Country Pool Managers Seminar
News relating to the Annual Country Pool Managers Seminar in the Southern and Wheatbelt regions of WA.
- Category: Country Pool Managers Seminar
- Written by Steve Good
- Created: 02 November 2016
The 2016 Country Seminar roadshow began in Collie on the 20th of October and wound up the following week on the 27th in Corrigin. Once again this year the event was very well supported by both members and the corporate sector of our industry with 70 delegates attending both events.
LIWA Aquatics Vice President Chris Blankley once again embraced the role of MC/Moderator of the Seminar and welcomed all members to the event with the advice that we were there to share and learn from each other. It is a key outcome of the regional forums that members get to discuss their issues within their cohort, be it with equipment servicing or ways to attract staff to the regions – the knowledge is often in the room.
The Corrigin Delegates
The delegates were then welcomed to Collie by Councillor Gary Faries who gave some background to the community's current development program and of course the major redevelopment of the Collie Mine Workers Memorial Pool. Venues for our regional seminars are traditionally based around the latest re-developments of the pool facilities as it highlights the improvements and importance of maintaining these valuable community assets. Collie was chosen this year has it gave its longstanding manager Maurice Dhue the opportunity to showcase his new pool to the industry for the first time.
As we all know Maurice loves to chat but more than that he is incredibly proud of his community and the pool he has managed for nearly 30 years – yes 30 years! The project was many years in the planning and had some hiccups along the way but the final outcome is a wonderful testament to the Shire of Collie, Brian McDonald from Wetdeck Pools and of course Maurice. Even with some push back from the community when the price was increased to $5.00 for an adult entry the attendance levels have increased nearly 50% on the same time the previous year.
Maurice is a great supporter of Watch Around Water and it is wonderful to see the information below at the top of the pools website page. http://bit.ly/2fZ0NBm Check out the site for more information.
The pool is also a 'Watch Around Water' pool. Children under 10 years of age will not be admitted without a parent or appropriate guardian of at least 16 years of age. All children under the age of 5 years must be within arm's reach of their accompanying adult at all times.
The Sparkling Collie Pool
After a most enjoyable site visit and some very nourishing scones with jam and cream the delegates participated in a range of presentations and workshops for the rest of the day that included relevant discussion on:
• The status of the industry 2015/16
• Dealing with conflict in the workplace
• Emergency response preparedness for remote operators
• Watch Around Water 2016/17 planning and development
• WorkSafe requirements for operating Continuous Airflow Inflatables
• Pool Lifeguard Training developments
At the end of each day Chris moderates a session that involves all delegates and gives them the opportunity to discuss the past season and the plans for the next. It is wonderful to hear from the members as they share the stories of attendance numbers, maintenance issues, program successes, weather events and plans for the future.
Maurice's New Plant Room
The following week the travelling roadshow headed for Corrigin on Wednesday to set up for the following morning at the Shires Resource Centre. The countryside was looking spectacular on the drive out and the fun of staying in regional motels followed by a pub meal is always worth the effort. There were a number of corporate members who enjoyed a night in the Wheatbelt and we thank them for their great contribution and attendance.
• Greg (First Class) Jones from Chadson Engineering
• John Shenton and Peter Lambert from Shenton Enterprise
• Mick Doughty and Ryan Glass from Commercial Aquatics Australia
• Ed Mordarski from Sigma Chemicals
• Justin Hitchcock from Austral Pools
• Ben Coyne from Vendart
• Sue Warner from Austswim
It is a big effort from these great supporters of LIWA Aquatics and we really value their attendance and support of the Wheatbelt and North West Seminars.
The Corrigin Seminar was opened by CEO Rob Paull who was effusive in his praise of not only the Shires Pool Manager, Rachel Bairstow but of the managers in the room and the role they play in their respective communities. It was incredibly refreshing to hear these articulated by a senior figure in local government and importantly that Rob clearly saw the value pools had to regional communities. His presentation highlighted the significant development that has been undertaken in the past 10 years at Corrigin which culminated with the opening of a hydrotherapy pool a couple of years ago.
2016 Delegates in Collie
The delegates then enjoyed a visit to the pool and facilities conducted by Rachel followed by a morning tea in the courtyard and chance to catch up and chat with managers from across the Wheatbelt. The rest of the day followed the same format as Collie and once again wound up with Chris's session of "Round the Pools". This year we had two great days in the country Maintaining the Network and I would like to thank all the delegates for attending, Maruice Dhue, Rachel Bairstow and Heather Ives and single out Steve Good, Lauren Nimmo, Tavis Doye and of course Chris Blankley for their continued support of LIWA Aquatics regional members.
See you next year.
- Conflict Discussion (Chris Blankley)
- Inflatable Update Review (Tony Head)
- Changes to RLSS Training (Steve Good)
- Pool Super Vision Reveiw (Tony Head)
- RLSS State of Industry Report
- Category: Country Pool Managers Seminar
- Written by Tony Head
- Created: 21 June 2016
The 20th Annual LIWA Aquatics Regional Seminars will be conducted on Thursday the 20th of October in Collie and the following week on the 27th of October in Corrigin. The events will showcase the new Collie facility and the hydrotherapy pool and redevelopment of the Corrigin Aquatic Centre.
The program and registrations will be available in early September. The Board of LIWA Aquatics hopes to see as many of our regional members in attendance as possible.
- Category: Country Pool Managers Seminar
- Written by Tony Head
- Created: 08 December 2014
LIWA Aquatics Board Members along with Llew Withers from the WA Health Department and Lauren Nimmo from RLSSWA hit the road in October and clocked up over 1500 km's to present our annual country seminars in Mukinbudin and Manjimup.
These two events attracted over 90 delegates including, trade supporters and presenters many that travelled for many hours to attend. For some it was just up the road 100 km's but for Billy and Kobie from Esperance it was a 1300 km round trip. This shows wonderful support from the regional Shires and it demonstrates to the LIWA Aquatics Board that the country seminars still retain their relevance even after 18 years.
Mukinbudin CEO Stuart and Shire President Gary
The road trip started in Muckinbudin on a beautiful day in a wonderful location overlooking a vibrant green oval across to the recently renovated Muka Pool. The seminar was officially opened by the Shire President Gary Shadbolt who was heavily involved in the pool refurbishment. Gary spoke with both passion and pride how the project had evolved and was effusive in his praise of the contractors Wetdeck Pools and the end product that was delivered to the community. Shire CEO Stuart Billingham was also on hand to discuss the further opportunities for development and the staged approach that the Shire has adopted with the refurbishment of the Muka Pool.
In Manjimup we were welcomed by CEO Andrew Campbell and Evy Apeldoorn, Manager, Recreation and Facilities. Andrew gave some great insight into the Shire and its development as designated Supertown. Supertowns are a State Government initiative seeking to plan for the town's expansion over the next 30 years, to provide a vibrant and attractive rural location to help absorb the expectant doubling of the Western Australian population. In July 2011, Manjimup was selected as one of nine Supertowns, offering more choices for people wanting to live in regional areas and provide an attractive alternative to living in the metropolitan area.
Wendy, Kaye and Fran
This development has been a key driver behind the Manjimup Regional Aquatic Facility that has seen the installation of a range of energy efficiencies installed over the past 12-18 months. Evy updated the delegates on the work that had been completed and the work that is proposed in the future. The Geothermal Project aims to reduce the heating cost of the Manjimup Pool. The installation of Ground Source Heating that extracts heat from a depth of 30 meters at 18C is then transferred to the heat pumps system. The overall project costs were $775,250 providing a potential saving of $35,000 per annum in electricity and energy costs.
After the initial welcomes the delegates headed out to the facilities for a site visited to the respective facilities. Mukinbudin is an outdoor pool in the Wheatbelt and Manjimup is a multi-purposed indoor facility in the South West of the state. Both were beautifully presented and a credit to the local shires, the managers and the staff at the facilities. This is a great opportunity for the delegates to look through the plant rooms and get an understanding of the VSD technology installed at both venues and to discuss operating issues with their peers and some of the trade suppliers participating in the seminar.
The Crew and Manji
Back into the seminar rooms after the site visits it was time for some networking and morning tea before the first formal session of the day was delivered by LIWA Aquatics Board Member Peter Leaversuch. Leavo updated the delegates on the results of the "2012/13 State of the Industry Report". This report focuses on injury data, pool audit results and general data collection from our facilities and is funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation and complied by the research team at RLSSWA. Interestingly much of the data collection is coordinated by the RLSSWA Call Centres that are located in Manjimup and Bridgetown.
The report provides a great deal of relevant information for the industry and provides data on areas that are performing well and recommendations for areas that may need attention. The ability for our industry to have this data on hand on an annual basis is critical as we strive for continuous improvement in all keys areas of operation.
Following on from Peter was Llew Withers from the WA Health Department and this year Llew focused on the changes to Table 8 "Microbiological Water Standards" in the Code of Practice. Llew provided a great deal of relevant practical information to the delegates on how to deal with Path West results that may have adverse findings. The discussions around the detection of Thermophilic Amoebae at both seminars and how to deal proved very interesting for the managers. Llew also provided a brief history of Thermophilic Naegleria and informed managers not to test scheme water and to provide backwash samples only once a year. The revised Table 8 is a very clear guideline for managers and provides all the relevant direction for ensuring compliance against the Code if your facility returns a contaminated result from the Laboratory.
Lauren and Zac from Mt Barker
The final presentation before lunch was conducted by our Watch Around Water Manager Lauren Nimmo. The session was very much in a workshop format and provided delegates with the opportunity to discuss issues around the new resources, training aids and the development of the program. Lauren's key message was one of the need for managers to promote the program at every opportunity in the community and support their staff in its implementation on the pool deck. Lauren rounded of her presentation by presenting the Shire of Merredin and the Shire of Plantagenet with new mobile signs for the front entrance of their facilities. LIWA Aquatics purchased these signs to recognise the great work of these two Local Governments in promoting the Watch Around Water message in their communities.
Lunch is always a great time to catch and chat but also time to enjoy the catering provided by the regional communities and this year's winner was the Mukinbudin PC for their supply of homemade cakes, sausage rolls and beautiful fresh sandwiches. It was great to see CEO Stuart bring in a fresh plate of homemade cakes as his family's contribution to the fund raiser.
After the refuel it was time for another workshop that focused on the types of incidents that may force the closure of a pool and the steps required to remediate the pool before it can be reopened to public. Llew Withers facilitated the session with the assistance of Karin, Steve and Chris and the long term outcome is to have a prescriptive document to assist managers faced with this type of problem in the workplace.
John Simmonds finally being presented with his 2014 Presidents Award for Excellence
Chris Blankley then provided a very informative session of his recent experience with the redevelopment process of the Bilgoman Aquatic Centre. Chris was able to provide a range of tips and potential pitfalls to watch out for when undertaking a major redevelopment of an aquatic facility. The way Chris was able to track the progress of the scope of works, make changes where necessary and effectively project manage the development to ensure the best possible outcome for the Shire of Mundaring was a very interesting to all the delegates.
A room with a view in Manjimup
The final presentation of the day was left to Steve Good who provided a range of updates on the changes to RLSSWA Pool Lifeguard and the move to more online assessment as well as the proposed changes to the Pool Operations Training in 2015. The continued development of our training is critical and Steve's strong IT background has seen the programs developed and enhanced over the past two years. As the man responsible for LIWA Aquatics IT as well Steve was also able to update the delegates on the new website and improvements to the site.
It was then back to our MC Chris Blankley to wrap up the day with his "Around the Pools" session which provides a great opportunity for all delegates to update the collective group on the past season and the plans for the season just around the corner. It is a lot fun and a great way to finish the day.
Chris then thanked all the delegates for attending and singled out our corporate supporters Sigma Chemicals, Commercial Aquatics Australia, Shenton Engineering, KASA Consulting and Malcolm Thompson Pumps for taking the time to attend and support the event. He thanked the host venues, the Shire of Mukinbudin and the Shire of Manjimup for their support in "Maintaining the Network" in 2014.
- Category: Country Pool Managers Seminar
- Written by Tony Head
- Created: 22 October 2009
This year the Narembeen Recreation and Aquatic Centre was the venue for the 13th Annual LIWA Aquatics Country Pool Managers seminar. There was an excellent response to the seminar with over 35 people in attendance and considering the distance it was great to see delegates from as far away as Albany, Esperance and Norseman.
- Category: Country Pool Managers Seminar
- Written by Chris Blankley
- Created: 28 October 2008
12th Annual Country Pool Managers Seminar
"Maintaining the Network"
This year's Country Pool Managers Seminar was held in Waroona which is 108 km south of Perth.
The Shire of Waroona stretches from 'sea to scarp' ie the Indian Ocean to the Darling Range.
There was an excellent response with 38 pool managers (and 49 delegates in total) in attendance from the Wheatbelt, South-West, Great Southern and Peel regions.
The quality of presentations was a feature. The seminar was able to attracted Marg Hemsley, Director of Risk Management from the Local Government Insurance Service, Alex McKenzie, Executive Director of the Royal Life Saving Society and Gary Johnson, Technical Officer- Swimming Pools from the Tamworth Regional Council.
The Seminar was officially opened by Cr Noel Dew, Shire President of Shire of Waroona. Vanessa Chrisp (Centre Manager) guided delegates on an informative tour of the facility. The Waroona Recreation and Aquatic Centre is one of the most innovative indoor heated pools in WA. The aquatic area consists of a six lane salt water pool with a water slide and a toddler's pool with fountains. The pool caters for lap swimmers, recreational swimmers, private lessons, swimming clubs, aqua-aerobics, school and other clubs and vacation and in term swimming lessons. The centre also caters for squash, badminton, indoor hockey, cricket, netball, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, karate etc as well as social functions, meetings and seminars.
Our keynote presentation from Gary Johnson was titled 'Coronial Inquests - An experiential guide'. Gary began his aquatic career in 1986 with Burning Palms Surf Life Saving Club and currently works for the recently amalgamated Tamworth Regional Council in NSW, overseeing the operation of six public swimming pools in the area.
In 2001 Gary was required to appear before a Coroner as part of an inquest into the death of a 2 year old boy who drowned at the Gunnedah facility while he was on duty. Gary shared his experience. He highlighted the point that while there is a lot of information on preventing drowning little information existed on what happens when prevention fails.
The presentation clarified the role of the Coroner, his powers and the diverse range of parties involved in an inquest. Detail was provided on what happens after a drowning from an emotional and operational level - how it affects you, your team and your life.,,, It was a most compelling and moving presentation.
'It really pleases me to talk about this matter. The responsibilities our Lifeguards carry are seldom recognised and they can occasionally find themselves on the receiving end of the very thing they set out to prevent.' [Gary Johnson]
Peter Leaversuch provided an outline of the process Royal Life Saving undertakes when it is called upon as an expert witness to review drowning incidents. A causation framework or checklist was provided to delegates.
Marg Hemsley rounded off this topic was a presentation titled 'Resilience, Support, Survival'. It was great for delegates to learn about the vast array services provided by LGIS which included;
Training in communication and stress management
Assistance with development of systems and processes
Counselling and critical incident debriefing
LGIS also fund Royal Life Saving and LIWA deliver:
Risk assessments, training and facilitation
24-hour Pools Hotline (9771 6196)
After lunch, Health Department representative, Jared Koutsoukos provided a summary of issues being considered by the Aquatic Facility 'Working Party' and also the important role operators of public facilities could play in mentoring and assisting the hotel and caravan park industries.
The next session was a workshop where all delegates moved through three areas of interest in;
How to read your water examination laboratory water sample results (what do they really mean,
Water Testing and Chemical Handling.
There were some great questions and sharing of information between all.
Clint Klymovich from the Department of Sport and Recreation focused on the important role aquatic centres play in terms of community development, sport, health and fitness.
Karin Kelly spoke about the new Code of Practice's requirement for the Accreditation of all Group 1 Pool Operators and the new LIWA Accreditation Certificate which is to remain with the Aquatic Facility and made available, when requested by an Environmental Health Officer.
Next, Lauren Nimmo presented an overview of Watch Around Water program for 2008, identifying new resources including new poster designs and promotional materials. The program's success was attributed to the strong commitment of Pool Mangers working together on this important community message.
Heather Preston presented Pool Life Guard and Pool Operations training statistics and undertook a 'validation' process to gather feedback that will ensure these programs continue to meet industry needs.
The "Around the pools" session gave everyone an opportunity to pass on what's been happening in their facility and explain about some of their issues, programs, problems and projects.
The wrap up came with delegates being thanked for their participation in an enlightening seminar and thanks was also extended to the sponsors who generosity allows these seminars to happen.
Finally, big thanks to Karin Kelly for her vision and drive which made this Seminar a great success.
LIWA Aquatics is again here to help those in the Aquatics Industry whether in the city or regional centres to achieve a way of "Maintaining the Network".
Vice President - LIWA Aquatics