Swimming & Safety

  • Our Swim Program

    Safety, above all, is the #1 priority – there are no exceptions.

    Each day the pool area is safely over-staffed with highly-trained certified professional lifeguards as well as water-safety instructors.

    Each week all enrolled campers have the opportunity to enjoy swimming in one of the two pools on campus. We are well-known for our instructional swim program, offering campers enrolled in Day Camp (ages, 3 to 6) daily swim lessons. All other campers participate in recreational swim (free swim). Swimming is not mandatory and parents/campers may opt out of swimming either for the week or on certain days.

  • Instructional Swim Program

    For Children In Day Camp, Ages 3.5 to 6

    The instructional swimming program is an integral and fun part of our Day Camp Program for children 3 to 6 years old.

    Designed for young swimmers of all levels, swimming instruction is geared towards helping children improve their skills in the water while becoming confident and safe swimmers.

    Our experienced swimming instructors teach children water skills and strokes one step at a time and at their own pace, with an emphasis on water safety. Of course, we also give the children time to just have fun cooling off and playing in the pool under the supervision of our lifeguards and swim instructors.

    Instructional Swim FAQs

    The Program

    Please read below for more information on the Instructional Swim Program

    The Rancho Solano Swim Program is centered on safety, instruction, and fun. Under the constant supervision of certified instructors and lifeguards, campers will learn swimming and safety skills they can use for the entire summer and the rest of their lives.

    • Swim program goals
    • The Rancho Solano approach to our Swim Program
    • Rancho Solano Skills
    • Day Camp Aquatics Progress Reports
    • What We Do During The Week
    • Swim Program Goals
    • Important Notes


    We maintain safety & uphold the pool rules at all times. Staff the pool with an abundance of lifeguards.

    We help campers develop and improve their swim skills in a relaxed, non-pressured environment.

    We build confidence while encouraging campers to try new skills. When we accomplish this goal, swimming becomes more and more fun!

    Our Approach

    • On the first day of camp each Day Camper will be tested to determine their skill level and establish a starting point for swim instruction.
    • Once their level has been determined, day campers will then be grouped with children with a similar skill level.
    • We aim for a ratio of 5:1 camper to instructor during instruction.
    • In addition counselors (who they are with all day) and our lifeguards are present at the pool to provide additional supervision and encouragement during the instructional period.
    • Our Aquatics Director is also present to assist our instructors with new and innovative instruction techniques and games.

    Swim Progression & Skills

    • Campers will progress through a set of skills.
    • Each skill is specifically designed to teach, develop, and improve swim strokes.
    • The strokes will focus on freestyle, combine stroke (elementary back arms with flutter kicks), elementary backstroke, backstroke, breaststroke, and sidestroke.
    • When a camper completes one skill or stroke, the camper is then encouraged to move onto the next skill or stroke.

    Progression of Skills
    • Blow bubbles
    • Comfortable with face in water
    • Enter & exit pool independently
    • Front and back float
    • Front and back glides with kick
    • Jump from pool edge
    • Dives

    Weekly Schedule

    Instructional swim takes place on four days of the camp week. Typically Friday is a well-supervised swimming game/activity day for the Day Camp campers where campers may enjoy a more relaxed, non-instruction environment as a reward for their hard work during the week.

    Important Notes

    • Swimming is not mandatory.

    • Parents and campers can opt out of swimming or water play any and all days if they desire.

    • Rancho Camps always offers campers an alternative activity during pool time.

    • Our staff is accustomed to working with Day Camp campers whose parents may wish for them to swim, but the campers do not. Through patience, positive encouragement and gradual steps, we do our best to work with all campers and their individual needs and comfort levels to get them involved in our instructional swim program.

  • Recreational Swim (Free Swim)

    For All Other Campers

    Safety is our #1 priority during any swim activity. Campers enjoy daily recreational swim, which gives them time to have fun, cool off and play in the pool under the direct supervision of our lifeguards and aquatics staff (whom are situated in lifeguard chairs, walking around the perimeter of the pool in zone coverage as well as in the pool with the campers.

    The goal of the recreational swim period is for the campers to enjoy swimming and and/or semi-organized pools games (ie: Marco, Polo), while being safe and upholding the pool rules at all times.

    Recreational Swim FAQs

    Mandatory Swim Test

    • On the first day of camp, each Rancho Solano Campers who would like to participate in swimming, take a swim-test.

    • The mandatory swim test determines which campers can safely swim in the pool without a swim vest during recreational swim.

    • The test involves swimming approximately 20 yards, unassisted, and without touching the pool wall or lap lane.

    • Once a camper passes our swim test, they are no longer required to take the test again that summer.

    If a camper does not pass the swim test or opts out of the test, school facility/pool rules state he or she must either:
    1) not swim that day or
    2) swim with a swim vest.

    Campers who do not pass or opt out of the swim test always have the opportunity to take the test again on the following day.


    • Swimming is not mandatory.

    • Parents can opt their campers out of swimming for the week or day by day.

    • Alternative activities are offered to those choosing not to swim.

    • Parents/Guardians have the option to choose either an opt-in or opt-out option during the online enrollment process.

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