Issued Friday 3 August 2018
Casey Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC) has been accredited with Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV’s) prized Platinum Pool award which recognises facilities that provide outstanding levels of safety.
To achieve the award, Casey ARC had to undertake a rigorous series of assessments to ensure it met all of LSV’s criteria for the accreditation.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said Casey ARC is now one of just 21 Victorian aquatic facilities that currently hold the accreditation.
"This is a great achievement and Council congratulates our facility manager YMCA Victoria for their outstanding work to help achieve this accreditation," Cr Ablett said.
"Council is committed to providing quality sports, recreation and aquatic infrastructure to support our residents to be active and healthy, and it’s integral that these facilities can be enjoyed safely."
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.
"We are very selective when awarding Platinum Pool accreditation. LSV must be satisfied that exemplary levels of aquatic safety are being achieved and constantly maintained before the award is issued."
Included in the award is an industry leading Pool Safety Assessment, a six-monthly assessment on implementation, mystery guest visits and adherence to the best practice ‘Watch Around Water’ child supervision program.
Facilities who have qualified for the Platinum Pool award are certified and provided with internal materials within the facility. The accreditation is valid for twelve months and forms an important component of the overall safety planning and continual improvement strategy.