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

The Royal Life Saving Society WA is currently requesting expressions of interest from LIWA Aquatics Accredited Pool Operators for ongoing contract work in Western Australia. We have several exciting opportunities available that may be of interest to you. We require all applicants to hold current LIWA Aquatics Accreditation, Pool Lifeguard and First Aid Awards. If you are interested or would like to know more about these opportunities please contact Lyn Coleshaw on 9383 8200 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please do not hesitate to e-mail your resume for consideration.

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.


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.

Registration Form

The latest Edition of the Aquatic Recreation Australia Magazine is out now.

View the e-Mag version here 

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On behalf of the Board of LIWA Aquatics I would like to wish all members a happy Christmas and New Year. I realise it is a busy time on pool decks across the state and that the warm weather will have people flocking to our pools.
The aquatic industry in this state has a wonderful safety record and I urge you to continually re-enforce the Watch Around Water message every day and in every way you can. Through this message you empower parents and guardians to take their supervision responsibilities seriously and look after their own children in the water. Don't shy away from difficult conversations on the deck as summer brings out new users to our facilities who may not be aware of their role and expectations at your pool.
To all the LIWA Aquatics family have a wonderful time with your families and when back on deck on Boxing Day, always Watch Around Water.

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The Amata Pool in remote South Australia is looking for a manager. The pool manager gets a house with all utilities, plus a locality allowance (of approximately $10K) on top of a $55K salary.

Click here for the position description.

Contact: Greg Wirth

Amata Anangu School
Ph. (08) 8956 2922 / 0434 184 167
Sat Phone 0417 153 801
Fax (08) 8956 7554
PMB 113 Via Alice Springs
Alice Springs Private Bags
SA 0872


Aflex1Nelson-based Aflex Technology transformed Kaiteriteri Beach on Saturday 28th November into a unique inflatable aquatic playground. A fun day for Aflex staff, their family and friends, the company also welcomed beachgoers on the day to join in and play. The inflatable waterpark, measuring an impressive 45 metres long and made up of 18 heavy-duty PVC modules, attracted the young and the young-at-heart alike, providing plenty of fun and challenge for all ages.
100% New Zealand owned and operated, Aflex Technology designs and manufactures inflatable products using flexible fabric technology and exports worldwide to more than 15 countries. Market leaders in the commercial pool inflatable category, the company saw an opportunity to diversify into open water inflatables, known as their 'Aqua Adventure' series. Aflex waterparks around the world include a custom Cartoon Network waterpark in the Bahamas, a waterpark in the UK and another custom-designed waterpark currently being shipped to Dubai. The modular design and unique connecting sleeves of the Aqua Adventure series enables endless configuration possibilities to cater to many locations, budgets and other specific requirements.
Saturday was an opportunity for the Aflex team to enjoy their products out on the water, which are always inflated for testing at their Haven Road factory, but not very often does the whole team have the chance to experience first-hand all of the modules configured into a functional waterpark. Despite the waterpark being set up and packed down in a day at Kaiteriteri, the durable Aqua Adventure products are designed to be anchored in a lagoon, lake, or beachfront for months at a time.
With water safety being of the company's upmost importance, the Nelson Surf Lifesaving Club joined Aflex for the day out on the water ensuring all users were having fun and keeping safe.
The company is no stranger to land-based inflatables, too. In July this year, a 600 metre long inflatable slide designed and manufactured by Aflex for charity Live More Awesome, was verified by Guinness World Records as the world's longest inflatable waterslide, and was featured in a full-length episode of Travel Channel's Xtreme Waterparks series.


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