UWA Aquatics Transition

Find out more about the transition of UniSwim to UWA Sport Pty LTD

For close to three decades, UWA has engaged in providing a series of aquatic programs and services that have served the immediate and wider community. Initiated through research at the University, these services have focused on areas such as water confidence, learn to swim, skill development and athlete preparation programs.

In August 2014, the “Strategic Alignment of Structures of Sport at UWA” review was completed with a recommendation that all sport related sport and recreation services and activities be managed directly by UWA Sport. This included transferring management of the UniSwim programs and other UWA aquatics activities to UWA Sport.

Drivers for change

This drive for change was the acceptance and endorsement by UWA of the recommendation arising from the review – "Strategic Alignment and Structures of Sport at UWA".

Specifically, with regard to the swimming pools and associated aquatic programs, by adoption of this recommendation, UWA’s vision is to promote:

  • Increased use of the facility by UWA students, staff and alumni, UWA Affiliate Sporting Clubs, as well as the broader community;
  • Greater efficiency in management of the sport based use of the facility, with closer relationships between UWA structures responsible for management of campus assets;
  • Greater efficiency in management of existing and new aquatics programs;
  • Better alignment of aquatic programs with respect to other sport and recreation services, programs and facilities.
  • Consistency of use and management for the model under which UWA assets are used by UWA Affiliate Sporting Clubs and for the wider purpose of sport.

Benefits of the change

The change has the following benefits.

It serves to adopt the recommendation made by the Strategic Alignment and Structures of Sport at UWA in 2014.

It creates an aligned sport operation where activities and facilities are within the same portfolio. This alignment aims to:

    • Improve quality systems/service outcomes to the wider customer base by aligning to existing systems and practices that deliver similar existing service;
    • Ensures efficient use of resources and to deliver consistent practices and cost savings;
    • Introduces additional resources to the aquatic operations, in particular in the area of marketing and central customer service support; and
    • Retains and supports the employment opportunities of UWA students in programs and activities that are currently on offer.

    This change meets with various objectives outlined in the UWA Strategy for Sport 2016–2019.

    Timeline

    UWA Sport will begin management of the aquatic facilities and programs from Monday 30 April, 2018.

    Frequently asked questions

    Who is UWA Sport?

    UWA Sport is the umbrella brand for many sporting services, clubs and facilities. Focusing on three different pathways, UWA Sport offers:

    • Participation level – Social Sports, Fitness Memberships, Recreate Shout Courses, Inter-Faculty Sport, Inter-College Sport, Kids Holiday Programs, Teen Holiday Programs and Staff Sport
    • Competition level – UWA Club Competitions, National University Games
    • Elite level – World University Games

    UWA Sport also support elite student athletes in their academic and sports pursuits through the Student Athlete Development Program. Find out more

    Will the transition impact me?

    As a customer, the transition should have little to no impact. UWA Sport is focused on continuing to provide high quality and appropriate program offerings to swimmers, both at the recreational and elite levels. UWA Sport has made a commitment to retain the existing pricing of services and terms and conditions in place for the winter swimming season.

    UWA Sport has commenced an open and competitive recruitment process for fixed term roles within the program. Recently, UWA Sport announced the appointment of the new Aquatics Program Manager, Fiona Laden-Wearne and the UWA Swimming Head Coach (Squads), Michael Shaw.

    All existing coaches and teachers have been offered the chance to work with UWA Sport. If you are interested in applying to work for UWA Sport, or would like to view current opportunities, click here

    What is the relationship between UniSwim, UWA West Coast Swimming Club and UWA Sport?

    UniSwim is a brand associated with aquatic services at UWA, which includes learn-to-swim programs, junior and senior coaching and adult swimming classes. UniSwim also provides coaching services to UWA West Coast Swimming Club.

    UWA West Coast Swimming Club (UWAWCSC) is an affiliated UWA sport’s club and provides comprehensive swimming programs catering for swimmers of all levels from beginners through to School, State and National Level athletes, even aspiring Olympians. Through the coaching relationship with UWA, UWAWSC has access to the training pools within the UWA Aquatics Centre and also enjoys world-class facilities at HBF Stadium.

    UWA Sport is the umbrella brand for many sporting services, clubs and facilities at the University of Western Australia. UWA Sport will begin managing UniSwim programs and aquatics activities from Monday 30 April, 2018.

    What are the benefits of the transition?

    It creates an aligned sport operation where activities and facilities are within the same portfolio. This alignment aims to:

    • Increased use of the facility by UWA students, staff and alumni, UWA Affiliate Sporting Clubs, as well as the broader community;
    • Greater efficiency in management of the sport based use of the facility, with closer relationships between UWA structures responsible for management of campus assets;
    • Greater efficiency in management of existing and new aquatics programs;
    • Better alignment of aquatic programs with respect to other sport and recreation services, programs and facilities.
    • Consistency of use and management for the model under which UWA assets are used by UWA Affiliate Sporting Clubs and for the wider purpose of sport.

    Will I have the opportunity to provide feedback?

    Yes, UWA Sport will be releasing a survey in April to give you the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions to improve the aquatics programs and services currently provided. Subscribe to survey notification »

    I have a question, who can I contact?

    All questions that relate to the programs and services delivered at the UWA Aquatic Centre should continue to be directed to the contact details listed below.

    UWA West Coast Swimming Club: memberservices@uwawestcoast.org

    UniSwim: uniswim-sseh@uwa.edu.au

    If your question relates specifically to the transition, you can contact UWA Sport at aquatics@sport.uwa.edu.au

    You will also have the opportunity to tell us what you think via a customer survey to be released in late April 2018. Subscribe to survey notification »