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.
I’ve worked on numerous water slide accidents in which the guest was not given adequate instruction, and was injured upon entry into the splash pool or run out.
|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