Among the programs we have here at Batawagama, and one that has been a part of this camp for its entire 70 year history, is the swimming and watercraft program. We are fortunate to have 5 Red Cross Water Safety Instructors on staff who are busy every day of the week giving swimming lessons to all the campers enrolled at the camp. Each child has a lesson every day in a class geared to his or her swimming ability. Some of the campers advance through all the classes in the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program, and are given a chance to learn to sail one of our three catamarans, wind surf, or SCUBA dive.

The camp’s original fleet of 6 wooden canoes and 5 row boats has grown to a fleet of 28 canoes, 20 single kayaks, 8 OCEAN, 2 large rafts, and 5 rowboats. All the campers have instruction in the use of the watercraft, and although the rowboats, OCEAN kayaks and rafts stay on Indian lake, the canoes and single kayaks can be found throughout the week on many nearby lakes, rivers, and as far away as Lake Superior, carrying the campers to their overnight and cookout sites.