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Opening Day 28 July 1906: 4/4

Alfred French was the first bathing attendant at the new pool. He is unlikely to have had the skills of a modern-day lifeguard. He was accorded the honour of being allowed to take the first official dive into ...

Opening Day 28 July 1906: 4/4

Diving Boards

The diving boards were a popular feature of the lido until they were dismantled in the 1970s for Health & Safety reasons. The figure on the right-hand side, wearing uniform, is the lifeguard Alfred French. Not...

Diving Boards

Replica Royal Humane Society Certificate

Alfred French was the first lifeguard at Tooting Bathing Lake. On 5 August 1907 he is known to have saved a man from drowning. Some reports say he saved two men. Later that year he was awarded a certificate o...

Replica Royal Humane Society Certificate

Christmas Day 1911

Taken at Tooting Bathing Lake after the Christmas Day race 1911. The man holding the Burton Cup, first presented in 1908, is W E Cross. Far left, middle row, wearing a cap, is the first lifeguard Alfred French.

Christmas Day 1911
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