Melody Pines has three large swimming areas bounded by special docks and ropes to allow for excellent supervision and instruction of our campers. Each area has its own raft for advanced swimmers, known as Rafters.
Children are given a swimming check on their first day of camp and are then placed in swimming groups according to swimming ability. Swimming lessons, a mandatory daily activity for all campers, are given by our waterfront staff and led by our waterfront director. There are 11 swimming levels beginning with Level 1 beginner (getting comfortable in the water) and ending in Level 3 advanced (distance swimming and lifeguarding skills).
Extra help time is available on a daily basis for those campers who wish to receive additional swimming instruction and improve on specific skills.
Swimming is also provided daily during free choice time. Those who pass our “Rafter's Test” may choose to utilize the rafts or water trampoline during that time, or even learn to water-ski!
In order to become a Rafter, a camper must be proficient at the front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke, and must be able to pass our distance swim.