA this year for the Pacific NW Aquatics Conference. 

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Registration Information

  Early Bird Rate
On or before 8/22/2022
Regular Rate
After 8/22/2022
Members $205 $255
Non-Members $225 $275


Pre-Registration has closed. Onsite registration is not available.

The WRPA Pacific Northwest Aquatic Conference qualifies for reimbursement under WCIA’s Training Reimbursement Program and is eligible for reimbursement upon program completion. Program can be applied under the entity’s annual 1% training reimbursement allotment. Requestors must confer with their entity’s assigned WCIA Delegate and/or Alternate for reimbursement authorization. Requests must be submitted through the WCIA Origami Member Portal by the designated Origami user. For questions about reimbursement or to determine your WCIA Delegate, Alternate or Origami user, contact WCIA Member Services at [email protected]

Health & Safety Policies

Assumption of Risk:

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious. The state of medical knowledge continues to evolve, but the virus is believed to spread through airborne particles, person-to-person contact, and contact with contaminated surfaces and objects. People can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. To date, there is no known treatment or cure for COVID-19. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses and even death.

By registering for this event you understand that WRPA cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending this conference. You understand that by choosing to attend this course, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

COVID Safety Guidelines:

WRPA will be following all current CDC guidelines for large gatherings. All attendees and guests will be subject to all venue rules and regulations in place at the time of the conference. By registering for any WRPA in-person events, you are agreeing to abide by all safety protocols set forth by the meeting organizers. If you are found to be in violation of the guidelines and WRPA feels your behavior is putting other attendees at risk, you may be asked to leave. If you are asked to leave, WRPA reserves the right to determine your eligibility for a refund. We appreciate your compliance with this policy to ensure the safety of all WRPA guests at in-person events.

Additionally, you will be asked to attest to your health status onsite, prior to participating in the event. If you are not willing to complete this health questionnaire or your responses indicate that you may be at risk for spreading the virus, WRPA reserves the right to determine your eligibility for a refund.

Safety policies and procedures are subject to change dependent upon venue and state regulations. Any additional changes will be listed on this page.

COVID Contact Tracing:

If you test positive for any strain of the COVID-19 virus within 10 days around or of attending an WRPA hosted event, please call or email the WRPA Office at 206-381-8869 or [email protected]. WRPA will keep attendees informed if a potential exposure has been had at an WRPA hosted event. We encourage you to download a COVID-19 exposure tracing app to help you gain the fastest information of potential exposures.


There is a room block available at McMenamins Anderson School for the night of Monday, September 19. Ask the hotel for the Washington Recreation & Parks Association or WRPA PNW Aquatics Conference room block. Guests may check-in beginning at 3:00 PM and check out by at 11:00 AM. To guarantee a spot in the room block, please reserve your room by August 18, 2022.

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Conference Schedule
*Schedule subject to change.

Monday, September 19

8:00 AM–8:30 AM


9:00 AM–10:30 AM

What are you thinking? | Ginny Templeton

Have you ever wondered why you think the way you think? Or, why others think the way they think. This session explores mental models formed by our ladder of inference and reflexive thinking. How do we climb up and down this ladder? How does it affect the way we respond to situations (and emergencies)? We will have some fun with our lenses, our stories, and our reality checks!   

10:30 AM–10:45 AM

Break & Networking

10:45 AM–12:30 PM

Cultural Competency Part 1 | Ginny Templeton

In order to understand other cultures, we must first understand ourselves and our own culture. So, who are you? Since your culture shapes your self-concept, it also colors the lens through which you view the world. Take the deep dive with us to become more aware of your own culture and identity. Explore how it can more positively affect your view and interactions with others. Develop a richer understanding of surface and deeply rooted cultural behaviors. 

12:30 PM–1:30 PM

 Lunch & Networking

1:45 PM–3:00 PM

 Cultural Competency Part 2 | Ginny Templeton

3:00 PM–3:15 PM

Break & Networking

3:15 PM–4:30 PM

Cultural Competency Part 3 | Ginny Templeton

Tuesday, September 20

8:00 AM–8:30 AM


9:00 AM–10:15 AM

100 Maintenance Tips in 60 Minutes | Bill Haugen, Chris Klontz

The plan for this presentation is to go through 100 quick but useful maintenance tips that are typically outside the scope of an AFO or CPO course and also answer questions from the attendees.

Learning Objectives: 

• Learn a few maintenance tips that are good to know but are also less common knowledge
• Get any questions about pool maintenance answered by the presenters or via a discussion with the attendees.

10:15 AM–10:30 AM

Break & Networking

10:30 AM–11:45 AM

Utilizing Aquatic Data for a Stronger Narrative to Your Community and Upper Management | Pete DeQuincy

This session aims to provide resources and helpful information, on how agencies should review the existing data they’re collecting and consider developing new metrics that provide a fuller narrative in what their department does and improve their chance in receiving consistent funding through tight budget years.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and discuss the current aquatic metrics and how they compare to industry standards and how they compare to recreation and public safety sectors.
  • Discuss and develop new metrics that provide stronger support the department’s mission statement.
  • Build new metrics that accurately tell the department’s narrative.  

11:45 AM–12:45 PM

Lunch and Networking | Mini Demo: How to build a training off your equipment.

1:00 PM–2:15 PM

Submersion Protocols: What Needs to Happen | Pete DeQuincy

A drowning, aquatic incident is the worst-case scenario that an aquatics department will face. This session will walk-through step by step of what needs to happen following the incident. We wrap up the session and discuss preventative measures an agency should take to reduce their liability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build submersion protocols prior to an aquatic incident
  • Understand how submersion protocols contribute to the daily aquatic operation
  • Create and develop submersion protocols for multiple aquatic facilities and types

2:15 PM–2:30 PM

Break & Networking

2:30 PM–3:45 PM

Employee Retention/Recruitment Seasonal & Permanent | Pete DeQuincy

Recruitment is HARD! Retention is not easier. This session looks at an agency’s mission statement, and how it can be used to strengthen recruitment and retention of employees. We’ll develop relevant frameworks in both areas that connect to the current workforce. We’ll discuss strategies that gets more applicants applying for your coveted jobs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review your current mission statements and job descriptions and distill them so they can be applied to daily operations and staff development pathways
  • Review and develop more effective messaging for potential applicant and seasonal, part-time staff.
  • Create new models of retention with task books, seasonal career goals, and new recruitment materials for both entry level applicants and parents of new applicants.



Dr. Ginny Templeton currently serves as the Director of Organizational Development & Assessment of Associated Students, Inc. at Cal Poly Pomona (ASI CPP). Ginny earned her doctoral degree in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Vanderbilt University. She has over a decade of experience in higher education, organizational development, and business (aquatics) operations. She’s also a product of the aquatics industry, starting her first job as a lifeguard several decades ago, and still supporting the aquatics mission as an LGIT and WSIT. Her experience in multiple industries has provided a valuable lens to her approach of organizational continuous improvement. Ginny’s goal is to dismantle bureaucratic barriers and shift leadership mental models to rebuild more inclusive, agile, learning organizations fueled by thoughtful innovation. She is passionate about driving positive change in her current role leading the messy work of developing people and a learning organization. It is with similar passion, Ginny loves to teach and go scuba diving as often as possible.  

Chris Klontz began his aquatics career in 2000 and has been a supervisor at the Auburn YMCA, Tapps Island Association, Seattle Children’s Hospital Therapy Pool, Washington Athletic Club and, for the last 10 years, the Lynnwood Rec Center. He has degrees from the University of Washington in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Music, serves as secretary for the WWA Public Sector Committee and is an AFO Instructor. 

Bill Haugen began his aquatics career in 1980, and has worn many hats in the industry including founding the Valley Aquatic Swim Team, managing the Sumner Pool, coaching colligate swimming for PLU, and for the past 22 years, managing the Lynnwood Recreation Center. He also is currently coaching the Sumner High School Swim Team and operating the Sumner Pool. He is an ARC WSIT and a AFO Instructor.

Pete DeQuincy oversees 11 swim facilities and focuses on lifeguard operations and aquatic programming for East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland, Ca. He has assisted the National American Red Cross on the development of the Lifeguarding material in 2012, 2017 and served as the President on California Parks and Recreation Society, Aquatic Section Board. Pete presented on the topic of in-service training for seasonal lifeguards at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Vancouver BC 2017 and a Water Competency Pilot Study at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Durban, South Africa 2019. He served on the board for the Association of Aquatic Professionals and a contributing writer for Aquatics International for the last 10 years with articles focusing on in-service training.