If You Learn To Swim With Ease

If You Learn To Swim With Ease

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Samuel Richards, Jr. was an American open water swimmer who won the 1911 and 1912 Boston Light Swim. Richards won the 1912 race in a time of 5 hours 15 minutes when only 3 swimmers out of 42 entrants completed the race.

He was a famed member of the L Street Brownies Club in Boston, Massachusetts who eventually competed in the Boston Light Swim a record 14 times.

He held several other records including the following:

*one-way from Charlestown Bridge to Boston Light (10 miles) in 5 hours 15 minutes
*two-way from Charlestown Bridge and Boston Light (20 miles) in 13 hours 9 minutes
*from Charlestown Bridge to Graves Light (17 miles) in 5 hours 40 minutes
*from New York Battery to Sandy Hook (22 miles) in 8 hours 11 hours
*Delaware River (40 miles) in 15 hours 14 minutes
*from Bass Point to Beachmont (3 miles) in 1 hour 36 minutes

But his epitaph on his memorial include some profoundly beautiful words:

If you would learn to swim with ease,
Go into the water above your knees,
Be not afraid of fish or wave
And sometime a life you’ll surely save.

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