Presentation by Adrian Spencer
Originally aired April 6, 2020
Accessibility is about more than just a universal change room or a pool lift. Accessibility is about ensuring aquatic staff can provide dignity to all bathers at our aquatic facilities. Understand your own able-bodied bias and how to provide basic training to younger staff.
Adrian grew up thinking his swimming instructors were the coolest people on the beach. This exposure led to a career in aquatics, beginning as a lifeguard and instructor, and culminating with managing a busy facility. The closure of his facility gave an opportunity to pursue a parallel passion in engineering. He graduated from a Mechanical engineering Technologist program, and went on to specialize in fluid systems. These parallel interests all converged when he entered technical sales for commercial pool construction.
Through working as a professional Canadian Ski Patroller, he met a very influential friend with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Witnessing her overcome so much ultimately lead to him being instrumental in bringing a world class accessibility lift to Canadian pools. In his spare time he skis, explores the Atlantic Coast on his Waverunner, trains kids in lifesaving and lifesaving sport, and is the “lifeguard who lifeguards the lifeguards.”
00:00 early start - webinar hangout with Katie Crysdale, Lakeview Aquatic Consultants Ltd.
30:50 Introducing Adrian Spencer
1:17:00 End of Presentation
1:22:23 Q & A with Adrian
2:14:34 Wrap Up
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