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The New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association is dedicated to providing resources to aquatics professionals operating swimming pools in every community. It is our mission to provide education, networking, resources and certification to pool operators to ensure healthy, efficient, successful, and vibrant aquatic facilities.

CPO Certification Course

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) offers this extensive two-day training program. Upon successful completion you will receive certification and registration as a Pool/Spa Operator valid for five years. The CPO is recognized world wide as the leading training and standard of the swimming pool industry. The CPO seal of approval is assurance to commercial and public pool and spa owners that their facilities and guests are under the care and supervision of a trained professional. Participants are trained in the most advanced techniques of chemical treatment, filtration and mechanical system operation and maintenance. The curriculum is academic based. University educators with no bias of commercial pool manufacturers or suppliers sponsor these courses. For more information or to register please follow this link.

Aquatics Section Annual Meeting and Conference

Join the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association’s Aquatic Section for their Annual Re-organization Meeting and Conference. A great opportunity to share the industry’s latest information, exchange ideas, visit with vendors, elect the new Aquatic Section Officers and get the latest updates on state and national legislation. You’ll have an opportunity to meet with aquatic equipment and service providers as you plan for the 2019 Season. Morning Coffee, Snacks and Lunch included!

If you are interested in attending please click here for a registration form.

If you are interested in sponsoring please click here for a sponsorship form.

Please click here to register online as a sponsor or conference attendee.

Aquatics Section Announcements

There is a nationwide lifeguard shortage that many of us are experiencing around the country. Can Senior Active Adults be the answer? At the Summit Family Aquatic Center in Summit, NJ it is part of the answer. Check out this piece run on the Today Show on Friday, July 6, 2018 featuring Bob McIntosh, Senior Lifeguard.

The Aquatics Section is holding three educational events this summer for aquatics facility managers and staff. Sessions include tours of the host facilities. Click here to view the flyer.


North Texas Aquatic Covid-19 Aquatics Talk

Click Here for this June 24, 2020 recording.

Latest Aquatics Industry Updates

Click Here for 2017 Pool Membership Fee Comparisons


Study Shows Success of AEDs in Fitness Centers
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Lifeguard’s Arrest Could be ‘Game Changer A felony charge begs the question: When is a mistake a crime?
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Big Changes On Small Budgets How to have an aesthetic impact on aquatic facilities while "thinking small"!
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May is Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Month

Governor Christie has signed a proclamation supporting the month of May was Water Safety Month for the state of New Jersey. Please help spread the word about water safety and drowning prevention this month and all year long. There are plenty of great FREE resources available including promotional items and videos that can be linked to your Facebook page and City website. Great content and no cost! Reach out to or the National Drowning Prevention Alliance for more information.

It’s not too late to make a local proclamation. Why not use this news to promote your summer swim lesson line up? Here is the State Proclamation and the City of Summit Proclamation should you need samples.

Even with all of our combined good efforts, in 2015 there were 60 drownings reviewed by the Near Fatality Review Board. Of those, 24 occurred in the pool setting with the highest risk group being 2-5 year olds. We have a responsibility to educate our residents about water safety whether they are at our facilities or at a private home, open water swimming and boating. To find out more about NJ drowning statistics visit

Communities across the country are making proclamations declaring the month of May as a time to focus on Drowning Prevention Education, Parental Responsibility Campaigns and Life Vest Safety. Mayor Nora Radest of Summit, NJ proclaimed it in Summit along with Shark Diddy, the Summit Family Aquatic Center.

Mascot. They also debuted a video called, “Wear Your Lifejacket to Work” produced by interns Chris Melka and Jordan Aaron. The video can be seen a

Communities around the world are joining in the Drowning Prevention & Water Safety cause by becoming a part of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 22, 2017. Go to  to find out more. Swimming Lessons Save Lives!

Need some advice on getting the best out of this event, contact Gretchen Masterfano at to find out how they do it in Summit, NJ.

Click Here for the Proclamation
Click Here for American Academy of Pediatric's drowning statistics.


NJRPA Aquatics Section Members In The News

Summit In League of Municipalities Magazine
The Summit Family Aquatic Center was featured in the June issue of the League of Municipalities Magazine. The article is about Teaching Drowning Prevention and Fostering safe behaviors and educating the community. Written by Judith Leblein Josephs, the Director of Community Programs and the Co-Chair of the NJRPA Aquatic Section. Please take a few moments to read it whether or not you run a community aquatic facility. There are tips and statistics that everyone should know as drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-14. Parents and Grandparents need to be constantly vigilent and be a “Water Watcher” at all time. Congratulations to the Safety Team at the Summit Family Aquatic Center. PS: Shark Diddy also appears in the article, of course.
Click here to read article. 

Epic Waterparks in New Jersey
A recent article rated the top 13 waterparks in New Jersey. Not only are these exceptional waterparks for their excitement and fun, but all have exceptional safety records of which we can all be proud. Members include Breakwater Beach, Seaside Heights, Land of Make Believe in Hope, NJ, Sahara Sam’s and the Fun Plex in East Hanover along with Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center in East Brunswick NJ.

Check out the article and be sure to consider these properties when you get involved with the NJRPA ticket program and plan your summer field trips. For free tips on promoting swim lessons and drowning prevention programs go to


Resources and Helpful Documents can be found in the Aquatics section of the NJRPA Knowledge Center. The Knowledge Center page is restricted to NJRPA members only, please make sure you are logged in when attempting to view it.

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