World Aquatic Health Conference Boosts Offerings

Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 20, 2014 — World Aquatic Health™ Conference WAHC) organizers announced a variety of special events surrounding the conference, boosting the offerings for attendees. Now in its eleventh year, the WAHC has gained reputation and following as the premier event for the aquatic field. The WAHC, hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), is slated for October 8-10, 2014, at the at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland, Oregon. The scientific conference promises a packed schedule with new symposia, more seminars, a scientific poster session, four keynote addresses, and special guests.

“Organizations hold leadership meetings and educators plan special courses in conjunction with the WAHC to help attendees maximize their wallet,” explained Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF. “Leaders appreciate that the WAHC attracts others who have curious minds, who seek opportunities to help keep pools safer and open, and who are committed to a healthier world through aquatics.

Attendees are encouraged to take full advantage of their trip to Portland by attending the extra conference events and workshops.

Insider’s Tour

The popular Insiders Tour will be offered for attendees who arrive a day early. A pre-conference tour on Wednesday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will visit unique Portland aquatic facilities providing attendees an insider’s view. The five-hour event includes shuttle to and from the hotel, and lunch. Participants can bounce ideas off each other and gain different perspectives on designing and managing a profitable facility. Registration fee for this event is $60. Sign up at TheWAHC regonline.

Conference of the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) On Wednesday, October 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and CMAHC will host a workshop open to all. This initial organizational meeting represents a unique opportunity for public health, aquatics and other stakeholders to get in on the ground floor to help form how this vital national entity will be organized and operated. The CDC plans for the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) to be released this summer. An independent non-profit, the CMAHC has been formed to serve the key role of collecting, assessing and relaying national input needed on the MAHC. This workshop will include discussion on the process for future proposed revisions and how final decisions will be made. Also, organizers will begin signing up volunteers who will fill vital roles in the proposed submission, review and discussion process and planning of the first official CMAHC to be held in October 2015.

Welcome Reception

Attendees will meet up with old friends and get to know new ones while enjoying a ‘Taste of Portland’ in an intimate environment. Always well attended, the reception is a great opportunity for networking and to experience the local tastes of the city. A cash bar will be available. The reception is free for registered attendees; guests may attend for a fee. Wednesday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Private Film Screening

Join us Thursday evening, October 9, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., for dinner and private showing of the compelling new documentary, Taking the Plunge, produced by Shawnelle King, Falcon Rattler Media.

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