The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently honored the organization’s active instructors for their extraordinary performance over the past year.

Prior to the 12th annual World Aquatic Health Conference in Scottsdale, NSPF representatives presented the awards to those in attendance.

“The NSPF Instructors are the experts who teach professionals how to keep pools and spas safer and working more efficiently, thus helping more people live healthier lives,” said NSPF CEO Tom Lachocki in a press release. “Their success is what makes us relevant at the Foundation. We are honored to serve them and love to recognize their hard work in the aquatics field.”

Three companies were recognized during the ceremony. Pool Operation Management in New Jersey was recognized as the company with the most certified individuals in the past year. Asóciacion de Profesionales de la Piscinea (APPAC) of Mexico received the award for the Most Certified Individuals by a Company in Spanish Internationally. Alberta Health Services of Canada was honored for havign the Most Certified Individuals by a Company in English Internationally.

Additionally, the following individuals received awards:

Most Certified Individuals in their First Year as an Instructor: Rudy H. Stankowitz, owner of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants in Florida, and a contributor to Aquatics International and sister publication Pool & Spa News; Auteen Bahrami of Sunset Pools; and Robert Christopher Hayes of Leslie’s Poolmart.

Most Certified Individuals in their Second Year as an Instructor: Ruth Virginia Frederick, owner of Perfected Solutions in Florida; Raymond Eric Brett of Pool Operation Management; and Albert Lopez of Leslie’s Poolmart.

Most Certified Individuals by an Instructor in the Last Year: Rick Stewart, owner of Pool Training Academy based in Colorado; Steve Scheuer of Certified Pool Trainers; Trevor Sherwood, II of Pool Operation Management; Robert Freligh of Nationwide Aquatic Consulting, and Armando Esparza of Aquatics by Armando.

Most Certified Individuals Ever by an Instructor: Robert R. Freligh, owner of Nationwide Aquatic Consulting of New York; Trevor Sherwood, II of Pool Operation Management; Kurt Carmen of Aquatic Council; Bob Buettner of Pool Pros CPO Training; and Joan Navratil of Horizon CPO Seminars.

Most Impressive Increase in Certifications: Timothy E. Auerhahn, co-chair of Aquatic Council in New York; Raymond Brett of Pool Operation Management, Rudy Stankowitz of Aquatic Facility Training and Consultants; and Ruth Frederick of Perfected Solutions.

Biggest Supporter of Pool Operator Primer: Richard Deyo, director of training for EcoLab, headquartered in Minnesota; Connie Sue Centrella of Connie Centrella Consulting; Richard Ruggles of Hayward Pool Products in Visalia, Calif.; Martyn Knowles of Hayward Canada; and Robert Estell of 1 Exam Prep Inc.

Biggest Supporter of Online Training Programs: Roy Carter, director of inspection and education for Champions School of Real Estate in Texas.

Most Certified Individuals in Spanish within the U.S.: José Torres, owner of Paraiso Pools in Florida

Most Certified Individuals in Spanish Internationally: Hugo Diaz, owner of Area de Piscinas of Columbia

Most Certified Individuals Outside the U.Sm.: Shane Ince, general manager of Aquatics Information