Learning new swimming skills every year is a crucial aspect to the development of all children. Swimming is a lifetime skill that increases a child’s self-esteem, enhances their cardio-respiratory fitness, and enables an individual to be safe around water activities. Whether your child is a hesitant beginner or a confident swimmer, Rolling River offers exceptional Red Cross instruction.

The Aquatics programs at Rolling River have been designed with camper safety and convenience in mind. Under the watchful eyes of our certified Aquatics Directors, the Rolling River Pool Complex offers the best facilities available to ensure every camper is safe while they enjoy the pool at least twice a day, every day.


Rolling River features 3 spacious, heated pools that include the following:

  • Fully enclosed Junior Pool built in 2011 for children ages 3-5
  • The first deep water vinyl pool in a Nassau County Day Camp with a constant depth of 4 feet specially designed for teaching beginner and intermediate swimmers
  • Intermediate to advanced main pool with a depth from 3 to 6 feet
  • Poolside changing cabanas and locker rooms
  • Separate gated entrances for each age group to insure security and safety
  • Renovated poolside restrooms
  • New state-of-the-art filtering system


Every Rolling River camper swims at least twice per day for Instructional Swim and Free Swim:

Instructional Swim

On the first day of camp, new swimmers are evaluated by the aquatics directors and placed into groups according to their ability. We never force non-swimmers into the water…we gently encourage them and give them as much time as they need to feel comfortable and safe. Our returning campers are placed in appropriate groups based on the swim levels they achieved the previous summer. Each swim group is overseen by Red Cross certified lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors who teach our campers appropriate skills based on their swim level.

As children progress through the Red Cross Swimming levels, their groupings may change throughout the summer. Red Cross awards are given at the end of the summer to acknowledge the level a child has reached in the swim program. Group counselors are required to support our aquatics staff which provides additional supervision as the instructors work with our campers in the pools.

In order to ensure success for each child, we keep ratios of lifeguards to campers at optimum levels. For our Skippers (3-5 years olds) our ratio is 1 staff member for every 3 campers. Mariners (1st thru 4th grades) have a ratio of 1:4 and our Navigators (5th thru 8th grades) have a teacher to camper ratio of 1:5.


Free Swim – Everyone In The Pool!!!

Free Swim is the campers’ time to swim, splash and play with their friends!!! Carnival rides, water volleyball, basketball, football tosses, water polo, noodles, beach balls, penny dives and other appropriate activities are our recipe for excitement in the pool at Rolling River. Many campers use this time to practice their swim skills or just to relax and cool off.rrdc-pool-2014

Private Lessons

If your child wants or needs a little extra time in the water, private lessons are available from Nassau County Certified Water Safety Instructors before camp, after camp and on Saturdays. Lessons are assigned on a first come-first served basis. Call the camp office @ 593-CAMP (2267) for more information. There is an additional cost for private swim lessons.