Four Atikokan swimmers have received one of the highest life saving awards available in the British Commonwealth, it has been announce by the Recreation and Parks Committee. In tests conducted by John Stulac, Toronto Red Cross Field Supervisor, Judy Benedict, Maxine Scales, Don Henderson, and Bob Singer qualified for the Royal Life Saving Silver Medallion at the Community Swimming Pool.
To complete the tests the four candidates had to be fully conversant with water safety, life saving, and the arm-life back pressure and Schafer methods of artificial respiration. They had to execute three rescues fully clothed involving towing a victim 60 feet. They had to swim, fully clothed, a distance of almost one half mile, using two legs only, disrobe on the surface of the water, execute two dives and a surface dive, and various scientific swimming skills.
C M McIntosh, director of recreation, was appointed an examiner for the Royal Life Saving Society. Mr McIntosh is a Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Examiner also. Donald Henderson, who is chief lifeguard at the pool, was appointed an instructor for the Royal Life Saving Society. He has been a Red Cross Water Safety instructor for three years. In addition, he holds a Bronze medallion and a bar.
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