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Watershape University is founded on the premise that a “TEAM” always wins over individual achievement.

They believe principled leadership, honesty and integrity, a supportive culture, and altruism will result in personal growth and professional gain for the entire WU TEAM of students, faculty, and corporate partners.

Watershape C2111: Essential Pool Construction

Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,900 | Includes Super Pass

Students spend three days carefully examining the key elements of swimming pool construction with a focus on how basic engineering directly determines construction methods and details.

Day one covers basic engineering; day two moves through construction phases including layout, forming, utilities, safety barriers, shotcrete, waterproofing, tile and coping, all with an eye toward exceeding standards and best practices. The program concludes with discussions about concrete decking, plaster science and start-up methods.

Watershape D2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,600 | Includes Super Pass

This invaluable course develops design literacy that is the true DNA of watershape design.

Watershape D4211: Advanced Elements & Principles of Design Workshop  

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,600 | Includes Super Pass

Most WU students have taken the basic Elements and Principles of Design courses and should have a solid grasp on the fundamental building blocks necessary to create good design projects. But, what happens next?

  • What is needed to take the next steps toward becoming an exceptional designer and creating masterful Watershape and Outdoor Living spaces that connect on an emotional and visceral level? 
  • What are the Advanced Design Principles that guide Master-Level Watershape Designers to take the canvas of client, house, and site; then transform their design space into an artistic expression?

We will examine these advanced principles -- from historic origins to modern interpretations -- as we blend design theory with emotional psychology and practical application with real-world design examples from Modern-day Masters. We will examine the extremely important:

  • WHY a space connects with its viewer
  • WHAT natural elements provide to a design
  • WHERE to successfully incorporate the advanced feature details studied in WU courses
  • WHEN the design is complete
  • HOW to develop Design Discipline Habits to improve your skills, 
  • and -- most importantly -- WHO can become a Master Designer -- anyone with a critical eye and inquisitive mind!

Watershape C3611: Essential Plaster Workshop  

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,600 | Includes Super Pass

This class defines and resolves frustrating disconnects that have long existed between pool builders, plaster applicators and service technicians. By
combining these three disciplines and the key phases they encompass, students completing this class will fully understand concrete pool expectations in terms of finished application, successful start-up and satisfying project goals and intentions.

The instructor panel features top experts in their respective fields: Bill Drakeley (concrete), Jon Temple (plaster) and Eric Knight (start-up/service). The curriculum includes both hands-on instruction for application techniques, lecture, and supplemental instruction and reference materials.

Watershape E4411: Essential Electrical Workshop  

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Cost: $1,600 | Includes Super Pass

Electricity rarely wants to engage with water but, in the watershaping industry, it is unavoidable; electrical power is needed to run pumps, heaters, chemistry systems, lights and other equipment. The pool and hot tub industry has volumes of very specific life-critical codes to consider, spread across multiple ever-changing documents.

Making sense of it all is a challenge even for licensed electricians who may have wired 1,000 homes but still don't know how to wire a single pool safely. And that's just the "high-voltage" side of things; there is much to talk about on the low-voltage and wireless side of communications, controls, home automation, etc. This program is designed for pool builders, service professionals and licensed electricians needing to improve their watershaping electrical acumen.

Watershape B2122: OSHA 10 Hour General Industry for Aquatic Professionals  

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11 | 12:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday & 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
Cost: $400 | Includes Super Pass

OSHA 10 refers to the OSHA Ten-Hour Training that is part of the OSHA Outreach Training Program. This is the only OSHA 10 program focused on the aquatics industry! This version is based on the General Industry category but is infused with two more hours of industry-specific hazards and examples. Protect yourself, employees, clients, your business and, most importantly, your bottom line, by avoiding costly mistakes.

Watershape D2211: Essential Principles of Design Workshop  

Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $1,600 | Includes Super Pass

Design excellence and adaptability are what separate the artist from the average practitioner. That distinction begins with the basic elements and principles of design taught in this class. Students learn to apply basic concepts to create beautiful spaces that connect with the surrounding environment, invigorate the spirit and invite exploration.

Registration includes eight hours of instruction available online. Contact [email protected] to receive access to this course.

Watershape D2161: Revit Workflow for Watershaping  

Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Cost: $1,200 | Includes Super Pass

Revit is a “4D” building information modeling platform that has quickly set the standard for design, engineering and construction project management. It enables and empowers users with state-of-the-art tools used to plan and track various stages of a projects’ lifecycle, from concept to construction, and later maintenance and even demolition.

In this eight-hour introductory course, students will learn how Revit supports multidiscipline design processes including features for architecture, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and construction. The powerful tools that comprise Revit provide an intelligent model-based process to plan, design, visualize, construct and manage buildings, infrastructure, and watershapes of all types.

Watershape C3341: Essential Plumbing Workshop  

Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Cost: $1,300 | Includes Super Pass

If the heart of a pool is the pump and filter, then the veins and arteries are the pipes which transport the fluids or gasses critical to proper operation of the watershape. Just like in our bodies, if the circulation system is not optimized, then the whole body will not function as desired.

Vanishing and Slot-Edge Design, Engineering & Construction 

Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Cost: $1,200 | Includes Super Pass

Vanishing edge and slot-edge details continue to frame watershapes in creative and beautiful ways. Comprehending the infinite architectural options, underlying structural and finish challenges, and fluid mechanics can be an intimidating task.

This focused eight-hour program deconstructs the artistry of the edge and exposes the technical challenges with solutions that include everything from reinforcing steel to new fluid engineering analysis tools. Students are expected to have a smartphone or tablet to access the analysis tools. A laptop is not required.