Aquatics Resource Group

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.

Exciting News!

We would like to welcome Kristin Lam, with Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation, and Sean Sepela, with George Mason University, to the Aquatic Resource Group board.  Kristen and Sean will serve a two-year term starting in 2018.  Welcome aboard!   

2017 Board Members

Willa Suter, Aquatic Director        
Reston Association                             
703-435-6532                      Email       

Chair Elect:
Josh Schmidt, Aquatic Director
Fairfax County Park Authority
703-471-5415                      Email

Communications Officer: 
Jimmy Lyon, Region Superintendent 

Fauquier County Parks & Recreation
540-408-1456                      Email 

Professional Development
Ashley Fink, Aquatic Programmer

Prince William Co. Public Schools
571-374-6339                      Email

Eric Nielsen, Aquatic Director

Fairfax County Park Authority

703-922-9841                      Email

Past Chair: (Nominations/Elections)

Sandy Kellogg, Aquatic Assistant
Fairfax County Park Authority
703-324-9205                      Email


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.

Presently in process of merging with the National Swimming Pool Foundation.

National Swimming Pool Foundation

Encouraging healthier living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research.

Presently in process of merging with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals

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. 

Current Events

UPDATED LOCATION!  Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria(Fairfax County), VA  22310


Hands-On Training with AQ Expert Pete DeQuincy

Register Online

Oct. 1 from 11-7:30pm, $125           Register at

Send us pictures of unique aquatic programs you are doing at your facility!

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Aquatic Facility Operator Certification Course

The next AFO class will be held after Conference at Ft. Monroe.  Check out the information on the VRPS homepage.