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 Aquatics Minor 



The Aquatics Minor is open to students in any major field of study. The program will prepare students to lead, educate, and empower individuals for a career in the field of aquatics. The Aquatics Minor prepares students for appropriate certifications in the aquatic industry. The Aquatic Minor consist of a minimum of 19 hours of course work in the following areas:  aquatic fundamentals, risk management, lifeguarding, swimming instruction, leadership, and aquatic adventure sports. 

Career Opportunities: Upon graduating, students will be qualified to obtain a variety of positions in the aquatic field. Careers in aquatics include:

  • aquatic director
  • aquatic coordinator
  • training officer
  • waterpark manager
  • recreation program manager
  • marine safety officer
  • aquatic supervisor
  • safety program manager
  • aquatic consultant
  • aquatic program specialist
  • aquatic instructor (swimming, adapted, physical therapy, fitness)
  • recreational boating specialist
  • skin and scuba diving instructor
  • water safety special­ist
  • professional aquatic coaching (diving, swimming, water polo).

Students will be exposed to a variety of aquatic environments:

  • city parks and recreation departments
  • colleges and universities
  • youth organizations
  • YMCA’s
  • resorts
  • water parks
  • beaches
  • swim clubs
  • swim schools
  • military
  • fitness centers
  • natatoriums
  • rehabilitation or therapeutic facilities
  • dive centers
  • marinas
  • state and federal governments
  • national organizations
  • nonprofit organizations

Students can obtain the following certifications:

  • WSI
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • CPR for the Professional Rescue Instructor
  • CPR/AED/ First Aid Instructor
  • Boating and Water Safety Awareness
  • Basic Water Rescue
  • Certified Aquatic Administrator
  • Hazard Aquatic Communication
  • Lifeguard Management
  • Safe-handling of Pool Chemicals
  • Teacher of Adaptive Aquatics
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • Lifeguarding
  • Waterfront Lifeguard
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer/ AED
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Blood –borne Pathogens
  • Auto Epinephrine Injector
  • Asthma Inhaler
  • Open Water Rescue for First Responders
  • FEMA ICS (100, 200, 700, 800)
  • Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Emergencies

Graduates have worked in the following positions:

  • Longhorn Aquatic Club
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Butler YMCA
  • Waldameer Park and Water World
  • United States Navy – Navy Special Warfare
  • City of Pflugerville, Texas
  • Greater Johnstown YMCA
  • Franklin Regional School District
  • Splash Lagoon
  • YMCA of Broward County
  • Sewickley Valley YMCA
  • Saint Mary’s College of Maryland
  • James Madison University
  • Corolla Fire and Rescue
  • Great Mills Aquatic Club
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Cranberry Waterpark
  • Ocean City Beach Patrol
  • Latrobe Area School District
  • Titusville Area School District
  • Six Flags Great America – Hurricane Harbor

SRU Grads: information forthcoming

Aquatic Facilities:

Morrow Field House: The Morrow Field House Pool was built in 1963. Home of the Slippery Rock University Aquatics Program, the pool was once considered one of the top facilities in the PSAC.  Today it is primarily used by the Physical Education Program for hands on class instruction, Slippery Rock High School meets and other various recreational uses.  The pool is 75x45/-12 ft deep and contains one maxi-flex diving board, full service scuba room with air compressor and cascade system.

East-West Gym: The idea for the East-West Gym Pool came about when the East Gym building was constructed in 1931. The pool is positioned between the two buildings and was the idea of former swim coach and professor, Elmer B. Cottrel. The pool opened up many opportunities for the sport of swimming at Slippery Rock. The East-West Gym Pool is a 20 yard, three lane pool.

Photo Galleries

National Recognition:

  • National Water Safety Congress – Letter  of Commendation
  • National Water Safety Congress – Award of Merit
  • National Drowning Prevention Alliance – Founding Chapter

Become an Aquatics Minor today!
Fill out the
Minor Declaration Form, gather the appropriate sigantures, and return it to the Office of Academic Records.

Faculty Advisor:
Mr. Bob Ogoreuc
 Aquatics Minor

Curriculum Information


Five SRU Health and Physical Education majors with aquatic minor received  John Hamed Student Scholarship Award (Click the link to read more) 

Mr. Ogoreuc earns PSAHPERD "Teacher of Year" honor. Congratulations! Read more

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) announces formation of international breath hold blackout task force. Read more

Click on this link to see Mr. Ogoreuc in 2013 NDPA Symposium