Safety is always our top priority here at the JCC. During the summer months, our staff grows by dozens of lifeguards charged with the important responsibility of keeping everyone safe by the pool.
An important tool we use to ensure summer water safety is our “Test. Mark. Protect.” swim skills assessment. We administer this test to children ages five to 12 at both our Uptown and Metairie pools.
Swimmers must perform the following tasks in order to demonstrate their capability and comfort in the water:
JUMP - Jump into water over a swimmer’s head and easily return to the surface.
TREAD - Keep head above water while treading water for 45 seconds or longer.
SWIM - Swim the length of the pool unassisted and without resting. Exit the pool unassisted.
A swimmer competent in all three tasks receives a green band. A swimmer who cannot complete all three tasks receives a red band. This helps communicate the swimming level to lifeguards.
What does a green band mean?
What does a red band mean?
Please note that one adult caregiver may not be responsible for more than two non-swimmers and lifeguards reserve the right to re-test, withhold, or modify the bands of swimmers who appear to be at risk.
If your child doesn't receive a green band on the first try, encourage them to keep practicing and retest when they feel more ready. Many of our swimmers start the summer with a red band and earn their green band by the end of the summer. Help them view it as a goal and be sure to celebrate when they receive their green band.
Want to get an extra leg up on the test and practice with your child? Check out a demonstration of our swim skills assessment below.
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