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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. https://lifesavingwa.com.au/jobs-board/job-seeker-registration

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: https://lifesavingwa.com.au/jobs-board/employer-dashboard/employer-registration

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.

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A great farewell for Llew in Exmouth

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 www.watercorporation.com.au  

 

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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Find the latest report and industry research undertaken by Royal Life Saving on behalf of LIWA Aquatics. Click on this link for report Bigger Better Safer

Nelson-based Aflex Technology has added another impressive inflatable waterpark to its international repertoire this month, with the launch of their custom-built obstacle course for Plantation Island Resort in Fiji.

The resort's new waterpark boasts six modules from Aflex's Aqua Adventure Series including their iconic Action Tower and innovative spring-free Aqua Trampoline – the newest addition to the series. Manufactured from commercial-grade PVC at their factory in Nelson, New Zealand, the waterpark was designed to suit the water depths, location and other specific requirements of Plantation Island Resort's beachfront.

With safety as paramount for Aflex, a number of considerations were taken into account for the waterpark's configuration, such as the inclusion of their unique Re-entry Pods to enable users to safely climb back on or off the waterpark without difficulty. The modules are joined with Aflex's exclusive Velcro-free connecting sleeve technology that does not risk separation under load.
Specialists in aquatic and land-based inflatable fun as well as engineered marine innovations and other custom PVC projects, all Aflex products are proudly New Zealand made. Proving their strengths of innovation, customisation and high quality craftsmanship, the company now boasts an international client base spanning 18 countries.

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Photos: Steven Neville of Auckland Sports Photograph

WorkSafe, a division of the Department of Commence is initiating a project on occupational safety and health in the Inflatable Waterslide amusement industry. The project will be conducted in the 2015/16 financial year.  

The project is designed to assist employers in this industry meet their occupational safety and health (OSH) duties by providing information and ensuring Employers understand their obligations under OSH legislation.

The attached WorkSafe publication "Inflatable Water Slides" contains much of the required information for Pool Operators who have Inflatable Water Slides and devices on site. There is now a requirement that structures within the scope of Australian Standard AS 3533 other than Class 1 devices be registered with WorkSafe. The issue for Pool Operators is that the typical pool inflatable used in our pools cannot be classified en masse to determine its Class and if in fact it needs to be registered with WorkSafe.

LIWA Aquatics understanding of the matter is that each installation is site specific and will need to be assessed by a Competent Person as per page three of the attached OSH Newsletter.  It is likely after discussions with WorkSafe that all Pool Inflatables will need to be registered as they will be classified as above Class 1. WorkSafe has provide two names to LIWA Aquatics of individuals who may be able to assist your organisation in the determination of the Class inflatable you have and if it does in fact need to be registered with WorkSafe.

All operators of inflatables need to be well aware of the requirements of AS 3533 but need to also focus on these three key areas:

  • Blowers must be fixed and secured
  • Blowers must be protected by an RCD
  • Blowers must be guarded from the public
  • Blowers must have a prohibition notice to warn public from touching them

Click on this link for the newsletter and information.

Click on this link for list of competent persons provided by WorkSafe

 

tails2Meramid tails have become a hot topic on a range of media outlets, with many being critcal of the toys and sighting them as dangerous. Below is an extract from the Sydney Morning Herald that sumarises the issue.  A nunmber of WA Aquatic Facilities have banned their use while others are yet to formulate a position on there use.

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Please find below the nomination form for the 2016 Pool Lifeguard Challenge. The event is going to be held at HBF Stadium (Formerly Challenge Stadium) on the 18th of February 2016.

Further details of the day and the events will be sent out to you soon. We are looking forward to the event and hope that everyone else is too.

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