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2016 State Conference

Basketball legend Andrew Gaze, former Adelaide Crows footballer Brent Reilly and Dr Emma Sherry are among the highlights of the 2016 Recreation SA and Parks and Leisure Australia SA/NT South Australian State Conference, at Next Generation Memorial Drive, on Monday, April 11.

The Future of Recreation, Sport and Leisure - A Sustainable Business” will explore practical and innovative ideas to provide delegates with energy and inspiration to improve the Parks, Leisure, Recreation and Aquatics sectors.

We are pleased to announce Andrew Gaze, regarded as the greatest basketballer Australia has ever produced, will be one of the keynote speakers, delivering an inspiring talk about his Olympic experience and how it has shaped the way he approaches and overcomes challenges.

Delegates will also gain an insight into how the Big Bash League has emerged as Australia’s fastest growing sporting phenomenon this summer. Join Adelaide Strikers general manager Bronwyn Klei as she discusses creating and building the Adelaide Strikers brand, generating and retaining membership through effective engagement strategies and securing the significant sponsorships deals which support the team.

Dr Emma Sherry, Senior Lecturer at the LaTrobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact, will discuss ‘Social Inclusion as a Strategic Imperative'. Dr Sherry will discuss diversity and inclusion from a whole-of-organisation approach, highlighting the economic and commercial benefits of inclusion which will lead to long term sustainability.

Newly-retired Crows star Brent Reilly will be special guest at the Recreation SA Awards breakfast, held as part of the Conference. Reilly played 203 games for the Adelaide Crows before his career was cut short by a serious head injury received during a training accident in February 2015, leaving him with multiple fractures on the left side of his skull. He will discuss his football career, his road to recovery, the influence of his different AFL coaches on his playing career and life after football.

The engaging program will allow delegates to be informed about the latest industry trends and news, including an overview of the National Active Recreation Working Group. Be updated on important national and local initiatives which impact the recreation sector.

The conference will be held at Next Generation, Memorial Drive, North Adelaide on Monday, April 11.

Code of Practice for SA public swimming pools

Recreation SA is currently working on developing a Code of Practice to support public swimming pool operators in SA, in conjunction with its Aquatic Advisory Committee and a Code of Practice Steering Committee.

Public pool operators work within a diverse web of standards, state legislation and industry guidelines to ensure adequate safeguards are in place to minimise the risk of injury to both patrons and employees.  However, the aquatic industry is still largely unregulated.

The purpose of this project is to create a Code of Practice that incorporates all appropriate documentation for operating a public swimming pool, include areas that have been neglected and create a document that is specific to the SA Aquatic Industry.  The Code of Practice will not look to rewrite existing documents, but identify gaps and assign minimum standards for good pool practice.

The Code of Practice aims to benefit all employees and patrons in the aquatic industry by providing a framework for planning and assessing aquatic environments, creating and maintaining safer venues and minimising risks and hazards.

After consultation, an industry-driven approach has been adopted to ensure employees will be appropriately trained and operate in safe environments and patrons are subject to consistent water safety messages to prevent major incidents. 

Funding has been granted from the Office for Recreation & Sport's 'Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program' for the 2015/2016 financial year.

The Code of Practice Committee is now working through the document following a process for each area identified as requiring benchmarks:

1.       Revise GSPOs to determine if areas of concern are specific enough to SA swimming pools

2.       Revise points in NSW’s Practice Note 15 and WA’s Code of Practice on particular area

3.       Discuss standards appropriate for SA

4.       Communicate these standards appropriate to each category of swimming pool

Current areas of inclusion into the Draft Code of Practice:

•         Table: Classification for Swimming Pools

•         Reference List (all Guidelines, Legislation, etc, the COP is to be read in conjunction with)

•         Photography Policy example

•         Missing Child Procedure example

Next areas of inclusion:

•         Lifeguard standards/ Supervision

•         Overcrowding: eg. lockdown procedure

•         Pool Audits: frequency, qualifications, design

•         Training standards & qualification

Other points of discussion:

•         Sustainability of document beyond 1 year funding period

•         Criteria to be a recognized provider to aquatic industry

•         Inclusion/ exclusion of pool safety and workplace design as scope is too broad for funding period

Recreation SA thanks the following members of the Code of Practice Committee for their support and assistance: Alistair Baird, Amanda Carmichael, Ben Grant, Catherine Foreman, Dael Redmond, Grant Watkins, AUSTSWIM, Julie Stevens, Kelly Lange, Kym A’Court, Nathan Byles, Paul Taylor, Samantha Wharton, Sarah McEwen.

 

Recreation SA partners with Fitness Australia

Recreation SA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Fitness Australia.

The two leading organisations have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure the South Australian fitness industry has access to the best industry training and support and advocacy.

Fitness Australia is the peak fitness industry association providing a range of support services and solutions to over 30,000 Registered Personal Trainers, Registered fitness instructors, fitness businesses and suppliers Australia-wide.

Fitness Australia will work with Recreation SA to delivery a range of fitness industry networking events and workshops, with the aim of keeping the SA fitness and health community engaged, informed and supported.

Together, the organisations will advocate for government and policy reforms.

To learn more about the partnership click on this link:

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To view Recreation SA's upcoming professional development series and training sessions click here.

Crypto Update

Media Release: January 11, 2016

South Australians are urged to practice good personal hygiene if they are unwell with gastroenteritis, to avoid the spread of Cryptosporidium, one of Australia’s leading causes of water-related illnesses.

Recreation SA Executive Officer, Rebecca Deans, said while reports of Cryptosporidium were at record levels this summer, SA public pools remain a safe and enjoyable destination.

"The SA Aquatic industry is proactive in ensuring recreational public pools stay clean all summer so the public can enjoy a swim whenever they like," Mrs Deans said.

“However we do know Crypto can be traced to recreational swimming pools if used by people infected with the parasite, as the parasite can survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools.

“Despite the SA aquatic industry adhering to best-practice guidelines, if an unwell person or someone who has been unwell within the previous 2 weeks uses a pool, there is a risk they could spread the parasite to others.

“Therefore it’s important for people to act responsibly if they are struck by gastroenteritis, so that everybody can enjoy the hot summer, free from illness."

Mrs Deans said SA Health figures showed a majority of Crypto reports in 2014 were not related to public swimming pools, with 60 per cent of cases linked to other causes including contact with livestock, petting zoos and child care centres.

“We know this month’s record-breaking heat is set to continue throughout summer, and we all want to keep enjoying the facilities at our local pools, so Recreation SA and pool operators are urging you to think of others and practice good personal hygiene.”

To date, only two South Australian pools have been advised to undertake a precautionary decontamination this summer.

SA Health advises anyone with diarrhoea to stay away from swimming in pools – private or public – for two weeks.

"Whether you are swimming in a public pool, or in your own pool or at a friend’s, please remember a few basic guidelines and everybody can continue to have fun in a safe environment.”

Mrs Deans said Recreation SA member swimming pools continue to work positively with SA Government agencies to ensure minimal risk and disruption to patrons if the parasite is linked to its swimming centre.

Recreation SA is the state’s peak aquatics industry body, representing 45 South Australian swimming centres.  

For all media enquiries please contact Recreation SA : Rebecca Deans 0418 849 122

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Cryptosporidium Facts:

Cryptosporidium is a germ that causes diarrhoea or vomiting. Cryptosporidium parasites are found in the faeces of humans as well as farm animals and are commonly spread by contact with people who are already infected, livestock or contaminated water.

Crypto can make anyone sick, but certain groups of people are more likely to become seriously ill when infected with Crypto, including young children, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Crypto Do’s and Don’ts:

Don’t get in the pool if you have diarrhoea
Don’t get in the pool 2 weeks after having diarrhoea
Change nappies in nappy change areas, not poolside
Put babies and toddlers in appropriate well-fitting swimming nappies
Shower and wash with soap before you swim
Try not to get pool water in your mouth

No SA pool closures this summer despite high Crypto reports

Media Release December 30, 2015

South Australians are being reminded to act responsibly during the state’s record-breaking hot summer if they are unwell with gastroenteritis, following a spike in notifications of Cryptosporidium, one of Australia’s leading causes of water-related illnesses.

Recreation SA Executive Officer, Rebecca Deans, said while reports of Cryptosporidium, also known as Crypto, was double the number recorded at the same time last year, she reminded the public the State’s pools remained safe to use.

“No South Australian public pool has had to temporarily close its doors because of Crypto since July and we want it to stay that way,” Mrs Deans said.

She said SA Health figures showed a majority of Crypto reports in 2014 were not related to public swimming pools, with 60 per cent of cases linked to other causes including contact with livestock, petting zoos and child care centres.

“However we do know Crypto can be traced to recreational swimming pools if used by people infected with the parasite, as the parasite can survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools.

“Despite the SA aquatic industry adhering to best-practice guidelines, if an unwell person or someone who has been unwell within the previous 2 weeks uses a pool, there is a risk they could spread the parasite to others.

“Therefore it’s important for people to act responsibly if they are struck by gastroenteritis, so that everybody can enjoy the hot summer, free from illness.

“We know this month’s record-breaking heat is set to continue throughout summer, and we all want to keep enjoying the facilities at our local pools, so Recreation SA and pool operators are urging you to think of others and practice good personal hygiene.”

Mrs Deans said the most recent SA figures showed there had been 391 notifications of the Cryptosporidium parasite, as of December 12, compared to 185 notifications during the same period last year.

She said SA Health advises anyone with diarrhoea to stay away from swimming in pools – private or public – for two weeks.

"Whether you are swimming in a public pool, or in your own pool or at a friend’s, please remember a few basic guidelines and everybody can continue to have fun in a safe environment.”

Mrs Deans said Recreation SA member swimming pools continue to work positively with SA Government agencies to ensure minimal risk and disruption to patrons if the parasite is linked to its swimming centre.

In 2014 there was a total of 201 Crypto notifications.

Recreation SA is the state’s peak aquatics industry body, representing 45 South Australian swimming centres.

 

For all media enquiries please contact Recreation SA : Rebecca Deans 0418 849 122

Work begins on drafting the Australian AAS

The development of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAS) was recently discussed in Melbourne, with members of the project Steering Committee coming together from around Australia.

Key agenda items included identifying trends in outdoor adventure activity participation and project planning.

The working groups will be responsible for the drafting of the AAS.

Once completed the draft AAS will then be open for public consultation and feedback.

The working groups will be made up of highly experienced adventure activity ‘experts’ with skills, knowledge and experience in delivery and management in a wide range of contexts. The first working group to be formed will look at the ‘common content’ that can be applied to all adventure activities.

The first working group was recently established to work on drafting the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAS).

Members include: Margot Hurrell (Chair), Clare Dallat, David Chitty, David Clarke, Dave Simpson, Graham Sharpe, Julian Atherstone, Peter McKenna, Peter Vandepeer and Phil Harrison.

The depth of experience and the willingness to be involved was especially pleasing. It is hoped this is an indicator that there will be strong participation in the public consultation phase by highly experienced and qualified practitioners. This will further enhance the outcome from the development process.

With so much planning work having been completed, it is very exciting that development work has now started.

To find out more about the Australian AAS or subscribe to the Australian AAS newsletter please go to www.australianaas.org.au

2016 Recreation SA Awards

Recreation SA is calling for nominations for its prestigious annual awards.

Each year the awards honour individuals and organisations making an outstanding contribution to the recreation industry in South Australia.

Do you know of committed professional who has dedicated significant time and effort to improving active recreation in the State and you would like to see them rewarded?

Do you know of an organisation that has made a real difference to encouraging greater recreation participation across the whole community?

Do you want to recognise a Watch Around Water-registered centre delivering the safety program’s key messages to a maximum audience within its local and extended community?

The awards are open to all Recreation SA members.

They will be presented at a ceremony at the 2016 Recreation SA PLA Conference on April 11, at Next Generation Memorial Drive.

Nominations for the following three awards must be received by March 10, 2016.

For more information about the nomination process please contact Recreation SA.

The Recreation SA Award:

This award recognises achievement in increasing participation and or the profile of active recreation activity or activities in the community.

The 2016 Recreation SA Award is coordinated by Recreation SA to recognise and reward organisations or individuals who have developed initiatives that have increased the numbers of participants in a recreation activity or have increased the profile of recreation in South Australia.

Organisations and individuals cannot nominate themselves, the nomination process is through a member of Recreation SA.

The Recreation Industry Professional of the Year:

An award that recognises an individual’s contribution to the recreation industry.

The 2016 South Australian Recreation Industry Professional of the Year is coordinated by Recreation SA to recognise and reward individuals who have made a significant contribution to the recreation industry in South Australia.

Nominations for this award must be made by each standing committee of Recreation SA and passed to the Board of Recreation SA. Organisations and individuals cannot nominate themselves, the nomination process is only through a committee of Recreation SA.

The Watch Around Water award:

Recreation SA and Nine Adelaide coordinate the Watch Around Water – Nine Adelaide Community Innovation Award across the 15/16 swimming season. Registered Watch Around Water centres are eligible for participation.

The award initiative serves to encourage registered centres to promote the Watch Around Water safety messages beyond the marketing tools that are provided by Recreation SA.

Recreation SA and Nine Adelaide are looking for creativity and innovation in delivering the key messages to a maximum audience within each registered centre’s local and extended community.

Pools are encouraged to utilise the #WatchAroundWater hash tag and encourage pool visitors to do the same.

Managing people for success

Managing Your People for Success in Sport and Recreation Organisations- Introductory Workshop

 Recreation SA, in conjunction with Sport SA, are presenting a workshop introducing HR management services and solutions for sport and recreation organisations in SA, supported by the Office for Recreation and Sport.

The workshop will provide an overview of this significant area of your business, to enable you to plan for effective people management for your organisation.

Presented by experienced HR expert Pamela Simmons from Minerva Professional Services | Specialising in people management solutions www.peoplemanagementsolutions.com.au

You will gain an understanding of the principles underpinning HR in the sport and recreation industry including:

  • What is HR Management?
  • What do you need?
  • Planning for your effective workforce.
  • The Sport and Recreation Industry requirements

Date: Tuesday 15th December

Time: 2 – 5.00pm

Venue: Sport SA

Cost: Free for members, $20 for non-members

Registrations: admin@sportsa.org.au

We love Dumbbells

How to use Dumbbells in the Water Workshop 2 CECS (TBC)            

Inspire your clients and add variety to your summer program with a cool alternative to land based exercise.

Annette Chatterton presents on the versatility of dumbbells and how they can be used as an effective tool to exercise in the water. She will outline why they are so effective. Come ready to experience it for yourself as she will take participants through a water workout which will include warm up, conditioning, cool down and stretches.

This workshop will:

Increase your repertoire of Dumbbell exercises, exposing you to many new ones and adding variations of exercises they you may already use.

Increase your anatomical knowledge of muscles activation in each Dumbbell exercise

Improve your ability to analyse clients’ posture in the aqua classes and appropriately select exercises to improve their posture and provide a balanced workout for participants.

Increase your understanding of the mechanical principles of using buoyant equipment in the water

Improve your focus on improving communication and cuing in order to instruct a superb aqua classes

Increase your knowledge of special populations and the exercise modifications to safely cater for them in the aqua class when using Dumbbells.

Annette Chatterton is a regular presenter at FileX she is a registered fitness instructor and personal instructor, founding director of the Australian Institute of Fitness (SA& NT) a course coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness.

Book here

#Recre8SA MacPac winner

It's time to get out and ‪#‎Recre8SA‬! This little cutie joined Recreation SA during our visit to Rundle Mall earlier this month. He wins a $270 MacPac for posting this image to our Instagram page, and tagging it #Recre8SA. It's that simple and easy to win.
For more details go to recreationsa.org/recre8sa/