Aquatics Newsletter Fall 2013
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.
Sunday September 22, was a picture perfect day for Stanford’s first annual RECover freshmen only pool party. The weather was warm and sunny and Baker Pool at the Avery Aquatic Center was crisp, blue and inviting. Freshmen were encouraged to stop by, eat some ice cream, relax and get free information on various recreational activities they can participate in including rugby, ultimate frisbee, soccer and more.
RECover ran from 1:00-4:00 at the Avery Aquatic Center. It started off slow as a few brave freshmen risked their trendy status by showing up on time, but by 2:00pm things picked up and everyone was having a great time. Students enjoyed lounging in the sun by the pool, playing on blow up inflatables in the water and playing water polo.
This relaxing Cardinal Rec event highlighted how important recreation opportunities are to students. Students need a chance to get away from their books and recover from their busy and stressful academic lives. Cardinal Rec offers these opportunities and leads students to well balanced and fun experiences, so they can look back at their time at Stanford as a time of excellence in academic studies, great friends, and fun times. RECover is sure to become a fun and anticipated annual tradition to greet the freshmen and welcome them into their first year at Stanford.
Avery Recreation Pool
We are about two weeks from the opening of the new Avery Recreation Pool (Avery West) at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center. The majority of the work is complete, with some finishing touches in the mechanical room remaining, plastering the shell and filling the pool with water last on the list.
Some highlights to get you pumped up for the new pool:
- Morning rec swim hours starting at 7am during the week and 9am on Saturdays
- Variety of pool depths for more diverse aquatic program offerings
- ADA accessible ramp
- Day use and long term locker rentals
- Proximity to dorms, class rooms and residential areas
- Fun, relaxing atmosphere
Stanford Aquatics is anxious to share this new pool with the Stanford community and provide its users with more space to recreate. This is just another way Cardinal Rec is leading the Stanford Experience!
Aquatic Staff Bio Blasts
Have you ever walked into the Avery Aquatic Center or Roble Pool and wondered who the awesome staff members were that were working tirelessly to make your swimming experience so pleasant? Each newsletter will now feature three of our outstanding staff members and give you a little background about them. So take a second and read about Stephanie, Olivia and Robin! Don’t forget to say hi to them the next time you see them or any other of our amazing staffers.
Aquatic Operations and Safety Coordinator
Stephanie Collier just started on the Stanford Aquatics team. She came from the City of Sacramento where she worked for the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Section. She started out as a lifeguard the summer she turned 16, worked 9 summers, and worked her way up to being the Pool Manager. As a lifeguard she discovered a love for teaching swim lessons and received her Water Safety Instructor Certification from the Red Cross.
After graduating from UC Davis with a History degree Stephanie went back to school to get her single subject teaching credential, however; she had trouble finding a full-time teaching position due to the recession.
In August of 2010 she was approached to work full-time for the City of Sacramento in the aquatics section coordinating the aquatic recreation programs and training safety staff. As it turned out working in aquatics allowed her to use many of the same teaching skills she learned getting her teaching credential to mentor and develop teens and young adults in lifeguarding, CPR and first aid.
Looking for new challenges outside of Sacramento, Stephanie set her sights on the prestigious Stanford campus and landed the Aquatic Safety Coordinator position. She is eager to bring her aquatics experience and passion to Stanford Aquatics.
When not working Stephanie enjoys playing soccer, reading and spending time with friends and family. In Sacramento she was on both indoor and outdoor soccer teams and recently had taken up kick ball. When not active Stephanie appreciates the value of relaxing with a good book. Some of her favorite authors include, Isabel Allende, Elizabeth Gilbert and Barbara Kingsolver. If you see Stephanie on the deck welcome her aboard!
If you enjoy the Avery Aquatic Center for recreation swim then you have most likely seen Olivia Palmer lifeguarding, cleaning the pool deck or handing you a kickboard or pull buoy. Olivia is a Lifeguard, Shift Leader and essential team member at the Avery Aquatic Center. Olivia started her lifeguarding career at a local country club, and came to the Stanford Aquatics team in September of 2011. It is Stanford’s professionalism and organization that appeals to Olivia and keeps her coming back as a lifeguard.
Olivia states her friends often make fun of her because, “All of my stories have to do with the pool” she especially enjoys bonding with the other elite Stanford Lifeguards. Hanging out together at the pool after a challenging in-service training is one of the aspects Olivia likes most about lifeguarding at the Avery Aquatic Center.
When not working at the pool, Olivia attends Foothill De Anza Community College as a Kinesiology Major. She hopes to one day be a physical therapist. She brings the same passion and energy she has for her future education to Stanford Aquatics, and is a real asset to the team.
To those interested in lifeguarding for Stanford Aquatics Olivia strongly recommends it stating, “It is a big responsibility but rewarding. The friends you meet, the things you learn and the professionalism make everything worth it.”
The next time you go for a swim look for Olivia’s warm smile and cheerful disposition. She is sure to make your aquatics experience an even better one!
Front Gate Associate
Robin Sharma joined the Stanford Aquatics team this last summer and has quickly become an integral part of the Front Gate Associate staff. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Robin is pursuing a degree in Public Safety with his sights set on being a police officer. Aside from working for Stanford Aquatics, Robin volunteers with the Milpitas Police Explorers as an Explorer Advisor where he helps to guide youth through the Explorer program. As part of the Explorer program Robin has been part of SWAT trainings and numerous police ride alongs where he has been learning what it takes to succeed in his future profession.
In his spare time you usually can find Robin either playing pick-up basketball, watching sports (especially the Golden State Warriors and the Oakland Radiers) or hanging out with his family and friends.
So what drew Robin to Stanford Aquatics? Robin says several things. First, he has several family members who have been working on campus for years so this feels like a second home. Second, he loves the pool environment as he previously held several lifeguarding positions. Lastly, he is a people person and enjoys getting to know new and interesting people.
If you see Robin, take a second to introduce yourself as he is a great person to get to know!