Aquatics


Children's Group Lessons

Contact:  Deidra Clark-Towers |  (516) 822-3535, x330  |  dclark-towers@miyjcc.org

                                     Tina Tyznar  |  (516) 822-3535, x350  |  ktyznar@miyjcc.org



Parent-Child Classes: Each Parent and Child class is planned to give your infants and young children a routine instruction. Our instructors incorporate songs, games and toys into each class while teaching them basic aquatic skills. *These classes generally run on weekends.


AquaBabies (6-18 mos.) (1 instructor: 6 children)
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.) (1 instructor: 4 children)
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.

Swim With Me (2.5-4 yrs.) (1 instructor: 4 children)

Designed for children who aren’t ready to swim alone or have difficulty separating from their parents. Each class is filled with engaging and challenging games and activities that will motivate your child to swim!


Preschool Aquatics: American Red Cross has three preschool swimming levels. Pre-school aged children are taught basic aquatic safety & swimming skills, all the while increasing their comfort level in and around the water, for ages 3-5 years old.

Preschool Level 1 (1 instructor: 4 children) Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain baisc aquatic skills.

Preschool Level 2 (1 instructor: 4 children) Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around the water. Children must be comfortable to fully submerge underwater and blow bubbles from their mouth and nose. They should also be comfortable floating on their front and back with assistance as well as combine arm and leg action.

Preschool Level 3 (1 instructor: 4 children) Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsion to be comfortable in and around the water. Children should be able to preform front and back floats and glides without assistance. They should also be able to cobine arm and leg motion on their front and back.


Learn To Swim Classes: 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 (1 instructor: 4 children)
No prerequisites needed for Level 1 swimmers. Basic personal water safety information and skills are taught to help participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. 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 (1 instructor: 4 children)
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 (1 instructor: 4 children)
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 (1 instructor: 6 children)
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.


Create-A-Class: (3-4 children): Swimming in groups has never been so much fun. Come in groups of 3 or more and we will help customize your swim class. Our trained staff will work to develop a program specific to your needs as well as a date and time that works within your time frame.


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 receive 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.
 For more Special Needs programming click HERE.

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