BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) — The Beaufort community is honoring a local legend who helped teach thousands of children to swim.
A famous swimming pool in the low country will be renamed after a man who put the needs of others before his own.
A special dedication ceremony was held early Monday morning at the Charles Lynda Brown Recreation Center on Green Street in Beaufort.
Officially known as the Green Street Pool, where Alvin Settles spent the past 30 years teaching thousands of young children and adults to swim, will now be named in his honor.
His son Jarrod Settles recalls growing up moments and says his father loved being in the pool.
Settles said: “It was his first love, it was his passion. My dad always comes here year-round, whether the pool is open or not, and makes sure everything is working properly, so that when it opens, he can work on it. It just shows how caring his pool has become, his community.”
Settles spent hours each summer teaching a vital life skill not only to children in Beaufort, but to children across the country.
Danny Allen, Settles’ former lifeguard, says what an impact he had on the community, Hill will always be remembered for that.
Allen said: “He taught generations of families not only how to swim, but how to be comfortable in the water. You had a lot of parents who couldn’t swim, grandparents who couldn’t swim. Therefore, they did not feel comfortable allowing the children to be near the water. So just what he brought to it, especially you have a lot of underprivileged kids. I mean the kids who were brought in on buses from different countries that he could touch.”
Settles not only taught in the pool, but he was also a speech pathologist for the US Department of Defense for the local school system. In 2015, the South Carolina House of Representatives honored him for his outstanding community service. He died in 2021, but people in the community admired him and he will never be forgotten.
Morgan Green reflects on how much he meant not only to him, but to everyone in the community.
Green said, “He was an example I could look up to and I didn’t have to ask any questions, just stood there and watched and learned and followed in their footsteps.”