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January 13-16, 2020

Scandic Star Hotel
Glimmervägen 5,
224 78 Lund

Conference Will Start in


About The Conference

Choose between two different tracks

We are happy to welcome you to the 6th World Aquatic Development Conference. The program and speakers will be presented at this page from June 2021.

To download a invitation with updated speakers (Right now this is 2020 speakers, we will update this when 2022 speakers arrive), please click here!

Time Schedule

Our timeschedule is still changing as we add speakers to the program. We will keep the start and end of the conference the same so you can book your tickets to the conference.

Conference App

With our app you can always stay on top of what is happening at the conference. You will get updates, schedule and news right in your mobile device.

Get New Friends

Meeting new friends at our conference is very easy. In 2020 we had 23 countries attend and more 350 coaches and speakers. With small events like “matchmaking” and “openstage” you can always find interesting cooperations.

Meet Our Speakers

Our goal is to bring in thought provocative speakers with the intention to develop swimming. Our WADC 2022 mix of scientists, swimmers and coaches from all over the world has a reputation to think outside the “box” and create their own path to success. We are just starting to look for speakers and if you are interested in speaking at our conference, please send us an abstract or idea of what you would like to talk about.

To download a invitation with updated speakers 2020, please click here!

Day 1 , January 9th, 2020

Prepare your mind

Our first day is for our competitive coaches. This will set the tone of the conference and we will get some things to think about during the rest of the weekend.


12:00-13:00 Registration
13:00-13:15 Welcome and information
13:15-14:00 Robert Reid
  The path to revolution: Culture,
hard work, and knowledge
14:15-15:00 Ulrika Sandmark
PART 1 (Coaches)
15:30-16:15 David Salo
  Q&A Part 1
16:30-17:15 Steve Schaffer
  An Elite Coaches Perspective
on the culture of Youth Swimming
17:30-18:15 Dirk Marshall
  Revisiting the Youth Sports Model
19:00- Dinner at Scandic Resturant
(Needs to be pre-booked)
Day 2 , January 10th, 2020

Understanding Water

This is the day when we all meet up, Competitive Coaches and Learn To Swim. What is the culture and the quality that we are trying to achieve or change?


08:45-09:30 Maria Vitazka 08:30-10:00 Registration
  A look at force development by swimmers in water and how it correlates to their force development on land.    
10:00-10:15 Opening Cermony
10:15-11:00 Shane Gould
  Swimming as culture
11:15-11:30 What is Physical Literacy?
11:15-12:00 Milton Nelms
  Aquatic Literacy
13:00-13:45 Robert Reid 13:00-13:45 Egil Galaaen Gjølme
  TBA   Death River
14:00-14:45 Ulrika Sandmark 14:00-15:00 Break out Session
PART 2 (Athletes)
15:15-16:00 Lauren Boyle 15:30-16:15 Maria Jæger
  A swimmers view of Swimming Culture   Serious Play
16:15-17:00 Dirk Marshall
  Is there a new activity model needed in the overall childhood swimming
experience that is not provided by learn to swim nor competitive swimming?
18:00-19:00 Match-making
  Meet new people, get new ideas, solve problems!
19:00- Dinner at Scandic Restaurant (Needs to be pre-booked)
Day 3 , January 11, 2020

The Banquette Day

After a great day of lectures it is time for our Banquette, last time we had magic and music, what will it be this year?


08:30-09:15 Erwin Apitzsch
08:30-09:15 Majbritt Mørk
  Why change a winning concept   Kinesthetic Magic
09:30-10:15 Steve Schaffer 09:30-10:15 Shane Gould
  The use of Metrics and Data collection in training   How can you identify the need for change?
10:30-11:15 Joanne Love 10:45-11:30 Liselotte Christensen
  How Effective Goals Protect the Athlete Mind   Didacticism
11:30-12:00 Craig Robertson 11:30-12:00 Ray Lau
  The Effects of Pre-Race Apneas on Swimming Performance   How can Swimming Teacher Competencies be Developed
13:00-13:45 Dirk Marshall 13:00-14:00 Breakout sessions
  Youth Sport Policies   Listen, Talk or Do
14:00-14:45 David Salo 14:15-14:45 Egil Galaaen Gjølme
  Q&A Part 2   Water competence for the New arrival
15:15-16:00 Lauren Boyle 15:15-16:00 Karen Baildon
  A change in the Career Distance Swimmer Model   Fast tracking Independent Drowning Prevention Skills in Under 3´s
16:15-17:00 Panel 16:15-17:00 Thorbjörn Holmberg/ Marianne Lager
  Meet new people, get new ideas, solve problems!   Changes takes time
19:30- Banquette (Needs to be pre-booked)
Day 4 , January 12, 2020

Tie it all up

Our last day and it is time to tie up all the lose ends. As we bid farwell we will have some questions for you to answer when you get back home.


09:00-09:45 Dirk Marshall 09:00-09:45 Liselotte Christensen
  Youth Swimming and Scheduling   Fearfull Swimmers
10:15-11:00 David Salo 10:15-11:00 Maria Jæger
  Q&A Part 3   Parenting guiding
11:00-11:45 Jukka Shemeikka
11:15-12:00 Robert Stallman
  4D swimming- A new perspective   What should we teach and why? Water Competence
13:00-13:45 Steve Schaffer 13:00-13:45 Majbritt Mørk
  Swimlessons and Youth Swimming   Why music in baby and
toddler swimming
14:00-14:30 Milton Nelms
14:30-15:00 Thank You and Evaluation
15:00 Coffee To Go


  • “My teammates and I were so glad to attend WADC from 2012 to 2020. In those conferences, many presentations and stories from those great speakers always inspired us with their unique perspective and passion. From then, those new ideas were inputted into my swimming programs. By attending Brainswim training with theory and practice’s sessions , other than skill learning, it really helped us to identify the core value of teaching and to setup a roadmap for future development. Last but not least, we made a good network with those participants from all over the world and we had time to share valuable experience from each other. I highly recommend instructors to attend WADC 2020 and hope to meet you there. Cheers!”

    Ray Cheng
    CEO Of Onkel Ray Swimschool
  • “Lambertseter Swimclub is one of the biggest swimming clubs in Norway with 3200 members. It is a non-profit organization, as most of the swim clubs and swim schools in are in Norway. We are a swim club with high ambitions in sport and organizational. We came to WADC 2018 because we have a focus on education and continuous competence refills. In addition, we look at WADC as a good social arena for us, and also a possibility to extend our network within swimming”.
    Lambertseter Swimclub from Oslo, Norway came to WADC 2018 with 7 participants. At the picture you see Kjersti, Anette and Caroline.


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Posters and Abstracts

Abstract and Posters

World Aquatic Development Conference (WADC) 2022 is open up for the possibilities to present a scientific research or a presentation of applied practice, like experiences from a project, developing an education, presenting your swim club or swim school.


WADC take place in Lund, Sweden between 13th-16th January 2022. WADC 2022 will consists of two different tracks, Competitive swimming and Learn to Swim. Competitive Swimming will start Thursday the 13th January at 13.00 and end Sunday the 16th January at 15.00. Learn to swim will start Friday the 14th January at 09.00, and end Sunday the 16th at 15.00. At WADC you get a unique possibility to extend your network of swimming, get new knowledge, new ideas and get inspired by speakers and by meeting other participants. We will have interesting speakers, workshops, discussions, exhibitors and lot of possibilities to meet new colleagues of swimming.

WADC was first organized in 2012, and is a biannual conference which is now one of the largest swimming conferences in Europe.  The conference is organized by Swedish Center for Aquatic Research, a non-profit organization. The conference has a mix of scientists, coaches and athletes that share their experiences. Past speakers have included David Salo, coach at USC, Jon Rudd, coach of Ruta Meilutyte, Great Britain coach of the year Patrick Miley, swimming legend and Phd. Shane Gould, and head Olympic coach from the USA, Teri McKeever, who has coached swimmers to 17 Olympic medals. Athletes as Dana Vollmer and Allison Wagner has spoken. Dr. Joan Duda,  Dr. Gunnar Breivik, Dr John Hoberman, Dr. Marte Berntzen is some of the scientist who has presented during the years.


Abstracts must be submitted in English with a maximum of 750 words. The abstract should describe an original scientific work or your own applied practice. The abstract must include the title of your abstract and speak, authors name and e-mail. It must be the author of the abstract who speak at WADC.

We will offer between 10 – 45 minutes presentation.


The presenting authors who have an abstract or posters accepted will have to register with the conference to confirm their presentation. Presenters will be offered a reduction of 500 SEK for the registration fee (original price, not based on earlybird price). If the authors fail to register the abstract, poster and the presentation will be deleted from the final program.


Applied practice. An applied practice presentation is an opportunity to share findings from applied practice. The presentation could include findings from or reflections on applied work. These sessions should be particularly useful for practitioners and those members on supervised experience and/or seeking re-/accreditation. The aim of such abstracts is to allow practitioners to broadcast evidenced-based practice. Authors are encouraged to explain how the results of the work have contributed to knowledge and practice in the field.


All posters must be written entirely in English

  • Authors are responsible for setting up and removing their posters
  • Materials to pin the posters will be provided
  • Maximum size 119 cm high and 84 cm wide
  • Handwritten posters are not accepted
  • A poster printed on 1 large sheet is welcome
  • Text must be easily readable at a 1.5 m distance


Deadlines to send in abstract and posters is 1st September 2021. Send in to:

Read more about WADC at our website:


WADC can occasionally accept abstracts after the deadline has passed – potential submissions will be judged on a case by case basis. Please contact for more information.

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4 Day Pass

Competitive Swimming
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch (Fri-Sun)
  • Acces to conference app
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3 Day Pass

Learn to Swim
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch (Fri-Sun)
  • Acces to conference app
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Contact us

Phone: +46(0)462740061


Venue and Hotel

Scandic Star, Glimmervägen 5, 22478, Lund, Sweden +46 (0) 46-285 25 00 For room reservation use code: “this code will be released in 2021” and use the following webpage to make your reservation &


Lund is located in Southern part of Sweden, close to Malmö and Copenhagen (Denmark).

The closest international airport to Lund is Copenhagen Airport (also known as Kastrup) in Denmark. The journey time by train from the airport to Lund is about 35 min. Check tickets now, many airlines, like SAS and Norwegian, have campaigns right now – that can give you cheaper tickets.

The closest local airport to Lund is Malmö Sturup. It has some international flights from destination within Europe and flights from other Swedish airport including Stockholm. There is buss connection between Malmö Airport and Lund, or you can get a taxi.

Lund is located on the main railway line from Malmö to several different destinations as Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm and Gothenburg.To book ticket or find more information please visit

There are car and passenger ferry connection to southern Sweden from Germany with Scandlines and TT-lines and from Poland with Polferies. There is also connection via Denmark from Gernamy and UK.

Exhibitor pass

  • Booth up to 5m²
  • Lunch and coffee all four days for one person
  • Participation at the conference (speaks and workshop) is included for one person
  • In the exhibition area, there will be table you can use. (All other material you need to bring/fix by your selves)
  • You will get your logo at our webpage and in the program
  • Name, logo and presentation in the conference app
  • You get a short presentation (3 min) before one of the lectures
  • Possibilities to put product or information in the participants bag
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