Every child is tested for swimming ability on the opening day of the session. The test typically includes a demonstration of proficiency for 10-meter front crawl or freestyle, 10-meter backstroke and 10-meter breaststroke or sidestroke.
Campers who need stroke improvement are given swim lessons by qualified and nurturing swim instructors.
Campers who participate in swim lessons are permitted to do all aquatic activities but are required to wear a lifejacket in the water until they pass the swim test. Campers who decline to take the swim test or choose to not participate in swim lessons after failing the swim test are not permitted near the lake or to participate in any aquatic activity.
Lifejackets are required for all boating activities for campers and staff members. Camp Al-Gon-Quian has a 1:6 lifeguard to camper ratio for boating activities and 1:10 lifeguard to camper ratio for swimming activities. Burt Lake has a sandy bottom which most of our campers can touch in our swim area. Although the depth can change from year to year, the typical depth of our swim area is around 4 feet.