The Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness centre has a range of activities and classes available in the pool and at the gym. Open the blue banners for more information.
Fees and charges
View our pool fees and charges (Open 'Community Development, Facilities & Tourism - search 'pools')
Contact us via phone on 4688 6330. You can stay up-to-date with the latest news via the centre's Facebook page.
Milne Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre is located on the corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba.
Opening hours over the festive season
Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre will operate on the following hours over the festive season. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to an active 2018.
Please note that group fitness classes and crèche will cease on 18 December and recommence 2 January.
- Friday 22 December: 5.30am - 7pm
- Saturday 23 December: 7am - 7pm (gym open 7am - 12pm)
- Sunday 24 December: 7am - 4pm (gym open 7am - 12pm)
- Monday 25 December: Closed
- Tuesday 26 December: 1pm - 5pm (gym closed)
- Wednesday 27 December: 5.30am – 9pm
- Thursday 28 December 5.30am – 9pm
- Friday 29 December: 5.30am – 7pm
- Saturday 30 December: 7am – 7pm (gym open 7am to 12pm)
- Sunday 31 December: 7am – 4pm (gym open 7am to 12pm)
- Monday 1 January - Open 1pm - 5pm
- Friday 26 January: 7am - 7pm (Australia Day)
Are you a learn to swim instructor?
We are seeking qualified infant and competitive strokes instructors to join our energetic swim school. If you are licenced with Austswim or Swim Australia and looking for work in this area send us an email today!
School holiday activities in January 2018
Snorkeling, kids active programs and learn to swim lessons are back! These programs promote good health and fitness while having fun and getting involved in water and land based games and activities. See the details of times and cost in the School holiday activities banner below. There are limited spaces so be quick to book by coming into the centre, calling us on 4688 6330 or by sending us an email.
School swimming lessons and carnivals
Milne Bay Aquatic Centre will play host school swimming lessons, break up events and swimming carnivals during term 1. There will be slight changes to the pools and lane availability during this time. For carnival dates and times please see the Swimming carnival blue slider below. We wish all swimmers the best of luck!
Award winning Downs Little Lifeguards program - book in now
The Downs Little Lifeguards club will be travelling to Miami Beach on 25 February and to Leslie Dam on 11 March 2018. Bookings are now open for the beach experience and Dam busters day. Scroll down to the blue slider below to read about the up coming and past programs and to complete an application form expressing your interest. For more information contact 4688 6330 or email us.
Boga Mat classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join us on Tuesdays at 8.45am, 9.30am, 5.15pm & 6pm and Thursdays at 8.15am, 9.15am, 5.15pm & 6pm for your workout on the water (while staying dry-hopefully!). In only 30 minutes our Boga Mat classes will increase your heart rate and your muscles will be burning. Pay only $8 per class for members and non-members. It is important to book in at front desk, by calling 4688 6330 or by emailing us.
Virtual fitness classes
The group fitness room is now available to be used outside the current class times. The TV screen will be set up to allow you to complete a virtual class solo or with a small group of friends. Members are free and non-members pay $5. To book call 4688 6330 or email us.
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Located on the corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba.
The Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre can be contacted on 07 4688 6330 or send us an email.
- 50-metre outdoor lap pool
- 25-metre heated indoor lap pool
- fully equipped gymnasium
- group fitness rooms
- personal fitness instruction available
- therapy/training pool
- children's wading pool
- spa and sauna
- pool side kiosk/cafe
- fully enclosed 45-metre water slide
- water spouts
- mushroom waterfall
- child care
- pro shop
- onsite parking
- available for parties, please contact us for further information
The Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre participates in the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's KEEP WATCH Program. Our qualified lifeguards manage and supervise the aquatic activities to ensure maximum safety and fun. However, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over, or by the legal parent or guardian of the child, at all times during their stay in the aquatic area. Please remember your children are your responsibility.
Opening times are:
Monday - Friday: 5:30am to 9pm
Saturday - Sunday: 7am to 7pm
Public holidays: as advertised
Outdoor 50m pool
Monday - Friday: 5.30am to 9pm
Saturday - Sunday: 7am to 7pm
Public holidays: as advertised
Indoor 25m pool and toddler's pool
Monday - Friday: 5.30am to 9pm
Saturday - Sunday: 7am to 7pm
Public holidays: as advertised
Program pool, spa and sauna
Monday - Friday: 5.30am to 8.30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 7am to 6.30pm
Public holidays: as advertised
Wave pool and inflatables
Saturday - Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
Public holidays: as advertised
Monday - Friday (school holidays): 12pm - 4pm
(Age restrictions apply on the inflatables)
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Public holidays: as advertised
(Height restrictions apply on slide)
Information about swimming pool and gym fees can be found by visiting our Community Development, Facilities & Tourism fees and charges.
Membership fees can be found by viewing our Community Development, Facilities & Tourism fees and charges.
Aquatic - wet area
An aquatic membership gives you unlimited access to the aquatic area for the term of your membership. This includes swim, spa, sauna and aqua exercise programs.
As part of our gym membership, we offer a face-to-face program which comprises one 30-minute session each week, for a total of five weeks with trainers, who provide free weigh-ins, measurements and training programs every 6-8 weeks and free skin-folds for members.
Week one: health profile check one (compulsory)
- Current medical condition assessed (including injuries if applicable)
- Measurements are recorded (height, weight, etc)
- Goals are recorded
- Discuss the type of training program required
Weeks two and three: ongoing training
- Trainer will run through the training program by demonstrating each exercise
- Trainer will assess form and technique to ensure safety and correctness of movement
- Trainer available to answer questions about the program and modify the program if needed
Week four: nutrition
- Trainer will discuss any eating habits that the client may want to change (diets are unable to be provided)
- Trainer can give advice on how to achieve nutrition and health goals
- Trainer available to give advice on the training program, correct form/technique, program modifications, etc
Week five: health profile progress check
- Weight and measurements recorded
- New injuries or medical conditions recorded
- New program created and discussed
- Personal training is available to members and non-members for an extra fee
- 30 or 45 minute sessions available
Small group personal training
- Small group personal training sessions are available (up to 5 people)
- 1 hour training session for $70. Participants can split the cost
Group fitness classes
- Outdoor training with two trainers
- Utilises battling ropes, car tyres, sledgehammers and other challenging but fun equipment
- 30 participants
- Two mornings a week (Tuesdays and Fridays, 6 am)
- Free to members
- Casual visitors pay the casual rate for a group fitness class. See our community development and facilities fees and charges.
- Indoor/outdoor training
- Spin classes, boxing, circuit style training
- Various times and days
- Fully equipped cardio theatre with a large DVD projector playing the latest music
- Treadmills and X-trainers with built-in entertainment units
- Rowers and stepping machines
- Upright s3u expresso bike
- Resistance equipment including fixed weight machines and free-weights
Car parking options
For the convenience of patrons, the Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre has parking available on-site, with extra car parking spaces available for patrons in the Water Street car park across the road.
Group fitness classes
Please see below times for our group fitness program or open the PDF timetable. Timetable commences 2 January 2018
6am - Group Ride
8.30am - Pilates
8.30am - H20 H.I.I.T.
9.30am - Aqua Dance
9.30am - Box-fit
10.30am - Tai-Chi for health
5.30pm - Yoga
6.00pm - Aqua Fit
6am - Boot camp
8am - V.Vets Only
9am - Splash Combat
9.15am - Group Power
10am - Water Synergy
10.15am - Yoga
5.30pm - Pilates
6.30pm - Group Power
6am - Funtional Strength
8.30am - H20 H.I.I.T
9.15am - Tri Fit (45min)
10.15am - QiGong for Health
5.30pm - Box-fit
6pm - Aqua Fit
6.30pm - R30 and upper/lower
6am - Box Fit
9.00am - Group Power
9am - Water Synergy
10am - Deep Water
10.15am - Steady Steps
5.30pm - Yoga
5.30pm Functional Strength
6pm Deep Water
6.30pm - Pilates
6am - Boot camp
8.30am - Splash Combat
9.15am Cardo Burn
9.30am - V.Vets only
10.00am - Zumba Gold
7.30am - H20 H.I.I.T
7.30am - Strong
8.30am - Group power
All fitness levels are welcome. Please notify the instructor of any injuries or medical conditions before class.
All classes are subject to change due to participation numbers.
Yoga is a mind/body workout, which assists with de-stressing and relaxing and is helpful for lengthening tight muscles and strengthening weak ones. Not suitable if pregnant.
Steady steps is a gentle, low impact class suitable for older adults or for those with restricted movement and joint problems or injuries. Emphasis is on increased mobility, balance, strength and body awareness.
Box-fit: uses boxing techniques and aerobic conditioning exercises. This program is fun and physically challenging as it is designed to give you a total body workout that will increase your aerobic fitness levels. The class also involves the use of core exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles and is an excellent class for burning calories.
Tai Chi is a low intensity, low-impact aerobic exercise regimen, involving frequent weight-bearing and weight transferring movements aimed at improving coordination, balance, flexibility, abdominal breathing and mental concentration, whilst utilising the body's natural energy (chi).
Pilates yields numerous benefits, including increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing. Strength and flexibility is developed, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles. Coordination between both the physical body and the mind is also developed. Posture, balance and core strength are heartily trained during a session.
Water synergy is a very gentle, low-impact aqua class in our heated indoor pool, aimed at improving mobility and strength. Ideal for those with joint problems, restricted movements or recovering from injury, surgery or illness.
H2O H.I.I.T is a high-intensity aqua class that utilises boxing movements, body weight exercises as well as powerful and explosive movements. H.I.I.T. also includes a short, sharp interval water workout that is designed to increase cardiovascular endurance while strengthening and toning muscles.
Deep water is a deep-water workout using a buoyancy belt to keep you afloat. Great for improving muscular strength and endurance without any impact. Suitable for all levels of fitness, with or without previous experience.
Splash combat is a high energy boxing style aqua class held in a heated pool that shadows movements such as hooks, uppers, jabs and kick. this is a fast p[ace class focuses on the total body.
Aqua Dance is a dance class in the water. Fun, energetic and suitable for all levels.
Boot camp is an outdoor team-based class that consists of pushing, pulling, flipping of tyres, battling ropes, sledgehammers and sand bags. Motivation is key during this 60-minute intense workout.
QiGong for health is a low-impact, gentle exercise class composed of repeated movements, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves through space.
Group Power an inspiring, motivating group environment with fantastic music and awesome instructors with simple, athletic movements such as squats, lunges, presses and curls.
Cardio Burn utilising treadmills, rowers, bikes, and x-trainers to focus on cardiovascular fitness whilst incorporating weights for a full body workout.
Functional Strength Utilises heavy weights and incorporates compound movements to achieve a stronger and more powerful frame.
Aqua Fit Why not complete a bootcamp/circuit style class in the water, by incorporating body weight and equipment based exercises.
R30+upper/lower R30 is a high intensity cycle class this is completed in a quick 30 minutes. This is then followed by 30 minutes of upper or lower body, which is alternated weekly.
Tri Fit Swim/Run/Ride Bring your togs, joggers and sunnies as we set to complete a min triathlon in a class setting.
Strong combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. Every squat, every lunge, every burpee is driven by the music.
Zumba Gold For active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves at a lower-intensity.
Remember to wear clothes that are comfortable and either aerobic or cross training shoes. Please bring a towel and water bottle. Drink plenty of water and arrive 10 minutes before the start of the class to ensure you are properly warmed up for the class. Always inform the instructor before class begins if you are new to the type of class or have any health problems or concerns.
Boga Mat classes
We are excited to introduce Boga Mats to not only our centre, but also to Toowoomba. These floating boards have changed the way a workout is ‘normally’ completed, as your everyday classes such as yoga, Pilates and HIIT are taken on a floating, unstable board to make things a little more interesting and challenging. All Boga Mat classes are instructed in a quick 30 minute session as this will be plenty of time for your heart rate to rise and your muscles to burn.
This specialty class will cost $8 per class for members and non members.
Classes run on:
Milne Bay now has an InBody composition analysis machine which can provide a detailed description and print out of skeletal muscle mass, body fat in kilograms, total body fat percentage, visceral fat, total body water, segmental muscle and fat analysis, bone mineral content and also basal metabolic rate. The scan only takes 15-20 minutes and is completed fully clothed.
This can help in monitoring fitness goals, weight loss, and weight gain.
- MBAC/HFR members: $25 per scan
- Non-members: $35 per scan
How to book
Please contact staff at the centre on 4688 6330 or send us an email to book an appointment for your scan.
Bootcamp programs are run by qualified trainers, who aim to challenge the mind and body through aerobic and cardio training, increasing mobility and improving muscular endurance. They incorporate fitness assessment and testing, outdoor exercises such as battle ropes, tyres, slosh balls, medicine balls, kettlebells, body weight exercises and boxing type fitness exercises.
Bootcamp class runs continually throughout the year.
Cost: Free for members. Non-members can purchase visits passes.
Days: Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6am - 7am
Contact: Call Milne Bay Aquatic Centre on 4688 6330 for more information or to book. Bookings are essential as places are limited to 30 participants. Venues will vary and trainers will provide precise locations.
Our swimming programs range from infants, through to learn-to-swim, development, adult learn-to-swim and squad programs. Participants are supported to progress steadily at their own pace. Terms and conditions for Waves swim school can be found on our 'Learn to swim' page.
Cost: $13 for the first child per lesson, $12.50 for the second child and $12 for three or more children in the same family.
Times: The swim school operates between 8.30 am to 12 pm and 3.30 pm to 7 pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays 8 am to 12 pm.
Bookings: Simply fill in the Pools - Waves Swim School application form (online).
Participants will be assessed by staff to find the most suitable level.
The Waves Swim School aquatic education program is registered with Austswim/Swim Australia. Our programs are run from three pools, with the indoor program pool, heated to 34 degrees, the indoor 25-metre pool heated to 29 degrees, and the 50 metre outdoor pool heated to 27 degrees. The air temperature is controlled and all of our pools are ozone treated for the highest possible water quality. The 25 metre pool and the 50 metre pool both have solar heating.
School holiday program - 15 to 19 January 2018
Our learn to swim school holiday block is an intensive program designed to develop your child's swim skills. Participants will be assessed by staff to find the most suitable level for training. Taking bookings now for week one of the program.
Time: 8.30am - 11.00 am
Cost: Week 1 - $65 for a 5 day program
Levels: Level 1 to 4 (seahorse, stingrays, seals, dolphins)
Bookings: For more information or to book an assessment please contact us.
Adults SwimFit classes
The adult swim fitness training sessions have been designed for everyday people wanting to improve their swimming technique and general fitness. The training sessions are performed at your own pace and have been designed to provide stroke development and stroke correction. These sessions are a great way to improve cardio-respiratory fitness and endurance. It is also a great all over body workout; increasing core strength and muscle tone, in a non-impact environment.
Time: Weekly, Monday 6 pm.
Cost: $10 (casual) per session or you can purchase a ten pack for $80.
Contact details: Call us on 4688 6330 or email if you require any further information.
For one week each term, Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre runs a 'safety week' when children take part in activities designed to teach them how to keep safe in aquatic environments. During this week children participate in circuits that involve wearing personal floating devices (life vests), using various flotation aids like balls and eskys, basic rescues using clothing and towels, treading water and swimming through currents and more.
There are many benefits to hydrotherapy. It can decrease pain and swelling, increase function, strength, and range of movement. The hydrotherapy pool water temperature is maintained between 33 degrees and 34.5 degrees. It has been shown to improve mood and sleep in some, fitness and weight loss in others. The hydrotherapy pool at Milne Bay is a unique service and users must gain a referral letter from their doctor.
Specific times are allocated to groups to accommodate the high need. Please see the hydro therapy pool timetable. If you have any questions please email or contact us on 4688 6330.
Downs Little Lifeguards is a fun and educational drowning prevention program for children aged 9-17 years and their parents/guardians. Our main focus is to educate children and their guardians about potential dangers and survival strategies to combat these dangers, encourage confidence through hands-on experience and provide knowledge so everyone can help to save a life. The program is run by Royal Lifesaving volunteers and Toowoomba Region Aquatic and Fitness staff. This is not a learn to swim program.
2018 Downs Little Lifeguard program
In 2018 we are offering 2 programs. One to the beach and one to the dam. You can book in for a single day trip or join us for both experiences.
- Beach experience day, Miami Surf Life Saving Club – Miami Beach, 25 February 2018, 9am - 3pm
- Dam busters day, Leslie Dam – YMCA outdoor education facility, 11 March 2018, 9am – 3pm
- Children must be 9yrs to 17yrs of age.
- Children and adults must be capable of swimming 50m continuously (adults- if participating in water activities).
- The program cost of $15 per location must be paid.
- An adult must be responsible for a child or group of children on the day.
- We encourage adults to volunteer either in the water, on land as spotters or assisting with the BBQ/refreshments.
- Children will split into two age groups 9-12 years and 13-17 years. Parents please note that siblings may be separated to meet age group requirements. This allows for 2 levels of activities.
- Children are encouraged to wear the Downs Little Lifeguard rash shirt which can be purchased at a cost of $25 (if a rash shirt is owned from a previous program, please wear it on the day).
Beach experience day, Miami Surf Life Saving Club – Miami Beach
- Date and time: 25 February 2018, 9am - 3pm,
- Address: 2 Hythe St, Miami QLD 4220
This beach day trip allows for the practice of drills and skills in a very different environment with some skills taught by surf life savers. We will form groups and rotate through activities that will take place in the surf or on the beach. Games such as beach sprints, porpoising and current riding are among the favorites for the day, mixed in with learning about currents, rips and tides.
While this can be an exciting time it can also be a challenging time for some. As usual, parent participation is needed.
Activities will be dependent on the conditions of the water and the weather. The experienced Lifesavers will guide us through the day and discuss with us the best ways we may be able to keep safe in all conditions.
Dam Busters Day, Leslie Dam – YMCA outdoor education facility
- Date and time: 11 March 2018, 9am – 3pm,
- Address: 578 Leslie Dam Road, Warwick Qld 4370
On this day we will carry out scenarios and conduct rescues, using water crafts and recreational aids. Team leaders will take participants through a safety talk and show a series of short videos before teaching resuscitation skills. Children will form groups and rotate through exciting activities in the water and on the land throughout the day.
Parent participation is needed and we recommend that younger siblings do not accompany you on this day as the surroundings do not allow for general play. Participants will be notified closer to the event if the venue changes due to water levels and dam closures.
The programs highlight four key areas:
- Survival swimming and water safety
- Rescue and recovery techniques
- Aquatic environments and dangers
- Ocean, dam and creek awareness
The emphasis is on the following aquatic environments:
- Beaches, dams, rivers, spillways, weirs and waterholes
Families will participate in land and water based activities during the day trips. The locations allow participants to experience varying aquatic conditions ie. murky water, sand or mud base environments, currents, tides and rips. This is not a learn to swim program.
How to apply
To join the Downs Little Lifeguards program you can:
- fill in the online form: Pools - Downs Little Lifeguards application form (online)
- print out, fill in and return the PDF form: Downs Little Lifeguard registration form
In February/March 2014 children and adults were involved in a 4 session program where 3 sessions were held in the pool learning rescues, tows, treading water, swimming with clothes and survival techniques.
A day trip was held at Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club where children practised what was learned in the pool while incorporating the natural elements of the tides, rips, and currents.
In October/November, 2015 children and adults participated in a 2 day pool course and a day trip to Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club where the focus was on tidal change, currents, rips and river swimming.
In February 2017 families traveled to Leslie Dam YMCA Outdoor Education Centre and engaged in a full day dam experience. Children and adults learned CPR and the dangers in and around dams, weirs and water channels in theory sessions.
Participants practiced rescues and survival methods using everyday items commonly used at dams during recreation such as esky’s, paddle boards, kayaks, inflatable tubes, ropes and personal flotation devices.
In August 2017 the Downs Little Lifeguards program was announced as the winner of the National Aquatic Industry - Excellence in Aquatic Safety Public Messaging and Education.
The creche is open from 8.30am to 12pm, Monday to Friday and is available for your child/children to play in a safe and friendly environment while fully supervised by qualified staff. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Contact Milne Bay Aquatic Centre on 4688 6330 for more information or to book. Creche fees can be found in our fees & charges (Open 'Community Development, Facilities & Tourism - search 'creche').
The creche is closed public holidays and for two weeks over Christmas.
In summer in the extra warm hydrotherapy pool, we run a specially designed aqua class for expecting mums and mums with bubs from 4 months to 2 years. This is a fun and relaxed low impact workout that can strengthen and tone for the delivery of bub or for you to enjoy bonding time with your young child. Contact us on 4688 6330 or come into the centre to book your place.
What you will receive:
- admission to the centre for children attending the party
- use of wave pool and water slide (when operating)
- parents and grandparents of the birthday child enter the facility at no extra charge
- bag of lollies
- hot foods
- cold drinks
Parties cost $15 per child. We can supply a party host to entertain party guests for two hours for $55 per host. For groups of 8-15 children, one host is required. For 16 children or more, two hosts are required.
How to book
Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre can provide a range of exercise options for your school, club or group including dedicated lanes, to a casual group session using one or both of our leisure pools. Our most popular options are our end-of-year celebration options, school excursion groups, casual group entry and children's parties.
Adventure city for end-of-year school excursions
Our end-of-year celebration activity involves a two-hour session of aqua fun and action dedicated only to school groups during November and December each year. Students can enjoy a range of activities including riding the slide, swimming in the outdoor 50-metre pool and wrestling the giant inflatable, all whilst being supervised by our qualified Lifeguards. The program is suitable for grades 3 - 12, for students with competent swimming abilities. The minimum group size is 25.
Included in these activity options are:
- lifeguard to meet and greet your group
- lifeguard supervision
- activities and equipment
- complimentary admission for teachers/supervising adults (one adult per 10 children).
How to book
To book, simply fill in the Pools - School end of year and fun program booking form Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre (online)
Casual group entry
The other option for your school group or club is for general entry to the aqua area, where they can explore the options and create their own fun. The pools are open until 9pm every weeknight, to suit any group. To book a casual group entry contact the centre on 4688 6330 or email us
School end of year fun program venue and safety information
Before booking, the following information needs to be read. A PDF print version is available here: Pools - School end of year and fun program venue and safety handbook.
Teacher/carer to student ratio
The following teacher supervision ratios are required for students/schools when visiting Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre.
- Standard (1:30). 1 teacher to 30 students.
There are exceptions to this ratio in the case of:
- students with special needs who need full-time carers present with them.
- a large amount of non-proficient or non-swimmers within a school group. Students who are non-proficient or non-swimmers must be accompanied by teachers for the course of the visit.
MBAC lifeguard supervision
The lifeguard supervision ratio is adjusted according to the standard of behaviour and standard of swimming displayed by the students. Normal operating procedure ratios are approximate:
- (1:100) 1 lifeguard to 100 students swimming.
- (1:40) 1 lifeguard to 40 students when the waves are on in the 25m pool.
Centre capacity whilst schools are visiting
The maximum capacity of visitors to MBAC when schools are attending is 600.
Student and staff are advised to bring the minimum following personal items whilst visiting MBAC (see our swimwear policy information below).
- Proper swimming attire including rash top
- Sunscreen (not Zinc)
- Personal medications
MBAC staff supervision
All lifeguards have successfully achieved Queensland Royal Life Pool lifeguard qualification, CPR training, oxygen resuscitation and defibrillation training, bronze medallion and apply first aid certificates. Lifeguards hold blue cards as defined by the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 and have undergone a criminal check.
Keep Watch policy
Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre has adopted the Royal Lifesaving Keep Watch Policy:
- Children (under 12 years) are not allowed entry unless under the active supervision of a person 18 years or older.
- Parents and guardians should actively supervise their children at all times and be dressed ready to enter a pool. For 0–5 year olds and non-swimmers, a parent or guardian needs to be in the water at all times and within arms' reach of the child. It is best if you are engaging with your child i.e. playing with them, talking to them.
- Constant active supervision is required for children aged 6–10 years old. Parents and carers must be prepared to enter the water with this age group.
- For 11–14 year olds it is recommended that parents regularly check on their child by physically going to where they are in or around the water.
Active supervision at public pools consists of four key elements:
- Be prepared: Ensure you have everything you need before getting into the water, such as towels and dry clothes.
- Be close: Always be within arms' reach of your child.
- All of your attention: Focus all of your attention on your child and get into the pool and talk and play with them.
- All of the Time: You should never leave your child alone in the water, nor should they be left in the care of an older child or with the assumption that your responsibility diminishes due to the presence of lifeguards.
Safety rules and how to play safe
As a visitor to MBAC you must:
- obey all safety instructions given by the operator or lifeguard.
- follow all safety signage and displayed rules.
- not engage in any unsafe or unauthorised activities that might endanger the health and safety of themselves, or any other person at MBAC, including reckless behaviour.
- not deliberately damage, disable or deface any equipment, signage or device.
- not run
Clothing, other than swimwear, can create problems with water clarity, pool disinfectant, and our water filtration systems.
- Swimwear made from lycra or nylon (to be worn at all times)
- Waterproof swim nappies
Approved swimwear and waterproof swim nappies are available from the MBAC Swim Shop. If you need extra coverage for modesty or sun protection, rash vests can be worn.
- Cotton t-shirts
- Bike pants
- Boxer shorts
- Female underwear
- Male underwear
- Sporting gear
Unacceptable swimwear is not limited to the above list. If you wear unacceptable swimwear you will be asked to leave the water.
First aid and evacuation guidelines
Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre is committed to providing a safe environment for staff and visitors utilising the facilities.
The first aid plan is to highlight and ensure there is sufficient coverage on the premises to respond to all first aid emergency issues for staff and visitors utilising the facilities. The first aid plan takes into consideration the operation carried out on the premises.
- Type of work performed
- Type of activities carried out
- Potential injuries/illnesses and likely causes
- Workplace hazards
- Injuries and illnesses that may occur
In the event of any injury or illness, all lifeguards at MBAC will provide immediate first aid response. The lifeguards will also assess what further medical assistance is required.
MBAC is located on the corner of Herries and Victoria Streets Toowoomba. The nearest ambulance is 200m diagonally across the other side of Herries Street and the nearest hospital is Toowoomba Base Hospital which is approximately 2 km from the centre.
Location of first aid kits
Fully stocked first aid kits are readily accessible and located in the following areas
- First aid room
- Lifeguard console at front of house
- Lifeguard station at waterslide
As well as the first aid kits, every lifeguard must wear a bum bag with essential first aid items. Inspection and replenishment of all first aid kits are undertaken as utilised and also on a weekly basis.
First aid room
A fully equipped first aid room is available and is located near the hydrotherapy pool.The lifeguards are in charge of operating and maintaining the first aid room. Lifeguards are required to inspect, replenish, clean the first aid room, including all first aid kits, pocket resuscitation masks, defibrillator, oxygen equipment and all rescue equipment in the centre on a daily and weekly basis. The first aid room is well lit, ventilated and maintained. Maintenance of the first aid room is conducted on a weekly basis with a checklist outlining the procedures. A check list is also available for the weekly checking and restocking of first aid equipment.
Emergency rescue assistance equipment
Rescue equipment located in many areas of the centre includes:
- Fire extinguishers
- Hose reels
- Fire blankets
- Buoyancy and reaching aids
- Throw ropes
- Spinal boards
- Resuscitation masks with one-way valves
One AED is located at the lifeguard console at the front of the Aquatic Centre, with provision for adults and children.
First aid emergency and evacuation procedures
In the event of an evacuation of the centre all patrons and swimmers must obey the commands of the chief fire warden and the lifeguards. The muster point is on the corner or Herries and Victoria Streets on the grass area. The first aid officer and lifeguards are responsible for providing primary care to any personnel suffering from injuries prior to the arrival of the appropriate emergency service.
Duties of the first aid officer
On becoming aware of an emergency, the first aid officer must:
- obtain a portable first aid kit and report to the floor area warden.
- attend to any injured personnel.
- carry out duties as requested by the chief warden or the area warden.
- when evacuating, report to the assembly area with the first aid kit and oxygen equipment and be prepared to offer assistance where necessary.
All injuries will be documented by the lifeguards on a MBAC first aid injury form and also on a Council non-employee incident form. All forms are inspected, signed off by the manager and emailed to Council's safety department.
Health and safety risk assessment for school excursions
Please read the following health and safety risk assessments information for excursions before filling in the booking form.
Do you want to book the Aquatic Centre for your next swimming carnival?
Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre is perfectly set up for swimming carnivals and swimming trials.
Several factors are considered prior to conducting major events. These include:
- Interruption to facility use by MBAC members. General guidelines have been developed to reduce the impact of major events on members of MBAC and the general community utilising MBAC.
- Disruption to local businesses. General guidelines have also been developed to reduce the impact of major events on local businesses. Cooperation, planning and effective communication are key elements to successful major events. MBAC’s Aquatic Team Leader is available to assist in planning your event.
How to book
To book for a swimming carnival or swimming trails use the Pools - School or club swimming carnival booking form (online)
Before booking MBAC for a swimming carnival or swimming trials, please read the following information below or print out the Swimming carnival guide for schools and clubs (PDF).
Swimming carnival guide for schools and clubs
The following facilities are included for use:
- 8 lane, 50 metre outdoor heated pool
- Shaded, grassed area to the north of the pool
- Outdoor change rooms/toilet facilities. Change room congestion is greatly reduced when students wear their swimwear to the centre.
Fees and charges
Fees can be found in the Community Development, Facilities & Tourism fees and charges (search for 'carnivals'). All swimmers/ competitors (and spectators/parents if requested) will be counted and an invoice will be issued upon confirmation of competitor numbers of carnival. Teachers and officials will not be charged.
The centre provides the following equipment for school carnival use:
- 20 chairs
- 10 tables
- PA System
- False start rope
- Lifeguard (s)
- Starting blocks
No other equipment is available.
Permission to use any electrical equipment other than that supplied by the venue must be requested to centre management when submitting carnival application Any electrical equipment permitted must be safety tagged by a qualified electrician and approved by the centre management (as per the industry standard for use of electrical equipment).
Public address system
The public address system is provided for marshaling and general announcement purposes. The busy carnival season at MBAC creates some hardship for businesses. Minimal use of the PA system assists in alleviating the distress of our neighbours.
The user group shall provide public liability insurance to the value of $10 000 000. The hirer must provide the centre with a copy of this insurance note when submitting the booking form.
Entry & exit to the pool
The indoor facilities at MBAC are out of bounds and not included in the carnival booking. School entry and exit to the centre is via the double gates into Victoria Street. The teacher in charge is requested to ask at reception for the aquatics team leader, who will liaise with school staff throughout the carnival.
Students are not permitted to use or congregate indoors. This area is designated out of bounds. Students are restricted to outdoor facilities. It is anticipated that the school’s duty roster will make provision for the posting of teachers at each entry door to MBAC’s indoor facilities to supervise this restriction.
The outdoor area is closed to the general public up to an hour prior to the Carnival and up to an hour post carnival.
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that all students are required to leave the centre at the completion of the carnival and exit via the side gates. Students may not be dismissed from school activities within the perimeter confines of the centre. This requirement includes students dismissed into a parent’s care. Students wishing to re-enter the centre will be required to pay the standard entry fee.
Student code of conduct
We realise that ‘out of school days’ create an atmosphere of excitement and freedom from the general daily routine. The behaviour and demeanor of students are expected to be respectful of the fact that MBAC is a community activity facility. Centre members, other school groups, parents with young children and older adults will be using the centre at the same time as the school. Students are expected to observe and abide by the safety rules and restrictions in place.
School staff will be required for a variety of roles throughout the day. These will include:
A roster of duty teachers to ensure restricted areas are maintained and safety guidelines are observed. A duty roster should include:
- Regular checks of the indoor area (pools, pool decks, change rooms, café).
- Close supervision of students if they are required to enter the main building.
- Close supervision of lawn areas, including regular checks behind the water slide and outdoor change rooms.
- Administering first aid as required. The user group must have at least one First Aid Officer present with relevant qualifications.
A minimum of two school staff members will be required for marshaling duties for all events. The area adjacent to the pool concourse (at the deep end) is reserved for marshaling.
- Announcer: to use the public address system to call students for marshaling to events
- Starter: to operate the starting hooter for events.
- Timekeepers: To time students competing in each event. At least one person will be required per student in each event.
- Recorders: To record place getters for each event. At least one person for the first four place getters in each event.
All swimmers/ competitors must wear appropriate swimming attire; this includes nylon, lycra materials and excludes cotton, denim, and polyester. A swimmer/ competitor found not wearing appropriate swim wear will be asked to exit the water. Crepe paper and or body paint are NOT to be brought into the centre.
Free time / free swimming / recreational swimming
Under NO circumstances is ‘free swimming’, ‘free pool play’ or recreational swimming permitted. The facility is hired for the specific purpose of conducting competitive swimming events where the maximum number of students in the pool at any one time is 8. Free swimming, free playtime or recreational swimming is unstructured and difficult to supervise in a hazardous environment and is deemed detrimental to safe risk management strategies.
Full cooperation with this policy is anticipated. A failure to cooperate may result in the school being asked to cease all activity or result in restrictions being placed on the day’s events
Refreshments and food
The cafe at MBAC offers a range of food and refreshments to teachers and students. When placing your booking please advise if students will be permitted to purchase from the Cafe. This will enable the café coordinator to roster extra staff for your event.
The sale of food by the school is strictly prohibited. Prior approval for fundraising activities such as raffles, sausage sizzles and display of advertising materials must be gained at the time of booking.
Disposal of litter
Ample rubbish bins will be in place during the busy carnival season. The grounds and facilities at MBAC will be clean and ready for use. We request that schools take time prior to departure to ensure all litter and rubbish is placed in the bins provided.
Any damage to any part of the centre by any person belonging to the user group will be the responsibility of the user group. If at any time the centre is left in a damaged condition then the user group will be responsible for the payment of a repairers charge. This fee is payable within 7 working days of the issue of the invoice.
Incident and hazard reporting
Incidents and or hazards that occur within the hired facility must be reported to management as soon as practicable on the day by either the hirer or user. MBAC will provide the necessary forms.
Alcohol is not permitted within or on any of the facility or with the grounds of MBAC.
Emergency evacuation plan from the 50m pool
Evacuation alarm sound is 'whoop, whoop, whoop'.
Upon the sounding of the evacuation, or upon the direction or wardens, all personnel within the building will be required to:
- cease all activities immediately and shut-down any equipment.
- gather any personal belongings in close proximity and evacuate via the nearest emergency exit.
- respond to all directions given by the wardens.
- move to the assembly area immediately.
- remain in the assembly area until given further in instructions.
We have plenty of fun activities for children and adults during the holidays. Details about the activities can be found below but if you have further questions please either come into the Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre, call us on 4688 6330 or send us an email.
How to enrol
To enrol you just need to fill in our online form: Pools - School holiday activity enrolment form (online).
2018 school holiday activities
Parents & kids group fitness and aqua classes - 8 to 19 January 2018
Where: Group fitness room and 25m pool
Time: All classes on the Group fitness timetable - October 30 to December 18 - Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre (for print)
Age group: 10 - 15 years
- Child: $30 for 1 week or $50 for 2 weeks
- Adult (members): cost is included in membership
- Adult (non-member): casual visit is to be purchased for each class. See our fees and charges (open 'Community Development, Facilities & Tourism - search 'casual').
What to bring:
- Aqua – towel, water bottle, suitable swimwear, hat
- Group fitness – towel, water bottle, suitable workout clothing, enclosed shoes, hat
A parent or guardian must participate in the class with child.
Please email us or contact 4688 6330 to make a booking.
Kid's snorkeling class 15 to 18 January 2018
Come snorkeling with our qualified diver and learn the trade secrets while having fun.
Where: 50m pool
Time: 10am to 10.30am
Age group: 8 - 16 years. A parent or guardian must remain in the centre if the child is under 12 years of age.
Cost: $45 for (4 day program)
Participants must be able to swim 25 metres confidently.
All equipment is supplied but you are welcome to bring own snorkel, mask and flippers.
Learn to swim school holiday program 15 to 19 January 2018
This intense block is a great way to fast track your child’s swimming development ready for the summer months.
Time: 8.30am - 12.00 pm
Cost: Week 1: $65 for a 5 day program
Skill level: Level 1 to 4 (seahorse, stingrays, seals, dolphins)
Please email us or contact 4688 6330 to make a booking.
Milne Bay has two exciting blow up obstacle courses for children to enjoy that run over the weekends and on school holidays from 12pm to 4pm. Climb, crawl, race and finish with a splash!
Have fun on either:
- Freckles the dragon is a customised model specifically designed for younger children aged 5 to 10 years.
- The exciting dual racer designed with hurdles, logs, biff bash poles, a hole in the wall and a slide is for children 10 years and over.
The inflatable course that operates is dependent on the age group of the patrons. This may change throughout the day. The operation is also dependent on weather conditions and lifeguard availability.
Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre now offers aqua bikes for hire. Use the bike to split your workout without getting out of the pool. Get creative, swim, walk, cycle, tread water and cycle again. This rigorous cardio workout burns calories using the resistance of the water, whilst being gentle on joints.
Bike hire is only $5 per 30 minute session. Bring a few friends and a create your own training session.
To book call the centre on 4688 6330.
All that you need for training or leisure in the gym or pool is here at the Pro Shop. We are conveniently located inside the main entrance. Items are competitively priced, with new stock arriving regularly. Items include:
- gym wear
- swim caps
- nose pieces
- pool buoys
- kick boards
- rash shirts
- sports bags
- swim bags
- sun cream
Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre host a dive-in movie program through the summer season. Next movie coming soon.
Doors open at 6.30pm, movie starts at 7pm.
Movie tickets and pool entry cost:
- $10 for adults
- $8 for children
- $30 for a family pass (2 adults, up to 3 children)
Tickets are on sale at reception or pay using a credit card by calling 4688 6330. Snacks are available for purchase. Lifeguards will be on duty.