Aquatics Resource Group

Current Events

AFO Course!

This two-day course teaches students how to safely and effectively operate swimming pools and associated equipment. Nationally recognized as the premier certification in the industry. Must be 18 years and older to register.

Location: Herndon Community Center
Date: March 13 & 14 from 9am - 6pm

Only a few seats left!

Register Today! 


Questions?  Contact Jim Heffel at 703-435-6800 ext. 2117 or at


2018 Fall 'Ops Shop'

Another successful 'Ops Shop' in the books. Thank you to all of our great representatives from Endless Summer Aquatics, Pentair, our facilitator, Jim Durkee of AAA Pool Services and our lunch sponsor Harper & Co.

2018 'Around the Rescue Tube' Round-table

Thank you to our host: Brittingham Midtown Aquatics Center, Newport News, VA and our lunch sponsor: Harper and Co.


2018 ARG Virtual Lifeguard Games

Congratulations to This Year's Winners! (not pictured) 

1st Place:  Prince William County Schools Aquatics Center

2nd Place:  Herndon Community Center

3rd Place:  Massanutten Resort


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.

Need Training or Services?

Let us know what type of training or services you would like to see in your area by contacting the Chair: Jimmy Lyon.  

In the News

VRPS on BlogSpot 

2018 NRPA Conference Video:

2019 Board Members

Jimmy Lyon
Fauquier County Parks & Recreation

Chair Elect
Kristin Lam
City of Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation

Tammy Yelmgren
Fairfax County Park Authority

Member At-Large (Communications)
Brandon Ware
Town of Leesburg Parks & Recreation

Kendal Evans
City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space

Member At-Large (Professional Development)
Jim Heffel
Town of Herndon

Member At-Large (Professional Development)
Sandy Kellogg
Fairfax County Park Authority

Member At-Large (Meeting Logistics)
Eric Nielsen
Fairfax County Park Authority

Past Chair
Joshua Schmidt
Kids First Swim School

VRPS Board Liaison
Kat Fish
Prince William County Parks & Recreation


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.