Supplement Feature - February 2009
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Sink or Swim

Aquatic Operations Adjust With the Times

By Emily Tipping

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Tom Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), said that in tough times, education is more important than ever.

"Unfortunately, many of us don't prepare for the bad times," he said. "But NSPF has not been seeing a slowdown in people seeking educational materials. What we have been seeing is people looking to learn more efficiently."

And that translates into a lot more online training, everything from basic primers to lessons on operating the pool more efficiently. If knowledge is power, then you can empower yourself by gaining some education at the 2009 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), which will be held Oct. 28 to 30 this year in Atlanta.

This year marks the first time the conference will be held immediately adjacent to and in partnership with the National Environmental Public Health Conference (NEPHC) organized by the centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

"Swimming is a fun, active and healthy way to spend leisure time. CDC recognizes the important link between staying active and staying healthy," said Charles Otto, senior environmental health officer for the CDC. "We strive at CDC to offer information and resources to the public, aquatics industry and public health programs that reduce aquatic-based injury and illness, while promoting healthy swimming behaviors."

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