Aquatics Leadership Cohort

Keeping our pools and water safe is now about so much more than drop drills, lifeguard positioning, in-service training, and crisis management around a drowning incident. Now, it’s also about leading through—and beyond—unprecedented national crises. We’re looking at a new normal in the aquatics industry, dealing with lifeguard shortages, budget cuts, pool closures, heightened racial intolerance, and ongoing uncertainties due to COVID-19, political tensions, and an increasing number of climate disasters.

We invite you to join Redwoods and Gareth Hedges of H2O Safety Consulting in a 6-week cohort as we walk through how to be a great leader in aquatics—before, during, and after a crisis.

Please see below for more details and our FAQ.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn?

In this course, we will learn about developing core leadership values, guiding tenets, building a strong and diverse team, and deeply understanding what it means to be a leader and not just a manager.

Who is eligible?

This cohort is suitable for aquatic leaders of all levels—aquatic directors, head lifeguards, and any other aquatic leader—looking to learn more about leading through periods of big change and crisis. We will have 8-12 leaders in this first cohort.

When does the cohort start/end?

The course will begin during the first week of November and will continue for 6 weeks until the second week of December. Please specify your day/time preferences in the application.

What is the time commitment?

We will meet once a week for one hour via Zoom. You can expect to spend an additional one hour during the week on pre-work such as, reading articles, watching videos and applying principles in your every day work.   

When does the application close?

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 16th.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Melanie Young at