DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

Shawn P. DeRosa, J.D.

PO Box 1471 Orlando, FL 32802

About the Expert

Shawn DeRosa is a nationally-recognized expert in water safety and aquatic risk management who has been twice profiled as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Aquatics in addition to being selected by Aquatics International Magazine as one of the "Power 25" people in aquatics. Through his consulting company, DeRosa Aquatic Consulting, Shawn helps agencies minimize risks and improve safety through high-quality education and training programs as well as consulting services.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatics Safety Water Rescue
  • Beach And Waterfront Operations
  • Boating and Watersports Accidents
  • Lifeguard Training And Management
  • Spas, Hot Tubs, Pools and Whirlpools
  • Swimming & Pool Accidents
  • Water Rescue

Expert's Profile

Shawn DeRosa brings over 30 years experience as a lifeguard, instructor and aquatic director, overseeing policy development and operations for both swimming pools and beaches.

Shawn, who previously worked as the Aquatics Coordinator for the Massachusetts State Park system and who served as the Director of Aquatics at Penn State University for over 8 years, combines his training as a lawyer with his years of experience as an aquatic director to provide litigation support services as an expert witness in a variety of pool and beach cases.

Over the years, Shawn has worked closely with the American National Red Cross in the development of the lifeguarding, CPR and water safety programs, including making appearances in a number of Red Cross training videos.

The editor and contributing author to The Complete Swimming Pool Reference, 2nd Edition, Shawn developed the Practical Pool Management (PPM) and Practical Pool Management PLUS (PPM+) courses to help train pool operators across the world in the basics of swimming pool operations and management. The PPM+ course is recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as well as by various other states (e.g. the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health) as an equivalent to the National Swimming Pool Foundation's Certified Pool and Spa Operator course. Shawn has provided training to pool operators across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

The recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Paragon Award for Aquatic Safety and the Distinguished Service award by the Association of Aquatic Professionals, Shawn is one of the most sought-after speakers in the industry.

Areas of Expertise:
• Aquatic Risk Management
• Standards and Practices of Lifeguard Operations
• Beach Operations
• Indoor Air Quality
• Impact of Circulation, Filtration and Sanitation on Swimming Pool Water Quality
• Recreational Diving (e.g. water depth under starting blocks, required signage/warnings)

Personal Achievements


  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Suffolk University Law School
  • Bachelor of Science, Boston College


  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Special Training

  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding/Waterfront Instructor Trainer
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/BLS Instructor Trainer
  • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Trainer
  • Aquatic Risk Management, National Swimming Pool Foundation
  • Aquatic Facility Audits, National Swimming Pool Foundation
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/American College of Emergency Physicians: Emergency Care and Safety Institute, Instructor Trainer
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), Scuba Diver


  • American Red Cross
  • Association of Aquatic Professionals
  • National Swimming Pool Foundation
  • Connecticut Recreation and Park Association


  • Distinguished Service Award, Association of Aquatic Professionals, Recipient, 2014
  • Paragon Award “For Outstanding Contribution to Aquatic Safety”, International Swimming Hall of Fame, Recipient, 2006
  • Power 25: One of the 25 Most Powerful People in the World of Aquatics, Recipient, Aquatics International Magazine, February 2005
  • Who’s Who in Aquatic Leadership, United States Water Fitness Association, Inc., 2003, 3005
  • Who’s Who in Aquatics, Aquatics International Magazine, 2002, 2003, 2004


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Listed in the Following States

DeRosa Aquatic Consulting is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).