475 funded accredited aquatics certificates were delivered to 304 participants from 50 of South Australia's regional and metropolitan pools. With industry contribution totaling $522,350 and 285 employment outcomes this project has provided far-reaching and extensive benefits to the South Australian Aquatics sector.

February 2009 – June 2013


To address the Aquatics industry attraction and retention difficulties due to the shortage of well-trained individuals, a causal workforce and the seasonal nature of operations Service Skills SA (SSSA) commenced the Aquatics Attraction Project. An Industry Partnership Program Project funded by the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST), through the SA Works Program, this intiative provided 30 unemployed people the opportunity to gain a Certificate III in Community Recreation with an aquatics specialisation.

The project engaged the peak industry body, Recreation SA, 22 SA pools and a Registered Training Organisation collaborative comprised of Sport SA, Royal Life Saving (SA), AUSTSWIM, Aquatic Operation and Development Australasia (AODA) and World Aquatics. In addition to providing a source of skilled employees the project was designed to assist enterprises develop and adopt a long-term workforce development approach to attraction, training and retention.


This first stage of the project achieved 25 employment outcomes with 29 participants completing aquatics certificates (skills sets) and 6 participants completing the full Certificate III. The Workforce Development (WFD) component of the project commenced late in 2010 and involved collecting key WFD data which was tabled in the SA Aquatics Industry Workforce Development Survey Report. This provided a unique snapshot into the workforce practices, employee characteristics and business drivers of public swimming pools in the South Australian Aquatics Industry. During this investigation SSSA identified that the opening of the SA Aquatics and Leisure Centre and other industry expansions would create a skills ‘hump’. In light of this information DFEEST responded by extending the project timelines and providing further funding for up to 100 participants to undergo aquatics skill set training. This aquatics skills set was comprised of Pool Lifeguard, Pool Operator, AUSTSWIM, Bronze Medallion and Senior First Aid and was scheduled to be delivered to candidates mid year so they would be ready for to work in the 2011 summer season.

In February 2011 the second stage of the Aquatics Attraction Project commenced. This project extension was especially designed to combat issues surrounding poor screening, completion rates and employment outcomes that were present in the first stage of the Aquatics Attraction Project. The extension strategy required pools to agree to be responsible for recruitment, screening and nominating candidates and upon successful completion of training provide employment. Pool owners had the opportunity to engage new employees or further train current staff to expand their skills in the workforce.


  • $522,350 worth of industry contribution
  • Engagement from 50 key metropolitan and regional pools
  • 475 accredited aquatics certificates (skill sets) delivered
  • 304 participants
  • 285 employment outcome
  • SA Aquatics Industry Workforce Development Survey Report
  • Increased cohesion and a new workforce development ethos for the Aquatics Industry


Penny Curtis
Senior Project Officer

Reports & Publications

pdf  SA Aquatics Attraction Project Report Executive Summary (194.19 kB) pdf
pdf  SA Aquatics Attraction Project Report (543.53 kB) pdf
pdf SA Aquatics Industry Workforce Development Survey Report (898.92 kB)



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