ABOUT THE EVENT
The 29th Annual National Conference Breakthrough to Excellence hosted in Orlando, Florida is designed with you in mind! Immerse yourself in a USSSA conference like no other with keynotes from three book authors, two Olympians and one CNN hero, and that’s all before lunch. At this conference you will learn how to unlock a new standard of success for your swim school business. Dive deeper into a new kind of consumer journey, discovering how to create a unique customer experience and get ready to stand out in today’s digital world. You will also learn how to rewire your management style to success and connect with your staff’s human need to belong. And we have not forgotten about your swim instructors either, our swim instructors track includes a session by none other than Laurie Lawrence, a former Olympic coach and international expert in infant swim instruction.
This conference also provides the perfect destination for a balance of work and play with Disney Springs within walking distance of our hotel. We are also excited to offer a special behind the scenes Disney World Tour (add’l charge) on Saturday morning and discounted Disney World tickets available to conference attendees.
You won’t want to miss this conference filled with brilliant topics, outstanding exhibitors, opportunities to network, lunch and learn, breakouts, book signings, awards banquet and more!
First 150 that register will receive a free book! Andrew Davis’s Brandscaping: Unleashing the Power of Partnerships
**Pre-registration is now closed – all registrations will now be completed onsite at the conference**
Bundle – $555.00
Includes: Full registration – Book – Banquet – Lunch and Learn
Bundle “SUPER” – $800.00 – SOLD OUT
Includes: Full registration – Book – Lunch and Learn – Banquet – Disney Tour
One National Conference FULL Registration – $400.00
Two National Conference FULL Registrations – Per Person – $375.00
Three or more National Conference FULL Registrations – Per Person – $359.00
National Conference 2-Day Registration – Per Person – $325.00
Optional items available for individual purchase:
Book – “Power of Having Fun” – David Crenshaw – $13 each
Infant Toddler Education Workshop – Tuesday – $219 each, includes lunch
Lunch and Learn – Wednesday – $45 each, includes lunch
Black & White Theme Banquet – Thursday – $99 each, includes dinner
Special Abilities Education Workshop – Saturday – $219 each, includes lunch
Disney Behind the Scenes Tour – Saturday morning – $245 each, must be 16, Register by September 13 – SOLD OUT
In order to maximize resources and provide you and your team with the best possible conference experience, we have made some changes to the pre-conference course fees. This additional fee will enable us to take care of your team, keep them on-time and enable them to focus on their training for the day. We look forward to serving you and your team in Orlando at the USSSA National Conference!
Alert: Please be aware that recently, a few of our members have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be from the Hilton Hotel. However, this is a scam! The Hilton Hotel will NOT contact you to make reservations. Please use the link found on this page to book your hotel room in our room block. Thank you.
Please Note: We are excited to be hosting the USSSA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. We are confident in the preparations made by the venue to weather recent storms and are continuing to maintain regular contact with hotel representatives. Lisa Zarda, our Executive Director, is also closely monitoring the storm systems in the Florida area. Should a situation arise that would make it impossible to hold the event, USSSA will directly notify all attendees and reimburse their registration fees. Your safety is our top priority. Please let us know if you have any more questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Wednesday October 11th 8:35AM – 9:35AM
Who is Andrew Davis? Andrew Davis is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. Andrew Davis created programming for local television, produced for NBC’s Today Show, worked for The Muppets in New York and wrote for Charles Kuralt. He has marketed for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands. In 2016, Davis founded Monumental Shift, the world’s first talent agency for marketing thought leaders.
Thursday, October 12th 8:35AM – 9:35AM
The Josh Project was founded in 2007 by Wanda Butts in memory of her son, Josh, who drowned in a lake in 2006. Josh was on raft that capsized when his friends tried to get on it with him. Rather than allow his death to be just another tragic loss of life, Wanda has turned this tragedy into triumph by starting a water safety education program in Toledo, Ohio. Learn more about her inspirational story at this morning’s keynote.
Friday, October 13th 8:45AM – 9:45AM
Dave will be talking about how important it is for adults to find their personal “Oasis.” What is an Oasis? These are pre-determined moments when you promote meaningful enjoyment in your life. Figuring out what is enjoyable to you and making these Oases happen is something Dave will cover in his keynote at the USSSA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Dave’s upcoming book, The Power of Having Fun: How Meaningful Breaks Help You Get More Done-and Feel Fantastic is available for purchase and you will receive your copy at the conference.
Wednesday, October 11 | 10:15 am – 11:05 am | Excellence is No Accident
Wednesday, October 11 | 1:30 am – 2:20 pm | Independence in Infant Swimming
Laurie Lawrence, a top athlete in his own right, is a former Australian Rugby Union Representative and Olympic and World Champion Swim coach. There would be few, who do not know of Laurie Lawrence or his spirited personality, his sense of humour or his zest for life. For those who know him well there would be no disputing that his manner is direct, sincere and honest. Whatever Laurie is involved in, he gives all of himself. He cares deeply about the people he influences and he refuses to rest until he has achieved his best. Laurie has been claimed as one of Australia’s favorite sons, and is admired by many Australians, from little children who attend his coaching clinics to International Corporate Leaders who look to him for inspiration and new ideas.
Thursday, October 12 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Mark’s is universally known as the “Human Manager” and his proven techniques for energizing employees make him an internationally sought after speaker, facilitator, mentor and coach. His book BEING HUMAN has challenged the way Managers and Organisations view the value of the 100- year old Management system and has sparked a more Human approach across the globe.
Mark has developed and refined his “Human Manager” model over a 25-year career in sales, operations and general management, delivering measurable improvements in employee engagement, team performance and business results even in todays climate of fast paced change and uncertainty. He has rated as the No 1 Leader for Employee Engagement, Leadership and Career Development and skillfully combines reality with textbook theory.
Mark is Harvard Business School Trained and an accredited Practitioner in Adaptive Leadership and Instincts at Work
Friday, October 13 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Throughout the 1980’s Rowdy Gaines was the fastest swimmer on the planet. His world records
confirmed his place in swimming history. At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, no swimmer won
more races than he did with his three gold medals in the 100M freestyle, the 4x100M freestyle and
medley relays. During his career he broke a total of 14 World Records.
Known as the voice of swimming, he has worked with CBS, TNT and ESPN as a regular announcer for
swimming and other events. The 2016 Games in Rio was his seventh Olympic telecast for NBC. He will be part of the broadcast team in 2020 for the Tokyo Olympic games.
We are please to have Rowdy present his keynote, Saving Lives and Changing Lives.
Thursday, October 12 | 11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is partner at Fisher Phillips. He co-chairs the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Ed was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA in 2006, he served to bring workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history. For more than 30 years, Ed has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistleblower protection, and accident and fatality prevention. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on workplace safety, leadership development, and other labor and employment topics.
Lunch and Learn with Keynote, Andrew Davis | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm | $45.00
The Loyalty Loop: Applied
Turn your next customer into a referral magnet.
Now that you’ve learned all about the power of the Loyalty Loop in this morning’s keynote session, it’s time to put it into practice! In this interactive, fun and productive breakout session, keynote speaker and bestselling author, Andrew Davis will help you take the first steps in transforming your loyalty loop experience. You’ll walk away with three specific things you can do when you get back to the office that will turn your next customer into a referral engine.
Infant Toddler Education Workshop | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | $219.00 includes lunch
**The Infant Toddler online course must be taken prior to attending this workshop.
The class covers:
- USSSA guidelines on swimming instruction for children under the age of 36 months;
- development of a teaching philosophy;
- professionalism and continuing education;
- health and safety concerns;
- basic child development and implications towards swimming;
- progressions and skill development;
- video of swim programs and numerous skill progressions;
- A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of the course.
Special Abilities Education Workshop | Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | $219.00 includes lunch
**The Special Abilities online course must be taken prior to attending this workshop.
The classroom workshop is comprised of discussions, video presentations, case studies, and interactive activities. The classroom workshop will provide participants with information on various disabilities, awareness and precautions associated with those disabilities, as well as instructional strategies and effective parent communication. Participants in the Special Abilities workshop will learn about some of the most common disabilities experienced in the aquatics industry, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. The interactive activities throughout the course will allow participants to learn from each other and gain a broader perspective on teaching individuals with special abilities. The Special Abilities Course is designed to provide a wide array of information so that participants have a solid foundation on which they can develop a special abilities program for their swim school or further develop their own individual teaching skills. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of the course.
Pre-Order Book Sale | Dave Crenshaw | The Power of Having Fun Book Signing | Friday, October 13 | 9:45 am – 10:15 am | $13 each book
The Power of Having Fun talks about how important it is for adults to find their personal “Oasis”. What is an Oasis? These are pre-determined moments when you promote meaningful enjoyment in your life. Figuring out what is enjoyable to you and making these Oases happen is something I’ll cover in my keynote at the USSSA National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Enjoying Oases is broken down into three steps: 1. Mental Acknowledgment; 2. Emotional Acknowledgement; 3. Verbal Acknowledgement. David’s upcoming book, The Power of Having Fun: How Meaningful Breaks Help You Get More Done-and Feel Fantastic is available for purchase and you will receive your copy at the conference.
Disney’s Behind the Scenes Private Tour | Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | 8:15 am – 12:00 pm | $245.00 per person (space is limited)
Peek behind the scenes at Epcot Cast Services to see how over 7,000 cast members prepare to make magic onstage; Visit the Walt Disney World Nursery to see where master gardeners create the world-famous topiaries and hanging baskets; and Find hidden details on Main Street U.S.A and navigate the legendary underground “utilidor” to see how they enable the unseen transport of Cast Members, deliveries and more.
Must be 16 or older; All guests must wear closed toed/closed heel shoes for safety purposes; No photography allowed backstage; A commemorative collectible pin will be provided to each guest
**Price does not include park pass**
Advance Purchase Savings on Specially Priced Disney Theme Park Tickets, available until 5 p.m. on October 7, 2017
Four world-famous Theme Parks, unlimited recreation, world-class shopping, and savory dining will ensure your stay is unforgettable! Whether looking for one-of-a-kind networking opportunities with colleagues, magical vacation experiences with family and friends before or after your meetings and events, or simply finding time to relax and unwind, take advantage of everything Walt Disney World® Resort has to offer. Walt Disney World® Resort offers something for everyone. Don’t miss your opportunity to spend a few extra days playing on championship golf courses, relaxing at luxurious spas or creating magical Theme Park memories with family and friends. Take advantage of specially priced Theme Park tickets to make the most of your visit.
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The US Swim School Association is proud to offer a limited number of scholarships. Please see the requirements below.
- OUR PHILOSOPHY
- Designed to assist members with conferences fees for the US Swim Schools Assocation’s National Conference.
- Must be available to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours, as needed, by the Association at the conference if requested.
- Must submit this Scholarship Application form, completed in its entirety for consideration.
- Member swim school must be in good standing with dues current.
- Limited to one person per swim school. Applicant must not have received a scholarship for the 2015 or 2016 USSSA National Conference.
- Deadline to submit this form is August 1st.
**USSSA will cover meeting registration fees and ticket to the Awards Banquet. Applicant is responsible for costs associated with housing, all transportation, food and incidentals.
Deadline August 1, 2017 – Now Closed
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