Owner and founder of USAquatics, Inc., Tom Schaffer, began his aquatics consulting firm in 1991, located in the bustling metropolitan area of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. In 2004, Tom decided it was important for his company, employees and family to move to an environment that inspired their green philosophy.

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Family Owned, Professionally Operated, Passionate & Always Having Fun! We Love What We Do!

Now, nestled in the small town of Delano, Minnesota, USAquatics, Inc. has thrived. Inspired by the rural surroundings, USAquatics, Inc. grew their philosophy of sustainable and green aquatic facilities. Each design utilized the principles that every pool, waterpark, splash pad, and swimming facility should maximize efficiency and sustainability while lowering cost of ownership and construction. With over 100 years of combined experience in the aquatics industry, USAquatics, Inc. associates have been involved in over 2,000 aquatic facilities and have completed over $850 million in aquatic projects both nationally and internationally.

We are never afraid of getting dirty.

We spend a lot of time at the job site, observing and inspecting and progress of our aquatic projects. Our designers, project managers, all the way up to the President & CEO Tom Shaffer, put on their work boots and get into the dirt, mud, water and sludge. We believe it is important that we are grounded and down in the dirt for all our projects.

Tom Schaffer
Thomas R. Schaffer

President & Aquatic Consultant

Tom is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in architecture and has been in the aquatic arena since 1974. His experience includes construction operation and consulting for a wide range of aquatic facilities. Tom is a strong advocate for close owner-client relationships and proper training of operators. These beliefs help create the exact facility an owner is after and the operators to maintain them properly. Tom holds a certified pool operator instructor certificate. Read moreClose

Rick Schaffer
Rick Schaffer

VP & Senior Project Coordinator

Rick has been in the aquatic industry since 1992, joining his father in an effort to grow an aquatic design and consulting firm. Drawing on prior construction experience, Rick started in technical design with a focus on construction detail. Rick’s experience has expanded to fill many aspects of the aquatics industry from early design and assessment to project management. Read moreClose

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson

Sr. Project Manager

Ryan has been in the aquatic industry since 1999. He started in technical design with a focus on construction detail and plan development. Ryan's experience has expanded with USAquatics to fill many aspects of the client's aquatic needs from early design and assessment to project management. Ryan's attention to detail, research and experience with pool operations gives him strong insights in developing feasibility studies and assessments tailored to each of our clients. As a former law enforcement officer, Ryan developed leadership and communication skills that make him an effective presenter at pool committee meetings, council meetings, and stakeholder meetings. Read moreClose

Jeff Huber
Jeff Huber, P.E.

Design Engineer

Jeff is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in water resources. His experience includes engineering design for a wide range of water system application from mining to hydrologic and hydraulic systems. Although Jeff has been with USAquatics, Inc. for just over a year, he has demonstrated his abilities and strong attention to detail. He has already been involved in over 50 different renovation and new projects. As Design Engineer, Jeff is responsible for overseeing the design of the aquatics projects. His past engineering experience in similar industries and fresh eyes view of the aquatic industry has allowed him to provide a different approach and push innovation in the design of aquatic facilities. Read moreClose

Dan Roseman
Dan Roseman, P.E.

Director of Engineering

Dan graduated from The Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Dan began designing commercial buildings, bridges and structural forensics. Eventually, Dan found his calling for aquatics and has since provided design for twelve waterslide manufacturers, four water feature manufacturers, a skate park manufacturer and a roller coaster manufacturer. With over 16 years of design and project management experience, Dan also has an extensive background designing a variety of pools, spas, aquatic facilities and recreation facilities. Dan has a strong emphasis in structural and hydraulic engineering, a comprehensive knowledge of construction practices and a thorough understanding of construction materials such as structural steel, fiberglass, structural concrete, foundation systems, masonry, wood and timber. These qualities give Dan the ability to merge a great appreciation for structural integrity with the understanding for economical, efficient aquatic design. Read moreClose


Evan Schmelzer
Evan Schmelzer

Design Detailer

Evan graduated from The College of Design at Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning. After working in the aquatics industry as a facility manager for several years, he decided to pursue a degree in Architectural Technologies. Combining his previous knowledge of facility operations with his drafting background, Evan’s main responsibilities are the creation of detailed drawing sets throughout the stages of a project. Read moreClose

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