Slips, flips and trips are the bane of backyard pool owners. But imagine how much more of a concern it is for the management of public swimming centres.
According to Aquarena Aquatic & Leisure Centre, thousands of people visit the centre each year, so the potential for falls and injuries is high.
Aquarena is owned by Manningham City Council and managed by the YMCA, which manages many leisure centres around Australia.
Aquarena customers’ safety is top of its priority list, so it actively manages the risks associated with operating in a wet and potentially slippery environment.
For example, the pool deck was originally surfaced with slip-resistant vinyl safety flooring.
The original safety flooring, Altro T20, was installed well over 14 years ago.
And although it has retained its slip resistant properties over that time, and in fact still looked remarkably good after the passage of hundreds of thousands of feet over that period, it came time for an update.
In their search for the appropriate flooring solution, the operations director of Aquarena and a colleague visited a number of swimming centres in Melbourne and regional Victoria and inspected a wide range of different surfaces.
They saw the full range from bare concrete to compressed granulated rubber, from ceramic tiles to a few home-grown recipes for increasing slip resistance.
This research was worthwhile; because it confirmed that the Altro T20 vinyl safety flooring they had been using for all those years serves their purpose and works better for them, from both safety and aesthetics perspectives.
So when they updated the pool deck they installed Altro T20 again, because they believed it is the ideal solution for all their needs.