Australian Swim Schools goes global with hybrid conference on the Gold Coast

Australian Swim Schools

The Australian Swim Schools National Conference (ASSA 2022) is heading to the Gold Coast next week with what will be their first ever hybrid event.

Hosted at the Gold Coast Conference & Exhibition Centre, this year’s hybrid conference will allow swim school communities across the country and globe the opportunity to dial in and join the event from the comfort of their own home or workplace.

The 2020 and 2021 conferences were held online and last year there were just over 380 registrations in total.

Being the first in-person event since Covid, 2022 numbers are higher than they have ever been. There are currently 370 in person delegates and this number is expected to climb to 500. There will also be a few hundred online attendees from 16 different countries.

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Emily McNeill, general manager of ASSA.

“After holding virtual events over the past two years, we are excited to be back in person this year while also welcoming those who could not physically join us through the hybrid event format we are rolling out for the first time,” said Emily McNeill, general manager of ASSA.

“This is going to be our largest conference to date and we look forward to welcoming industry members and dignitaries to the three day event.”

Further to this, virtual attendees will have the option to tune in to the sessions in either English, Spanish or Portuguese with an interpreting company engaged to ensure the process runs smoothly on the day. There will also be two translators throughout the conference as well as an additional team to support editing and post-production.

“It’s our priority to remain as accessible and inclusive as we possibly can be and by streaming our sessions in three different languages we are inviting new communities to get involved and gain maximum value from this event,” said McNeill.

“The expertise and insight of our international members helps ASSA continue to grow and drive best practice throughout the swim school industry on both a national and global scale and we look forward to welcoming them to the event.”