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 aquatic professional 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 2023 Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month

Timothy DeLucia

Aquatic Safety and Compliance Specialist – 

Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Timothy has over 25 years of experience managing non-profit, university, and parks & recreation aquatic facilities in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Maryland. He also has experience working for the American Red Cross as an Aquatic Examiner and Instructor Trainer Educator. He has been a PHTA Certified Pool Operator Instructor for over 8 years and a Red Cross LGIT & WSIT for over 15 years.  

Timothy has always been a water baby! He was one of those “pool rats”  at a private swim club outside of Pittsburgh where he learned to swim, joined the swim team, become a lifeguard, and eventually a swim coach and pool manager. Timothy earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where he was a 4-time varsity letter earner. The plan was to teach during the school year and manage a pool during the summer. However, his passion for aquatics continued to grow as he obtained his LGI, WSI, and CPO certifications in college.

When he graduated from college in 2002, teaching jobs in Southwestern PA were scarce, and found his first full-time employment at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh as an Aquatic Director/Assistant Camp Director at their South Hills branch in. He obtained his WSIT certification and grew the aquatics department enough so that he could have a full-time Assistant Director.  After spending his entire life in PA, he decided to move to sunny Fort Myers, FL to work as a Programming Coordinator at Florida Gulf Coast University/Lee County Aquatic Center within their Campus Recreation division. He quickly was promoted to Aquatics Coordinator and obtained his LGIT certification. 

Eventually, Timothy got homesick and moved to Calvert County, Maryland, only a few hours’ drive from Pittsburgh in 2009. As the Aquatics Manager, he opened the brand new Edward T. Hall Aquatic Facility, the county’s first indoor aquatic complex that consisted of a 50-meter pool with 3 diving boards, a leisure pool, and a therapy pool. In 2012 he moved a little further north in Maryland to work as a Regional Manager for M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County overseeing their USA Swim Team, an indoor aquatic facility, and an outdoor aquatic complex. He served in several roles and capacities while at M-NCPPC over the next 6 years before taking a 2-year break to work for the American Red Cross initially as Aquatic Examiner and Instructor Trainer Educator and then as Aquatics Supervisor. In 2020 Timothy returned to M-NCPPC as their first Aquatics Safety and Compliance Specialist coordinating their internal auditing program, Pool Manager training, Instructor level courses, grants, compliance, and safety for 14 aquatic facilities across the county.

When not involved with aquatics, Timothy loves to travel abroad and attend Broadway shows with his husband, Jason.

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