POOL DUDES: Proston pool manager, Jim Nielsen and his son are prepared for the upcoming pool season.
POOL DUDES: Proston pool manager, Jim Nielsen and his son are prepared for the upcoming pool season. Contributed

Drill rig operator makes surprising career change

CHANGING careers in nothing new; in fact these days it is quite common to go from one industry to another.

But have you ever heard of someone going from working on the drill rigs to managing a community pool?

That is exactly the career path Proston pool manager, Jim Nielsen has walked along.

And he is more than happy with his unique career change.

Mr Nielsen, along with his police officer wife and his 23-year-old son, has managed the pool for the last three years.

"The opportunity was there, it suits my wife and I,” he said.

"It is a really enjoyable job and we have lots of fun.”

The Proston pool will re-open this pool season on Saturday September 22 from 1pm to 5pm.

"We will have a sausage sizzle on opening day and we invite all the community to come down,” Mr Nielsen said.

Mr Nielsen advised swimming lessons would commence after the September school holidays.

"We have arranged for a qualified instructor to come out to Proston on a Saturday morning to conduct swimming lessons,” he said.

Proston pool hours are 6am to 8am and 3pm to 6pm on weekdays and 1pm to 5pm on weekends.

"We will also have swim club on Monday afternoons from 4.30pm to 5.30pm,” Mr Nielsen said.

Pool entry costs are $3.20 for adults, $2.50 for under 16 and concessions and no charge for under twos.

"Families will be happy to know we will have Eftpos this year,” he said.

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