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Youth Programs

Session Dates:
Winter: Sunday, January 4 - Saturday, February 28 (no classes Saturday, February 14 - Monday, February 16)
Late Winter:  Monday, March 2 - Saturday, May 2 (no classes Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 12)
Spring: Sunday, May 3 - Friday, June 19 (no classes Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25)

Click here for the Winter, Late Winter and Spring 2015 Class Schedules

To register, click on the red Login/Register button on the right

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Intra-Cudas
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.

Please note:
- If only one child registers for a class, the Aquatics Department will not run the class and will give that child the option to participate in another class.
- Registration for swim classes must be done one week prior to the start of the class or a $10 charge will be added to the class fee.
- If you want your JCC preschool child or your child in After School at the J picked up for swim class, please email aquatics@jccnj.org to arrange it.

More Aquatics Fun

Club Splash for Children with Special Needs ages 4 - 10
#24667-01 • Winter: Tuesday, January 6 - February 24 • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $200, Member Price: $128

#24667-02 • Late Winter: Tuesday, March 3 - April 28 • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $225, Member Price: $144

#24667-03 • Spring: Tuesday, May 5 - June 16 • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $175, Member Price: $112

Be a Triatlhete in an Hour! for ages 12+
60-minute Timed Indoor Triathlon at the JCC using the indoor pool, Spin studio and Fitness Center
Sunday, April 19 • 2:00 p.m. • check-in at 1:30 p.m. 
Price: $40

Here are the details:
10-minute SWIM • 5-minute transition period • 20-minute BIKE • 5-minute transition period • 20-minute RUN

The male and female to log the most total combined miles win!  Prize: $100 in JCC Bucks!

Be a Triathlete in an Hour! Training Package
Under the guidance of our fitness and aquatics staff, train ahead of time for Be a Triathlete in an Hour!
2 30-minute personal training sessions, 1 30-minute massage and group swim lessons (either the winter or late winter sessions)
Start any time after January 4!  The winter group lesson session begins on January 4 and the late winter group lesson session begins on March 2.
Price: $200

Swim Team Boot Camp
Stay in swim team shape off-season!
Price: $150, Member Price: $100

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays  • Monday, March 16 - Thursday, April 2
#24642-03 • 10 years and under - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
#24642-04 • 11 years and older - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays  • Monday, April 13 - Thursday, April 30
#24642-05 • 10 years and under - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
#24642-06 • 11 years and older - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays  • Monday, May 4 - Thursday, May 21
#24642-07 • 10 years and under - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
#24642-08 • 11 years and older - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

World's Largest Swim Lesson
Thursday, June 18 • 11:00 a.m.
Come to the JCC indoor pool and jump in for a free swim lesson.  Help us be a BIG part of the world's largest swim lesson! 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. On this day, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11:00 a.m. ET (3:00 p.m. GMT) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.   Your can reserve a spot for your swimmer...just email Kim Koza at kkoza@jccnj.org!  Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. on June 18 for on-site registration.

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.  Full cost must be paid at time of booking.  Contact Michelle Sion at x219 to set up class.  
Six 30-minute sessions: Price: $150/child, Member Price: $100/child

Personal Training on Aqua Spin Bikes
Train with Debi Price in these 45-minute sessions.  Email Kim Koza at kkoza@jccnj.org to set up these unique personal training sessions.  Available are: Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  
#24671-01 • One Session - Price: $65, Member Price: $50
#24671-02 • 3-Pack - Price: $195, Member Price: $150
#24671-03 • 5-Pack - Price: $325, Member Price: $250 

Upcoming Events and Dates

December 24, 2014
December 25, 2014 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
December 26, 2014
December 28, 2014 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
December 29, 2014
December 30, 2014

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