Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre Receives Platinum Pool Award
Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) in Frankston has again been re-accredited with Life Saving Victoria’s (LSV’s) prized Platinum Pool Award. In doing so, the facility continues to hold it’s exclusive position amongst just 40 Victorian aquatic facilities currently holding the accreditation in the leisure centre category.
Platinum Pool status is awarded to aquatic facilities providing outstanding levels of safety. To achieve the award PARC had to undertake a rigorous series of assessments to ensure it met all of LSV’s criteria for the accreditation. Passing with an incredible Compliance Score of 100% the award provides recognition for the tireless work the facility has put into keeping PARC safe, staff training and education, and the facilities rigorous Watch Around Water practices.
Peninsula Leisure‘s Operations Manager Jarrah Wynne said that this award is a great demonstration of Peninsula Leisure’s commitment to safety and excellence, and that the groups’ dedicated staff are to thank for the accreditation.
Mr Wynne said: “Our team are so committed to keeping our community safe and active. The audit, whilst time consuming, is so important and to pass with such amazing results is a significant achievement and phenomenal team effort. There are around 550 public swimming pools in Victoria, so to be in the top 40, the top of those in the state, is something we, and our community, are really proud of”.
LSV Manager – Aquatic Industry Services, Alek Olszewski, said the award is a way of recognising those facilities that have attained the highest level of safety requirements and standards. “Platinum Pool accreditation really is reserved for the best of the best, and so I congratulate Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre on their strong safety protocols and newly-minted platinum accreditation that will ensure guests of the facility are able to make the most of the new facility to learn lifelong water safety skills,” Mr Olszewski said.
“Receiving the accreditation is difficult enough, let alone maintaining it, so we look forward to working together to ensure the pool continues to prosper in adhering to our industry code of practice for the benefit of the community,” he said.
To receive this award PARC had to follow 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. The accreditation is valid for twelve months.
On top of this Award, the group’s outdoor seasonal pool, Pines Forest Aquatic Centre (PINES) in Frankston North, was provided a ‘Silver’ endorsement in the Victorian Public Pools Register.
“We are thrilled to receive this result from completing an assessment of this kind at Pines and to achieve this result at an older facility which cannot boast contemporary design features is very pleasing.” said Mr Wynne.
Mr Wynne stressed the safety and wellbeing of all members, visitors and staff is always paramount, adding: “We are always looking for innovative ways to deliver safety messaging and training, and this re-imagination is clearly paying dividends to our community”.