2018 edits

March 25th-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.

Vendor registration is now open.

Operator registration is now open.

The operator early registration fee for the Symposium is $395. Early registration ends on February 25th. Operator registration after February 25th is $495.

Want to sign up for the CPO class? Email treasurer@aalso.org. The cost for the course is $140. Register early to reserve a spot and receive the course material ahead of time. CPO signups end on March 9th, 2018

Change of date for the Toronto Trip: The Tuesday evening event to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has been canceled. We are now offering a Sunday and Thursday day trip from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on both days. Click here to sign up.

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 Conference Center

The symposium including all workshops, lectures, and the Felts Vendor Hall will be held at the The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. The conference center is located across the street from the Sheraton at the Falls.




The Airport

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


Transportation to and from the airport is available through:

Buffalo Airport Shuttle:


Over the falls tours:


Reservations are required.



2018 Symposium Agenda

Agenda Summary 2018 Expanded with Lecture Titles.docx

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!!

Operator Cancellation Policy:

Operators can cancel with a full refund up to seven (7) days before the start of the Symposium. Substitutions from the same facility can be arranged without penalty. Please send an email to treasurer@aalso.org to initiate a cancellation or substitution.

Non-exhibiting Vendor Cancellation Policy:
Non-exhibiting vendors can cancel with a full refund up to seven (7) days before the start of the Symposium. Substitutions from the same company can be arranged without penalty. Please send an email to treasurer@aalso.org to initiate a cancellation or substitution.
Exhibiting Vendor Cancellation Policy:
Exhibiting vendors can cancel with a full refund up to forty-five (45) days before the start of the Symposium. Within forty-five days of the start of the Symposium, registration fees are non-refundable. Please send an email treasurer@aalso.org to initiate a cancellation.

For workshop related questions: workshops@aalso.org

For agenda related questions: agenda@aalso.org

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