Six representatives from Australia’s Aquatic Industry have been recognised in the National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards.
Presented by Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, the group of individuals and organisations have been recognised for their significant contribution to aquatic safety within their community.
The 2018 award winners are:
Excellence in Public Education – YMCA Casey RACE
Excellence in Supervision – Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre
Excellence in Customer Service – Christine Mitchell
Excellence in Incident Management – YMCA Victoria
Excellence in Staff Development – City of Greater Geelong
Excellence in Facility Management – Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre
The awards are an initiative of the National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee to acknowledge the achievements of aquatic facilities and individuals towards improving health and safety outcomes.
Between 1 July 2005 and 30 June 2015, there were 293 drowning incidents in public and commercial pools across Australia. Thirty-six of these were fatal (12%).
Craig Roberts, National Manager Operations, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia said, “Drowning deaths and incidents at aquatic facilities are lower than other popular aquatic locations, however, we are continually working to reduce this to 0.”
“There are some great initiatives which are creating safer aquatic environments for children and adults across the country. The awards were established to recognise these efforts and inspire others to review and further develop their own health and safety policies and procedures.”
A series of videos have been produced of each winner, showcasing their work and contribution to their community through their aquatic health and safety initiatives. The final videos were launched on the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia Facebook page from Monday 20 August.
Winners will also feature as part of a series of special presentations across the country at key industry events.
 Mahony, A, Peden, AE, Roberts, C, Barnsley, P (2018) A 10 year analysis of drowning in Aquatic Facilities: Exploring risk at Communal, Public and Commercial swimming pools, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia