Association of Aquatic Professionals, Watershape University and Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Partner to Offer Education at the AOAP Annual Conference

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. 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 allinclusive national pool code that addresses current aquatic issues and provides voluntary guidelines to prevent injury and illness at public aquatic venues.

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.”

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 to register to attend the
Conference, go to, or email

For more information on the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code, visit, or email

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


AOAP: Melissa Fadler

CMAHC: Jill Mastrangelo

Watershape: Eric Herman

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Juliene Hefter

Juliene is the Executive Director/CEO of AOAP. She has a background in running and operating diverse aquatic facilities and venues and is a national and international speaker on a variety of topics. She is also an expert witness/consultant.

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