Activities and fitness classes at Milne Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre (pool and gym)

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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 below for more information.

 

Fees and charges

Entire listing of fees and charges - all charges for Milne Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre.

Pool fees - pool fees only.

Full membership fees - covers access to the pool and gym at Milne Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre (and Highfields Fitness & Recreation Centre).

 

Open hours

Open hours vary for the different areas within the facility. All open hours are detailed in the first blue slider - 'Open hours and centre facilities'.

 

Contact details

Contact us via phone on 4688 6330. You can stay up-to-date with the latest news via the centre's Facebook page or Instagram account.

 

Location

Milne Bay Aquatic & Fitness Centre is located on the corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba. 

 

News and events

50 metre pool closed

The 50 metre pool is currently closed for works on the pool surrounds. These works are expected to be completed by the end of August.

 

Open hours and centre facilities

Opening times are:

Gym 

Monday - Thursday: 5.30am - 9pm
Friday: 5.30am - 7.30pm 
Saturday and Sunday: 7am - 4pm
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) 

Waterslide

Monday - Friday: 3pm - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Public holidays: as advertised

(Height restrictions apply on slide) 

 

Facilities

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 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. For 0–5 year olds and non-swimmers, a high visibility wristband will be worn as a means of identification, a parent or guardian needs to be in the water at all times and within arms' reach of the child. Please remember your children are your responsibility.

 

Swimwear policy

The swimwear policy across our pools is based on guidelines from the Royal Lifesaving Society of Australia (RLSSA) and from Qld Health. The RLSSA Guideline for Safe Pool Operation makes references to appropriate swimwear in public pools.

Adequate & hygienic recognised swimwear made from lycra and nylon must be worn at all times in the water. Infants are required to wear only recognised waterproof aqua nappies plus tight leg swimwear.

While we are committed to sun-safe practices, rash shirts are the recognised swimwear and not cotton tee shirts.

Unacceptable swimwear

If you do not wear the appropriate swimwear you will be asked to leave the water.

Inappropriate swimwear includes and is not limited to:

Memberships

Membership fees can be found by viewing the Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre fees and charges.

 

Aquatic (wet area) membership

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.

 

Full centre membership inclusions

Includes reciprocal rights to Highfields Fitness and Recreation centre.

1. Use of gym facilities

Equipment available:

Please remember you must have a towel at all times - no towel, no workout.

2. Aquatic facilities (including pools, spa and sauna)

3. Group fitness classes

A list of available classes can be found below in the blue slider titled 'Regular classes'.

4. Face-to-face program

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)

Weeks two and three: ongoing training

Week four: nutrition

Week five: health profile progress check

 

Personal training (additional cost to membership)

 

Small group personal training (additional cost to membership)

 

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.

Regular classes (included in membership)

Group fitness classes

Please see below times for our group fitness program or open the PDF timetable.  

Group fitness timetable MBAC (for print)

Monday

6.00am - Strength Circuit
8.30am - H20 H.I.I.T.
8.30am - Pilates
9.30am - Active Bodies
10.30am - Tai-Chi for health
5.15pm - Strength Circuit (45min)
6.00pm - Yoga
6.00pm - Aqua Fit 

Tuesday 

8.00am - Vets only
9.00am - Splash Combat
9.15am - Power
10.00am - Water Synergy
10.15am - Yoga 
5.30pm - Box Fit Hiit (30min)
6.00pm - Pilates  

Wednesday

6.00am - Strength Circuit (45min) 
8.30am - H20 Hiit
9.15am - Box Fit Hiit
10.15am - QiGong
6.00pm - Deep Water 
6.00pm - Balance

Thursday

5.45am - Box Fit Hiit (45min)
9.00am - Water Synergy
9.15am - Power
10.00am - Deep Water
10.15am - Steady Steps
5.30pm - Yoga
6.00pm - Aqua Fit 
6.30pm - Pilates 

Friday

6.00am - Gym Fit
8.30am - Splash Combat
9.15am - Ride Combo 
9.30am - Vets only 
10.15am - Zumba Gold 
5.30pm - Box Fit Hiit (30min)
6.00pm - Zumba  

Saturday

7.30am - H20 H.I.I.T
8.15am - Strong

 

All classes are subject to change due to participation numbers.

 

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.

All fitness levels are welcome. Please notify the instructor of any injuries or medical conditions before class.

 

Class information

Strong: Body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training combined with the science of synced music motivation makes for a high energy, fantastically fun and effective total body workout.

Power: Challenge all of your major muscle groups with an addictive, fat blasting combination of the most effective weights room exercises (squats, lunges, presses, and curls etc.) and the latest fitness revolutions in muscular endurance training.

Pilates: Pilates offers a low impact exercise method through the means of flexibility, muscular endurance and strengthening movements with an emphasis on postural alignment, core strength and muscular balance. Top benefits: flexibility, core strength and improved postural alignment.

Gym Fit: Promises to be an energising cardio workout fantastic for overall toning. One of our friendly trainers will guide you through a combination of gym floor favourites. A great class to learn some new skills on gym floor, and a chance to push yourself (just a little bit). Top benefits: Improve technique, Full body fitness, Muscular strength and toning.

Active Bodies: A low impact exercise class aimed at improving your overall strength, fitness and mobility. This class is great for those who are just starting out, carrying injuries or are looking for a whole body workout without the joint impact.

Tai Chi / Qigong: Involves a series of gentle physical exercise and stretching movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Top benefits: flexibility, coordination, balance and relaxation.

Yoga: This class will challenge you to work on any imbalances you may have. It aims to strengthen weak muscles, and lengthen tight ones, whilst simultaneously improving balance and focus. Top benefits: awareness, wellbeing, flexibility and core strength and relaxation.

Vets only: A series of activities designed for our veterans to enjoy together. For veterans onlyTop benefits: mateship, general health and wellbeing.

Box Fit Hiit: Ramping up the intensity in the Boxfit class – HIIT style - this incredible combination of boxing skills, strength movements and cardiovascular challenges will have you achieving new heights in just 45 minutes (Yup, including warm up and cool down). Bring along your best Rocky impersonations, burn an obscene number of calories and have a lot of fun doing it. Top benefits:  fitness, toning and boxing skills.

Ride: Group Ride is a huge calorie burner that builds great-looking legs! It’s a 60-minute cycling experience brought indoors/ poolside. Roll over hills, chase the pack, spin the flats, climb mountains, and sprint to the finish! Feel the thrill of energetic music and group dynamics as you get all the benefits of authentic interval training. Top benefits: Fitness, toning, muscular endurance.

Ride Fit Combo: The best bits of the same great class offered over 30 minutes. Top benefits: fitness, toning and muscular endurance.

Zumba Fitness: Takes the "work" out of your workout, by mixing fun and fitness in equal quantitates and creating a calorie-burning dance fitness party. Top benefits: fitness and toning.

Steady Steps: The low impact exercises in this class are designed to improve muscle strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, and confidence for those who are older, or have injuries / joint problems that restrict normal movement. Top benefits: stability, flexibility and coordination.

Strength Circuit: A fun, energetic freestyle class designed to increase your strength by taking all your weights-room favourites and injecting it into a circuit that defies your idea of limits. Challenge yourself with the security of a trained professional at your fingertips and the support and energy of your peers. Top benefits: muscular strength, endurance and toning.

Zumba Gold: A modified Zumba Fitness class to suit older adults or beginners that brings all the fun and benefits of the traditional Zumba class at a lower intensity. Top benefits: fitness, coordination and toning.

Balance: A combination of yoga, pilates, functional stretch and meditation principals creates a refreshing and all together rejuvenating class that promises to improve your core strength, flexibility and wellbeing. Top benefits: Strength, flexibility, toning and wellbeing.

Water Synergy: A low impact class in a heated pool designed for those with joint problems, restricted movement, or recovering from injury, surgery or illness. This is a great program for beginners. Top benefits: mobility and strength.

Splash Combat: A high energy aqua class in a heated pool where the workout is inspired by all your favourite boxing/combat moves.  A great full body workout. Top benefits: fitness and toning.

H20 Hiit: A high-intensity aqua class that utilises boxing, resistance and explosive movements to provide an energetic and fun full body workout. Top benefits: fitness, strength and toning.

Deep Water: As the name may suggest this workout will see you thrown into the deep end...sure, we’ll give you a buoyancy belt, but you do the rest. A complete engaging workout for all fitness levels. Top benefits: fitness, toning and strength.

Aqua Fit: Bringing boot camp into the pool. A combination of water resistance and equipment based exercises injected into a high energy circuit will have you torching calories and toning muscles you weren’t sure you had in a delightfully refreshing way. Top benefits: fitness, toning and strength.

 

Class safety

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. 

40 classes challenge

Get ready to smash out your group fitness workouts! Gather your friends and enjoy the fun of group fitness with our challenge of completing 40 classes in 8 weeks to go in the draw to win one month's free membership plus more. It's a great opportunity to try something new and stay motivated through winter.

Check out the group fitness timetable now and start planning which ones you'll do.

When: 8 July - 31 August

How to register: Attend a group fitness class and fill out an attendance card to keep a record. Ask the trainer to stamp/ initial the card on completion of the class (all cards will be kept on site in the group fitness room).

Cost: Included in membership or casual entry applies.

Entry into draw: Once all 40 spaces on your card are stamped/ initialed simply place the card in the draw barrel.

Terms and conditions: Participants must complete 40 group fitness classes within 8 weeks to earn one entry into the draw. Both Milne Bay and Highfields are eligible to enter. Participants may enter at both locations however, all 40 classes must be completed at the one location to be eligible for entry. More than one class may be completed in one day. On completion of a group fitness class, the participant must have their entry card initialed/ stamped by the instructor to indicate completion.  Members and non-members are eligible to participate, normal entry conditions and fees for group fitness apply.

The competition runs 8 July to 31 August with all entries closing 31 August.

Prize details: 1 months free membership, 1 InBody scan, 2 x free coffees, and merchandise pack. The prize will be drawn on 2 September from all eligible entries.

Boga Mats - speciality class (not included in membership)

We're excited to introduce Boga Mats 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. Spaces are limited for each class so bookings are essential.

This specialty class is available for members and non-members, during the summer months in the outdoor pool.

Body composition analysis

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.

Cost

How to book

Please contact staff at the centre on 4688 6330 or send us an email to book an appointment for your scan.

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Bootcamp (not included in membership)

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 classes run each Tuesday and Friday morning at 6.00am during school term for 10 weeks.

Cost:

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.

Waves Swim School

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Our swimming programs range from infants (4 months), 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: $14 for the first child per lesson, $13 for the second child and $12 for three or more children in the same family.

Times: Program and lesson times vary according to level of ability. Please confirm the day and time of lessons with staff at time of enrolment.

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 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.

 

Programs

Infant classes

Classes are run in the mornings and are a fun water-based confidence and familiarisation class using toys and songs to encourage your baby to become familiar and confident in the water. 

Disability water safety lessons

Our disability water safety program aims to teach people with specialised needs to become more water aware, to be safe in and near water and develop swimming skills. 

Adult learn to swim 

Whether you want to learn to swim, need help with technique or would like private lessons, we offer adult swimming lessons for all levels. 

Time:

For more details on lessons visit the Waves Swim School page.

 

Safety week 

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.

 

Adult SwimFit classes

Love swimming, but feeling a little bit unmotivated? We have the perfect class for you!

Adult SwimFit classes have been designed to help push your limits, improve stroke correction and development while you enjoy a fun, friendly and professionally instructed group environment. Whether you're looking to improve your swimming skills and speed or just looking to get your general fitness back up and swimming, this is the perfect group for you!

Time:

Cost: $10 (casual) per session or you can purchase a ten-session pack for $80.

Bookings: Bookings are essential. Call us on 4688 6330 or email if you require any further information.

Hydrotherapy pool

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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 hydrotherapy pool timetable. If you have any questions please email or contact us on 4688 6330.

Hydrotherapy pool timetable 

Downs Little Lifeguards

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. 

 

Downs Little Lifeguards program 

The program runs during school terms 1 and 4 and offers school-based sessions and day trips for children and families to the beach and dam.

Children and families will participate in ocean, dam and creek awareness activities and practice skills to potentially save a life. This is not a learn to swim program.

The program is based around:

Students will:

 

Requirements

 

How to apply

To join the Downs Little Lifeguards program fill in the online form: Pools - Downs Little Lifeguards application form (online). 

 

Past programs

dam busters day 2018 trampolineIn March 2018 the Dam Busters day was held at Leslie Dam YMCA camp. Families experienced fun and safe recreational play using water trampolines and kayaking. Children were required to work as a team to assist peers climb onto the trampolines and kayaks in deep water, then practice rescue techniques using contact and non-contact tows, unconscious rescues (role played) and CPR.

 

 

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In February 2018 families joined us at Miami Beach Surf Life Saving Club and enjoyed a hot day at the beach. The morning involved children battling it out in beach sprints, learning to body board, ride in waves and climb to the lookout to identify rips and current changes.

The afternoon saw children and adults join teams and participate in relays using boogie boards and fighting the currents. A brilliant day was had by all!  

 

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In February 2017 families travelled 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 practised 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.

 

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In October/November 2015 children and adults participated in a two day pool course and a day trip to Neptune Royal Surf Life Saving Club where the focus was on tidal change, currents, rips and river swimming.

 

 

 

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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 Neptune Royal Surf Life Saving Club where children practised what was learned in the pool while incorporating the natural elements of the tides, rips, and currents. 

 

 

Program achievement

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.

Creche

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 the Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre fees and charges.

The creche is closed public holidays and for two weeks over Christmas.  

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Children's parties

What you will receive:

Cost

Parties cost $16.50 per child. We can supply a party host to entertain party guests for two hours for $60 per host.  For groups of 8-12 children, one host is required. For 13 children or more, two hosts are required.

How to book

For availability, additional information and bookings please call us on 4688 6330.

School, club and group entry

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

Week 1: 25 November - 29 November

Week 2: 2 December - 6 December

Week 3: 9 December - 13 December

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:

How to book

1. To book, simply fill in the Pools - School end of year and fun program booking form Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre (online).

2. Read the Milne Bay Aquatic Centre - Risk assessment for school excursions.

 

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.

There are exceptions to this ratio in the case of:

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:

Centre capacity whilst schools are visiting

The maximum capacity of visitors to MBAC when schools are attending is 600.

Equipment requirements

approved swimwearStudent and staff are advised to bring the minimum following personal items whilst visiting MBAC (see our swimwear policy information below).

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:

Active supervision at public pools consists of four key elements:

Safety rules and how to play safe

As a visitor to MBAC you must:

Swimwear policy

Clothing, other than swimwear, can create problems with water clarity, pool disinfectant, and our water filtration systems.

Approved swimwear:

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.

Unacceptable swimwear:

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.

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

  1. First aid room
  2. Lifeguard console at front of house
  3. Lifeguard station at waterslide
  4. Café
  5. Gym
  6. Crèche

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 checklist 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:

Defibrillator

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 of 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:

Documentation

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.

Swimming carnivals

Booking the Aquatic Centre for a 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. 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).
  2. Fill in and submit the Pools - School or club swimming carnival booking form (online)
  3. View our Risk assessment for school swimming carnivals.

 

Swimming carnival guide for schools and clubs

Available facilities

The following facilities are included for use:

Fees and charges

Fees can be found in the Milne Bay Aquatic and Fitness Centre fees and charges. 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.

Equipment

The centre provides the following equipment for school carnival use:

No other equipment is available.

Electrical equipment

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 marshalling 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.

Public liability

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.

Area restrictions

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.

General public

The outdoor area is closed to the general public up to an hour prior to the Carnival and up to an hour post carnival.

Dismissal

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 demeanour 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

School staff will be required for a variety of roles throughout the day. These will include:

Supervision

A roster of duty teachers to ensure restricted areas are maintained and safety guidelines are observed. A duty roster should include:

Marshalling

A minimum of two school staff members will be required for marshalling duties for all events. The area adjacent to the pool concourse (at the deep end) is reserved for marshalling. 

Event officials

Swimming attire

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 swimwear 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

Alcohol is not permitted within or on any of the facility or with the grounds of MBAC.

Emergency evacuation plan from the 50m pool

The 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:

MBAC evacuation sign and diagram

Inflatable courses - Freckles and the dual racer

Milne Bay has two exciting blowup 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:

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.    

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Aqua cycling

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 create your own training session.

To book call the centre on 4688 6330.

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Pro shop

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:

Last Updated: Friday, 02 August 2019 15:13