Staying Active

The ARI is coordinating the Staying Active initiative on behalf of the aquatics and recreation industry and is funded by NSW Health.

What is Staying Active?

As the peak industry body for the aquatics and recreation industry in NSW, the ARI takes a leadership role in lobbying Government on behalf of our industry. With an increasingly ageing population, the ARI identified the need for our industry to better cater for the needs of older adults, and to develop and tailor programs specifically for their needs.

With preventative health being a major focus of current Governments, the ARI took the opportunity to lobby the NSW Government, and promote the important role aquatic and leisure facilities can play in providing programs that provide health benefits to over 50s. As a result, the ARI Staying Active initiative was born, with the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, Department of Health, and Office for Ageing all contributing funds for the ARI to undertake a pilot program, trialling the effectiveness of aquatic and leisure facilities in providing classes aimed at falls prevention among over 50s.

The ARI Staying Active pilot initiative will focus on:

  • Falls prevention – through improving the strength and balance of participants
  • Combining wet and dry activities – water-based classes improve cardio vascular health and range of movement, while land based classes improve load-bearing capabilities
  • Removing barriers – Reducing costs and making classes more accessible to seniors
  • Creating a social atmosphere – Improves mental health, and maximises the potential of over 50s returning regularly
  • Engaging CALD (cultural & Linguistic Diverse) Populations
  • Engaging Indigenous Community groups


Participating Facilities

There are 23 sites across the NSW area delivering the Staying Active Program. Links to all sites can be viewed below:

2017-18 Participating Sites:

Batemans Bay & Moruya Pool, Eurobodalla

Bathurst Aquatic Centre

Charlestown & Swansea Pools – Lake Macquarie

Daly Movement & Lake Talbot Pool

Dubbo / Wellington & Geurie Pools

Evolve Fitness & Wellbeing and Deniliquin Pool

Forbes Olympic Pool

Guildford Swim Centre

Healthy Lifestyles – Albury, Jinderra, Walla Walla, Lake Cargelico, Berringan, Baroonga, Harden, Ahria Park

Kurri Kurri Aquatic and Fitness Centre 

Inverell Aquatics Centres

Maitland Aquatic Centre

Malabar Yoga & Fitness, Moruya

Nambucca Aquatic & Fitness Centre

Northern Sydney Healthy Lifestyle & Royal Rehab Pool

Nowra Aquatic Centre

Richmond pool

Scone Memorial Pool

Studio Benefit & Bathurst Base Hospital Pool

The Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre / Eagle Vale Leisure Centre / Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre

Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre

Ongoing previous participants:

2016-17 sites with ongoing classes:

Bomaderry Aquatic Centre (Shoalhaven)
Cabarita & Drummoyne Aquatic Centres (Belgravia)
Cabravale Leisure Centre (Fairfield)
Condoblin Swimming Pool
Coonamble (Coonamble Shire)
Crawchy’s Swim School Hellensborough
Eurobodalla Aquatic Centre (Eurobodalla)
Katoomba Sports & Aquatic Centre (Blue Mtns)
Kiama Aquatic Centre (Kiama Shire)
Lake Macquarie (Lake Macquarie Council)
Lakeside Leisure Centre Port Stephens (Belgravia)
Macksville Memorial Pool (Big Island Sports)
Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Pool (Northern Beaches)
Moss Vale Aquatic Centre (Wingecarribee)
Musswellbrook Aquatic Centre (Musswellbrook)
Narrabrai Aquatic Centre (Narrabrai)
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE – Redfern)
Orange Aquatic Centre (Orange)
Penrith Aquatic & Leisure Centre (Ripples)
Sydney Gymnastic & Aquatic Centre(SGAC)
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC)
Tomaree Aquatic Centre (Belgravia)
Woollongong City Council (Woollongong)

2015-16 sites with ongoing classes:

Blacktown Key Venues (Delivery will be across 3 sites):

Hornsby Aquatic Centre
203 Peats Ferry Rd
Hornsby NSW 2077
(02) 9847 6300

Warringah Aquatic Centre
Aquatic Drive
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
(02) 9451 8000

Willoughby Leisure Centre
Small St
Willoughby NSW 2068
(02) 9958 5799

Regional NSW:

Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre
336 McCulloch St,
Broken Hill NSW 2880
(08) 8080 3510

Condoblin Swimming Pool
Cnr Busby & Harding Ave
Condoblin NSW 2877
(02) 6895 2475

Peninsula Aquatic Centre
243 Blackwall Rd,
Woy Woy NSW 2256
(02) 4325 8123

South Grafton Aquatic Centre
77-79 Cambridge Street
South Grafton NSW 2460
(02) 6642 3238


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