Total Aquatic Management

Truth, Justice and the Aquatic Way

The total Aquatic management Team

 Jim Wheeler

In the aquatic industry Jim is known as one of the aquatic industries most entertaining and informative speakers on the subjects of aquatic risk management, safety and training. Jim is currently Leisure and Aquatic Services Manager for the City and County of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department overseeing 35 parks and recreation facilities, including 9 pools. Jim’s background includes working at waterfronts, beaches, pools and water parks and it’s this extraordinary blend of hands-on experience that gives him a unique and innovative perspective on aquatic operational safety and training. For over thirty years working in the field Jim has contributed as a leader to the National Recreation and Park Association, California Park and Recreation Society and United States Masters Swimming. In 2007 he was selected as one of Aquatic International Magazine’s “Power 25 in Aquatics” and has received professional awards that include two California Park and Recreation Society Presidential Awards,  two SCPPOA Citation award, the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Paragon Award for Aquatic Safety and distinguished service awards from the National Recreation and Park Association and US Masters Swimming.

Chris Chamberlain

Chris is an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the Department of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism at California State University, East Bay, where his specialty is Leadership Development, Community Services and Recreation Management studies. Prior to coming to CSU East Bay, Chris spent 19+ years creating community in the City of San Ramon serving as a Program Manager working in the Aquatics, Teen Programs, Summer Playground Programs and Fitness Run programs. Chris has served on the California Park & Recreation Society state board as well as several district and section committees including serving as CPRS Aquatics Section President in 2001 where he co-founded the California Aquatic Management School. He is a frequent speaker at area conferences on the topics of leadership and staff development, risk management, and growing a part-time staff. Chris holds a BA in Liberal Studies, a BS in Recreation Administration and a MPA-Public Management all from Cal State East Bay. He also holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Terri Smith
Terri Smith has spent more than half of her life involved in some portion of the parks and recreation field. She has a strong background in aquatics that stemmed from swimming competitively in high school and has grown into an undying passion.   Terri has been a certified lifeguard since 1986 and has coached swimming and water polo at levels from pre-competitive to high school. She has worked in Parks and Recreation since 1990 and held various positions including; lifeguard, swim instructor, coach, head lifeguard, park mowing/grounds crew member, facility supervisor, front desk supervisor, concession supervisor, aquatic coordinator and assistant facility director. Terri is heavily involved with aquatics at the national level and helped form the Association of Aquatic Professionsals.  She currently serves as the President Elect of the board of directors. Terri's dedication and love for the field is the driving factor for her desire to research and develop training techniques. She developed the "Vigilance Voice", a scanning technique that allows managers to effectively teach and monitor scanning, one of the most difficult, but most important parts of lifeguarding. She continually volunteers her time and has trained over 2,500 lifeguards and managers to date. 
Terri's experience has helped her obtain employment with an engineering firm, Water Design, Inc., that specializes in the design of pools, spas, and water features. She effectively uses her strong operational background to assist clients with the best possible options for aquatic design. She has been able to help educate co-workers regarding the operational aspects of a park and recreation organization and risk management. Parks and Recreation, specifically, aquatics, has played a significant part in the development of the deep rooted passion she exhibits on a daily basis.


Mike Dopson

Annette Wheeler 

Bob Bradley