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Youth Programs

Session Dates:
Fall: Sunday, September 7 - Saturday, October 18
Late Fall: Sunday, October 19 - Saturday, December 20 (no class 11/23 - 29)

Click here for the Fall and Late Fall 2014 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.  Classes Sunday, Friday (Late Fall only) 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 (Late Fall only) 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 (Late Fall only) and Saturday

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 (Late Fall only), Friday (Late Fall only) 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, Thursday (Late Fall only) and Saturday

Mini Seahorse
Seahorse level classes for 2 year olds, 15 minutes.  Classes winter/spring only

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, Monday, Wednesday (Late Fall only), Thursday (Late Fall only) 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 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Late Fall only) and Saturday

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, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Late Fall only) 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, Wednesday, Thursday (Late Fall only) 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, Wednesday, Thursday (Late Fall only) 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 Fall only on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

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.

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. Classes Monday and Wednesday 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

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

Adaptive for Children with Special Needs ages 3 - 5
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Thursday, September 11, 18, October 2, 9, 16 • 7:00 p.m. 
Adaptive for Children with Special Needs ages 6+
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Thursday, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18 • 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy this 10-week parent/child swim program which features a 10-minute free swim warm-up and 30 minutes of instruction with a certified Water Safety Instructor.  Learn to enjoy the water, explore breath control, develop basic swimming skills and learn water safety.  Contact Michelle Sion at x219 for more information and to sign up.  Price: $320, Member Price: $260

Aquatics Circuit Training for Adults and Teens 13+ 
Thursday, September 18, October 23, November 13, December 11 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Combine resistance, core work and cardio training in this non-stop class.  Entire pool will be used but class can be modified for shallow end.  Free.

Create Your Own Aquatics Class
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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
Email Kim Koza at kkoza@jccnj.org to set up these unique personal training sessions.  Same pricing as private swim lessons; click here for details.   

Upcoming Events and Dates

October 1, 2014 | 7:30 pm
October 2, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
October 3, 2014 | 3:00 pm
October 4, 2014
October 5, 2014 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
October 5, 2014 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 8, 2014 | 6:00 pm
October 9 - 10, 2014 | 12:00 am
October 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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