Swimming classes are required for all campers unless they have passed out of Red Cross swimming level VI.
Swimming - Instruction follows six American Red Cross swimming levels and is provided at our own Lake Netimus. Swimming classes are required for all campers unless they have passed out of Red Cross swimming level VI. In addition to swimming classes, we have swim meets with other camps in which participation is voluntary.
American Red Cross Swimming Levels
Level I & II - “Testing the waters!” – getting into the water, practicing blowing bubbles, and basic swimming skills. Takes place in the shallow end.
Level III - Mostly in shallow water; putting face in the water and beginning to learn the breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke, and sidestroke.
Level IV - Continued instruction and further mastery of the strokes taught in Level III.
Level V - Refining learned strokes and working on butterfly stroke.
Level VI - Demonstrated mastery of the following strokes: freestyle, breast, back, butterfly, and side.
Canoeing - Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes are offered on our own Lake Netimus. Canoe trips on the Delaware River are offered to campers who qualify.
Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) - various levels of kayaking & SUP instruction are taught on our own Lake Netimus.
Sailing - Campers learn to rig and sail “Sunfish” right on our own Lake Netimus.
Water-Skiing/Banana Boating - this activity takes place at Lake Wallenpaupack by staff who are certified in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR. Waterski instruction is provided to both beginner and advanced skiers who qualify.