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Venue Accreditation Process

Delivering a recognised quality standard for open water swimming venues.

Participation in open water swimming  is heavily reliant on access to safe and suitable inland venues which enable the swimmer to have an enjoyable and compelling experience. SH2OUT has developed a new venue accreditation product for open water venues to work towards achieving, with the support of the SH2OUT team.

SH2OUT Venue Accreditation is where a venue is the provider of all water safety for swimming. If an external group hires the venue, the venue operator is still the provider of the water safety cover.  

The venue accreditation process focuses on safety, to ensure open water swimming operators are following best practice guidelines, implementing the robust safety procedures and standards of competence that are  expected to achieve SH2OUT Accreditation.


The SH2OUT Venue Accreditation process involves two stages:

Core SH2OUT Venue – the venue has completed the SH2OUT Self-Certified checklist to verify that their documentation reaches SH2OUT minimum standards.

Core+ SH2OUT Venue – SH2OUT have received and reviewed the venue documentation and the  SH2OUT Technical Advisor has confirmed that the venue documentation reaches or exceeds SH2OUT minimum standards at the time of the review.


To see the SH2OUT Venue Accreditation process in full, please click HERE.

Benefits of becoming SH2OUT Accredited Venue

Increased Prestige – Becoming a SH2OUT venue will improve the public perception of the open water swimming venue. SH2OUT accreditation tells the swimmer that the venue has achieved minimum safety expectations and has the correct documentation in place at the time of accreditation.

Venue promotion – Core or Core + SH2OUT accredited venues will be listed on the SH2OUT Venues search page. Each SH2OUT venue will have a bespoke management account to the SH2OUT website and webpage informing swimmers what facilities are on offer.

SH2OUT Venue Reward Package – Core SH2OUT Venues will receive use of a SH2OUT Accredited Venue logo, and a SH2OUT email footer. Core +  SH2OUT Venues will receive a SH2OUT Accredited Venue certificate, a SH2OUT Accredited Venue feather flag and two  SH2OUT dryrobes.

Insurance support and advice - It is important for any venue that is hosting swimming activity to be appropriately insured. SH2OUT accreditation is a way of providing insurers with the comfort that the activity is being run safely and to a publicly recognised quality standard. This gives insurers reassurance that the venue is taking its responsibility for water safety seriously and that risks will managed appropriately. SH2OUT has partnered with Sports Insure, who can provide competitive insurance cover that is appropriate for your needs and priced to recognise the efforts you have undertaken to achieve accreditation. Please contact the info@sh2out.org to learn more about our insurance cover benefits.

SH2OUT Services: SH2OUT Accredited Venues can receive up to 25% discount on SH2OUT Services, this includes water quality testing services. Please see our SH2OUT Services page for more information.

SH2OUT Help and Support: SH2OUT accredited venues have continual support from the SH2OUT team. Staff are on hand to offer advice and feedback on venue set up and operations.

 

Costs: SH2OUT Venue Accreditation is free of charge for 2020.

The usual costs for SH2OUT venue accreditation for new venues.are:

  • Core : £100.00  + VAT which is payable on return of the SH2OUT enrolment form.
  • Core+ : £200.00 + VAT which is payable on return of the SH2OUT enrolment form.

Please note, that venues must achieve Core accreditation, before being able to start with Core+. Therefore the total of Core+  is £300.00 (Core at £100.00 and Core+ at £200.00.)

The usual costs for SH2OUT venue accreditation costs  for renewing venues.are:

  • For an exisitng Core venue to remain at Core: £100.00  + VAT which is payable on return of the SH2OUT enrolment form.
  • For an exisitng Core venue to upgrade to Core+: £200.00  + VAT which is payable on return of the SH2OUT enrolment form.
  • For an exisitng Core+ venue to remain at Core+ : £200.00 + VAT which is payable on return of the SH2OUT enrolment form.
  • For an exisitng Core+ venue to downgrade to Core: £100.00 + VAT which is payable on return of the SH2OUT enrolment form.

How to get started:

To find out more or to begin the SH2OUT accreditation process, please contact the SH2OUT team to get your SH₂OUT enrolment form and start your accreditation journey today!