14th Annual WAHC Focuses on Professional Growth

World Aquatic Health™ Conference Plans to Expand the Industry

Colorado Springs, COLORADO, August 1, 2017 - The 14th Annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC) will feature keynote speakers, sessions, and a new track, all of which target professional growth among any and all aquatic industry professionals. The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), Colorado Springs non-profit organization, will host the Conference just north of its home base in Denver, Colorado, on October 18-20, 2017, at the Omni Interlocken

“We find that most people are looking for a career path and education helps to provide that,” states Darrell Doust, Poolwerx Chief Operating Officer, NSPF AST®  Certified Instructor, and returning WAHC attendee. “Education also assists in attracting new young people to our industry, because the younger generations are very interested in advancement and what's next. They want to be trained, and the WAHC educational offerings assist in providing that training.”

Keynote Speaker Ryan Avery, the youngest world champion of public speaking in history, will open the WAHC on Thursday, October 19. During the presentation “Connect More. Convince Less” attendees will learn how to educate and inspire in order to get more people in the water. Mr. Avery will also host a Thursday workshop “Stop Being A Leader, Start Being THE Leader,” which will help industry professionals establish strategies to become THE leader.

Amy Posey Neuro Facilitator Amy Posey, Keynote Speaker on Friday, October 20, will present on utilizing neuroscience to facilitate brain-friendly communication. Attendees may also join Ms. Posey and 2016 WAHC Keynote Speaker Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind, for a workshop during the Health Benefits track Neuroscience of Leadership.

The new WAHC track, Training for Business Growth, will spotlight four sessions led by successful leaders representing various fields of the industry. This track will benefit anyone interested in advancing his or her career in the pool industry. Pool service technicians, pool operators, CPO® Certification holders, ​AST® Certification holders, staff trainers, pool builders / designers / renovators, and NSPF Instructors will all gain insight from the unique sessions. 

CMAHC’s Biennial Vote on the Code Conference will return this year, October 17-18, from 8 am to 5 pm. CMAHC members may take part in the process of reviewing the 180 Change Requests received for the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code. Vote on the Code is the perfect time for attendees to make their voice heard and witness real change in the field, fostering a better environment for swimmers and professionals. Attendees who register for both the CMAHC and the WAHC receive a $50 discount. Visit cmahc.org to register or learn more. 

Aquatic Therapy Day will return for a second year, as well. On Wednesday, October 18, Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) may attend the eight hour hands-on training for $199. Recent research advocating aquatic therapy for individuals with low back, neck, shoulder, and chronic pain will be discussed, followed by a four hour warm water lab. The all-day session is hosted by Aquatic Therapy University’s Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, and attendees may earn eight Continuing Competency Units (CCUs), pre-approved in 30 states.

Swimming pool service technicians will have an opportunity to advance professionally in leadership and service AND save $150 during a Pre-Conference Event. The Classroom Session of NSPF’s new Advanced Service Technician™ Training Course will take place on Wednesday October 18, from 8 am to 5 pm. Achieving AST® ​Certification delivers numerous competitive advantages for service technicians and their companies through the unparalleled training and knowledge it provides.  
New this year, the Indoor Air Quality Panel Discussion is scheduled for lunchtime on Friday, October 20. The panel will include leaders from Anderson Poolworks, Paddock, Desert Aire, Counsilman-Hunsaker, and Water Technology, Inc. and will focus on how the industry can help reduce chlorine by-product exposure to swimmers, coaches, and patrons of indoor aquatic environments. Architects, designers, manufacturers, builders, facility management, environmental health officials, and academia are encouraged to attend to further improve the indoor swimming environment. 

Register for the WAHC today and join aquatic leaders from around the world to promote the growth and professionalism of the industry. To learn more about the WAHC, review this infographic and visit thewahc.org, or email conference@nspf.org

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About the World Aquatic Health™ Conference
The leading global aquatic research forum, the WAHC is tailored to educate professionals involved in all aspects of aquatics: those affiliated with aquatic facilities, pool and spa industry, service providers, consultants, parks & recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels, government, health/medical, retail, and media. Watch the video.

About the National Swimming Pool Foundation®
At the National Swimming Pool Foundation, we believe everything we do helps people live happier and healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. To further this mission, in 2016 we combined forces with GENESIS, an educational leader for designers and builders of residential pools and spas. Together with GENESIS we offer products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. In 2012, we launched the Step Into Swim™ Campaign, a 10-year initiative to create one million more swimmers. Founded in 1965 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and located in Colorado Springs, CO., NSPF proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. Visit nspf.org, genesis3.com, stepintoswim.org, or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.

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