Chris Swartz

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Waterpark Manager

Chris Swartz has over 25 years of experience working in the waterpark industry and is currently employed as the Waterpark Manager for Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Wild Wadi is the first waterpark in the UAE and is uniquely located on the Persian Gulf next to the prestigious Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotels. Previously, he served as General Manager for NRH2O Family Water Park located in North Richland Hills, Texas. NRH2O Family Water Park is the largest city owned and operated park in the United States and it has garnered numerous awards and recognition over its operating history. He joined the City of North Richland Hills team from White Water/American Adventures in Marietta, Ga., where he worked as Operations Manager. Prior to this, he worked for Wet ‘n Wild Orlando starting as a lifeguard and was promoted up to Operations Training Supervisor. He has pre- sented at numerous local, state, national and international conferences including the World Waterpark Association, the National Recreation and Park Association, Rocky Mountain Revenue School and the Texas Recreation and Park Society. In 2010, “Aquatics International” featured him as one of the “Power 25 Reinventors” in the aquatics industry. Swartz currently serves on the WWA Technology. He served on the WWA Board of Directors, and held offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair.