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The World Aquatic Health Conference, now in its 11th year, will take place in Portland, Ore.
Early registration is now available for the World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), offering a $50 savings for people who register by June 1. The two-day event is slated for Oct. 8 to 10, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, Ore., one of the city’s first sustainable hotels. Academic, industry and government experts will come together to share how we can keep pools open and safer, and remove barriers to healthier living through aquatics.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) hosts the WAHC, now in its 11th year. “Helping to make pools fiscally sustainable and improve the safety of those facilities will more likely lead to keeping them open, and keep people coming back for the two things they value most — their health and their families,” said Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF.
More than 400 global recreational water leaders will gather in this intimate environment 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, academia, manufacturers, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels, government, health/medical, retail and media.
“There is a broad diversity of attendees and seminars offered, resulting in 57% of our attendees returning each year, no matter where it is located. We truly listen to conference attendees as they reflect their experience in the post-event surveys, and we make changes accordingly,” said Michelle Kavanaugh, conference manager. The 2013 WAHC attracted attendees from 39 states and seven countries — the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico, Finland, Poland and Ukraine — plus Puerto Rico.
Attendees will select from more than 80 seminars in seven critical topic areas: drowning prevention and fear, facility management, health benefits, public health code, advanced chemistry, new industry technology and recreational water illness prevention. Four keynote presentations, special conference activities and a scientific poster session will be available, as well as pre- and post-conference events.