National Aquatic Institute Program Announced
Program details are in place for the 2005 National Aquatic Institute, September 28-October 1 in Atlanta, GA, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Attendees must register by August 29 to take advantage of the Early Bird registration discounts. The hotel cut-off date is August 27.
Program highlights, in addition to educational sessions, include:
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9/27-28: A pre-conference Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) course will be offered.
Wednesday, 9/28, 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.: Opening Session Welcome by Mike Edwards (Georgia Tech) and aquatics history presentation by Charles Logan, followed by a social and vendor fair held at the Campus Recreation Center and a tour of the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, site of the 1996 Summer Aquatic Olympics. The Aquatic Center anchors the new $45 million dollar Campus Recreation Center, recently renovated, with the addition of a new leisure pool. The Aquatic Center consists of a fifty-meter competition pool with a moveable floor and two moveable bulkheads, 2000 seat spectator seating area, and a seventeen-foot deep diving well with a full complement of diving towers.
Thursday, 9/29, 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.: Atlanta Area Aquatic Facilities Tour: Georgia State University. The Aquatic Center at GSU is part of a relatively new $29.5 million dollar recreation center which opened in August 2001. The aquatic facility features an eight-lane lap pool with a one meter diving board, zero-depth entry to the leisure pool with a vortex, spa and dry sauna. A complete SCUBA locker is also adjacent to the pool. Emory University's two separate facilities are operated by two different departments. The indoor aquatic facility is a fifty-meter competition pool with two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards, and is a part of the $20 million dollar George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center, which opened its doors in August 1983. The outdoor facility at the Student Activity and Academic Center consists of a fifty-meter by twenty-five-yard competition pool with two one-meter and three-meter diving boards, a four-lane twenty-five-yard lap pool, and a round kiddie pool that is one foot deep. The season runs from April 1 to November 1, heating the two large pools and utilizing blankets in the colder months. This facility is part of a unique residential campus. Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia with 18,000 students. The Physical Education (PE) building, currently under renovation, houses the six-lane, twenty-five-yard indoor pool and is operated by the Intramural and Recreation Services office.
Friday, 9/30, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: An interactive mock trial will be presented by Gary Pogharian (University of South Carolina). The trial will involve role playing with parts for participants on the jury and as witnesses. Attendees will have to guess what the verdict will be and why.
9/30: Evening Banquet: Attendees join colleagues for an evening banquet at the Georgia Tech Campus Rec Center.
Visit the Aquatic Institute Web site for more session information and registration.