Palm Beach legend passes



Pittwater icon Johnny Carter OAM passed away on 10 May, aged 90.

The Palm Beach life saving legend taught more than 10,000 kids to swim at the Palm Beach rock pool between 1948 and 2017, and in 2001 a plaque was installed at the site, which read: ‘From a grateful community for over 50 years of devoted service teaching children swimming and surf safety.’  

The pool was renamed the Johnny ‘Jack’ Carter Pool in his honour in 2018. 

At that time, Johnny proudly said: “I’ve taught four generations of kids to swim – the Packer family, kids of movie directors and children with disabilities… I got into it because I love the beach and lifestyle, and it’s something every child must learn how to do.”

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan paid tribute.

“This week we lost a Northern Beaches champion. Swimming coach and all-round legend John ‘Jack’ Carter OAM passed away… leaving an indelible legacy,” he said.

“My sincere condolences go out to his family, relatives and friends. Long may he be remembered.”
A celebration of his life is set for the October long weekend at Palm Beach.

Joe McDonough, Editor-in-Chief, Peninsula Living Magazine

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