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Speakers will share research on health benefits of getting in the water, how to reduce drowning and how to get more people swimming
World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) organizers announced four keynote talks that will provide insights on the unknown benefits of aquatics to the populations the industry serves. Nonprofit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) will host the 11th annual WAHC, which is slated for Oct. 8 to 10, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, Ore.
Patty Chang Anker, author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave, an Oprah booklist selection, will deliver her keynote address, “Diving In: Discovering Joy in Life’s Deep End,” on Oct. 9. She will sign copies of her book after her presentation.
“We are thrilled Patty will open our conference. Her message is powerful and will help us understand how removing fears can be the first step to moving forward. It is a critical next step to helping to end drowning and encourage more people to swim for fun, fitness and for safety,” said Michelle Kavanaugh, conference manager.
Attendees also are encouraged to attend an optional evening viewing of the new documentary “Taking the Plunge” on Oct.9 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The film, produced by Shawnelle King of Falcon Rattler Media, takes viewers on a journey to eliminate the fear of being in or around the water. According to surveys, two-thirds of Americans are afraid of deep, open bodies of water and 46% are afraid of the deep end of a pool.
Three scientists will each deliver a "Ted-style" keynote talk on Oct. 10, spotlighting to what extent water activity will help us maintain our mobility and minds. These NSPF-funded researchers — Eadric Bressel, Ph.D.; Paul Chantler, Ph.D.; and and Hirofumi Tanaka, Ph.D. — will present highlights of their afternoon presentations that shed light on how water is the perfect medicine for better health.
WAHC will offer new symposia, seminars, a scientific poster session, four keynote addresses, tabletops and networking opportunities. It also will offer pre- and post-conference events by NSPF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Genesis 3 Inc. and USA Swimming. More than 400 global recreational water leaders will gather for an educational and networking event with academic, industry and government experts who will share the latest scientific advances, innovations and emerging trends.
The conference is tailored for attendees affiliated with aquatic facilities, service providers, consultants, parks and recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels, government, health/medical, retail and media.