National Swimming Pool Foundation honors top educators

11 instructors recognized with 14 awards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — National Swimming Pool Foundation Authorized Instructors have been honored by the nonprofit for their exceptional performance this past year.

Eleven instructors and organizations received 14 awards, and were spotlighted for their commitment to work together to keep pools safer, healthier and open. Those who attended the annual meeting received awards just prior to the 11th World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland, Ore.

“In addition to providing exceptional quality instruction to individuals new to the field, an NSPF Instructor also needs to be a viable resource for those they have trained, as well as to those who have been in the field for many years,” said Fontaine C. Piper, chair of the NSPF Education Committee. “The individuals honored here are among a select group who have fully embraced the mission of the National Swimming Pool Foundation by doing an exceptional job of sharing their knowledge and experiences for the betterment of patrons and the industry,”

“We are honored by all instructors who teach with NSPF materials and play a critical role in elevating our field,” NSPF CEO Thomas M. Lachocki said. “It is through education that we prevent tragedy that results in fewer people swimming. It is through education that we provide better aquatic experiences and foster growth. Those who were recognized this year play a critical role in these ways.”

The following distinguished instructors and organizations were recognized:

Rick Deyo, director of training for EcoLab, Minnesota and an NSPF Instructor since 2002, was recognized as a Top Supporter of the Pool Operator Primer Online Course.

Robert Freligh, Nationwide Aquatic Consulting, Chestertown, N.Y., was recognized by NSPF with the award for the Most Certified Individuals Ever by an NSPF Instructor, which he has received in previous years.

Ruth Virginia Frederick, a second year NSPF Instructor with Tropical Aquatics, Dunedin, Fla., was recognized with two awards: Rookie of Year Two and Highest Increase in CPO Certifications.

Curtis Pingel, a new NSPF Instructor affiliated with Wilmar Corporation, received the NSPF Instructor Rookie of the Year Award.

Roy Carter, director of inspection and education, Champions School of Real Estate, Houston, received the award Top Supporter of Certified Pool/Spa Inspector online course.

Alberta Health Services, Alberta, Canada, received two recognitions: International NSPF Instructor Team of the Year and Top Supporter of the NSPF Pool Math Workbook award.

Jean-Pierre Lajoie, working with Distributions ASI Inc., Quebec, Canada, was recognized with an award for his dedication to pool operator training, having Certified the Most Individuals Outside the U.S. in the past year, through the CPO certification program.

Jose Miguel Torres, Paraiso Pools, Deltona, Fla., received his award for Certifying the Greatest Number of Spanish Speaking Professionals in the U.S.

Hugo Diaz, Aria de Piscinas, Copa Cabana, Colombia received the NSPF Instructor Award for Certifying the Greatest Number of Spanish Speaking Professionals Outside the U.S. and Canada this past year.

Asociacion de Profesionales de la Piscina, A.C., Mexico City, represented by Humberto Abaroa-Lance, Director of Education, also a member of the NSPF Instructor Education Committee, accepted an award on behalf of his Association for the Most Certified Individuals with the Spanish CPO Certification Program Outside the U.S. and Canada for the past year.

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