Summer and vacation camps 
for kids and teens, located in Waltham, MA

Our Swim Program

Swimming is a key component of our programming at Running Brook Day Camp, and we are a Red Cross Learn-To-Swim provider. Whether campers are just learning to be comfortable in the water or are looking to build upon their higher level swim skills, all campers have a full hour of swimming each day. Each swim group has a 30 minute Red Cross instructional swim class, with the remainder of the period being free swim.  Each camper is required to go through a brief swim test on their first day of camp so that our swim staff can assign them to the appropriate level group for their instructional period. Our goal is to help each camper progress through the various levels as much as possible during their time with us.
At the end of their time with us, each camper will receive a certificate indicating the level they have completed within the program.
We are proud of the success that hundreds of campers achieve in our swim program each summer, and solid swim instruction will continue to be a high priority of our camp program.
The prerequisite for completing each swim level is the successful demonstration of the skills from the preceding level, except for Level 1, which has no prerequisite. Each level of Learn-to-Swim includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to the skills mentioned above.
“Before starting camp, my son was timid and almost afraid to go any further than up to his knees in the water.  After Running Brook's TWO swim sessions per day, he runs down the beach and jumps right in!  Thank you to his swim instructor who not only gave him the skills he needed to be confident in the water, but who also boosted his self esteem with her praise for even the slightest improvement in his swimming abilities.”
      -Mother of 1st grade boy

Our Lifeguards

Our pool staff is comprised of full-time, Red Cross certified lifeguards. Throughout the summer, their focus is on providing quality, small-group swim instruction, as well as maintaining the overall safety of the pool area during our free swim periods. If parents have any particular questions regarding their child’s progress at the pool, we are happy to connect them with our pool Director.

Levels of training in the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program

List of 6 items.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills (Getting in, getting wet, and going under)

    Students learn to feel comfortable in the water.

    Level 1 participants learn to:
    •Enter and exit water safely
    •Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
    •Exhale underwater through mouth and nose
    •Open eyes underwater, pick up submerged object
    •Change direction while walking or paddling
    •Roll over from front to back and back to front with support
    •Explore floating on front and back with support
    •Explore swimming on front and back using arm and leg actions with support
    •Use a life jacket
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills (Floating and getting around in water for short distances)

    Purpose: Gives students success with fundamental skills.

    Level 2 participants learn to:
    •Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
    •Exit water safely using ladder or side
    •Submerge entire head
    •Blow bubbles submerging head in a rhythmic pattern (bobbing)
    •Open eyes underwater, pick up a submerged object in shallow water
    •Float on front and back
    •Perform front and back glide
    •Change direction of travel paddling on front or back
    •Roll over from front to back, back to front
    •Tread water using arm and leg motions (chest-deep water)
    •Swim on front, back, and side using combined arm and leg actions
    •Move in the water while wearing a life jacket
  • Level 3: Stroke Development (The fundamentals of Front Crawl and Back Crawl, and a little bit of Butterfly)

    This class builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice.

    Level 3 participants learn to:
    •Jump into deep water from the side
    •Dive from kneeling or standing position
    •Submerge and retrieve an object in chest deep water
    •Bob with the head fully submerged
    •Rotary breathing in horizontal position
    •Perform front and back glide using two different kicks
    •Float on front and back in deep water
    •Change from horizontal to vertical position on front and back
    •Tread water using hand and leg movements
    •Perform front and back crawl
    •Butterfly—kick and body motion
    •Perform the HELP and Huddle position
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement (Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, the whole Butterfly)

    Purpose: Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.

    Level 4 participants learn to:
    •Perform a dive from a standing or stride position
    •Swim underwater
    •Perform feet-first surface dive
    •Perform open turns on front and back
    •Tread water using sculling arm motions and with different kicks
    •Perform the following:
       •Front and back crawl
       •Elementary backstroke
       •Swim on side using scissors-like kick
       •Perform compact jump into water from a height while wearing a life jacket
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement (Sidestroke, racing starts and turns, endurance swimming)

    Purpose: Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

    Level 5 participants learn to perform the following:
    •Standing dive
    •Shallow dive, glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke
    •Tuck surface dive
    •Pike surface dive
    •Front flip turn
    •Backstroke flip turn
    •Front and back crawl
    •Elementary backstroke
    •Tread water with two different kicks
    •Learn survival swimming
  • Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency (Can be used to prepare you for Lifeguarding or training to be a swimming instructor)

    Purpose: Refines the strokes so students swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that each focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, including the Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training courses.

    These options include:
    • Personal Water Safety
    • Fundamentals of Diving
    • Lifeguard Readiness
    • Fitness Swimmer