Several years ago, the Eppley Institute, in conjunction with Dr. Bill Ramos and Indiana University's Aquatic Institute, developed a set of five e-courses that serve as an introduction to aquatic management. The Aquatic Institute advances training and education efforts for all areas of aquatics in venues including communities, waterfronts, theme parks and resorts, and others. It is also home to centers that focus on the advancement of specific aquatic interests through teaching, research, and service.
The certificate program, developed by Eppley and the Aquatic Institute, covers general principles, personnel and training, risk management, programming, and maintenance and equipment. Learners who complete this certificate program gain foundational knowledge of what it takes to manage an aquatics facility.
The Aquatics Management Certificate Program, which is available to the general public, is also part of R302 Aquatic Management, a college course taught by Dr. Ramos in Indiana University's Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies. Students take the e-courses, which serve as a textbook of sorts, and complete the requisite assignments to demonstrate their understanding of the content.
Thus far, 20 learners have signed up for the course and five have completed the course of study. To learn more about the Aquatics Management Certificate Program, visit the Eppley Institute's e-catalog at: http://eppley.org/elearning/certificate-programs-1/aquatics.