Swim ability testing for 2021 is no longer avilable.
If you have applied online and not become a member, you'll be getting an email at the end of the season about reapplying. The 2022 Swim Test Schedule and Procedures will be posted in the Spring of 2022.
. No "walkins" will be allowed; you must have an appointment.
Current 2021 Swim Test Schedule.
Please direct questions about joining to

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 $25.00. 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.
Be sure to click on APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP before closing the screen.
You MUST also bring with you TWO headshot photos (1X1-1/4" cut to size) and $25 dues.

And, please be patient at the test. Please come at your scheduled date and time (to be determined) for payment, photo/ID card, and the 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.

Apply Online now

Current members renew online here or contact MDSA for renewal forms.

Applicants please print and sign the Release of Liability form and bring it with you to the test along with the copy of your online application. NY Release (PDF) Current Swim Test Schedule

If you need more information you can send an email to PLEASE NOTE: Ongoing thunderstorms may cancel a test or close the beach; call Moriello Pool at 845-255-1700 if in doubt.


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).