Swim Test

Swimming

Together, we keep kids safe in and around water. The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable pool experience for everyone.

All children 13 and younger must participate in a swimming skills test and will be assigned a green, yellow or red band. These bands assist our certified lifeguards in keeping our inexperienced swimmers safe. Thank you for your cooperation.

RED BAND  

SWIM TEST (without flotation assistance)

  • Youth who choose not to take a swim test
  • Those who are progressing toward the yellow and green band requirements

FAMILY POOL ACCESS (zero-depth entry)

  • Play and practice your swimming skills
  • Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket
    AND
  • Stay within arms reach of parent/guardian while actively practicing swimming skills
  • Slide use permitted once green band is achieved

COMPETITION POOL ACCESS

  • Play and practice your swimming skills
  • Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket
    AND
  • Stay within arms reach of parent/guardian while actively practicing swimming skills
  • Use of diving board is permitted once green band is achieved

YELLOW BAND 

SWIM TEST (without flotation assistance)

  • Shallow end, swim on front in horizontal position
  • Swim half the length of a 25-yard pool
  • Jump in feet first and touch bottom of pool. Surface and tread water for at least 30 seconds

FAMILY POOL ACCESS (zero-depth entry)

  • Play and practice your swimming skills
  • May swim in designated open area
  • Parent/guardian remains on pool deck at all times.
  • Slide use permitted once green band is achieved

COMPETITION POOL ACCESS

  • Play and practice your swimming skills
  • Swim and play in shallow end, no deeper than 5 feet
  • Parent/guardian remains on pool deck at all times
  • Use of diving board is permitted once green band is achieved

GREEN BAND 

SWIM TEST (without flotation assistance)

  • Swim 25 yards with horizontal movement and arms out of the water
  • Jump in feet first and touch bottom of pool. Surface and tread water for 1 minute

FAMILY POOL ACCESS (zero-depth entry)

  • Play and practice your swimming skills
  • May swim anywhere in pool
  • Parent/guardian remains on pool deck at all times if child is younger than 12
  • May use the slide

COMPETITION POOL ACCESS

  • Play and practice your swimming skills
  • May swim anywhere in the pool.
  • Parent/guardian remains on pool deck at all times if child is younger than 12
  • May use the diving board

* Because our pools vary in depth, a swimmer assessed in a shallow pool may be asked to repeat an assessment at a deeper pool.