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"Splash" - safety in swimming pools

19 April 2013 9.00am - 1.15pm
Inspire Sports Village, Luton Get Directions
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This CIMSPA East region professional development event (free to members) is themed towards the management and operation of swimming and diving facilities, but will be of significant interest to sector professionals looking for smart ideas on converting the post 2012 buzz into participation success.


Event Programme

Time Event
9.00am Registration, networking and welcome refreshments
9.30am Welcome from the Regional Management Chair and Board members

Inspire: Luton Sports Village – its development and aims, plus being at the centre of ITV’s ‘Splash’ TV event

Helen Barnett, CEO, Active Luton

Helen’s presentation will cover the development and aims of the new £26m Luton Sports Village, as well as an entertaining focus on the 'real story’ of being involved in a high-profile media event – the ITV programme ‘Splash’, which LSV hosted. Helen will also touch on how the Sports Village is just one aspect of Active Luton’s wider work as an innovative sport, leisure, physical activity and education trust which, through their Active Education team, recently won a bid to open a new free school in Luton with a sport and physical activity focus.


Diving development – maximising the impact of a flagship facility

Kevin Wray, Regional Director, ASA East region

Luton Sports Village is home to a world-class diving facility and Kevin will lead this session with Inspire Luton’s diving development team who will outline their development programme. Delegates will gain an insight into how the ASA, the local authority and the trust are working together to realise the full potential of this flagship facility – harnessing the ‘Splash’ effect and the post-Olympic buzz to sustain the interest the area’s young people have in diving as a sport.


Sponsor presentation – Kingfisher Environmental Services Ltd

10.50am Break

Swimming pool safety – searching for safe and effective solutions

Andy Read, Group Health and Safety Coordinator for DC Leisure Management Ltd. Alex Blackwell, Programme Manager, IQL Ltd. Phil Collins, Chair of the CIMSPA child admissions guidance review group

This collaborative session will take the temperature on a range of trending topics related to swimming pool management, giving a high value CPD experience for delegates.

  • Safety in swimming pools – Andy Read and colleagues from the Swimming Pool Operator Group will cover pool-related HSE ‘mythbusting’, supervising high-risk groups of swimmers and lifeguarding arrangements.
  • The CIMSPA ‘under 8s’ admissions guidance is now under review and Phil Collins, the recently appointed chairman of the CIMSPA Group doing this, will outline the project’s aims and objectives.
  • Alex Blackwell will offer IQL’s perspective on the hot topics in lifeguarding today.
1.00pm Presentation of awards from the 2012 CIMSPA & IQL Lifeguard Triathlon – the UK’s biggest indoor pool lifeguarding competition
1.15pm Lunch and networking opportunity






Inspire, Luton Sports Village
Hitchin Road

Tel: 01582 393230