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).

July 2018 Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month


Rose Ploeg

Recreation Supervisor/Aquatics, City of Mountlake Terrace Recreation & Parks Department, Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

Rose has been at MLT for 27 years, and has worked through the ranks starting as a Head Lifeguard, Coordinator, and Programmer, currently occupying the position of Supervisor.


At Mountlake Terrace Rose oversees a variety of Aquatic programs including Swimming Lessons, Safety Courses taught to the public and city staff, Recreation Swims, Rentals of the Pool and Rooms, Water Fitness Classes, Summer Swim Team, Summer Aquatic Camps and the training of all the staff involved in these programs, and to keep things interesting, Dog Training Classes.  Rose partnered with two neighboring cities and the school district on a grant to provide free swim lessons for 3rd graders and non-swimmers K-12 in the Edmonds (Washington) School District.


Mountlake Terrace Recreation & Parks is known for its high cost recovery, with a major portion of the revenue coming from aquatic programming. The Recreation Pavilion Pool turns 50 this year and is well known for its warm water (87-88 degrees), quality swimming lessons, water fitness programs, and pool/party and room rentals.  The pool had a facelift in 2003 that added amenities that draw young and old, including a shallow water leisure pool with three spray toys, a beach/zero depth entry, a wheelchair ramp entry, a lazy river, therapy pool/spa and a teaching area with a submerged bench.


Rose is active with the Washington Recreation & Park Association Aquatic Network as a past chair of the aquatic network and is currently the chair of the WRPA Aquatic Conference committee and a member of the Aquatic Skillbuilder committee, Professional Development committee and Annual Conference Education Committee.


Rose has a wide range of experience in Recreation & Aquatics: she has worked as a swim instructor, lifeguard for a YMCA, a Park District, ran home owners association pools and a Beach Manager for a beachfront.  Her Recreation career started in general Recreation Programming & Athletics and has spent a lot of time supervising Volleyball, Basketball and Softball Leagues, Tournaments along with youth leagues & programs and many special events.


She holds a B.A. from Eastern Washington University in Recreation Administration and an ATA in Parks from Skagit Valley College. She holds American Red Cross Instructor Trainer Certifications in Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard

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