Youth Programs

Session Dates:
Spring: Sunday, March 30 - Saturday, May 24 (no classes 4/13 - 26)
Late Spring: Tuesday, May 27 - Sunday, June 22 (no classes 6/4 - 5)

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Please click here for information on make-up classes due to weather cancellations!

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Youth Class Descriptions:
Water Babies (6-18 months)  This class introduces water in a fun way to infants and toddlers with their caregivers. Children learn basic arm and leg movements while playing games and singing songs. Basic water adjustment is taught while ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience in the water. Maximum number of students to instructor: 10 to 1.  Classes Sunday, Friday and Saturday

Aqua Tots (18-36 months)  Aqua Tots should have had two or more previous sessions of water adjustment lessons, require flotation or support all the time or benefit from caregiver presence and support in the water. Children learn basic arm and leg movements while playing games and singing. Basic water adjustment and pool safety are taught while ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience in the water. Maximum number of students to instructor: 10 to 1.  Classes Sunday, Friday and Saturday

Seahorse (3-5 yrs Preschool 1) Young swimmers become comfortable with water entry and begin front and back floats. Bubbles assist with flotation and arm and leg movements are introduced. Children who are comfortable putting their faces in the pool are also ready for this class, which will help them begin the transition to swimming on their own. Swimmers progress from large to small bubbles and to no bubble when ready. The parent/caregiver must return to the pool area 5 minutes prior to the end of class. Maximum number of students to instructor: 5 to 1.  Classes Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

NEW! Mini-Seahorse Seahorse level classes for 2-year-olds, 15 minutes. Classes Sunday and Monday

Intermediate Seahorse (3-5 yrs Preschool 2) Swimmers start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills on the front and back as they progress from minimal support to independent swimming. Appropriate personal safety and rescue skills are included to help children meet safety goals. The parent/caregiver must return to the pool area 5 minutes prior to the end of class. Maximum number of students to instructor 5:1.  Classes Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Advanced Seahorse (3-5 yrs Preschool 3) Swimmers must be able to swim on the front and the back without any support. This is an advanced swimming class geared for preschoolers who are comfortable in the water, but cannot be advanced due to their age. Maximum number of students to instructor: 5 to 1.  Classes Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Level 1 Introduction to Water Skills (5+ yrs)  Swimmers learn to feel comfortable in the water. Level 1 participants learn to enter and exit the water safely, pick up a submerged object, swim on their front and back using arm and leg actions, submerge their mouth, nose, and eyes and float on their front and back.  Classes Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Level 2 Fundamental Aquatic Skills (5+ yrs)  Swimmers master fundamental skills. Level 2 participants learn to enter the pool by stepping or jumping from the side, roll over front to back and back to front, swim on their side, tread water using arm and leg motions and swim on their front and back using combined strokes. This is for the beginner who is not afraid of the water and needs some assistance forward and backward.  Classes everyday

Level 3 Stroke Development (5+ yrs) Swimmers build on the skills mastered in Level 2. Level 3 participants learn to jump into deep water from the side, perform the survival float, perform a front and back glide and perform front and back crawl. Freestyle with rotary breathing is refined and students work on building endurance.  Classes Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Level 4 Stroke Improvement (5+ yrs)  Swimmers develop confidence in the different strokes and improve other aquatic skills. Level 4 participants master their front and back crawl and learn the breaststroke and butterfly. Elementary backstroke is also learned in this class and students continue to build endurance.  Classes Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Level 5 & 6 Stroke Refinement (5+ yrs)  Swimmers must have successfully completed Level 4 before taking this class. Participants will refine the four major strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) and learn to swim with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness for greater distances. Flip turns and competitive aspects of swimming will be introduced.  Classes Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Starts and Turns  Swimmers must have successfully completed Level 4 before taking this class. This class will focus on competitive diving progressions and all stroke turns. Course taught by the JCC Barracudas swim team coaching staff.
Classes Tuesday and Thursday

Mini Barracudas This swim team program is avaliable for younger swimmers ages 5 – 8 who are able to swim at least 15 yards on both their front and backs and is designed to introduce these young swimmers to competitive these young swimmers to competitive swimming. A stroke evaluation for new swimmers is recommended. Classes Monday and Wednesday 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

The Intra-Cuda intramural swim team program is for those swimmers ages 8+ who would like to improve their strokes and fitness but do not desire the level of commitment our Barracudas swim team requires. Swimmers must be able to swim at least 50 yards freestyle with rotary breathing. A stroke evaluation is not required. Classes Monday and Wednesday 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

More Aquatics Fun

Swim Team Boot Camp
Open to all swimmers Level 3+
Late Spring: 24642-05 • age 10 & under • Monday and Wednesday • April 28 – May 28 (no class 5/26) • 4:30 – 5:30 P
24642-06 • age 11+ • Monday and Wednesday • April 28 – May 28 (no class 5/26) • 5:30 – 6:30 P Member: $100, Community Participant: $120
Work on cardio, technique and endurance. Check out our Starts and Turns class which can be added for additional work on these skills. No refunds for missed classes.

New in 2014! Advanced Swim Team Boot Camp 3-2-1 for ages 13+
24642-07 • Sunday, April 27 – Thursday, May 29 (no class 5/26)
Geared for 8th grade and high school swimmers, this new five-week program includes 3 days of swim practice per week, 2 days of strength training and conditioning by our Fitness Center personal trainers and one 30-minute session of personalized video stroke analysis.
Swim Practice: Sundays • 3:30 - 4:30 P and Mondays and Wednesdays • 5:30 - 6:30 P
Strength Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays • 5:30 – 6:30 P
Stroke Analysis: Call to schedule
Member: $310, Community Participant: $375

Family Swim for Families with Children with Special Needs 
24666-02 • Sunday, April 27 • 3:30 – 5:00 P
24666-03 • Sunday, May 18 • 3:30 – 5:00 P
Enjoy some fun family pool time at the JCC.
Member: FREE, Community Participant: $10/family

Adaptive Group Swim Lessons
Children's Specialized Hospital offers a seven week adaptive aquatics program for children with disabilities.  The program is a beginner swim program designed to help children develop a personal comfort level in the water, coordiante basic swim movements, and gain confidence interacting with peers.
Classes are offered at the JCC of Central NJ on Thursdays starting April 24th, and additional classes (for other ages and levels) are offered at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and New Brunswick. For more information contact Kaylee McGuire at kmcguire@childrens-specialized.org or (908) 301-5432.  For information about other programs, go to http://www.childrens-specialized.org/Programs-Services.aspx  To register, call the Aquatics Hotline at Children’s Specialized Hospital at 9:00am on or after March 10th: (908) 301-5548.

Thursdays (at the JCC of Central NJ)
April 24 – June 12 (no class June 5)

Sharks Level 1 (ages 7-10) 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Sharks Level 2 (ages 7-10) 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

The World’s Largest Swim Lesson
24669-01• Friday, June 20 • 11:00 A • FREE
Come to the JCC indoor pool and jump in for a FREE swim lesson. Once again, the nation’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.  Reserve a spot for your swimmer...email Kim Koza at kkoza@jccnj.org

Create Your Own Aquatics Class
This option is perfect for families or friends who want their children to participate in the same class but cannot find a class that fits their schedule. Class size is 4-5 swimmers who should be roughly the same swim level. Six 30-minute sessions: Member: $100/child, Community Participant: $150/child • full cost must be paid at time of booking • contact Michelle Sion at x219 to set up class

Tri-Swim Card for Community Participants
Training for a triathlon? Need a pool? Come to the JCC! Community Participant: $50 for eight swims • cards can be purchased at the Member Services Desk • please note: there is a time restriction for tri-swim cards

Scuba Diving
Now’s a perfect time to learn how to enjoy the fastest growing sport in the world! Classroom, pool and open water training are used to introduce diving skills in an easy, step-by-step fashion.  Small classes and individual attention make this program fun and enjoyable. For more information, call Treasure Cove at (908) 654-8808. Please do not call the JCC. Special discounts for JCC members. Pool sessions are at the JCC.

Girl and Boy Scout Merit Badge Swim and Rowing Tests 24664-01

The JCC can help you get your troop ready for their Merit Badge Swim Test or Rowing Test with lessons or routine tests with your Scout Leader. Member: $15/class, Community Participant: $25/class • contact Kim Koza at x219 to set up classes

Upcoming Events and Dates

April 15 - 16, 2014
April 17 - 18, 2014
April 21 - 22, 2014
April 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
May 4, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 15, 2014 | 7:30 pm
May 18, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 20, 2014 | 7:00 pm


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