Dec 29, 2014

NSPF Honors Instructors With Awards

Eleven individuals and organizations were presented with 14 awards

National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) Authorized Instructors have been honored by the nonprofit organization for their exceptional performance in 2014. Eleven instructors and organizations received 14 awards, and were spotlighted for their commitment to working together to keep pools safer, healthier and open. Those who attended the annual meeting received awards just prior to the 11th World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland, Ore.

“In addition to providing exceptional quality instruction to individuals new to the field, an NSPF instructor also needs to be a viable resource for those they have trained, as well as to those who have been in the field for many years,” said Fontaine C. Piper, Ph.D., chair of the NSPF Education Committee. “The individuals honored here are among a select group who have fully embraced the mission of the National Swimming Pool Foundation by doing an exceptional job of sharing their knowledge and experiences for the betterment of patrons and the industry.”

“We are honored by all instructors who teach with NSPF materials and play a critical role in elevating our field,” said NSPF CEO Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D. “It is through education that we prevent tragedy that results in fewer people swimming. It is through education that we provide better aquatic experiences and foster growth. Those who were recognized this year play a critical role in these ways.”

The following instructors and organizations were recognized:

  • Rick Deyo, director of training for EcoLab in Minnesota and an NSPF instructor since 2002, was recognized as a top supporter of the Pool Operator Primer online course.
  • Robert Freligh of Nationwide Aquatic Consulting in Chestertown, N.Y., was recognized with the award for the Most Certified Individuals Ever by an NSPF Instructor, which he has received in previous years. As of May 31, 2014, he has certified nearly 10,000 professionals.
  • Trevor Sherwood of Pool Operation Management in Brick, N.J., accepted two awards. The organization was recognized as NSPF Instructor Team of the Year. This newly created award recognizes the educational efforts of the entire team of 13 instructors. Sherwood also was recognized for having Certified the Most Individuals in the Past Year.
  • Ruth Virginia Frederick, a second-year NSPF instructor with Tropical Aquatics of Dunedin, Fla., was recognized with two awards: Rookie of Year Two and Highest Increase in CPO Certifications.
  • Curtis Pingel, a new NSPF instructor affiliated with Wilmar Corp., received the NSPF Instructor Rookie of the Year Award.
  • Roy Carter, director of inspection and education for Champions School of Real Estate in Houston received the award for Top Supporter of Certified Pool/Spa Inspector online course.
  • Alberta Health Services in Alberta, Canada, received two recognitions: International NSPF Instructor Team of the Year and Top Supporter of the NSPF Pool Math Workbook award.
  • Jean-Pierre Lajoie, working with Distributions ASI Inc. in Quebec, Canada, was recognized with an award for his dedication to pool operator training, having Certified the Most Individuals Outside the U.S. in the past year through the CPO certification program.           
  • Jose Miguel Torres of Paraiso Pools in Deltona, Fla., received his award for Certifying the Greatest Number of Spanish Speaking Professionals in the U.S. in the past year.
  • Hugo Diaz of Aria de Piscinas in Copa Cabana, Colombia, received the NSPF Instructor Award for Certifying the Greatest Number of Spanish Speaking Professionals Outside the U.S. and Canada this past year.
  • The Asociacion de Profesionales de la Piscina, A.C. of Mexico City, represented by Humberto Abaroa-Lance, director of education, also a member of the NSPF Instructor Education Committee, accepted an award on behalf of his association for the Most Certified Individuals with the Spanish CPO Certification Program Outside the U.S. and Canada for the past year.