I Probably get asked about my shirts more than anything else. I mean from those that see the class pictures and outside the expected swimming pool operation questions. I think its important to dress the part. I wanted something that could be considered a “work shirt”, but that whole collared thing in the way that I teach wasn’t going to work. I mean, don’t get me wrong. When I get dressed I get dressed and I do tend to GQ it up, but for my classes I’m a pool guy. I’m not a 100% PowerPoint kind of teacher. We do a ton of hands-on stuff in my Pool Operator Certification classes, so I am constantly crawling in and out of filters, conducting science experiments, navigating pump rooms, and handling water test chemicals. A suit and tie would just not do.
Though I have had a few made, the majority of the shirts I wear I have either found online or they just show up (folks send them to me). Pool Industry stuff? Not really. It turns out that Swimmers have some pretty cool swag. Here are some links to some of my favorites (including some custom “mades”):