Aquatics News

March update:

Recreation SA has secured one year’s funding through the Office for Recreation and Sport to produce a Statewide Swimming Pool Audit and Master Plan (SPAMP).

The aim of the project is to establish current data on existing aquatic facilities in South Australia with the key objectives to:

·         Determine the number, quality and infrastructure of aquatic facilities

·         Determine the programs, services and employment levels within each facility

·         Establish the sustainability of the facility

·         Identify any gaps in the current provision levels

·         Recommend a pathway for future priorities

Recreation SA is finalising the scope of the survey and before distributing to a database of over 170 aquatic facilities including local government, private swim schools and education department pools.  Recreation SA is excited for this project to build relationships with stakeholders, members and the aquatic industry.  It is anticipated the data gathered will allow Recreation SA to advocate for increased recreational participation, infrastructure development, inclusive recreation, sustainable and accessible facilities.

In December, Williamstown Swimming Pool became the 60th aquatic facility to sign on as a registered Watch Around Water Centre in SA, taking advantage of the subsidy provided by the Local Government Association of South Australia.  The Watch Around Water program is a recommended standard in the Code of Practice for Public Swimming Pools in SA, launched in September 2016.

Recreation SA will utilise the SPAMP survey to industry to distribute the Code of Practice and expect more pools to convert to registered centres.

For more information please contact Pania Rawlins.


Community Recreation

March News

Recreation SA has implemented two pilot projects this year which will provide important information about the capacity for community recreation facilities to implement inclusive recreation programs. Ingle Farm Recreation Centre, managed by Belgravia Leisure, has teamed up with the Soccer Federation of SA and the Wiltja Boarding House to facilitate training and competition for its boarders in the sport of Futsal. This exciting game requires foot skills and speed/endurance and is a great outlet for the Wiltja boarders. One training session a week and a game over the weekend is a great way for them to break up their studies, keep physically active and develop some new skills which will be useful to add to their Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.

The Lefevre Community Basketball Stadium, run by the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, has teamed up with Basketball SA and Uniting Care Wesley to provide a Friday night Basketball sessions, ‘Friday Streetball at Lefevre - how us your moves’. The one hour session at the Recreation Centre will be facilitated by Basketball SA coaches and is targeting disadvantaged youth on the Lefevre Peninsula.

As part of this project Port Adelaide Football Club’s Aboriginal Programs Manager Paul Vandenbergh will facilitate a cultural awareness session for the staff in both centres.

Recreation SA will provide a number of online resources as a result of the learnings from these pilot projects to support and facilitate Inclusion programs in all recreation centres in SA.

For more information please contact Jenny Borlase.

From the Executive Officer

March update

I’m sure many of you that work or volunteer in the recreation industry have been busy over the summer months as the sunny weather provides may opportunities for people to get out and walk, run, swim, hike, canoe and whatever other activity which keeps them healthy and positive. Make sure you book a holiday in the quieter winter months so that you too can refresh and get a chance for your own recreation. 

We have also been extremely busy with our annual conference fast approaching on 3rd April, and some other changes happening across our business as we constantly strive to improve which can be difficult, as many of you would know, when resources are scarce. One such change is our fresh e-news design which should provide an easier read for our members, and improve our communication to our varied stakeholders. This is one of the many initiatives that are being implemented because of feedback we received from the stakeholder survey conducted by the Office for Recreation and Sport last year. Another key area our members identified was our leadership and advocacy role for the recreation industry, asking that we improve and therefore we have been working to seek feedback through our sector committees, which is an important mechanism for you to inform us and influence change. If you have an issue that is strategic in nature, and affects many in your sector of recreation, please convey your view through a committee representative or contact me directly by phone or email. Our board will be discussing the issues identified at the next Board meeting and developing our 2018 State Election advocacy strategy, based on our stakeholder’s feedback, to advocate strongly to the right people and at the right time. 

The board will be having a strategy session in May to review our current strategy and ensure we are well planned for the challenges that we face. Whilst the funding we receive from the Office of Recreation and Sport is greatly appreciated, and the support we receive from their staff is over and above what is expected, a key focus we have already identified in our strategic planning is the need to generate non-government revenue to improve our level of professionalism and level of support to the recreation industry. This will be a key item on the agenda for the strategy session, along with the progress we are making in supporting the trails sector and how we can continue to provide a tangible service to the fast growing and expansive South Australian Trails network. 

On a personal note, I would like to thank the volunteer board and all our sector committees for their enthusiasm and commitment, and support provided to me in what has now been close to 6 months at Recreation SA. I particularly thank the Recreation SA staff who constantly juggle multiple activities professionally, and do their best to balance work, family and sometimes their own recreation! Due to their efforts, we really do bat above our weight and I appreciate their efforts in keeping things going whilst at the same time having to embrace a new Executive Officer and Chairman which always disrupts the usual ways of doing things. 

If you have any suggestions on how we can service you or the industry better, or have key research or information that can inform our leadership and advocacy activities, please contact me directly by email or phone (0418 814 867).


Nick Takos


2017 Conference Program released

Early bird registrations are now open for SA’s leading professional development opportunity for managers, staff and business owners in the recreation, aquatics, parks and leisure sector.

The one-day conference your chance to meet and hear others, to gain valuable knowledge, become empowered, share experiences, and return to work or home with new insights.

Early registrations close February 28. Register here:

Program highlights include: 

John Buchanan: Keynote Speaker

The former Australian Cricket Team Coach led the team to a World Record of 16 straight Test match wins and an unbeaten record of 24 one day international victories in two successful World Cups.  John is now a popular trainer and motivator working with international and Australian companies including BHP Billiton, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG and Telstra.

2017 Recreation Parks and Leisure Awards Breakfast (7.45-9am):

This event is held to recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations making an outstanding contribution to the recreation, parks and leisure sector in South Australia. Join industry leaders and professionals at this special breakfast event. All conference delegates receive a complimentary invitation to this event and are encouraged to attend. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast, juices, coffee and tea.

Jane Woodlands-Thompson - AFL’s Women’s Football Advisory Group appointee and former Adelaide Thunderbirds ANZ Championship-winning coach

Keynote speaker Jane embraces innovation and continually strives to inject creativity in search of best practice high performance programs.

Belgravia Leisure:

Learning from the WaterMarc drowning tragedy: Belgravia Leisure shares it operational response

The drowning death of a 23-year-old student at the WaterMarc aquatic centre in 2014 prompted the Victorian Coroner Audrey Jamieson to review lifeguarding regulations for public swimming pools. Belgravia Leisure has implemented wide-ranging changes to all its aquatic operations across the country in response to the tragedy. A must -see presentation for all aquatics professionals.

Jo Marshall: General Manager, Programmed Maintenance Services

The economic and social benefits of building a diverse workplace culture

Jo Marshall will share her journey of strengthening culture by engaging an increasingly diverse workforce.  From cultural diversity, to age – both young and old – to disability, she and her team believe ‘Difference is the New Normal’.  Jo will bust some myths around common preconceptions about the challenges of hiring people with special needs and talk about the very personal and commercial benefits of building a diverse workplace culture.

James McEwen: Partner, Property and Infrastructure, Wallmans Lawyers

Options in occupancy agreements: making them work for the benefit of our communities

There are many different forms of occupancy arrangements which can assist users, occupiers and the community get the most out of public/shared facilities. The seminar will examine these legal models, including leases, licences, management agreements, hire agreements and other occupancy rights, discussing those most commonly used, and the challenges and benefits of each model.    James has almost 20 years experience advising local government, community organisations and privately run recreational facilities on their asset and property management, assisting organisations manage their assets in a cost effective and efficient way, especially in the context of joint use.

Hayden Zammit OAM – Tourism & Digital Marketing Coordinator, Zoos South Australia:

Inspiring and educating visitors through technology

Adelaide Zoo visitors can now receive location-specific content through Bluetooth technology via 65 ‘beacons’ across the Adelaide Zoo site. It provides visitors with information that is relevant to their visit on the day, whilst sharing the important conservation efforts of Zoos SA and making information more accessible.

Jayson Kelly, Director, Xyst: Sustainable Existence

Jayson has over 25 years of local government experience in the parks sector, either as a council officer, parks manager, or senior consultant specialising in parks management.

This seminar is aimed at those involved in the planning and management of sports, recreation and nature spaces, streetscapes, playgrounds, soft and hard park infrastructure.

Dr Natasha Schranz, Active Healthy Kids Australia Chair, University of South Australia

Do Our Kids Have all the Tools?

The latest Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People graded Australia with a D- for overall Physical Activity, with only one in five kids getting enough physical activity every day. The Report Card posed the question: Do our kids have all the tools they need to be active for life? The results suggest that this is not the case.

So how do we all play our part to ensure that kids are equipped with the tools they need to not only be more active now and in the future but to also experience the joy that being physically active brings?

Tyson Edwards: former AFL champion and SANFL coach.

Leadership forum panellist

Edwards is widely regarded as one of the most consistent and durable players of all time.  And it’s this ability to perform consistently at the highest level that marks Tyson out as a true professional and inspirational speaker.

Office for Recreation and Sport:

 Advancing Active Recreation in South Australia - Part One

Be updated on the projects and direction of the National Active Recreation Working Group (NARWG) This session will provide delegates an opportunity to share ideas and shape Government involvement in Active Recreation in SA.

 Advancing Active Recreation in South Australia - Part Two

Join a special presentation looking at the AusPlay data for South Australia. Learn more about the participation landscape of active recreation in SA. The AusPlay study is the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia, which aims to identify strategies to grow participation in sport, leisure and recreation.

Download the program here: 2017 Conference Program

More program highlights will be announced in March.


2017 Recreation SA Awards

Each year Recreation SA is proud to recognise 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?

The awards are open to all Recreation SA members.

They will be presented at a ceremony at the 2017 Recreation, Parks  and Leisure Conference on April 3, at the ARC Campbelltown.

Nominations for the following awards must be received by March 10, 2017.

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

We’re Hiring

Do you have a passion for recreation and the outdoors and want to be part of a growing organisation? 

Recreation SA is the peak body for recreation in South Australia.

Our vision is to increase the participation and profile of active recreation in South Australia and we are currently searching for a suitably qualified individual to fill the role of Trails Project Officer.

Reporting to the Executive Officer, the role is crucial in ensuring projects in the Trails & Outdoor recreation sectors are managed, contributing significantly to our development and growth plans.

Prime areas of responsibility include:

  • Project development and driving achievement of outcomes arising from the 10 year Recreational Trails Master Plan
  • Management of social media and website content relating to the Trails sector
  • Administration support to the Trails Advisory Group, Trails Forum, and related sub committees.

The successful applicant will possess the following key skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Able to build and maintain relationships based on trust and respect
  • Excellent knowledge of the trails and outdoor industry in South Australia
  • Experience with managing and moderating social media and websites
  • Able to think ahead and anticipate what is needed to achieve positive outcomes
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to work under pressure
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field
  • Excellent administration skills and effective use of the Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Experience and knowledge of not for profit and volunteer organizations.

A copy of the full position description can be found here: job-description-trails-v2-nov-2016.

If you have the necessary background and experience and are eligible to work in Australia, please forward your resume with a covering letter addressing the key requirements for the role to:

Nick Takos

Executive Officer

Recreation South Australia

 Applications close:          Monday 5 December 2016

If you have any further questions regarding the advertised vacancy, please contact Nick Takos on 0418 814 867.

Outdoor Industry Forum

Recreation SA invites you to attend an important Forum this week, held to inform the development of a business case for a new national training package for the outdoor industry.

SkillsIQ has been commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to complete the necessary research and consultation to develop a Business Case setting out the strategic and evidentiary case for change within the SIS Sport and Recreation Training package of the Outdoor Recreation Qualifications.

We want to hear from Employers and RTOs in the Outdoor Recreation sector to better understand the needs of the sector beyond 2016.

The information collected will be used to inform the Business Case that will be put to the AISC to conduct a full review of the Outdoor Recreation Training Qualifications.

Liz Horne has been engaged by SkillsIQ as skills engagement specialist for outdoor recreation to capture information and feedback from industry in regards the training package.

We invite you to join Liz at a forum to:

  • Discuss current needs and trends within the sector
  • Highlight future needs of workforce within the sector
  • Discuss key recommendations from the TRAINING FOR THE OUTDOOR SECTORS: Future Priorities Paper
  • Validate  job roles and function within industry
  • Understand the changes in the VET sector


This will give you an opportunity to review the recommendations currently being considered.



DATE 4TH November 2016
VENUE TAFE SA – Regency Campus, Regency Road,  Regency Park – Building A
TIME 10:00AM to 2:00PM – A light lunch will be served
RSVP 2 November 2016 –
CONTACT Nick Takos, Recreation SA


For more information please contact SkillsIQ:  E:  M: 0438 106161

Club SA supports Watch Around Water for a further two years

Recreation SA is delighted to announce Clubs SA has agreed to again partner with the organisation and support the expansion of the Watch Around Water program for further two years. The backing of Clubs SA will enable Recreation SA to continue to work towards achieving its aim to strengthen the reach of the program in SA, to obtain a total of 65 registered Watch Around Water venues across the state by 2018. Achieving this target will assist in the reduction of drowning-related incidents in the SA aquatic sector and enhance the promotion of a culture of water safety across the entire community.

Thanks to the financial support of Clubs SA over the past two years, Recreation SA has been able to fund and deliver a 100 per cent increase in registered locations across the state, resulting in thousands more families becoming aware of the importance of the Watch Around Water safety concepts.

At the commencement of Clubs SA’s major sponsorship in 2014, the Watch Around Water program was being implemented in 22 local swimming pools. Utilising funding from Clubs SA, Recreation SA has been supported to further develop and expand the program, with Watch Around Water now implemented throughout 45 metropolitan and regional public swimming centres.

Watch Around Water in SA can now boast significant customer reach, with the Watch Around Water message now extended to more than 4 million patrons and swimming school students per annum in this state.

Code of Practice for SA Public Swimming Pools released in September

Recreation SA is proud to announce the State’s first-ever Code of Practice for SA Public Swimming Pools will be published in September.

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

Join Recreation SA Chairman Iain Evans and the Recreation SA Aquatics Advisory Committee, to mark this important milestone, which will be celebrated as part of the 2016-17 SA Aquatic Season Launch, on September 5.

The event will be held upstairs at The ARC at Campbelltown, 531 Lower North East Rd, Campbelltown, from 2-3pm.

Copies of the Code of Practice will be available at this event.

Please join us for afternoon tea and a tour of the new facility after the  launch.

Recreation SA is grateful for the support of the Office for Recreation and Sport for its assistance in the completion of this document.

Please RSVP your intention to attend, to, before September 1.

Recreation SA's AGM will be held shortly after, at 4pm, at the same location.

New Executive Officer appointed

On behalf of the Board of Recreation SA, I am delighted to announce that Nick Takos has been appointed the new Executive Officer of Recreation SA.

Nick brings a wealth of valuable experience to the role, having worked in commercial and management roles in numerous major sporting codes for nearly 20 years.

His vast experience includes commercial and management roles at Netball SA, South Australian Cricket Association and the Adelaide Football Club.

Nick has also lectured at the University of South Australia in sports management, sponsorship, business development, marketing and strategic management. He has completed an MBA in Sports Management and is currently completing a PhD in Leadership and Organisational Culture. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Marketing.

Recreation SA is excited Nick has joined the organisation. His experience, leadership, commercial expertise and enthusiasm for recreation will be a great asset to Recreation SA, our members and the recreation sector.

Nick will commence Monday, August 22.

Iain Evans

Chairman, Recreation SA