Swim Welcome Message

Dear Parents of Yomi, Yomi Seniors, Ilanot Campers, and Tova and Bari Tov campers,

Welcome to Summer 2018! After being a Unit 2 Head Counselor, I am thrilled to be returning to the 92Y Camps as your Swim Director. During the school year I teach 3rd grade special education in an inclusion classroom. I am really looking forward to making the swim program safe and fun for your campers!

Nearly one third of the camp day takes place at the pool. Campers have both a free and instructional swim period each day. On the first day of camp, certified instructors test all campers based on American Red Cross (ARC) standards. Lifeguards are trained to ensure that campers feel comfortable during their swim tests. Please note that campers will be placed into swim groups based on this initial test; 92Y Camps will not accept ARC cards because we need to assess campers’ swim abilities first hand. Similarly, returning campers’ instructional placements will be based on the results of their 2018 swim test alone. Swim instruction begins once all testing is complete, usually by the second or third day of camp. Campers starting camp later in the summer will be tested and placed into a swim group on their first day.

Safety is extremely important at Camp Yomi. Accordingly, we use color-coded bracelets to identify campers’ swim abilities. Wader, Splasher, and Guppy groups (ARC Level 1) wear blue bracelets; Tadpole, Minnow, and Goldfish (ARC Level 2) wear orange bracelets; and Catfish and above (ARC Level 3) wear red bracelets. The Board of Health mandates that campers wear the correct swim bracelet, and all campers will wear blue bracelets until swim testing is completed. Only Level 3 swimmers (red bracelets) are allowed to use the waterslide or swim in deep water. Below, you will find detailed descriptions of each swim level, along with their associated skills.

High swim standards are set by the ARC not only to ensure safety but also to promote consistency and accuracy. All campers are evaluated throughout the summer—the lifeguards will advance campers in their instructional swim groups as soon as they have achieved the learning targets. While campers may not experience “re-tests” that resemble their initial swim test, the instructors formally assess campers’ swim skills throughout each lesson. Because the swim instructors determine who is ready to move up every Thursday, there should be no need to request individual re-evaluations. Please remind campers that safety is our number one priority; all improvements in swim ability represent success, and campers will change groups based on their individual progress, as assessed by their instructors.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about our swim program at (212) 415-5643 ext. 3 or via email at campswim@92y.org. I am very excited to meet you and get to know your campers as they learn and have a wonderful summer in the pool!

Nina Furfaro
92Y Camps Swim Director 2018



Blue Bracelets


Follows all pool rules
Safely enters and exits pool without hesitation
Floats on stomach and holds air correctly (can hold a big breathe to float)
Beginning flutter kick on front


Enters water without help
Exits water without help
Successfully does a slide-in entry
Walks in water comfortably up to their chest
Flutter kick on front and back with support


Fully submerges their body (including head) for 5 seconds
With face in water, blows bubbles with mouth
With face in water, blow bubbles through nose
Cups hands to hold water
Uses cupped hands to push water
Floats on back while supported by an instructor
Floats on stomach while supported by an instructor
Successfully flutter kicks for 15 seconds
Holds breath underwater for 7 seconds
Successfully floats with arms in a front crawl position
Successfully pulls through while in a front crawl motion

Orange Bracelets


Successfully floats unsupported by an instructor
Successfully floats while using a flutter kick
Demonstrates rhythmic breathing (without lifting head, can breathe to side)
Successfully floats on back, unsupported
Successfully floats on back with rhythmic, correct backstroke arm motion
Demonstrates basics of rescue breathing


Successfully retrieves objects underwater
Successfully prone glides with flutter kick
Demonstrates basic combined front crawl (combines arm pull and kick in a rhythmic motion; is able to maintain correct body position)
Successfully turns over from their back to front
Correct body position on back with flutter kick (flat on top of the water)


Successfully back floats without support from instructor
Demonstrates rhythmic breathing while on front
Demonstrates combined front crawl with stamina
Demonstrates combined back crawl with stamina
Completes orientation to deep water (can safely tread water for 1 minute, demonstrates comfort, floating, and crawl in deep water)

Red Bracelets (eligible for water slide)


Continuously treads water for 2 minutes in deep water
Demonstrates rhythmic breathing with stamina
Able to swim at least 20 yards crawl/freestyle with rhythmic breathing and c
Demonstrates correct body position and no disruption of the stroke when a breath is taken; swimmers’ bodies roll side to side as arms stroke for both freestyle/crawl and backstroke.


Demonstrates crawl stroke with finger tip entry (hand slices into water directly in line with shoulder)
Completely bobs head 15 times in water
Completes the front crawl with stamina, able to maintain correct arm pull directly under body
Completes the back crawl with stamina, able to rotate body while swimming, maintain correct (still) head position
Can successfully reverse direction while on their front
Can successfully reverse direction while on their back
Follows all diving rules


Demonstrate streamline position (interlocked fingers, aligned with head, legs parallel to bottom) for distance
Demonstrates breath control
Push off wall at angle, able to demonstrate reversing direction while swimming
Able to experiment with buoyancy
Refine front crawl and kick


Demonstrates 15 deep water bobs
Experiments with floating positions
Demonstrates front crawl w/ rotary breathing (swimmer breathes by rolling body from side to side, rather than lifting his or her head)
Able to scull on back for 15 sec
Successfully completes a back crawl for 25 yards
Completes the basics of breaststroke for 25 yards


Demonstrates the elementary backstroke for 25 yards
Successfully completes the breaststroke kick for 10 yards
Intro to a wall front flip turn (rather than an open wall turn)
Treads water for 2 minutes straight
Completes a ‘standing dive’
Able to successfully review rescue breathing

Killer Whale

Completes a front crawl for 25 yards
Completes a back crawl for 25 yards
Displays breaststroke arms for 10 yards
Able to wall turn (front flip)
Intro to wall turn (back flip turn)
Familiar with rescue breathing
Familiar with CPR
Displays the basics of sidestroke

Highlighting Female Geniuses Around The World

Superwoman Next Door is a campaign to empower and encourage every girl to look inside herself and unleash her real ‘Superpowers.’ Every girl has them but they don’t always have the spaces or opportunities to unleash them.
For 7 Days of Genius, Superwoman Next Door creator Upasana Chauhan wanted to showcase real life superwomen, some of those “hidden figures” doing incredible, if overlooked, work. Inspired by the 7 Days of Genius challenge around equality and human rights, Chauhan produced ‘7 Days 7 Superwomen from 7 Continents.’
The videos highlight women from around the world – one from each continent – doing genius work in their fields. In the video below, Nigerian artist Olutosin Oladosu talks about her initiative to use trash to create art. A domestic violence survivor herself, Oladosu has inspired other violence victims to launch their own creative projects. Her genius idea is both advancing human rights and using art for social good.
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Chauhan has met many of women she is featuring and interviewed them via Skype or over the phone. She writes, “All the women that I have featured via Superwoman Next Door, I am personally inspired by them and their work. I have physically seen their challenges, and it has been exhilarating and heartening to share their work. These women are the real ‘super-sheroes’ without a doubt. They are changing the faces of women’s empowerment.”
My husband also helped edit these videos. He has been a consistent ally for women’s empowerment and helps fundraise for computers for girls education.
Follow #7DaysofGenius to see more Superwoman videos!

Check Out These 3 Innovative Designs on Displacement and Migration

As part of the #7DaysofGenius themes, we’re asking the question, How can we better balance security while also helping refugees and displaced people facing humanitarian crises?
Learn more about these 3 innovative designs discussing this theme via Cooper Hewitt.

Cities and Communities: How the First City Got Started 12,000 Years Ago

This year, as part of #7DaysofGenius, we’re asking people to think about their city or community of the future — one that’s sustainable and equitable.
To kick of the festival, we look back at the very first city on record.
Check out the 92nd Street Y’s animated video for #7DaysofGenius where Jonathan F. P. Rose explains how the first city was started in Turkey, 12,000 years ago.
To learn more, check out the entire talk via 92Y On Demand.

Contribute to our #7DaysofGenius Video – Create for Good

Contribute to our #7DaysofGenius Video – Create for Good
Call to Action: Help Make a Crowd-Curated #7DaysofGenius Video

Description: There are over 50 #7DaysofGenius events happening around the world! We want to capture and share some of the voices and ideas that make #7DaysofGenius so great.
We’d like to create a video collage featuring #7DaysofGenius participants in cities/countries around the globe.
Here’s how you can contribute:
1. Record 1 to 2 people at your event answering the following question: What is an idea or innovation that you want to see in the future that will better the world? Why?

2. Email your video to Jason Rosenberg at jrosenberg@92Y.org.
(If your file is too large to email, you can use the free service WeTransfer to send to Jason)
Some tips to remember:

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· Shoot your Genius video horizontally, not vertically
· You can use a smartphone to record
· Send your Genius video when on WiFi or download it directly from your phone to a computer and then send via computer
· Please do not delete your Genius video from your phone until we confirm receipt
If you have any questions, please contact Jason Rosenberg at jrosenberg@92Y.org.

Welcome to 7 Days of Genius 2017 – Create for Good

Welcome to 7 Days of Genius 2017! Once again, we are thrilled to invite people from around the world to collaborate on a digital festival of new ideas. 7 Days of Genius is an opportunity for anyone anywhere to reflect on — and create! — genius solutions to challenges we face in our immediate communities and on a global scale. This year, we will be joined by designers and students, budding artists and entrepreneurs – all engaged in exploring, debating and cultivating new ideas that will advance social good.

Check out our 7 challenges and download our toolkit for specifics on how you can get involved.

And, stayed tuned to this blog for updates! We will feature stories, pictures and video from 92Y and contributors from Nepal to Guatemala, India to South Africa, Los Angeles to NYC…and more.

In the meantime, read more about the amazing organizations, communities and individuals that made 7 Days of Genius 2016 an amazing success!

7 Days of Genius: Monday Recap

Great genius happenings online and around the world:

  • RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) hosted author Adam Grant for a genius discussion on his new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Rule the World
  • Check out Mental Floss’s shout-out to all the lady geniuses who invented things we can’t live without
  • Big Think & Maria Popova celebrate the overlooked genius behind some of our favorite children’s books
  • And follow #thatsgenius to see the great tweets from our global UN Women partners exploring genius solutions to gender inequality

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Social Impact Start-up Challenge!

92Y & Impact Hub NYC partnered on the 7 Days of Genius” Start-up Challenge. The winner will score $10,000 + IHNYC membership. The deadline to enter was February 12, 2016. If you missed it, check back here for updates on the winning genius ideas.

Also, don’t miss the IHNYC & House of Genius co-sponsored event on Saturday, March 5, as part of the 7 Days of Genius festival. See last paragraph for details.*

  1. Christina Cobb talks with Asha Curran, Director, Center of Innovation and Social Impact at 92Y.

The concept of genius typically celebrates the exceptional individual. How does the 7 Days of Genius festival integrate genius and community?

As a community center, we know that extraordinary things can happen when you bring people together and provide the right kind of spark. 7 Days of Genius is designed to generate that spark. We are hosting a slew of talks and events here at 92Y that consider genius through a variety of lenses–technology, philosophy, science, literature, education and more. We’re also working with partners in cities around the world, including Impact Hub NYC, to engage people around genius in ways that are relevant to them in their own communities. We hope that 7 Days of Genius amplifies many voices and points of view, and leverages technology and social media to bring people together in meaningful ways.

The festival definitely explores the lives and work of individual geniuses, both past and present, through a middle-school curriculum on famous geniuses; with our psychobiography series that explores the personal lives of extraordinary people; and in a free interactive exhibit for families dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, among other initiatives. But we’re also interested in unearthing genius in typically untapped places including underserved, under-resourced communities around the world, where some of our global partners are bringing adults and children together to develop new ideas for the benefit of their own communities. We hope to give voice to the ideas of people who don’t have a platform like the great academics and public intellectuals do.

Why did 92Y choose to partner with Impact Hub for the Start-Up Challenge?

92Y and Impact Hub definitely share values and have complementary missions and audiences. Not only are we aligned in our commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, but both our organizations are asking the big questions about how those things can positively shape the future. And 7 Days of Genius is all about bringing partners together so that the whole festival is more than the sum of its parts. We think the Impact Hub community is full of people who should be entering the start-up challenge!

Read the full interview!