Registration for the first-ever European Aquatics Learn to Swim Conference will close at 18:00 (CET) on 3 November, making this is the FINAL OPPORTUNITY to sign-up for the history-making event.
A host of international athletes and industry leaders will join together in the stunning Latvian city of Jurmala for two days of fascinating presentations, vibrant discussions and debates as well as key networking opportunities.
The city is just 30km from the capital Riga, with great transport links running from the airport to not only the accommodation and conference venue, but also tourist hotspots.
The cost for attending the two-day event just €150, or €100 for Saturday only.
From 11-12 November aquatic community experts will unite to showcase innovations which aim to address key concerns around participation in swimming, as well as worrying drowning rates across the continent.
Syrian refugee turned Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini – whose story formed the basis of the Netflix film ‘The Swimmers’ – will be joined by fellow Olympian Sabine Hazboun on the opening morning, which will also feature European Aquatics President Antonio Costa.
The opening day of the conference will see the European Aquatics Learn to Swim Commission secretary Aldo Costa reveal results from a key European-wide survey; whilst Swim Ireland Head of Education Aisling McKeever shall present an overview of the European Aquatics Learn to Swim Model, as well as the LTS Awards.
Aquatic leaders from Estonia, France, Portugal shall also explain how they have adapted the Learn to Swim framework into national programmes and their exhibitions will be among several highlights on the first day in Jurmala.
Contemporaries from Lithuania, Sweden, Slovenia will have the opportunity to reveal their own strategies in a similar presentation session on the following day.
Among the many highlights on that second day of the inaugural LTS conference will be a fascinating insight from BBC presenter and journalist Summaya Mughal, who created the highly acclaimed ‘Brown Girl Can’t Swim’ podcast series.
The award-winning broadcaster shall also lead a panel discussion with speakers from Great Britain and Hungary which will explore the challenges, but also opportunities, presented by embedding Learn to Swim policies into school curriculums.
Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills (OECD), shall also deliver a presentation on physical education as curricular content and its importance to Educational as well as Social Values.
Throughout the event there will be regular breaks and break-out-sessions to promote further conversations and key networking opportunities within the aquatic community.
As previously indicated, all attendees will receive a participation certificate to acknowledge how their contribution helped deliver a successful first-ever Learn to Swim Conference.
The event will conclude by 13:30 (local time) on 11 November, allowing attendees to spend the afternoon exploring some of the many cultural highlights on offer in Jurmala and nearby Latvia, before their return home.
WHY SHOULD YOU SIGN UP?
* Access to world-leading experts in the field of swimming and drowning prevention.
* The conference was created following recommendations of European Federations in 2022; with 51 of the 52 stating Learn to Swim programmes were a key priority.
* An opportunity to learn how you can genuinely make a difference with ‘Learn to Swim’ initiatives and drives in your country as well as community.
* Support from some of the biggest names in the sport – such as Olympic champion Adam Peaty and world record holder David Popovici who each state swimming is an “essential life skill” and feel the Learn to Swim conference can “help with the mission” to reduce drownings around the continent.
* Be part of history – this is the first event of its type and is part of a wider ‘Learn to Swim’ project which LEN sees as vital for the future of the sport.
* Tourism – aside from the captivating discussions there will also be the opportunity explore some of the many fascinating cultural experiences offered by Jūrmala.
* The registration fee is just €150 for the two-day event, or €100 for Saturday 11th.
For more details follow this link to the official website.