2019 Country Pool Managers Conference

Dates: Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th May 2019

Location: Armidale Ex Services Club
137 Dumaresq Street
             Armidale NSW 2350

Dear Delegate,

The 2019 Annual Country Pool Managers Conference will be held in Armidale at the Armidale Ex Services Memorial Club from Wednesday 15th to Friday 17 th May.

The training session on Wednesday morning addresses significant issues which have occurred with the mixing of incompatable chemicals.

Inspector Steve Perkins - Fire and Rescue NSW. “The Major Hazards dealing with Chemicals and how to reduce the risk in our Centres ”.

Andrew Battye - SafeWork NSW Dangerous Goods & Explosives – “Legislative Requirements and Storage”.

John McKenny - Macquatics Training will provide information on “Water Test Procedures and Requirements”, “Calculating your pools turnover”, “Lightning – Pre During and Post Action”.

Thursday’s session has many many interesting and relevent speakers.
Included below is a shapshot of some of these.

Liz King and Paul Hobson from Cancer Council NSW.

An increase engagement in sun protection around Aquatic Centre’s can do a lot to reduce future skin cancer risk, particularly amongst children, UV exposure in childhood significantly increases skin cancer risk later in life. This presentation will briefly cover why UV protection is so important, what works, and invite conference participants to share insights on what approaches they think would be most helpful in shaping a new approach to UV protection amongst public pools.

BackTrack Youth Works

We are proud to have Bernie Shakeshaft from BackTrack Youth Works speaking at our conference. Bernie is the founder and CEO of BackTrack in Armidale NSW. He has spent the past 25 years working and living out his passion ….catching wild dogs and wild kids. For many years he lived in the Northern Territory learning his trade in remote areas, learning the lessons of life in the bush and surrounded by wise and skillful Aboriginal and old school stockmen.

Bernie works with the most disadvantaged young people in our communities. His vision is to keep them alive, out of jail, and chasing their hopes and dreams.

BackTrack has won many awards for their work with our youth culminating in a Documentary last year. ( we urge you to go to the website and have a look.)

Bernie will hopefully give delegates an insight and a better understanding on ways to communicate with the youth at our centres and the wider community.

Red Zone Training

An intense style of training that re-creates as many aspects of an actual emergency in the pool as possible. Gary Johnson from See Clearly Now, will explain how Red Zone Training will test procedures, enhance skills, build teams and develop trust within your staff. A must see presentation.

James Harwood Swim School/Yazidi Representative from Iraq

A discussion on Refugee settlement in country towns; how history, culture and knowledge affect outcomes and safety. Presentation on the evolving work that is occurring to assist with a safe and educative involvement in community spaces through the use of swimming lessons, pool safety issues other projects being developed by the Armidale community. What has the effect of this been and what are the likely outcomes.

The information pack contains a Registration Form, Conference Agenda and Accommodation Guide.

Please contact myself 0428 295 716 or Kerry Lynch 0422 295 030 if you know of other Pool Managers or staff who have not received information about the Conference or would like to be added to the mailing list.

We suggest you book your accomodation quickly and browse the Tourism web site to see what the the beautiful New England Tablelands and Armidale has to offer.
Go to or Call 02 6770 3888

Armidale Regional Council looks forward to welcoming all delegates to the 2019 Conference.

Yours Sincerely,

Stephen Gollan
2019 Conference Co-Convenor
Aquatic Centre Manager
Monckton Aquatic Centre

Registration Form

Conference Agenda



Registration Form

Conference Agenda



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