OP Aquatics Names New Program Supervisor

Ocean Pines Aquatics has announced the appointment of Julie Winterling as its new aquatics program supervisor.

A familiar face to many visitors at Ocean Pines’ pools, Winterling has served as one of the community’s aquatic fitness instructors, teaching HydroRider aqua bike and cross-training classes since the program’s inception two years ago.

As aquatics program supervisor, Winterling will continue to lead classes and will also coordinate and teach youth individual and private swim lessons. She is especially interested in promoting beach and pool water safety.

“I am blessed to be part of such a positive, dynamic team and excited about this new direction of aquatics-based health and fitness for our community,” Winterling said.

Winterling brings to the position a lifetime of experience on or in the water. She grew up in a sailing family and worked as a lifeguard in high school. She also obtained certification to teach lifeguarding, swim lessons and water aerobics at the University of North Carolina, where she attended college.

Additionally, Winterling is certified as a water safety, first aid/CPR/AED, HydroRider and aqua trampoline/cross-training instructor and is a certified pool operator.

Winterling is also in the process of obtaining certification for medically-based aquatics training, which will be introduced soon at the Sports Core Pool. She is joining other Ocean Pines Aquatics instructors in the training, which will certify them to work with patients undergoing treatment for cancer, Parkinson’s disease and more as well as pre- and post-rehabilitative therapy.

Ocean Pines Aquatics Director Colby Phillips said, “Julie is an amazing asset to the aquatics team.  Her passion and care for the guests as well as the rest of the team is evident in all she does. With aquatics continuing to offer more opportunities, especially the fourth-grade swim program and the medically-based aquatics, Julie will be a key player in their success.”

The Ocean Pines Aquatics Department hosts a variety of aquatic fitness classes, swim lessons and special events year-round.  Upcoming events at the Sports Core Pool include a dive-in movie showing of “The Emoji Movie” on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m., a free water exercise equipment open house on Jan. 7 from 2-4 p.m. and a father-daughter swim on Jan. 12 from 6-8 p.m.

To register for Ocean Pines Aquatics events, call 410-641-5255. More information is available at www.OceanPines.org.

For more information about the Ocean Pines community, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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