Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

ARV releases guidelines for managing outdoor seasonal pools

ARV releases guidelines for managing outdoor seasonal pools
June 9, 2016

With the support of Sport & Recreation Victoria, Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) has recently released guidance to assist Councils navigate their way through the myriad of options pertaining to the ongoing planning and operation of outdoor seasonal pools.

Released at the inaugural Victorian Country Pools Conference, the Guidelines for Outdoor Seasonal Pools: Operation, Maintenance, Retrofitting, Refurbishing & Rebuilding Considerations cover operations, maintenance, retrofitting, refurbishing and rebuilding seasonal pools and have relevance for pool operators in all states.

The introduction to the guidance explains the challenge of Victoria's stock of often ageing outdoor pools, stating "during the period between 1950 and 1980 Victorian communities built approximately 200 swimming pools.

“Most were outdoor seasonal pools, operational only in the summer months. These pools were commonly 25m, 33m (100 feet) or 50m straight rectangular, ‘L’ shaped or ‘T’ shaped pools. Nearly all pools were unheated at the time of installation. Separate toddler pools and dive pools may also have been part of the facility.

“For many Local Government authorities the cost of building new or refurbishing existing community aquatic and recreation facilities is one of the largest capital investments they will make.

“Community aquatic and recreation facilities are used by a large proportion of the population for a broad range of recreation, sport, education and leisure activities. When designed thoughtfully these facilities contribute to users health and ftness and provide opportunities for the development of social connections and community engagement."

The guidance highlights the range of issues these pools commonly face:

• Ageing infrastructure;
• Poor accessibility;
• Rising operational costs;
• Inability to meet needs and expectations of the community;
• Building, facility or plant that does not comply with current Building code, Occupational Health and Safety or industry guidelines; 
• An increase in the number of private swimming pools;
• Increasing capital investment required; and;
• Many Councils have multiple seasonal pools sites spread out over large geographic areas.

Click here to view a copy of the guidance.

6th June 2016 - LINKS MODULAR SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCED AS ARV AWARDS PLATINUM SPONSOR

27th April 2016 - CAMPASPE SHIRE COUNCIL FACES TOUGH DECISION ON FUTURE OF ITS SWIMMING POOLS

1st April 2016 - AQUATICS AND RECREATION VICTORIA RELEASES ENERGY BENCHMARKING STUDY FOR AQUATIC CENTRES

8th July 2015 - BENDIGO COUNCIL AGREES TO DEVELOP 50 METRE SWIMMING POOL AT KANGAROO FLAT

4th May 2015 - OUTDOOR SEASONAL POOLS UNDER ONGOING THREATS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Supreme Heating

Supreme Heating is a proud Australian owned company specialising in the latest energy efficient heating solutions. Since 1990, Supreme Heating has designed and installed commercial pool heating…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

LEISURE CONCEPTS AUSTRALIA

Leisure Concepts brings the world’s best fitness equipment brands to Australasia including Eleiko, Atlantis Strength and Merrithew Pilates. With a huge variety of  treadmills,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

REGUPOL

Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business