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