Expert Witness Biography

Maria Bella is an expert in sports and recreation and specializes in aquatic safety. She is one of only seven Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor Trainers in the world and has been active in the aquatics industry for more than 40 years. Bella has a degree in Aquatic Engineering, has operated numerous swimming pool complexes, and actively participates in the ongoing development of industry standards and codes.

In addition to providing forensic consulting, Bella personally provides instruction to directors of college/university, municipal, school district, hotel/motel, and waterpark facilities in standard of care for plant operations as well as positioning and supervision of lifeguards. Bella is an authorized instructor for the American Red Cross, National Swimming Pool Foundation, and National Recreation and Park Association. She has served as a subject matter expert for the Centers for Disease Control Model Aquatic Health Code; the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code; the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals Technical Committee on ANSI standards; and the International Code Council’s International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.

Bella coached competitive swimming for 15 years and worked with athletes ranging from novice through national caliber. She is a certified amusement ride inspector through the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Bella has qualified to testify in state and federal court.