Code of Practice for SA Public Swimming Pools - Review underway

Launched in September 2016, the SA Code of Practice is now undergoing an annual review to improve its functionality within industry.  The Aquatic Advisory Committee is seeking feedback from all users to further develop and enhance this document.

View the document here, with feedback forms on page 12 (page 15 when printing).

Please forward all feedback to the Aquatics Advisory Committee, c/o Pania Rawlins, before 8 June 2017.

Please email feedback to or send to:

3/95 King William Road, Unley, SA, 5061.

SA Swimming Pool Audit and Master Plan:

Recreation SA has secured one year of 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 before distributing to a database of over 170 aquatic facilities, including local government, private swim schools and SA Education Department pools.  Recreation SA is confident this project will 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.

Aquatic Advisory Committee:

An overview of the meeting held on 2 March 2017:

  • SA Water Safety Plan (2016-2020) – discussion on what the Plan means for the aquatics sector and current focus
  • Aquatic Priorities Updates


  • Watch Around Water - 60 registered centres.  New resources and artwork shared from WA to adapt to SA.  Consideration of another Ambassador for the program.
  • Code of Practice for Public Swimming Pools in SA – initiate review process with feedback to be received by June.
  • Advocacy for every child to have access to water safety lessons – discussion on RecSA’s approach to Ministers to make change, similar to legislation made in Victorian for schools to include in the curriculum, plus discussion of the SA Health Plan and how programs should be structured to meet targets
  • Communication and advocacy – plan a networking breakfast for middle of the year
  • SPAMP Project – survey to go to a database of 165 pools.  The Code of Practice and WAW included in the survey to assist in the distribution of the two
  • ORS Sports Vouchers – swim schools must be members of Swimming SA to accept the vouchers, meeting with Swimming SA to discuss more
  • Sharing of Governance Documents – discussion on adding position descriptions and awards to a library for members.  It was decided a reference to valuable sources would be made in the SA Code of Practice
  • Committee Member Movement – Andrew Bessant (Adelaide City Council) and Nigel Dennis (City of Tea Tree Gully) have resigned from the Committee
  • 2017 Advocacy – Committee’s top issues have been received and will be compiled with Members’ industry profiles and ORS surveys in readiness for the Board’s strategic planning day in May
  • Next Meeting: Thursday 18th May 2017 at Recreation SA

Request for Photography Opportunities

Swimming centres offer a whole range of community benefits.  No matter the scale of the facility, they can act as a social hub to the community.

Recreation SA are looking to take stills and videos of your facilities to be included in the SPAMP project and for Recreation SA’s photo library.  Our photographer will have release forms available for those photographed.  If you provide programs for or host any of the following user groups, please email Pania Rawlins at and advise which areas you can assist with:

  • Programs/ users: learn to swim, aqua fitness, yoga, school holiday program, elderly, people with a disability, rehab, CALD, DECD, sporting clubs, birthday parties, special events
  • Employees/ volunteers: diversity (age, employment status, ethnicity), range of positions: customer service, first aid, lifeguarding, instructing, plant room, managing, mentoring
  • Facilities: metro, regional, indoor, outdoor, standard

I am particularly interested in building our library of CALD, multicultural, indigenous, elderly, diversity, to ensure Recreation SA accurately reflects users and participants.

If you’ve any questions, please contact Pania Rawlins, Aquatics Project Officer, at Recreation SA.