• The ARI is undergoing a Face lift with our new logos for the ARI & our Staying Active (formally Active Ageing) and new look website coming soon!   Stay tuned for more details and ARI Events coming to a location near you.

    ARI Gets A New Look
  •  2016 ARI Awards of Excellence Winners: AH Pierce Memorial Facility of the Year: Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope RLS Lifeguard of the Year: Mark Rutledge Orimatch Award of Excellence: Cameron McFarlane Roejen Customer Service Team of the Year: Hornsby Aquatic & Leisure Centre Roejen Environmental Sustainability Award: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre Congratulations to all the winners… [Continue Reading]

    2016 Awards of Excellence Winners!
  • Following the recent Royal Commission on Child Protection, the ARI have consulted the Office of the Children’s Guardian and compiled a position statement on Child Protection that best reflects the Aquatic and Recreation Industry’s specific requirements. The ARI encourages all facility managers to ensure they are following these recommendations and if in doubt, follow the… [Continue Reading]

    Working With Children Checks: ARI Position statement
  • As the 2nd Round of the ARI Active Ageing program commences, the final report on the Pilot round has been submitted. Some of the key findings reported include: Over the 12 month period there was a total of 41,848 participants visited the 13 sites. Prior to the program, of the 13 participating sites, 8 sites reported… [Continue Reading]

    Active Ageing Pilot Summary
  • A letter to the Swimming community was sent by NSW Health discussing the prevention of Cryptosporidium contamination of swimming pools. To view this letter, please follow the following link: Letter to Swimming Pool Industry re Crypto Awareness For the most up-to-date information on Cryptosporidium guidelines, please visit the NSW Ministry of Health at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/publicpools/Pages/default.aspx.  … [Continue Reading]

    Cryptosporidium contamination of swimming pools
  • Mark Anderson, CEO Swimming Australia has release a letter to the Swimming community on Hypoxic Training. Please follow the link to read this position statement and general information on Hypoxic Training.

    Hypoxic Training & Shallow Water Blackout

2016 Conference

The 52nd Annual Conference and Trade Show
21-21 June Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Registrations are now open!


ARI provides support, direction, training, information and networking opportunities for all Recreation Facility Managers, Industry Specialists, Community Recreation Providers, decision makers and Recreation Organisations.

Active Ageing

The ARI is coordinating the Active Ageing initiative on behalf of the aquatics and recreation industry. As part of the initiative, aquatic and recreation facilities across NSW will be provided with grants to establish and maintain aqua fitness and gentle exercise classes specifically for over 50s.

About Us

The Aquatic and Recreation Institute (ARI) is a not-for-profit professional association of Aquatic and Recreation practitioners, which includes Recreation Facility Managers, Industry Specialists, Community Recreation Providers and decision makers and Recreation Organisations.

We provide support, direction, training, information and networking opportunities for all members who are involved in sport and leisure services throughout Australia.

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Commercial Supliers

National Commercial Supplier members of the Australian Leisure Facilities Association (ALFA) are contributing to the development of the industry nationally. Please consider these companies when next purchasing products and/or services for your leisure facility.

Commercial Supplier Register


ARI, ALFA and Sportspeople are working together to provide a comprehensive listing of positions available within the aquatic, recreation and leisure industry.

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EHO Training

ARI and RLSS NSW have developed the Statewide Mutual Water Quality Initiative, providing free training and professional development workshops for personnel responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of water quality at public swimming pools and spas.

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ALFA Alliance