Chief Safety Advisor
Michael Oostman was a nationally ranked competitive swimmer who began lifeguarding in the mid 1980s. This lead to a professional career in aquatic safety consulting that has spanned over two decades. Starting with Jeff Ellis & Associates in 1992, Michael worked to become a Vice President responsible for training and consulting to Walt Disney World, litigation support, accident investigations and international business. Michael left E&A in 2004 and started a private firm specifically focused on accident investigations, litigation support and educational consulting. To date, Michael has performed over 700 drowning and injury related investigations and has been retained in hundreds of lawsuits as an expert witness. Michael brings a pragmatic understanding of the aquatic industry to his teaching, mentoring, counseling and testifying due in large part to his unparalleled experiences of forensic accident investigation and litigation involvement. Michael’s passion and drive is rooted in his desire to inspire, motivate and empower individuals to save lives and prevent drownings.