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Life Floor gains growing recognition as preferred safety surface for splash pads and pool surrounds

Life Floor gains growing recognition as preferred safety surface for splash pads and pool surrounds
March 16, 2020

Since being introduced to the Australian market in 2016, Life Floor has gained increasing recognition for its performance and a growing list of significant installations.

Designed specifically for wet areas including pool surrounds, waterparks, splash pads, change rooms and showers where people are barefoot, Life Floor offers industry-leading traction, comfort, durability and infinite design possibilities.

Made from closed-cell foam, the Life Floor surface is slip-resistant without being abrasive and is available in different textures, thicknesses, and colour options.

Life Floor tiles are non-absorbent, which means the tiles will not absorb water, are chemical resistant, and do not support the growth of microbes.

Moreover, Life Floor’s safety credentials are unmatched, as proven by Life Floor becoming the first aquatic safety surface in the world certified to the new NSF/ANSI-50 Standard for Safety Surfacing in Interactive Water Play Areas.

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) is a global independent public health and environmental organisation, while the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) oversees the consensus for developing standards for manufacturing and procedures in the United States.

According to the USA’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database, in 2014 alone, there were an estimated 20,000 injuries on pool decks, splash pads and water parks resulting in an emergency room visit.

Introduced in the USA in the middle of last year after years of research, testing and careful evaluation, Life Floor Chief Executive, Jonathan Keller explains “the safety revolution that transformed dry playgrounds is long overdue for splash pads.

“With the new NSF/ANSI 50 standard in place, operators will be able to reduce injuries and keep splash pads open, providing fun for their communities all summer long.

“After nearly a decade of designing, testing, and building aquatic surfaces, we have been proud to contribute to the process of creating these new safety requirements.

“The surface is an indispensable part of the play value, and overall experience of the splash pad and that’s why we’re committed to designing the safest, most beautiful splash pad surfaces using only products engineered exclusively for aquatic play.”

In addition, Life Floor has also completed a landmark installation in the Splasher’s Kids Play Area within the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

Life Floor was able to offer its durability in terms of UV stability, chemical resistance, and impermeability.

Eureka Swimming Pool, Victoria
190 metre² outdoor beach entry toddlers wading pool. 

With the previous ceramic tiles leading into the pool causing slip and fall incidents, they were removed (along with layers of paint) and replaced with a Life Floor surface.

Now means children and parents can comfortably play and relax on the soft surface and slip and fall injuries are a thing of the past.

November 2018 by Maurer Construction Tiling.

Shawn's Swim School, Victoria
190 metre² pool deck. 

Installed early January 2018 by Maurer Construction Tiling & G Burgess.

Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
220 metre² water feature/splash pad.10mm Ripple. Lilypad and Bluebird.

Installed March 2018 by G. Burgess.

Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre, NSW
9 metre² spa deck. 10mm Ripple. Colour is Kingfisher.

Installed March 2018 by Total Creations & Services and G Burgess.

Julia Creek Swimming Pool, Queensland
160 metre² splash pad. 5mm Ripple in three colours: Bluebird, Iceberg, and Porcelain.

Installed November 2017 by Gibbons Constructions, Townsville.

Waterworld Geelong, Victoria
3 metre² shower base 5mm Ripple in Boulevard installed to an outdoor poolside shower where the MMA non-slip coating applied over ceramic tiles was peeling.

Installed October 2017 by Maurer Construction Tiling

Gawler Aquatic Centre, South Australia
60 metre² beach entry toddlers pool heated to 32°C. 5mm Ripple in Bluebird, Aviator, and Turquoise. The previous pebble surface was slippery.

Installed September 2018 by Maurer Construction Tiling and State Wide Pool Services.

Heather’s Swim School, Victoria
93 metre² pool deck. 10mm Ripple in Mojave and Sepia. 

Replacing an existing painted concrete surface that was very slippery. 

Installed January 2019 by Maurer Construction Tiling and G Burgess.

Sugarworld Waterpark, Queensland
750 metre² waterpark. 10mm Ripple in Ocean, Bluebird, and Aviator.

The previous Polysoft surface, which was delaminating, was totally removed, and the concrete was prepared by grinding prior to the installation of Life Floor.

Installed August 2019 by Grassports (Queensland), G Maurer, and C Dennett.

Aquarena, Geraldton, Western Australia
35 metre² beach entry to the indoor leisure pool. 10mm Ripple in Ocean and Aviator.

Installed 2nd September 2019 by Sport & Recreation Surfaces  and Maurer Construction Tiling

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, Tweed Heads, NSW
33 metre² splash pad. 10mm Ripple in Bluebird and Aviator.

The painted concrete surface was causing injuries. It was prepared by grinding.

Installed September 2019 by Grassports Australia (Queensland).

Goolgowi Swimming Pool, NSW
60 metre² beach entry wading pool. 10mm Ripple in Aviator.

New build. Installed November 2019 by Total Creations & Services. Griffith.

Cootamundra Swimming Pool. NSW
135 metre² splash pad. 10mm Ripple in Ocean, Bluebird and Aviator.

New build. Installed December 2019 by Total Creations & Services. Griffith.

Sunshine Leisure Centre, Victoria
190 metre² splash pad. 10mm Ripple in Ocean, Bluebird and Aviator.

Installed December 2019 by Maurer Construction Tiling.

Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Life Floor has also completed a landmark installation in the Splasher’s Kids Play Area within the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

Atlantis was drawn to Life Floor as a result of its one-of-a-kind surface design using triangles and gradient colours to create a shoreline effect. Coupled with its durability in terms of UV stability, chemical resistance, and impermeability Life Floor, working with its partner in the UAE, Raymond Sport, was able to create another world-class experience for Atlantis’ guests. 

As a result, Olivia Wyrick, Director of Aquaventure Operations, stated “hands down, one of the best products you can use to allow ‘kids to be kids.’”

Click here to contact Life Floor (AUS & NZ) via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.

Related Articles

7th December 2019 - Doncaster Aquarena passes 50 years of operations

24th October 2019 - Life Floor surface installed at North Queensland waterpark

24th May 2019 - New rides to open as part of expansion of Dubai’s Atlantis Aquaventure

17th April 2019 - Sunshine Leisure Centre introduces year-round outdoor swimming

15th April 2019 - Australia Zoo partnership to deliver multi-million-dollar camping experience

8th June 2018 - WhiteWater and Life Floor enter exclusive agreement to deliver non-slip cushioned surfaces

1st May 2018 - Manningham City Council awards Aquarena management contract to Belgravia Leisure

25th February 2018 - Children’s play must include ‘good’ risk

11th December 2017 - First Life Floor anti-slip installation completed at Julia Creek Swimming Pool

24th August 2016 - New Life Floor offers safe and durable aquatic surfacing

13th August 2015 - Tweed Billabong Holiday Park’s new aquatic play features part of an industry trend

1st August 2013 - Sport NZ releases guidelines for aquatic flooring surfaces

16th June 2013 - Global innovations to be unveiled at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark

22nd July 2009 - Polin Compact Slide now available for Australia market

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