TO JOIN MDSA

In order to join the MDSA you must pass a swim test administered by MDSA, fill out an application, and sign a release of liability for NY State Park and MDSA. You must be at least 18 years old, or 16 if your parent or guardian is an MDSA member and accompanies you to the MDSA beach.

You must adhere to MDSA rules (see MDSA Beach & Rules section) and pay annual dues of $20.00. The dues pay our insurance policy and other administrative costs — MDSA leaders are all volunteers.

Apply online in advance and BRING A PRINTOUT of your completed online application to the test.
You MUST also bring with you TWO headshot photos (1X1-1/4") and $20 dues.

And, please be patient at the test. Give yourself time to go through the data entry, payment, photo/card, and testing process. For instructions to follow at the actual test site,
click here (MDSA Swim Test Instructions).
Remember that MDSA is an all volunteer organization.



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Printable application forms are also available and are not for current members. Current members renew online here or contact MDSA for renewal forms.

Application Form (PDF) and NY Release (PDF) as well as the Current Swim Test Schedule

Test reservations are not required. If you need more information you can call our recorded message at 845-895-5012 or send an email to info@minnewaskaswimmers.org. PLEASE NOTE: Ongoing thunderstorms may cancel a test or close the beach; call Moriello Pool at 845-255-1700 or Minnewaska State Park at 845-255-0752 if in doubt.

THE SWIM TEST

The test requires 500 yards continuous swimming: 25 yards crawl, 25 yards free style back stroke, 25 yards breast stroke, 25 yards side stroke and 400 yards additional swimming any stroke plus 3 minutes of treading water. (This translates into 20 lengths (10 round trips) of the pool — 1 crawl, 1 backstroke, 1 breaststroke, 1 side stroke, and 16 lengths any style — plus 3 minutes treading water.) THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT. Most people complete the test in under 30 minutes, but you can take as long as you need.

Applicants: for instructions to follow at the actual test site, click here (MDSA Swim Test Instructions).