50 certified Infant Aquatic Survival Specialists gathered in Atlanta for the 2015 bi-annual Infant Aquatics Network Continuing Education Conference.
The conference was an opportunity for instructors from five continents to make connections and enhance their teaching abilities, while hearing from speakers on a wide range of topics.
Tracy Creek MD spoke on Drowning in the Media. She stressed that the incidence of secondary/dry/delayed drownings making headlines is rare and that Infant Aquatics lessons are the best prevention for drowning.
Pam Vinje from Small Screen Producer unveiled the new Infant Aquatics website and discussed how the new mobile site will be more user friendly, promote public awareness on drowning prevention and allow more lives to be saved.
Additional speakers addressed topics on business planning and pool chemistry tips.
An entire afternoon was spent at the pool, with demonstrations of group classes, a presentation on how Infant Aquatics takes swim float swim to strokes, and an in-water troubleshooting session led by the Lead Instructor Team.
Team building activities included a Q&A session, a Family Feud game and a Margarita and Fajita dinner.
The consensus from all attending was that the Infant Aquatics Network is comprised of a diverse group of men and women who are truly gifted in their ability to relate to parents and teach lifesaving aquatic skills to children.
The conference was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with like-minded friends, and welcome the many new instructors who have trained in the past two years.
Plans for the 2017 conference are already underway.