Outstanding result for Craigie Leisure Centre

9 August 2016
Royal Life Saving Society WA congratulates the Craigie Leisure Centre on achieving a rating of 100% in their recent safety audit.

These audits have been conducted at aquatic facilities across WA over the past 15 years, in partnership between the Local Government Insurance Services (LGIS) and Royal Life Saving Society WA. The aim is to help improve safety standards at aquatic facilities, which in turn improves the experience and safety of patrons, staff and ultimately reduces the risk of incidents or injury.

Craigie is one of only four facilities out of 129 Group 1 Leisure Centres within Western Australia to receive the 100% rating, and Royal Life Saving Society WA CEO Peter Leaversuch says this is an impressive and important achievement.

“Craigie has trained and developed an outstanding workforce of lifeguards, operators and instructors; it takes part in best practice public awareness programs such as Watch Around Water which encourages parental supervision of children under 10, and ensures important safety procedures are prepared and practiced. All of these initiatives work hand in hand to provide the local community with a fun, and importantly safe, aquatic experience.”

Royal Life Saving Society WA has collaborated with Craigie for more than a decade, not only through safety audits, but also in providing training and professional development for the centre’s pool lifeguards, and first aid and CPR training for staff. The centre is also involved in providing training in Bronze Medallion and CPR, and as such is developing people within the community who have skills that could one day save a life.

Mr Leaversuch says Craigie Leisure Centre provides significant benefit to the local community in terms of recreation, health and fitness, while also making an important contribution towards raising awareness of water safety in our state.

“At Craigie children get the opportunity to safely explore the water under the watchful eye of a lifeguard, with parental behaviours in relation to supervision modelled and influenced by a well-trained lifeguard team. These behaviours are inevitably transferred to everyday life and the home.”

Royal Life Saving Society WA commends Craigie Leisure Centre on its efforts in recent years, as we work in partnership to create a water safe WA community.