A newly released report by Royal Life Saving Society - Australia shows that the average visit an Australian Aquatic Centre leads to  health benefits worth nearly $27, underlining the importance of ensuring universal access to public swimming pools.

The report shows the social cost of physical inactivity in the Australian population, especially among the 40% of Australians who are classified as “inactive”. Currently, only 1% of Australians meet the standard for “high physical activity” as set by the World Health Organization.  Even one extra visit to a public swimming pool each week would be enough to shift most “inactive” Australians up to “low activity”, cutting their risk of lifestyle-related disease by 16% and saving more than $4,500 per person in the form of better health, reduced medical costs and improved work attendance each year. 

These potential health gains mean that the average pool visit might cost $6 to $8, but is worth nearly $27 to Australian society in health gains alone, with the average aquatic facility producing $2.72 million worth of health benefits annually.  “We’re just starting to understand the full range of benefits that come from ensuring access to public swimming pools for water safety, exercise and recreation,” says Justin Scarr, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia CEO. “Public swimming pools help to keep Australians safe, healthy and happy and we need to remember just how much good they can do when thinking about funding for new facilities and much needed upgrades.”

Read the report here.

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