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PROFESSIONAL STAFFING

There are many models for Aquatic management that have all had varying degrees of sustained success. With the need for Total Aquatic Programming in multi-faceted facilities currently being planned, the overall structure needs to be examined. We have entered the era of professionalism and certification and it would be beneficial to understand what a successful basic staffing plan looks like.
 
Definitions: Click on the links below to learn more about each one.
APA = Aquatic program aide 
CPR =  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
AED = Automated External Defibrillator
CWPT = Certified Pool Water Technician 
CPO = Certified Pool Operator
CPM = Certified Pool Manager
RAST = Risk Awareness Safety Training  
ASCA = American Swim Coaches Association
AEA = Aquatic Exercise Assoc.
ATRI = Aquatic Therapy & rehab Institute 
CAA = Certified Aquatic Administrator
Aquatic CEO = Chief Executive Officer 

 

BASIC DESCRIPTIONS

 

Title:  Aquatic Program Aide or Tech (lifeguards included)
Qualifications & Certifications: CPR, AED, First Aid, Water Safety within 1st 6 months, APA within 1st  year, CPWT within 1st 18 months
Salary Range:  $8.00 - $9.90 per hour Flex time

 

Title: Aquatic Specialist  (Instructor, Coach, Coordinator)
Qualifications & Certifications:  CPR, AED, First Aid, Coaches Safety, Water Safety, CPWT within 1st 6 months – RAST within 1st year
Specialty certifications ASCA, AEA, ATRI
Salary Range:  $10.00-$15.90 per hour Flex time plus benefits

 

Title:  Aquatic Manager (Supervisor)
Qualifications & Certifications:  CPR, AED, First Aid, Coaches Safety, Water Safety, CPWT or CPO, RAST, CPM, Specialty Certifications within 1st 6 months Specialty certifications ASCA, AEA, ATRI
Salary Range: $16.00 - $19.90 Full time plus Benefits

 

Title:  Aquatic Director
Qualifications & Certifications:  CPR, AED, First Aid, Water Safety, CPWT, RAST, CPM, CAA – Specialty Certifications  
Salary Range: $20.00 & up; Full time plus benefits

 

Title:  Aquatic CEO
Qualifications & Certifications: CPR, AED, First Aid, Water Safety, CPWT, RAST, CPM, CAA, Plus seminars, conferences, experience, Industry leadership, Specialty Certifications
Salary Range: $ Salary & benefits commensurate with responsibility and experience

 

Sample flow chart for Aquatic Facility: (click here to view the flow chart)

Board of Directors: A BOD may not be applicable with privately owned facilities.

 

Aquatic CEO: This position may not be applicable with smaller facilities; see CAA below.

 

Facility Director/Manager: (CAA) The on-site “go to” position that is responsible for day-to-day operations.  Many times this is the only person needed, especially for average size facilities.

 

All positions listed below report to the CAA immediately above:

 

Facility Business Supervisor: in charge of billing, membership, advertising, retail space rentals, human resources.

 

Aquatic Programs Coordinator: in charge of Learn-2-Swim, Swim Team rental, community access, water rental, events.

 

Facility Operations Supervisor: in charge of maintenance, guards, safety, risk management, facility operations, equipment.

 

Aquatic Wellness Coordinator: in charge of adult programs, personal training, post rehab, water classes, masters swimming, special programs.

 

Land Wellness Coordinator: in charge of health club, land exercise areas, facility customer service staff, concessions & vending.


Position                    NumberEmp        Hourly Rate            Budget Hour

Operational tech's                  3                        $10                        $30

Coordinator level                    2                        $15                        $30

Manager level                        1                        $20                        $20

          Approx total no benefits included                                    $80

                                                      Annualized salaries=    $166,400

                                                      Annualized budget=     $334,400

Does not include Taxes - Depreciation - Employee benefits - Debt reduction

 

 

Salaries for 15,000 sq ft multi-use facility open 60 hours per week

Position                    NumberEmp        Hourly Rate            Budget Hour
Operational tech's                  4                        $10                        $40
Coordinator level                    2                        $15                        $30
Manager level                        1                        $20                        $20
          Approx total no benefits included                                    $90
                                                      Annualized salaries=    $187,200
                                                      Annualized budget=     $397,200
 
Does not include Taxes - Depreciation - Employee benefits - Debt reduction

 

 

Salaries for 21,000 sq ft multi-use facility open 60 hours per week
Position                    NumberEmp        Hourly Rate            Budget Hour
Operational tech's                  5                        $10                        $50
Coordinator level                    2                        $15                        $30
Manager level                        1                        $20                        $20
        Approx total no benefits included                                    $100
                                                      Annualized salaries=    $208,000
                                                      Annualized budget=     $502,000
 
Does not include Taxes - Depreciation - Employee benefits - Debt reduction

Salaries for 50,000 sq ft multi-use facility open 60 hours per week
Position                    NumberEmp        Hourly Rate            Budget Hour
Operational tech's                  6                        $10                        $60
Coordinator level                    2                        $15                        $45
Manager level                        1                        $20                        $20
          Approx total no benefits included                                  $125
                                                     Annualized salaries=    $260,000
                                                     Annualized budget=     $960,000
 
Does not include Taxes - Depreciation - Employee benefits - Debt reduction 

More detailed information plus sample job descriptions are available from USA Swimming Facilities Development Department.


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