Diverse and interesting program at 2017 Country Poolies conference
By Alice Richard
Friday, 19 May, 2017
Organisers of the NSW Country Pool Managers Conference have announced the date and location of the 2018 conference: 16 to 18 May in Nambucca Heads on the NSW mid-north coast.
The venue and dates were announced on day two of the 2017 Country Pool Managers Conference, which is being held in Queanbeyan.
As with previous years, the conference agenda was diverse and interesting, ranging from advice on first responses to domestic violence through to online security, bullying and implementing the Office of Local Government’s Practice Note 15.
Some attendees expressed their frustrations with balancing the guidelines of Practice Note 15 with Royal Lifesaving’s auditing program, while others felt that the industry still has not been adequately consulted on the review of the Practice Note.
Of particular concern now, as in 2016, is the ability for a person to attain a Certificate III in Aquatics and Recreation without ever having studied a single Aquatics module, along with the reduction in the minimum age of lifeguards from 18 to 16, which some pool managers say puts patrons at risk due to pool managers and lifeguards lacking experience and judgement. Conference delegates had the opportunity to express their concerns to OLG representatives, but some said they were still frustrated with having to start the process each time the state government or OLG staff changes.
Approximately 82 pool managers attended day one of the conference, which featured a presentation from Macquatics Training’s John McKenny on pool filtration and chemical parameters, while AUSTSWIM’s Robyn Larkham detailed how aquatic centres can launch learn-to-swim programs. Delegates then attended a networking afternoon, enabling them to connect with colleagues from around the state.
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