Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort
Bahamas flagThe Ellis & Associates team is heartbroken by the tragic disaster that has struck The Islands of the Bahamas. We've partnered with the Equilibrium Group to support the people who've been affected by this tragedy. 100% of the donations go towards providing disaster relief and support to the islands of The Bahamas. Please show your support and send a donation today!

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