Program Highlights

This year's program includes an exciting lineup of 10 sessions spanning across 2 days! 

Join us at Ripple Effects on November 24 & 25, 2021 and be inspired by sessions on facility operations and management, programming, drowning prevention, lessons learned during the pandemic, looking to the future of aquatics, leadership, psychological health and safety and so much more!

Plus, registration includes full access to the virtual Marketplace and complementary access to the Networking Social.

Check out the schedule-at-a-glance and program details below.


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Schedule At-a-Glance

All times listed below are in Pacific Standard Time.

Wednesday, November 24

Thursday, November 25

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote: The Pandemic and the Path Forward for the Aquatics Industry

Presented by Dr. Justin Sempsrott

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote: Everyday Leadership

Presented by Phil Eastwood

9:45 – 10:30 am

A New Era of Wellness

Presented by Mary Chow and James Braam

9:45 – 10:30 am

Pandemic-Style Drowning Prevention

Presented by Dale Miller

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Agency Update: The Latest News on Aquatics

Presented by Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon, Canadian Red Cross and BCRPA

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Lessons Learned and Beyond Panel: Instilling Aquatic Staff and Community Confidence through COVID

Presented by Anita Bleick, Beth Fisher and Kelsey Woods

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Virtual Pool Tour Featuring 8 Pools

Presented by Carscadden, City of Richmond, City of Maple Ridge, FaulknerBrowns Architects, hcma, HDR, and VDA

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

An Introduction to Psychological First Aid for Aquatic Professional

Presented by Lauralee March and Daniel Sander

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Panel: Pandemic-Inspired Aquatic Facility and Operations Adaptations

Presented by Karen Zaidan, Paula Thulin and Stéphane Delisle

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Beyond COVID – Designing Community Recreation Facilities in the New Normal

Presented by Kim Winston

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Aquatic Youth Award Presentation & Pool Party
All Delegates are welcome!

 

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Program Details

Wednesday, November 24

TIME

SESSION

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote: The Pandemic and the Path Forward for the Aquatics Industry presented by Dr. Justin Sempsrott

1 CEC

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is significant information and misinformation available. This session is a science-based update on the current state of the pandemic and the pathway forward, with an emphasis on the aquatics industry.

9:45 am  10:30 am

A New Era of Wellness presented by Mary Chow and James Braam

1 CEC

Water - whether it be used for sport, leisure, or learning, has the potential to influence human wellness in a manner that is superior to dry land activities. Today, our communal drive towards a higher level of wellness has shifted the dial from a focus on swim lessons, drowning prevention, and sport, to an all-encompassing wellness experience. As we emerge from the global pandemic, physical and mental wellness is top of mind and aquatic facilities can make an immediate impact on individual and community wellness.

Join us in exploring questions such as:

  • How can we take advantage of pool facilities and resources to better impact individual wellness?
  • How can small interventions increase the wellness aspects of the natatorium environment? and
  • How do pool facilities contribute to overall community health and wellness?

10:45 am  11:45 am

Agency Update: The Latest News on Aquatics presented by Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon, Canadian Red Cross and BCRPA

1 CEC

Join the Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society of BC and Yukon, and BCRPA for an insightful discussion and update on the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and new and emerging trends. Join the conversation, bring your questions, and contribute your insight and ideas that relate to your community.

12:00 pm  12:45 pm

Virtual Pool Tour Featuring 8 Pools presented by Carscadden, City of Richmond, City of Maple Ridge, FaulknerBrowns Architects, hcma, HDR, and VDA

1 CEC

Dive in and join the first ever, Ripple Effects Virtual Pool Tour! Learn about trends and new features in new aquatic centres across the country, and even in the UK. 

The tour features 8 pools:

  • Britannia Leisure Centre (London, UK)
  • Minoru Centre for Active Living (Richmond, BC)
  • Prarie Winds Park Outdoor Pool (Calgary, AB)
  • Vulcan Lions Community Pool (Vulcan, AB)
  • Wascana Pool (Regina, SK)
  • Ravelin Sports Centre (Portsmouth, England), and
  • Moorways Sports Village (Derby, England)
  • Pool in Maple Ridge, BC

1:00 pm  1:45 pm

Panel: Pandemic-Inspired Aquatic Facility and Operations Adaptations presented by Karen Zaidan, Paula Thulin and Stéphane Delisle

1 CEC

COVID-19 fundamentally changed how we run our aquatic facilities over the past year. In this session you'll have the opportunity to learn how 3 different aquatic facilities adapted their operations and programming to meet the needs of their communities and abide by local health orders, as well as the lessons they each learned through this process.

2:00 pm  3:00 pm

Aquatic Youth Award Presentation & Pool Party
All Delegates are welcome!

Reconnect with your peers for a fun-filled hour of games and engaging discussions.

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Thursday, November 25

TIME

SESSION

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote: Everyday Leadership presented by Phil Eastwood

1 CEC

Phil Eastwood uses the philosophy behind Joseph Campbell's, "The Hero's Journey" to deliver a powerful and memorable presentation about personal impact and influence. Its focus is not only about how one 'shows up' in your organization, but about personal responsibility for growth and development.

9:45 am  10:30 am

Pandemic-Style Drowning Prevention presented by Dale Miller

1 CEC

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the approach to preventing drowning?  Have the statistics changed and has the lack of swimming lessons for 18 months increased the risk?  Hear observations and data from the Lifesaving Society and how you can help make a difference in your community.

10:45 am  11:45 am

Lessons Learned and Beyond Panel: Instilling Aquatic Staff and Community Confidence through COVID presented by Anita Bleick, Beth Fisher and Kelsey Woods

1 CEC

Navigating the waters of opening a pool in a time of a pandemic, panelists discuss how they operated a variety of aquatic facilities with ever-changing COVID health protocols. They will share examples of how they re-engaged their lifeguard staff, modified training sessions, and addressed their own fears and concerns about their new responsibilities surrounding safety, and enforcement of safety protocols.

Learn tips and tricks from the panel on how communication and public education built community confidence, and how they were able to bring back fun, exciting and successful programs back to their communities.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

An Introduction to Psychological First Aid for Aquatic Professionals presented by Lauralee March and Daniel Sander

1 CEC

This session is an introduction to the Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid course. Elements of the Self-Care and Caring for Others courses will introduce the themes of the effects of stress, loss, and trauma, how to recognize when a person is in distress and how to offer help without judgment or assumptions.

The applications of building personal resiliency to stress and the development of skills to help others cope with stress will be centered on the aquatic professional.

Learn more about Canadian Red Cross' Psychological First Aid Course.

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Beyond COVID – Designing Community Recreation Facilities in the New Normal presented by Kim Winston

1 CEC

The past year has provided space for all of us to rethink our priorities as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. How we gather as a community has been questioned, prompting us to examine how we design the buildings that will bring us back together again. Using examples from some of the newest recreation and aquatic centres currently being constructed in the Lower Mainland, this presentation will reflect on areas of facility design that have changed in response to the pandemic, but also in response to other societal issues that have been amplified over the past year.

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Thank you to the Planning Committee!

Dale Miller, Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon

Daniel Sander, Canadian Red Cross

Lauralee March, City of Surrey

Michelle Wilcox, District of Squamish

Sean Healy, PoolOps Master Trainer

Teriney McGuire, Fort St. John

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