AquaPulse awarded Life Saving Victoria’s highest safety accreditation
AquaPulse has been accredited with Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV’s) prized Platinum Pool award. In doing so, the facility joins an exclusive club of just 22 Victorian aquatic facilities currently holding the accreditation. Platinum Pool status is awarded to aquatic facilities providing outstanding levels of safety. To achieve the award AquaPulse had to undertake a rigorous series of assessments to ensure it met all of LSV’s criteria for the accreditation.
LSV General Manager - Public Training and Pool Safety, Andy Dennis, said the award is a way of recognising those facilities that have attained the highest level of safety requirements and standards. “The award is similar to accrediting a lifesaver, and therefore facilities must undergo a thorough assessment of their skills and performance and attain a high standard throughout,” Mr. Dennis said.
Before AquaPulse opened in 2015, safety was established as one of the core values guiding the partnership between Wyndham City Council and Western Leisure Services in the management of the facility. Working hard to innovate in the areas of water safety and communications, AquaPulse was recognised first in 2017, and then again in 2018 with the title of "Watch Around Water - Facility of the Year" at the Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) Industry Awards.
Further recognition of the successful safety communications strategies which have been developed and executed by WLS was provided when AquaPulse featured in the Royal Life Saving Society Australia 2017 National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards, receiving the “Best Solution to an Identified Aquatic Health and Safety Issue” award. Following the award, Craig Roberts, National Manager Aquatic Industry, Royal Life Saving Society Australia said: “AquaPulse were recognised for their innovation of multilingual communications and water safety initiatives inclusive of their diverse community.”
As at 18 February 2019, there have been 102 drowning deaths reported in Australia this summer. At this time last year, there were 71 drowning deaths recorded*. The massive jump in drowning fatalities this summer reinforces the importance of teaching water safety to all Australians, a challenge that is embraced wholeheartedly on a local scale by WLS Operations Group Manager Alek Olszewski, who drove the push to see AquaPulse achieve LSV’s Platinum Pool status: “The Platinum Pool accreditation enhances Wyndham’s reputation as a region where the challenge of creating a culture of water safety amongst a fast-growing, culturally and linguistically diverse community has been met with innovative communications and operational strategies which are tailored to the specific needs of the local community.”
Wyndham City’s Sports Development Portfolio Holder, Cr Maynard applauded this important accreditation for AquaPulse and the benefits it brings to a growing community like Wyndham. “It’s important that our growing and diverse community have access to a fantastic facility like AquaPulse where water safety is not only of a platinum standard, it’s also well understood by all who swim or play there,” Cr Maynard said.
*Figures taken from the Royal Life Saving Australia website https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/facts-and-figures/summer-drowning-toll