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Earlier in the year, Wyndham City Council's premier aquatic facility, AquaPulse was awarded the title of "Watch Around Water - Facility of the Year" at the Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) Awards. The annual awards provide recognition from within the aquatics and recreation industry for outstanding achievement in a range of categories. As this year's winner in the "Watch Around Water" category, AquaPulse was judged to be Victoria's top facility in providing innovative and effective strategies aimed at educating our community about water safety, and structuring a safe environment for children to swim.

AquaPulse has now consolidated its position as one of the leading aquatic facilities in Australia for creating water safety messages that are specifically tailored to its local community. In another win for Wyndham, the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia advised on their web page and social media that AquaPulse has won the first category to be announced as part of the inaugural 2017 National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards, recognising the achievements of aquatic facilities and individuals towards improving health and safety outcomes within their communities:

"Today, we’re delighted to present AquaPulse with Best Solution to an Identified Aquatic Health and Safety Issue. Read their full story @ http://bit.ly/2u9mg2z".

Craig Roberts, National Manager Aquatic Industry, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia said,

“By celebrating the excellent work being done by individuals and organisations, our goal is to motivate people within the industry to increase the level of safety for their community, cultivating an environment where health and safety initiatives are continually being reviewed and developed. AquaPulse were recognised for their innovation of multilingual communications and water safety initiatives inclusive of their diverse community.”

Included as one of our organisation’s core values, Safety is at the forefront of all that we do. Walking through AquaPulse, you will see various strategies tailored to many different groups and ages to encourage safe behaviours in and around water. This includes large-scale “Watch Around Water” messaging in all the major languages which reflect the diverse cultural mix of the Wyndham Community. Our Learn To Swim Program is structured to teach children how to swim AND survive in and around water.

Bruce Mackay, CEO of Western Leisure Services was thrilled to hear that in addition to the mantle of Victorian Facility of the Year, AquaPulse had now received the first of the 2017 National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards, stating:

“AquaPulse created a range of innovative strategies to engage parents and guardians charged with the responsibility of monitoring the movements of children around the centre. These strategies were promoted in different languages, communicated regularly across many different mediums and have been hugely successful. We are proud that our industry leading ideas, creativity and commitment to staff training and safety has been recognised through this Award.”