Record setting 250 participants expected for this 12th annual event.

Participants normally arrive Tuesday or early Wednesday then depart Sunday morning.

Site of conference and lodging is the Nashville Airport Marriott - 10 minutes from airport.


Tuesday  October 31 



Golf Outing @ Hermitage Golf Club

Generals Retreat Course – limited to 44 players Advance registration of $79 per player by Oct. 4

separate golf registration form available online or include with your overall registration.

1 - 5.30

Grand Legends Tour - from hotel lobby

A Gray Line Tour of Grand Ole Opry House, Museum, Opryland Hotel & Delta Boats, Sidewalk Hall of Fame, & your choice of Toy Museum, Willie Nelson & Friends, Car Museum, or Wax Museum. Advance registration required by calling 615 883-5555 from Oct.1- Oct.29 $29adults $14.50 children 6-11


Golf Dinner @ Hermitage Golf Club

Included for players. Others $20 in advance.


Halloween Night in Albert’s Lounge


Wednesday November 1 

9 - 1

Board of Directors Meeting

Chattanooga Room

9 - 4

Historical Tour of Nashville - from hotel lobby

A Gray Line Tour of Belle Meade Plantation, the Carter House, site of the Historic Civil War Battle of Franklin, and the Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson. Lunch and shopping on your own in Historic Franklin, Tenn.

$47adults $23.50 children 6-11 Advance Registration Required required by calling 615 883-5555 from Oct. 1- Oct.30

9.30 on 

Registration Booth

Ballroom Foyer

10 - 5

NSSA School Pool Operators Course

Jackson Room with Alison Osinski, Ph.D. – Aquatic Consulting Services Gain essential knowledge on pool maintenance that’s particularly applicable to swim schools $75. Advance registration - mark your registration form


The Team Building Process

with Frank Oliveto, Recreation Management Associates. If you have a staff of 1 or more this is for you. A must for those who supervise. The well-received workshop from the NSSA Spring Events Program 2000. $75 Advance registration - mark your registration form.

12 - 5

NSSA Infant-Toddler Skills and Methods Workshop

Knoxville Room with Dave DuBois and other NSSA Course Directors assisting. 4-hour classroom presentation and 1-hour in-pool session (bring suit, you will be entering the pool) Essential information. $35 Advance registration - mark your registration form.

6 – 8

NSSA CEO’s Roundtable by invitation only for the 60 busiest NSSA schools – large school operation

6 – 8

Smaller Schools Roundtable – operating a smaller school with a staff of 1 to 6 employees


Best of Association Display – opens in foyer

8 - 10

Welcome to Nashville Reception - Ballroom foyer


Thursday  November 2 

This is a two track conference: one track on school development and another on teaching.

Tracks are synchronized so you can pick hour by hour which the school development or teaching session you'd like to attend.


Opening Session for All


Making It In America!

Bill Kent, President of Horner Equipment – Team Horner, Past President National Spa & Pool Institute


Refreshments & Exhibit – Ballroom Foyer


Q & A on Pool Maintenance, Design, & Operations

Alison Osinski, Aquatic Consulting Services


Classes for Pregnant Women & Husbands before & after the birth of your future student! – Pool

Anais de Tinguy-Simon, France tells about these aquatic programs that are widespread in many countries.


How Do You Know If You Have a Great School?

Jim Manning on the criteria from National Institute of Standards & Technology and Baldridge Performance Award. THE standard for your journey to excellence.


Bath for Babies Seminar – Pool

Vera Garibaldi, Waterbabies Aquatic Program. Educating parents on using daily bath time effectively for 1 to 5 month olds before coming to your pool.


Luncheon for All Register Conference Participants - guest tickets available


Transitioning Your Business

Mike Sharry, attorney and Vice President of Estate Planning and Business Transition CNA Insurance


Q & A Panel on Teaching & Programs: Under 36-month olds

Thomas, McKay, Crowley, DuBois, Zeal


NSSA Swim School Storytellers

Interesting stories by 9 swim school owners. Operating a swim school is interesting, funny, touching and inspiring.


What Teachers Should Know About The New AAP Guideline

NSSA’s Infant-Toddler Committee


Refreshments & Exhibit – Ballroom Foyer


International Showcase

Introduction of all International participants. Presentations by Javier Gomez- Columbia, Flavio Mori & Renato Harouche – Brazil, Ross Gage – Australia, Anais De Tinguy-Simon – France.


Dinner on your own with friends

4.45 - 6.45

Advice to New School Owners – Q & A and dinner with Kris Kennedy & Johnny Johnson. Open to the first 24 advanced registrants. $30 per person

- Optional Evening Special Interest Sessions -

7 - 8.30

Pre-Natal & Babies in the Bath Programs

Vera Garibaldi and Anais de Tinguy-Simon

7 - 8.30

Planning Your Retirement, Estate & Business Transition

Mike Sharry, CNA Insurance & Sean Dever, Price Waterhouse

7 - 8.30

Going Beyond Lesson Income Roundtable

Retail, rentals, parties, & more. Roundtable - share what works for you and learn what works for others

7 - 8.30

Financing & Building a New School

Including a representative from Small Business Administration, Alison Osinski, Aquatic Consulting Services

7 – 8:30

The Baldridge Award Criteria Maps Your Journey Towards Excellence

Jim Manning



Friday  November 3


Swim School Video

See several new schools and hear from their owners

8.15 - 9.40

Building a Team of Responsible People is NO Accident

Jeff Metzger – Kids First Sports


Teaching: More Play or Skill Centered?

Friendly debate among 4 leading school owners.


Teaching Young Children: Insights from a Psychologist

Linda S. Lundin, MD - Child Psychiatrist & Psychologist


Importance of Swim School Branding

Kevin Endress, Endress & Associates Advertising & Public Relations will show you how to present your school’s unique selling and service position.


Q & A Panel on Teaching & Programs: Three Year Olds and Young 4’s

Crawford, Foss, Denny, Schrock, Sultenfuss


Refreshments & Exhibit – Ballroom Foyer


NSSA Annual Meeting & Election


Best of Association Presentations

12.30 onward

Out and About Around Nashville


Discover Nashville Tour – from the hotel lobby

Tour of Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Enjoy a drive by the homes of Country Music legends Ronnie Milsap, Waylon Jennings, the late Minnie Pearl, the late Tammy Wynette, the late Hank Williams Sr., Randy Scruggs, Martina McBride and more. $31 adults $17 ages 6-11 Mark Your Conference registration.


NSSA’s Nashville Night – from the hotel lobby

Be transported to Nashville’s downtown dining and entertainment district. Return downtown on the buses at 11:30pm or ‘cab-it’ back to the hotel 15 minutes away.


Saturday  November 4


Developing Your Personal Financial Plan

Gotta have it! Sean Dever, PriceWaterhouseCoopers


Improving Your School’s Front Desk Operation

Joe Patton – Impressions on Hold; Rep from Bell South; and Miller Swim School office management. 


Teaching: Say It So They Can Do It

There are many ways to say things but just a few BEST ways to say things so students succeed. Round – the – Room sharing of ‘ways to say it’ and the most current kid oriented phrases to incorporate into teaching.  With three top teachers moderating.


Swim School Scheduling & Management Software

DataMax, FMS Software and Vaughan Software


Teach Strokes Effectively to 4 to 8 year olds – Video Session

Jim Reiser, Team NSC Swim School


Refreshments & Exhibit


Q & A on Swim School Management

Daland, Hazen, Thomas, Coutts, Kennedy, Gage, Emler


Teaching Ideas Shared in 1-Minute 

Everyone takes a minute to share a teaching idea with the entire group.  Share what works for you, learn what works for others. Three top teachers moderating the Roundtable.


Promoting the Positives of Aquatic Programs for Babies and Young Children

Tom Morgan, Morgan Communications


Cardboard Boat Championship Races

1pm onward

Afternoon off around Nashville or participate in optional workshops below


2001 NSSA Board Orientation

- Optional Afternoon Special Interest Workshop -


Renting Pool Time for Your Swim School – Roundtable on Agreements and Making the ‘Landlord-Tenant’ Thing Work


How Your School Can Have a Great Year in the Media in 2001 – Tom Morgan, Morgan Communications


Computers – 3 Leading software companies present in more detail what they can offer your school


Tips from a Business Doctor – Sean Dever, Price Waterhouse Coopers


Starting a Swim School from Scratch – Ross Gage, Swim Australia

6.30 - 10

Grand Finale Banquet – included for all registered conference participants. Additional guest tickets available - mark your registration.