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Friday, 05 August 2016 11:07

Leisure Centre Manager Position

An outstanding opportunity exists for a qualified and experienced Leisure Centre Manager with the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes. This fulltime position (including shift work) will be required to manage the facility, service delivery and operating budget at the Bridgetown Leisure Centre (BLC), including the new aquatic facility. We are looking for an exceptional candidate to report to the Shires Executive Manager Community Services, who exhibits a proactive and positive approach to management. You will demonstrate a model work ethic, with strong and highly influential team leadership skills, be intuitive, with the capacity to effectively utilise your well developed and diplomatic communication skills. Your ability to deliver strategies to increase patronage of the facility, as well as having the confidence to make informed decisions that benefit all stakeholders, will make you an ideal candidate for the role. Initially offered as a 3 year fixed term contract (with the possibility of permanency), the salary will be Level 6.1 of the Adult Local Government Officers (WA) Award 2011 and Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes Enterprise Agreement. Applicants will need to address the Selection Criteria in the information package which is available for collection from the Customer Service Counter at the Shire or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 08:34

Chlorine / Acid Incident

Recently a worker at an aquatic centre was exposed to chlorine gas when he attempted to refill an unlabelled 100 litre chemical storage and dosing drum in a plant room at the facility. The storage and dosing drum containing sodium hypochlorite solution (known informally as "liquid chlorine") was used to dose liquid chlorine into two smaller pools at the facility. Read full article.  
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:24

Aflex Inflatables Unveil New Website

Australasia's leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of aquatic inflatables, Aflex Technology, have announced the launch of their new website this week.With a history of over 23 years in the inflatable industry, the Aflex team are delighted with their new look and believe it truly depicts the family company's professional offering of high quality New Zealand made inflatables, innovation and family fun values.You'll find on the new website that the Aflex product range has been more clearly divided into three simple categories – Inflatables for Commercial Pools, Inflatables for Open Water and Inflatables for Land – making it easier than ever to discover suitable Aflex products for your facility. The redesigned website also incorporates a number of innovative features including a 'wishlist' function where visitors can save and review their product selection, then submit their wishlist as part of their enquiry. Your friendly Aflex team can't wait for you to explore their new website!  
The popular job board on the LifesavingWA website has recently been relaunched. This is a free service for the WA aquatics and recreation industry and allows you to advertise jobs in the sports, aquatic, fitness, recreation, leisure and lifestyle sector, specifically targeting WA job seekers and WA employers. Unlike other job sites, the Royal Life Saving WA job board only lists vacancies available in these specific sectors so if you are looking to employ Pool Lifeguards, Swim Teachers, Pool Managers, Administration staff, First Aiders, or Volunteers, this is the ideal place to post. Job seekers don't waste their time searching through thousands of non-relevant jobs, while employers can enjoy the benefits of an easy to access web portal with a unique username and password. The job board is promoted to past and current participants of Royal Life Saving training courses, so you know that the best qualified people are informed of your job vacancy. To register as a job seeker, please see our website. Job seeker registration is free. If you'd like to know more about the Royal Life Saving job board or how to register as an employer, please contact Steve Good on 9383-8200 or visit our website:
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:13

2015 Code of Practice Update

Members should be aware that there is a new version of Code of Practice dated December 2015 available. You can download the latest version by clicking on this link. 2015 Code of Practice. The changes in the Code are explained in the attached link provided by Llew Withers in his recent presentation in Exmouth. 2016 Presentation.Members may not be aware that Llew will be retiring from the Health Department at the end of June and the industry will lose a great contact with a wealth of knowledge that we have come to rely on over many years. Llew will be attending the 2016 Conference as our guest so members will have a chance to wish Llew well and thank him for his great support. A great farewell for Llew in Exmouth
The 2016/17 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards are set to shine a light on organisations committed to delivering innovative, world-class programs, events and facilities for the benefit of WA's ever-growing sport and recreation sector. Sport and recreation organisations can nominate for one of nine categories, including Organisational Excellence, Supporting Volunteers and Regional Excellence. The awards are supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation, Western Australia Sports Federation, Parks and Leisure Australia (WA), Outdoors WA, LIWA Aquatics and Fitness Australia. "We're fond of saying we have one of the best sports delivery systems in the world," said Ron Alexander, Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation. "We do have a lot be proud of and this is a chance for sport and recreation organisations to step up and be recognised."  This year there are nine categories to enter: 1. Organisational Excellence Award2. Commitment to Participation Award3. Places and Spaces Planning and Design Award4. Supporting Volunteers Award5. Regional Excellence Award6. Event of the Year Award (two subcategories this year)a. Professional Event of the Year Awardb. Community Event of the Year Award7. Innovation in Practice Award8. Women in Sport and Recreation Award9. True Sport Award  Picked from the winners of the categories above, the Minister's Award for Industry Excellence receives $10,000. Category 10 is the John Graham Award which recognises the person who has contributed exceptional service to the sport and recreation industry over a long period of time. It's voted for by industry bodies. "I'm excited that we've added two new categories this year. The Women in Sport and Recreation Award recognises sport and recreation organisations that have made significant progress to increase female leadership in our industry. "While excellence is important in sport, we also want to celebrate the groups who take significant action to ensure their sport is conducted in a fun, fair and inclusive environment. The True Sport Award recognises the organisation that has most effectively implemented a strategy, activity or program to guarantee the true value of sport is recognised by all." Mr Alexander urged organisations around Western Australia to nominate their outstanding work. "Sport and recreation is a powerful vehicle not only to promote the health benefits of an active life but it helps create stronger, safe and happier and connected communities. Part of the reason it's in such a healthy state is because of the tireless efforts of organisations across our industry and the people behind them." Entries for the 2016/17 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards opened today and close at 5pm on 13 May. To nominate your organisation, event or facility: go to Winners will be announced at the prestigious Sport and Recreation Industry Awards Presentation Breakfast on 26 July. Awards and application enquiries: Helen Cromie – Department of Sport and Recreation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
To meet the challenge of our drying climate, Water Corporation is asking residential customers to reduce their sprinkler times by 2 minutes, but there are many simple ways aquatic centre managers can also reduce the amount of water they use and benefit from these savings. Water Corporation has created a new online training tool that provides business customers with all the latest hints and tips to help save water, money and time. For example, aquatic centre managers can reduce their annual water use by 30 per cent simply by ensuring their toilets, hand basin taps and showers are all working efficiently! Visit our website to watch our YouTube videos for an overview of each course: • Water Efficient Landscape and Irrigation• Water Auditing for Non-Residential Facilities• Cooling Tower Water Efficiency  Exclusive offer for LIWA Aquatic Members Complete at least one course before 31 May 2016 and go into the draw to win a $100 Waterwise gift voucher. For more information, please visit    
Monday, 22 February 2016 13:50

2016 Pool Lifeguard Challenge

A field of nine teams contested the 2016 Pool Life Challenge on a beautiful Perth summers day at the HBF Stadium. The team numbers was slightly down on last year but the interest, the level of fitness and passion of the teams competing was very high. LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro was the MC for the day and introduced the teams to the format and their respective positions for the competition. The day is a unique one as it provides a great opportunity for Lifeguards who work at pools across the metropolitan and regional areas to come together and test their skills and fitness. The first event involves the entire team and whilst it is very unusual for a Lifeguard to swim more than 25 meters to perform a rescue it is a great event to start the day and has three teams in the water at one time completing against the clock.The second event is designed to gauge the ability of the Lifeguard's to perform under duress after performing a 75 meter swim, tow, swim and tow. The Lifeguards then exit the water and perform CPR on a manikin on the pool deck. The event has two components which make up the overall score, the time for the swim and the points allocated for the CPR component. It was an incredibly close event with a very high level of skill and fitness on display. The third event runs concurrently with event 2 and pits the skills of two team members against the Resusci Anne Simulator. The Resusci Anne Simulator provides the key simulation functionalities including a high-quality airway, spontaneous breathing, ECG, live defibrillation, IV, blood pressure, voice, lung sounds and heart sounds for basic simulation training. What a great way to demonstrate competence for our Lifeguards and challenge their skills. Skills Testing It was an incredibly close competition going into the final event that saw the competitors head into the lockup for the initiative phase of the event. There were distractions, a lost phone, a lost child, kids being kids and needing a firm hand and of course a major emergency. It was very pleasing to see a parent being chastised for not effectively supervising their child and being handed a Watch Around Water wrist band by a couple of the lifeguards during the scenario! The major incident of a patron suffering a heart attack at the end of the pool saw the need for full emergency response with the clearing of the pool, introduction of def-fib and oxygen and the contacting of emergency services. Lifeguards in Action The quality of the all the team's responses to this major incident was to a very high standard and once again showed how much effort is going into the in-house training of Lifeguards. Steve Good who judged this area of the event was able to provide immediate feedback to the teams prior to the next team entering the pool area. The event was concluded and all teams, managers and most of the actors headed to RLSSWA Training Rooms for the award presentation. LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro welcomed our special guests from Commercial Aquatic Australia and congratulated the Lifeguards and their employers for their commitment to the event. Royal Life Saving Western Australia CEO, Peter Leaversuch was very complimentary of the teams who engaged in the 2016 Challenge and spoke of the broader educational role that Lifeguards play in the community. Peter spoke about the importance of supervision in our aquatic facilities and also the impact Watch Around Water and its promotion has outside our pools into all aquatic environments. CAA General Manager, Neil Daffen was then invited to present the awards to the winners and placegetters on the day. CAA has been a great supporter of LIWA Aquatics, RLSSWA and the aquatic industry nationally for many years and it is wonderful to see them support this event. Neil provided a brief background on CAA and its ability to build quality facilities but also on how much this type of industry engagement meant to his organisation. Neil then announced the three placegetters from the today's event: In third place with 18 points Fremantle Leisure Centre # 2 In second place with 18 points Fremantle Leisure Centre #1 In first place with 17 points Mandurah Team #1 The Winning Mandurah Team with Neil Daffen from CAA Well done to the City of Mandurah who have put in a wonderful effort in opening a new facility in the last 6 months and have trained their staff to a very high standard. The two Fremantle Teams were both highly competitive and skilled and only split on a count back from the time they achieved in the first event of the day. Jeff then thanked all the competitors for attending, the volunteers for giving their time so generously and then singled out Caitlin from RLSSWA for her efforts in ensuring the success of what was a great day. Get your team ready, start training and we will see you 2016.  
Friday, 19 February 2016 10:24

Community First Responder

LIWA Aquatics would like to commend the St John's Ambulance Community First Responder System to both metropolitan and regional pool managers. The program operates in over 1,148 locations across the state and increasing annually. Currently 264 sport / social locations have taken advantage of this community service, and this includes 17 pools. The intent would be for LIWA Aquatics members to become a part of this program and develop your community's relationship with St John's.As you have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at your Pool / Centre, there is a valuable opportunity to register your location on the St John Ambulance Community First Responder System (CFRS). The CFRS is a St John Ambulance initiative that empowers communities and is proven to save lives. Please find bleow the relevant information and registration forms: Information Guide: Registration:
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