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 Qualifications

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 currently be AFO certified
  • 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  assess your technical knowledge and presentation skills through solo and team-teaching, provide tips on instructing and help you become proficient in teaching the AFO course materials. Upon completion candidates will be notified of their status relating to the assessment, this could include becoming a lead instructor, provisional instructor with team teaching needs or recognition that further work is needed prior to entry into the program as an instructor. 

To become an instructor, please complete the online application and submit three professional references (download the reference form here). Once accepted, you will receive instructions on how to register for an upcoming workshop.

Next AFOI Workshop: September 16-17, 2021 at NRPA Headquarters Ashburn, VA


Apply to Become an AFO Instructor


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 Candidate

Instructor Candidates must meet the qualifications listed above. Submission of a complete AFO Instructor application is required to become an Instructor Candidate. Submit your application.

Provisional Instructor

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 Instructor

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 Trainer

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

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