Aquatics Newsletter – Current Issue
Welcome to the Stanford Aquatics quarterly newsletter! This newsletter is designed to keep our recreational swimmers informed of what is happening in Stanford Aquatics, as well as strengthen our aquatic community. Get ready to learn about your fellow recreational swimmers and the staff members that keep you safe while you swim. Improve your swim workouts and find out why there is construction at the pool. All of these topics and more will come to you quarterly in the Stanford Aquatics newsletter. Click here to sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter.
Winter 2014 Newsletter
What Does It Take To Run An Aquatic Facility?
Did you know there are eleven bodies of water that Stanford Aquatics operates and maintains? That comes out to roughly over four million gallons of water! We are a ‘365 operation’ that opens before the sun rises and closes shortly after the sun sets each day. It takes a team of eight full-time employees and over fifty-five part-time staff to ensure these pools are safe and enjoyable for our users. Let’s shed some light on the players that make up this hard working team.
Our three building engineers, Mike, John and Ryan, do most, if not all, of the pool maintenance work. Every day they check and maintain pool temperatures, chemistry and water levels, lights, pumps, and that’s just for the pools themselves. They also perform building maintenance for the Avery Aquatic Center. Their skill set goes beyond just a pool operator.
Next up, Stephanie, our Aquatic Operations and Safety Coordinator, hires, trains, and manages our lifeguard staff and safety equipment at the AAC and ARP. Michelle, the Aquatic Programming Coordinator, creates and manages all recreational programming to include rec swim, aquatic classes, aqua swim instructors and aquatic rec. events. James, the Aquatic Operations and Events Coordinator, ensures the varsity and non-varsity events run smoothly. He also creates the marketing content that you see around our facilities and on our aquatic website.
In the coaching world we have Tim, our Masters Swim Coach. He manages the program, its membership, workouts, and the coaching staff. Check out his article, “From the Desk of Tim Edmonds”, in the quarterly newsletter.
The day-to-day safety, facility access, and deck operations are managed by a large part-time staff of Shift Leaders, Lifeguards, and Front Gate Associates, many of whom are Stanford students.
Finally, Rebecca, our Associate Director, Facilities, Operations and Events for Stanford Aquatics, oversees all aquatic operations, events, and full-time aquatic personnel.
Every person on staff plays an integral role in providing our users with a top-notch aquatic experience. When you see us on the pool deck, please take the opportunity to say hello and let us know how we are doing.
Aquatic Programming Survey
It’s 2014 and what better time to look ahead for the new year than right now! We want your input on aquatic programming at Stanford. What would bring you to the pool? Classes, private lessons, recreational or leisure pool activities? Interested in scuba diving or paddleboard yoga? How about aqua Zumba? With the completion of the Avery Recreation Pool we have the opportunity to create more aquatic programming. Our ears are open to your suggestions. The survey takes 5 minutes of your time and provides us with the resources to program the pool. We’re excited to give our users what they are looking for in an aquatic environment. This is your chance to have input on what we offer to the community. Our goal is to help more people recreate by swimming for life, swimming for fitness, and swimming for fun. Don’t miss your chance to provide feedback. Take the survey now. Click Here
Aquatic Staff Bio Blasts
Have you ever walked into the Avery Aquatic Center (AAC) or Avery Recreation Pool (ARP) and wondered who the awesome staff members were that were working tirelessly to make your swimming experience so pleasant? Each newsletter will feature three of our outstanding staff members and give you a little background about them. So take a second and read about Kamille, Tamar and Rob! Don’t forget to say hi to them the next time you see them or any other of our amazing staffers.
Lifeguard Shift Leader
If you are a Stanford Aquatics regular you most likely have seen Kamille around the pool deck. Kamille is one of our Shift Lead Lifeguards and her sunny disposition, commitment to excellence and helpful attitude make her an asset to our aquatics team.
Kamille started with Stanford Aquatics in August of 2013 after a friend recommended the job to her. She enjoys working for Stanford Aquatics and appreciates that the paycheck helps support her while she attends De Anza College as a Marine Biology major. She is currently a sophomore and is in the process of transferring to a 4 year college. Her top choice is Humboldt State University. We are thinking good thoughts for her while she waits to hear from the admissions office.
When not working and going to school Kamille enjoys baking cookies with her dad. She often brings in the tasty results to share with the staff. She also plays Water Polo for De Anza which is quite a bit different from Synchronized Swimming where she started her aquatics athletic career.
Kamille is always a lot of fun to be around so the next time you see her feel free to say hi.
Meet Tamar Petrosian, an instructor for Stanford Aquatics. Tamar teaches Aqua Boot Camp, offered quarterly as a REC class to students, faculty/staff, and community members. She has been teaching this class since Fall of 2012. Aqua Boot Camp is a unique combination of swim conditioning, aqua aerobics, and strength training. It offers a low-impact water workout that increases your strength and cardiovascular endurance, in and out of the water!
Tamar received her BS in Kinesiology from San Jose State University after graduating from nearby Gunn High School. She has certifications in TRX, USAW, and Nike Sparq. Some of you might have seen her in the gym as she also teaches fitness classes for Stanford. Tamar has a passion for the water and intense workouts that help people get active without creating or aggravating injury. She has found Aqua Boot Camp to be the perfect combination that truly impacts participants.
When asked what excites her about teaching Aqua Boot Camp she says, “I love the boot camp spirit because of the intensity and attitude required. Bringing it into the water makes it very unique but safe, which I highly value. It’s also so great to be outside instead of stuck in the gym. Because this class meets twice a week we really get to know each other well. I’ve been able to help my students both prevent and treat injuries with intense exercise. I have many repeats from quarter to quarter and there are always new faces brought in by my regulars. We are definitely a close-knit group, like a family.”
When Tamar is not on the pool deck or in the gym she can be found playing board games and volleyball, doing yoga, dancing, and spending time with her husband. If you see Tamar on the deck say hello and consider getting in shape with her next quarter in Aqua Boot Camp!
Front Gate Associate
If you have been to the Avery Aquatic Center on a Monday or Friday night recently you have seen Rob Arteaga manning the front gate. Rob joined the Stanford Aquatics team at the end of the fall quarter but has already proven to be a responsible, outgoing and fun loving employee that has fit right in with the Front Gate Associate staff. Along with working for Stanford Aquatics Rob has also joined the Front Desk staff at the new Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC).
Aside from the two gorgeous working environments that the Avery Aquatic Center and the new AOERC have to offer Rob says he sought out a front desk job to hopefully get his foot in the door of an athletics department. His dream is to work in athletics in one capacity or another after he finishes school.
A Bay Area native Rob is currently attending nearby Foothill College where he is studying Kinesiology. His hope is to transfer to a four-year college soon to complete his Bachelors degree and then possibly go onto law school.
When not working or dealing with schoolwork you can find Rob hiking, camping, playing sports or hanging out with his girlfriend. He states “I just love playing sports and being active.”
If you see Rob at either the Avery Aquatic Center or AOERC stop by and say Hi!