The great city of Pittsburgh was not chosen because of its breath taking city skyline or the three rivers that meet in our city center. Pittsburgh was selected for the education, training, resources and the future professionals learning and growing in this region. The theme for our 2017 conference is centered on the future of drowning prevention and the next generation of aquatic professionals charged with the mission of reducing drowning and aquatic injury, both in the US and around the world. Drowning claims the lives of an estimated 372,000 individual each year around the world. This next generation is faced with GREAT EXPECTATIONS in reducing the number of injuries and tragedies, while growing the field of aquatics and getting more people in the water to enjoy it safely! Not only do we welcome you to the great city of Pittsburgh, but we also welcome you to join us in the mission of reducing drowning and aquatic injury around the world!