This is the link to the new the Swimming Pool News website - the hardback journal has been informing the aquatic industry in the UK pool and spa industry since 1959.  It is worth a look at as the industry face similar problems as we do and this is a quality journal full of relevant information on a wide range of issues.

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The further growth and development of Watch Around Water is being enhanced through the partnership of Aquatic Recreation Victoria and Life Saving Victoria.  This article below demonstrates how well the community has accepted the program in its local pools and the positive benefits of parental supervision.

Given the tragedy at another Victorian Pool over the weekend one can only surmise if the outcome of that family's visit to their local pool may have been different if Watch Around Water had been in place.

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We have had yet another tragedy in a Public Swimming Pool in Victoria over the weekend.  With the hot weather and crowds of people enjoying the facilities please ensure you and your staff remain vigilant and continue to promote parental supervision and Watch Around Water at all times.

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For more than 16 years, John Graham shaped the direction of sport and recreation in Western Australia as leader of what is now recognised and the Department of Sport and Recreation. John led the agency during the 1970's and 1980's. The John Graham Award recognises his contribution to the industry,

In turn, this award is presented to a person who has contributed exceptional service to the sport and recreation inudstry over a long period of time. Representatives of each Peak Body each nominated one candidate from their sector , The John Graham award is then chosen from this elite group.                 And the winner is ..............................

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The 2010 Pool Lifeguard Challenge will be conducted at Challenge Stadium on Thursday the 18th of February.  LIWA Aquatics     has supported this event since its inception and urges Managers to get behind this industry sponsored event.

We all understand the importance of having well trained staff on the pool deck and the timing of this event has been modified to ensure your Lifeguards are coming out of a busy start to summer.  This should ensure that  all participants in the Lifeguard Challenge are tuned into the aquatic environment and how to respond appropriately in an emergency situation.

Please consider entering a team as it is provides and opportunity to see how your team responds under pressure, introduces them to other professional lifeguards and provides a social opportunity for them after the event.

Register your team now and support this event!

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Singapore Sports Council and Western Australian Sports Institutions to strengthen ties in the areas of Sports Safety and High Performance

 Singapore, 8 December 2009

Aiming to further develop friendly relations and sports collaborations between Singapore and the State of Western Australia, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation (WA, DSR), Royal Life Saving Society, Western Australia (RLSS, WA) and Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) today at the Float at Marina Bay. 

Read the full text of the MOU in the report below.

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At the recent Department of Sport and Recreation Active 09 Conference delegates were provided with an update of the Water and Energy Efficient Aquatics Centre Project.  The project aims to develop an interactive tool to assist the industry make best practice decisions on how better to manage our resources and reduce our carbon footprint. 

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challenge1On Friday the 27th November 2009 at 6:20am, a 53 year old patron fell unconscious and sank to the bottom of the outdoor 8 lane pool at Challenge Stadium, during swim training for the upcoming 2010 Rottnest Channel Swim.

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merry_xmasOn behalf of the Board of LIWA Aquatics     I would like to wish all our members across Western Australia and the Eastern States a very happy and safe Xmas and New Year Period.  While the rest of the country slips into holiday mode aquatic facility managers across Australia head into peak season.  The west coast has had a great start to the season with some warm days getting patrons thinking about heading to the pool again.

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The crisis of drownings and near misses continues in Queensland with the successful resuscitation of a 6 year old boy at the Bluewater Lagoon in Mackay.  Once again Lifeguards have beeen called into action to rescue and resuscitate the child when he was seperated from his mother at the facility.  One issue that arises from this article is that mother had four young children with her at the facility and became distracted when feeding a younger sibiling of the child that got into distress. How many young children can one person effectively supervise in this environment?

Pool Lifeguards must have the ability and confidence to intervene in these situations and ensure that parents of young children are aware of the policy's in place surronding the supervison of children in the aquatic environment.  The Keep Watch message referred to in the article relates to the home pool environment not public aquatic facilities. 

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  1. PO Box 726, Hillarys, WA 6923
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