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Definition of aquatics
This is a really broad term that can be used to refer to any of the following:
- Series of sports in the Olympics and other international competitions activities include the disciplines of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and water polo and open water-swimming.
- Sports that take place on water, more broadly (including boat racing, water skiing, swimming, etc.)
- Water-based techniques or modalities used for aquatic therapy.
- Golfing term occasionally used to describe a water hazard with vegetation at the front of par 3
- Aquatic plants
For the course of this article, aquatics refers to sports in the Olympics like swimming and water polo
The aquatic industry
Understanding the composition of the Aquatic industry allows for the identification of areas of improvement. It has been positive to observe an increasing trend in patronage across WA facilities, reflecting community involvement at their local pool.
Expenditure has also increased, repeating an upwards trend observed over the past five years. Financial outlays are also on the rise when analysed per patron visit.
In 2015 LIWA was the winner of the Western Australian Water Corporation CEO Award for Water Efficiency Leadership, recognising water wise endeavours. Water consumption at WA aquatic facilities is trending downwards, a quantification of increased attempts to be water wise.
Pools are consistently seeking to better serve their communities and provide swimming and water safety lessons for all. It is encouraging that at risk groups including the disabled, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Cultural and Linguistically Diverse groups are having their needs increasingly catered for at centres around WA.
While overall workforce surpluses are evident across the state, this is not always reflected in individual regions. It will be necessary to work to look at methods of distributing lifeguards, pool operators and swimming teachers across areas of need.
Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation
Management standards and practices provide the managers of public pools and aquatic facilities with useful information about the minimum requirements and best practices in the operation of public pools and aquatic facilities. The Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation (GSPO) is an example of a venue based risk management tool provided as a voluntary guide for operators which assists an operator in satisfying their legislative duties and providing a high standard of care for visitors to their centre.
Operators of aquatic facilities are charged with a responsibility for public and occupational health and safety and they must work within a diverse web of standards, state legislation and industry best practice. Although the GSPO is published by Royal Life Saving, it represents the collective opinion of the aquatics industry and a range of expert personnel across Australia through its development process.
The Guidelines have been primarily designed for application in municipal owned public facilities. However, the Guidelines relate to all facilities in which members of the public are encouraged to attend for recreational, fitness or educational purposes. The Guidelines are intended to be voluntary, acting as a guide to operators on the safe operation of swimming facilities.
The RLSSA Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation clearly set out the requirements for a safe aquatic facility and are a must for managers of aquatic facilities. The GSPO also contains invaluable information for local government, facility owners, architects, engineers, duty managers and pool lifeguards.
The GSPO includes 92 guidelines across the following seven sections of aquatic facility operation:
- General Operations
- Technical Operations
- First Aid
- Facility Design
- Low Patronage Pools
Royal Life Saving undertakes a regular review of the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation. The guidelines may also be amended based on coronial recommendations and industry feedback when necessary.
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