The Recreation Department takes great pride in their swimming program. The American Red Cross "Learn-to-Swim" classes provide instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming skills and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience and is taught in a logical progression. The object is to teach children to swim and to be safe in and around the water. 

Instructor Certifications

All swimming instructors at the Emerson Pool and the Beede Swim and Fitness Center are American Red Cross certified Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors.

Swim Tests

Swim tests will be conducted by the Lifeguard Staff for all swimmers. Upon successful completion of the swim test the appropriate bracelet will be given to the swimmer. Please label the bracelet; they are required during all swim times, lessons and free swim.

Summer Camp Swim Test Requirements

  • Swim 1 length using the front crawl stroke (not the doggie paddle)
  • Swim 1 length using the back crawl stroke
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Float on back for 30 seconds


Completion of the Summer Camp Swim Test will result in an Orange Band which will allow a camper to be in the recreation area of the lap pool and dive well without a counselor.