Swimming

Swimming

We offer a unique Walden swim program that has been authorized by the Lifesaving Society (LSS)! Our 10-level program (lettered A through J) will teach a unique blend of strokes and swim-to-survive skills.

On completion of Level J, campers will move on to lifesaving techniques and ultimately their Bronze Medallion and/or Bronze Cross.  Advanced swimmers will participate in a Lifesaving Fitness Program.

Should you have any questions or concerns about our swim programs, please feel free to leave a message for our Waterfront Director, Seth Cole, at our camp office.

Swim levels

Click on a level to learn more about the level’s prerequisites and requirements for completion.

Swim test guidelines

Colour Unit

4 lengths any stroke and 1 minute of treading. Assessments are saved for ideal weather!

Comic Unit

5* lengths any stroke (1st lap with clothes) and 1 minute of treading.

Zodiac Unit

8* lengths any stroke (1st lap with clothes) and 2 minutes of treading.

Seeker Unit

8* lengths any stroke (1st lap with clothes) and 2 minutes of treading.

CIT Unit

8* lengths any stroke (1st lap with clothes) and 2 minutes of treading.

Staff

8* lengths any stroke and 2 minutes of treading.

Please note:

  • 1 length = 25 yards
  • Campers and staff should always ease into the water for the first time feet first
  • * The last lap can be done with a flutter board or other aid

Swim Reports

Walden swim staff complete and email campers’ swim reports shortly after each camp session ends. This will make it easier for our July and Explorer session campers to enrol in August and September swim programs.

Sol Birenbaum

Sol’s tip

“Home and Away session campers receive some swim instruction, but because of the length of their sessions, the emphasis is placed on positive lake-swimming experiences rather than completing badges.”

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