Palisades Country Day Camp

Closter, NJ

Now Enrolling Summer 2017 Campers!

Swim Program

Our campgrounds include three heated swimming pools, Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors and Life Guards.  Each child is given the opportunity to develop a strong sense of security and confidence in their water skills and grow to their fullest potential.

We offer our campers two 30-minute swim sessions per day.  The first is instructional; the second is recreational. Private swim lessons are available daily from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at an additional cost.

We specialize in small group instruction and teaching that is tailored to each child’s level of ability. Programs in “Beginner Swim” to “Basic Survival & Water Safety Skills” are offered by the swim instructor. Individual advancement from one level to the next is made as progress permits.

Goals & Objectives

  • To help each child feel comfortable in the water and progress at his or her pace.
  • To provide a gentle yet progressive approach that will develop confidence through participation.
  • To keep child-instructor ratio small, allowing the focus to be on each child’s strengths, weaknesses and specific goals.
  • To follow each child’s development and progress following the American Red Cross program.

The American Red Cross “Learn to Swim Program”

We are very proud of our swim program specifically designed for young children.

This program is designed to give students a positive and successful learning experience. Each level includes various skills in the following categories: adjustment, buoyancy & breath control, and water entry & exit.

  • Level 1: Water Exploration. Campers are oriented to the water and gain some basic skills such as putting his or her face in the water, blowing bubbles in the water and bouncing up and down in chest-deep water. Safety skills are taught in the beginning so participants start to be aware of what they can do to be safe around the water.
  • Level 2: Primary Skills. Campers master new skills such as learning to float unsupported, going under water to retrieve an object in chest-deep water and how to move through the water using their arms and legs. As campers progress, they build on their basic skills to learn propulsive movements on both the front and back. They learn different strokes at various levels and refine them at each level.

Private Swim

PCDC offers private swim lessons for our campers as well as non-campers at the cost of $30.00 for one half hour. All swim lessons take place after 3:00 p.m.  Note:  3:00 pm swim lessons are reserved for our PCDC campers.

To register for private swim, please fill out the registration form below. Once payment is made in full, we can assign your child to an instructor and confirm your lessons.