The Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) and the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA) have announced an agreement that will see the bodies partner to work closer together for the betterment of their members and the aquatics industry as a whole.
While the associations support different aspects of the aquatics, swimming pool and spa industries, the partnership aims to collaborate and innovate to provide new services to better the industry.
SPASA CEO Lindsay McGrath says that it is a fantastic opportunity for the two associations to collaborate for the benefit of both membership groups, improving the value that each association provides to their members through mutual effort and future innovation.
“Covid has highlighted the opportunity to form alliances with other like-minded associations to improve the understanding by government and authorities of the importance of the aquatic, recreation and leisure industry,” he says.
ASSA general manager, Emily McNeill says that the two associations will see great benefits to their members through shared knowledge and learning.
“ASSA are excited to confirm this new partnership with SPASA, as there are so many ways we can collectively progress the industry and benefit our members,” she says. “This is a great starting point – watch this space.”
ASSA and SPASA both have seats on the National Aquatic Industry Committee (NAIC) and are committed to practical implementation of reducing drowning and improving the safety message.
McGrath says the natural synergy of the two associations will open up ways for their respective members to work together, with operational benefits for members through vertical integration.
The Australian Swim Schools Association National Conference will be taking place this 24 to 26 August in conjunction with the SPLASH Pool & Spa Trade Show (August 25 and 26) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Image: ASSA General Manager Emily McNeill and SPASA CEO Lindsay McGrath