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Aquatic industry skills workshop

Workshop 2:  Team retention and recruitment

This workshop has been developed for aquatic industry personnel of all levels and experience. The session will be delivered in three sections covering:

  • The current state of play
  • Existing and future actions
  • Fixing a broken system

When: 9.30am to 12.30pm, Tuesday 28 June 2022, followed by lunch

Location: Life Saving Victoria State Office, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne 3207

Cost for session: Free (includes lunch)

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Industry masterclass: People Leaders

People leaders know how to keep their staff and teams engaged. This can be a challenge when managing some staff that have short contract periods or who work on a casual basis. Balancing the needs of short-term employees and longer-term staff can be tricky.

This workshop will explore a diverse range of employee engagement strategies specifically for the aquatics industry and provide frontline managers and leaders with practical strategies for setting and meeting the expectations of others while meeting drivers of satisfaction of team members.

The session will include:

  • 5 challenges of managing a casual workforce
  • What makes a staff member loyal?
  • Diverse strategies for engaging short and longer-term staff
  • Team and group dynamics in the aquatic industry
  • Your relationships trump your skills in engaging staff – being a good person
  • Self-management and self-engagement

When:  1.30pm-4.00pm session, Tuesday 2 August 2022, 1.00pm for networking lunch

Location: Life Saving Victoria State Office, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne 3207

Meet Peter

Peter Agnew has been involved in the Aquatic and public safety sector for over three decades.

He is the current Director of People Development Australia, is a Consultant & Facilitator at Australian Institute of Management and has been a previous National General Manager of Surf Life Saving Australia.

Peter comes to us with a Master’s in Education, Business and Psychotherapy, bringing extensive real-life knowledge and skills to this People Leadership Masterclass – where we will delve deep into the drivers of satisfaction of casual, short term and longer term employees.

To view our other recent professional development sessions please see below:

Archived Sessions

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Life Saving Victoria took the decision to partner with various industry organisations to deliver free professional development webinars to industry personnel.

The webinars were broken down into service-area streams and you can view recordings of these webinars at the service-area headings below.

2022 Aquatic Industry PD Sessions

March 2022:

Workshop 1: Emergency Management and Incident Investigation

The workshop featured an experienced panel of  emergency service and industry guest speakers, with a focus on incident management, medical emergencies and more.

Held: 10am to 12:30pm, Wednesday 23rd March 2022,

Location: Life Saving Victoria, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne 3207

Gerald Dixon, City of Ballarat  – Emergency response following a fatal incident :

Naomi Leunig, Life Saving Victoria – Implementing initial response:

Dylan Hall, Ambulance Victoria – Responding to a critical incident and medical emergencies:

Naomi Leunig, Life Saving Victoria – Managing post emergency activities:

Emma Barry & Michael Devlin, WorkSafe Victoria – Actions post an emergency:

Dr Bernadette Matthews, Life Saving Victoria – Managing the media:

Josephine McGuiness, Coroners Prevention Unit  – Coronial investigations and the Coroners Prevention Unit

2021 AFAR PD Sessions

November 2021:


  • Pool Safety Assessments 101
  • Diving into Water Safety Week with ‘Swim City’
  • Diversity and Inclusion Opportunities

August 2021:

Main Session (above):

“Community Stories” – Stories of resilience, diversity and inclusion from the aquatic industry

  • Travis and Rahullah (The Y) – Dandenong Leisure Facilities / LSV CALD Aquatic Project
  • Mandy (Active Monash) – Diversity & Inclusion within Active Monash
  • Brendan (City of Melbourne) – Resilience, Diversity & Inclusion: Then & Now
  • Mahamad (Banyule City Council) – Beyond Youth

Swimming and Water Safety Stream (beside):


  • Liz White – Victorian Department of Education and Training – Victorian Budget funding and English Language School swimming programs
  • Victorian Water Safety Certificate (VWSC) – new resources and competencies update
  • VWSC e-learning module

Swimming & Water Safety Stream:


May 2021 

Main Session: 

AFAR May 11 Program:


  • Lifeguard turnover in aquatic and recreation centres: Perspectives from managers” (Dr John Tower, Victoria University)
  • “Panel Q&AWhere have all the lifeguards and swimming teachers gone?” (Dr John Tower, Mandy Noltan, Mary Moran, Ramzi Husseini) 

Swimming & Water Safety Stream:

Pool Safety Stream:

March sessions:

Main Room & Pool Safety Stream:

Swimming & Water Safety Stream:

2020 AFAR AHEAD PD Sessions

Session 1: Recording: August 12th 2020

  • 10am-10:30am – Safety & Operations: Writing Emergency Management Plans – Examples and tips (Adrian Paino, LSV)
  • 10:30-11:00am – Swimming and Water Safety Education: School Swimming in 2020 (Dr Rachael Whittle, VCAA)
  • 11:00-11:30am – Leadership: Culture and Behaviour 10-1 in Creating Good Culture (Dr Rob O’Brien, Aus & NZ College of Anaesthetists)

Session 2: Recording: September 9th 2020

  • 10:00-10:30am – Safety & Operations: Back to the Pool – Reopening Guidance (Andy Dennis, LSV)
  • 10:30-11:00am – Swimming and Water Safety Education: National Framework – Resources and Guidance (Kate Simpson, LSV)
  • 11:00-11:30am – Leadership: Influence & Manage Effective Workplace Relationships (Kathryn Williams, Aligned Leisure)

Session 3: Recording: October 14th 2020

  • 10:00-10:30am – Safety & Operations: What does a WorkSafe Inspector look for? (Michael Devlin, WorkSafe Victoria)
  • 10:30-11:00am – Swimming and Water Safety Education: Water Safety Week – Inspiration from Industry (Kylie Fleming, Hume City Council)
  • 11:00-11:30am – Leadership: Managing programs that lead to personal effectiveness (Matt Frost, Darebin City Council)

Session 4: Recording: November 11th 2020

  • 10:00-11:30am – Examples of COVID-Safety from industry
2020 Safety and Operations PD

Safety and Operations

This stream is suitable for:

  • Duty Managers
  • Aquatic Supervisors
  • Centre Coordinators
  • Pool Lifeguards
  • Pool Plant Operators
  • Maintenance Officers
  • Similar operational staff

The APRIL Sessions were:

The MAY Sessions were:

The JUNE Sessions were:

2020 Health and Fitness PD

Health and Fitness

These sessions were suitable for:

  • Health and Fitness Instructors
  • Fitness Centre Coordinators / Managers
  • Group Exercise Instructors
  • Personnel Trainers
  • Similar health and fitness staff

The APRIL Sessions were:

The MAY Sessions were:

The JUNE sessions were:

Our Partners

Our Partners

LSV are very grateful for the contribution and support of our AFAR Professional Development Series Partners: