Clay Barnes

Speciality Insurance Group

Associate Director, Risk Consulting

Clay Barnes is the Associate Director, Loss Control, for the Speciality Insurance Group. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the waterpark, sports & entertainment industries, beginning with his American Red Cross lifeguard certification at age 16. He has been a certified lifeguard, instructor or instructor trainer in American Red Cross, Ellis & Associates or NASCO since the age of 16. As such, Barnes has worked for Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon, River Country and Blizzard Beach, American Specialty Insurance and Risk Services and Waterville USA. During his professional career, he has worked as a lifeguard, manager, consultant, auditor, insurance inspector and assistant general manager, gaining experience in the operations, regulatory and risk management aspects of the waterpark industry. During his time as the Vice President of Risk Management at American Specialty, he authored the Slide Attendant Training Program, was on the task group that authored the original ASTM 2376 Standard Practice for Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction and Operation of Water Slide Systems, obtained an associate’s in risk management degree and held numerous state inspector, NAARSO and AIMS certifications. Barnes served as the Assistant General Manager at Waterville USA located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, for 11 years prior to accepting his current position in 2018.