Mikhail Iogman on Teaching Children to Swim at the JCC
Mommy or Daddy & Me swimming classes: your child’s first experience in the water
Parents will learn to experience the joy of swimming with their children. If parents come to the lesson carrying their own apprehensions about the water – tense, afraid and without a smile -- the children will catch on to this and begin crying. My task as an instructor is to teach parents and children to experience the joy together.
Each parent becomes a personal instructor for his or her child. As the instructor, I will ensure that parents are proficient and knowledgeable in the program. I will explain and lead the step-by-step process by which children will learn and gain comfort in the water.
If a child is afraid of a particular exercise, there is no need to force him to participate. The primary goal of the program is to ensure your child is smiling, happy and comfortable throughout the entire process. The exercises and drills are secondary to your child’s comfort and emotional well being.
During our Mommy or Daddy & Me class, we will sing songs and learn to move our arms and kick our legs in the water. We will learn to float comfortably on our stomach and back, blow bubbles, and navigate around the pool as a precursor to the doggy paddle – and later, freestyle. Teaching children to hold and move along the side of the pool reliably is the first step in developing water safety skills.
Benefits of multiple swimming lessons per week Children 18 months and older, who take two to three swimming lessons per week, will learn to swim four to six times faster than those only taking one lesson a week. This claim is substantiated if you recall your child learning to walk. Imagine that after taking his or her first step, your child was allowed to practice that skill for only half an hour a week. At that rate, it would be impossible to see him walking unassisted just three days later! For a complex skill such as swimming, the learning curve is the same. That is why I urge you to take as many as three lessons a week. This focused instruction will ensure that you will save time and money in the process. If, by the end of the session (provided regular class attendance), your child is not able to swim with a turtle-shell, unassisted, you will be permitted to attend the next session for free.
In the more than fifteen years that Mikhail Iogman has been a swimming instructor at the JCC, he has taught thousands of children how to swim. If you've never seen Mikhail in action, stop by the pool deck any Sunday morning and watch him work his magic with babies as young as six months of age. For more information on JCC swimming classes for children of all ages and abilities, please contact the Daniel Servelli, Director of Aquatics at 203.487.0990 or email@example.com.
Private & Small Group Swimming Lessons
Private lessons alone, or coupled with our group classes, are a great way to accelerate learning. These lessons offer a comfortable setting, so those new to the water can excel. Through an initial skills test, we can assess your ability and plan lessons around your specific needs to help you achieve your personal best. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 5 lessons. And we now offer 10-lesson packages as well. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Daniel Servelli, Director of Aquatics at 203.487.0990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Lessons (1 person) 5 lessons Member $200 / Community $240 10 lessons Member $370 / Community $450
Semi-Private Lessons (2 people) 5 lessons Member $150 / Community $180 10 lessons Member $280 / Community $330
Group Private (3 or more people) 5 lessons Member $135 / Community $155 10 lessons Member $250 / Community $290
Early Childhood Aquatics Classes for Ages Birth – 5
The JCC utilizes the American Red Cross Aquatics program to promote water safety, aquatic adjustment, swimming readiness and enjoyment in the water. With the assistance of trained instructors and parental encouragement, your child will gain confidence in the aquatic environment.
Parents please note: Children 10 years of age and younger must be supervised by a parent, both on the pool deck and in the water. Children under 5 years of age must be walked down to their lessons and picked up at the pool on time. Our instructors cannot be responsible for watching children once the class is over. Spectators are requested to observe swim lessons from the observation deck or the anteroom outside the pool. The anteroom has a large glass window for viewing to minimize distractions. Thank you for your cooperation. Your child's safety is our number one priority!
Early Childhood Group Swim Instruction
The JCC’s early childhood swim program focuses on water comfort and safety while teaching basic swimming skills in a safe and supportive environment. In these innovative and fun-filled programs, parents are taught how to work safely in the water with their children.
Refund Policy Due to high demand and limited spots for swim lessons, the JCC refund policy will be enforced strictly. Refunds, credits or make-up classes for unscheduled absences cannot be accommodated. For absences due to serious illness/injury (doctor’s note required) or absences known at least one week in advance, we will make every effort to schedule make-up classes. Placement in make-up classes is based on the schedule of comparable classes and their availability.
Mommy or Daddy & Me 6 – 36 months (with parent) Enjoy a unique bonding experience with your child. Children learn correct swimming movements while increasing muscle strength and coordination. This class lays the foundation for successful swimming in our early childhood swim program. Water safety topics also will be covered. Swim diaper with bathing suit required.
Sundays 6 – 18 months: 9:30 – 10 a.m. 18 – 24 months: 10 – 10:30 a.m. 24 – 36 months: 10:30 – 11 a.m. Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25) Members $120 / Community $168 (6 sessions)
Thursdays 6 – 36 months: 10:30 – 11 a.m. Apr. 24 – Jun. 19 (No class Jun. 5) Members $160 / Community $224 (8 sessions)
Almost Ready 2 – 5 years (with parent) This program is developed for children who have started moving more independently in the water under their parents’ guidance. Parents and children learn more about water safety and swimming technique. Children prepare to work directly with an instructor on their own. Swim diaper with bathing suit is required.
Sundays 9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m. Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25) Members $120 / Community $168 (6 sessions)
Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Apr. 29 – Jun. 17 Members $160 / Community $224 (8 sessions)
Thursdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Apr. 24 – Jun.19 (No class Jun. 5) Members $160 / Community $224 (8 sessions)
Ready Now 2 – 5 years (parent optional) Your child’s first experience in the pool without parental assistance. Children are taught the final foundational skills that are the building blocks of swimming. They also will learn about water safety. Swim diaper with bathing suit required.
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25) Members $120 / Community $168 (6 sessions)
Stay & Splash 3 – 5 years End your preschooler’s day with a mix of fun, games and instructional swim. All ability levels are welcome. Enrollment is limited.
Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m. Apr. 29 – May 27 $95 exclusively for members (5 sessions)
Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m. Apr. 25 – May 30 $114 exclusively for members (6 sessions)
Group Class Swim Instruction
Designed to allow young children to get a head start on swimming, gain comfort in the water and begin working on basic swimming skills while interacting with an instructor and other children in a fun and safe environment. The semester ends with a free swim competition. See class listings following all class descriptions.
Swim Assessments for New Swimmers For all children enrolling in a swim program for the first time, we strongly encourage you to bring your child for a free assessment. In just a few short minutes, our instructors will be able to advise you on the best class for your child based on his or her age and ability. Contact the Aquatics office at 203.487.0990 for an appointment.
Level 1 – Minnows Beginning swimmers learn basics of water comfort and safety — bob, float, glide and flutter kick in prone and supine positions. Introduction to freestyle and the foundation for backstroke.
Level 2 – Guppies For this class, children should be able to float (front and back) and put their heads under water. Swimmers will continue to work on floating, gliding, flutter kick, turning over from front to back and back to front, freestyle, and backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.
Level 3 – Tadpoles Children should already be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. We will work on gliding, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, retrieving objects and treading water.
JCC open regular hours. After 4 p.m., casual use only.*
*Regular enrichment classes are not scheduled on Jewish holidays so as not to exclude those individuals who cannot participate. Private swimming lessons, drop-in group fitness classes and