Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Announces MAHC Track Educational Sessions at Association of Aquatic Professionals Conference

Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Announces MAHC Track Educational Sessions
at Association of Aquatic Professionals Conference

CMAHC to also host CPO and Aquatic Venue Public Health Inspector Pre-Conference Courses; and Vote on the Code Conference at AOAP 2024


Maricopa, Ariz. – The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) is partnering with the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) to offer MAHC Tracks for the third consecutive year during the AOAP Annual Conference & Exposition, scheduled for Feb. 10-17, 2024, at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. CMAHC will also host two pre-conference courses on Sunday, Feb. 11; and its triennial Vote on the Code conference, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 17.


ABOUT VOTE ON THE CODE 2024: The Vote on the Code conference brings together members of the aquatics industry, public health, and academia to participate in the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) update process. Governed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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. During Vote on the Code, stakeholders can use their voice to shape the next iteration (5th edition) of the MAHC. For more information on Vote on the Code 2024, click here. To register for Vote on the Code, click here and scroll down to “Vote on the Code” ticket options.


ABOUT MAHC TRACKS: MAHC Tracks are educational sessions on the MAHC presented by CMAHC and industry leaders. To attend the 2024 MAHC Track sessions, click here to register for the AOAP conference.


ABOUT PRE-CONFERENCE OFFERINGS: CMAHC will also two pre-conference workshops: a Certified Pool Operator Course led by Dewey Case, CMAHC Technical Director; and an Aquatic Venue Public Health Inspector Course, led by Kristie Riester, CMAHC Executive Director. To register for either course, click here and scroll down to “Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops” ticket options.


The full schedule of CMAHC offerings at AOAP is below. Workshops and MAHC Tracks will be led by CMAHC team members and other leaders in the aquatics industry.


*For a description of each course offering, click the links below.


WORKSHOP or MAHC Track Presenter Schedule
Certified Pool Operator Course
Dewey Case, CMAHC Sunday, Feb. 11 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Aquatic Venue Public Health Inspector Course (Pre-conference) Kristie Riester, CMAHC Sunday, Feb. 11 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Creating a Comprehensive Safety Plan: Mitigating Risks and Ensuring Safety Johnathan Nies, Counsilman-Hunsaker Monday, Feb. 12 – 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Making Waves in Pueblo County: Journey through a MAHC Adoption Julian Lucero and Autumn Whittaker, Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment Monday, Feb. 12 – 2:00 to 3:10 p.m.
The World of Splash Pads! What We Don’t Know. Scott Bowron, Clear Aquatics Monday, Feb. 12 – 3:30 to 4:40 p.m.
How to Address Chloramines and Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Ernest R. Blatchley, Purdue University; Eric Knight, Orenda Technologies / HASA Tuesday, Feb. 13 – 9:15 to 11:55 a.m.
Lifeguarding Today Dewey Case, CMAHC; Wess Long, StarGuard Elite; Craig Sears, Sears Pool Management; Joe Stefanyak, Jeff Ellis and Associates, Inc. Tuesday, Feb. 13 – 1:15 to 2:25 p.m.
What Do We Do with This Thing? Unique Aquatic Venues Addressed in the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Joe Laco, CDC – NCEH Tuesday, Feb. 13 – 2:45 to 3:55 p.m.
Interim CDC Guidance for Surf Venues Michele Hlavsa Ms., CDC Tuesday, Feb. 13 – 4:15 to 5:25 p.m.
APSP 16 – 2017 vs 2011 and Field Compliance Sung Choe, IAPMO Wednesday, Feb. 14 – 9:30 to 10:40 a.m.
Using Violation Data to Drive Future Inspections Tom Fink, Cuyahoga County Board of Health; Jason Ravenscroft, Marion County Public Health Department Wednesday, Feb. 14 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Walking the Line Between the ISPSC and the MAHC Sarah Cheshire, Utah Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday, Feb. 14 – 3:15 to 4:25 p.m.




About CMAHC: 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, advising 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 the potential it provides to ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Learn more at


ABOUT AOAP: The Association of Aquatic Professionals is a domestic 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation that exclusively promotes and advocates for policies, practices, and procedures that contribute to safer and improved aquatic education, aquatic recreation activities, programs, and facilities; provides and supports quality aquatic education opportunities; coordinates and conducts research in the field of aquatic management and safety; promotes coordination and cooperation between established aquatic associations responsible for all aspects of aquatic programming, aquatic management, aquatic operation and maintenance and aquatic facility design. As well as providing an annual conference and educational workshops for communities on drowning prevention and education. A portion of all proceeds will be used towards drowning prevention, i.e., for Learn to Swim Program Lessons and Grants for Life Jackets. Learn more at



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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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