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FOR PRESS No. 3434

NEW SWIMMING TECHNIQUES FOR ARMY ·

S t a t e m e n t b y t h e M i n i s t e r f o r t h e Army, Dr. t h e Hon. . ·

■ A..J. F o r b e s .

• New t e c h n i q u e s i n s u r v i v a l swimmingH a r e t o b e t a u g h t t o

members o f t h e A u s t r a l i a n A.rmy, t h e M i n i s t e r f o r t h e Army, Dr. ' ■ ·

A. J . F o r b e s $ a n n o u n c e d t o d a y . '

A s e v e n - d a y c o u r s e f o r 20 s e l e c t e d s t u d e n t s f r o m a l l S t a t e s

w ould b e h e l d i n A d e l a i d e fro m November 3 0 . . __

The s t u d e n t s , j u n i o r o f f i c e r s and s e n i o r n o n - c o m m i s s i o n e d

o f f i c e r s , w o u ld a l l b e c a p a b l e swimmers, and d u r i n g t h e c o u r s e w ould "

q u a l i f y a s i n s t r u c t o r s i n t h e s u r v i v a l t e c h n i q u e s , w h ic h c o u l d b e an

a s s e t t o t h e Army i n g e n e r a l and f i e l d f o r c e s o l d i e r s i n p a r t i c u l a r .

They w o u ld t h e n b e a v a i l a b l e t o i n s t r u c t members o f Army .

u n i t s i n t h e i r home S t a t e s .

The c o u r s e would b e c o n d u c t e d b y Mr. W.H. Downing, o f C orom andel

V a l l e y , S . A . , u n d e r t h e g e n e r a l s u p e r v i s i o n o f H e a d q u a r t e r s , C e n t r a l

Command ( A d e l a i d e ) .

T e c h n i q u e s of s u r v i v a l swimming w ere e a s i l y t a u g h t , and w o u ld

e n a b l e s o l d i e r s , w h e t h e r good swimmers or n o t , t o s t a y a f l o a t f o r

c o n s i d e r a b l e p e r i o d s , e v e n when n e a r l y e x h a u s t e d .

A l t h o u g h swimming i n s t r u c t i o n was g i v e n t o . a l l r e c r u i t s .

e n t e r i n g 1 s t R e c r u i t T r a i n i n g B a t t a l i o n a t K apooka, NSW, s p e c i a l i s e d

i n s t r u c t i o n i n s u r v i v a l swimming t e c h n i q u e s was n o t i n c l u d e d . .

S u r v i v a l swimming t e c h n i q u e s would b e o f p a r t i c u l a r h e l p t o

t h e s e men. '

Mr. Downing, who h a d w ide e x p e r i e n c e i n s u r v i v a l swimming

i n s t r u c t i o n , i n th e B r i t i s h Army h a d made h i s p r i v a t e swimming p o o l

a v a i l a b l e f o r t h e c o u r s e . ’

A r e t i r e d swimming c o a c h , he was c u r r e n t l y V i c e - P r e s i d e n t o f

t h e Swimming T e a c h e r s ’ A s s o c i a t i o n of B r i t a i n and t h e Commonwealth;

L i a i s o n O f f i c e r and T e c h n i c a l A d v i s e r t o t h e R o y a l L i f e S a v i n g S o c i e t y

o f S o u t h A u s t r a l i a , and a member of t h e R o y al L i f e S a v i n g A s s o c i a t i o n '

i n s t r u c t o r s ’ b o a r d f o r S o u th A u s t r a l i a . . '

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