Four events in one for 2018 ASSA conference


By Alice Richard
Wednesday, 29 March, 2017


The Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) is bringing together four events around its national conference in 2018.

The Australian Swim Schools Conference will be held on 30 July and 1 August 2018, preceding the biennial Splash! expo on 1 and 2 August. ASSA partnered with Splash! for its inaugural conference in 2016.

The Swim Schools Conference will be followed on by the World Infant Aquatics Conference on 1 and 2 August. This event is widely regarded as the world’s leading event covering the teaching of infants and toddlers to swim.

In addition, a tour of swim schools in Sydney will precede the conference events, providing international attendees with the opportunity to see a number of Sydney’s premier swim schools.

“This brings together the leading exponents of teaching babies and toddlers swimming and water safety skills from around the globe,” ASSA Chief Executive Ross Gage said of the World Infant Aquatics Conference.

“The focus will not only be on skill development but also the many cognitive, social and emotional benefits accruing from quality early-years swimming — as evidenced in the four-year Griffith University study.”

The ‘Early Years Swimming, Adding Capital to Young Australians’ study (conducted by the Griffith Institute of Educational Research, Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Swim Program and Swim Australia) found that children who swim have advantages over non-swimming children when starting school. 

The 2017 ASSA Conference will be held in Darwin from 21–23 August 2017. 

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