New Jersey 2007

Swimming, Swimming, In The Swimming Pool

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Photos and Articles by Matt Lurrie


The fact that this sleep-away camp has no natural lake is insignificant in measuring it's aquatics program.  With the exception of Super Seniors, who have the option of opting out of swim instruction, all age groups take part in daily swim instruction.

Sam, Donald, and Mike T., Campus Kids' water babies, coordinate all pool activities.


Along with certified instructors, Team A staff Assistants rotate in shifts as lifeguards during all pool sessions.

swim Instruction is based upon the American Red Cross's 6 levels.  According to Mike T., they are based on the following criteria:

Level 1
Introduction to Water Skills: helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

Level 2
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: gives students success with fundamental skills.

Level 3
Stroke Development: builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.

Level 4
Stroke Improvement: develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills.

Level 5
Stroke Refinement: provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

Level 6
Swimming and Skill Proficiency: refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options. Each of these options focus on preparing students to participate in more advance courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include:

  • Personal Water Safety
  • Lifeguard Readiness
  • Fundamentals of Diving
  • Fitness Swimming

Some strokes that are taught are front, back, crawl, butterfly, and sidestrokes, as well as diving skills and other necessary aquatic skills.

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