Life Saving Victoria (LSV) continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. LSV commends the Victorian Government on its approach to slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and remains supportive of all measures to protect local communities.
LSV is working across our organisation and wider aquatic industry to prepare for a staged easing of restrictions in line with Victorian Government advice. For regular updates on what LSV is doing in line with government advice, visit the LSV Health Alerts page.
LSV welcomes the announcement by the Victorian Government of a $150 million survival package for Victoria’s sport, tourism and creative industries, which includes support for sporting clubs, community sport and recreation organisations, to help them return strongly after the pandemic.
LSV provides the following updates in response to the announcement by the Victorian Government on the gradual easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions around sports and exercise.
Aquatic Industry Support
We understand that our associated swim schools and aquatic facilities have been significantly impacted by the necessary coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, and that it will take considerable time for facilities to return to business trading.
LSV is preparing tools and resources to guide businesses and facilities plan for a phased reopening of public pools.
LSV recognises that reopening public pools will be a careful and systematic process for the safety of staff and patrons. We will continue to provide guidance through this process and align with Victorian Government’s health requirements, existing regulatory obligations, industry best practice guidelines and community expectations.
Our resources also focus on the needs of community aquatic facilities, (which differ from those of elite sports), in their mission to offer vital social, economic, physical health and wellbeing benefits to Victorian communities.
These resources include:
A re-opening guide for aquatic facilities including:
- Risk mitigants for consideration
- A decision tree
- A risk assessment template
- A key considerations and decision outcomes template.
This resource will provide a template which facilities can contextualise to their own facility and will assist in navigating the requirements for new operating environments.
Swim school support services including:
- A practical tool designed by swim schools to assist swim school managers, with operational planning and programming; and
- A free swim teacher professional development webinar series, to upskill swim teachers to adapt their teaching styles.
Aquatic Sport (Lifesaving)
LSV has updated its Activity Guide as it relates to lifesaving and will continue to update this as information changes.
The LSV Aquatic Sport Executive has formed several working groups, which have initiated a return to play plan for the lifesaving sport 2020/21 season. This plan will align with implementation timelines as they are announced by the Victorian Government. If any members would like to get in touch or contribute their ideas, please contact the LSV Sport Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifesaving Operations / Clubs
As an emergency service, LSV has and will continue to provide emergency response services as required throughout coronavirus-related restrictions. This includes our clubs, marine rescue services as well as the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service.
LSV will continue to provide guidance to lifesaving clubs and members about appropriate club activities (such as training, sport, events and other programs). This guidance will be in line with advice and requirements from the Victorian Government including the Department of Health and Human Services and Emergency Management Victoria.
Supporting clubs to prepare for the future is a key part of our mission and, as part of this, some new Life Saving Club facilities will soon be complete. We look forward to official opens in the future.
Training and Education Programs
LSV has modified and developed its training and education programs for water safety education and training, either through online or remote training options.
LSV will look to reinstate training and education programs in line with these phases and in line with implementation timelines as they are announced by the Victorian Government.