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Narrabri Shire pools now in safer hands

Gary Johnson delivers award-winning pool safety course at Narrabri Aquatic Centre

See Clearly Now’s Gary Johnson leads a session at the Narrabri Aquatic Centre.

Gary Johnson is a pool safety expert with decades of experience.

He trains the local lifeguards at all three Narrabri Shire pools - Narrabri, Boggabri and Wee Waa - and visits about three times a year to run refresher courses.

But from Saturday through to Monday, Johnson trained seven new lifeguards, who will soon be on duty ahead of the 2017-18 swimming season.

The new lifeguards were James Hartog-Smith, Tom Kable, Hilton Jackson, Lucinda Caton, Anna Finney, Caitlin Jamieson and Pippy Donaldson.

It was a three-day course, which included theory and practical components.

And at the completion of the course the new lifeguards will complete three shifts as a part of an on-the-job component.

During three shifts as a part of that component the new group of lifeguards will do a site induction and learn the pool’s processes and procedures before receiving their pool lifeguard license.

Johnson is married to former Boggabri local Vanessa Boehm.