2018 Symposium & Workshops

March 24th-28th 2018

The 24th Annual Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators Symposium and Workshops will be hosted by three facilities this year, The Buffalo Zoo, The Aquarium of Niagara, and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. The Symposium will be held in Niagara, New York.

Registration will include access to all workshops, lectures, hot breakfast and lunch Monday- Wednesday, two evening events with appetizers and the Wednesday Certification Banquet.

The Hosting Facilities

Hosting facilities will include:

The Buffalo Zoo

Aquarium of Niagara

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

The Hotel

This years hotel is the Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls, New York. A discounted rate of $112/night is available for the Symposium.

Click here to book your room. If you prefer to complete your reservation over the phone, please reference this code: AQC24A. The group name is Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators 2018 Annual Conference.

The Airport

The local airport will be the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF).



This year’s agenda will include topics such as:

        • Dirty Laundry
        • Water Quality
        • Dive Support
        • Symposium Theme
        • And many more topics!


Once again we will offer an assortment of hands on workshops this year.

A complete circulating system will run through ~ 4,000 square feet of workshop floor and will be the centerpiece of the workshops. Attendees will be able to work on several different components such as actuators, probes, flow meters, sensors, heat exchangers, pumps and many others all while the system is operational. Our water quality series will be able to actively sample water from this system and attendees will learn how to perform various water analysis.

We received a lot of great feedback in the workshop surveys and wish to thank all who took the time to provide us with input. One of the common suggestions that emanated from those surveys was the desire to indicate if the particular class was geared towards a beginner, intermediate or advanced level.


        • AALSO Levels 1-3 Certification
        • ASME B 31.3 Certification
        • OSHA Certification
        • NSPF Certified Pool Operator Certification- pending class size restrictions*

* additional fee applies (contact secretary@aalso.org for more information)

Call for Presentations

Abstracts for lecture and poster presentations are now being accepted.

Abstract submission deadline is December 18th, 2017.

Notification of acceptance is January 14th, 2018.

Instructions for Authors can be found here.

Free registration for lecture presenters!!

For workshop related questions: workshops@aalso.org

For agenda related questions: agenda@aalso.org



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