Jerry

Retired in 2008 as Chair of the Kinesiology Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Taught at the University of Oregon 1973-1980, Washington State University 1980-1987, University of Texas (Arlington) 1987-1989, Cal Poly 1989-2008. Received my Ph.D. from the University of Utah (1979). During my years of teaching at Cal Poly, I also worked with the national offices of the American Red Cross and YMCA of the USA revising and updating the lifeguarding and learn to swim programs. I also contributed to the development of the United States Diving Coaches Safety program. I was Co-Chair of the United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition from 2005-2009. This group accumulated all research in lifeguarding standards and water rescue techniques. This coalition had representation from over 35 national and international agencies. The results were published in 2009 and presented at the National Spa and Pool national convention. I worked for over 15 years as an expert in swimming and diving accidents and testified in many court cases around the United States relating to drownings, near-drownings and spinal injuries in open water and swimming pools. I currently live with my wife, Jill (Hollenbeck) DeMers in San Luis Obispo, CA for over 25 years.