Lifetime Achievement

  • E&A Lifetime Achievement Awards

    E&A Lifetime Achievement Awards

    The criteria for the award:

    • The qualified aquatics professional is from the private or public sector with an excellent international reputation in the industry, along with an extensive background and experience in aquatics, entertainment, and/or recreation
    • The qualified aquatics professional operates facilities that consistently maintain high aquatic safety and risk management standards, as is evidenced through consistently meeting or exceeding such standards during unannounced aquatic safety audits conducted by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.
    • The qualified aquatics professional is a noted advocate for aquatic safety in his or her community and/or region
    • The qualified aquatics professional has a record of actively assisting other aquatics professionals and aquatics facilities in maintaining high safety standards through instruction and mentoring

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  • Sandy Kauffman: My Aquatics Life

    As most aquatics folks, I’ve been involved with water activities since childhood – Learned to swim in the Schyulkill River in Reading, PA, followed by lessons at the local “Y”, summers of boating and canoeing at Girl Scout Camp, earning Red Cross Junior and Senior Lifesaving, and Water Safety Instructor. I would have received “Exceeds” at pulling the victim (now GID: “Guest In Distress) on to the dock, and performing the “back pressure/arm lift” procedure while yelling “call the fire department”. There were no 911, EMS, CPR, O2, or AED options 50 years ago!

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  • Pat VanGorp

    Pat gained her interest in Aquatic Management when working for the Camp Fire Girls camp in Iowa. She was so interested in Recreational Aquatics that she decided to double major in physical education and recreation in college at Iowa State. Pat Started her full-time aquatics career working for the YMCA, and she also taught physical education and coached swimming to supplement her career in aquatics. By the time she met her husband, and moved to AZ,Pat had been in the aquatics field for 15 years.

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  • Joseph M. Minninger

    I have been in the Aquatic field for over 50 years. I Started as a Red Cross Lifeguard in 1960 and became a Red Cross Instructor in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid by 1966.

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  • Vera Solis

    Vera started lifeguarding in Douglas Wyoming in 1983. She then moved to College Station, Texas to attend Texas A&M University. Vera is a graduate of Texas A&M University in Kinesiology with a Biology minor.

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  • 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award: Rosie Rosenthal

    The 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented in January to Catherine “Rosie” Rosenthal, who has for many years been the mainstay of St.Charles (MO) Parks & Recreation.

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  • 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Vowell

    The first E&A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Vera Vowell during the E&A International Aquatic Safety School of 2009.

    Vera is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology. Vera is presently the Aquatics Supervisor for the City of College Station in College Station, Texas.

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