Swim Testing

SWIM TEST POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The YMCA swim tests all children under the age of 15 in order to prevent drownings and accidents. We strictly enforce this policy to ensure the safety of the children who use our pools.

Each patron tested will be given a colored safety band to wear at the pool.

The “Green Band” Deep Water Test consists of the following:

  • Patron is asked to swim across the shallow end of pool. If successful, he/she will move to the deep end.
  • Swimmer must jump into water that is over his/her head and return to the surface.
  • Swimmer must swim one pool length (25 yards) unassisted and without rest. He/She must maintain a positive body position (legs should not drop past 45 degree angle) for the entire distance.
  • Swimmer will start at the deep end and travel to the shallow end (if swimmer tires, he/she may be able to stand).
  • Swimmer must tread water for one minute, turn on his/her back, float briefly, then swim (either on front or back) to the side and exit the pool.

“Green Band” swimmers are allowed in all pool areas.

If a swimmer cannot complete each of the objectives listed above, he/she may take the “Yellow Band” Shallow Water Competency Test:

  • Swimmer is placed in a horizontal position on his/her back by the testing guard.
  • Swimmer must then stand up (regain a vertical position).
  • Swimmer is then placed in a horizontal position on his/her front by the testing guard.
  • Swimmer must again stand up (regain a vertical position).

“Yellow Band” swimmers must stay in water that is armpit-deep or less.

Those who do not pass the Shallow Water Competency Test are considered “Red Band” or “non-swimmers.” Those who decline to take the test are also considered “non-swimmers.”

“Red Band” swimmers must stay in water that is armpit-deep or less and require active adult supervision.

Active supervision means the adult must be in the water within arm’s reach at all times (1 adult per 2 children ratio). Some facilities may also require “Red Band” swimmers to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

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