Early registration is now available for the World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC™), offering a $50 savings for people who register by June 1. The two-day event is slated for October 8-10, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, Oregon, one of the city’s first sustainable hotels. A world of science will come to Portland this fall, as the most influential academic, industry, and government experts come together to share how we can keep pools open, and safer, and remove barriers to healthier living through aquatics.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) hosts the World Aquatic Health
Conference, now in its 11th year. “Helping to make pools fiscally sustainable and improve
the safety of those facilities will more likely lead to keeping them open, and keep people
coming back for the two things they value most — their health and their families,”
explained Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., and CEO of the NSPF.
Over 400 global recreational water leaders will gather in this intimate environment for
an unmatched educational and networking event with the most influential academic,
industry and government experts who share the latest scientific advances, innovation
and emerging trends. The conference is tailored for attendees affiliated with aquatic
facilities, service providers, consultants, parks & recreation, water parks, academia,
manufacturers, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels,
government, health/medical, retail, and media.
“There is a broad diversity of attendees and seminars offered, resulting in 57% of our
attendees returning each year, no matter where it is located. We truly listen to conference
attendees as they reflect their experience in the post-event surveys, and we make changes
accordingly,” said Michelle Kavanaugh, Conference Manager. The 2013 WAHC attracted
attendees from 39 states, and seven countries — U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico,
Finland, Poland, and the Ukraine — plus the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Attendees will select from over 80 seminars in seven critical topic areas: Drowning
Prevention & Fear, Facility Management, Health Benefits, Public Health Code,
Advanced Chemistry, New Industry Technology, and Recreational Water Illness
Prevention. Four keynote presentations, special conference activities, and a scientific
poster session will be available as well as pre- and post-conference events.
Drowning Prevention & Fear (9 seminars)
This enhanced track focuses on how to prevent drowning, and also how to help
people emerge from fear and learn the life-long, life-saving skill of swimming.
Beginning with the latest drowning statistics and lessons learned presented by
Dr. Julie Gilchrist with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), four
additional seminars will highlight innovative programs for fearful swimmers, and
breaking through aquatic anxiety. On Friday, four presenters share learning from
the Red Cross, insurance claim investigations, benefits of early education, and
perceptions of drowning behavior.
Expanded Facility Management Track (30 talks)
A fresh approach to this two-day track features 6-minute ‘Ted’ – style talks boosting
the number of Facility Management seminars to 30 over the two days; attendees will
consume short, meaty presentations on related topics that will help them run their
facility. An entire day will focus on making facilities sustainable to keep them open
and available. Pools are closing at an alarming rate. USA Swimming started tracking
between 2005 and 2007, and noticed a trend; between Spring 2011 and Spring 2013,
almost 1,100 commercial or institutional pools closed.
Health Benefits (9 + 4 seminars)
Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States. Baby boomers represent the
largest demographic group in the health and wellness industry. This two-day track is
kicked off by Bruce Becker, M.D. with a discussion of recent trends and findings, and
a look at what is needed in the future, followed by presentations on aquatics and pain
management, aging well, and how to effectively run water fitness programs. On
Friday, four global scientists (three NSPF-funded) will discuss the benefits of aquatic
exercise for improved joint pain arterial stiffness, cognitive performance, and cardiac
patients. Plus four in-the-pool sessions offer attendees a combination of hearing the
latest research from global scientists, and the opportunity to discover best practice
examples from leading experts and entrepreneurs.
Public Health Code (9 seminars)
Michael Beach, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) will open
this track with a close look at taking healthy swimming to the next level. Eight
additional seminars include perspectives on the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)
adoption, support tools to use the MAHC, a view of Australia, Central and South
America and their pool codes, how to measure the impact of MAHC, data needed to
improve the MAHC, and communicating pool chemical-safety messages.
Advanced Chemistry (3 seminars)
Three leading researchers including NSPF-funded Chip Blatchley Ph.D., Purdue
University, will deliver up-to-date science on the advanced chemistry behind UVbased
treatment for chlorinated indoor pools, managing risks associated with
Disinfection By-Products (DBP) in recreational water, and the combined effects of
UV and Chlorine, and impacts on DBPs and personal care products.
New Industry Technology (6 seminars)
Two days of presentations include Cryptosporidium (Crypto) removal with enhanced
filtration and biopolymers; an exploration of how different elements interact that
influence the design of an aquatic environment; the revolutionizing of Scandinavia
aquatics through use of drum filter, UV and THM; robotic and handheld cleaners for
a healthy pool and spa; optimization of salt chlorine generation in commercial pools;
and the future of water testing.
Recreational Water Illness Prevention (4 seminars)
Sessions offer practical applications and effective program management to reduce
RWIs, including an emerging industry —— float tank therapy, sanitation practices,
and the process of regulating a new industry. A look at commercial pool deficiencies,
and working with health inspectors; customizing an RWI risk management program,
and the latest understanding of Crypto and the effect of Cyanuric Acid on kill times.
Details on all seminars, presenters, table tops and special conference events are found
at TheWAHC.org. Included are links to a complete information package, secure
online registration and hotel reservations. The deadline to take advantage of a $50.00
early registration savings is June 1. Full-time college students (12+ credit hours) may
register for only $150 by providing proof of enrollment at an accredited college or
university. For additional information call 719-540-9119.
To register, visit: http://www.thewahc.org/