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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 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 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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WhiteWater Acquires Apptivations

WhiteWater announced the acquisition of Apptivations ata the IAAPA Expo.  Apptivations develops apps that focus on story telling or educational interactive games.  Waterparks are apart of a growing app world.

APSP Announces CEO Search

The Board of Directors of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces that it has begun search efforts for a successor to President and Chief Executive Officer William Weber, in preparation for his planned departure in late 2013. Appointed in 2005, Weber also serves as ex officio member of the APSP Board and Executive Committee.

A CEO Search Committee (CSC) has been formed by the Board of Directors to facilitate the search effort. The CSC will be chaired by Bruce Fisher of Hayward Pool Products and past chair of the APSP Manufacturers Council. Committee members are: Mark Laven, Latham International; Mike Dunn, Watkins Manufacturing; Greg Howard, Carecraft; Michael Miller, Miller Pools; Mike Giovanone, Concord Pools & Spas; Martin Silver, Bel-Aqua Pool Supply; Joe Amato, Amato Industries; Steve Gorlin, Gorlin Pools & Spas; Larry Caniglia, NESPA; and Lauren Stack, APSP.

“The Board of Directors and the CSC are committed to taking steps to guarantee that the search for the next CEO of APSP is thorough and transparent,” said Gorlin, incoming APSP chairman of the board. “We are confident that the CSC will recommend qualified candidates for consideration to lead APSP on its growth path.”

The CSC will begin by identifying a search firm partner, developing a job description, timeline and process. Information regarding the CEO search will be posted at as the process unfolds. The webpage will include the timeline for the search, the CSC roster, and public announcements, including a call for qualified candidates.

Lawrence Hans Swimming Pool Leader Passes Away

Lawrence (Honky) Hans, age 90, of San Antonio, died on Monday, October 15, 2012. He was a 1939 graduate of Central Catholic High School. Lawrence then went on to serve our country in WWII, first as an aviation cadet and then was a Staff Sergeant in the Infantry during the European Theatre. He was a decorated war hero and was awarded a Purple Heart, a WWII Victory Medal and 2 Bronze Stars.
After the war he graduated from the University of Texas with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He was owner of Lawrence E. Hans & Associates, P.E. and Pool Tech of Texas. Lawrence designed municipal swimming pools all across the state of Texas. Lawrence was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Alamo Heights Rotary Club. He was a founder and past president of the Lamplighters Dance Club.
He especially enjoyed Saturday morning breakfast with the ROMEO’S. Lawrence was also an Eagle Scout and was instrumental in helping his grandson Robert become an Eagle Scout. Honky had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great story teller. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed dearly by his family and many friends.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Hans; daughters, Janet Heydenreich and husband Rick, Ellen Hans Schuler and Sarah Hans; grandchildren, Kate Heydenreich and fiancé, Will Monroe, Lauren Heydenreich, Julia Heydenreich, Chris Schuler, Caroline Schuler and Robert Schuler; nephew, John Edward Hamilton and niece, Debra Hamilton. He was preceded in death by his sister Catherine Hamilton.

Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex – Swimming Hall of Fame

The following press release was issued by the City of Fort Lauderdale on September 21, 2012

The renovation of the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex – home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame – has received the critical go-ahead from the City Commission.

I’m pleased to announce that the Commission approved this week an agreement with developers that sets a maximum price for the project as well as a 2½-year timetable to complete construction. The new facility – with two Olympic-size pools and signature dive well – should open in early 2015.

These plans should revitalize the Hall of Fame complex as a destination for national and international swimming and diving events. The YMCA is interested in bringing back its annual national swimming championships, and Royal Caribbean has discussed regular diving performances from its cruise ship teams.

Under its agreement with the city, Recreational Design & Construction guaranteed a maximum price of $32.4 million for construction. The city has earmarked $25 million in beach redevelopment funds and would pay for the rest of the cost through revenue generated by a new parking garage that would be built with the complex. No general tax revenue will be spent.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency has been collecting funds from a small area of the beach for decades because it was once considered blighted. The money can be spent only on such beach redevelopment efforts.

The city selected RDC as the developer in January and has worked with the firm since to fine-tune the proposal based on public input. The agreement drops from consideration the development as part of the project city-owned land on the east side of A1A next to D.C. Alexander Park.

The new complex will include two 50-meter pools, a dive well, an instructional pool, a training facility, a Hall of Fame museum, a greenway and a park along the Intracoastal Waterway. Among the groups that endorsed the plan are the Hall of Fame board of directors, USA Swimming, USA Diving, the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board and numerous residents and athletes.

RDC will now begin its engineering due diligence work, while the city commences negotiation of a lease with the Hall of Fame and the preparation of bond financing for the parking garage.

This will truly be a state-of-the-art facility, one that I believe will be a boon for the beach and tourism for years to come. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, the new aquatic complex and ISHOF museum will provide events and activities for all to enjoy.

Issued By Charlotte Rodstrom, Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor