Tom Griffiths, Ed.D., is the Director of Aquatics and Safety Officer for Intercollegiate Athletics at The Pennsylvania State University.
He oversees four indoor swimming pools, a large 50-meter outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
As the Safety Officer for Intercollegiate Athletics, he is also responsible for safety for athletic and recreational sports on the University Park campus.
Dr. Griffiths teaches the Aquatic Facility Operators (AFO) course and the Better Beach Management course for the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).
He is a prolific writer, speaker, and designer who has written five textbooks and has published more than 300 articles. In 2003, NRPA awarded his lifetime efforts in water safety with their prestigious "Distinguished Aquatic Professional."
Traveling around the country teaching the AFO course has certainly helped Dr. Griffiths in preparing the second edition of his book.
His new additions, "Dr. Tom's Tips," come from his 30-plus years running pools in a variety of states plus all the ideas that facility managers and pool operators have given him during his AFO courses that he has taught during the past 20 years.
Dr. Griffiths also developed the Five-Minute Scanning Strategy for Lifeguards and designed a series of lifeguards stations manufactured by Paragon Aquatics to supplement his scanning technique and video.
His previously published books include: Sport SCUBA Diving in Depth, 1991, (Princeton Book Company), The Swimming Pool, 1994, (Simon Schuster) and Better Beaches, 1999, (National Recreation and Park Association).
He is also the president on the aquatic consulting firm The Aquatic Safety Research Group (www.aquaticsafetygroup.com)