The ninth World Aquatic Health Conference and Aquatic Physical Therapy Summit was held for the first time in Norfolk, Virginia, and organizers report a strong attendance, with 412 attendees, holding close to last year’s record-setting event in Seattle. The World Aquatic Health Conference is recognized as the leading global aquatic research forum.  “This year’s conference was a great success, attracting many return attendees as well as new people and organizations,” said Michelle Kavanaugh, Conference Manager for the National Swimming Pool Foundation“The feedback has been very positive, with nearly 80 percent indicating they will join us in Indianapolis in 2013.”

Industry, government, academic and health leaders traveled from 41 states and 8 countries. International attendees came from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the Ukraine. Of the 412 registrants, 46% noted they were high level decision makers including CEO, president, Owner, vice president, or director, which is up from previous years.  Industry segments represented were from aquatic facilities, service providers, consultants, parks & recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders, community organizations, distributors, hotels, Government, health/medical, retail, and media.

The seminars from the 2012 World Aquatic Health Conference are available on-demand and can be accessed at http://nspf.netro.ca/Products.aspx. Many organization schedule a meeting with team members to watch a seminar together.   The availability of the seminars online, on-demand at low cost, is an attractive solution for those who were unable to attend or wish to see seminars than ran congruently. The complete library of past seminars may be found at www.nspf.org gand click on online training.

The tenth annual World Aquatic Health Conference is scheduled for Ocotober 16-18, 2012 in Indianapolis, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. “We are encouraging companies and organizations to contact us to schedule their meetings in conjunction with the 2013 World Aquatic Health Conference,” added Kavanaugh.

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