In response to the global pandemic, organizers of the World Aquatic Health Conference have decided to present their 2020 events virtually.

The WAHC is set to have at least 35 different sessions, which will be available to attendees for a set period afterward so that one can conceivably sit in on all of them. “The quality of the content has not been cannibalized,” said Janay Rickwalter, vice president of marketing and communications for the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, which organizes the conference. “We are keeping the same standards of education that we have had in our past [events].”

It will also afford opportunities to network with peers and virtually visit sponsoring vendors, she added.

The organization made the decision after surveying past attendees — 60% of whom said they would not attend an in-person event in October, Rickwalter said.

Houston, where the physical conference was originally planned to occur, will host the 2021 conference.

The 2020 World Aquatic Health Conference takes place Oct. 14-15.

The WAHC began in 2004 and covers a variety of topics pertaining to the aquatics and pool/spa industries, including water quality, safety, programming, design/construction and maintenance.

For more information, consult WHAC's website.