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Meet Your Instructors

Rick Stewart has been in the swimming pool business since 1973. In that time, he has worked in distribution, as a manufacturer’s representative, and most recently, hands-on maintenance with a specialty in pool and spa heating equipment. He has been teaching the CPO course since 1980.

Rooted in a belief that learning should be fun, Rick has tailored a series of classes that will present pool safety, maintenance, and function through dynamic and fun learning experience.  Throughout the last 30 years as an instructor, Rick has had the opportunity to help thousands of students across the United States obtain their CPO certification.

 Alex Stewart has been a part of the pool industry since 1998. During that time, he has focused on service and maintenance in both the Denver and Southern California areas. Over the past 7 years, Alex has also focused much of his attention toward the field of education. He started his teaching career as a Disney University Trainer for the Walt Disney Company and has since earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Besides teaching the Certified Pool Operator Course, Alex is in his fourth year teaching Film and Language Arts for the Cherry Creek and Aurora Public School systems in Denver, CO. 

Alex firmly believes that education should be fun, engaging, and most of all, relevant to the needs of the student. The relaxed atmosphere he provides is a setting for swimming pool veterans and those with no aquatic experience to absorb the material and understand how to apply the principles of aquatic safety, maintenance, and operation to each students’ unique aquatic environments.