CMAHC Presents MAHC Educational Track Sessions at Annual AOAP Conference, Feb. 5-12, 2022

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) has partnered with the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) and Watershape University for the Annual AOAP Conference & Exposition, scheduled for Feb. 5-12, 2022, in St. Pete Beach, Fla. 
Now in its 11th year, the Conference has earned a reputation as the premier educational gathering for aquatic professionals, drawing over 800 attendees, including health inspectors, building-code officials, and aquatic-facility managers, among others. This dynamic event provides attendees with the latest technical, practical, and hands-on education designed to improve drowning prevention, facility programming, team leadership, risk management, technical operations, and overall facility management.   

This year, the Conference welcomes a new, two-day educational tract on the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) presented by CMAHC, a member-driven nonprofit organization that exists exclusively to advocate, evolve, innovate, promote implementation, and make recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on needed updates to the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). Owned by the CDC, the MAHC is the only all-inclusive national pool code that addresses current aquatic issues and provides voluntary guidelines to prevent injury and illness at public aquatic venues.

The following MAHC tracks will be available:
The Model Aquatic Health Code in the Land of Enchantment - Levi Cole
Using the Model Aquatic Health Code to Strengthen Local Pool Codes - Tom Fink 
MAHC: Are you Ready? - Kevin Post
Using the MAHC to Guide Risk Decisions at your Aquatic Venue - Shawn DeRosa
The Safety Plan-Developing a Plan for your Facility-Mike Espino
Adopting the MAHC is Good Business - Michelle Kavanaugh 
Building Safe Chemical Storage and Treatment Systems - William Drakeley
The Visual Guide to Commercial Pool Geometry - Dave Peterson
Managing Infection Risk in the Model Aquatic Health Code - Richard Falk

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Watershape University (WU) – an IACET Accredited Provider of education – fully endorses the MAHC and incorporates its best-practice recommendations and technical principles into WU programming. WU will present two sessions within the MAHC tract: CONSTRUCTION 1324: Building Safe Chemical Storage and Treatment Systems and DESIGN 1811: The Visual Guide to Commercial Pool Geometry; both sessions were created to harmonize facility design with sound engineering practice. 
In addition to participating in the MAHC tract, WU will present two courses which are also new to the Conference. The first is a full-day program on Fluid Engineering & Drawing Comprehension for Plan Checkers. This course fills the educational gap in typical public-health curricula with in-depth knowledge of fluid engineering, gravity flow, water-in-transit, pumps, filters, and treatment systems.
WU will also offer a two-day course on Ozone/UV System Design. This extensive program offers expertise on sizing, sales, installation, troubleshooting and routine maintenance of ozone and UV systems – a tandem of water-treatment technologies which has become widely used in commercial aquatic facilities. 

“The Association of Aquatic Professionals is excited to be back in-person for our 2022 conference and exposition,” said Juliene Hefter, Executive Director and CEO for AOAP. “With our numerous new collaborations, partnerships, networking, and educational offerings, we will be able to enhance the knowledge and careers of all aquatic professionals. We look forward to seeing you there!”
“Watershape University is excited to be part of the AOAP Conference and Exposition,” said David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI and co-founder of Watershape University. “We fully support the AOAP’s mission and believe this will be the first of many years bringing our top-notch and novel education to Conference attendees. We couldn’t be more pleased to see CMAHC putting the Model Aquatic Health Code front and center with this influential audience!” 
“Partnering with the Association of Aquatic Professionals and Watershape University for AOAP’s must-attend annual conference is a vital step in further uniting the aquatics industry as a whole, regardless of sector,” said Kristie Riester, Executive Director, CMAHC. “Our collective goal through the MAHC tracts is to expand our reach by bringing in members of the public health, academia, builders, and designer audiences – all of which have a common need for MAHC use and adoption.”

For more information on the Association of Aquatic Professionals and to register to attend the Conference, go to, or email [email protected].  

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