PK and K campers will swim in the smaller wading pool and are not permitted in the larger pool. Campers in grades 1st – 8th grade will use the larger pool. All campers must pass a swim test if they would like to go in the deeper water, use the water slide, or use the smaller diving board.
The Test*: The test consists of swimming across the pool (approx. 30 ft.) and being able to comfortably tread water. The children do not have to know specific swim strokes, but they do need to show that they are able to swim safely. The test is conducted by the Riverdel Lifeguard Supervisor. All campers that attend the swim trips will be offered the swim test the first day that they go swimming.
Passing the Test: Once a camper passes the test, they will be given a colored band each time they attend the swim trip that allows them to go into the deeper water and use the slides.
Not Passing the Test: If they do not pass the test, you will receive a notice and they must wait 30 days to retake the test. Occasionally, campers have off days due to being nervous about the test even though they are able to swim. So if you feel that your child should have passed the test, please contact us and we will retest them again the next time they go. Campers that do not pass the test can swim in the three foot end of the pool.
Kindergarten Campers: If you would like your K camper to swim in the larger pool, they must pass the swim test. Please notify the camp prior to your child’s first swim trip that you would like them to be tested so that they can swim in the larger pool. K campers will not be allowed in the larger pool at all (even the shallow end), unless they pass the swim test.
*Please note that campers that have passed the test in prior years do not need to retake the test.