Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our members and the broader recreation industry of South Australia. We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year break with family, friends and loved ones. We have an exciting year ahead and are looking forward to working closely with you and the industry in 2019.

Important Water Safety Message  

Unfortunately, it has been a tragic start to the South Australian summer with an increase in the number of rescues and drownings at our beaches, rivers and pools.

Two major drowning incidents occurred over the Christmas & New Year period at popular Adelaide beaches and this is a timely reminder for all concerned.

  1. Learn water safety
  2. Learn to swim
  3. Keep Watch Around Water (WAW)

Our pool and beach volunteer life guards do an amazing job, but as parents and carers it is vital to assist them. Please keep in mind the key Watch Around Water principles:

  1. Under 10 years always keep children within sight
  2. Under 5 years always keep them within arm’s reach

And please remember to supervise and put down your mobile devices and ensure everyone is safe this summer.

Leadership and Advocacy

The year ahead presents a lot of fantastic opportunities for the South Australian Recreation industry and for Rec SA as your peak advocate body.

Dance schools and studios are now eligible for the $100 Sports Vouchers made available through the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. To be eligible for these vouchers you simply need to become a Rec SA member and get all the other additional benefits. Contact admin@recreationsa.org for further information.

On January 21, we partnered with Survive First Aid to deliver a Wilderness First Aid Course. The course ran at the Baptist Care Adventure Camp, Mylor and was extremely well attended and received. Another course will be made available in early 2020.

Late 2019 will see the completion of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAAS). Pre-released core standards were made available in December and can be found in this edition of E-News. Rec SA will be involved with hosting 2 x AAAS information webinars in Feb/March of this year. Details of the webinars will be provided in due course.

We have been advocating for the opening of reservoirs for recreational activities for quite some time and the new Liberal Government is committed to making this a reality. We have been working with Dep. Environment and Water (DEW) & SA Water behind the scenes and are pleased to announce we will be involved in the 2019 working group for Recreation. Our goal is to work alongside the Government taskforce and have some reservoirs opened for land based recreational activities this year.

We remain heavily involved with South Australian Water Safety Council, collectively working with Ministers, The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and other industry leader’s and stakeholder to address water safety and education. Recreation SA will be part of a CALD specific subcommittee which will focus on water safety programs, has now been established and will met in early February.

Our funding application to conduct research into why children are not accessing water safety lessons in SA is progressing well. We received full support and endorsement from the SA Water Safety Committee and have engaged CERM PI (Uni SA) to assist with our research methodology. We have collaborated with DECD, Life Saving Victoria and Royal Life Saving Australia and look forward to a positive result early 2019.

Funding is still available from the Office for Rec, Sport and Racing to become a Watch Around Water Centre. The WAW program is 100% FREE for 12-months and is worth $435. The WAW program is extremely easy to implement and all the required marketing and training content will be mailed out to you. This program saves lives and helps your lifeguards and educates parents. Contact aquatics@recreationsa.org for further information.

I am pleased to announce that in 2019, Recreation SA will be a member of the Australian Leisure Facilities Association (AFLA). This is a national body that will involve all relevant state peak bodies;

  • Aquatics & Recreation Victoria
  • LIWA (Leisure institute of WA, Aquatics)
  • ARI NSW – Aquatics & Recreation Institute NSW
  • ALFA - QLD

The main purpose will be to provide advocacy and pick up issues challenging the sector on a national level. ALFA will act as a means for networking and collaboration between state counterparts facing similar challenges within their state and or organisations and allow advocacy and lobbying on a federal level. This is a very evicting initiative being led by Grant and his team at Aquatics and Recreation Victoria.

Finally, in December last year we submitted a grant application to The Office for Rec, Sport and Racing to introduce a Reconciliation Action Plan. If successful, the RAP once complete will be made available for our members to implement.


There are some exciting opportunities to be involved with Recreation SA in 2019. We are currently seeking two new highly skilled and fantastic people to join our team.

  • Trails Project Officer: 2 to 3 days a week facilitating Trails SA, the Trails SA Advisory Committee, Outdoors committee and our Trails projects for 2019. Must have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Outdoor and Trails industry.
  • Trails admin and web development officer: 1 to 2 days a week working on content management and importing trails on the Trails SA website. Must have a wealth of experience with website and IT knowledge (Word Press).

For further information and a detailed job description on each of these exciting opportunities please contact eo@recreationsa.org


I would like to acknowledge and thank the work and efforts of Kerry Houston. Kerry has been a long serving Board Director of Rec SA but will not continue with her duties in 2019. Kerry has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Outdoor Recreation sector and will remain as the Chair on our Outdoor Rec Advisory Committee.

Thank you, Kerry from everyone at Recreation SA for all your hard work. Like all our directors and committee members, Kerry volunteered her time and juggled her own commitments (career, family, hobbies, sports and recreational activities) to help improve and increase the profile and participation of active recreation within South Australia and ensure as the peak body we advocate to highest possible order. Thank you.

Warm regards,

Stu Ferenci
Recreation SA, Executive Officer