Early Childhood Swimming Lessons


Swimming Pool Rules

Swim caps must be worn by all swimmers*
All participants must shower before entering the pool
Proper bathing attire is required
No running in the pool area
No splashing or diving
No food or drinks allowed
During lap swim, circle swimming only is permitted
No standing in lap swimming lanes
Pushing, kicking and other contact between swimmers is not allowed
Swimmers under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult
Infants must wear swim diapers; disposable diapers are not permitted
Street shoes are not permitted on the pool deck 

Swimming pool rules and etiquette serve to ensure your health, safety and enjoyment. Individuals who do not obey the pool rules will be asked to leave the facility.

*Everyone entering the pool must wear a swim cap. This rule applies to males & females of all ages who have hair, no matter how long.

 


 

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 dservelli@stamfordjcc.org.
 


 

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. 

 

Swim Assessment 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. Our instructors will be able to advise you on the best class for your child based on his or her age and ability. Contact Aquatics Director, Daniel Servelli at 203.487.0990 or dservelli@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Swim Refund Policy
Due to high demand and limited spots for swim lessons, the JCC refund policy will be strictly enforced. 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.

 

Click here to register online.

 

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. 

6 – 18 months
Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

18 – 24 months
Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

24 – 36 months
Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $240 / Community $336 (12 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.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Thursdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $240 / Community $336 (12 sessions)

 

Ready Now
2 – 5 years (parent optional)

This class focuses on weaning the parent out of the water, and will prepare the child to be independent in a group lesson. Children are taught the final foundational skills that are the building blocks of swimming, and will learn about water safety. Swim diaper and rubber pants with bathing suit required.

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Introducing the NEW Swim School at the J!
Ages 3 – 5 
Where young children get a head start on swimming, gain confidence 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 JCC is pleased to announce the launch this fall of our all-new swim school. Through our comprehensive curriculum children will learn skills, build knowledge, gain confidence and feel safe in and around water. Using a step-by-step approach to learning, students will build proficiency as they successfully progress through levels that teach the four essential strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Most importantly, the new curriculum is built in such a way that children will be excited to advance through each level. Every swimmer will receive a book in which he or she will be able to see specific skills needed to progress to the next level. Swimmers will also be awarded a new color of swim cap as they progress through each level. Each semester ends with a free swim competition. See class listings following all class descriptions.

 

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Level 1 – Minnows

(Early Childhood)
Light Blue Swim Cap

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.

Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280 (10 sessions)

 

Level 2 – Guppies

(Early Childhood)
Royal Blue Swim Cap

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, backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.

Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280 (10 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Tadpoles

(Early Childhood)
Yellow Swim Cap

Children should already be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. We will work on gliding, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, retrieving objects, treading water and diving.

Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280 (10 sessions)

 

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 dservelli@stamfordjcc.org.

Private Lessons (1 person)
5 lessons
Member $210 / Community $250
10 lessons
Member $380 / Community $460

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
5 lessons
Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons
Member $290 / Community $340

Group Private (3 or more people)
5 lessons
Member $145 / Community $165
10 lessons
Member $260 / Community $300

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