As you know, due to the change in alert levels, Waves 2021 was unable to go ahead as a face-to-face conference. We had some fantastic speakers lined up to share their knowledge and stories with you at the conference and we don't want you to miss out or have to wait a year for their presentations and insights.

With this in mind, we're bringing you a series of online presentations from the speakers you would have seen at Waves 2021. Over the next few weeks there will be some live panels, giving you the opportunity to engage directly with the speakers and a number of pre-recorded sessions. Then we'll finish everything off with a celebration of the 2021 Aquatics Awards winners!

Keep checking back as this page is updated with presentations. Access is for Waves 2021 delegates only, check your emails for the password or email

Waves 2021 Presentations

Access is for Waves 2021 delegates only, check your emails for the password or email

PANEL: Constant Supervision

In the 2020/2021 we had two fatal drownings and five non-fatal drownings of children under the age of 10. Parental/guardian supervision was a contributing factor in these incidents.
In response, Recreation Aotearoa put out a constant supervision video PSA and circulated it across social media. Many councils and facility operators had their own responses to the incidents, in this webinar Bay Venues Ltd and Hanmer Springs will share the initiatives they have put in place at their facilities. 

PANEL: Unacceptable Customer Behaviour

This presentation and panel will provides an insight into how to address and reduce unacceptable customer behaviour including everything from; front-line team members dealing with situations on-the-spot, to managers dealing with escalated problems, and to increasing wider awareness and support through transparency and reporting.

Our speakers are Rowan Foley (Christchurch City Council), Martin Mackereth (Gore District Council).

PANEL: Accessible Facilities for All

In this panel discussion, hosted by Andrew Leslie, CEO of Recreation Aotearoa, we heard from from Compass Wilts-Ramsay from Inside Out, Justin Muschamp from Sport NZ, Kurt Cordice from Enigmatic Global and Raewyn Hailes from CCS Disability Action.

Thanks to all who joined us for this informative webinar, especially our speakers:

WEBINAR: Lifeguard Shortages

In this webinar we brought the industry together to discuss lifeguard shortages and the challenges that it is creating within the NZ aquatics industry.

You can view the summary of the meeting chat here

Promoting Greater Inclusion & Community Cohesion - Kurt Cordice, Enigmatic Global

Water is everywhere in Aotearoa, and being in, on or around the water could be considered an important part of New Zealand culture. Lack of aquatic confidence, ability and local knowledge can be a barrier to inclusion for many in our diverse communities. This is in addition to the increased risk of drowning and water-related accidents within those communities.

The Global Swim Project has been active in Aotearoa, and specifically in the Bay of Plenty since 2018. Its purpose is to promote and facilitate greater inclusion of diverse communities in aquatics and water safety. This talk will explore some of the challenges, results and insights of the project so far. The need for program customisation, industry cooperation and specialised training of professionals within aquatic industries will be discussed.

Finally, the role of water safety training in bringing diverse communities closer together in Aotearoa will be explored.

Waterplay enhancing your facility - Chris Bowser, Parkequip

Christopher Bowser has become one of the most trusted names in Aquatic Leisure. With the ability to guide a project from concept and design to support after activation, he is the mind that drives the development of the innovative and thrilling Waterplay attractions. As a key contributor to some of the world's greatest theme parks, Christopher has helped Australian municipal councils create iconic leisure spaces at Aquatic Centres and Public Parks. People of all abilities can immerse themselves in a fun and safe atmosphere. Christopher has helped Australian Holiday Parks become the envy of the world by mentoring their transformation to 'Destination Parks' and building draw-cards that will keep families returning year after year.

FPC Announcement

FPC, our Premier Sponsor at Waves, were gearing up to make an exclusive announcement to our Waves 2021 delegates, so we're bringing it to you now.

FPC manufacture and supply the most comprehensive range of Filtration & Water Treatment equipment for public swimming pools in New Zealand and the Pacific Rim countries.

Over the past years, they have also manufactured trickle irrigation sand filters, both high and low pressure, manual and automatic together with after-strainers of various capacities.

Their history in Water Treatment goes back to 1958 and they have sponsored Waves conference for over 20 years.

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