LIWA Aquatics was presented with the CEO's Award for Water Efficency at the recent Water Corporation stakeholders event.  The citation for the award presented by Ms Eva Skira Chair of Water Corporation read as follow:

  • This is awarded to a Waterwise Partner that has worked collaboratively with the Corporation to deliver outstanding water efficiency outcomes in their industry or business sector.
  • Winner: Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics
  • Water Corporation has partnered with LIWA Aquatics since 2010. Together we have collaborated on numerous research projects to identify water use trends in aquatic centres and water efficiency opportunities.
  • LIWA Aquatics has been a proactive advocate for water efficiency by inviting the Corporation to speak annually at their State Conference and publish articles in their industry journal.
  • In 2012 LIWA Aquatics became the first industry body representing a non-residential segment to be endorsed as a Waterwise Partner. In 2013 we launched the Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program in partnership with LIWA Aquatics and to date have successfully endorsed 31 aquatic centres across the state as Waterwise.
  • As a direct result of this partnership the aquatics industry has collectively reduced their water consumption by 13% since 2008. This is an estimated 700 billion litres of water, which is a commendable achievement.

This was a great achivement for LIWA Aquatics and one members can be justly proud of as we strive to protect our environment and protect our precious resources.


LIWA Aquatics Board Member Nick Wilkinson, Water Corporation Chair Eva Skira and LIWA Aquatics Executive Offcer Tony Head

Official Opening of the new Gnowangerup Community Swimming Pool

Official Opening of the new Gnowangerup Swimming Pool will go down in history as a milestone event for the Shire of Gnowangerup. The Opening took place on Saturday 5th November and was attended by close to 400 people. The event showcased the new 2.6 million dollar purpose built facility and its new fun features including modern seating and picnic facilities, fully landscaped surrounds, beach entry, heating, solar panels, refurbished change rooms, water features, shaded areas, purple BBQ and custom made bridge.


The weather could not have been better with a perfect 34 degree day and no wind. Amongst the crowds, dignitaries also enjoyed the sun including the Honorable Tuck Waldron, Ross Thornton, Chair of the Great Southern Development Commission Board, Darren Beazley, CEO of Swimming WA, Robbie Miniter Representative of the local Noongar community and Wirrapanda Foundation, Wayne Pech, Chair of the Gnowangerup Sporting Complex,  Paul De Jong from McCorkell Construction and Gnowangerup Shire Councillors.



Special guests also joined the festivities included a number of representatives from surrounding Shires, Chris Thompson from Department of Sport and Recreation, Tony Head from the Leisure and Aquatic Industry Association, Kathryn Clare from Triathlon WA and Merv Alymore and his wife Di whose father donated the land for the previous town swimming pool located at Alymore Springs. The Pool was officially opened by Tuck Waldron, Keith House, Shire President and Ross Thornton. The Shire President acknowledged the support of the multiple funders which included The Department of Sport and Recreation, The Department of Regional Development, The Great Southern Development Commission, Lotterywest and The Gnowangerup Sporting Complex. President House also commended the suppliers, community supporters and Shire staff for their hard work in seeing the project from inception to completion.


Once the official proceedings were wrapped up, Peter Rundle and Keith House had the first swim... a race... commentated by Tuck Waldron.
The rest of the day was jam packed with exciting features including sausage sizzle provided by volunteers from Youngernow Mallefowl Centre, bouncy castles, bungee run giant Jenga and Connect 4 , massive dry slide, a live radio broadcast on Hot FM and a triathlon.
The Shire would like to thank all staff and volunteers for making the day a fantastic success!

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.


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!


RLSSWA's Labour Hire Service provides a range of suitably qualified 'Aquatic Industry Professionals' for short term contract roles throughout Western Australia. Given the high level of training and experience that our State based industry demands, there have also been instances of interstate contract work available.

The aim of this service is to ensure continuity of Aquatic Centre operations in times of need and provides short term:
• Facility Managers,
• Pool Operators,
• Duty Managers,
• Lifeguards, and
• Event First Aid Personnel

RLSSWA is currently accepting expressions of interest from those who are interested in becoming a Contractor. The profile of a RLSSWA Labour Hire Contractor will have:
• Extensive industry experience and a diverse set of Aquatic related skills
• Well developed ability to problem solve and build immediate workplace rapport
• High level service focus
• LIWA Aquatics Accreditation, Current Pool Operations, Pool Lifeguard and First Aid qualifications
• Ability to provide Police Clearances, Working with Children Checks and Workplace Medical clearance where required
• A well balanced, calm approach and positive attitude

To register for consideration as a RLSSWA Labour Hire contractor please forward your brief profile (specialist skills, strengths, availability), CV and contact details of at least two references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To chat further about this Service please call Travis Doye on 9383 8200.

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:

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

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  


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.


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:

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