The JCC has both a Jr. Olympic size indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool that is open in the summer months. We offer group and private lessons, aquatic therapy, lifeguard training, a swim team, and more. Grab your suit and dive in with us!
Group Swim Lessons
6 sessions, with one make up class offered
This is the exciting first dip into the pool for children and we make it special for everyone involved! Parents bring their children (ages 4 months to 3 years) into the pool for a fun lesson with one of our wonderful instructors. Children will learn to ask permission before entering the water and how to call for help. They will explore complete water submersion of the mouth, nose, and eyes, buoyancy on the front and back and changing body position with support. We offer our Parent and Me classes in two separate age groups:
Baby Nemos (4 months-16 months)
Baby Dolphins (16 months-3 years)
Swim diapers are required.
Levels 1-4 – 3-7+ years
Fee: $160 member/$235 non-member
Level 1 Suggested Age 3+
For the beginner who is comfortable in the water. Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going underwater, supported front and back and back to front, supported gliding, supporting flutter kick, supported front crawl arms, and jumping in.
Level 2 Suggested Age 4+
Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put head under water. Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating, independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front to back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.
Level 3 Suggested Age 5+
Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back. Swimmers will work on gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deep water, treading water, jumping into water, and compact dives.
Level 4 Suggested Age 7+
Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 25 yards. Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and side stroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to flip turn, treading water, and diving.
Gym & Swim for preschoolers is a great way to introduce your child to the gym and pool. After 30 minutes of structured games and activities using music, balls, parachute play and more, we’ll head into the pool for structured lesson in the water.
Parent participation is NOT required for this class.
Fee: $180 member/$250 non-member
ECE: $160 members/$230 non-member
*ECE participants must show proof of current enrollment to receive ECE prices.
PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
If your children take swimming lessons at the JCC and progress through the levels, chances are they will encounter multiple instructors along the way. This is a good thing!
Why is there teacher turnover?
You may be used to a traditional school setting, where your child has the same teacher the entire year, or sports teams, where you have the same coach year after year.
We want extraordinary results for everyone – including our instructors. This means that our instructors may also be taking college courses and advancing their careers, in and out of the JCC. They may have to leave for a semester or alter their schedules and may not remain at the same time slot as your child's swimming lesson.
But rest assured, our instructors are all devoted to you and your family while they're here! Our instructors use integrity, compassion, and trust to build a rapport and teach kids how to swim and be safer in and around the water. Their diligence in bettering themselves means they are bringing their best to the table in every area of their lives.
Why is this good for kids?
Interacting with new personalities brings great benefits to everyone. It teaches them to adapt to new people and situations.
Having a new instructor also provides new learning opportunities for your child. Sometimes children reach a plateau in their learning, and a new instructor may be just what they need to get over that hurdle and advance to the next level.
We know that there are times when having a new instructor can bring about uncertainty, particularly when your child has special needs, but we work with each family and child to ensure the best possible experience.
The mission of our Aquatic Therapy team is to provide individuals with a therapeutic experience that will leave a lifelong impact. Aquatic therapy allows individuals of all ages and backgrounds to gain a sense of comfort and safety in water. This environment promotes the development of confidence and independence, which is carried beyond time spent in the water.
This evidence-based treatment is especially effective for swimmers with diagnoses such as: attention difficulties, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sensory challenges, physical disabilities, orthopedic injuries, muscle spasms, spinal stenosis, arthritis, and coordination difficulties. Aquatic Therapy consists of 30-minute one to one sessions. Our Certified Instructors work to help individuals improve motor skills, core strength, endurance, body awareness, motor planning, coordination and self-regulation.
Fee $50 member/$65 non-member per 30 minutes
Triathlon Training/Masters Training
Adults 18 years and older
This is an 24-week course consisting of stroke improvement and conditioning for Tri-athletes and Masters Swimmers. The course is ongoing and can be joined at any time.
Triathlon Training (Spin and Run)
Non-Members $702($13.5 p/c)
Non-Members: $364 ($14 p/c)
Non-Members: $188.5(14.5 p/c)
Non-Members: $64 ($16 p/c)
Please contact Justine Bergen for more information at 718.475.5215 or email@example.com
Lifeguard Training and CPR by the American Red Cross
Swim 300 yards continuously
Tread water without using arms (hands in armpits) for 2 minutes
Swim 20 yards, surface dive, retrieve object, swim 20 yards with object and exit water within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
Upon successful completion, the student will be given a valid ARC certification.
Fee: $290.00 member/$385.00 non-member
If swims are not passed, a refund will be issued minus $25 administration fee.
Trident Aquatic Club
Trident Aquatic Club is our competitive swim team. All of our groups practice out of the Bernikow JCC’s 6 lane, 25 yard pool.
United States Swimming
Trident Aquatic Club at the JCC is a registered member of United States Swimming. All members of Trident Aquatic Club at the JCC will be able to compete at United States Swim Meets.
Trident Aquatic Club at the JCC is a member of Metropolitan Swimming. This is our Local Swim Committee (LSC) for the New York Metropolitan Area.
There are five separate levels to the Trident Aquatic Club swim team at the JCC. The groups are separated by skill, ability level, and dedication. Swimmers must try out for the team and are placed in each group at the coaches' discretion. The coaches will evaluate movement from one group to the next at the end of each swim season (in March and September). Practice and meet attendance is expected of all training groups. During the short course season, we attend one meet per month (October - January). There are championship meets that swimmers must qualify for in February and March. The same goes for the long course season. We attend one meet a month (May - July) and championship meets occur in July.
We also have a pre-competitive program for children ages 6-18, which helps those who wish to become competitive swimmers. Focus is on the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. The class also promotes the perfection of starts and turns. Designed for beginner swimmers with basic knowledge in all strokes or the more advanced swimmer not quite ready for competition. This is an ongoing program that has 42 classes per session. Please call for tryout times and appointments.
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