Jun 21, 2011

Registration Up 98% for 2011 World Aquatic Health Conference

Schedule includes second keynote address on ancient pool

The eighth World Aquatic Health Conference is showing a 98% increase in registrants over 2010 with 200 registrants as of the June 1 early registration deadline. The conference is slated for Oct. 12 to 14 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle. Michelle Kavanaugh, conference organizer at the National Swimming Pool Foundation, reported a positive buzz about the conference. “This is a sign that the best and brightest are focused on innovating toward growth,” she said.

“Thought leaders who come to the World Aquatic Health Conference value the breadth of knowledge and diversity of thinking they find in a dynamic, intimate environment,” said Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation. The World Aquatic Health Conference attracts industry, government and academic experts who share the latest research to understand emerging issues, exchange ideas and formulate future plans.

This year’s conference promises to expose the latest trends in aquatics. “Cool can be as new as today’s technology and as old as research excavating an 1,800-year-old bathing pool,” Lachocki said. Conference organizers announced that the second day keynote speaker, Dr. Yuval Baruch, the Jerusalem District archaeologist of the Israel Antiquities Authority, will present “The Joy of Water - Jerusalem's Water World from an Archaeological Point of View.” Baruch will discuss the water's function in ancient religious and sanctity rituals, sports, fun and leisure. “Dr. Baruch is a distinguished scholar who is sure to present a different perspective on water that delivers outside-the-box thinking,” Lachocki said. “It’s this kind of unique presentation that draws people back to the conference year after year, and excites professionals to attend for the first time.”

In 2010, the global media reported an 1,800-year-old bathing pool that was probably part of a bathhouse used by the Tenth Legion—the Roman soldiers who destroyed the temple in Jerusalem—was exposed in excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority. “What we have here is a discovery that is important for the study of Jerusalem,” Baruch said. “The new find, together with other discoveries of recent years, shows that the city of Aelia Capitolina was considerably larger than what we previously estimated. Information about Aelia Capitolina is extremely valuable and can contribute greatly to research on Jerusalem.”

In addition to Baruch’s keynote presentation, Emmy-winning comedic actress Tracey Conway will kick off the conference on day one with her presentation “Dying to Go On.” Her presentation will reflect on her own life-changing experience at the age of 38, when experienced sudden cardiac arrest.

The 2011 World Aquatic Health Conference will offer five symposia featuring 45 seminars over two days. A scientific poster session is also included, and, new this year, five different lunch roundtables are planned to foster dialogue in key topic area. Several leadership meetings will also be held during the week.

“From living healthy to running a facility, from drowning prevention to industrial technology invention, from ancient pools to model aquatic health code rules— the Seattle Conference will be cool,” Lachocki said.