Car­bon­ear awarded An­niver­sary Cup from Life­sav­ing So­ci­ety

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS CAR­BON­EAR ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool was pre­sented with the An­niver­sary Cup on Wed­nes­day, April 11th.

The cup is pre­sented to the fa­cil­ity with the most life­sav­ing awards for a com­mu­nity fewer than 5,000 peo­ple, which is de­ter­mined through a point sys­tem. Car­bon­ear’s pool came first in this sec­tion, with a to­tal of 1,102 points, fol­lowed by Port Aux Basques with 1,088 points.

This marks the fourth win of the cup for Car­bon­ear.

Rob But­ton, di­rec­tor of recre­ation for the Town of Car­bon­ear, said that winning awards such as this helped keep the pool on its feet.

“It lets us know that we’re ac­tu­ally pro­vid­ing a ser­vice to the prov­ince,” said But­ton. “It’s nice to be rec­og­nized for that.

Pro­grams of­fered through the Car­bon­ear pool in­clude Bronze Medal­lion, Bronze Cross, Na­tional Life­guard, First-Aid, and Swim to Sur­vive, all of which aid the pool’s life­guards in get­ting the proper train­ing to deal with wa­ter safety.

“Most of our life­guards come from swim team,” said Cor­rine Wright, pres­i­dent of the 2016 board of di­rec­tors for the Life­sav­ing So­ci­ety. “Then they’ve got to do life­guard train­ing – their NLS.”

The Life­sav­ing So­ci­ety is a full-ser­vice provider of pro­grams and ser­vices de­signed to pre­vent drown­ing. The So­ci­ety is a na­tional vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion, which in­cludes the Car­bon­ear pool as one of the 4,000 af­fil­i­ated mem­bers.

Car­bon­ear also placed 11th in a list of So­ci­ety mem­bers with the largest life­sav­ing pro­gram.

CHRIS LEWIS

Cor­rine Wright, far left, presents Ni­cole Comer­ford of the Car­bon­ear pool and Town of Car­bon­ear recre­ation di­rec­tor Rob But­ton with the An­niver­sary Cup.

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