Hall of Fame, 2009

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Tom Griffiths, Ed.D.
Water Safety and Aquatics Research and Consulting ::::

Recognized as an international leader in Water Safety, Dr. Tom Griffiths has spent 38 years teaching, coaching and managing aquatics at three major universities: University of Maryland, Indiana State University and Penn State.  During his 23 year career as the Director of Aquatics and Safety Officer for Athletics at Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium, he provided outstanding water safety service by producing four videos, six textbooks and hundreds of articles in various areas of aquatics. 

Perhaps his two most significant contributions are the Five Minute Scanning Strategy© developed to increase lifeguard vigilance and his research on Shallow Water Blackout, the leading cause of sudden pool deaths to swimmers.  In 2000, the National Recreation and Park Association presented the McCoy Natatorium with the National Excellence in Aquatics Award for the best college aquatics programming in the United States.  He was bestowed the Distinguished Aquatic Service Award by the National Recreation and Parks Association in 2003 and entered the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the Paragon Safety Award Winner in 2004.  After retiring from Penn State in August of 2009, Dr. Griffiths will continue his international water safety efforts through the Aquatic Safety Research Group and his consulting services through DJS Associates.

 

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