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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellis & Associates' International Aquatic Safety School (IASS) will be held virtually this year.

This also means that, for the first time, the program will be available to all aquatics professionals, including those not affiliated with E&A facilities.

“The aquatics industry has been challenged like never before, and we know the need to research, innovate and advance our collective expertise will continue in 2021,” said E&A COO Richard “RAC” Carroll. “By opening IASS to the entire aquatics community, we can share lessons learned, best practices and expert advice, working together to elevate swimmer safety and improve operational excellence.”

Scheduled for Feb. 8-11, the 35th edition of IASS will include live, pre-recorded and on-demand programming that features industry leaders and personal development professionals. Speakers include: IAAPA Global Safety Committee Chair and Six Flags Entertainment Corporate VP of Security, Safety, Health & Environmental Jason Freeman; performance consultant Matt Heller; leadership coach Shawn Welch; and litigation expert/consultant Michael Oostman.

“We will miss the excitement of networking and learning with our colleagues in person, along with the hours we typically spend training in the water, but we also look forward to bringing together an expanded group of aquatics professionals in 2021,” Carroll said.

Registration for the event is now open.

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