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Australian Pool Super Vision to be showcased to US aquatic professionals

Australian Pool Super Vision to be showcased to US aquatic professionals
February 3, 2015

Award winning Australian pool lifeguard program Pool Super Vision is to be presented to delegates at the 2015 Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) Conference in California in the next fortnight.

Pool Super Vision (PSV) is an imaged based training program that teaches lifeguards a technique for supervising swimmers that aligns with the Australian Standard for Risk Management (AS/NZS ISO 31000).

The presentation by PSV creator Gary Johnson, founder of the See Clearly Now aquatic risk management consultancy, at the AOAP Conference is being backed by sponsorship from the Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics (LIWA Aquatics). 

It follows a small delegation of LIWA representatives having attended the 2014 AOAP Conference in Houston, Texas. The trip was so successful that LIWA decided to invest further in their relationship with AOAP and US-based aquatic professionals. As a result, Dr Justin Sempsrott, a leading voice in the treatment of drowning and near-drowning victims and a founding member of the Lifeguards Without Borders organisation, came to Perth to present a keynote address at the 2014 LIWA conference. Dr Sempsrott’s presentation was both dynamic and entertaining.

Taking the relationship forward, it was then thought that Pool Super Vision (PSV) could be a suitable ‘offering’ to entice a reciprocal arrange with the USA for future LIWA conferences.

A proposal for the PSV presentation was submitted to the AOAP and announced as successful late last year.

Gary Johnson is thrilled to be making the presentation to the AOAP Conference, stating “it’s a significant thing to be suddenly presenting in the US.

“It will definitely be a career highlight. I’ve never been overseas so that aspect is equally exciting.”

A familiar face of the Australian aquatic industry, Johnson has been looking into US lifeguarding techniques and has found real differences.

He explains “these are creating some very effective training techniques in the US that are contributing to some significant reductions in fatal drowning statistics.”

Johnson is looking forward to meeting some of the high profile US presenters like Tom Griffiths about whom he explains “Tom has done some great work in the US and for a long time.

“While our work develops in isolation I see some striking commonalities.

“I am looking forward to meeting other delegates and understanding more about their industry and what they see for the future, especially in regard to drowning prevention. I will certainly be looking for aspects of the US that could beneficial to us in Australia.”

Since the introduction of LIWA’s Watch Around Water 12 years ago, Western Australia has not had a fatal drowning in a public swimming centre.

However, the rest of Australia has unfortunately incurred three to four annually since.

In Western Australia PSV is seen as the natural adjunct to Watch Around Water an extra layer of protection in the fight against drowning.

More information about Watch Around Water or Pool Super Vision can be found at and

The AOAP Conference is being held in San Diego from the 14th to 20th February 2015.

Click here to view the Conference entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Calendar.

Click here to contact See Clearly Now via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory. 





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