Water Sports

Camp Pemigewassett’s land surrounds Lower Baker Pond, a body of water approximately a mile long and half-mile wide. This ensures not only total privacy for our camp, but also the safety of a lake without public jetskis, motorboats, or party cruises. Aside from an occasional friendly fisherman from the local area, only Pemi boys and staff are in, on, or around our lake, which serves as a source of recreation as well as home for numerous water sports. Skilled instruction is available from the beginning to the advanced level, allowing many boys to learn the basics of a skill and then to develop as an expert over time.

Beyond employing lifeguards and swim coaches, Pemi has a certified Water Safety Instructor who teaches Red Cross Level Swimming along with Basic Water Rescue, a pre-cursor to the lifeguarding course.

Water Sports

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Kneeboarding/Wakeboarding
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing
  • Swimming*


  • Junior Swim (All Junior campers take at least one week of Swimming)
  • Instructional Swimming (stroke improvement, designed to build comfort in water)
  • Red Cross Level Swimming (mechanics of strokes for proficiency, achievements of mastery over set distances)
  • Basic Water Rescue (Red Cross certified safety course)
  • Competitive Swimming (interval and speed training)


Safety in and near the water is our foremost concern. As such, campers take a simple swim test soon after arrival so that our swim staff can determine competency. If a boy struggles, we require that he take a week of personal swim instruction (he is welcome to take more). Many a boy has learned how to swim at Pemi, under the supportive and skilled guidance of our swim instructors. Older boys who might not know how to swim or who have limited skills can count on age-appropriate instruction and understanding.

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