Aquatics Resource Group

To develop and facilitate educational and professional development opportunities statewide to; prevent fatal and non-fatal drowning and promote adherence to aquatic industry standards and best practices.

Exciting News!

Let us know what type of training or services you would like to see this year by contacting the Chair, Josh Schmidt.

In the News

VRPS on BlogSpot

- NRPA Conference Video

2018 Board Members

Josh Schmidt, Aquatic Director 
Fairfax County Park Authority                  
703-862-1247                      Email       

Chair Elect:
Eric Nielsen, Aquatic Director
Fairfax County Park Authority
703-324-9111                      Email

Communications Officer: 
Sean Sepela, Aquatics Operations Mgr.

George Mason University
703-993-8538                      Email 

Professional Development
Jimmy Lyon, Region Superintendent 
Fauquier County Parks & Recreation
540-408-1456                      Email 

Kristin Lam, Aquatic Director

City of Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation

540-434-0571                      Email

Past Chair: (Nominations/Elections)

Willa Suter, Aquatic Assistant
Reston Association


Center for Disease Control

Model Aquatic Health Code

Association of Aquatic Professionals

501c3 run by volunteer Board of Directors and Executive Director. Promotes and advocates policies, practices and procedures that contribute to safer and improved aquatic education, aquatic recreation activities, programs, and facilities. 

Association of Pool and Spa Professionals

The oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, spa, and hot tub manufacturers, manufacturers’ agents, builders, designers, distributors, suppliers, installers, retailers, and service technicians.  The sole industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas.

National Swimming Pool Foundation

Encouraging healthier living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research.

USA Swimming

National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. 

Ops Shop CC Block

Aquatics Resource Group "Ops Shop"

Get ready to talk shop and learn all the ins and outs of aquatic operations and maintenance to keep your pool running safely & efficiently while keeping in mind a variety of best practices. The Ops Shop will also help provide answers on renovations, shutdowns, new facility planning, and much more.
Tuesday, May1, 10am-2pm
Lunch Included

Current Events

2018 ARG Virtual Lifeguard Games

Game on!  The Virtual Games are back!  Compete against other aquatic departments without leaving your own facility.  See FLYER for more information and REGISTER today! 


Aquatics 'Ops Shop'

Another successful "Ops Shop" in the books. Thank you to Hank from Millennium Pools for leading our discussion. Also a "thank you" to Prince William County Aquatic Center for hosting. 



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