Original Presentation Date: April 13th, 2022

In this special series of webinar presentations, we pull back the curtain on the design process. Top designers sit down with host Mike Nantz to discuss their creative processes and what drives them to create sophisticated and beautiful works of watershaping art. Gain practical insights and creative inspiration through images and illustrations from some of the industry’s finest practitioners of the art and craft of water. 

1:00 hour -Watershape University is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

CEUs are awarded for successfully logging completion of this webinar through the course curriculum page after viewing the lecture. Further instructions for registering your completion of this course are posted on the course curriculum page below the webinar recording.


  1. Explore the tenants and principles of Design.
  2. Interpret visual elements and how to present them to the viewer.
  3. Identify requirements to achieve both the Design aesthetic and technical requirements of any given project.
  4. Relate the presentation to students’ own creative processes and work products.


Oakes is a Professional Watershape Designer and President of Clearwater Construction Group, Inc., Revolution Gunite & Revolution Pool Finishes, all of which are award winning firms in their respective trade. Clearwater offers design and construction services at the highest level, typically through collaboration with Architecture & Engineering firms but also serving Pool Contractors and Owners. Clearwater holds an Unlimited Building Contractors License in NC & Virginia. Revolution Gunite provides Dry-mix Shotcrete services to the NC DOT and Pool Contractors throughout the Southeast, while Revolution Pool Finishes is a licensed Pebble Tec applicator serving NC, VA & SC. Oakes continually aims to raise the bar in the pool construction industry through involvement in the American Shotcrete Association (ASA) and educational outreach through a vast Pool Builder network throughout the United States. He has authored numerous technical writings for the ASA and is currently working on two design patents that will change the method of building vanishing edge pools. Oakes serves the following Committee and Board appointments: Board of Directors for the American Shotcrete Association (ASA) Vice-Chair to the Pool & Rec Committee for the ASA Vice-Chair to the Contractor Qualification Committee for the ASA Voting Member of the 506-H Shotcrete for Pools Sub-Committee for the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Associate Member of the 506 Shotcrete Committee for the ACI Town of Carrboro NC, Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Member Instructor for Watershape University Former Instructor for Genesis University Live Blue Foundation Advisory Member

A free Wolfpack Webinar

This course is part of our Weekly Wolfpack Webinar series, conducted live every Wednesday at 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific, and archived as a recording shortly after the live session concludes.