Aquatic centres comprise public and commercial swimming pools, and communal aquatic facilities such as pools at hotels, motels and caravan parks, but exclude private home pools. Most swimming pool drowning deaths occur in home pools, which are addressed in detail in the People Priority Area – Children (0-4 years).
Aquatic centres are used by all age groups for different purposes, including swimming and water safety education, exercise, rehabilitation and leisure. Although more highly regulated than other aquatic environments, drowning deaths still occur in public swimming pools and aquatic facilities.
Preventing drowning in swimming pools is a priority because public access to safe aquatic recreation is vital to reducing drowning in Australia. Aquatic facilities allow skill development and practice in a more controlled environment.