AQUATICS

SWIMMING FACILITIES

SRSRC Camps only utilize facilities that are staffed public swimming facilities. The camp only uses providers who have persons on duty that are currently certified lifeguards and who have current certification in first aid, CPR, and AED. This includes any pools, water parks, beaches, etc.

 

STAFF SWIMMING

Staff may swim with their camp group provided that proper supervision of campers is maintained. When at the pool for free swim, there shall never be more counselors in the water than on the deck. Counselors may make use of the pool on their own time as lifeguards are always scheduled to be on duty. Lifeguards from the Aquatics Department are trained to position themselves in close proximity to swimmers and provide effective surveillance of the pool patrons so as to be able to effectively and efficiently respond to any aquatic emergencies.
 

PUBLIC AQUATIC SITE SAFETY

SRSRC Camps only take their campers to public pools or natural bodies of water that are staffed by certified lifeguards. These sites may contain natural or manmade boundaries. Camp staff may restrict the boundaries further, such as with the use of cones or physical landmarks. Counselors must ask the staff for any rules, including rules regarding boundaries and communicate these rules to their campers. Furthermore, these aquatic sites must have staff that are trained to assess water and weather conditions to identify hazards and determine appropriate activities. At the beach, staff shall take note of any posted signs regarding beach conditions and shall ask for any clarification from the lifeguard. Counselors may further restrict the use of portions of the aquatic site for the safety of their campers. Rescue equipment must be in good repair and readily available. Facilities and other equipment must also be in good repair. If it is seen that rescue and facility equipment are not in good repair, discontinue the activity until the issue is corrected.

Counselors are responsible for limiting the access to the bodies of water as is appropriate. Given limitations to the amount of time spent in the water, as well as providing break times for campers to rest, must be done to ensure camper safety.

Camp staff are responsible for knowing the limits of the campers within their group. Camp staff are always responsible for the supervision of all campers at all times. Campers should never be left unattended. If the campers are in the water, regardless of the site, counselors must also be in the water with the campers. If some campers are in the water and some are out, there must be at least one counselor with each group of campers.

At the beach, campers may not go in the water past their hips, unless it is part of a specialized activity. Younger campers who are not proficient swimmers cannot go in the water past their knees at the beach.

At water parks, campers who are not proficient swimmers must be limited to activities that are appropriate for their skill level. A wave pool is not an acceptable place for a camper with limited proficiency. Notify the Camp Director if a camper is moderately limited in the camp activities due to concerns about their water safety proficiency so a determination can be made on whether transfer to another camp group may be appropriate.

As with all camp activities, behavior management remains the responsibility of camp staff, as well as handling health-related matters up to their trained ability. For health-related matters, assistance can be sought at the lifeguard tower, lifeguard office, or first aid office at the public aquatic site.

POOL RULES AT SRSRC
  1. For safety reasons, all requests made by SRSRC lifesaving personnel must be complied with at all times.

  2. All children under the age of 8 must be under direct supervision of an adult.

  3. In the event a lifeguard is not present, please be cognizant of the NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY sign. All swimmers and pool patrons will be using the pools and pool areas at their own risk when a lifeguard is not on duty. When there is no lifeguard on duty, children under the age of 14 must be under the direct supervision of an adult (18 years or older).

  4. At the discretion of the lifeguard, at the top of each hour a 10-minute break will be called. During this time all children under the age of 14 must clear the Pool, Wader, and Spa.

  5. No running, pushing, rough play, profanity, spitting or sitting/hanging on the lane lines is permitted.

  6. Hard toys such as tennis balls and footballs are not allowed in the pool or pool area. At the discretion of the lifeguard, certain flotation devices (pool noodles, kickboards) and other toys may be restricted.

  7. Weaker or non-swimmers must remain in shallow water. Persons wanting to swim in deep water may be required to take and pass a swim test.

  8. Shower before entering the pool. Persons with open cuts, sores or rashes are not allowed in the pool.

  9. Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are prohibited from using the pool.

  10. No glass containers, food or chewing gum is allowed in the pool area.

  11. All children under 4 years of age must wear plastic pants or swim diapers when using the pool and/or wader. An adult must be within arms-reach of their child if under 4 years of age. A member can be fined $300 if their child(ren) or guest(s) are the cause of a potty accident.

  12. No changing clothes or diapers on the pool deck.

  13. Children of any age cannot be left alone in the wader.

  14. Lap-Swimming reservations can be made on the Mind/Body app or by the front desk staff. In addition to lap swimming, open areas are available for members.

DIVING BOARD RULES AT SRSRC
  1. For safety reasons, all rules and requests made by SRSRC lifesaving personnel must be complied with at all times. The lifesaving personnel have the right to close one or both of the diving boards at any time.

  2. Only one swimmer is allowed on the diving board at a time. Divers are to dive straight off the board and proceed to the closest ladder at the edge of the pool. When diving from the board on the left, swim in a timely manner to the left-side ladder to exit. When using the board on the right, swim in a timely manner to the right-side ladder to exit.

  3. No climbing the ladder or jumping from the diving board until the previous diver reaches the ladder at the side of the pool.

  4. The area in which you intend to dive must be clear of all swimmers before diving into the pool.

  5. Only on bounce on the diving board is allowed. No inward, reverse, or twisting dives allowed, unless you are with an SRSRC instructor or have been authorized by lifesaving personnel.

ADDITIONAL CAMP-SPECIFIC POOL RULES AT SRSRC
  1. Campers who do not pass the swim assessment shall wear an orange wristband at all times at the pool.

  2. Campers who do not pass the swim assessment and are under 4 feet tall shall only use the wader pool.

  3. Campers who do not pass the swim assessment and are at least 4 feet tall shall only use the wader pool and shallow end.

  4. Campers who pass the swim assessment may use the wader pool, shallow end, and deep end (including diving boards) of the pool.

  5. Campers shall not be allowed to enter the pool unless lifeguards are sitting at their stations.

  6. Campers shall not use the sauna or adult spa.

  7. A minimum of 50% of the camp staff must remain out of the pool and position themselves on the red bricks to act as lookouts. Lookouts must be distanced from one another to maximize supervision efficiency.

  8. One staff member must remain with campers using the wader pool.