Expertise DescriptionI have over 35 years experience in aquatic safety and facility design issues. My areas of expertise include: aquatic risk management, swimming pool design, maintenance, management and operation, water quality, boating safety, supervision issues, barrier effectiveness, staff qualification and training, code compliance, and signage and warnings. I also have experience in swimming pool or water feature construction defects cases, as well as all water-related personal injury cases including drowning and near drowning, spinal injury, slip-and-fall, boating and PWC cases, waterslide and diving injuries, occurring at commercial and residential pools, waterparks or open water facilities. I have more than 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Fatal and non-fatal drowning; Pool construction defects; Defective recreational water equipment (exploding pool filters, malfunctioning chemical feeders, and controllers, etc); Recreational water illness (Pseudomonas aeriginosa, Cyrposporidium, Legionnaire's Disease, etc); Recreational boating and PWC accidents (collision, boating handling errors, etc); Diving injuries (shallow water entry accidents, diving boards, starting platforms, etc).
My consulting services include: Review of plans and specifications; Equipment recommendations and sizing; Signage and warnings; Water and air quality analysis.
I have lectured extensively about VGB when it was being implemented, was a member of the Association for Pool & Spa Professionals / International Aquatics Foundation. Canvass Committee for ANSI/APSP-7: American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Catch Basins, and have worked on quite a few suction entrapment cases.
|BS||Physical Education with an emphasis on Aquatics||Hillsdale College|
|MS||Physical Education||Florida International University|
|PhD||Physical Education||University of Marylan|
|United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Credential|
|FCC Amateur Radio License|
|National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator (and Instructor)|
|National Spa & Pool Institute Certified Service Professional|
|Professional Association of Diving Instructors Basic SCUBA Diver|
Awards & Affiliation
|Lifetime Membership in Recognition of Exemplary Efforts to Further Aquatics|
|San Diego County|
|The Power 25|
|Outstanding Achievement Award|
|San Diego County Aquatic Council|
|Who's Who in Aquatic Leadership in the United States|
|Professional Recognition Award|
National Swimming Pool Foundation
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases