The fifth annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) sponsored by the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 15-17, drew 357 registrants from 42 states and 6 countries, participating in 45 seminars.
“In four short years and five meetings, this conference has grown from a small collection of interested parties to being the premier national gathering of public health, industry, and academic leaders who are interested in planning the future of aquatics,” comments Michael J. Beach, PhD, Associate Director for Healthy Water, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Leaders are drawn to this conference because science highlights future opportunities and helps them prepare their organization to prosper beyond today’s challenges,” explains Thomas M. Lachocki, PhD, CEO of NSPF.
Of the attendees present, 30% were high-level decision-makers, including CEOs, presidents, owners, vice presidents and directors.
NSPF reports that in-person conference registration was up 25%. In addition to the 357 registrants, an additional 341 access codes (tickets) were obtained by people who want to view seminars online at
The World Aquatic Health Conference is a global aquatic research forum helping leaders anticipate trends, understand emerging issues and contemplate long-term opportunities. Attendees included aquatic coordinators and managers, aquatic training specialists, health officials, marketing and sales managers, service companies, manufacturers, academicians, engineers, consultants, lifeguards and pool operators.