Township of Westfield, NJ

Somerset County Park System

Aquatics Section
Aquatics Chair: Alex Sperling, CPO

Online Courses & More


TBA during the year

If you have any questions, please contact 
Alex Sperling at sperlinga@mail.montclair.edu. 

Resources & General Updates

New Jersey Swim Safety Alliance Poster for Baby Water Safety Programs

NJSSA Poster-PRINT.pdf

COVID-19 Aquatics Considerations for Planning - Balancing Risk and Reward

The document link below was compiled by the NJRPA Aquatics Section to share best practices and operating considerations for you to continue your planning. They represent best practices from the lifeguard certifying agencies, as well as considerations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), among others. It is not issued by the State of New Jersey, but is rather a representation of practical issues you will be facing and possible solutions to these challenges.

Link: Aquatics Section COVID-19 Summer Planning 2020 

Should you or your leadership want to reach out to the NJRPA Aquatics Section, Judith Leblein Josephs (NJRPA Past President and NJRPA Aquatics Section Education Co-Chair) is willing to address your questions and concerns as a service of NJRPA. Judith can be reached by email at jleblein@optonline.net.

Aquatics & American Red Cross Updates

Red Cross Learning Center includes general safety guidance, guidelines for teaching appropriate classes with social distancing (if able to teach in accordance to state and local guidelines), and information on the 120-day extension for base level lifeguarding and CPR Pro certification. The NJ DOH just approved this 120-day extension. This is not an automatic extension. As an AP/LTP, you can enter the course for your guards or they can do it themselves.

The American Red Cross 120-Day Certification Extension Course may be accessed here: 120-Day Cert. Course 

Any questions, contact Cait Waxler at cait.waxler@redcross.org

COVID-19 and Water Transmission

According to the Association of Aquatic Professionals (https://aquaticpros.org), there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pool and hot tub water should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Online Educational Resources

See the Aquatics-related Facebook Groups that was distributed at the NJRPA Annual Conference's Aquatics Boot Camp. Click HERE to link to free Facebook webinars, courtesy of Lakeview Aquatic Consultants.

Association of Aquatic Professionals Free Resources

This non-profit organization is providing free COVID-19 resources without having to pay to become a member at:
Aquatic Pro. - Resources 

Zoom Meetings/Misc. Material




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