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Ray Martin - a Life in Aquatics

Ray Martin started his connection with the Aquatic Industry in 1929 when he joined the local swimming club in Pascoe Vale Victoria as a six year old. As he moved into his teens his interest was fostered by the Pool Manager of the time who allowed him to clean the filters and get involved in the operation of the plant and equipment. It was a natural progression for Ray to move into a Lifeguarding role when he was old enough.

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The Shire of Nungarin is located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia and has a population of approximately 230. Nungarin is situated about 40 kilometres north of Merredin and about 300 kilometres east of Perth and the shire covers an area of 1,164 square kilometres. Nungarin is a small but progressive RV friendly town with many attractions for the tourist, from natural beauty to an amazing heritage pub on the main-street and monthly market Sundays that fill the centre of town with market stalls.

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• The Shire is hoping to attract a Manager with a family.
• The pool is a 25 metre with a toddlers pool.
• The position comes with a modern 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom transportable residence (a/c, heated, carport, neat garden) Council pays water with rent being $55 per week.
• Distance from house to pool is approximately 500 metres.
• The Pool has a gymnasium on site of which is a part of the position.
• Nungarin has a well established primary school and then a bus into Merredin (40 kms) for high school.
• Nungarin has the Kununoppin District Hospital 20 kms away for its health services.
• Nungarin has excellent and modern recreational facilities.
• In the off season the pool manager assists around town with general duties and our previous manager used to manager of the Nungarin Community Recreation Centre.

This position would ideally suit a young person with a family looking to gain experience in teh aquatic industry  Council is prepared to offer an attractive salary package for the right person.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 90465006 or 0427 465 006 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to talk further.

Nungarin is a small friendly community.

Bill Fensome
Chief Executive Officer

The National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards, presented by RLSSA, are an initiative of the RLSSA and the National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee. The awards add to the suite of signature programs within the annual RLSSA calendar of events.

The awards are designed to acknowledge the achievements of Aquatic Facilities and their staff and provide an opportunity to formally recognize their commitment to improving safety outcomes.

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We are currently looking for enthusiastic, motivated and service minded individuals to join our team as Casual Pool Operators and Lifeguards:

Reporting to the Aquatics Technician, these roles assist in the provision of high quality, safe aquatic centre services at the GLC. In conjunction with the Aquatics team you will maintain water quality, facility hygiene and maintenance procedures.

To be successful in the role of Pool Operator you will have:

• Pool operators certificate of competency
• Current Pool Lifeguard qualification and competency
• Current accreditation to LIWA or the ability to gain
• Staff supervisory skills and experience
• Good computer skills and knowledge
• Current First Aid Certificate??

To be successful in the role of lifeguard role you will have:

• Current Pool Lifeguard Certificate
• Ability to work actively in a team environment
• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
• Working knowledge of Water Safety principles
• Current First Aid certificate

You will be working with a dedicated team of like-minded people who strive for excellence in service and program delivery and have an absolute passion for the Leisure Industry. You can be assured you will be supported in your workplace with training and development, you will enjoy coming to work every day and you will be presented with exciting challenges working with our community.

Pool Operator Casual
Recreation Level 4 $31.26 per hour

Lifeguard Casual
Recreation Level 2 $27.56 per hour

If you believe you meet our selection criteria we would like to hear from you to potentially join our team.

To apply please visit www.busselton.wa.gov.au If you have further queries please contact Susan Shand on 9754 3600 or Human Resources on 9781 1727.

Applications close 16:30 Monday 10th April 2017.

The 2017 event featured 17 teams, 68 competitors, smoke filled plantrooms, fitness testing, first aid incidents and of course a great deal of fun and comradery. It is a unique event that brings teams of professional lifeguards together once a year to test their skills, knowledge and fitness in a realistic setting at HBF Stadium. LIWA Aquatics is proud to sponsor this event but it would not be possible without the amazing support of the staff at Royal Life Saving and of course the competitors representing their respective facilities.

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All the teams ready for action

This year we welcomed back a number of facilities but also had the City of Cockburn and Adventure World competing in the event for the first time. LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro was the MC for the event and with time at a premium was able to keep the competition flowing and ensured a timely finish even with a record number of teams. The first event is a timed event that see's 4 lifeguards pitted against the clock in a test of both straight line speed and the ability to tow manikins up and down the pool. HBF Arena #1 blitzed the field in this event with a time 1.13.44 followed Fremantle and Beatty Park 4 seconds behind the winner. Points for this event were allocated on a basis of 0 for the winner and each team losing one point for every second they were behind the winner HBF Stadium.


The second event incorporated both fitness and emergency response skills testing with two lifeguards from each team competing. The fitness component was won by the Mandurah Blue team with a time of 1.06.97 followed closely by Beatty Park and HBF Arena #1. The skills testing in the event was very close with Riverton Leisureplex #2 followed by the two Fremantle Leisure Centre teams.


Event 3 saw two lifeguards tested with a written and multiple choice questions in the critical areas of first aid and lifeguarding. This is the first time we have tried this type of knowledge testing and overall the teams did very well with Altone Park and River Leisureplex #1 sharing the honours in this event. The competitors then had a short break before the 17, 3 person teams went into lock up for the critical initiative component of the Lifeguard Challenge.

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Go, Go Go!


Having the spare team member involved for the initiatives meant there were plenty of actors available which adds to the excitement and provides a more realistic setting for the activities that simulate the real work environment. RLSSWA CEO Peter Leaversuch briefed all the actors and the timing sequence of when events will begin to escalate on the pool deck and then it was actors ready, your time starts NOW!  With a military like precision the first of the 17 teams headed onto the pool deck to face dangerous play activities, water polo balls being thrown at spectators and a swimmer in distress in the lap lanes. But these distractions were only a precursor to the plantroom fire and injured staff members emerging from the smoke onto the pool deck. The inclusion of a major out of water emergency was a first for the Pool Lifeguard Challenge and clearly tested the skills of the participants.


The Lifeguards cleared the pools promptly and then focused their first aid and emergency protocols skills to deal with the injured staff member who was clearly bleeding and effected by smoke inhalation. The level of professionalism demonstrated by the teams was of a very high level and highlighted that the training they are undertaking in the workplace and during formal requalification sessions is paying off.  The actors who were in place for the 17 scenario's did a great job in particular Stef and Amy who continually emerged from a smoke filled room coughing and spluttering to be carried or assisted across the concourse. Jayden's attention seeking for a cramp was also a very good distraction just prior to the major emergency kicking off. The participation of the spare lifeguards and the team members that have completed the scenarios all added to the vibrancy and reality of the Challenge.

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Realistic Initiatives


LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro continued his role as MC and provided great context to the importance of the Challenge in developing safety standards in our industry. All the Lifeguards that competed today had come into the industry with the knowledge that Watch Around Water was there to support them and promote parental supervision. But Jeff highlighted the need for them to remain vigilant and continue to embrace their own training and professional development.


Royal Life Saving CEO Peter Leaversuch paid tribute to all the participants in this unique event and to LIWA Aquatics for its support and financial sponsorship of the Challenge. Peter also thanked his own staff for participation in the day and singled the organiser Caitlin Oxlade for bringing the event together in such a professional manner. It was then back to Jeff who thanked all the volunteers and judges including Chris Blankley, Matt Merritt, Ryan Scally and of course Steve Good for their amazing contribution to the day and our industry.

It was then time to announce the winner and the placegetters which at the end of the day saw only three points separating first and second place with the third placed team 49 points behind the winner. It was a close competition and everyone was a winner on the day but as always a team needs to be recognised and be presented with the silverware!
In third place which was an incredible effort considering the team had been up before 4am (not so unusual in the aquatic industry) and then driven 450kms to compete with a score of 499 points was Geraldton Aquarena. In second placing was the Mandurah #1 with a score of 545 and the winner on the day with 548 points was Riverton Leisureplex #2. It was a great win by the City of Canning Team who were very proud winners of the 2017 LIWA Aquatics Pool Lifeguard Challenge. See everyone again next year and keep up the training.

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Riverton Leisureplex #2

A review of drowning data over the past 5 years indicates there have been 50 drowning deaths in WA involving members of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Community, which represents 37% of all drowning deaths. Limited water safety awareness combined with alarmingly low participation levels in swimming and water safety programs are contributing factors to this over-representation of CaLD community members in the WA Drowning Report.

Royal Life Saving Society WA CEO Peter Leaversuch says "Often swimming and water safety education is overlooked by new migrants due to barriers such as cost and availability, and for many migrant women the issue of cultural modesty is extremely important. We're working hard to address these barriers to participation so that swimming, lifesaving and community education programs are appropriate and accessible to all Australians." Royal Life Saving Society WA is providing strong leadership and collaborating with government and non-government organisations to enact change, and this year we have placed a strong focus on fast tracking engagement with Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and African communities.

A taskforce was established in order to gather the collective knowledge of local agencies including Chung Wah, the Indian Society, settlement agencies, ISHAR, Communicare and the Office of Multicultural Interests to better understand the barriers, cultural understandings and adaptations needed for successful change in these communities. Royal Life Saving Society WA, in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Interests and the Department of Sport and Recreation has been conducting women's only swimming lessons since 2009. We now have 3 programs running across the metropolitan area at Merriwa, Balga and Cannington.

Mr Leaversuch says the program aims to enable women to feel comfortable taking part. "We wanted to address the concerns many CaLD women had expressed about swimming in an environment where men were present, as this poses a cultural problem for them. The classes are led by female instructors where the women can feel at ease. In some cases classes are even held behind closed doors." The lessons run for an 8 week period during school terms, with crèche and pool entry included. This term there are 58 participants taking part at Cannington, 30 at Balga and 16 at Merriwa.

Many of the women involved in these lessons have also been able to complete our Heart Beat Club program, which teaches basic first aid and CPR skills to assist them in caring for their children. One former participant in the program, Titisari Titisari, has even continued on to become a qualified swimming instructor, teaching Infant Aquatics classes at Cannington Leisureplex. Ms Titisari says the Women's Only lessons made it easy to learn to swim. "The lessons were great because they not only taught me how to swim safely and the correct stroke but it also provided me with things I needed to make it possible, like creche for my children, and advice on the safest and most appropriate clothing for Muslim women like myself to wear in the pool."

Royal Life Saving Society WA has also recently completed the development of a Swim Wear Guide, advising CaLD women about the options available to them as we seek to address cultural requirements. The guide explains the suitability of the different swim wear options in a variety of swimming environments to ensure the women are aware of the risks associated with some of the more modest options.

Mr Leaversuch says "This program, and the swim wear options provided, work together to give women the opportunity to experience learning to swim as an enjoyable pastime. It enables them to take part in something that is an important part of Australian life."

The Swimwear Guide will be shared with key stakeholders including:

• Lifeguards who will be able to effectively communicate with patrons why some swimwear options are only suitable for shallow water activities due to their weight and the restriction of movement.
• Swim instructors who will be able to help participants choose the right swimwear for their planned activities, as the wrong swimwear prohibits skill development.
• Participants who will be able to choose the options best for their activity, making physical activity enjoyable and fun.

The information in the guide will be communicated via a range of platforms including signage at centres, handouts at reception, cue cards for lifeguards, instructors and resources such as videos and personal stories to be shared online.

 Click on this link to download the Guide Swim Wear Guide

 

Aflex Technology has commenced the year with the appointment of Business Manager, Frank Witowski. With extensive experience from operating his own highly successful businesses for many years, Witowski has been welcomed to the Aflex Technology team to manage day-today business functions and assist the company's continued growth. Managing Director Martin Stratford says Witowski's background will be a valuable asset to Aflex, stating "Frank brings an extensive range of skills in business management and will implement the strategy for the next phase of growth, with a focus on the global export market."
General Manager Karen Stratford will move into an Executive role, and continue as a Director at Aflex. Aflex Technology has an extensive range of New Zealand made inflatable products for open water, commercial pools and land. Witowski's appointment comes at a busy time for the company, with enormous opportunities in the inflatable water park and commercial pool inflatable categories. Witowksi commenced his role at Aflex Technology on January 4th 2017.

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An Aflex George in Action

LIWA Aquatics members and regional communities will benefit from funding for safety and training through the Community Pool Revitalisation Program.  Speaking in Merredin on Wednesday, Sport and Recreation Minster Mia Davies said $176,272 would go tothe  Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics for a range of initiatives.  "For example, this money gives provision to offer financial assistance to 100 pool lifeguards to requalify in regional WA and the purchase of 95 lifesaving mannequins for in-house and community training."

The funding will also cover:

  • Eight audits of regional pools to achieve Waterwise specification
  • 10 full scholarships to regional female industry participants to undertake pool operations training
  • 30 Funded  Pool Operations Training Course positions for regional participants

The Minister said safe and well-maintained facilities were important to encourage greater participation in sport and active recreation.  "A community pool should never be underestimated in its ability, not only to teach people about water safety and be a fun place to swim, but to also act as a hub for local community life," she said. "Especially in regional Western Australia, pools often form the social centre of many towns and communities."

Late last year, 91 pools and four water playgrounds received $2,923,728 in funding through the Community Pool Revitalisation Program.  Eligible regional local governments can apply for up to $32,000 towards pool upgrades, maintenance, equipment, staff development or a reduction of pool entry costs. The money can also be put towards a capital project.

Minister Davies was also on hand to present a Long Service Order Award to long standing Royal Life Saving Trainer Judy Jefferys for her contribution the community over 22 years

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Minister Davies and Judy Jefferys

 

 

The Royal Life Saving's job board is up and running and LIWA Aquatics encourage all work places in the aquatic and recreation industry to advertise their jobs on this site. The job board allows you to post your current vacancies and reach out to job seekers in Western Australia who are looking for work in the aquatic, sport and recreation, fitness, leisure and fitness industries. The best thing about the Royal Life Saving job board is that it specifically targets people interested in your vacancies and they don't have to go through a number of jobs that aren't relevant to them.

The job board is promoted through Royal Life Saving's website as well as on social media and email campaigns to people who have completed a course with Royal Life Saving as well as people who register as a job seeker.

If you would like more information or to register and advertise on the Royal Life Saving job board please contact the office on (08) 9383 8200 or click on this link:

header-logoThe Shire was recently named as the winner of the Excellence in Inclusive Community Design Award at the National Disability Awards ceremony on 7 November.  The judging panel concluded that Collie was a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant community that prioritises compliance with accessibility standards across its CBD infrastructure, buildings and facilities. It is committed to delivering the highest standard of accessibility, and has undertaken a number of recent improvements to increase accessibility for people with disability.

A highlight includes an upgrade to the town's 50-metre Olympic-size swimming pool to incorporate purpose-built ramp access for wheelchair users and people with impaired mobility.

Click this link for the full story:

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New Ramp Access at the Collie Pool

 

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