Opportunities like these don't come along often.

The Royal Life Saving Society WA is looking for a qualified and experienced Pool Managers to drive the day to day operations and management of the Jigalong and Burringurrah Swimming Pools. 

This exciting opportunity requires the successful candidate to live and work in the Jigalong and Burringurrah communities for up to nine months each year with your key responsibilities being to operate and program the community pool to ensure the provision of a safe, well maintained facility that provides a diverse range of programming options. Your strong work ethic and ability to work in an unsupervised role will be integral to your success in this role.  Likewise, cultural awareness of working in remote WA, strong problem solving, negotiation and communication skills will be a strength that we seek. 

This role will be equally suitable for couples looking to take on a new challenge as it is for individuals that are keen to commit to a role that has a significant opportunity to make a difference.

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Burringurrah Aquatic Centre


The City of Karratha's efforts to ensure the Pilbara town is sustainable and Waterwise were today recognised by Water Minister Dave Kelly during a visit.

The City of Karratha has been endorsed as a Waterwise Council and the Karratha Leisureplex, which is managed by the local council, has also been named a Waterwise Aquatic Centre. 

The Waterwise Council Program is run through a partnership between the Water Corporation and Department of Water, and supports councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and liveability in their communities.

The Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program is run through a partnership between the Water Corporation and the LIWA Aquatics to promote water efficiency. The program has helped the industry save more than 700 million litres since 2008 - that is enough water to fill about 280 Olympic-sized pools. 

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Presentation of Waterwise Council and Waterwise Aquatic Centre certificates: Kevin Michel MLA, Minister for Water Dave Kelly and City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long.

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Registrations are now available for the 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Display. The event will be conducted on the 14th and 15th of August at the Fremantle Esplanade and is not to be missed. There will be two streams offered on both days of the event to ensure the conference provides relevant content for all delegates.  The complete program will be available in coming weeks.

A small snapshot of the presentations at this year's conference includes:
• Responding to a WorkSafe Investigation
• Lessons learned from critical incidents
• Why lifeguards freeze
• How to be a better supervisor
• Cockburn ARC
• How to implement your facilities vision
• The new Aquatic Safety Guidelines Portal

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  • Salary: $92,891 – $108,270 per annum
  • Plus up to 14.5% superannuation (conditions apply) and restricted private use of a motor vehicle
  • Ref No: 17-028

The City is seeking an experienced person with strong leadership skills who can provide direction to a team of employees with a clear focus on delivering quality recreational services to the City's vast array of community and sporting groups.
This is a unique opportunity working with a progressive local government leading a dynamic team to continue to deliver quality recreational services to the community. The primary roles of this position will be to lead the City's Club Development Program and oversee the operations of the City's Community Facilities Bookings Office. The successful applicant is likely to have experience in a similar role at a senior level and will have highly developed communication skills and experience in recreation service provision, financial management and human resource management.
If you are interested we would like to hear from you. Further information can be obtained by calling Mike Smith, Manager Leisure & Cultural Services on 9400 4915.
To apply, submit your resume and a covering letter online, addressing your knowledge and experience relevant to the role, via our employment page at

Applications close on Monday 19 June 2017..


The City of Karratha is offering an exciting opportunity for an energetic and self-motivated individual, seeking a challenging and rewarding career, to join our team at the Karratha Leisureplex. This position is based in Karratha, offering an attractive salary and a range of other benefits including, but not limited to;

  • Allowances
  • Six weeks annual leave
  • 13% Superannuation

The Aquatic Supervisor is responsible for managing the operation of the Aquatics area of the Karratha Leisureplex in accordance with Council Policy and health regulation to provide an efficient, safe and attractive recreation facility for patrons. Salary Package: $111,079 per annum.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A current Senior First Aid Certificate
  • A current Royal Life Saving Society Pool Lifeguard Certificate
  • A current Certificate of Competency as a qualified person in accordance with the Health Act (Swimming Pools) Regulations 1964, issued by the Executive Director, Public Health WA
  • A current national "C" class driver's licence
  • A current Working with Children Check
  • A National (or Federal) Police Certificate (no more than 6 months old)
  • Applications are to include a CV, completed application form, and a covering letter (max 2 pages) indicating your ability to meet the role requirements.

Further information can be found at and for enquiries about this position, please contact Jenna Cunningham on 9186 8543.

Applications are to be received by no later than 4.00pm, Thursday 15th June 2017. They are to be marked "Private and Confidential" and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sent via post to PO Box 219 Karratha WA 6714.

Jenna Cunningham
(08) 9186 8543
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Karratha Leisureplex

Commercial Aquatics Australia (CAA) is one of largest and most experienced commercial pool company's in Australia, Specialising in all areas of the Aquatics Industry, we provide design, construction, renovation, filtration and service & maintenance for aquatic centres, schools, hotels, Hospital / Medical facilities and resort developments - Commercial Aquatics brings a wealth of experience to these specialised areas.

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Ray Martin - a Life in Aquatics

Ray Martin started his connection with the Aquatic Industry in 1929 when he joined the local swimming club in Pascoe Vale Victoria as a six year old. As he moved into his teens his interest was fostered by the Pool Manager of the time who allowed him to clean the filters and get involved in the operation of the plant and equipment. It was a natural progression for Ray to move into a Lifeguarding role when he was old enough.

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The Shire of Nungarin is located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia and has a population of approximately 230. Nungarin is situated about 40 kilometres north of Merredin and about 300 kilometres east of Perth and the shire covers an area of 1,164 square kilometres. Nungarin is a small but progressive RV friendly town with many attractions for the tourist, from natural beauty to an amazing heritage pub on the main-street and monthly market Sundays that fill the centre of town with market stalls.


• The Shire is hoping to attract a Manager with a family.
• The pool is a 25 metre with a toddlers pool.
• The position comes with a modern 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom transportable residence (a/c, heated, carport, neat garden) Council pays water with rent being $55 per week.
• Distance from house to pool is approximately 500 metres.
• The Pool has a gymnasium on site of which is a part of the position.
• Nungarin has a well established primary school and then a bus into Merredin (40 kms) for high school.
• Nungarin has the Kununoppin District Hospital 20 kms away for its health services.
• Nungarin has excellent and modern recreational facilities.
• In the off season the pool manager assists around town with general duties and our previous manager used to manager of the Nungarin Community Recreation Centre.

This position would ideally suit a young person with a family looking to gain experience in teh aquatic industry  Council is prepared to offer an attractive salary package for the right person.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 90465006 or 0427 465 006 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to talk further.

Nungarin is a small friendly community.

Bill Fensome
Chief Executive Officer

We are currently looking for enthusiastic, motivated and service minded individuals to join our team as Casual Pool Operators and Lifeguards:

Reporting to the Aquatics Technician, these roles assist in the provision of high quality, safe aquatic centre services at the GLC. In conjunction with the Aquatics team you will maintain water quality, facility hygiene and maintenance procedures.

To be successful in the role of Pool Operator you will have:

• Pool operators certificate of competency
• Current Pool Lifeguard qualification and competency
• Current accreditation to LIWA or the ability to gain
• Staff supervisory skills and experience
• Good computer skills and knowledge
• Current First Aid Certificate??

To be successful in the role of lifeguard role you will have:

• Current Pool Lifeguard Certificate
• Ability to work actively in a team environment
• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
• Working knowledge of Water Safety principles
• Current First Aid certificate

You will be working with a dedicated team of like-minded people who strive for excellence in service and program delivery and have an absolute passion for the Leisure Industry. You can be assured you will be supported in your workplace with training and development, you will enjoy coming to work every day and you will be presented with exciting challenges working with our community.

Pool Operator Casual
Recreation Level 4 $31.26 per hour

Lifeguard Casual
Recreation Level 2 $27.56 per hour

If you believe you meet our selection criteria we would like to hear from you to potentially join our team.

To apply please visit If you have further queries please contact Susan Shand on 9754 3600 or Human Resources on 9781 1727.

Applications close 16:30 Monday 10th April 2017.

The 2017 event featured 17 teams, 68 competitors, smoke filled plantrooms, fitness testing, first aid incidents and of course a great deal of fun and comradery. It is a unique event that brings teams of professional lifeguards together once a year to test their skills, knowledge and fitness in a realistic setting at HBF Stadium. LIWA Aquatics is proud to sponsor this event but it would not be possible without the amazing support of the staff at Royal Life Saving and of course the competitors representing their respective facilities.


All the teams ready for action

This year we welcomed back a number of facilities but also had the City of Cockburn and Adventure World competing in the event for the first time. LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro was the MC for the event and with time at a premium was able to keep the competition flowing and ensured a timely finish even with a record number of teams. The first event is a timed event that see's 4 lifeguards pitted against the clock in a test of both straight line speed and the ability to tow manikins up and down the pool. HBF Arena #1 blitzed the field in this event with a time 1.13.44 followed Fremantle and Beatty Park 4 seconds behind the winner. Points for this event were allocated on a basis of 0 for the winner and each team losing one point for every second they were behind the winner HBF Stadium.

The second event incorporated both fitness and emergency response skills testing with two lifeguards from each team competing. The fitness component was won by the Mandurah Blue team with a time of 1.06.97 followed closely by Beatty Park and HBF Arena #1. The skills testing in the event was very close with Riverton Leisureplex #2 followed by the two Fremantle Leisure Centre teams.

Event 3 saw two lifeguards tested with a written and multiple choice questions in the critical areas of first aid and lifeguarding. This is the first time we have tried this type of knowledge testing and overall the teams did very well with Altone Park and River Leisureplex #1 sharing the honours in this event. The competitors then had a short break before the 17, 3 person teams went into lock up for the critical initiative component of the Lifeguard Challenge.


Go, Go Go!

Having the spare team member involved for the initiatives meant there were plenty of actors available which adds to the excitement and provides a more realistic setting for the activities that simulate the real work environment. RLSSWA CEO Peter Leaversuch briefed all the actors and the timing sequence of when events will begin to escalate on the pool deck and then it was actors ready, your time starts NOW!  With a military like precision the first of the 17 teams headed onto the pool deck to face dangerous play activities, water polo balls being thrown at spectators and a swimmer in distress in the lap lanes. But these distractions were only a precursor to the plantroom fire and injured staff members emerging from the smoke onto the pool deck. The inclusion of a major out of water emergency was a first for the Pool Lifeguard Challenge and clearly tested the skills of the participants.

The Lifeguards cleared the pools promptly and then focused their first aid and emergency protocols skills to deal with the injured staff member who was clearly bleeding and effected by smoke inhalation. The level of professionalism demonstrated by the teams was of a very high level and highlighted that the training they are undertaking in the workplace and during formal requalification sessions is paying off.  The actors who were in place for the 17 scenario's did a great job in particular Stef and Amy who continually emerged from a smoke filled room coughing and spluttering to be carried or assisted across the concourse. Jayden's attention seeking for a cramp was also a very good distraction just prior to the major emergency kicking off. The participation of the spare lifeguards and the team members that have completed the scenarios all added to the vibrancy and reality of the Challenge.


Realistic Initiatives

LIWA Aquatics President Jeff Fondacaro continued his role as MC and provided great context to the importance of the Challenge in developing safety standards in our industry. All the Lifeguards that competed today had come into the industry with the knowledge that Watch Around Water was there to support them and promote parental supervision. But Jeff highlighted the need for them to remain vigilant and continue to embrace their own training and professional development.

Royal Life Saving CEO Peter Leaversuch paid tribute to all the participants in this unique event and to LIWA Aquatics for its support and financial sponsorship of the Challenge. Peter also thanked his own staff for participation in the day and singled the organiser Caitlin Oxlade for bringing the event together in such a professional manner. It was then back to Jeff who thanked all the volunteers and judges including Chris Blankley, Matt Merritt, Ryan Scally and of course Steve Good for their amazing contribution to the day and our industry.

It was then time to announce the winner and the placegetters which at the end of the day saw only three points separating first and second place with the third placed team 49 points behind the winner. It was a close competition and everyone was a winner on the day but as always a team needs to be recognised and be presented with the silverware!
In third place which was an incredible effort considering the team had been up before 4am (not so unusual in the aquatic industry) and then driven 450kms to compete with a score of 499 points was Geraldton Aquarena. In second placing was the Mandurah #1 with a score of 545 and the winner on the day with 548 points was Riverton Leisureplex #2. It was a great win by the City of Canning Team who were very proud winners of the 2017 LIWA Aquatics Pool Lifeguard Challenge. See everyone again next year and keep up the training.


Riverton Leisureplex #2

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