The Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, are presented for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.
Shawn DeRosa/Consultant for Aquatic Safety Research Group, LLC
2006 Paragon Award /Aquatic Safety
In only a short fourteen years, Shawn Derosa has had a major impact on promoting aquatic safety throughout the nation. A 1992 Boston College graduate with a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Shawn has been a Chapter Health Services Administrator for the American Red Cross, Associate Aquatic Director for the Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, MA, the Aquatics Program Coordinator for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, the Northeast Regional Director of the National Recreational and Park Association (NRPA) and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member of Salem State College and an independent consultant with the
Aquatic Safety Research Group, LLC in Boston. With the combination of his expertise in aquatics and his legal background, he offers practical educational programs on aquatic safety and risk management. He is a frequent speaker and author of articles with over a dozen publications in the past five years, with subjects including beach, pool and communicable disease safety. He has been an aquatic facility operator and lead instructor with the National Aquatic Management School of the NRPA, organizing and directing the associations programs and services within the New England and Mid-Atlantic States. In Massachusetts, he has developed and monitored statewide lifeguard recruitment initiatives recruiting in the full staffing of over 500 lifeguards as well as developing program policies and procedures for the safe and efficient operation of over 66 aquatic facilities including 20 swimming pools, 38 inland beaches and eight ocean beaches. Selected as Aquatics International Magazine's Most 25 Important People in aquatics, Shawn is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian.