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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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The Safety Risk Audits conducted by Royal Life Saving on behalf of the Local Government Insurance Scheme continue to provide Local Government Aquatic Facilities with a very sound indicator of their compliance against both regulatory and best practice guidelines.

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This article appeared in a local Brisbane paper highlighting the issues that will continue to play out in Queensland as the typical model of coaches leasing aquatic council facilities is overhauled.  Local Governments are looking to bring the facilities back 'in-house" or at least out source them to organisations that will operate the facilities on a more commercial and service orientated manner.  It may well be that competitive swimming suffers in the short term but the long term winner may be the wider community you reassess their use of their local aquatic recreation facility

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The 3rd Annual Pool Lifeguard Challenge is scheduled for Friday 20th of November, 2009. The event is proudly supported and sponsored by AVP Commercial pools, LIWA Aquatics and RLSS.

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The collection and collation of injury research data by the Royal Life Saving Society for the past 8 years on behalf of the industry has been of great benefit to the LIWA Aquatics     members.  It has been able to highlight areas in the facility that posed the greatest risk to users and assisted in the area of training and professional development opportunities. To the facilities who have participated in this program over the past 8 year and to Royal Life Saving who have coordinated the program it is another example of our strong industry partnership and the industry owes you a great deal of gratitude

 

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