ASU Aquatic Center
May 25, 2017
The 25 Meter Pool here at ASU is one of the many places to hang out during the summer. It can be configured in multiple ways to accommodate a variety of programming opportunities such as: open/recreational swim, lap swim, water fitness, swimming lessons, red crosses training and special events.
Aaron Kentner is an Assistant Director for Aquatics and Facilities Management, University Recreation at Angelo State University. Aaron Kentner oversees the hiring and training of student employees to ensure the aquatic safety of all participates while using the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance Building (CHP) Pool. All student employees take a week long Water Safety Instructor course. This is where all student employees are certified to be a Water Safety Instructor through American Red Cross so they can teach swim lessons. The ASU Aquatics facilities are an authorized provider for Red Cross and are required to certify all their instructors. During the course they are taught all aspects of teaching swim lessons plus all the safety components.
The ASU aquatic center partnered with Residential programs during the fall for a movie night in the pool. Students were given Iggy’s Italian Ice, popcorn and entered into a free raffle. This turned out to be a tremendous success. They are also looking into doing something similar for Rambunctious Weekend.
Our biggest collaboration is offering swim lessons to the community of San Angelo. Participants will be evaluated on the first day of class to confirm that their individual skills meet course prerequisites. If demonstrated skills do not match the skill level for the class in which a participant is registered, the instructor will assign the student to the class that best matches the demonstrated skill level. Every now and then they have a group want to reserve the pool for an event. Some examples are the Air Force Base, local private schools, and San Angelo State Supported Living Center. The aquatic center also has sliding doors that open during events and during swim lessons to get some air flow in the pool. Typically they leave them closed, because leaves and debris blow in and get in the pool.