Swimming at Camp
The Camp uses the outdoor pool at Skyview in Riverdale, NY. Skyview has both a large pool and a kiddie pool for the younger campers. The Lower Camp also goes to Lake Welch one a week, located in Harriman State Park.
While forty Head Counselors and Supervisory staff are certified in RTE (Responding to Emergencies) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), we still employ at least 16 trained lifeguards, whose training includes First Aid and CPR. Skyview pool will also provide 4 additional lifeguards to help monitor the swim program. Sixteen members of our staff are WSI's (Water Safety Instructors). As a testament to our program, many of our Aquatics Staff are former campers.
The camp provides swim caps for each camper and they are required to be worn by everyone who enters the pool. Caps are worn for safety recognition and the different colors allow the lifeguards to identify which end of the pool it is safe for each camper. Lifeguards and swim instructors are easily recognizable as each wears a red swim cap.
As mandated by the Board of Health and the American Camp Association, we conduct a buddy check every fifteen minutes. Each camper is assigned another camper at his or her same swim level. They keep track of and stay with one another for the duration of the swim period. When buddy check is called by the Aquatic Director each buddy couple holds their hands on the edge of the pool or lake. Once a count has been completed by the Aquatics Director swimming can resume.