Aquatics Resource Group

Current Events

New AFO Course Coming!!

This two-day course teaches students how to safely and effectively operate swimming pools and associated equipment. Nationally recognized as the premier certification in the industry. Must be 16 years and older to register.

Location: Herndon Community Center

Date: March 13 & 14 from 9am - 6pm

Early registration cut-off is February 22nd.  Space is limited so register today!!!

Registration Link -

Questions?  Contact Jim Heffel at 703-435-6800 ext. 2117 or at


2018 Fall 'Ops Shop'

Another successful 'Ops Shop' in the books. Thank you to all of our great representatives from Endless Summer Aquatics, Pentair, our facilitator, Jim Durkee of AAA Pool Services and our lunch sponsor Harper & Co.

2018 'Around the Rescue Tube' Round-table

Thank you to our host: Brittingham Midtown Aquatics Center, Newport News, VA and our lunch sponsor: Harper and Co.


2018 ARG Virtual Lifeguard Games

Congratulations to This Year's Winners! (not pictured) 

1st Place:  Prince William County Schools Aquatics Center

2nd Place:  Herndon Community Center

3rd Place:  Massanutten Resort


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.

Need Training or Services?

Let us know what type of training or services you would like to see in your area by contacting the Chair: Josh Schmidt.

In the News

VRPS on BlogSpot 

2018 NRPA Conference Video:

2018 Board Members

Congratulations to our newly elected board members! Responsibilities will be assigned during our next board meeting with updated contact information for each. 

Eric Nielsen 
Fairfax County Park Authority             

Jimmy Lyon, Region Superintendent 
Fauquier County Parks & Recreation             
540-408-1456  Email  

Sean Sepela, Aquatic Operation Manager 
Freedom Aquatic & Fitness ctr              
703-993-8538  Email   

Kristin Lam, Aquatic Manager
City of Harrisonburg, Va               
540-434-0571  Email   

Kendall Evans 
City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Spaces 

Jim Heffel 
Herndon Parks & Recreation​

Sandy Kellogg 
Fairfax County Park Authority ​

Brandon Ware
Leesburg Parks & Recreation​

Tammy Yelmgren 
Fairfax County Park Authority

Past Chair: (Nominations/Elections)
Josh Schmidt, District Manager 
Kids First Swim Schools               
703-862-1247  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.

National Swimming Pool Foundation

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

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.