WADC 2014  presented a star-studded program of innovative swimming experts, coaches, and elite athletes. All speakers are recognized for their creative lateral thinking, and their persistence in asking challenging questions about the future directions of competitive swimming.

SCAR was also happy to announce Nordic and International Learn to Swim Conference. This year the conference was  a joint cooperation between Swedish Center for Aquatic Research (SCAR) and Nordic Education Group (NEG). We welcomed all swimming teachers and other leaders in swim educating to Lund January 10th-12th 2014.

The WADC Conference was moderated by Craig Lord, writer at The Times and Swimvortex.com

One popular speaker, Milton Nelms,  returned from the inaugural 2012 conference held in Lund, Sweden. In addition, three athletes spoke: Dana Vollmer, Olympic champion and world record holder, Allison Wagner, who held the 200 medley short course World record for 13 years, and Caitlin Leverenz, Olympic medalist and the American Record Holder in both Individual Medley distances in the short course yard standard.

Another first-time speaker was Hannah Miley’s coach, her father, Patrick, Patrick recognized by swimming insiders as an unusually creative coach and inventor.

Conference Themes

Each speaker at this conference talked about the sport culture in swimming, from the perspective of the speaker, and how this culture affects day to day coaching of athletes. Further discussion about possible future trends was a companion theme for each speaker.

All coaches and athletes are affected by sport culture. The 2014 WADC  offered Ideas about how to operate within the culture, and how to anticipate changes in the culture in ways that will help coaches and swimmers of all ages.

An overarching theme of the conference was the link between the first experiences of swimming, in learn-to-swim, and the future success, or limitations, of swimmers.

Location of the conference was Scandic Star Conference Hotel in Lund, that hold one of the best meeting location in the south of Sweden.

Scandic Star partnered with Jamie Oliver to create an exciting and unique meeting menu full of tasty, light, nourishing food to keep you on top form all day. Together with Jamie’s food knowledge Scandic Star experts in Creative Energy.

About Us


SCAR- Swedish Center for Aquatic Research.

SCAR aims to develop Swedish and World Aquatic Research. Thru a group of interested coaches, scientist, and organization’s we will try to influence the academic world to take a higher interest in aquatic development.

SCAR is an initiative from SK Poseidon, Lund, Sweden, and built up by an advisory board with some of the top coaches in the world.

Contact Info


Phone:    +46(0)46 15 20 67
Email:     office(at)sweaquatics.com
Address: Box 1555 , 22101, Lund, Sweden