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Community Responsibilities

  • Contact NWTRPA for help with finding and hiring an Aquatic Supervisor.
  • Find housing and arrange travel for the Aquatic Supervisor if needed.
  • Get the pool ready for the season, order chemicals and check pool supplies.
  • Orient the Aquatic Supervisor to your community.
  • Hire other staff.

SAO/Recreation Director Year-Round Responsibilities

The SAO/Band Manager and Recreation Director are key people to the pool program and have a critical, year-round role.

Standards and legal requirements

The SAO/Band Manager and Recreation Director are responsible for ensuring the aquatics facilities and programs meet all the proper standards.

  • Safety and security.
  • Program delivery.

Like any recreation facility, pools and waterfronts have specific legal requirements—rules and regulations to protect public safety.

The SAO/Band Manager and Recreation Director must be familiar with these regulations and must ensure that staff and facilities follow them.

If your community facilities and programs do not meet the legal requirements, you may become liable for damages. And in the worst-case scenario, be responsible for or contribute to an injury or death.

Community orientation

If the Aquatic Supervisor comes from outside the community, the SAO/Recreation Director should give them an orientation when they arrive. During the orientation:

  • Introduce them to other municipal staff.
  • Introduce them to community residents.
  • Organize a meeting with the Facilities Maintainer and Aquatic Supervisor to assign responsibilities.
  • Help them to find housing, if needed.
  • Coordinate the pool program as part of other summer programs.

The pool as part of other spring and summer programs

The SAO should encourage the Recreation Director to work with the Aquatic Supervisor to give depth to Spring and Summer recreation programs. Pool programs/staff can work closely with other programs/staff (summer day camp, day care, elders, etc.)

Pools typically offer open swims and lessons; they can offer much more.

  • Fitness activities for all ages (e.g. Aqua-fit)
  • Swim teams
  • Water sports such as water volleyball and underwater hockey
  • Boating and ice/snowmobile safety; general water safety
  • Special events
  • Programs for elders and tots

Include pool activities with all the community ads and recreation guides.

Sustainable pool program—TLC and year-round attention

Develop a strong group of local residents who can work at the pool. This helps to ensure a sustainable pool program. The staff at year-round pools can help you with this and are happy to do so.

Another important factor for a sustainable pool program is to have an adequate budget. You need enough funding to properly maintain the pool and to hire the number of staff you need, with the right qualifications.

Work with the Facility Maintainer and take a critical look at your facility. Things to consider:

  • Proper maintenance during the season.
  • Proper winterizing at the end of the season.
  • Repairs that need to get done right after the pool closes so it is ready for next year.

Look to the future and ask:

  • How old is your pool?
  • What shape is it in?
  • How long will it last?
  • What do you need to include in the (capital) budget for the pool?

Timelines of tasks to operate a pool year-round

A pool may be open only during the spring and summer, but many tasks need to get done during the off-season. The SAO/Recreation Director is responsible to make sure these tasks happen.

The Facility Maintainer may do some of the work or you may need to hire trades people for some of the work.

Modify the following timelines, as needed, to meet the demands of your community’s pool facility and program.

soaresponsibilities.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/08 10:05 by nwtrpa