How do I get information
about the SU summer swim programs?
Brochures and information about the Sea Gull Swim
Club and Sea Gull Swim School are available on tin
early April. Patrons from the previous summer have been placed on a
mailing list. Brochures are available on this website as well
as in the Maggs Physical Activity Center hallway across from the
Campus Recreation office.
Can I work at the Maggs Pool?
Yes. Anyone 16 years of age or older with
current lifeguarding certifications may apply for a position on our
summer staff. We offer a lifeguard training course in April in
conjunction with the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross
http://lowershore.redcross.org/ and begin hiring our staff
shortly after that. This is the only Lifeguarding course
offered through SU.
Who teaches in the Sea Gull
All of the instructors involved with the swim
school are Water Safety Instructors (WSI) or supervised by a WSI.
Volunteer opportunities may be available for local children ages 13
to 16 with staff approval.
When are Swimming Lessons
The Sea Gull Swim School operates lessons during
the summer months only. Each session consists of eight 45
minute lessons. Sea Gull Swim School lessons are taught
following the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program:
Are private swimming lessons
No. We do not offer private swimming
lessons, however our group lessons are limited to 25 for children's
lessons and 15 for young beginner lessons. Split between our
instructors the typical class has four to five students allowing
each child maximum instruction time under the supervision of his/her
How do I know what level my
By reading the
course titles printed on the
brochure you can get a general idea of the level of your child.
We test each child on the first day of lessons and make further
adjustments as needed to assure each child is in the correct level.
By indicating on your registration form the level you think your
child will fit in, allows us to prepare our instructors and lessons
ahead of time to maximize the amount of water time.
What if my child does not
pass his/her lessons level?
not unusual for a child to repeat a level two
or more times before passing. The American Red Cross has
stringent guidelines that we must follow to assure that each child
successfully completes one level before moving to the next.
Can my four year old take
No. Our experience has taught us that four
year olds are not ready to join in with other children in our
children's lessons. The young beginner classes are challenging
and teach many of the level one and two skills that your child will
need to move up. Often our young beginners skip level one and
move right into level two as they join our children's lessons.
What is the difference
between Lap Swim and Open Swim?
Lap Swim is reserved for adults and others who
wish to swim lengths of the pool. Open swim gives patrons the
opportunity to use pool equipment, play games, and dive in the deep
end. The lifeline separating the shallow end from the deep end
is in place during all conference and open swim times. Patrons
wishing to work out during these times will need to swim widths or
swim under the lifeline.
What floatation devices are
For safety and
liability reasons we allow only Coast Guard approved floatation
devices. When purchasing life jackets and other pool
accessories look for the Coast Guard approved seal. We do have
a limited number of life jackets and pool toys available for use by
our patrons. We do require that anyone needing the support of
a life jacket or other means of support, remain in the shallow end
of the pool. The test to enter the deep end is to swim
unassisted, two widths of the pool non-stop. The lifeguard on
duty will determine who may use the deep end.
Do I have to stay at the pool
while my child swims?
Yes. Children 16 and under do need a parent or
guardian in the pool area at all times when using the pool. By
staying with your child, you are following correct water safety
procedures and eliminating additional stress on our lifeguarding
Can I bring a guest to the
Yes. Each Sea Gull Swim Club member may
bring a maximum of two guests per visit.
Each guest must sign a liability release form prior to using the
pool. Guests under the age of 18 must have a parent signature on the
liability release form. The current guest fee
is listed in the brochure.
Do I have to have my card
with me each time I swim?
Yes. We issue Swim Club cards to assure
only those who qualify for the benefits of our summer pool hours are
able to use the facility. Each time you swim you will need to
show your card to the lifeguard at the desk. By tracking attendance, we can better serve your needs
Does the pool ever close
during the summer?
Yes. We close only for the Fourth of July
and in unexpected situations. For our patron's safety, we
close the pool for several hours if there has been fecal
contamination or other body fluids in the water. During
thunderstorms we clear the pool as the storm passes.
Unexpected incidents are handled on an individual basis and patrons
will not be allowed to re-enter the water until it is safe.