Summer Camp


At Bank Street Summer Camp, all campers learn to swim using the Red Cross’s Learn to Swim Program. Each program swims at least twice a week in the beautiful private pool at Skyview On the Hudson in Riverdale, NY, only 15 minutes away by bus. The property includes both an Olympic-plus-size pool and kiddie pool. Campers in June and the August Alliance will swim every day.

Swim is not part of the Spring Camp program.

  • Assessment in the Water

    During their first swim class, each camper is assessed in the water for both comfort and skill. After the assessment, each camper is put into a leveled class using a color-coded bracelet system. Groups range from “Early Beginner” to “Athletic Swimmer” or “Lifeguard Candidate.” Once campers are put into designated groups for their appropriate comfort and skill, our Aquatics Staff uses the Red Cross’s Learn to Swim Program.

    While campers are never made to do anything they do not want to, all campers are required to be in the water.

    Campers are allowed to be in the deep part of the pool only if they pass the deep water swim test, which consists of swimming freestyle (nonstop with rotary breathing) for 25 yards, swimming the backstroke for 25 yards, and treading water for 60 seconds.

  • Red Cross Learning to Swim Program

    Our Aquatics Staff use the Red Cross’s Learn to Swim Program to help campers improve upon personal skills.

  • Safety at the Pool

    Respect for the water is very important. Our swim staff monitors the safety and whereabouts of each individual child in several ways:

    • There are multiple adults responsible for campers while they are in the pool. The group counselors are required to be in the water assisting during lessons and interacting with campers during free swim.
    • One of our ten Red Cross–certified Water Safety Instructor lifeguards is supervising and instructing each group.
    • Skyview lifeguards monitor from elevated seats over both the large pool and the kiddie pool.
    • Each camper is assigned a buddy in the water and buddy checks are run every 15 minutes as required by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Aquatics Staff Training

    Our highest priority as a department is risk prevention at the pool. Our lifeguards undergo ongoing training, including weekly review of Red Cross regulations, pool scanning techniques, and rescuing skills. We conduct mock rescues—those involving potential head neck or spinal injuries and those requiring simple assists. We review typical signs of danger in the pool and are prepared to conduct CPR and first aid. While 40 Head Counselors and Supervisory staff are certified in RTE (Responding to Emergencies) and CPR, we still employ at least 16 lifeguards trained in first aid and CPR. Most of our Aquatics Staff are Water Safety Instructors. Skyview pool also provides four additional lifeguards to help monitor the swim program. As a testament to our program, many of our Aquatics Staff are former campers.

At The Pool

  • 2
    Pools at Camp
  • 20
    Aquatics Staff Members
  • 1/3
    Staff to Campers in the Water
  • 60%
    Swim Time is Instructional

Learning to Swim

At Bank Street Summer Camp, campers have individualized attention in the pool. Groups range from “Early Beginner” to “Athletic Swimmer” or “Lifeguard Candidate.” The group in this video is working on their flutter kick and horizontal form.

Red Cross Learn to Swim

Campers using floating water barbells to flutter kick