Children under the age of 12 must be actively supervised by a responsible parent or guardian over the age of 17 while in the water.
This condition applies at all public swimming pools.
Children under the age of 12 who are not being actively supervised by a responsible parent or guardian at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre will be asked to remove themselves from the water until one is present.
Lifeguards are an important safety element and are there to facilitate a safe aquatic environment for all users.
They are not there however to take the place of parental supervision for those under the age of 12.
They have a duty of care to all patrons in the centre and cannot look after specific user groups alone.
Active supervision means directly watching children in your care and being able to provide immediate assistance if required.
This does not mean reading a book and glancing up occasionally, it means having children in your care constantly within sight and in close proximity.
Platinum Pool Program
The North Melbourne Recreation Centre achieved the Life Saving Victoria Platinum Pool award in February 2010.
The Platinum Pool Program is a Life Saving Victoria initiative which recognises and commends commercial aquatic facilities that achieve a high standard in the provision of aquatic safety measures.
The award is only given following rigorous assessment over a 12-month period. For information on the assessment criteria visit Life Saving Victoria.
The facility must also undertake internal safety assessments every three months which are developed with Life Saving Victoria and are complimentary to the Royal Life Saving Society's Swimming Pool Safety Assessment.
Life Saving Victoria also provide programs for lifeguards at the facility to detail the responsibilities of lifeguards and lifeguarding and the Industry Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation.
Pools must reapply for the award every 12 months to maintain currency.