Sunday, May 26, 2024

Safety in the swim for Wagga aquatic centre

Wagga Wagga City Council’s Oasis Aquatic Centre has received high scores during its recent Aquatic Facility Safety Assessment conducted by the Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA).

Located within Wagga Wagga’s CBD, the centre achieved an overall safety rating of 96% during the audit, receiving the highest score possible for items including first aid, supervision, and general safety of the swimming pools.

It also received a 99% 5-Star Water Safety Partner Accreditation rating that requires aquatic facilities to pass a rigorous 40-point aquatic safety checklist pertaining to best practice standards and legislative requirements.

Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre Manager, Marc Geppert said he’s pleased with the result of the safety audit.

The facade of an aquatic centre from across the road.
The Oasis Aquatic Centre is a major regional aquatic facility that attracts state and regional competitions and draws visitors to Wagga Wagga each year.

“RLSSA has introduced the Aquatic Facility Safety Assessment (AFSA) that provides operators, such as Wagga Wagga City Council, the means to assess their organisation’s current safety and risk management systems and practices,” Mr Geppert said.

“It is measured against the RLSSA Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation, NSW Government legislation, regulations, acts, codes of practice, Australian standards and other relevant guidelines.

“This provides our staff with practical tools to ensure we are providing a safe environment for our patrons whilst maintaining best practice measures for aquatic centres.

“It’s a great way for us to set goals internally and continue to strive for improvement each year.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the ratings of 96% and 99% and the Oasis team should be incredibly proud.”

The Oasis Aquatic Centre is a major regional aquatic facility that attracts state and regional competitions and draws visitors to Wagga Wagga each year.

It features indoor and outdoor pools, provides programs for children and adults, and has accessibility features such as ramps, stairs with handrails and a portable transfer chair hoist.

Council says the high safety ratings achieved through the Aquatic Facility Safety Assessment demonstrates the dedication of the Oasis staff and the Council to provide a safe and healthy facility for the community.

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