Life Saving Victoria (LSV) is set to take the next-step in its continuing commitment to improving safety standards at Victoria’s public pools, by turning on the newly created Public Pools Register.
“The Public Pools Register is an online document, open to the public, which allows public pool patrons to check the safety classification of any public pool in the state,” says LSV General Manager – Public Training and Pool Safety Andy Dennis.
“This is the next step in the Victorian Government’s Safer Pools Project, which began in 2016, and utilises the Swimming Pool Classification System devised earlier in the project. It includes council-owned, Learn to Swim, school and university pools under the header of public pools.”
“Schools, specialised user groups and members of the public will simply be able to check the Public Pools Register and check if a pool has completed a Pool Safety Assessment and whether it was issued with a Gold, Silver or Bronze safety rating,” says Andy.
The Public Pools Register is one of the final initiation items of the Safer Public Pools project. The project was born out of coronial recommendations and includes a focus on improved benchmarking, monitoring, and reviewing of safety standards and the provision of improved stakeholder engagement and industry support.
Key project milestones already delivered include the development of the Safer Public Pools – Code of Practice, the State of Sector Report, improved industry training and increased support resources.
Once the register has been rolled-out, LSV will meet with key stakeholders and government to plan the next phases of the long-term Safer Pools Project.
The Public Pool Register will be viewable live at https://lsv.com.au/pool-safety-services/ by late May 2019.