Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- April 10, 2000

Cal Poly Professor Receives National Award for Work in Aquatic Safety Education

Cal Poly Physical Education and Kinesiology Department Chair and Professor Gerald DeMers has received a national award for his research on handling aquatic spinal injuries and for contributions to the development of the American Red Cross, the YMCA of the USA, United States Diving, and aquatic education programs.

He received the Meritorious Award from the Aquatic Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) at the organization's recent national convention in Orlando, Fla.

The award is given for outstanding or innovative contributions to the field of aquatics and service to the council. The award also recognizes on-going work with Aquatic Council projects.

DeMers' work on spinal injuries resulted in the adoption of new rescue techniques by all U.S. organizations that train lifeguards.

He was also recognized for his leadership as director of the council's Instruction and Credentialing Program and contributions to the development of several national position papers adopted by the Aquatic Council.

DeMers, a San Luis Obispo resident, has been teaching at Cal Poly since 1989.

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