Does my child have to participate in Swim Lessons?
All of our campers entering Pre-K through entering Grade 4 (Turtles, Freshmen, and Sophomores) have a mandatory instructional swim as part of their daily programming. Campers entering 5th grade and older can choose swim instruction on a weekly basis as part of our elective program.
Where will my child swim while at Everwood?
All of our swimming happens in the beautiful Lake Massapoag. We set up our docks to enclose our shallow and deeper swim areas and our campers swim within the confines of the docks.
How many times a day will my child get to swim?
All campers, ages 4-15 have a “Free Swim” period in which their group heads down to the beach. Campers can choose if they want to swim or play on the beach with friends, or both! It’s a great open free play time for all our age groups! Then campers pre-K through entering grade 4 have a mandatory instructional swim as part of their daily programming Campers entering 5th grade and older can choose swim instruction on a weekly basis as part of our elective program.
Does Everwood use the American Red Cross Swim Levels?
Everwood’s Swim levels are directly based on the American Red Cross Swim levels, but are broken down into smaller chunks, to give our campers a greater sense of achievement throughout the time they are at Camp.
What are the ratios of adults to children during swim instruction?
Typically 1:3 or 1:4 depending on the age of the child. All our swim groups are taught by trained swim instructors, and also supported by our counselor staff.
Will you observe how my child swims when they start Camp?
Absolutely! The first day they start camp they will go through a short assessment to evaluate their current skills. They will then be placed into the appropriate swim level based on this assessment.
Will my child have to take a deep water test to swim in the deep end?
Campers entering Pre-K through entering Grade 4 (Turtles, Freshmen, and Sophomores) will be evaluated for the deep end during swim lessons, not as a specific “deep water test”. Campers entering 5th grade and older, will be asked to complete several skills and demonstrate competent swimming ability prior to being allowed to swim in the deep end. Deep end swimmers receive a “deep end bracelet” when at the waterfronts, however these bracelets do not leave the waterfronts or go home with campers.
My child has little to no swimming ability. How will you keep him/her safe in the water?
Safety is our number one priority at the waterfront. Each swimmer is evaluated on their first day of camp and our campers with the least swimming experience are placed in a low instructor-swimmer ratio and are taught in the shallowest water of our waterfront. There are always lifeguards on duty, even during swim instruction.
What if my child is an excellent swimmer? How will you keep him/her challenged?
With several current and former collegiate swimmers on staff, we have no doubt that we can keep your excellent swimmer challenged during waterfront periods.
What kind of communication can I expect from Everwood about my child’s swimming?
Everwood will be sending email communication when your camper begins his/her summer with us, as well as anytime during the summer that he/she completes a swim level and moves to the next level.
Who can I contact with questions?
For general waterfront related inquiries please contact our Waterfront Directors:
Lower camp: Megan Martinsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper camp: Tom Doering, email@example.com