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I am always surprised out how few builders and retailers have attended the World Aquatic Health Conference. There is SO much for our industry members to gain by attending. This year, it's in Norfolk,VA, close for many to drive to.

And lot's new this year. I just published a press release announcing what's been added to the schedule - check it out! Genesis 3 has partnered for a pre-conference event! And more.

WaterWisdom is Overflowing this October 2012 at the

World Aquatic Health Conference!

Check out what’s added to the schedule, and register before August 1 to save.


Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 24, 2012World Aquatic Health Conference organizers are pleased to announce several additions, including a pre-conference Genesis 3 educational event, to the already jam-packed schedule. Slated for this October 10-12, 2012 at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia, people are reminded to register before August 1st to save $70; they are also encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early to ensure the discounted rate.


The conference schedule includes two keynote presentations, 45 seminars encompassing 5 critical topic areas, lunch roundtables, a scientific poster session and an all-new welcome reception.


For the third year, National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is pleased to partner with the Aquatics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for their Aquatic Summit. The World Aquatic Health Conference also welcomes back USA Swimming and the Aquatic Exercise Association for pre-and post conference events.


What’s New!


Genesis 3 Design Group Partners to Present Pre-Conference Education Event

The World Aquatic Health Conference welcomes Genesis 3 as a conference event partner.  The organization will offer Design 351: Dry-Deck Fountain Safety, an 8-hour class to be instructed by Michael Denman, Business Development, Crystal Fountains, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Scheduled for October 10 from 8 am to 5 pm, participants can earn 0.8 CEUs from Genesis 3.  Municipal codes are evolving to accommodate the higher risk of public health and safety associated with dry-deck water features. Sanitation is difficult where bather loads burdened relatively small surge basins; this course presents solutions and includes science showing how ocular damage injuries can be reduced based on research developed by Crystal Fountains and a University of Virginia professor. Participants will also learn how to recognize toe entrapment problems, identify solutions, and discuss design options to improve overall dry-deck fountain safety. World Aquatic Health Conference registrants can attend for $575; those not attending, registration is $675. Breakfast and lunch is included. Sign up at the WAHC regonline.



Welcome Reception Takes a Cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk

All conference registrants are invited at no extra charge to cruise on the lovely Elizabeth River from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, October 10th. The Spirit of Norfolk offers the perfect introduction to the city, as attendees mix, mingle and dine on a complete buffet dinner. Guests may attend for an additional fee.


Live Streaming for RWI Track

In addition to recording all conference seminars for viewing after the conference, this year a live streaming of the Recreational Water Illness (RWI) Track is planned for Thursday, October 11. The track includes 5 seminars focusing on the Model Aquatic Health Code. For people who are unable to attend the conference but do not want to miss the WaterWisdom shared, access is available for $99.00. More information on the live stream will be coming. Details about the RWI Track on Thursday may be found by downloading the conference registration package.


Step Into Swim Congress: October 10, 1pm – 5pm. By Invitation

National Swimming Pool Foundation will officially launch the Step Into Swim Campaign at this event where organizations and individuals who have committed to donate funds to the 10-year initiative will gather with representatives of leading “learn-to-swim” organizations. These featured organizations will make presentations describing how they will meet the demand to teach 1 million more swimmers over the next decade. Congress presenters will show invitees, how, together with their help, we can create industry growth AND reduce drowning, chronic illness, and healthcare inflation. For further information on how to receive an invitation to attend the inaugural Step Into Swim Congress, people can visit www.StepIntoSwim.org or call 719-540-9119.


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Art Exhibit

ISHOF has graciously offered to loan an art exhibition from their private collection. The show focuses on swimming during the Victorian era, when the English made swimming a sport and an acceptable pastime. The exhibit will also present the people who spent their lives on the shores of rivers and lakes, and in the waters of tropical Africa, the Americas, Polynesia and Asia. There, parents taught their children to swim at the earliest age, girls as well as boys, as their avocations, recreations and safety required it. This special exhibit will be open for viewing adjacent to the World Aquatic Health Conference Registration Desk on October 11,

from 8 am to 5 pm and October 12 from 8am to 3pm.

Silent Auction - Original painting

Artist, George Catlin, 1833

The most detailed descriptions of the swimming skills and styles of Native American swimmers, which were no doubt universally known, come to us from the art and writings of George Catlin, a lawyer turned artist who took five trips into Indian territory between 1830 and 1836, visiting fifty tribes. In this painting, called A Village of the Hidatsa Tribe at Knife River, Catlin depicts what he observed in this and other villages, that swimming was a daily ritual for the Indians from their earliest days as young children and that they used a version of the modern Crawl Stroke. In his journal, Catlin tells the interesting story of this painting. A silent auction for this painting donated by ISHOF will be held at the World Aquatic Health Conference with opening bid of $250.00 for this framed piece of historical art (shown here). The painting will be on display near the conference registration desk on October 11 and October 12. Proceeds will be invested by NSPF into aquatic health benefit research.


For the ninth consecutive year, the World Aquatic Health Conference will host global recreational water leaders who will reflect upon the latest WaterWisdom and project a wise path forward. Attendees will gather to learn from the latest research and practical science. The conference attracts over 400 of the most influential academic, industry, and government experts who are committed to making our world healthier through aquatics. In this intimate environment, leaders come together to understand emerging issues, exchange ideas, and formulate future plans. A cross section of industry segments attend, including leaders from academia, associations, building, consulting, retail, aquatic facilities, service, public health/government, health and medical, and manufacturers. The conference promises a wealth of wisdom, diversity of thinking and a breadth of knowledge with 27 new speakers, all with an emphasis on useful application. Several leadership meetings will also be held during the week.


Details on all seminars and presenters are found at www.nspf.org by clicking on 2012 World Aquatic Health Conference. Included on this page are links to a complete information package, secure online registration and hotel reservations. Deadline to take advantage of a $70.00 regular registration savings is July 31. Full-time college students (12+ credit hours) may register for only $100 by providing proof of enrollment at an accredited college or university. For additional information call 719-540-9119. 


About National Swimming Pool Foundation®

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is a non-profit organization founded in 1965, giving back over $4 million of all revenue since 2003 to fund grants to prevent illness, injury, and drowning, and to demonstrate the benefits of aquatic activity. The Foundation works towards its mission to enhance healthy living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research with its growing collection of educational products and training. Visit www.nspf.org for more information. 

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