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The NSW State Coroner has criticised the operators and the supervisors on the pool deck in relation to the death by drowning of an 8 year girl at the Glenbrook Public Pool.  This article is a must read for all Pool Managers and Lifeguards as we head into a busy summer.  I urge you all to paste this article in the staff room and bring Watch Around Water to the front of mind for all your staff.

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At the recent Recreation Industry Awards night hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation your President Jeff Fondacaro was recognised with a Special Achievement Award for his contribution to the aquatic industry.  The award was presented to Jeff by Life Member Karin Kelly at the gala dinner that his held b-annually in conjunction with the Active Conference.

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At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia (Inc) four of the organisations professional staff where presented with Life Membership of the Society for their outstanding contribution to water safety.  The four staff members are very well known to LIWA Aquatics members and it was wonderful recognition for their commitment to our industry.

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The Department of Health have made some changes to the Code reflective of October 2009.  These are mainly in the Cateory 2, 3 and 4 pools but it is good to have the latest copy on your desk.

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A LIFEGUARD who was chatting to women as a Walsall father-of-three lay at the bottom of a College swimming pool for over 30 minutes has been fined £200.

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The tragic death of a 5 year year old girl is a reminder to all to be vigalent at all times on the pool deck. 

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Two more major incidents in Queensland Aquatic Facilities over the past few days involving the near drowning of young children appears to present a systemic failure in the delivery of effective supervision in the aquatic environment.  The latest incident sees a 5 year old girl fighting for her life after she wandered away from her father at the Goodna Aquatic Facility.

The message we can take from these incidents is to ensure you have highly trained staff on the pool deck, the Watch Around Water Program is being administered by all staff from the cashier to the Lifeguards and that water clarity and lines of site are maintained at all times.

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Once again we find public swimming pools in Queensland attracting publicity for all the wrong reasons.  It seems that we are hearing of near drownings in that state on a very regular basis.

As pool operators we feel for anyone that is in the position of being required to undertake CPR on the pool deck but there comes a time where the industry must start to have a good hard look at itself and the manner in which water bodies are supervised.

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kids_under_waterLIWA Aquatics In partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation has updated  the industry focus papers on Water Treatment.  If you have not seen them before have a read and provide feedback if you can see any more information that can be included in future updates.

 

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CryptosporidiosisInteresting Article on the outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis which was published in the Australian Medical Journal early this year.

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