The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Announces New Technical Director | Athletic Business

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Announces New Technical Director

SOURCE: The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC)

Former Technical Director Douglas Sackett to Retire Effective January 31

Decatur, Ga., January 24, 2020 – The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) is excited to welcome Dewey Case as its new Technical Director.

Case joins the CMAHC with more than 20 years’ experience in the aquatics industry. He began managing aquatic facilities while still in college and currently serves as the Association Aquatics Director of the Family YMCA of Southeast Mississippi. Case holds Instructor Trainer certifications from the American Red Cross and instructor credentials with the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance. His service on multiple aquatic safety committees, including two CMAHC technical committees, has given him a strong working knowledge of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) and the many ways it can improve public health at aquatic facilities.

“I have dedicated my career to improving health and safety at aquatic facilities and am eager to apply all I have learned in my new role as Technical Director of the CMAHC,” said Case. “The Model Aquatic Health Code is such an incredible resource for the industry, and I look forward to helping aquatics and public health experts across the nation interpret and apply its guidelines to make swimming a safer experience for everyone.”

As Technical Director, Case will serve as the technical expert on all aspects of the MAHC. He will drive the CMAHC’s research agenda and committee work, provide interpretations of MAHC code language for public health experts and members of the aquatic industry, and vet and approve product certification under the CMAHC Certification Program.

The CMAHC’s former Technical Director, Douglas Sackett, has been working with Case to transition his duties and plans to officially retire as of January 31, 2020. Sackett helped establish the CMAHC and served as its Executive Director from its inception in 2014 until June 2019, when he transitioned to the newly created role of Technical Director. With the MAHC update process well established and new leadership in place, Sackett feels ready to retire from his duties with the CMAHC. He plans to spend more time pursuing his hobbies and interests, including riding his horse, nature photography, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying his land in upstate New York. 

“The CMAHC has more talent on board now than ever before to help ensure the Model Aquatic Health Code stays up-to-date with the latest science and best practices and is also being applied in the most efficient and effective way possible,” said Sackett. “I’m proud of how much our team has accomplished in the last five years and am confident the organization has a bright future ahead of it.”

About the CMAHC

The CMAHC was created to manage updates to, and promote voluntary adoption of, CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), the only all-inclusive national model pool code. The MAHC is kept sustainable, current, and complete because the people who use it also research, develop, discuss, and vote on proposed changes through membership in the CMAHC. The CMAHC submits these proposed changes to CDC as advice on how the MAHC needs to change to keep up with the latest science and best practices. Throughout the year, CMAHC staff educate local and state authorities, aquatic facility owners and operators, designers and builders, manufacturers, and suppliers about the MAHC and its potential to ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Learn more at

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