Minaki was wonderful, but my heart will always belong to Grand
beach with its beautiful sand beach, and very rough water.
I learned to swim there when I was about five or six years old. Later,
when I was around 10 years old, I joined the YMCA in Winnipeg and became
a "TANKER", a very highly respected YMCA swimming club
in Winnipeg early 30's and 40's. Because of the friendly Lifeguards
that I knew as a boy at Grand Beach
boyhood ambition was to become a lifeguard. I spent hours on the
old pier talking with them. Thus it was only natural that during
my "Y" days, that I became a YMCA Senior Life Saver. I also earned
the Royal Life Saving Society's Bronze and Silver Medallions, the Royal
Life Saving Diploma, and the "Award of Merit". I served as an examiner
in life saving at the YMCA for the Royal Life Saving Society and the "Y"
for many years.