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About Us

Aquatics is our Ambition

Adding a pool to your home is a very important decision and brings you years of family memories and enjoyment. At Blue Ridge Pools and Spas, we pride ourselves on the quality of our products and customer service that we have to offer.

Stan Shifflett is the owner of Blue Ridge Pools and Spas. His aquatic roots in the Valley will give you the ultimate overview of his extensive knowledge, experience and training.

Stan grew up in Rockingham County, and his summers were spent waterside at local swimming pools. At the age of 18, he took his first lifeguarding job at Grand Caverns Regional Park. Little did he know that this would be the start of a lifelong career and love of aquatics.

In the years following, Stan worked as a volunteer lake coordinator at Camp Shenandoah for the Boy Scouts of America, as assistant aquatics director at Bridgewater College, as the athletic manager at Grand Caverns, and worked at the Woodmen of the World Children’s Camp as the pool coordinator.

In March 1984, Stan moved to City Island, Bronx, New York, and began training as a professional diver and working for International Underwater Contractors. He was certified at that time as an open water scuba diver, search lifesaving diver, rescue diver, equipment specialist and master scuba diver.

When Stan returned back to Rockingham County, he began running, maintaining, staffing and managing commercial pools, starting at the Staunton Racquet Club as an aquatics coordinator. This is when he began molding a basis for his business.

In the spring of 1994, he was hired to manage, staff and maintain Gypsy Hill Pool and Montgomery Hall Pool in Staunton, Va. He also worked for Harper and Company out of Newport News. Harper and Company trained him as a Strantrol Service Technician. He completed two factory-authorized training sessions. He serviced many of these systems for Harper and Company from Roanoke to Harrisonburg.

In this time frame, Stan began taking care of commercial and residential pools out on his own and entertaining the idea of a business that catered to the company or person based on his extensive knowledge and experience. He began learning to build pools and acquiring any knowledge out there in the pool industry.

He traveled to Pennsylvania, where his extended family owned Surf Pools, a retail and pool construction business, and began training in pool construction under them. He learned a variation of everything from steel wall vinyl liner pools to gunite pools.

In the summer of 2003, he opened his business called Stan’s Pool Service. As the company grew and expanded, he changed the name to Blue Ridge Pools and Spas.
   
   

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