Australian Swim Schools Association heads to Gold Coast for hybrid conference

The Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) will be hosting its 2022 National Conference next week not only as an in-person event, but also as its first-ever hybrid event.

Being staged alongside the SPLASH! Expo at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Center from June 21-23, the hybrid conference will allow swimming school communities across the country and around the world to connect and participate in the event from the comfort of their own home or from their place of work.

Recognizing the worldwide interest in Australian watersports, the ASSA conference will also offer translation services for the first time with virtual attendees having the option to tune in to sessions in English, Spanish or Portuguese – with a translation company. engaged interpretation to ensure the process runs smoothly. There will also be two translators throughout the conference as well as an additional team to support editing and post-production.

With its 2020 and 2021 conferences held online, ASSA’s first in-person event since the COVID shutdowns has already attracted more than 370 in-person delegate registrations, which the body expects to reach 500 from the weeks coming.

There are also a few hundred online participants from 16 different countries registered to attend.

Looking forward to the conference, ASSA Executive Director Emily McNeill commented “after hosting virtual events for the past two years, we are thrilled to be back in person this year while hosting those who were unable to physically join us via the hybrid event format we are rolling out for the first time.

“This will be our largest conference to date and we look forward to welcoming members and industry dignitaries to this three-day event.”

Explaining the addition of translation services, she added “it’s our priority to stay as accessible and inclusive as possible and by broadcasting our sessions in three different languages, we invite new communities to get involved and get the most of this event.

“The expertise and insight of our international members helps ASSA continue to grow and promote best practices in the swim school industry nationally and globally and we look forward to welcoming them to the event.”

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Images: Swimming lessons at Ballina Swim School (top, credit: Vorgee) and ASSA Chief Executive Emily McNeill (bottom).

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Andrew B. Reiter