Official Program update

New release of the official Aquafutures Conference Program!

Program contains new and exciting presenters, topics and detailed information about the event.

Don’t forget to check out the Key Note Speaker Summary which gives you a bit of insight into our Speakers at this years Aquafutures Conference.

Please find the program at this link.

Speaker Update – RJ Houston

RJ will be speaking at our Palm Beach Conference, via zoom.

RJ Houston is the National Manager – Aquatics at Royal Life Saving Australia. RJ started in the aquatic industry over 17 years ago as a lifeguard and swim teacher and has worked in roles across local government, not-for-profit, management bodies and peak bodies.

Previous to this role, RJ has worked both as a facility manager and as a state manager with responsibility for industry events, coordination, advocacy and particularly compliance and safety, developing and executing state-wide risk management strategies for the aquatic industry and aquatic recreation sector.

RJ has studied and holds various qualifications in legal studies, politics, work health safety, emergency management, project management, investigations, auditing and business administration. RJ is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration.

Speaker Update – Em. Prof John Pearn AO RFD

Emeritus Prof John Pearn AO RFD will be joining us as a speaker at our Palm Beach Conference on Friday 3 September 2021 and discussing ‘Bystander Rescue the “D” in DRSABCD’.

Professor Pearn has an extensive and diverse career as a paediatrician, surgeon, military physician and academic. Early in his career, John enlisted as a Captain in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, and in 1998 was promoted to Major General, serving as one of Australia’s most senior doctor-soldiers. In the same year, John was appointed Surgeon General to the ADF, where he served until his retirement in early 2001.

In 2018, Prof John Pearn was a Diploma Award Recipient for his significant contribution to Royal Life Saving Society knowledge in the areas of drowning and near drowning through academic and practitioner research for over 40 years of productive impactful research.

In addition to Professor Pearn’s research, he has also been a valuable mentor to younger researchers in the field. He also assists Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to be across new research in the field through his role as National Medical Advisor.

Trade Show Update – VICI

Royal Life Saving Society would like to welcome back VICI to their fifth Aquafutures Trade Show.

“Vici” (vee-chee) meaning Veni, Vidi, Vici or I came, I saw, I conquered; is an all Australian swimwear brand.

Each garment and product is designed and inspired by our love of the Australian outdoors lifestyle. Vici designs high quality pieces that are functional, appealing and comfortable for the little ones, the athletes and everyone in between.

Check out their website to learn more information:

Trade Show Update – Life Saving Chaplaincy

Exciting News! Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia is attending Aquafutures Palm Beach Conference 2021.

Life Saving Chaplaincy was founded by Terry Legg in 1995 with the aim of serving all life savers in Australia. The Australian Life Saving movement is one of the world’s greatest families. It boasts generations of voluntary service, fosters lasting friendships, displays personal and professional integrity, and is totally committed to embrace the highest of human values: it saves lives.

A proud and loyal part of this family, Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia serves through pastoral care and social and emotional comfort for all Life Savers. They endeavour to respond to each individual’s needs, fostering sustained emotional and spiritual wellbeing for all members regardless of age, background or nationality.

Check out their website to learn more information: 


Trade Show Update – Funky Trunks & Funkita

With the best chlorine and sun resistant fabrics on the market, Funky Trunks and Funkita offers comfortable, flattering styles across an extensive range of swimwear, underwear, beachwear and apparel that will keep you moving and inspired day in and day out, even through your most challenging workout. Designed by athletes, for athletes, Funky Trunks & Funkita sponsor over 120 competitive athletes across Australia and the world. From the quality of the products to the support of rising athletes and local communities, it is the brand to trust and love.

Check out their website for more information: and


Key Note Speaker – Andrew Chan

Andrew Chan

We would like to welcome aboard our Mareeba Conference Key Note Speaker, Andrew Chan.

Andrew Chan is currently the Learning Project Manager for Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW), Andrew joined the organisation in 2018 and has delivered a number of key learning initiatives.

Most recently, Andrew successfully designed and delivered an innovative learning solution to a cohort of 2,600 people. This was shared and presented to other international counterparts at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2019 held in South Africa.

Andrew represents SLSNSW on a number of Technical Advisory Committees formed by SkillsIQ and AIS (Australian Industry Standards), he is also a member of ERTOA (Enterprise Registered Training Organisation Association) and Deputy Chair of AUSTSWIM Advisory Committee – NSW.

In 2013, Andrew was appointed as International Liaison Officer in a volunteer capacity representing RLSSQ to establish a close and mutually beneficial relationship with Long Tou Life Saving Club in Macau through a range of activities and annual re-accreditation workshops. This initiative assists the local Life Saving Club with building local training capacity.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Trade displays provide the opportunity to showcase your company to delegates at one of the most innovative gatherings of the aquatic industry. Exhibiting demonstrates your company’s commitment to the industry and allows you to establish business and personal relationships with some of Australia’s growing and leading industry members.

There is nothing more effective than doing business face-to-face. Exhibiting at Aquafutures 2021 will generate great brand awareness, a forum for companies to share ideas and form partnerships within the industry to strengthen your future business opportunities. 


Taking an active approach to stand out above the crowd, sponsorship brings your company to the forefront and showcases your support for the industry.

  • Maximum exposure at a premier conference devoted to those involved in the aquatics industry;
  • An opportunity to build and reinforce relationships within the aquatics industry;
  • Time to network and socialise with industry colleagues and decision makers;
  • A cost effective and value for money way to strengthen your organisations brand and build brand-awareness amongst a relevant audience;
  • Broad access to a network of industry partners from across the country;
  • Time to present the latest innovations, new products and technology to a captive audience and showcase your expertise and capabilities; and
  • Increased marketing opportunities including visibility on conference website and other associated materials

4 Weeks to go!!

Have you registered for Aquafutures yet? Time is running out with only 4 weeks to go, get in quick, register before 31 July and receive a free RLSS Branded Thermo Drinking Bottle (RRP $15.00).

Register for the conference now ($88.00) and get a 40% discount on our First Aid, Pool Lifeguard Update and Swim Teacher in Water Safety courses.

5 Weeks To Go!!

5 weeks to go!

Have you registered for Aquafutures yet? Time is running out with only 5 weeks to go, get in quick, register before 31 July and receive a free RLSS Branded Thermo Drinking Bottle (RRP $15.00).

Register for the conference now ($88.00) and get a 40% discount on our First Aid, Pool Lifeguard Update and Swim Teacher in Water Safety courses.