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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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The NSW State Coroner has criticised the operators and the supervisors on the pool deck in relation to the death by drowning of an 8 year girl at the Glenbrook Public Pool.  This article is a must read for all Pool Managers and Lifeguards as we head into a busy summer.  I urge you all to paste this article in the staff room and bring Watch Around Water to the front of mind for all your staff.

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At the recent Recreation Industry Awards night hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation your President Jeff Fondacaro was recognised with a Special Achievement Award for his contribution to the aquatic industry.  The award was presented to Jeff by Life Member Karin Kelly at the gala dinner that his held b-annually in conjunction with the Active Conference.

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At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia (Inc) four of the organisations professional staff where presented with Life Membership of the Society for their outstanding contribution to water safety.  The four staff members are very well known to LIWA Aquatics members and it was wonderful recognition for their commitment to our industry.

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The Department of Health have made some changes to the Code reflective of October 2009.  These are mainly in the Cateory 2, 3 and 4 pools but it is good to have the latest copy on your desk.

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