When it comes to aquatics education, there’s
certainly no shortage of providers. By my count, at least
five national conferences offer instruction, and that
doesn’t include the many regional gatherings. More
than half a dozen agencies offer various certifications and
continuing edification. And with the advent of online
offerings, the number of learning opportunities seems to
So why in the world did we create Aquatics International
University? The simple answer is: You asked for it.
You see, I attend most major educational aquatics
events. I’ve even helped produce some of them. I
always make a point of asking the attending professionals
what they feel they’re missing. Where do they
think they could use better information?
As editor of this publication, it’s not just
making small talk. It’s my job. It forms the basis
for what we include in every issue of the magazine and the
Aquatics International online network. To my way
of thinking, one of the most basic functions we serve is
schooling people on the front lines of aquatics: operators,
supervisors, lifeguards and service technicians.
They’re the ones keeping pools safe, efficient and
But I’ve been surprised over the past several
years at what you’ve been telling me. While you
need our articles about generating more revenue or the
finer points of water chemistry, you also need to
understand how a pump works. How do you know if
it’s time to replace a heater? How long should
plaster last? How do sand filters really work?
They’re basic questions, and somewhere along
the way, they never got answered. We formed Aquatics
International University to change that. As you read
through the course materials, you may be amazed at what you
think you know vs. what you actually know. I was. Editing
the pages of AIU taught me as much about aquatics as
I’ve learned in the six years I’ve been
editing this publication.
Take a look at our professors, and it’s easy to
understand why. From Kent Williams, author of the Aquatics
Facility Handbook, to Alison Osinski, ubiquitous aquatics
consultant and expert, we’ve assembled the
industry’s best and brightest minds into our
faculty. They gave generously of their time and talent to
share what they know.
Now it’s your turn. Whether you’re a
chlorine-soaked veteran or a fresh-faced recruit, I urge
you to read and absorb the information we’ve
assembled. Keep it on hand and tell your peers about it.
Then go online and test your knowledge. If you score high
enough, you’ll earn an AIU diploma — a
certificate of completion you can add to your personnel
But more than a piece of paper, the AIU diploma
demonstrates your commitment to aquatics and your
understanding that on the most basic level, it’s
education for life.