Growing up, Amy Duck was probably not one of the kids you’realways reminding to stop running on the pool deck or attempting a dive into water that’s way too shallow. Even from an early age, she valued safety and helping others. So it’s no
surprise that today she’s a safety and health manager at The Walt Disney World Resort.
She’s also the risk management and safety chair for the Model
Aquatic Health Code project. The committee is charged with
developing science-based guidance and recommendations regarding
chemical storage and handling, signage, pool depth markers and
other safety-related items.
A 10-year veteran at The Walt Disney World Resort, Duck began her
career with a degree in occupational safety and health from Murray
State University, Murray, Ky. She has supported The Walt Disney
World Resort properties as a technical subject matter expert,
engaged in multiple aspects of project design, operations and
strategic planning. Today she’s an integral part of the team
opening the new Disney Vacation Club Resort in Hawaii.
Much of her work involves aquatic safety, and Duck says her early
experience participating in Disney’s college student program
as a lifeguard helped launch her career in the of field of aquatic
Outside of her day job, Duck was part of the team that developed
aquatic play equipment standards, recently adopted by ASTM. She
also helped draft the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s
Aquatic Play Handbook.
As chair of the Risk Management/Safety Technical Committee, Duck
describes her role as “bringing together various individuals
of different backgrounds.”
The committee includes health officials, operators (such as Duck)
and industry representatives, including manufacturers and aquatic
designers, and the challenge over the past 1½ years has been
taking the range of input on various items and synthesizing all the
information into a document that’s universally
"One of the most rewarding elements of our work is the ability to
share our knowledge for the benefit of the public at large," Duck