Induction and Orientation

New employees are given an induction specific to the GAC facility.

A record of the induction is kept in the GAC office and a copy given to the employee.


New employees are given copies of all relevant documentation before commencing employment. An Induction Checklist (Attachment 12) is completed to ensure that all facility specific topics have been addressed including but not limited to:

  • outlining and demonstrating the GAC Occupational Health and Safety procedures
  • outlining and demonstrating the application of the GAC Emergency Action Plan
  • roles and responsibilities
  • supervising clients at the GAC
  • familiarisation with the facility and its staff
  • GAC signals and rules
Copies of the Induction Checklist are provided to the employee and a copy is kept in the GAC Office.

Qualifications and re-qualifications

Qualifications are documented at time of induction and copies of certificates/skills acquired are kept in the GAC Office.

Expiry dates for qualifications are noted at time of induction and a reminder is set in Outlook on the GAC Office computer. In addition, a reminder is set in the School’s staff management system.

In-service training

At the time of induction all qualifications are noted and in-service training needs identified.

In-service training for current employees will be scheduled as required and would include but not be limited to:
  • new equipment training
  • revision of CPR skills
  • revision of emergency evacuation procedures
  • Emergency drills are conducted on a XXX basis
  • revision of use of rescue equipment
  • rules of the GAC
  • managing special needs populations including but not limited to
  • safe manual handling techniques
  • use of lifting equipment
  • communication with people with special needs
  • removal of people with special needs during emergencies
  • recognising specific behavioural movements of special needs patients
  • risk management
  • safe use of play equipment topics including but not limited to
  • use in deep water where non-swimmers may fall from equipment
  • falling from equipment onto pool wall or concourse
  • entrapment underneath equipment
  • large equipment or too many items may restrict supervisor visibility, particularly under water
  • user injury from hard equipment falling or being pushed into or onto the user, or other patrons/pool users
  • allowing jumping from poolside onto the floating items
  • use in shallow water where people may fall from equipment
  • unused equipment left unattended on the concourse
  • those not familiar with the environment
  • a non-swimmer following a floating toy into deep water
  • young choking on small toys placed in their mouths
  • wearing a floatation aid and moving into deep water
  • cleanliness of equipment
  • maintenance of equipment
  • age suitability
  • exposed valves on inflatable devices
  • encouraging responsible behaviours
  • staff should take a positive approach to the encouragement of responsible behaviour.
  • Staff are available to help users enjoy the facility, not prevent enjoyable and safe activity
  • Communication on modifying behaviour should be made with users, not to them
  • Encourage users to follow the signs
  • The example and encouragement given by staff is as important as the provision of appropriate signage.
  • practical water work
  • changes to the Operations Manual
  • updated Operations Manuals are distributed according to the Distribution List (Attachment 2)
Training Records

In-service training records (Attachment 13) for individual employees are kept in the GAC Office and with the WHSO.

  • Training records include the following details
  • date of training session (including start/finish times)
  • person instructing/leading the session
  • attendance
  • content of training session
  • comments on employees unable to complete aspects of the training

In the event of any external professional development, employees may notify the GAC of any additional qualifications acquired and these will be recorded on their personal record.

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