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World Aquatic Health Conference Returns as In-Person Event

  • Aug 10, 2021

August 10, 2021

Media Contact:
Janay Rickwalder, CAE
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703-357-3918 |

World Aquatic Health Conference Returns as In-Person Event

(Alexandria, Va.) - The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is pleased to announce that the 18th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) will take place as an in-person event October 13-15 in Houston, TX. This will be PHTA’s first in-person event since the pandemic began, allowing pool operators, environmental health officials, service technicians, aquatic managers, and other industry professionals to reconnect, network, and learn. 

In the last 18 months, the pool and hot tub industry has experienced historic growth. At the same time, health and safety have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds. WAHC 2021 will address the increased demand for certified pool operators, water safety education, and an understanding of public health and safety issues related to pool ownership.

WAHC is offering over 30 sessions across four tracks: Water and Air Quality, Facility Management, Codes and Standards, and Employee Management and Aquatic Programming. Attendees can earn up to 11 PHTA CEUs, or 1.1 AICET CEUs. There are also several pre-conference sessions starting October 11, including the PHTA Instructor Assessment School and the Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO) Course.

The Keynote Presentation will be delivered by Paralympian Jessica Long, who is competing for Team USA in Tokyo this summer. Other speakers include government officials, professors, engineers, and other subject matter experts who will all share knowledge and ideas that attendees can apply to their businesses right away.

“PHTA is so thankful to be able to host WAHC in-person again,” says Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President and CEO of PHTA. “We know our members have missed making connections and learning from each other in a way that can only happen face-to-face. WAHC is back and better than ever.”

“We are very excited about this year’s lineup of speakers and sessions,” says Jeanne Mendelson, Vice President of Education & Events at PHTA. “Attendees will learn about cutting-edge aquatic research that will make their pools, hot tubs, and other water features safer and more enjoyable.”

To learn more and register for WAHC, visit

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at or 703.357.3918.


About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance 

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit


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