Extra Workshops

Learn a little bit EXTRA!

Start your professional development early with EXTRA Workshops. Half--day, one-day and 2-day workshops are available.

  • Learn the basics of pool operations and maintenance with the Pool Operator Level 1 Course
  • Learn risk management strategies for dealing with difficult people
  • Incorporate autism awareness in your recreation aquatics programming
  • Take a tour of the new Aldergrove and Delbrook pools
  • OR earn two certificates to provide and to teach psychological first aid

Select from the drop down menu below to learn more about your options.

Extra Workshops

SAVINGS TIP! Register for 2 Workshops on November 12: PC1 or PC2 + PC3 and save more (plus get lunch!) Earn up to 6 BCRPA Fitness CECs.

November 12 - Half day or Full Day

8 am — 1 pm


Tour of New Pools: Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre and Delbrook Community Recreation Centre  |  Facilitator: BCRPA  CECs N/A

Member: $75Non-Member: $90 (Lunch is included.)

• Pick-up at The Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver at 8 am sharp

Tour the Township of Langley’s newest aquatic facility, Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre, and North Vancouver’s Delbrook Community Recreation Centre. These facilities have been custom designed to meet the needs of all ages and abilities, and to help build healthier, more inclusive communities. Join the tour and learn more about the design features that keep the local residents active and swimming in the water.


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9 am – 12 pm


Supporting Individuals with Autism in Community Recreation Aquatics  |  Stephanie Jull  |  3 CECs

Member: $75Non-Member: $90

• Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, 851 West Queens Rd, North Vancouver

The prevalence of autism is 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys) and rising. Community recreation staff often struggle to include individuals with autism in their programming. This workshop will provide information about autism and support strategies, including communication tips, group strategies, and behaviour support tools so recreation programs can be more inclusive.


1 pm — 4 pm


Dealing with Difficult People: Risk Management Strategies for Recreational Aquatics Staff | Samantha Boyce | 3 CECs

Member: $75Non-Member: $90

• Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, 851 West Queens Rd, North Vancouver

Does your aquatic staff have the tools they need to know how to speak to members of the public who may be unhappy or demanding? In this session, Samantha will share real stories and examples of outcomes and consequences that can be avoided when communicating with the general public. She will discuss in what situations aquatics staff are and aren’t personally liable in lawsuits, and provide tools that you and your staff can use to feel more confident and better prepared to handle difficult situations with members of the public.

2-Day Extra Workshop

November 9 and 10 - BCRPA Pool Operator Level 1 Course

8:30 am — 4:30 pm, both days


BCRPA Pool Operator Level 1 Course |  Facilitator: Eric Bientjes, BCRPA Pool Operator Instructor | 14 CECs

Member: $155Non-Member: $165 (Lunch not included.)

• Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, 851 West Queens Rd, North Vancouver

This course will introduce students to pool types and designs, pool chemistry, water testing, and swimming pool regulations to help them build an understanding of swimming pool operations and maintenance. Students will develop an understanding of pool maintenance standards and practices to allow them to operate pools safely in accordance to the most up-to-date BC Pool Regulations.

Prior knowledge of pool maintenance or operations is not required.

Level 1 Course topics include:

  • Regulations - focus on the Health Act
  • Pool types and designs
  • Pool chemistry
  • Water testing
  • Alternate forms of disinfecting
  • Circulation, filtration, and turnover rate
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Seasonal maintenance
  • Safe handling and storage of chemicals
  • Troubleshooting problems 

A quiz will be conducted at the end of the course to ensure student understanding.

Those who complete the course will receive a Pool Operators Level 1 certificate.

This course is a prerequisite for the Level 2 Pool Operators course.


November 12 and 15 - Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Instructor Course

Earn 14 BCRPA Fitness CECs, PLUS two certificates in Psychological First Aid, and Psychological First Aid Instructor (valid for 3 years)

9 am — 5 pm, both days


Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Instructor Course | 14 CECs

Member: $270Non-Member: $299 (Lunch is included.)

• Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, 851 West Queens Rd, North Vancouver

This 2-day course includes:

  • Psychological First Aid Course
  • Psychological First Aid Instructor Course
  • Psychological First Aid - Self-Care (online)
  • Psychological First Aid - Care for Others (online)
  • Those who complete this 2 day course will receive both a Psychological First Aid and a Psychological First Aid Instructor certificate, valid for 3 years.

Learners will acquire in-depth knowledge and techniques to recognize and assist people in crisis after experiencing loss, grief, trauma, and stress, with an emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Learn to apply the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model – a resiliency-building approach to emotional, psychological, and social well-being that teaches learners how to support themselves and others to cope with the effects of various types of stress, and links them to resources and supports within themselves or in their community. The course uses primarily case-based learning and includes the latest evidence from the international community.

Learners will also develop competencies in facilitating case-based learning, and how to support learners in understanding a resiliency-building approach to emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing.


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor or Water Safety Instructor Certification
  • Fundamentals of Instruction


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