Children's Group Lessons
AquaBabies (6-18 mos.)
Join us for fun activities that teach infants to feel comfortable in the water. Parents will learn to hold and support infants properly in the water while Infants will explore breath control, floating, and changing body position while "moving" through the water.
AquaTots (18-36 mos.)
Great experiences and exciting activities teach young swimmers to feel safe in the water. Techniques using parental assistance teach children water safety, safe entry, kicking, and arm movements. Swimmers build on-breath control, floating, and changing body position while "moving" through the water.
AquaTots 2 (2.5-4 yrs.)
This class is designed for children who aren’t ready to leave mom and dad just yet. This parent and child class is for a child who has no swim experience or a child who isn’t comfortable being on their own. Each class is filled with engaging and challenging games and activities that will motivate your child to swim!
Our swim program follows the American Red Cross guidelines to ensure your child will have a full set of aquatic skills. All students will receive certificates with detailed skills checklists to track each swimmers progress. American Red Cross cards will also be given upon completion of swim levels 1-6. All levels are layered and each new level teaches not only new skills, but reviews and builds on the skills learned in previous levels.
Level 1 - Intro to Water Skills
No prerequisites needed for Level swimmers. Basic personal water safety information and skills are taught to help participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy water safety. Elementary aquatic skills that are the foundation for future skills are introduced. Swimmers explore movement in the water-bobbing, floating, and gliding. Good attitudes and safe practices in and around the water begin to develop.
Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Swimmers entering Level 2 must have a Level 1 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 1.Swimmers learn to float without support and explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to lay the foundation for future strokes.
Level 3 - Stroke Development
Swimmers entering Level 3 must have a Level 2 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 2. Swimmers learn to coordinate the front crawl and elementary backstroke. Swimmers are introduced to the scissor and dolphin kicks, the fundamentals of treading water and diving.
Level 4-6 Pre-Swim Team / Stroke Improvement
Swimmers entering Level 4 must have a Level 3 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 3. Swimmers develop confidence in all strokes, as well as increase their swimming distance. They will also learn the back crawl stroke, the breast stroke, the sidestroke, the butterfly as well as refine performance of all strokes-front crawl, elementary backstroke, back crawlstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly and increase their distances.Flip turns on the front and back are introduced. Expectations are higher in regards to distance and quality. Personal Water Safety and Fitness Swimmer are offered at the JCC. In Personal Water Safety, learn more complex safety skills that may help you survive in an emergency. In Fitness Swimmer, learn principles of training and how to evaluate your own level of fitness. Each of these options focuses on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, such as WSI and WSI Aid, Lifeguard Training, and Swim Team.
Exceptional Swim Lessons (Special Needs Swimming)
Our "Exceptional Swim" program for children and teens with special needs uses water education to develop water safety and swimming skills, and also focuses on developing self-confidence and self-esteem. The program is customized for each participant's emotional and developmental abilities. Participants in the Exceptional Swim class will recieve small group instruction with experienced American Red Cross certified instructors. Private lessons are available for an additional fee on additional days. An intake is required prior to registration.
For more information call Joanna at (516) 822-3535 x332.
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Aquatics Center week at a glance. Click HERE to view.
Tina at x350 or Jim at x330