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1391 Martine Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
P: 908-889-8800
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Aquatics

The Aquatics program at the JCC is one of the best in the area drawing people from our larger community because of its excellent reputation. Our staff of American Red Cross certified swim instructors has taught thousands of children and adults to swim, improve their strokes and love the water. Children who attend Camp Yachad and our Early Childhood programs benefit from our aquatics instruction as part of their camp or school experience. The Barracudas, our award-winning competitive swim team, is an excellent way for children to build confidence, stay fit and be part of a fun-loving, socially responsible group. The Talmud (the central text of Rabbinic Judaism) lists three specific requirements that parents must teach their children. One is teaching them how to swim – ensuring that they have the basic skills necessary to survive. The JCC is a proud partner in this endeavor. 

Contact Kim Koza, Aquatics Director, at [email protected] or 908-889-8800 x259.

Pool Hours

Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Lap Lane Schedule

45 minutes/session

Monday - Sunday 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. (6 lanes)
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (4 lanes)
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (3 lanes)
Sunday 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (3 lanes)

Reserve Lap or Recreational Pool Time

Indoor Pool Protocols and Procedures

Pool Attendance and Scheduling

  • The pool is for members only, no guests will be permitted.
  • Whether you are using the pool for family time or lap swimming, you MUST schedule your time.
  • Pool times can only be scheduled as early as one week in advance.
  • Swim sessions will be scheduled in 45-minute increments. The lifeguard will blow their whistle to clear the pool at the end of the 45-minute time frame.
  • You must leave directly after your swim so the lifeguards can disinfect the pool area for the next group of swimmers.
  • No walk-ins allowed.

New Pool Rules

  • During adult lap swim time there will be one person per lane. There will be signs telling you where to enter and exit the pool.
  • During family swim, three families will be allowed in the main pool

Enter/Exit Policy

  • You will enter the indoor pool from the JCC locker rooms. 
  • You and your family are required to wear face masks/coverings when entering the building.
  • Upon entering the JCC, your temperature will be taken, and you will be asked a set of health screening questions.
  • You will be required to wear your face mask/covering on the pool deck but not in the water.
  • Please observe 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the pool area.
  • When your swim is over, you will exit the pool through the side pool door.

Locker Rooms

  • Locker rooms are available for bathroom use only. There is NO changing or showering in the locker rooms. You must come to the JCC and leave the JCC in your bathing suit. When the weather gets colder you will be allowed to change in the locker room only.
  • When going into the locker room you must wear shoes and your face mask/covering.

Showers

  • You must  showers before entering the pool. (There is a shower on the pool deck.)
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use on the pool deck.

Pool Equipment

  • The JCC will not be supplying pool noodles, goggles, kick boards or pull buoys.
  • The JCC will provide puddle jumpers which will be disinfected after each use.
  • You may bring your own pool equipment.
  • Pool rafts are not allowed.
  • There will be no towel service.

Thunder/Lightening

  • If thunder/lightening is heard or seen, the pool will close for the remainder of the day.
  • If the forecast calls for bad weather, a decision about the pool opening will be posted on the JCC website. 

Lifeguards

  • We ask that you respect the lines painted around the lifeguard chairs; these lines allow for six feet of separation.  Please do not cross into the social distancing square when approaching a guard.
  • Lifeguards are not required to wear a face covering while they are on the stand.
  • Lifeguards will be wearing face coverings when they are not actively engaged in member surveillance (rotating between stations, at the guard table, etc.) in order to protect themselves and protect our members.
  • Don’t worry…they are wearing smiles under their face coverings!

Waivers

All members are required to e-sign a waiver prior to using the JCC facilities.  You can access your waiver by clicking hereYour JCC barcode will be required. 

Aquatics Policies

Make-up Classes

Missed classes can be made up at the discretion of the Aquatics Department within the session the class is missed. There is no guarantee a make-up class will be available, but the Aquatics Department will make every effort to accommodate the need. Credits will not be issued for missed classes.

Choosing the Right Swim Class/Level

If you have questions about the right swim class or swim level for your child, or you think your child has moved up since the last class, you may bring your child in for swim level testing at any time throughout the year.  Preschool students, campers and swim lesson participants are all eligible.  This procedure will ensure that your child will be taught at the appropriate level. It only takes a couple of minutes for an instructor to evaluate a child’s ability. Contact Malika Abdul-Zahir at [email protected] if you would like assistance choosing the right level.

*Attention: Parents/Caregivers* 

To help your child feel more secure, you are welcome to stay in the pool area the first day of the class session and again on the last day of the class session. During the intervening weeks, please wait in the pool area for only the first 5 minutes and the last 5 minutes of class. This will allow your swimmer to effectively transition and focus on learning swim skills.

What Do I Need for Lessons?

Children under the age of 3 (and older if not toilet trained) need to wear a disposable swim diaper and rubber pants under their bathing suit. Also, please be sure to bring a towel or two. (The JCC provides towel service for $2.00 at the Member Ser­vices Desk.) Additionally, goggles are recommended and may be purchased at the Member Services Desk.

Pool Regulations

Please click here for JCC Pool DOs and DON'Ts

Supervision Ratios:

In order to ensure the safety of all participants, the following supervision ratios in the pool and pool areas mut be maintained:

  • All children under the age of 12 MUST have adult supervision while in the pool area or in the pools.
  • Children under the age of 6 MUST have a 1:1 adult supervision while in the pool.  Specifically, an adult MUST be within arm's reach of the child.
    • For the indoor pool and larger outdoor pool, this specifically means that the adult MUST be IN THE WATER with the child.  
    • For our smaller splash pool, the adult must be sitting on the edge of the pool facing the child at ALL TIMES
  • Children ages 7 - 11 are to be supervised at a ratio of 1 adult : 5 children.  Specifically, the adult must be ACTIVELY watching the child(ren).

Lockers/Locker Room 

Children ages 5 and under are allowed in the locker room with either parent.

Children ages 6 - 11 are allowed in the same-gender locker room at the parent/caregiver's discretion.  The JCC reserves the right to require parent supervision on an individual basis.

The Family Changing Room located in the locker room hallway is available for parents who wish to change with their children.  Please note that there is no bathroom facility in this locker room.

EATING IS PROHIBITED IN LOCKER ROOMS.  PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR LOCKER ROOMS CLEAN!

Valuables in the Locker Room

The JCC is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles left in the Locker Rooms, Fitness Center, Gymnasium, Pools, etc.  Use the coin-operated lockers in the Fitness Center (adjacent to the treadmills) to ensure the safety of small personal items.  Or you can bring a lock to use on the lockers in the Locker Room.  Locks must be removed after each use to allow other members to use the lockers, except for those with reserved lockers.  Lockers are available for rental; see the Member Services Desk for details.

Aquatic Items for Sale (at the Member Services Desk)

rubber pants • goggles • swim caps • swim team and parent t-shirts (during competitive swim season only) • locker rentals

Outside Trainer/Instructor Policy

Sessions of instruction or any form of personal training are to be conducted only by employees of the JCC that are certified personal trainers and/or approved fitness or aquatics staff.  No outside contracting or non-approved private instruction is allowed.  For more information about personal fitness and aquatics training options at the JCC, please visit the Member Services Desk. 

American Red Cross Certification Courses Cancellation/Refund Policy

A 100% refund, or one-time transfer to another class within the next 6 months, will be given if cancellation is received via email to JCC Aquatics Director ([email protected]) 10 days or more before the pretest class starting date.
No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the course start.  
The JCC cannot refund any fees paid to the American Red Cross for Blended Learning or materials purchased through the Red Cross.
If the JCC needs to cancel the course, participants will be notified 24 hours in advance and will receive a full refund or full transfer to another course.
Payment of the course fee, completion of Blended Learning lessons and participation in class does not guarantee certification.  Students must successfully complete all course objectives and attend all classes to pass the course and be certified as per American Red Cross standards.  No refund will be given if a student does not pass the course.  

If a candidate fails the pretest of any course they are entitled to a $175 refund.
If you/or your child has concerns or questions about the swimming skills/abilities needed for the pretest and course, please contact us (908-889-8800 x219) for a Pre-Course Skill Evaluation ($25) before registering for any Red Cross certification course.

Statement of Accommodation

The JCC of Central NJ is committed to accessibility and inclusion.  To request accommodations, please contact Beth Mitchell, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, at [email protected] at least two weeks prior to an event.

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