Monash University's Platinum Pool

The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool at Monash University has been rated one of the best pools in Victoria, achieving Platinum Pool accreditation from Life Saving Victoria for outstanding levels of safety at an aquatic facility.

In a similar fashion to the accreditation of a lifeguard, pools undergo a thorough assessment of their skills and performance and must maintain a consistently high standard to meet the criteria for Platinum Pool accreditation. The award recognises facilities which have met the highest safety requirements in the aquatic industry. 
Not only has the Doug Ellis Pool received platinum accreditation but was also shortlisted for the Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) Facilities Management Award in 2015. The award recognises the significant improvements Monash has made in refurbishing the pool as well as the innovative programming on offer such as the Water Wise free learn to swim classes.

You can view our application for the ARV award here

Health Tips - February

Staying healthy can sometimes feel like too much of an effort, it can feel too hard to change your current lifestyle to a more healthy one. However there some simple and easy changes you can do to your lifestyle your body will thank you for. Whether it be in the weekly workout, eating or sleeping, the changes below can benefit
your well-being .

Focus on lifting weights – Especially barbells and dumbbells 

Increasing muscles mass results in a greater resting metabolic rate (faster metabolism). This will help you to burn calories hours and even days after your training session.
- Try swapping machines to barbells and barbells for dumbbells.

Include HIIT 

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is more effective than steady state cardio for fat-loss.
- Choose a piece of cardio equipment, such as a bike or rower, and try 30s high intensity followed by a 60s very easy recovery period.
- Progress over time by decreasing the recovery period and increasing the intensity of the work sets.

HIIT is one of the brand new Group Fitness classes available in Semester 1.

Time your rest periods 

Shorter rest periods will increase your post-workout calorie burning capacity. Keep in mind that rest periods are important so don’t omit them from your workout entirely.
- Try supersets, rest periods <30 seconds or adding in some cardio in between sets (such as skipping or jumping jacks).


Prioritize sleep 

While it's easy to put all your fat-loss focus on nutrition and exercise, don't underestimate the importance of sleep. Sleep has a major impact on gym performance but it’s just as important in aiding your body’s ability to recover and burn fat.
- Aim for 7-9 hours per night and try to avoid any electronic devices an hour before bed.
- Improve sleep quality by wearing an eye mask and earplugs.

Banish Sugar 

Not only does sugar place a high demand on the pancreas and liver, leading to an array of metabolic and inflammatory disorders, it is highly addictive. Meaning eating sugar increases your cravings for more sugar. By eliminating sugar from your diet your cravings will eventually disappear!
 - Try eliminating sugar from your diet for 21 days, it’s not as hard as it sounds! 
- Keep your blood sugar stable by regularly having smaller meals throughout the day.
- Including protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates in your meals will not only keep you fuller for longer but ensure you keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Summer Fun and Safety at the Beach

In summer, activities in and around the water are great fun, but sometimes can be dangerous. Accidents can happen anywhere – at a friend’s place, at the beach and even in your own backyard.  Even if you are a competent swimmer, you can sometimes find yourself in trouble around water, so make sure you are aware of your surroundings before you enter the water. Stay safe this summer!

Here are some simple rules to use when you go to the beach:

      Always swim between the red & yellow flags at a patrolled beach.
      Always swim with a friend.
      Never drink alcohol before going for a swim.
      Check with a lifeguard and read the signage to understand the water conditions.
      Obey the directions of the lifeguard. For Lifeguard top tips click here.
      Never turn your back on the waves.
      If you get stuck in a rip (a strong current), don’t panic! Raise your hand and wait for lifeguard help.

For more information regarding the conditions at the beach you are visiting go to //

If you would like to improve your confidence in the water, so you will feel more comfortable in the water at the beach, enrol into our Adult learn to swim and water safety program at Monash Sport.

Monash University students can also register to participate in the Summer Splash at Sorrento on Saturday 5 March.       Visit beautiful Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and enjoy a day of fun and games with the team from Lifesaving Victoria.

If you are interested in competing in any of the open water swims, triathlons this summer, get some additional training in by attending our Swim Fit sessions (open to Aquatic and Fitness+Aquatic members, casual passes are also available).