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This past year has been like no other, and whilst our minds are focused on providing COVID safe venues, our focus still needs to be on aquatic safe venues.
There has been an alarming number of drownings and near drowning's this summer. Our thoughts are with the people who have lost their lives and our hearts go out to the people who have been impacted by the drownings or near drownings.
As an industry where our venue environments come with risks, drowning prevention strategies become an important element.
A good starting point, is having documented processes in place on Aquatic Supervision for your staff to follow. If you need assistance with developing these, the Royal Life Saving's Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations (GSPO) provide key operational information, including supervision guidelines. If you need a subscription to access the guidelines contact RLSSA, details in the link below.
Other elements that become important is staff communication. Communicating with staff in your teams about the different types of users and user groups at your venues and how they are at risk of drowning are important conversations.
Using industry policies to compliment your venue processes can assist with communication between staff and customers. The Keep Watch @ Public Pools campaign provides resources that staff can use to explain active supervision to customers.
For more information on how to become a Keep Watch partner pool click on the link below.