The National Drowning Prevention Alliance has decided to take its conference online again.
The organization cited the unpredictable and protracted nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We believe it is the best decision for our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and our organization,” the group said. “[This] will allow our conference team over five months to plan and organize a conference that will no-doubt be even better than last year’s event.”
The NDPA conference was the first to pivot due to the pandemic. Last spring, it had a scant three weeks to convert formats when it became clear that venues would have to shut down. Even so, the organization presented 60 sessions and reported a 30% increase in attendance over the previous year.
The 2021 event will take place March 29 to April 1. In addition to a full slate of educational sessions and keynotes, the conference will feature a day focused on the U.S. National Water Safety Action Plan. Networking events will be featured, and the NDPA plans to enhance its interactive exhibit hall.