Summer At Sandy Spring

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Our Swimming Test

Our Swimming Test

How does the swim test work?

At the beginning of each week, a swimming test will be administered to all who wish to enter the pond during their swimming time. The test will start with a short period of instruction on how to perform certain strokes. Campers will be required to swim out to the middle rope and back. Based on their performance, they will be assigned a wristband color that determines where they are able to swim, and whether they need a lifejacket in certain areas.

How often does the swim test happen?

The swim test will be administered at the beginning of every week. Makeups can be given on following days if a camper was absent at the beginning of the week.

Can I reapply for a new swim test?

Campers will be allowed to retake the swimming test every week that they are at camp. Retakes will not be given during the same week.

What do the different bands mean?

What do the different bands mean?

There are three colored wristbands that are assigned based on how campers perform on their swimming test.

 

Red band – these campers are beginning swimmers and will only be allowed to enter the shallow area of the pond where they can stand. They will be required to wear a lifejacket.

Yellow band – these campers are intermediate swimmers and will be allowed to enter both the shallow area and the deep area of the pond. They will be required to wear a lifejacket in the deep area, but not the shallow area. They will also be allowed to go out to the Aqua Bounce and Climbing Wall with a lifejacket.

Green band – these campers are advanced swimmers and will be allowed to enter both the shallow area and the deep area of the pond without using a lifejacket. They will also be allowed to go out to the Aqua Bounce and Climbing Wall with a lifejacket.

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What color band do I need to go on the Aqua Bounce?

In order to use the Aqua Bounce, campers will need to have earned a yellow or green wristband. All campers are required to wear a lifejacket on the Aqua Bounce.

What color band do I need to go on the Climbing Wall?

In order to use the Climbing Wall, campers will need to have earned a yellow or green wristband. All campers are required to wear a lifejacket on the Climbing Wall.

Is the pond treated or is it natural?

The pond is natural, but it has been fortified and expanded. It is treated with all natural chemicals to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria and organisms.

Are there swim instructions or lessons? How long?

Each pond session will start with 5-10 minutes of swimming instruction provided by the lifeguards. Campers will practice these strokes with the aid and support of their councilors before starting their free-swim session.

How deep is the pond?

The pond starts with a gradual beach entry and gets deeper toward the middle. At it’s deepest, the pond is about 12 feet.

Is there a shallow area for kids?

The swimming area is roped off and partitioned into two areas. The shallow area is right off the beach and goes from a few inches to about 3 feet deep. The deeper area goes from about 3 feet to about 8 feet.

Do my kids have to swim?

Your campers do not have to swim in the pond if they don’t feel comfortable. There will always be one councilor in the grassy area to play with campers who choose not to go in.

Is there a system in place like a buddy check? What is that?

We use a buddy check system to make sure that all of our campers are safe and accounted for. Since the pond is natural, visibility is challenging in deeper water. Before campers enter the water, they will need to choose a buddy to play with or near for the duration of their swimming time. Every 10-15 minutes, the lifeguards will call for a buddy check. At this time, campers will need to find and identify their buddy. When the buddy check is verified, campers may continue swimming.