Paragon Awards                           Presented By

Jill White (USA)

2018 Paragon Award / Aquatic Safety


Jill is an internationally recognized safety, risk management, and training specialist in the field of aquatics. She is the co-founder of the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) - a certification agency for lifeguards, swimming instructors and pool operators - and a managing partner of StarGuard Elite (SGE) - a provider of training, aquatic risk prevention, and operational support services to waterparks, the cruise industry, and aquatic venues in the U.S. and international locations. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and the author of numerous publications, Jill was recognized by Aquatics International magazine as one of the “Power 25 of the last 25 years” for her contributions and influence in the field, was selected to the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame, and is a recent recipient of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance Lighthouse Award.


White attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR where she received a BSE in Physical Education; Recreation & Health Education Minors. She also attended the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana and Chicago), where she majored in Physical Education, and was a James Scholar.


Jill was named to the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame, October, 2014; Recognized in Aquatics International Power 25 issue, as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the World of Aquatics”, February, 2012; Received the World Waterpark Association Al Turner Memorial “Commitment to Excellence” Award, 2010; Named Who’s Who in Aquatics - Top 100 Aquatic Professionals. 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; Aquatics International “Best of Aquatics - Marketing”, 1999; Named to the International Academy of Aquatic Art (IAAA) Hall of Honor, International Swimming Hall of Fame; Distinguished Performer as member of University of Illinois Chicago Aquinas, 1975; Received the IAAA Distinguished Service Award, 1981,1984,1989; and was awarded the IAAA Joyce Malone Coach of The Year, 1983.


She is co-founder and Chairman of The Starfish Center for Aquatic Safety Research, Education and Leadership, 2018; she is on the Board of Directors of the World Waterpark Association, 2014 to present and a member of the Planning Committee Chair, 2017 to present; Member of the YMCA Expert Advisory Panel, 2014 to present; Writing Committee, CDC Model Aquatic Health Code, 2008-2014; Member of the Education Committee, World Waterpark Association, 2012-2014; Chair, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) “Standard for Operational Safety and Aquatic Risk Management”; Writing Committee, 2006-2008; Board of Directors, Council for National Cooperation in Aquatics (CNCA),1981-1998; and Member of the Board of Directors, International Academy of Aquatic Art, 1979-1996.

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