National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards
Excellence in Public Education
Cootamundra Swimming Pool
For the past 4 years, the staff have held an annual water safety day at the facility prior to the summer opening season for local and surrounding schools to participate in.
Cootamundra is a small rural town with population of approx 6500 located in the Riverina area of NSW with a strong farming and grazing industry. Staff at the Cootamundra pool along with volunteer presenters put the day together to provide the community with an awareness of safety around a variety of bodies of water.
The staff plan to add more presenters each year, covering a wider area of water safety for the community in and around waterways
What it means
For the nominee it would not be about winning the award, it would be the importance of promoting safety in and around all waterways in our community
Describe how the nominee has provided a contribution to their community / industry in Public Education
Every year prior to the start of summer and in conjunction with summer hours of the public town pool, the staff run a water safety day for local and surrounding students to attend. It is held to refresh and educate the students' awareness to be cautious in and around water.
Describe (and provide evidence) of improvements and/or achievements made in Public Education over the past 12-18 months
Over the running of the water safety days it started with a few stations and has increased to include a variety of life skills including CPR, sun safe, alcohol awareness around waterways. They also have Surf life savers attend to teach beach safety.
Describe how the nominee has shown commitment to aquatic safety through Public Education
Cootamundra pool staff have committed their time to provide awareness of water safety in and around waterways. This has grown each year with the expansion of the number of students participating and our presentation stations with a view to keeping the children of Cootamundra and surrounding towns as safe as possible around waterways.
Describe what barriers have been encountered by the nominee in Public Education and how have they been overcome
The barriers that staff have encountered are coordinating all presenters from near and far to the one day and time to provide our children with the berst possible education that our water safety day can provide. These are overcome by setting a date early in the year so attendance can be scheduled