We are fortunate to be able to utilize the UCSB Recreation Center pools for our swim time. There are two separate pools ranging in depth from 1ft to 17ft. The smaller of the pools is 1ft to 3.5ft "splash" area.
All children must pass a lifeguard administered swim test in order to swim in "deep" (over 3.5ft) areas of the pools. Upon successful completion of the test the child will receive a brightly colored wrist band. This wrist band must be worn at all times while swimming in the deep areas of the pool. The wrist bands provide the lifeguards with an immediate visual reference to a child's minimum swimming ability.
Children who do not pass the swim test can repeat the test daily if desired. The swim test is not mandatory and campers must self initiate taking the test when they are ready.
Many young campers are happy to stay in the "shallow" (3.5ft and under) areas of the pool week after week. The shallow area is quite large and provides tons of splashing fun for our non-swimmers.