Pre-Conference Sessions
Monday, February 21, 2022
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Aquatics Pre-Conference Session

Effective Learning Activities for Teaching Life-Safety Swim Skills
Jill White
Additional Registration Fee $40 

To reduce drowning risk there are foundational “life-safety” aquatic skills that should be mastered by everyone before learning strokes. This session explores the evidence-based rationale for this approach to teaching swimming and presents practical learning activities swim instructors can incorporate into any swim lesson program.

Park Pre-Conference Session

Winter Trail Maintenance
Panel of Staff & Volunteer Groomers
Additional Registration Fee $20

In a good snow year, Wisconsin’s winter wonderland provides ample outdoor recreation activities. Learn from communities who groom trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Discuss what you should expect for staff time commitment and budget. Trail grooming equipment will be on-site for field demos. Discuss the pros and cons of these groomers in the field.

Recreation Pre-Conference Session

Creating Innovative Youth Sports Programming Using Non-Traditional Sports
Dan Zeroth, Tony Albertina, & Brandon Culpepper
Additional Registration Fee $40

Rugby and Lacrosse have rich histories in the USA but are only just now on the verge of stepping out of some of the larger sport shadows in this country. In part 1, Tony Albertina, Recreation Supervisor from Decatur Park District will share his methodology for creating and building amazing lacrosse programming for departments of any size. In part 2, Dan Zeroth, Recreation Supervisor from Menomonee Falls CE&Rec, will overview the sport of flag rugby, and how he used his recreation experience to create a program that epitomizes everything that is great about recreational sports. In part 3, Brandon Culpepper, founder and president of PeppNation, ties both sports together and will detail how he uses non-traditional sports as tools to teach leadership, to connect student athletes with scholarship and advancement opportunities, and to provide recreation to hundreds of Milwaukee youth each summer.