Stephen Sims, Ed, ATC

Speaking about Smaller Park Meeting

SomerSplash Waterpark

General Manager

Stephen Sims has been the General Manager of SomerSplash Waterpark for 9 years. He holds certifications in Athletic Training from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certification and Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. He holds multiple certifications from the American Red Cross, which includes Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor. He was selected to be on the 2010 American Red Cross Lifeguarding Sounding Board and Workgroup Member, which worked on instructor training, implementation, marketing and sales. Also, he is a CPO and AFO. Sims currently oversees the City of Somerset’s waterpark, SomerSplash Waterpark, and public pool. At SomerSplash Waterpark, he oversees all daily operations and procedures which include all aspects of administration, marketing, admissions, concessions, aquatics and maintenance. Sims also oversees special events which includes the City of Somerset’s Fourth of July celebration. During the season, he manages approximately 120-140 seasonal employees. In the off season, while working full time at the waterpark, he works part-time as an Athletic Trainer for a local high school providing medical coverage during games and practices, and is a part-time instructor at Eastern Kentucky University in the Parks and Recreation Department. Sims holds dual master’s degrees in physical education with emphasis in sports administration and in recreation and park administration, and his bachelor’s degree is in physical education with emphasis in athletic training from Eastern Kentucky University. While at EKU, he was the graduate assistant in aquatics. Currently, he is in the process of completing his doctorate in education with an emphasis in leadership and policy studies.