Training & Development

Information relating to Training and Professional Development, Accreditation and Qualification Requirements.

The Australasian Council for the Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety (AUSTSWIM) and Swimming New Zealand (SNZ) are pleased to announce a new partnership agreement aimed at providing a single training qualification supported by wider coverage of courses across New Zealand.

AUSTSWIM and Swimming New Zealand have formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together with an aim to finalise details of the partnership shortly.

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Competency based training has been firmly entrenched in the Western Australian Aquatic Industry since 2001. As an industry we were the first state in Australia to embrace this form of training and through professional development and forums it was well understood and supported. It also lead to an improvement in facilities in the way in which documents and procedures were developed and stored. More than one pool manager indicated that the on-the-job requirement of the Pool Operations Training Course had seen them get started on an operations manual.
Fast forward to 2017 and whilst the names and codes of the units of competence have changed over the years the process of assessment and workplace supervision still has many similarities to the original 2001 documentation. Whilst there have been some wonderful and well presented assessments received, in recent times Royal Life Saving Assessors have noticed that there are some facilities and some supervisors who have become for want of a better word, lack in their responsibilities when supervising a student completing the on-the-job assessment.


This form of training and assessment is not a quick fix for the individual or the facility, but one that needs to assure the industry and the members of the public, that the accredited LIWA Aquatics member on the pool deck has the technical skills required to operate the plant and equipment and the ability to respond appropriately in an emergency situation.
More and more industry assessors are coming across photocopies of operating documents that are being submitted as evidence for a candidate's ability to undertake a range of tasks during the assessment process. There are no assessable task that is inclusive of the student's ability to use a photocopier in this assessment process.
Training and development is no doubt a cost to every organisation, but it also has a substantial payback to the operation when staffs trained at the facility are able to step up and take the lead in an operational role when required.
The industry needs to be confident that all new pool operators are trained to a standard that promotes the facility where they were trained as much as it does the individual. This will not happen when students are able to access documents and claim them as their work and then insert them in their evidence portfolio for assessment.
Ask yourself this question, did you personally see the student perform maintenance duties of backwashing, Injection point cleaning or chemical preparation or changeovers. Did you organise and simulate an emergency scenario with them and go through the debriefing session to give them the chance to facilitate the emergency simulation and learn from this, if the answer is no then ask yourself - why not?
If we want competent new Pool Operators on the deck we need to invest time and energy to ensure that they get the best training and induction possible. If you feel that over the years you have let your own standards slip or maybe make the process too easy for a student please consider these actions as they could have serious consequences in the workplace.
If you yourself are new to the industry or feel that you could use with some guidance in this area then LIWA Aquatics or Royal Life Saving Society may be able to provide you with some ideas and mentoring in this role so we can ensure the next generation of Pool Operators are getting the best training and induction possible when entering into the management of aquatic facilities.

two lifeguardsAs all may know Students of the Pool Lifeguard Course, are required to complete On the Job hours at an aquatic facilitiy.   

In the past a student was required to complete 20 hours or 3 shifts of On the Job work experience and complete both practical and knowledge based assessments.  On the 2nd September 2016 there will be some changes to this process due to changes in the training course requirements.

Students will complete most of their theory components prior to the course and all practical componets during the course. Students will now only need to complete a minimum of 4 hours to a maximum of 6 hours in an Aquatic Facility under supervision of an Aquatic Supervisor/ Manager, or a Senior / Experienced Lifeguard. (minimum of 3 years experience)

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In 2009 the Cochrane Review determined the following: The effect of spinal immobilisation on mortality, neurological injury, spinal stability and adverse effects in trauma patients remains uncertain.  

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USIFrom 1st January 2015, all students studying vocational qualifications are required to register for a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and supply their USI to their training provider.  This includes the industry  requalifications for pool lifeguard and first aid.  So logon now and get your number.

The USI team have created a video to assist with the implementation of the USI for students. This video contains a summary of the USI initiative and how USI's can be created. You can view or link to the video here:


The USI must be collected before awarding a certificate of attainment to any student. To avoid any delays in receiving your certificate please create your own Unique Student Identifier (USI) now!

Register for a USI here - 

Once you obtain your number or if you already have a USI please send this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so Royal Life Saving can update your records.

Please note: RLSSWA cannot issue your certificate until you have provided them with your USI.


Professional Development Opportunities

  • LIWA Aquatics conduct an annual two day state conference and trade exhibition in August each year.
  • Two one day seminars are held in the northern or southern Wheatbelt regions in October each year.
  • A one day seminar held in the North West region of the state in May each year.

Addtional  half day seminars are conducted regulary to highlight new industry issues such as Pool Super Vision, Watch Around Water or Water Saving Initiatives.
Participation in one training validation forum to review the delivery of aquatic based training by Registered Training Organisations Assist RTO in promoting Training Forum to validate training

Keep an eye out in the Events Calendar for the latest Professional Development Session



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We provide support, professional development and networking opportunities for individuals in the aquatic industry throughout Western Australia.

  1. PO Box 726, Hillarys, WA 6923
  2. (08) 9383 8238
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