Training & Education

This page includes currently available MAHC educational networks and presentations, such as webinars and virtual conferences, organized by date. These are offered to give readers an opportunity to learn more about the MAHC development, process, organization, and progress. To obtain a copy of a MAHC overview PowerPoint presentation to introduce or update current MAHC knowledge with an aquatics or public health group, please contact us at MAHC@cdc.gov.

Educational Networks

Join the the MAHC NetworkExternal created by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The MAHC Network is a community for MAHC users, subject matter experts, and those hoping to learn about the code itself. Members will receive updates on the code, have access and provide input to newly developed resources, and join bi-monthly webinars featuring the code and users.

Presentations & Webinars

Title: Springboard to Prevention: The Model Aquatic Health Code, 1st Edition. National Environmental Health Association Pre-Conference Workshop
Summary: These four PowerPoint presentations were used in a half-day session sponsored by the CMAHC and the National Environmental Health Association. They cover the creation and development of the MAHC and focus in detail on two key areas in the MAHC, lifeguarding and secondary disinfection. The presentations end with a summary of upcoming guidance for regulatory programs and planned MAHC surveillance to measure long term public health impact.

  • Why Create the MAHC? Cdc-pdf[PDF – 51 pages]External
    Why the MAHC was created, how the MAHC was created and structured, what are the potential short and long-term public health outcomes, how jurisdictions can use it, and how will the MAHC be kept up to date. Michael Beach, Ph.D, Associate Director for Healthy Water, CDC
  • Key Concepts Influencing Lifeguarding Staffing Plans Cdc-pdf[PDF – 39 pages]External
    Technical aspects of the MAHC’s lifeguarding provisions using visual aides to show factors affecting surveillance, such as blind spots, glare and rotation procedures, and integration into a facility’s Aquatic Safety Plan. Doug Sackett, MAHC Director, NYS Dept of Health-Retired; Roy Fielding, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Richard A. Carroll, Sr. VP, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.
  • Secondary Disinfection Cdc-pdf[PDF – 66 pages]External
    Why secondary disinfection systems are needed for increased risk aquatic venues, review of the design principles and sizing calculations, and how to verify a UV and ozone system is operating properly. Doug Sackett, MAHC Director, NYS Dept of Health-Retired; Beth Hamil, VP, Del Ozone, San Luis Obispo, CA; Tom Schaefer, Sales Director, atg UV Technology, Manchester, UK.
  • Adding to Our Healthy and Safe Swimming Arsenal Cdc-pdf[PDF – 48 pages]External
    Tools the MAHC provides for both inspectors and operators including risk-based inspection procedures, daily operational checklists, inspection forms, MAHC surveillance system, and more. CDR Jasen Kunz, MPH, REHS, Environmental Health Officer, Environmental Health Services Branch, CDC; Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH, Chief, Healthy Swimming Program, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, CDC.

Title: National Conference of State Legislatures Webinar: The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)
Summary: The MAHC will serve as a model and guide for local and state agencies needing to update or implement swimming pool and spa code, rules, regulations, guidance, law, or standards governing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other treated or disinfected aquatic facilities. This webinar, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures on December 10, 2013, featured three speakers addressing the MAHC from different perspectives.

View the presentation slides for FREE.

Title: The Model Aquatic Health Code
Summary: People in the United States make more than 300 million trips to public pools each year, but there is no federal regulatory authority governing the health and safety of swimmers. This 5-minute video briefly explains the background of the Model Aquatic Health Code and why this model guidance is important in addressing the numerous health and safety issues swimmers face every time they enter a public pool.

Watch this 5-minute presentation for FREE on YouTube.

Title: Model Aquatic Health Code Presentation at AD-HOC
Summary: Tracynda Davis, MPH, Director of Environmental Health Programs at the National Swimming Pool Foundation and member of the MAHC Steering Committee, presented at AD-HOC in Lexington, Kentucky on May 9, 2012. AD-HOC is an event for aquatics designers, health officials and contractors to hear presentations by topical experts in pool codes, industry standards, and facility design and operation.

Watch this 35-minute presentation for FREE on YouTube. It is a three-part series:

Title: Model Aquatic Health Code Webinar
Summary: Free webinar on preventing drowning, injuries and the spread of recreational water illnesses through the Model Aquatic Health Code. Hosted by the Network for Public Health LawExternal, the webinar features Lieutenant Commander Jasen Kunz of CDC and Doug Farquhar of the National Conference for State LegislaturesExternal on August 16, 2012.

View the presentation slides only. Cdc-pdf[PDF – 54 pages]External

Title: Model Aquatic Health Code Update
Summary: Doug Sackett, Director of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), presented the latest updates on the MAHC modules at the World Aquatic Health™ ConferenceExternal in Seattle, on October 14, 2011.

Title: Aquatics International Webinar Series: The Model Aquatic Health Code: Cracking the Code (November 2010)
Summary: Seven exclusive and free sessions focused on explaining the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). (These webinars are no longer available.)

Page last reviewed: March 28, 2016