Just weeks after its launch, the newly formed Association of Aquatic Professionals has announced plans to host its inaugural Conference & Trade Show.
The event is set for Feb. 13-16, 2012, at the Renaissance Hotel in
Austin, Texas. It will include education, a trade show and a golf
tournament, according to organizers.
“Our goal is to provide an excellent education program to
aquatics professionals at a reasonable price,” said Farhad
Madani, executive director of the new group and consultant with
Aquatic Safety Experts, LLC, in Austin.
Program details are still being determined and proposals for
speakers are currently being accepted. One thing Madani can
definitely say is that it will include offerings for individuals in
all sectors of the industry.
“We’re trying to create the program so it’s very
inclusive,” he said. “We want to collaborate …
and we plan to work with any and all organizations that want to
provide certifications and education.”
The Association of Aquatic Professionals was founded earlier this
year and now includes more than 100 members, according to Madani.
He and others in the group believe it’s important to start a
trade show now, to fill the void left when the National Recreation
and Park Association announced its decision to merge its aquatics
show into its large Congress event, held each fall. That move
effectively ended the National Aquatic Conference.
“This was a decision by the board of directors,” Madani
said. “NRPA is no longer going to do a conference at this
time. It’s an open time, so we’re just going to
continue that tradition. Our organization is new, but if you add
the expertise of the board members, we have more than 100 years of
Shawn P. DeRosa, president of DeRosa Aquatic Consulting and manager
of aquatic facilities at Penn State University in State College,
Pa., is serving as AAP conference chairman.
“I hope that after the conference, our attendees will return
to their facilities invigorated about their jobs, better connected
with a network of professionals and industry suppliers, and with a
renewed appreciation of the importance of water safety education,
drowning prevention, and the benefits of aquatic recreation and
therapy,” DeRosa said.
Future events are scheduled at the same Austin location in 2013 and 2014.