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Shaping The Future Through Aquatics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Organizers announce early registration is available on April 1 for the 2015 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), offering a savings when registering by June 1. The three-day event, hosted by the non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), is slated for Oct. 7-9, 2015, in the Valley of the Sun, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz. Complete details can be found at, including one-stop registration, an interactive seminar schedule, presenter bios, and special conference events; also a link to make discounted hotel room reservations (book early to assure a room at $154.00 per night plus taxes, available through Sept. 13, 2015).

This year’s Welcome Reception will celebrate NSPF’s 50th Anniversary of keeping pools open and safer. Other special events include a private showing of the Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce documentary, “Touch the Wall”; the International NSPF Instructor Meeting; an Environmental Health Leader Reception; and an Emerging Leaders Reception.

In addition, the first bi-annual meeting of the CMAHC (Conference of the Model Aquatic Health Code) will take place Oct. 6-7 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The CMAHC serves the key role of collecting, assessing, and relaying national input needed on the MAHC.  Other pre and post conference events include an Insider’s Tour; USA Swimming’s Regional Build a Pool Conference; and a Genesis 3 Event to be announced.

Two notable keynote addresses will kick off the packed schedule planned for over 400 World Aquatic Health Conference attendees. Rowdy Gaines, renowned Olympic swimmer, now Executive director of LIMU’s Rowdy’s Kidz outreach program will open the conference on Thursday, Oct. 8; Graham Talley & Ashkahn Jahromi, entrepreneurs with outrageous curiosity will present on the morning of Oct. 9.

The unmatched educational and networking event includes 62 seminars across eight important tracks: New Industry Technology (9 seminars); Health Benefits (5 seminars, plus    16 ‘Ted-style’ 5-7 minute talks); Facility Management (9 seminars); Health Codes (5 seminars); RWI Prevention (4 seminars); Advanced Chemistry/DBP Prevention (4 seminars); Drowning

Prevention (5 seminars); and Market Growth (5 seminars); plus a scientific poster session        and tabletops.   

“Over 50% of our attendees return year after year because they appreciate this unique forum where professionals share the latest scientific advances, innovation, and emerging trends – helping us shape the future of aquatics for a better tomorrow,” said Michelle Kavanaugh, NSPF Director of Mission Development, US/Canada.

“We are at a unique and extraordinary time to keep pools safer and to create demand for aquatics resulting in healthier people and growth in our field,” added Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., and CEO of the NSPF.

The World Aquatic Health™ Conference is tailored for professionals affiliated with aquatic facilities, service providers, consultants, parks & recreation, water parks, academia, manufacturers, associations, builders, retail, boating, community organizations, distributors, hotels, government, health/medical, and media. A record number of attendees traveled to the 2014 WAHC from 42 states and 12 countries. Attendees from the United States, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, the Ukraine and the United Kingdom participated in this leading global aquatic research forum.

Full-time college students (12+ credit hours) may register for the WAHC at a special price, $150, by providing proof of enrollment at an accredited college or university. For additional information call 719-540-9119.

Conference Sponsors

NSPF appreciates the support of organizations who have signed on as exclusive sponsors as of press time: Platinum sponsor PlayCore; Gold sponsors Counsilman-Hunsaker and Wapotec; Silver sponsors: AquaSalt LLC; Delta UV; Industrial Test Systems; and Neptune Benson/Engineered Treatment Systems. Partnership opportunities are still available; email

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