Build A Pool Conferences


The Regional Build-a-Pool Conference series offers comprehensive education in building, renovating and programming both new and existing facilities. This information is cutting edge about the process of building and programming pools to be community centerpieces for safety, health & wellness while still being financially sustainable. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Developing your committee and professional team.
  • Understanding programming for your community and the four pillars of aquatics.
  • New technologies and build options.
  • Facility design from Learn to Swim and therapy pools to large competition pools.
  • How USA Swimming’s Professional Providers can help make your project a reality.

Over 1,600 people have attended these workshops with approximately 150 new facilities being commissioned and a supporting role in over 100 additional projects.

We provide you with information that helps you make the best choices in assembling your team of architects, engineers and other professionals to form your team of planners. The right people involved with the best plan for programming and design gives the project the best chance for success. Our professional providers have played a major part in these successes.

Attendees will gain information about:

  1. Planning and building your facility for Total Aquatic Programming
  2. Validating the needs to explore possibilities for aquatic centers
  3. Figuring costs to operate and programming income potential
  4. Programming pools for financial sustainability
  5. Renovating and upgrading existing pools
  6. Designing and building new facilities
  7. Understanding and identifying adversaries and advocates for the project
  8. Have a better understanding on pool and building size options and cost to build
  9. Other management options and value received pricing
  10. New building technologies
  11. Enterprise plans to help with business plans and feasibility studies

USA Swimming member clubs and private and public organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this educational resource. This two day workshop style events are conducted by USA Swimming Facilities Development staff.



The Build a Pool Conferences is a 2 day workshop.  To facilitate your travel plans, we will make every effort to be finished by 3:00 PM on day 2. 

The last 2 hours of day 2 of the conference has some very important information you will not want to miss.

Regional Build-A-Pool Conference Schedule- Confirmed dates & locations below:
Click on date to register for the conference:
Dates of Regional BAP City/State Hotel
January 4-5, 2020 (only 25 spots available) Napa, CA Marriott Napa Valley
February 21-22, 2020 Frisco, TX
April 25-26, 2020 Chicago, IL The Westin O'Hare
September 12-13, 2020 Orlando, FL Rosen Centre Hotel
October 17-18, 2020 Houston, TX Omni Hotels and Resorts
November 2020 Morgantown, VA TBD

For a visual map of the 2019 Regional Build-A-Pool locations click here.

For a visual map of the 2020 Regional Build-A-Pool locations click here.

For questions contact Sue Nelson or Mick Nelson.


Sample Schedule

You will notice the BAP is sometimes held on different days of the week. It might be on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.

The time line is the same for either set of days. See below for help in scheduling your trip.

Day one:
7:30am – sign in and light breakfast (included with registration)
8:00am – 12:30pm – morning program
12:30pm to 1:30pm – lunch (included with registration)
1:30pm to 5:30pm – afternoon program
5:45pm – BAP gathering – social

Day two:
8:00am – Q & A with light breakfast
8:30am – 12:30pm – morning program
12:30pm to 1:30pm – lunch
1:30pm to 4:30pm – afternoon program
Conference ends at 4:30pm


Who attends the Build a Pool Conference?

The average attendance for the Build a Pool Conferences is 25 to 30 attendees. 

People who attend are coaches, parent boards, city council, architects and engineers who want to start developing a plan for their dream pool.  

Attendees will get ideas on how to program facilities for sustainability plus learn about innovative ideas and examples for new buildings and renovations.  

ASCA Certified Coaches will receive 10 credit hours for attending.

Testimonies from 2018 Build A Pool Conferences

"Mick and Sue, we can't begin to thank you enough for all the information and leadership you have provided" -Sherry Mueller, Chino Valley Aquatics Fitness & Wellness Center project, attendee

"Dear Sue, Mick and Kevin,

All I can say is THANK GOD I attended your conference. If I were ever to build a pool or an aquatic complex of ANY kind, I am sooo glad to have obtained the info you shared.

I feared I would be bored, but on the contrary, I was fascinated by you three. Your presentation was UBER-comprehensive, cogent, and relevant. Your passion shone thru unmistakably. And it is unequivocally clear that you have done your homework, you know what you are doing and talking about. The pace was great, and the food was yummy!!

For anyone contemplating any aquatic project, attendance at your conference is like secret cliff notes to the final exam of a major course.

Our swim club and all the attendees are now light years ahead of those starting the same project without your contribution.

Well done, A++."-Vedrana Gjivoje Baxter, attendee



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