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Carvin DiGiovanni (USA)

2019 Paragon Award / Recreational Swimming


Carvin DiGiovanni has been a PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY ANSI Standards expert with over forty years’ experience building consensus with industry business segments and government officials. He has successfully forged relationships with the CPSC, CDC, OSHA, EPA, DOE, FBI and many industry allied associations and groups including the ICC. He has assisted federal legislators in the development of the VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act.


Since 1990, DiGiovanni has been the Vice President, Technical & Standards of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals; From 2015 to the present he has been the Senior Director, Technical, Standards, Education and Government Relations. The years 1990 through 2015, he directed the industry’s standards, technical, education and government relations programs. DiGiovanni managed 200 industry technical experts in the promulgation of 17 ANSI/APSP/ICC pool and spa standards through the American National Standards Institute process resulting in various states, local jurisdictions and national building codes referencing these standards.


On the International Code Council, he was instrumental in aligning the APSP with the International Code Council with a Memorandum of Understanding which has led to both organizations developing a new ICC Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) incorporating many of the ANSI/APSP standards. States adopting this pool code achieve APSP’s government relations goal of having the APSP standards become law. This milestone relationship brings the code officials closer to the industry to enhance public safety.


He has been involved in expert witness testimony and successfully defended the APSP by providing testimony in lawsuits where the APSP was being sued. He successfully testified before the CPSC to secure industry unblockable drain technology. Additionally, he worked with both Houses in the U.S. Congress to ensure that the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB) was consistent with ANSI/APSP-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance.


Carvin has worked collaboratively with industry representatives to USA Diving, American Public Health Association, National Environmental Association, World Water Parks Association, American Hotel and Lodging Association, American Red Cross, and YMCA, CPSC, and CDC. Education, Training & Certification Program Strategy-Provided leadership and direction for moving the association’s training and certification programs, DiGiovanni helped bring about a more progressive online platform comprised of learning modules. He managed the production of four industry core certification and training programs: Builder, Service, Portable Hot tub and Retail segments, including textbooks, PowerPoint slides and exams.


He has been recognized by numerous awards, including, World Water Park Association, “Al Turner Commitment to Excellence Award” (2018); APSP Fellow (2015); ICC “Industry Affiliate Award” (2014); Federal Bureau of Investigation Award for “Exceptional Service in The Public Interest” (2011); National Drowning Prevention Alliance “Community Lifesaver Award” (2009); Aquatics International Magazine “25 Towers of Power” (2006). Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

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