Dr. David S. Smith, CDR, USCG (RET)

Smith Aquatic Safety Service
2022 Liberty Heights
Ann Arbor , MI 48103
Office: 231-547-0172
Fax: 231-547-0172


Dr. Smith has been recognized and honored as a leader in pool, aquatic and boating safety activities and training throughout North America. After 25 year's service he retired as Chief, Boating Safety Division, Second Coast Guard District, St. Louis, MO. He received a Ph.D. in Education from St. Louis University with his dissertation focused on improving all aspects of aquatic safety through research and education. He initiated Smith Aquatic Safety Services to present water safety seminars on a national basis to lifeguards, fire, police and EMS personnel. In addition to teaching thousands of emergency service responders, he has also participated for 35 years as an expert witness in hundreds of legal cases, appearing for both plaintiffs and defense, with many of these cases involving pool/spa drownings or injuries..

Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Aquatics
  • Cruise Lines
  • Driver Behavior
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Personal Injury
  • Pools & Spas
  • Products Liability
  • Rescue
  • Sports & Recreation


References upon request.