– The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) is pleased to share that Watershape University (WU
), the industry’s leading resource for design, engineering, and construction education, has released a position statement firmly recommending adoption of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC
). As leaders in the field of aquatics and an IACET Accredited Provider of education, WU fully endorses the MAHC and incorporates its best-practice recommendations and technical principles into WU programming.
WU joins a growing list of other leading industry organizations in recommending that state, territory, and local health departments; aquatic facilities; and the industry-at-large, evaluate and embrace, support, and adopt all or part of the MAHC, with the ultimate goal of protecting the health of aquatic facilities, their staff, and patrons. To read WU’s full endorsement letter, click:☒
“At WU, health and safety are vital in everything we do – protecting those who use our industry’s products is our most important purpose and professional obligation,” said Lauren Stack, vice president, WU. “As the industry’s leading resource, the MAHC addresses these key health and safety issues, backed by CDC’s science-based guidance and CMAHC’s mission to keep it current through the triennial, member-driven update process.”
Owned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC
), the MAHC is a voluntary set of guidelines to prevent injury and illness at public aquatic venues, such as pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds. These guidelines bring together the latest science and best practices to help jurisdictions save time and resources when they develop and update pool codes. The MAHC outlines specific guidance that designers, builders, and managers of public aquatic venues can follow to maximize the fun and the health benefits of water-based activities.
About Watershape University:
Watershape University (“WU”) is the leading educational resource for professionals who design, engineer and build recreational and decorative bodies of water. Although founded in 2019, WU is defined by decades of teaching and practice among staff, faculty, and volunteers engaged in its educational and credentialing programs.
The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) was created to manage updates to, and promote voluntary adoption of, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), the only all-inclusive national model pool code. The MAHC is kept sustainable, current, and complete because the people who use it also research, develop, discuss, and vote on proposed changes through membership in the CMAHC. The CMAHC submits proposed changes to CDC as advice on how the MAHC needs to change to keep up with the latest science and best practices. Throughout the year, CMAHC staff educate local and state authorities, aquatic facility owners and operators, designers and builders, manufacturers, and suppliers about the MAHC and its potential to ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. To learn more, visit www.cmahc.org