Swim Program

Black Bear Lake follows the American Red Cross Swim Program and all our waterfront staff possess either a current Water Safety Instructor or Lifeguard Training certificate. On your child’s first day of camp, all campers in Cub, Lower and Junior camp will be tested for placement in the appropriate swim instruction group. Swim instruction is offered as an elective to Senior and Upper Camp. Once a camper is placed in a swim group, they will move to a higher group at their own pace. Progress reports are sent to you from your child’s swim instructor throughout the summer.

Don’t forget, everyone gets a fun “free swim” in the afternoon! In order to swim in the deep end or go down the slides, campers are required to pass a deep water test and wear a special plastic bracelet for easy identification by our lifeguards. Group Leaders can hold on to these bracelets during the summer. Our swim program swim levels are as follows:

SHRIMP

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Preschool Level 1
Part 1: With support

• Properly enters & exits water
• Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
• Blow bubbles
• Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged object
• Front glide and recover to a vertical position
• Staying safe around water
• Recognizing the lifeguards in swim program

SAILFISH

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Level 1: Beginner Part 1

• Enter water independently
• Blow Bubbles
• Bobbing
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged object
• Front glide and float
• Back glide and float
• Staying safe around water
• Recognizing the lifeguards

STINGRAY

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Level 3: Intermediate Part 1

• Jumping into deep water
• Head first entry from seated and kneeling positions
• Bobbing while moving to safety
• Rotary breathing
• Survival float
• Back float
• Reach or throw, Don’t Go
• Think Twice Before Going Near Ice

STROKE REFINEMENT 1

Level 5: Advanced Part 1

• Shallow angle dive into deep water
• Tuck surface dive
• Pike surface dive
• Front crawl – 50 yards
• Elementary backstroke – 50 yards
• Breaststroke – 50 yards
• How to call for help
• Reach or Throw, Don’t Go
• Look before you leap

GUPPY

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Preschool Level 1
Part 2: With support

• Back float, back glide and recover to vertical position
• Rotary Breathing
• Roll from front to back, & back to front
• Tread with arms and hand actions
• Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on back
• Combined arm & leg actions on front
• Combined arm & leg actions on back
• Recognizing an emergency
• How to call for help

MARLIN

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Level 1: Beginner Part 2

• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Tread water, using arm and hand actions
• Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on front
• Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on back
• Combined arm and leg actions on front
• Combined arm and leg actions on back
• Recognizing an emergency

BARRACUDA

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Level 3: Intermediate Part 2

• Tread water for 30 seconds
• Front Crawl – 15 yards
• Elementary Back Stroke – 15 yards
• Flutter kick
• Scissor kick
• Dolphin kick
• Push off in streamlined position on front, then kick
• Look before you leap

STROKE REFINEMENT 2

Level 5: Advanced Part 2

• Tread water for 5 minutes
• Sculling
• Back crawl for 25 yards
• Butterfly – 25 yards
• Sidestroke – 25 yards
• Front flip turn
• Back flip turn
• Think so you don’t sink
• Think twice before going near ice

TROUT

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Preschool Level 2 – With assistance

• Enter water by stepping in shoulder-deep water
• Bobbing
• Front float and recover to a vertical position
• Tread water with arm and leg actions
• Finning arm action on back
• Too Much Sun is no Fun
• Look before you leap

SHARK

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Level 2: Beginner Part 1

• Jumping into chest deep water
• Fully submerge and hold breath
• Bobbing
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
• Front glide and float
• Too Much Sun Is No Fun
• Look before you leap

KINGFISH

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Level 4: Intermediate Part 1

• Head first entry in compact and stride positions
• Feet first surface dive
• Front crawl – 25 yards
• Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
• Breaststroke – 15 yards
• Back crawl – 15 yards
• Reaching assist

ADVANCED OPTIONS SWIM PROGRAM 1

Level 6: Advanced Part 1

• Surface dive and retrieve object from 7-10’ deep
• Front crawl – 100 yards
• Elementary backstroke – 100 yards
• Breaststroke – 50 yards
• Back crawl – 50 yards
• Help position
• Huddle position
• Survival float
• Survival swimming

SWORDFISH

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Preschool Level 3 Independently

• Enter water by jumping in shoulder-deep water
• Fully submerge and hold breath
• Front float
• Jellyfish float
• Tuck float
• Think so you don’t sink
• Reach or throw – Don’t go

DOLPHIN

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Level 2: Beginner Part 2

• Back glide and float
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Tread water, using arms and legs
• Change direction of travel while swimming on front
• Combined arm and leg actions on front
• Combined arm and leg actions on back
• Finning arm action on back
• Think so you don’t sink

NEPTUNE

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Level 4: Intermediate Part 2

• Butterfly – 15 yards
• Sidestroke – 15 yards
• Open turns on front and back
• Flutter kick on back
• Dolphin kick on back
• Push off in streamlined position on back
• Think so you don’t sink
• Look before you leap

ADVANCED SWIM PROGRAM OPTIONS 2

Level 6: Advanced Part 2

• Tread water, kicking only
• Butterfly – 50 yards
• Sidestroke – 50 yards
• Open turns
• Front and back flip turns when swimming
• Think so you don’t sink
• Swim with a buddy in a supervised area