Dr. John R. Fletemeyer

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28 Years of
Expert Consulting


Dr. John R. Fletemeyer has been employed in professional aquatics for over 30 years and has held several  key supervisory and management positions at pools and on beaches. In addition, John  taught at the university level for 12 years.   

Dr. Fletemeyer is a research professor Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research where he conducts aquatic research and directs  law symposiums and seminars in the U.S. and abroad.   John is the founding director of the Aquatic law and Safety Institute and  the co-founder of the International Rip Current Symposium program.

John is the author of two aquatics book including, Drowning New Perspectives in Intervention and Prevention and many peer reviewed research papers appearing in professional journals. John has appeared as an aquatics expert on several TV shows including 60 Minutes.

Contracted by the government, Dr. Fletemeyer has evaluated over 1,000 drowning deaths.  He is actively engaged in drowning and drowning prevention research.  His most recent published research involves determining how the movie and TV industry influences the public’s perceptions about drowning.  John has served as a consultant for over 50 government, military and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr.  Fletemeyer has been elected by his peers in a number of leadership positions including

  • Chairman, Vice Chairman and Congress  member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Co-Chairman and of the National Aquatics Coalition
  • President of the S.E. Region of the United States Lifesaving Association
  • National Education chairman for the United States Life Saving Association
  • Chairman of the International Rip Current symposium program

Dr. Fletemeyer is been honored with several awards from his peers including

  • The Paragon award
  • Top 100 Aquatic Professionals in America” award
  • The Judge Martin Award
  • NAUI 25 Year Service Award
  • The Robert J. Gunkel Award
  • “Who’s Who in Aquatics” Award
  • The Town of Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 1998 Outstanding Employee award

Dr.  Fletemeyer also devotes professional time to  teaching & training.  He has held consulting positions with the Centers for Disease Control, the America Red Cross, the YMCA of the USA, the Boy Scouts of America, the United States Border Patrol,  the United States Marine Corps, the United States Air Force and for the Aborigine Marine Institute of West Australia.

As the director of the Aquatic Law and Safety Institute, John conducts symposiums and seminars  certified for CLE credits.  He is also the co-founder of the International Rip Current Symposium program and the founding  director of the Florida Sea Symposium Program.  John is the past Editor and Chief of Ocean Lifeguard Magazine.  The next international aquatics symposium will be in  South Korea.

Dr. Fletemeyer holds numerous certifications including

  • NAUI SCUBA Instructor (2760)
  • PADI SCUBA Instructor
  • America Red Cross First Responder
  • CPR Instructor
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • WSI—Water Safety Instructor
  • World Lifesaving Instructor
  • USLA Certification Officer (past)
  • Under Water Search & Recovery Tech
  • Swift Water Rescue Specialist