Youth Required Swim Test

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YOUTH REQUIRED SWIM TEST
All swimmers under age 14 must pass a swim test before they can be in a MULETOWN REC pool area without direct adult supervision. The swim test consists of a 25-yard swim during which youth are asked to achieve the following:

  • Jump into the pool, submerge fully, return to the surface and immediately begin swimming without pushing off the wall. Swim in a horizontal position on top of the water using a forward crawl or breast stroke. The swimmer’s arms must achieve full extension on every stroke and he/she must maintain one or both of the strokes for the full 25 yard swim. Pausing is only allowed when the swimmer is rotating or turning to breathe. Exit the pool without assistance using either the wall or pool ladder. • Parents/guardians of swimmers under age 12 who pass the test must remain on-site at the pool. All swimmers age 13 and older who have passed the test may use the pool on their own.
  • Swimmers who do not pass the swim test must remain within arm’s reach of an adult in water that is armpit level or lower.  Alternatively, a parent may be in another part of the pool if the child is wearing a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.
  • Youth who have not passed the swim test may not go down slides or use pool diving boards regardless of the presence of a parent or the use of a personal flotation device.

Wrist Band Policy

Muletown Rec is committed to the health and well-being of all its members and guests. With the summer season fast approaching, our water safety measures mean adopting critical steps to ensure that a great afternoon at the pool isn’t a dangerous one. One of our measures is to require all swimmers under age 14 to pass a swim test before they can be in a Muletown Rec pool area without direct adult supervision. Swim tests are held by the lifeguards each day and recorded in the member’s membership profile at the front desk. Swimmers who do not pass the swim test must remain within arm’s reach of an adult in water that is armpit level or lower. Alternatively, a parent may be in another part of the pool if the child is wearing a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device, but child may not go down slides or use pool diving boards regardless of the presence of a parent or flotation device.

When you check in, any child under age 14 will receive a RED WRIST BAND if they have not passed the swim test, or a BLUE WRIST BAND if they have passed it. This allows our lifeguards to easily monitor the safety of your children. All members, day pass holders, and party guests under age 14 will be required to wear one of our wrist bands to enter the pool. Thanks for your cooperation.

For questions about the youth swim test or wrist band policy, please contact pools@muletownrec.com.