Aquatic health professionals gathered last fall in Atlanta for the third annual National Swimming Pool Environmental Health Leaders Meeting and sixth annual World Aquatic Health Conference, hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. This year was the first time that both meetings were held together and the NSPEHL meeting reported record attendance.

“The NSPEHL meeting is the most broadly attended forum for environmental health leaders to meet and discuss technical and administrative issues affecting swimming pool programs,” said Doug Sackett, Assistant Director, New York State Health Department and Director of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

NSPEHL speakers included Sackett; Kathleen Reilly, public affairs specialist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, who shared the latest on the Viginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act enforcement and educational efforts; Jim Ridge, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; and Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC Healthy Swimming Program.

WAHC speakers included individuals with expertise in all areas of aquatics. Michael Beach, Ph.D., associate director for healthy water, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center, and Bruce Wigo, CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., served as keynote speakers. The two-day conference included seminars on aquatic health benefits, recreational water illness prevention, operations and green technology.

Next year’s meetings are scheduled for Oct. 6-8 in Colorado Springs, Colo.