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Swim Skill Development & Fun Daily

Four heated swimming pools, two swims a day, qualified swim staff, and an awesome instructional program make for one super swimming program!

Teaching Safety and Independence in the Water for over 50 Years

Our swimming program has always and will always be a hallmark of Camp Robin Hood. Learning to swim is a critical life skill. Once learned, it helps to give your child the confidence and skills to be safe around and in the water.

Our unique, swimming camp program developed by our founder Larry Bell has continually evolved to exceed both the Ontario Camps Association and the Lifesaving Society Guidelines. This year, with our friend and new swim partner, Eric Shendelman of Shendy’s Swim School, we are excited to take our leading swim program and make it even better! Robin Hood uses an amazing 10-level Learn To Swim program developed by Eric and endorsed by the Lifesaving Society. Eric has over 30 years experience designing swim programs and is the current President of the Ontario Camps Association and founder of the Shendy’s Swim School.

Safety In and Around the Water

Our swim staff, all qualified and certified instructors and lifeguards, ensure that our campers not only learn the important life skill of swimming but are also safe in and around the water. Each swimmer is also monitored by responsible counsellors from their section at camp to provide extra support around the pool, providing a familiar face and extra supervision in the pool area.

Our youngest campers (completed Nursery/Junior Kindergarten) are often grouped with their own counsellors from their cabin group, their cabin mates in addition to their swim instructor. For extra safety for these campers, their swim instructor meets them outside the pool area and escorts the group to their swim area so they are not on their own. During free swims on Friday afternoons these campers will have a more structured experience that takes  place within their regular swimming group.

Skill Building

All campers are in the pool twice a day, providing added skill building time, increased comfort in the water, and a great cool down on those hot summer days. Our campers learn to swim in a safe and fun environment.

All campers receive daily swim instruction following the Lifesaving Society or Pre-School Swim Kids programs. Camp Robin Hood summer campers who have completed Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 will receive two instructional swim lessons each day while campers who have completed Grades 4 through 7 and all Robin Hood Sports Academy campers will receive one instructional and one recreational (free) swim each day. Each Friday all campers will be provided with one recreational swim period.

The oldest day camp in Canada: Camp Robin Hood has partnered with renowed swim school Shendy's Swim Centre to make two great programs even better!


Using our 10 level Learn to Swim Program, swim staff continually evaluate campers so they are grouped with the appropriate skill level and age group. Staff are well versed in the various swimming programs and can easily translate levels to the corresponding Lifesaving Society levels used at Camp.

Offering two swims a day, parents appreciate how independent, capable and confident their children become after participating in our swimming program.

Swim Area

With 4 heated pools, an updated pool deck and a great Sun Shelter – our waterfront is ready to teach, protect and support our campers


Aerial Photo of 4 heated swimming pools at the oldest and largest day camp in Canada, Camp Robin Hood
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