NCDC has 3 outdoor pools: one Olympic sized pool ranging from 3-9 feet deep, one Olympic sized lap pool which is 4 feet deep, and one teaching pool ranging from 2.5 to 3 feet deep. We offer both instructional and recreational swim every day. At New Country Day Camp, campers learn to swim through the Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy. All pools are staffed with American Red Cross certified water safety instructors and lifeguards, and our swim ratios for the instructional groups are 10-15:1 depending on the level of the swim group.
Lenny Krayzelberg is a 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer who has a passion for ensuring every kid knows safety in the water while learning how to swim. Please read more about the group lesson swim program, how campers are evaluated, and many other frequently asked questions here.
Swimming levels and objectives*All following information is directly from the Lenny K. website
Splashers – Level 1
This is the first level in our SwimRight® method. It is designed primarily for young and/or students fearful of the water. The Splashers level will introduce students to the aquatic environment and the basic skills of our program. Students will become acquainted with “Submersion” and “Assisted Kick, Kick, Kick”. This will help the fearful students feel more comfortable in their new environment and develop trust in their instructor. Soon thereafter, they will start to learn the basics for swimming and water safety. Skills such as the “Assisted Back float” will start to prepare a student for what to do in an aquatic emergency, while “Assisted Launch” will start to lay the technical foundation for stroke development in later levels. The key aspect of this level is comfort!
Floaters – Level 2
The Floaters level is primarily designed to solidify water safety concepts and becoming independent. The main goal is to develop the student’s ability to roll over to a stable back float that we call “Independent Back Float” and training them to react appropriately in case of an emergency. Students in the Floaters level are taught how to use their back float as a means to rescue themselves if they fall into a body of water. Skills such as “Jump in and Float” and “The Unsinkable Back float” will help to prepare a child for any event that may happen to them in or around the water. These skills will also help our students in the later levels since freestyle and backstroke skills will utilize these lateral rotations for proper breathing mechanics.
Kickers – Level 3
The Kickers level focuses on independence and technique. The skills associated with “Kick-Float-Kick” and “Monkey, Airplane, Rocket” will help to develop a student’s independence and confidence in the pool. Additionally, several body-positioning drills are introduced to focus on technique and form. In this level students will really start to master their flutter kick, learn some foundational swimming positions like the “Streamline Position Kick” and start to learn the basics of the arm pull. “Independent 15 yard Swim” will demonstrate how much more independent and confident the student has become. While technique and independence are the main focus of the Kickers level, our students will also spend time honing their Safety Skills and practicing to be ready for any unforeseen circumstances.
Streamliners – Level 4
In the Streamliners level our students will begin to develop their freestyle and backstroke. All of the skills and drills they have mastered so far will help them to maintain proper technique as they begin to learn the strokes. “Catch Up Stroke” is introduced in this level before the full freestyle to encourage proper technique and good habits. Our students will learn proper and efficient lateral breathing with “Sidekick” and “Sidekick Roll to Stomach.” They will learn how to swim backstroke with long, straight arms by doing “1 Arm Pulls” and “Double Arm Pulls” while still focusing on technique and efficiency.
Freestylers – Level 5
In the Freestylers level, focus will remain on further developing freestyle and backstroke while beginning to learn the components of breaststroke and butterfly. “One Arm Pulls w/ Opposite Arm Down” and “Superman Catch Up” will start to build upon drills from previous levels and thereby adding to our students swimming repertoire while bringing their freestyle and backstroke towards a more competitive form. Students will learn the fundamentals of the breaststroke kick with “Wall Breaststroke Kick” and “Streamline Position Breaststroke Kick” while always keeping an eye on proper form. A key drill “Assisted Dolphin Kick” will help our students learn the form and timing of the butterfly stroke.
Gliders – Level 6
The focus of the Gliders level is to continue improving upon proficiency in the freestyle and backstroke by introducing more complex drills and mixing them into the full strokes. Some of the important drills taught and practiced in this level are “Backstroke w/ 4 & 2 Count Hesitation” and various “Body Rotation Drills.” We will also add additional drills to breaststroke and butterfly to help with the progression of these two strokes. Swimmers will learn the arm stroke progression for breaststroke and butterfly as they practice their “Basic Front Skull” and “Butterfly arms w/Flutter Kick.” They will also continue to focus on good technique and proper body position.
Flyers – Level 7
The Flyers level is the last and most advanced level in the SwimRight® method. The goal of this level is to perfect all of the strokes. We believe that proper stroke technique is developed through a progressive series of drills. In the Flyers level, drills become more advanced and help swimmers to further improve on their technique. By the end of the Flyers level our students will be able to swim all four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) with good technique and can now easily transition onto a swim team. Some advanced drills like “6 Count Switch w/Armpit” and “Kick w/One Arm Above Water” will continue to bring our students to more of a competitive level. With butterfly and breaststroke being timing stokes, “Breaststroke Glide Drill,” “Pull-kick-Glide” and the “3 Kicks, 1 Pull” drill for butterfly will help to improve that all-critical timing aspect.