#WAHC2018 and Aquatic Law

#WAHC2018 and Aquatic Law

Today we’re highlighting a #WAHC2018 session focused on legal issues in aquatics, as well sessions that might dovetail with that discussion. The first session is particularly timely this year, given the broader cultural ramifications of #MeToo and the movement’s increasing impact on aquatic facilities. And since CDC issued updates to the Model Aquatic Health Code this year, we’re also noting two sessions that could present opportunities to discuss the new code and adoption efforts. 

#MeToo and Facility Management

Effective Risk Management Strategies: How to Locate, Hire, Train, Implement, & Protect Your Aquatic Staff & Organization

Speakers: Steven Getzoff, Michael Oostman, and Derek Downey
Track: Advanced Service Concepts
Time: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 4:00pm–4:50pm

Locating, hiring, and training staff, as well as effective oversight, are all critical components of a safe and harassment-free workplace. Learn how to embrace and work within the context of the #Metoo movement in operating an aquatic facility. In Effective Risk Management Strategies, part of the Advanced Service Concepts track, join three legal experts for a lively discussion of how understanding the current climate can help you build towards the future. Steven Getzoff is a senior litigation partner at the New York firm of Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer who specializes in advising and defending members of the aquatic industry with regard to personal injuries, contractual issues and compliance with federal, state and local laws codes and standards. Michael Oostman has over 24 years of consulting experience in the aquatic community and has conducted over 700 drowning investigations. Derek Downey is the principal of LegalPools.com and has worked as an expert witness in all aspects of pool the area including, design and construction, drowning, diving injury, slip and fall and other litigation.


MAHC and Beyond

Since the 2018 MAHC has been so present for many of us this year, we'd also like to highlight two sessions that promise to help think through both a practical understanding of MAHC implementation, and a broader view of how national water safety develop and operate. You'll hear a practical MAHC case study and, through a consideration of national water safety plans, get to consider just how a national standard (like the MAHC) might be achieved. For more resources, please see our updated updated MAHC page.  

Being Water Safe at the Y and in the Community

Track: Facility Management & Design
Speakers: Mike Espino and Lindsay Mondick
Time: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Being Water Safe at the Y and in the Community, part of the Facility Management & Design track, will present how one organization has made a commitment to ensure aquatic safety at its facilities and in the communities it serves. Attendees will learn how the organization has incorporated the guidelines found in the Model Aquatic Health Code into its safety practices and how programming has been designed to reach children at risk of drowning. Cofounder and past president of the Association of Aquatic Professionals, Mike Espino is the Aquatics Safety Specialist for the YMCA of the USA and has been involved in the aquatics field for over 30 years. Lindsay Mondick joined YMCA of the USA in 2015, and provides subject matter expertise on aquatics programs, technical assistance, and tools. 

National Water Safety Plans: What Are They, How Do They Help, & What Can U.S. Learn from Countries Where They Are Already in Place?

Track: Increasing Fun & Reducing Risk
Speaker: Morag MacKay
Time: Friday, October 12, 2018

In 2014, with the launch of the Global Report on Drowning, the World Health Organization identified ten actions to prevent drowning. One action was a call for the development of national water safety plans. This session, part of the Increasing Fun & Reducing Risk track, will explore national water safety plans, including what they are, what they aim to do, and the proposed steps to their development. It will also highlight the types of objectives and actions relevant to the aquatics field from existing national plans. Morag MacKay is Director of Research for Safe Kids Worldwide and was Programme Manager at the European Child Safety Alliance for 11 years, where she managed several large multi-country research and advocacy projects aimed at bridging the evidence to action gap and supporting adoption and implementation of evidence-based good practices for the prevention of injuries to children and youth in Europe. She is currently chairing a sub-committee of Water Safety USA who are working on the development of a national action plan for the United States.

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