Harry Yates was a great Atlantic City Beach Patrol Captain and part of the 1936 national lifeguard championship team from Atlantic City, New Jersey. After six decades of patrolling the beach rescuing swimmers and resolving situations, Yates left quite a legacy in Atlantic City and became the namesake of the Harry Yates Memorial Swim.
The Yates Swim is a one-mile memorial swim in Atlantic City, New Jersey sponsored by the Atlantic City Beach Patrol, annually held in August. The race has been going on continually since in 1971.
From his early days to his decades as a senior leader of the tight-knit lifeguard association, Yates was recognized as the “best oarsman Atlantic City Beach as ever known” and the number one lifeguard at Atlantic City where he guarded from 1915-1963. He was best known for rowing a 500-pound lifeboat through rough seas to rescue swimmers and winning competitions between 1923 and 1940.
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