Each year since 2012, the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) has planned and hosted the best educational and networking conference available. This year, the AOAP 5th Annual Conference and Exposition will be held from March 5-10 in San Diego, California, and Nekdoodle® will be there!
AOAP is a non-profit, cutting edge professional membership-based organization run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Their mission is to assemble professionals from all aspects of aquatics to network, educate, advocate, enrich, and improve the aquatics industry across the country and internationally. One of the main goals of AOAP is to recognize, with the aquatic professional designations, individuals in the aquatic field. Through a combination of education, experience, and certifications, the Association encourages individuals to stand out among their peers and obtain the designation.
AOAP provides and supports numerous quality aquatic education opportunities that focus on practices and procedures that contribute to safer and improved aquatic education, recreation activities, programs, and facilities. The Association also offers workshops for communities on drowning prevention and education and invests a portion of all proceeds towards drowning prevention efforts such as Learn to Swim Program Lessons and Grants for Life Jackets.
One of AOAP’s greatest education opportunities is the AOAP Annual Conference. As a gathering of who’s who in aquatics, the conference features remarkable keynote speakers and provides multiple chances to learn and grow both personally and for the benefit of professional teams. Education sessions throughout the conference present innovative techniques and strategies to implement for training and create a rejuvenated energy to continue efforts in the development of staff and public awareness.
This year, the AOAP 5th Annual Conference and Exposition will include pre-conferences on March 5 and 6, which will address practical pool management and safer beaches, and include an interactive “learn and lead” log roll and an emergency response planning course. On the evening of March 7, the main keynote speaker will take the stage, providing attendees with a breath of fresh air as all aquatic information comes together. The nominees of the 2016 Power Issue and winners of the 2015 Best of Aquatics will then be recognized during the Aquatics International Awards Program special breakfast on March 8.
The Exposition will be held on March 8 and 9, for which AOAP is anticipating a large and energetic turn out. A handful of companies, including Nekdoodle®, will have booths set up in an exhibit hall for both attendees and public guests to explore.
Not only is the Association of Aquatic Professionals Annual Conference and Exposition a great place for individuals and professional teams to learn, grow, and network, but it is also a positive and inspirational experience that is beneficial to the entire community around the water. Nekdoodle® considers it an honor to attend the conference this year to share our ideas, expand our knowledge, and gain the tools and techniques necessary to make the aquatics industry the best it can be! For more information about the conference and AOAP, visit http://aquaticpros.org.