To limit excessive rescues involving weak/non swimmers in higher risk areas such as the deep end, slides, and diving boards. This swim test was implemented as a form of insurance for both patrons, and staff.
After being in effect for just one summer, we only performed 6 active rescues.... throughout the entire Summer of 2022! Our staff is happy to discuss the positive impact that this policy has had on our facility, as well as the increased sense of safety, and undeniable role it plays in our daily operations.
We do, however recognize that it may be an initial stressor for children upon arrival, to be asked to complete a swim test. We recommend that you and your child get some practice before taking the test, such as: practice jumping in, treading, swimming front crawl, and just being IN the water beforehand.
Any swimmer 13 years or younger must participate in a swim test, before entering the water. Please see staff in concessions for more information.
Once an individual has completed a swim test, they do not need to retest during every Open swim, as we put all kiddos on a master list. Simply have a Lifeguard in Concessions look up your name, and they will grab your wristband for the day!
- Those under 13 are permitted only 1 swim test every 24 hours. Absolutely no retesting until then, for ANY reason.
Lifeguards reserve the right to ask any individual, of ANY age, to complete a swim test if they feel uncertain about an individual's swimming ability.
We will not retest anyone due to siblings, or friends having obtained differing wristband access.
**Red and Yellow wristbands are NOTHING to be ashamed of! Swimming is a tough skill to learn, hence why so many kiddos (and adults!), are in swim lessons! **
- Enter water by jumping in feet first - without use of ladder, parent, or wall.
- Tread water for 30 seconds - must keep chin and head above water the entire time.
- Transition from treading water, to a back float for 15 seconds.
- Swim using front crawl, freestyle, or breaststroke for distance indicated by Lifeguard issuing swim test. Front crawl must be on top layer of water, not an underwater glide, or extended time underneath surface.
Green: Those who earn a green wristband on their first attempt, have access to all areas, including: Deep end, diving boards, and slides.
Yellow: Those who earn a yellow wristband on their first attempt, are able to use double slides (with NO assistance/catching/flotation device), shallow end, and Kiddie pool.
Red: Those who have been issued a red wristband on their first attempt, can only use the shallow end, and Kiddie Pool. Must also be accompanied by a guardian, or sibling with a GREEN wristband, AT ALL TIMES.