News / Featured / Sport / 17th October 2022
Lifeguard shortage could dampen swim season
Swimming pool facilities across Warrumbungle Shire Council have been undergoing pre-season preparation and repairs in anticipation of October openings, however, a shortage of lifeguards could delay plans.
Due to difficulties recruiting lifeguards, pools across the region may not open as scheduled, said Warrumbungle Shire Council mayor, Ambrose Doolan.
Council is encouraging anyone who is interested to reach out to their local pool and apply. Positions pay $26 per hour, plus weekend loading, and all training is included and paid for.
“It’s the perfect job for students or school leavers,” Cr Doolan said.
In better news, Senior Card holders can now secure a 50 per cent discount on season tickets. The new initiative aims to encourage all ages to get down to their local pool.
Long-standing community fitness group, Coonabarabran Aqua-fitness, will recommence their six day per week program when the swim season kicks off.
The group, which has been active for 11 years under the auspice of Western NSW Local Health District, welcomes all ages, genders and abilities.
“It is about getting moving and staying connected,” said instructor, Fay Chapman. “We want to keep the people of Coonabarabran healthy.”
Classes cost just $4, plus entry to Coonabarabran Memorial Pool. A low-impact physical activity, water-aerobics is a gentler way to exercise.
“Not everyone wants to jog or jump, so aqua-fitness is great because it’s easy on your joints,” Mrs Chapman said.
At the time of writing, Cr Doolan said pool openings would be staggered, with Coolah, Coonabarabran and Dunedoo opening first, followed by Baradine, Binnaway and Mendooran pools.
To apply for a position or keep across pool opening dates, times and memberships in your area, visit warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au.