Virtual Conference 2021

Sharing experience and knowledge in the Covid-19 era

The Covid-19 pandemic will continue to have an impact on all our lives and activities throughout the world. Perhaps public pools will be back in operation by the time of this meeting, or shortly after. Either way, it will be an appropriate time for us to consider the response to the Covid-19 crisis in the pool industry worldwide. Has it been reasonable, effective, what have we learnt and how should it influence the future design and operation of pools?

A key component of the conference will be the ability of delegates to share their experiences and to ask national and international experts their opinions in live interactive sessions.

The conference will be of value to those who are involved in the day-to-day operation, management and design of pools in leisure, holiday and health facilities – including pool technical operators, managers, environmental health officers, public health practitioners, aquatic physiotherapists and scientists and policymakers.

Breakout sessions

The conference will be hosted live, the presentations recorded. In the afternoon there will be plenty of opportunity for delegates to share their experiences and interact with the speakers and each other in four parallel breakout sessions:

  • Public Health Risk assessment;
  • Management and use of pool chemicals
  • Ventilation
  • Cleaning and disinfection of the environment, equipment and surfaces

Ask the experts

The conference will finish with a plenary session where delegates can ask PWTAG Council members and the speakers questions which can be sent in advance or presented on the day.

After the conference

Recordings of presentations will be available to delegates on-line for several weeks (to be confirmed) after the meeting. Further information will be available on this in the coming days.

Confirmed Speakers

Click the names to read their abstracts.

Michele Hlavsa,
Epidemiologist, Healthy Swimming and Cryptosporidiosis Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Covid-19 and Model Aquatic Health Code developments

Vincenzo Romano Spica,
University of Rome
Is it safe to swim in the time of Covid-19?

Regina Sommer,
Medical University of Vienna
Does the Covid-19 pandemic require changes in pool water disinfection now and in the future?

Richard Falk
Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Ad-Hoc Committee, Decatur, Georgia
Risk of illness in stabilized chlorine pools

Susanne Lee,
Leegionella Ltd,
Water management plans and pool safety

Jan Bakker
Institute of Occupational Diseases University of Amsterdam,
The Dutch approach to swimming and spa pools in times of Covid-19: health monitoring.

Sarah Wratten,
Aquatic Therapy Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Consultant, ATACP Co-Chair and Tutor
Working in hydrotherapy pools during the Covid-19 pandemic

Christiane Höller
Bavarian Food and Health Authority Oberschleißheim
Pools and spas in Bavaria during the Covid pandemic

Emanuele Ferretti and Lucia Bonadonna
Italian National Institute of Health, Rome
National Guidelines and health issues in the swimming pool during the Covid-19 pandemic

Athena Mavridou
University of West Attica, Greece
Manager feedback on the application of Covid-19 swimming pool regulations

Maarten Keuten
Delft University of Technology, Department of Water management
Results of a study on aerosols in swimming pools

Tomas Neeson and Kevin Hannah
Pool ventilation – balancing nett zero and Covid-19 considerations

Tom Devin
Devin Consulting
Water treatment design for Covid-19 and beyond

Alex Blackwell and Hannah Smith
Water Babies Ltd
Making Baby Swimming Lessons Covid-19 Safe – The Challenges

PWTAG reserves the right to alter speakers and/or titles of papers if circumstances dictate.


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Programme of events:

Download the full programme and speaker abstracts here.

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Event Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support of the conference. You can find out more information about them here: