IN TOUCH WITH THE CEO Welcome to our warming winter Pooling Resources Newsletter for AUSTSWIM Licence holders - both Teachers of Swimming and Water Safety and now the WETS Aqua Instructor. The Newsletter gives us an opportunity to keep you updated on news within the organisation, industry and community.
In this edition the topics include:
the valued association with Education Departments – this month we feature NSW
an AUSTSWIM Teacher flying the flag and making a community difference
information and knowledge on the specific population group who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
AUSTSWIM Guidelines and GSPOs
a Teaching Tip
Since the last newsletter, I have been attending the AUSTSWIM Soak It Up Conference series around the country. A big thank you to all the presenters who took the time to prepare and deliver valuable education sessions at the conferences. Trade exhibitors were on hand to connect with Teachers and Aqua Instructors in order to showcase their industry products and services. Their support and contribution is much appreciated. It was a delight for me to speak with ‘industry drivers’, that is, YOU - the AUSTSWIM Teacher and Aqua Instructor. Don't underestimate your contribution to community members in the area of water safety education, the sport of swimming, recreation opportunities and health and well being benefits. Thank you for wearing the AUSTSWIM badge.
WHAT'S MAKING NEWS... AUSTSWIM and the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation (GSPOs) The GSPOs provide a best practice framework for every aspect of aquatic operation and programming. They are managed on behalf of the industry by Royal Life Saving Australia.
AUSTSWIM State Advisory Committees (SACs) around the country are currently reviewing the GSPO Program section, providing input and feedback for AUSTSWIM to revert back to the review committee.
Train to join the team as an AUSTSWIM Presenter Are You:
Wanting to inspire others in the aquatic industry
Engaging and energetic
Keen to spread the word about the importance of water safety and its vital life skills
AUSTSWIM is seeking dynamic, experienced and current teachers of swimming and water safety to be trained as AUSTSWIM Presenters.
AUSTSWIM takes the lead in Child Protection AUSTSWIM REMINDER The Working with children check (WWCC) became a requirement for course candidates, aqua instructors and teachers renewing their licences from the 1 July 2016. All AUSTSWIM licences and insurance cover are deemed invalid in instances where currency of WWCC and CPR has lapsed.
AUSTSWIM and YMCA NSW join forces on water safety
Water safety is the big winner in a new strategic partnership announced this week between AUSTSWIM and YMCA NSW. The organisations will work together to advocate for and promote swimming and water safety across NSW and the ACT.
Between 2002 and 2015, there were a total of 128 drowning deaths in children under five years of age in NSW.
NSW Education Department – School Swimming & Water Safety program
In New South Wales the education department celebrated its long and distinguished connection with swimming and water safety education that commenced in 1956 and is now bigger, stronger and more focused on quality learning outcomes than ever before. With professional development and CPR updates as a central focus, 130+ teachers gathered to share in the latest developments in aquatic education.
Help Krista help the kids No-one who attended our National 'Soak it up' conference last year and heard Hands Across the Water founder Peter Baines speak, was left unmoved by his passion and the fantastic work he does. One AUSTSWIM teacher, Krista Palmer, was so inspired she is planning to join next year's fundraising Khao Sok Trek through the jungles of Thailand.
MATE Have you heard about our MATE Course and programs? The City of Canning and AUSTSWIM have launched MATE to promote wellness among people with disabilities or medical conditions. Great to see the community get behind such a great program!
HELPFUL TIPS, RESOURCES & PRODUCT
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)- A Mystery Disease MS is a disease of the central nervous system, the brain and spinal cord. Throughout the human body our central nervous system fibres have a protective covering called myelin
The importance of Grip The simple skill of gripping is such a valuable part of the swimming and water safety lesson.
Babies are born with a natural grasp reflex. They grasp and hold on tight to fingers, toys, hair and clothing. By maintaining the grasp reflex and encouraging a strong grip during the swimming lesson, we build strength and independence and teach babes to support their own body weight in the water.
AUSTSWIM PRODUCT OF THE MONTH
Vietnam Swim Mission 10-22 September 2016 or 15-28 April 2017 or 2-15 July 2017
Currently, Mission Travel have a special that if you book by 31 July for the September trip you get up to $250 off. Check out the details here: