Home to Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, explore untouched nature and the region’s breathtaking national parks. 

A trip to Mackay promises natural encounters that make you feel like you’re chartering your own adventure – whether it be exploring secluded beaches, discovering tropical islands just offshore or hiking its famous hinterland.

Reference: Queensland Tourism | Mackay


From the Great Barrier Reef and its tropical islands, to the lush rainforests and World Heritage listed national parks, the once quiet coastal town has merged into a modern metropolis. It’s a place to discover, appreciate and immerse in nature.

Long known as a military base, the Townsville region today remains home to one of the country’s largest army barracks, as the official home of Australia’s 3rd and 11th Brigades. But it’s thanks to this influx of army personnel and their families that the city has prospered – the town today is Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast.

Reference: Queensland Tourism | Townsville

Mackay our beautiful second conference location
Townsville will be our second course location

Souths Suburban Bowls Club

At the Souths Suburban Bowls Club, they strongly believe that the heart of the club lays within their valued members and the Mackay Community. Their main focus is to give back to those who need it and for those who support the club and make it successful. Souths Suburban vision is to provide opportunities for people to enjoy life through various activities and recreation and want to create a culture of goodwill, where people appreciate each other’s endeavours and are happy to reciprocate with gestures and good wishes.

Aquafutures 2021 Conference two will start on Friday 20 August and registration will be open from 8am with the first session discussing First Response following an incident which will start at 9am, the first day will end at 2pm approx. when you will be able to join us at our networking function at the Souths Suburban Bowls Club and have a Sausage Sizzle.

The second day will start on Saturday 21 August at 9am with an official opening and a key note speaker, with lunch starting at 12pm and wrapping up at 3:30pm with pre-dinner drinks and networking and dinner starting at 7pm.

Day 1

8:00am Registration Opens

9:00am First Response following an incident – Al Craig

9:45am Chemicals and their proper storage – Les Mole

10:30am Queensland Health Guidelines – Mary Morrison

11:15am Cert IV Swimming Pool & Spa (CPP41319) Qualification – Les Mole

12:00pm Day 1 Conference Ends

2:00pm Network Function – Sausage Sizzle at the Souths Suburban Bowls Club

Day 2

9:00am Official Opening and Key Note Speaker – Shaun Jackson

10:00am Facility Issues (and why) – Les Mole

10:45am Mid-Morning Break

11:00am Aquatic Facility Safety Inspections – Shaun Jackson

11:30am Coronial Investigation – Robert Schutte

12:00pm Lunch Break/ Trade Show

1:30pm New Lifeguard Competencies – Paul Barry

2:45pm Pathway to water safety – Nikki Thornhill

3:00pm Understanding the workforce

3:30pm Conference closing address

6:00pm Pre-Dinner Drinks/ Networking

7:00pm Dinner

Conference Program, Sessions, Time(s) and speakers are subject to change

We will be holding our new Swim Teacher in Water Safety, along with our First Aid and Pool Lifeguard Update course at Swim Studio Townsville.

Our courses will be held over 2 days, starting on Tuesday 17 August and ending on Wednesday 18 August 2021.

Tuesday 17 August 2021
First Aid: 9am – 5pm
Swim Teacher: 9am – 5pm

Wednesday 18 August 2021
Pool Lifeguard Update: 9am – 5pm
Swim Teacher: 9am – 5pm

Please be aware if you enrol in to do the Swim Teacher course you will be unable to enrol into the First Aid and Pool Lifeguard Update and vies versa.

We do have a special offer for anyone who registers to attend the conference will also get 40% off full RRP.

  • First Aid – Full RRP $120.00, when registered for the conference it comes down to $72.00
  • Pool Lifeguard Update – Full RRP $140.00, when registered for the conference it comes down to $84.00
  • Swim Teacher in Water Safety – Full RRP $360.00, when registered for the conference it comes down to $216.00