Water Safety Expert Witnesses

Water safety expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on water safety. The water safety expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Aquatics Safety, Athletics & Recreation, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Sports Medicine.

Shawn P. DeRosa, JD DeRosa Aquatic Consulting

Orlando, Florida
Aquatics Safety, Athletics & Recreation - Drowning, Lifeguard, Swimming Pool, Beach, Spinal Injury, Water Safety, Hot Tub, Spa, Aquatic Safety, Recreation, Water Rescue, Pool Operations
Shawn DeRosa is a nationally-recognized expert in water safety, having twice been selected by Aquatics International Magazine as one of the "Power 25" people in aquatics. Through his consulting company, DeRosa Aquatic Consulting, Shawn helps agencies minimize risks and improve safety through high-quality education and training programs. As an expert witness, Shawn combines his training as a lawyer with his years of experience as an aquatic director to provide litigation support services in a variety of pool and beach cases. Over the years, Shawn has worked closely with the American Red Cross in the development of Red Cross lifeguarding, CPR and water safety programs. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events and has authored a variety of articles concerning risk management, pool operations and water safety. He is also a contributing author to two textbooks, The Complete Swimming Pool Reference and Safer Beaches.

Andrew Schmidt, DO, MPH Surf Emergency Resources, LLC

Jacksonville, Florida
Emergency Medicine, Aquatics Safety - Drowning, Submersion, Lifeguarding, EMS, Wilderness Medicine, Water Safety, drowning resuscitation
I am an academic emergency physician in Florida with a focus in pre-hospital medicine. My primary areas of research and teaching are drowning resuscitation, drowning physiology, and water safety. I have an extensive background in open water lifesaving and teach nationally and internationally on drowning prevention, drowning resuscitation, and lifeguarding; additionally I have been involved in numerous national and international guideline publications. I have published numerous papers and book chapters on these topics and collaborate with an international network of drowning researchers. Within the hospital, my interests are critical care and trauma. I have been providing expert witness services specific to drowning physiology, resuscitation, and water safety since 2018.

Peter G Wernicki, MD Pro Sports

Vero Beach, Florida
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine - Orthopedic Peer Review, Knee Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Arthroscopy, Fractures, Elbow Surgery, Case/Chart Review, IMEs, Ankle Surgery, Water Safety, Drowning, Lifeguarding
23 yrs experience with IMEs, chart/case reviews, depositions, and testifying as a sports medicine and orthopedic expert. SEAK trained. Also a national and international expert in water safety, lifeguarding and drowning.