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Pool operators warned to ensure safety

Commercial pool operators have received a warning to ensure they take adequate steps to prevent people drowning.

The warning is prompted by a summer which has seen two drownings and five near-drownings in resort pools across Queensland.

Lifeguards play a critical role in preventing drownings. Pool operators must ensure lifeguards are constantly vigilant, attentive and rescue ready.

The Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) has developed guidelines, in consultation with the aquatics industry across the country, on the minimum requirements to prevent or minimise the risk of drowning in publicly accessible pools.

The supervision component of the guidelines provides practical guidance for operators on the type, quantity, and location of supervision needed within an aquatic environment.

The guidance includes information on how a pool operator should manage health and safety risks, including:

  • conducting an aquatic supervision risk assessment
  • preparing a supervision plan
  • providing trained pool lifeguards, pool supervisors, and first aid officers
  • ensuring young people or people with limited swimming competency such as children are accompanied by adults who need to supervise them.

You can also find information about first aid and handling emergency situations at the links below. This includes having an effective emergency plan in place, making sure resuscitation signage is clearly visible, and ensuring appropriate access to first aid equipment and trained first aid officers.

More information

Read more about public swimming pool safety.