WATER SPORTS AT POOLS
Camp Cayuga is a member of the American Red Cross (ARC) Wayne County Chapter. Our Waterfront Program meets the standards and follows the guidelines set forth by the ARC, as well as the American Camping Association (ACA).
Swimming instruction is offered daily at our pools. On your first visit to the pool, you’ll be given a swim test so our Waterfront Staff can determine your swimming ability. A wristband, which represents different skill levels, will be provided to each camper. These wristbands are worn by our campers at all times and serve as a useful tool for our pool and lakefront staff.
Cayuga’s Water Sports Program features 2 swimming pools: one on Junior Campus (measuring 75’ by 35’) and the other on Teen Campus (measuring 50’ by 30’). The pools are utilized during the day for American Red Cross Swim Instruction, Recreational Swimming, and Water Sport Activities including: Water Basketball, Water Polo, and Water Volleyball. Both pools are equipped with lights and are utilized during certain Evening Activities (such as the Hawaiian Pool Party) and Special Events, including the Water Carnival, Polar Bear Club, Camp Olympics, Intercamp Swim Meets, and Scuba Diving Clinics.
The swimming instructors, lifeguards, and lookouts are supervised by Cayuga’s Pool Directors, who hold Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification from the ARC and have experience managing staff, maintaining pool facilities, and instructing/coaching swim classes to children. Cayuga’s Pool Staff includes 8 to 10 swim instructors and lifeguards. All staff hold ARC certifications (or equivalent) in WSI and/or lifeguarding. There are always staff members present at both pools who hold current certification in first-aid and CPR. In addition, all Pool Staff are trained, evaluated, and qualified by our Pool Directors in emergency and rescue procedures.
SCUBA DIVING CLINICS
Camp Cayuga’s Water Sports Program also features Scuba Diving Instruction! Scuba Diving Clinics are voluntary and offered during each camp session. The clinics are not part of the normal activity program and advance registration is required. The Scuba Diving Registration Form and Release Form can be retrieved off our “Camp Forms” webpage or click here.
PADI CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS
Cayuga’s Scuba Diving Clinics are operated by professional PADI certified scuba diving instructors from Inland Water Sports. The instructors are mature adults who have experience teaching scuba diving to children at summer camps.
SCUBA DIVING INSTRUCTION
Scuba Classes take place in the main pool where the professional instructors will teach campers the fundamental skills of Scuba Diving which include: Equipment Use, Underwater Breathing with tanks, Equalizing Pressure Techniques, and Clearing Goggles.
Campers who have basic swimming skills are eligible to participate in this clinic. There is no age restriction. Camp Cayuga Scuba Diving certification will be awarded to all campers who successfully complete the clinic.
Cayuga’s Scuba Diving Clinic follows the same safety guidelines as professional scuba diving schools. Safety rules and procedures are carefully reviewed and practiced with each camper. Inland Water Sports has an outstanding reputation for their professionalism, ability to instruct children, quality equipment, and emphasis on safety!