Swimming at SLDC is the cornerstone of our daily program for all of our campers. Learning how to swim and swim well is a life skill that we should all know how to do. We consider ourselves to be a “Swim Camp within a Camp“, offering swim two of the seven periods daily to full day campers and one swim daily for our half-day campers. SLDC understands the importance of offering a state of the art swim facility in order to offer our campers a top quality, progressive swim program. Our 40,000 square foot heated pool complex is perfectly designed for every camper and every swim level, from those who are just getting comfortable putting their faces in the water to those who have developed the skills and endurance to be part of a swim team. It is our goal to teach every camper how to swim with confidence, and to continuously progress and reach new levels of performance according to American Red Cross standards.
We are fortunate to have highly skilled and experienced Aquatics Directors supervising our aquatics staff and overseeing all aspects of our swim and boating programs: Stephanie Baer and Ginny Harrison, Directors of Mid and Upper Camp Aquatics; and Sheri Taback, Director of Junior Camp Aquatics. With the combination of outstanding supervision and well trained aquatics staff to oversee our pool complex and lake, we ensure quality water safety as well as a very low camper to instructor ratio per swim instruction group.
Sheri Taback – Junior Camp Aquatics Director
Sheri joined our Spring Lake team in 2004 as a Junior Pool lifeguard and swim instructor. After spending five years in the water, Sheri took her talents to the land as a Girls’ Camp Division Leader but returned to the pools in 2012 as the Junior Camp Aquatics Director. Sheri has her B.A. in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University and is a Red Cross certified lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor. Sheri brings all of her knowledge and experience to our Aquatics team. Having been a camper for her entire childhood, Sheri feels lucky to still be one in her adulthood.
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Stephanie Baer – Mid and Upper Camp Aquatics Director
Stephanie joined our SLDC family in 2009 as our Athletics Supervisor but, with her extensive aquatics background with the American Red Cross, she was a natural choice to be our Mid and Upper Camp Aquatics Director, a position she has held since 2011. In addition to overseeing instructional swim and the safety at our pools, she also runs our successful American Red Cross Babysitting Basics course which so many of our oldest campers love! Stephanie has a B.S. in Physical Education from Hunter College and an M.A. in Athletic Administration from Columbia University. She has been teaching Elementary Physical Education in Teaneck since 1992 and coaches varsity level tennis, bowling and swimming. Stephanie finds all of her work with children at school and at camp extremely rewarding.
Ginny Harrison – Director of Mid and Upper Camp Aquatics
Joining the SLDC family in 2001 as a lifeguard, swim instructor and fitness specialist, Ginny now works as one of the Mid and Upper Camp Aquatics Directors. As a competitive swimmer all of her life, Ginny brings extensive experience in swimming skills, aquatic fitness, and water safety skills. Ginny has a B.S. in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Health from William Paterson University and has been a Physical Education and Health teacher of elementary and middle school aged children since 2010, most recently in New Brunswick. Teaching movement skills and a love for physical activity is a passion of hers and she brings that passion to our campers every day through our amazing aquatics program!