What is SH2OUT Venue Accreditation?
SH2OUT is a joint venture between British Triathlon, Swim England and the Royal Life Saving Society UK which aims to help promote safety and enjoyment in open water swimming. The Venue Accreditation product aims to support and provide a development tool to open water swimming venues, to help them meet SH₂OUT minimum standards of safety.
How much SH2OUT Venue Accreditation cost?
SH2OUT venue accreditation is free of charge for 2020.
For how long is SH2OUT Venue Accreditation valid?
SH₂OUT accreditation will need to be renewed every year, with a new process beginning in the new calendar year - each year.
How much is SH2OUT Renewal?
SH2OUT venue accreditation costs for renewing venues is free of charge for 2020.
On renewal venues will need to re-submit the self-certification documents and if working towards CORE+ re-submit all of their documentation. This is to ensure that the venue is still operating to SH2OUT standards. They will then receive an updated reward pack.
What does an accredited SH2OUT Venue receive?
Becoming an accredited venue will improve the public perception of an open water swimming venue by allowing swimmers to know that you have met the minimum safety requirements for a SH₂OUT accredited venue. Accredited venues will also receive venue promotion through the SH₂OUT website and a venue reward package, which includes the use of the SH₂OUT logo, SH₂OUT email footer, a certificate (CORE+ only) and a SH₂OUT accredited venue feather flag (CORE+ only.)
Venues will also be able to benefit support for insurance due to insurers having confidence that your venue has met our minimum standards. We have partnered with Sports Insure who will be able to work with you to find the appropriate cover.
Accredited venues will also receive help and support from the SH₂OUT team and up to 25% off SH₂OUT services such as water quality testing.
Should I only swim at a SH2OUT Accredited Venue?
We want to encourage members of the public to enjoy open water swimming in a safe and enjoyable way. By swimming at a SH₂OUT accredited venue you know that the venue has met our minimum safety standards. We would always recommend that you take advice if you are new to open water swimming and take steps to ensure you are safe when participating in any form of open water activity. If you would like some further advice on open water swimming, do get in contact with SH₂OUT.
What should I do if I have feedback on a SH2OUT Accredited Venue?
All feedback on a SH₂OUT venue should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens when a venue doesn't meet SH2OUT Venue Accreditation minimum standards?
We will endeavour to work with and support venues to bring them up to the SH2OUT minimum standards and have a number of documents and guidance to help venues achieve the minimum standards. Venues who are unable to meet the minimum standards can reapply after 12 months.