In the area of aquatics, Rich has an extensive background with over 45 years of volunteer experience with the American Red Cross. He is a recognized Instructor and Instructor Trainer in Water Safety and Lifeguarding as well as CPR/AED and First Aid. He was a Director Administrator of Instructor Trainers for North Jersey and a past Chairman of the Health and Safety Services Committee for the Bergen Hudson and Sussex County Chapters.
As a professional Lifeguard Instructor and aquatic facility manager, Rich has pioneered many innovative aquatic rescue service training programs and techniques for both swimming pools and waterfront facilities. One of these programs was the development and implementation of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing for Aquatic Facilities.
Always seeking to provide the best training possible to students and associates, Rich has studied, researched and even become certified as an instructor in YMCA, StarGuard, ASHI, and Lifesaving Resourses programs. He is also a certified EMT.
Upon Rich’s retirement from his fulltime profession as a police officer, he was appointed the Waterfront Director and head of Marine Services for Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, NJ. This entails a staff of 45 Lifeguards, 8 Marine Safety Officers and 8 Water Safety Instructors for three lakes with 13 beaches spread out over 3-4 miles.
Rich is an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is also a professional swim team coach at the high school, recreation club and YMCA levels and still competes in the Master’s swimming program.
Rich was a police officer for over 33 years where his career and experience encompasses urban, rural and suburban municipal law enforcement. He was an adjunct instructor and professor at various Police Academies, community colleges and universities throughout New Jersey. He was instrumental in developing and implementing basic water rescue training for police, fire and EMS personnel at some of these academies.
During both his police and private careers, he has testified in both criminal and civil trials, conducted numerous investigations and instrumental in developing policy, procedures and training programs.
Rich has a B.S. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, as well as certifications as a paralegal and N.J. Certified Public Manager.