World Aquatic Health Conference Draws Leaders From Around the World
Meeting held in Seattle draws more than 400 registrants from aquatic industries
Attendance at the eighth annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) and Aquatic Physical Therapy Summit, held Oct. 12 to 14 in Seattle, drew an increase of 30% from the previous year, with 410 registering in 2011. Leaders in the aquatic industry traveled from 42 states and Puerto Rico, as well as from Austria, Australia, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands and the UK, for a series of keynote presentations, seminars and more.
Industry segments represented were from aquatic facilities, service providers, consultants, parks and recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academic, associations, builders and more. “Eight major meetings and workshops were held adjacent to the WAHC. This allows strategic leaders of organizations like USA Swimming, the Aquatic Exercise Assn., the Y, the American Red Cross and the CDC to meet and to visit with the conference attendees,” said WAHC organizer Michelle Kavanaugh.
Critical topics included drowning and injury prevention, facility management, health benefits of swimming pools and hot tubs, new industry technology, and recreational water illness prevention.