March update:

Recreation SA has secured one year’s funding through the Office for Recreation and Sport to produce a Statewide Swimming Pool Audit and Master Plan (SPAMP).

The aim of the project is to establish current data on existing aquatic facilities in South Australia with the key objectives to:

·         Determine the number, quality and infrastructure of aquatic facilities

·         Determine the programs, services and employment levels within each facility

·         Establish the sustainability of the facility

·         Identify any gaps in the current provision levels

·         Recommend a pathway for future priorities

Recreation SA is finalising the scope of the survey and before distributing to a database of over 170 aquatic facilities including local government, private swim schools and education department pools.  Recreation SA is excited for this project to build relationships with stakeholders, members and the aquatic industry.  It is anticipated the data gathered will allow Recreation SA to advocate for increased recreational participation, infrastructure development, inclusive recreation, sustainable and accessible facilities.

In December, Williamstown Swimming Pool became the 60th aquatic facility to sign on as a registered Watch Around Water Centre in SA, taking advantage of the subsidy provided by the Local Government Association of South Australia.  The Watch Around Water program is a recommended standard in the Code of Practice for Public Swimming Pools in SA, launched in September 2016.

Recreation SA will utilise the SPAMP survey to industry to distribute the Code of Practice and expect more pools to convert to registered centres.

For more information please contact Pania Rawlins.