JOSEPH M. MINNINGER

I have been in the Aquatic field for over 50 years. I Started as a Red Cross Lifeguard in 1960 and became a Red Cross Instructor in Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid by 1966.

After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1968 I started teaching Aquatics, Coaching men’s and Women's Swimming and Diving on the secondary level for 13 years. In 1985 I became Director of Dorney Park’s Wildwater Kingdom and an Ellis and Associates Instructor in 1986. At that point in the E&A history, we did not have any IT’s because there were only about 10 of us doing all the training in the US. I became a Senior Associate with Ellis and Associates and in 1987 was on Faculty at the first Safety School in Palm Springs, California. After that school, I instructed at over 15 Safety Schools. I retired from Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in 2005 as Director of Operations. I have continued working and teaching for Ellis and Associates to the present and will continue as long as I am physically able. The highlight of my career was receiving the Ellis and Associates Lifetime Achievement Award.

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JOSEPH M. MINNINGER