Design Phase Audit Process

The following information provides detail as to the three phases of an Aquatic Safety Audit for a new or renovated aquatic facility:

Phase 1: Consultation During Design

In order to maximize safety considerations during the design phase, the Lifesaving Society draws on learnings from many other BC facilities and established industry standard to assist in ensuring a design taking all safety aspects into consideration. Common issues addressed at this stage include pool apron, water depth, diving board/landing area specifications, bather load, tile colour, lifeguard visibility issues, stair/ladder design, air & water quality issues, etc. The Society is often consulted by the local health authorities on many of these topics to help resolve discrepancies. There is a great advantage in being able to prevent design problems at this stage of the project.

Phase 2: Pre-Opening Audit Visit

As the operator is developing operational policies and procedures, we are able to provide objective, expert guidance on appropriate lifeguard locations, areas of surveillance, numbers, rotations, training, procedures and performance standards. Other operational items addressed include signage, policies, pool rules, etc. In addition to on-site consultation, a full report will follow with recommendations and rationale.

Phase 3: Post Opening Audit Visit

This phase looks at the actual operation as anticipated prior to opening and assists in reconciling the differences in prediction versus the reality of operation. It would include assistance in addressing lifeguard practices, patron safety, pool rules, etc.

To request and audit please submit an Aquatic Safety Audit Request Form.

For additional information or questions please use the Contact form found on our home page.