Take the next step in your career and share your extensive knowledge of aquatics operations by becoming an AFO Instructor (AFOI). Not only will you help other professionals follow industry best practices, but you will contribute to the improvement of aquatics facilities across the country.
Why Become an Instructor
- Gain recognition as a content expert
- Network with hundreds of aquatics professionals nationwide
- Create a potential revenue stream for your agency or company
- Reduce internal staff training costs
Instructor Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Five years, full-time experience in aquatics or a related area
- High school diploma. Bachelor's degree in related field is preferred
- Two years of experience teaching or presenting to individuals at high school level or above
- Must have successfully completed the AFO course
- Must be member of National Recreation and Park Association
- Minimum of three years holding a national aquatics certification (AFO strongly preferred)
Sign Up for the AFOI Workshop
To become an AFO Instructor, you must first apply to attend the AFO Instructor Workshop. During this two-day workshop, top Instructor Trainers will help you master the AFO course materials, technical knowledge and presentation skills necessary for you to teach the AFO certification course.
To become an instructor, please complete the online application and submit three professional references (download the reference form here). Only candidates who meet the minimum requirements listed above should apply. Once accepted, you will receive instructions on how to register for an upcoming workshop. AFOI Workshops take place every spring and fall.
The next AFOI Workshop will take place in Spring 2019.
Apply to Become an AFO Instructor
Cost to Attend
The AFOI Workshop fee is $400. Candidates must cover the costs of travel, lodging and any additional fees associated with this course. Course fees include:
- Workshop instruction by the Instructor Trainers
- Lunch each day of the course
- One copy of the AFO Manual
- One copy of the AFO Instructor Manual
- AFO course slides and instructor material
AFO Instructor Levels
Please read through the levels of AFO Instructor status listed below. This information will help you understand the natural progression of an AFO Instructor. All individuals must begin at the AFO Instructor Candidate level and move up from there.
Instructor Candidates must have passed an AFO course and hold a current, unexpired aquatics certificate. Submission of a complete AFO Instructor application is required to become an Instructor Candidate. Submit your application.
Provisional Instructors have been formally accepted into the program after participation in the AFOI Workshop. Instructors at this level must co-teach with a Lead Instructor. The number of required co-teachings is determined by the Instructor Trainer.
Lead Instructors have displayed a mastery of subject matter during the AFOI Workshop or completed the required number of co-teachings at the Provisional Instructor level. Lead instructors can teach AFO courses independently.
Instructor Trainers have shown a mastery of the course materials, technical knowledge and presentation skills. They have demonstrated exceptional competence in teaching effectiveness and in their course evaluations. They act as Instructor Workshop facilitators and evaluate the eligibility of instructor candidates for advancement to trial instructors. NRPA appoints Instructor Trainers on an as needed basis.
For more information about becoming an AFO Instructor, contact NRPA Aquatics Program Manager, Elizabeth Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org.