Competitor AOAP Aquatic Professional of the Month

 

Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a recurring AOAP feature shedding light on an Aquatics Professional who has risen above the competition. As with any item of recognition, Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one director whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a manager who was clearly in the limelight, or one whose work fell through the cracks a bit more among other stories. If your favorite aquatics director wasn’t selected, feel free to submit their name and information below for future consideration (they must be a member of AOAP to be considered).

August 2021 Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month

Christopher Biswick, Aquatics Supervisor, Township of Upper St Clair

Christopher Biswick is the Aquatics Supervisor for the Township of Upper St Clair, a municipality outside of Pittsburgh.  For the past 13 years, Chris has overseen the operations of two indoor pools and an outdoor leisure pool at the Community and Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park.  Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the aquatics field starting as a junior lifeguard in his hometown pool in 1993.  Chris has a BS in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Over the years Chris has performed almost every role associated with aquatics management from junior lifeguard to Lifeguard Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross.  Chris has also served as the Aquatics Branch President for the Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society.

Over the past year, Chris has been focused on the recruitment of lifeguard personnel for his facility as well as the Greater Pittsburgh Area.  To this end, he has successfully doubled the number of certified lifeguards as well as the number of certified lifeguard trainers he is able to train in a year.  He has also developed a Lifeguard buddies program for children ages 6-11 where participants can begin to learn basic water safety skills and develop their interest in lifeguarding before they get the opportunity to participate as a junior lifeguard.  Chris is routinely seen extending a helping hand to other aquatics professionals either passing along the knowledge gained from his extensive experience or going out of his way to teach classes when no one else is available.

About Competitor Swim

Since 1960, Competitor Swim® has been the leader in the production of racing lanes and other swim products for competitions around the world. Competitor lane lines have been used in countless NCAA Championships, as well as 10 of the past 13 Olympic Games. Molded and assembled using U.S. – made components, Competitor lane lines are durable, easy to set up and are sold through distributors and dealers worldwide.

Competitor Swim is an AOAP partner.

Submit a name to be considered for the Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month

  • Contact Information for the person being nominated:

Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a recurring AOAP feature shedding light on an Aquatics Professional who has risen above the competition. As with any item of recognition, Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one director whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a manager who was clearly in the limelight, or one whose work fell through the cracks a bit more among other stories. If your favorite aquatics director wasn’t selected, feel free to submit their name and information below for future consideration (they must be a member of AOAP to be considered).

March 2021 Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month

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Craig Sears

Craig Sears is President and Owner of Sears Pool Management Consultants, a 24-year old firm specializing in the operation and management of commercial swimming pool facilities in the Metro Atlanta area.  Growing up in Atlanta, Craig swam competitively year-round from the age of 9 through college. Craig received a degree in Biology from Washington and Lee University and an MBA in Management from Georgia State University. With nearly 30 years experience in the aquatics industry, Craig has been a lifeguard, a swim coach, swim lesson instructor, pool manager, sales manager, and even a bartender before founding Sears Pool Management in 1997. Craig served as President of the GA Chapter of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals from 2012-2013, and continues to serve on the state Board of Directors.  In March 2012, Craig founded the non-profit Greater Atlanta Water Safety Alliance, a chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.  Its mission is to reduce drowning and the spread of RWIs by increasing water safety awareness through community seminars and events, and to be an advocate for recreational swimming and the sport of competitive swimming. Craig has achieved various aquatic designations and certifications including an APSP Certified Service Professional, APSP Certified Building Professional, NSPF Certified Pool Operator, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, NSPF Instructor, and an APSP course instructor. Craig received the prestigious APSP Fellows designation in 2018, and was awarded PHTA’s Certified Service Professional of the year for 2020. Craig is passionate about aquatics and seeks to better the industry in the areas of safety, professionalism, and minimizing environmental impact.

 

About Competitor Swim

Since 1960, Competitor Swim® has been the leader in the production of racing lanes and other swim products for competitions around the world. Competitor lane lines have been used in countless NCAA Championships, as well as 10 of the past 13 Olympic Games. Molded and assembled using U.S. – made components, Competitor lane lines are durable, easy to set up and are sold through distributors and dealers worldwide.

Competitor Swim is an AOAP partner.

Submit a name to be considered for the Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month

  • Contact Information for the person being nominated: