Swim Instruction - Banner Day Camp
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Swim Instruction

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Swimming is at the very center of a Banner summer. Banner campers receive semi-private swim instruction Monday – Thursday. Swimming is taught by one of our over 45 Red Cross Lifeguard Certified pool staff members and trained group counselors. All instructors teach from the water so campers get constant interaction and support in the pool. Banner’s four heated pools have been built to accommodate swimmers of every age and skill level. Ranging in depths, and heated up to a warm comfortable temperature, campers enjoy swimming at least once every day – and often twice a day when the weather heats up. Swim instruction is taught Monday – Thursday followed by a recreational swim and Fridays are all recreational swim.

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Banner’s Swim Program

Learning to swim is an important life skill. At Banner, water safety and swim instruction are fundamental parts of the camp experience. Our highly qualified pool staff have extensive experience in water safety and swim instruction techniques. With approximately three campers per swim instructor (and fewer at the youngest age levels) each child receives an unsurpassed level of individual attention. This personalized instruction allows campers to gain confidence and skills each day.

Banner’s Swim Program focuses on safety; this is accomplished through direct teaching and safety skills which will benefit campers of all swim levels. Campers will learn the fundamental skills of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke throughout the program. Butterfly, diving and flip turns will be taught in our upper levels. Banner’s amazing program is divided into 13 swim levels which allows campers to focus on each new skill in a manageable setting. It also fosters frequent and measurable growth so campers feel success faster.

Campers move through the program at their own pace, with encouragement and positive reinforcement, never in a pressured environment. The Banner swim program assures that campers feel secure and supported at the pool. Pool Leadership Team members and supervisors add an additional layer of supervision. These individuals are on deck at all times to oversee all aspects of the swim program and to ensure success for all campers.


staff and kids playing in pool

Recreational Swim

After instructional swim time, campers enjoy recreational swim. Campers have a blast playing with their friends and counselors in the pool, jumping from the diving boards and zooming down one of four water-slides. Each of Banner’s pools and water-slides cater to swimmers of a specific skill level. This assures that everyone can enjoy the water in a comfortable, safe setting. Younger campers benefit from a secure environment in our shallow pools. Pools depths begin with just a few inches of water. Ratios of two to three staff members per camper keep every child happy and safe. For added fun, campers who are ready may take a gentle zip down the frog slide, knowing a staff member will be there to catch them every time. More advanced swimmers love playing in Banner’s big kid sized pools. There they can make a splash zooming down one of the Banner water-slides, diving off the Banner boards and playing with friends and counselors.

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During recreational swim, all pools are carefully guarded by Lifeguard certified pool staff, while trained counselors remain in the water with the campers. Lifeguards are also stationed at the bottom of every pool slide. On extra hot days, campers can beat the heat with two scheduled swims and other special water play activities throughout camp.

Parent Communication

Parents will enjoy continuous communication regarding their camper’s swim progress. Throughout the summer, postcards will be sent home updating parents on their camper’s growth. These cards let parents know which skills their camper is currently learning.

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They also inform parents when their camper’s swim progress has been evaluated. Upon completion of each skill level, a postcard will be mailed home to congratulate campers and inform parents of swimming success. Banner swim buttons and American Red Cross swim cards are also awarded when campers complete certain swim levels. Swimming is at the heart of summertime fun at Banner. We love to see our camper’s learning, playing and making a splash!

  • Semi-private daily swim instruction Monday – Thursday
  • Daily recreational swim Monday – Friday
  • Four heated swimming pools
  • Two water-slides and two pool slides
  • Innovative Swim Program
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certified staff
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Certified pool staff