WAHC 2016: Pre and Post Conference Events

October is creeping around the corner and before you know it, we’ll all be in Nashville, Tennessee for the thirteenth annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference! Let’s take a closer look at what will be offered during the week of the WAHC in both pre and post-conference events. 

Aquatic Therapy Day: October 19 

Aquatic Therapy University’s founder and Master Physical Therapist, Andrea Salzman, will be leading an eight-hour lab-intensive aquatic therapy course at the WAHC. Attendees will be able to practice “clinical pearls” of aquatic therapy treatments pulled from the University’s 2016 credentialing tracks. Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) will be able to earn eight Continuing Competency Units (CCUs) and leave with documentation templates and research studies supporting the medical necessity of aquatic therapy. 

The training will emphasize the top five populations that can benefit from aquatic therapy: total joint replacements, chronic pain, arthritis, balance & fall risk, and neurological deficits. Justifiable Aquatic Therapy: A Pool-Based Lab Intensive is preapproved for PTs and PTAs in 27 states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

This course may also be appropriate for other rehabilitation providers who count aquatic therapy within their scope of practice. Registration for the eight-hour course is $199 for PTs and PTAs, but both professionals can attend the WAHC and Aquatic Therapy Day for a discounted bundle rate of $399 by emailing conference@nspf.org.

Float Tank Workshop: October 19 

Join 2015’s Keynote Speakers, Ashkahn Jahromi and Graham Talley, as they discuss the unique challenges for operation and regulation of facilities with less than a foot of water and 900 pounds of  Epsom salt. This workshop is priced at $35 and will focus on:

  • NSF Float Tank Standards Development
  • New Washington State Guidelines
  • Alberta Float Tank Protocol
  • Updated Float Tank Association Standards
  • Other Regulations in the US and Canada
  • Test Equipment Considerations
  • On-Site Inspection Suggestions
  • Flotation Specific Components 
  • Industry size growth, and projections

We’ve been hearing many questions about the importance and uniqueness of Float Tank Sanitization and coding. Join us for an intriguing discussion highlighting the most difficult aspects of Float Tank Operation.

Build a Pool Conference: October 22-23 Sheraton Music City Hotel 

USA Swimming will be hosting a Regional Build a Pool Conference following the WAHC. The day and a half conference is styled with many workshop style events with the following objectives: 

  • Plan and Build your Facility for total aquatic programming  
  • Validate the needs to explore possibilities for aquatic centers
  • Understand and identify adversaries and advocates for project
  • Figure cost to operate 
  • Programming income potential 
  • Have a better understanding pool and building size options & cost to build
  • Learn about other management options and value received pricing 
  • Learn about new building technologies 

The conference will cover programming, basic business planning, cost to build, cost to operate, and two examples of different sized-facilities. This year’s will also include an exclusive Sunday afternoon session by Counsilman Hunsaker. An added benefit is that each attendee will receive a flash drive containing 4 gigabytes of presented and supporting materials. What a deal!

The usual audience for the Build a Pool Conference includes coaches, parent boards, city councils, architects, and engineers who want to start developing their dreams pools! Attendees will gain ideas on how to program facilities for successful sustainability AND learn about innovative ideas with examples for new buildings and renovations. But the cherry on top? ASCA Certified Coaches will receive 10 credit hours for attending! 

This Regional Build & Program a Pool Conference, located at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, is priced at $65.00, but if you will be attending both the WAHC and the Build a Pool Conference, you can expect a discounted price of just $39.00 for registration. To learn more about this influential conference email Sue Nelson at snelson@usaswimming.org

Special Events

The WAHC includes a few other pre and post-conference events. Learn about each one by clicking on them: EH Symposium, Instructor Update, and the famous Insider’s Tour

In Conclusion…

The World Aquatic Health Conference has so much to offer that you need to come early and stay late! Well, at least that’s what we would like you to do. Register for the WAHC today and check out the top ten things to do while in Music City!


World Aquatic Health Conference
Pre and Post Conference Events
Build a Pool Conference
Aquatic Therapy Day
Special events
EH Symposium
Insider's Tour
Instructor Update