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MAHC Tracts Now Available at AOAP 2022 Annual Conference & Exposition

Watershape University and the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) are excited to announce their partnership with the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) during the Annual AOAP Conference & Exposition, scheduled for Feb. 5-12, 2022, in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

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A show for pool pros, aquatic professionals, health officials, waterpark staff, and more

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. 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.  


Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code

This year, the Conference welcomes a new, two-day educational tract on the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) presented by CMAHC. This member-driven nonprofit organization 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.

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Sessions in advanced swimming pool education

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 that 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.

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“The Association of Aquatic Professionals is excited to be back in-person for our 2022 conference and exposition. 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!”

Juliene Hefter, Executive Director and CEO for AOAP.

“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!”

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“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.”

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Additional MAHC tract topics and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. For updates, visit AOAP’s conference webpage or

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

For more information on the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code, visit, or email [email protected].

For more information about Watershape University and to register for courses, visit or email [email protected]

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AOAP: Melissa Fadler 509-339-5811 [email protected]CMAHC: Jill Mastrangelo 919-389-9253 [email protected]Watershape: Eric Herman 858-720-1001 [email protected]

Note: All photos shown have been ‘grifted with love’ from the Association of Aquatic Professionals Facebook page in hopes of being granted permission after the fact. 🙄


Rudy Stankowitz is a 30-year veteran of the swimming pool industry and President/CEO of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants