Pre-Conference Sessions

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Get the 2018 conference started on Tuesday, October 30th with a few different activities, one put on by each of the WPRA Sections (Aquatics, Park, and Recreation)!


11:00am - 3:00pm
Building a Better Aquatics In-Service Trainer
Pete DeQuincy (Maximum 40 participants)

This workshop, presented by nationally known aquatic professional Pete DeQuincy, is ideal for anyone responsible for training lifeguard staff at a pool or waterfront facility. Pete will provide a fast-paced and highly interactive session - so come prepared to participate and be energized! You will learn very effective training techniques to implement with your own staff back at your facility.

Workshop presenter Pete DeQuincy oversee 160+ lifeguards, WSI's, and Junior Lifeguard instructors at 11 swim facilities and focuses on lifeguard operations and aquatic programming for East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland, CA. Pete's mission is to provide a positive and safe water experience to the families and patrons within the Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He served on the National American Red Cross Sounding Board for Lifeguarding and served on California Parks and Recreation Society's Aquatic Section Board. Pete's articles on lifeguard training and in-service development can be found in Aquatics International Lifesaver column. Pete was selected by Aquatics International as one of the top innovators for February 2014 Power Issue and recently joined Aquatics International's Advisory Board.

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11:00am - 1:00pm
Tree Climbing
Treetop Explorer (15 - 20 participants)

Recreational Tree Climbing enables families and individuals to actively enjoy their community parks and grow their appreciation of nature. Our tree climbing programs can be tailored to meet a variety of objectives as a stand-alone recreational activity, or as a component of your camp or environmental education programs. Observe and experience the benefits of this unique and exciting activity which supports the mission of your parks department and recreation programs on multiple levels.

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2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fox River State Recreation Trail Clean Up
Brown County (Unlimited participants)

The Fox River State Recreation Trail is known as one of the busier Rail-Trail systems in our state. This trail offers beautiful scenery, multiple parks, and even a few historical sites throughout its 25 miles. Brown County staff will discuss how they worked with community partners from development to creating revenue sources for this popular trail system. There will also be a discussion about current maintenance practices as well as hands on help to keep this beautiful trail sparkling!

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