is the Director of Aquatics at Penn State University.
One of the leading
experts in aquatic risk management in the nation,
Shawn is the former Northeast Regional Director for the National
Recreation and Park Association. Before joining NRPA, Shawn worked as
the Aquatics Program Coordinator for
the Massachusetts State Forrest and Park System (formerly the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, now the new
Department of Conservation and Recreation). While working for the state
parks system, Shawn oversaw 66 aquatic facilities including 38 inland
beaches, 6 ocean beaches, and 20 swimming pools. For five
years, Shawn was a member of
the Adjunct Faculty of
College where he taught courses for the Department of Sport,
Fitness and Leisure Studies - one of the few colleges in the nation
which offers a specialized concentration in Aquatic Administration.
Shawn brings over 20 years
experience in aquatics as a lifeguard, instructor trainer, Certified
Pool Operator, Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor, Safe Swimming
Beaches Instructor and aquatics director. He also served for three years
on the National Recreation and Park Association's Board of Directors for
the Aquatic Facility Operator program where Shawn helped guide the NRPA
Aquatic Branch in strengthening the AFO program and in developing the
Aquatic Facility Technician program.
In November 2009, Shawn DeRosa was
selected to be a member of the American National Red Cross "Sounding
Board" for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding
Program. Retained by Krames/Staywell as a Subject Matter Expert in the development of the Red Cross training program, Shawn was instrumental in developing and reviewing the 2012 Lifeguarding program materials.
Shawn developed two
nationally-recognized pool operator training courses using Dr. Tom
Griffiths' textbook, The Complete Swimming Pool Reference. As an authorized instructor for Aquatic Safety Research
Group, LLC Shawn trains pool operators worldwide in the safe and
efficient operation of both public and semi-public aquatic facilities.
Shawn has taught programs not only in the U.S. but also in Hong Kong and
Mexico, bringing his knowledge of safe pool operations to swimming pool operators
across the globe.
Shawn DeRosa was selected as one of the
Top 100 Leaders in the aquatic profession for 2003 and 2004, as
profiled by Aquatics International magazine. In February 2005, Attorney
DeRosa was profiled by Aquatics International as one of "the 25 most
powerful people in the world of aquatics - including superstar gold
medalist Michael Phelps."
May 12, 2006, Shawn DeRosa was presented with the prestigious Paragon
Award for Aquatic Safety. The presentation ceremony was a
significant part of the International Swimming Hall of Fame Honors
Weekend. The Paragon Award is bestowed upon an individual who has shown
hard work, dedication, discipline and excellence in their chosen field.
The categories are: competitive swimming, competitive diving, water
polo, synchronized swimming, aquatic safety and recreational swimming.
In February 2014, Shawn DeRosa was awarded the Association of Aquatic Professional's "Distinguished Service Award". This award, selected by other aquatic professionals, is awarded to someone who exemplifies what it means to be an aquatic professional, both through leadership and service.
Shawn offers a thorough understanding of risk management in
the recreation and aquatic fields which he demonstrates at his many
training sessions across the nation as well as in a variety of articles
published in major trade journals. Apart from the education and training
services Shawn is so well known for, Shawn has been retained as an
expert witness in a variety of aquatic injury
cases involving injuries at both swimming pools and natural water areas.
member of the Technical Advisory Group for the 2000 revisions to
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program, Shawn helped edit and author
the Lifeguard Training text and develop related program materials. In
2002, Shawn served as an external reviewer and technical consultant for
the latest revisions to the Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer
program. In 2003 Shawn accepted the invitation to serve as a member of
the American Red Cross Lifeguard Management Development Team, helping to
develop the new Lifeguard Management program.