May 032012

With thanks to Dave Macdermid.

An Aberdeen swimming pool has been awarded the prestigious European Pool Safety Award (EPSA).  King’s Pavilion Swimming Pool, operated by Aberdeen Sports Village, has been granted the mark by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) in recognition of the exceptional levels of pool safety and operational quality at the facility.

The route to obtaining the award involved self assessments, a thorough review of existing policies and procedures, and a number of mystery visits from an EPSA assessor.

The 18 metre swimming pool is situated at the King’s Pavilion on the University of Aberdeen Campus, just a few minutes walk from Aberdeen Sports Village.

Aberdeen Sports Village Chief Executive, David Beattie, said:

“It is great for the team at King’s Pavilion to have their hard work and positive attitude towards safety acknowledged with this international recognition. We can now benchmark ourselves with other facilities across our industry, while aiming to continually improve what we do.”

The CIMSPA European Pool Safety Award is an initiative which provides a framework for promoting high standards of pool safety in the UK, and recognises good practice. It is a voluntary scheme, open to all swimming pools in the UK, including public pools, hotel pools, health and fitness club pools and holiday park facilities.

The full CIMSPA European Pool Safety Award includes certification to the level of the BSI publicly available specification PAS 65: The management of public swimming pools – general management code of practice.

Aberdeen Sports Village is a partnership between Aberdeen City Council, the University of Aberdeen and sportscotland.