An Episcopal, co-educational boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for grades 9 – 12

  • Safety

Violation of any of the following rules will result in suspension of all waterfront privileges for the entire semester and could result in an appearance before the Discipline Committee.

Water safety starts for us when students arrive and concludes when students leave at the end of the year.

  • The waterfront is closed until the new students have had their swim tests.
  • Pre-season athletes in the fall must use the Aquatic Center for any swimming activity. No pre-season swimming is allowed in the pond for any students or teams.
  • Students who fail the swim test are encouraged to sign up for and take swim lessons. They may not use the waterfront until they pass this swim test.
  • New students who pass the swim test are encouraged to take the watercraft test, which is administered on Sunday afternoon following the first week of classes.
  • Passing the watercraft test allows students to use a kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, or sailboat.
  • The swim test and watercraft test just have to be passed once.

Swimming Regulations in the Pond
No student may swim in any body of water while under the School’s jurisdiction unless supervised by a member of the faculty. No student may swim in the pond if he/she has not yet passed the School’s swim test.

  • When swimming in the area of the T-dock, students may not swim beyond the rope lines.
  • Air mattresses and other flotation devices are not allowed.
  • There is a limit of 24 swimmers in the water at a time.
  • Never touch or otherwise interfere with watercraft or persons in watercraft.
  • There is a limit of six swimmers on the floating dock.
  • No diving is permitted from the T-dock or from the floating dock.
  • Never swim under any dock or float.
  • Do not rock or tip the floating dock.
  • No running on the T-dock or floating dock.
  • Never push others into the water or engage in rough play.
  • Listen to and obey the instructions of the faculty member or lifeguard in charge.
  • Never be in the water during severe weather or when a lightning storm is in the vicinity.

Watercraft Regulations
The term “watercraft” refers to launches, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddle boards and any other kind of floating platform.

  • A student must pass the School’s swimming test and watercraft skills test to go out on any watercraft on any body of water while under the School’s jurisdiction.
  • Every person who uses a watercraft of any kind must wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Kayaks are paddled by ONE person. Paddleboards are paddled by ONE person. Canoes are paddled by TWO people. Sailboat is sailed by TWO people.
  • Watercraft may never be rammed, deliberately capsized or otherwise mistreated.
  • Watercraft will be available for use on Sundays (generally 2-5 p.m.) and at announced times during the week when faculty and lifeguards are on duty.
  • An air horn will be sounded when a half hour remains in the waterfront period (generally 4:30 p.m.) for all watercraft to return to the T-dock. It is your responsibility to return by 5 p.m.
  • All watercraft and equipment must be returned to their proper places after use:
  • Canoes must be stored upside-down on the rack.
  • Kayaks and paddleboards must be placed upside-down near the canoe rack.
  • Paddles and PFDs returned to the storage box.
  • Sailboat returned to the mooring, sails lowered and reefed, centerboard up and rudder up.
  • Launches, Pontoons, and other work boats are not for recreational use. They may only be utilized with prior permission from the Facilities Director or designated person
  • Safety Tip: Should watercraft you are in capsize, stay with it and wait for help to arrive.
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