Camp focuses on individual swim development and water safety for all levels and ages.Swimmers will be instructed in small groups of similar age, skill and experience. Lesson plans and progressions are formatted for optimum learning through the six American Red Cross Levels. For our highest level swimmers, we offer stroke clinic options. In addition to starts, turns and techniques to increase efficiency and speed, the focus is refining the competitive strokes and cardiovascular endurance. We provide comprehensive preparation for summer swimming and a great supplement for summer swim team.
Our staff includes seasoned American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards selected not only for their expertise in teaching aquatic skills, but also their ability to provide exceptional role models for our campers. Safety is our first priority. Camp director: Katherine Palladino, Pace University Aquatics Director, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer, Lifeguard Instructor Trainer and United States Safety Diving Coach.
•Complimentary camp T-shirts for campers
•Early bird and family discounts available
•Camp emphasis is swimming, but additional activities included
•Weekly availability, but minimum two weeks recommended
Typical Day Schedule:
9:00 – 9:10 am Check-In
9:15 – 10:00 am Group Swim Instruction
10:05 – 10:50 am Diving & Water Sports
10:55 – 11:40 am Field Games
11:45 – 12:25 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 pm Flexibility and Conditioning
1:20 — 2:05 pm Water Games
2:15 – 3:00 pm Special Activity
Field Games: Field games are generally conducted outside and include different sports and games. This will depend on age of children and their interests, but may include, kickball, wiffle ball, volleyball, freeze tag, soccer, capture the flag, SPUD etc. During inclement or extreme hot and humid weather, the games are taken indoors to air conditioned gymnasium or aerobic studio.
Strength & Conditioning: The strength and conditioning period is dictated by the group depending on their interests and ages. Generally, strength and conditioning starts off with various stations. Using basic equipment or even just the resistance of individual’s own weight, campers move from station to station working the major muscle groups and improving cardiovascular endurance. By introducing this as a game and varying the stations, exercise is cleverly disguised. The group may also include sports, nature walk, freeze dancing, extra swim time with a game of water polo, or Ga Ga (favorite game of campers). Continuing with the swim theme, the period also includes a brief water safety lesson.
Diving and Water Sports: Diving from the side of the pool is an integral component of the American Red Cross curriculum and successful completion of diving skills is required to pass the various levels. Depending on the swim level, campers will progress from sitting and kneeling dives to compact, stride and standing dives. The higher level swimmers are also taught surface dives including pike, tuck and feet first. At our Pace location, campers will also learn basics of springboard diving. For both Sarah Lawrence and Pace locations, this period will also include snorkeling and water sports.
Water Games: Water games are pretty much what they sound like, but we also use the first 10 minutes to incorporate an in water safety component from the American Red Cross skill requirements. For instance, if they need to learn to use a personal flotation device to pass level 3, we do that segment during games rather than take time away from swimming skills completed during swim lessons. Afterwards, water games may consist of free swim or an organized game with the whole group.
Special Activity: At the end of our day, the entire camp comes together (about 60 campers), for a camp activity. We have something different scheduled for most days of the summer. These activities include carnival day; old fashioned field games i.e. watermelon eating contest, potato sock race, water balloon toss, three legged-races, egg and spoon race; a big game of capture the flag; obstacle course; treasure hunt; and much more!