Early Childhood Swimming Lessons

 

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 Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org, for more information.

 

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.

 

Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ The J!
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Parent & Me Swim
6 – 36 months
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 cap, swim diaper with bathing suit required.

Winter Semester:
6 – 18 months

W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m. 
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16) 
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m. 
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16) 
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16) 
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m. 
Jan. 7 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $264/ Community $360 (12 sessions)

6 – 18 months
W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 4 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 4 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Spring Semester:
6 – 18 months
W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m. 
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

18 – 28 months
W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

28 – 42 months
W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m. 
Apr. 14 – Jun. 2
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

6 – 18 months
W  Saturdays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Apr. 18 – Jun. 13 (No class May 23, May 30)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

18 – 28 months
W  Saturdays 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Apr. 18 – Jun. 13 (No class May 23, May 30)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

28 – 42 months
W  Saturdays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Apr. 18 – Jun. 13 (No class May 23, May 30)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

 

Almost Ready 
2 – 5 years
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 cap, swim diaper with bathing suit required.

Winter Semester:
W
  
Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16) 
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16) 
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m. 
Jan. 7 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $264 / Community $360 (12 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 4 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Spring Semester:

W  Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m. 
Apr. 14 – Jun. 2
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 18 – Jun. 13 (No class May 23, May 30)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

 

Ready Now
2 – 5 years
This class focuses on weaning the parent out of the water, and will prepare the child to work independently 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 cap, swim diaper with bathing suit required.

Winter Semester:
W
  
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16) 
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Spring Semester:
W  Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

  

Click here to register online.

 

Stay & Splash is back!*
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. Swim cap required.

Spring Semester:
Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m. 
Apr. 24 – May 22 (No class May 15)
$100, exclusively for members (4 sessions)

 

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.

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, our curriculum is built in such a way that children will be excited to advance through each level. Every swimmer will receive a certificate in which he or she will be able to see the 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.

 

Level 1 – Minnows
(Early Childhood)
Light Blue Swim Cap
Beginning swimmers learn the basics of water comfort and safety as they blow bubbles, put their faces under water, float, and flutter kick in prone and supine positions.

Winter Semester:
W
  Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 30 (No class Jan. 20, Feb. 17)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 1
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 4 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Spring Semester:
W  Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m. 
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m. 
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m. 
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $198 / Community $270 (9 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 10 
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Apr. 18 – Jun. 13 (No class May 23, May 30)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 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, flutter kick, arm stroke. Students will be introduced to freestyle, backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.

Winter Semester:
W
  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $286 / Community $ 390 (13 sessions)

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 30 (No class Jan. 20, Feb. 17)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 1
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 4 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Spring Semester:
W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m. 
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $198 / Community $270 (9 sessions)

Wednesdays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 10 
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Apr. 18 – Jun. 13 (No class May 23, May 30)
Member $154 / Community $210 
(7 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Tadpoles
(Early Childhood)
Yellow Swim Cap
Children should be able to swim without support for 15 feet and have efficient freestyle kick in this level. Rotary breathing, diving and butterfly kick will be introduced. This class will prepare children to enter our pre-team program or more advanced swim school classes.

Winter Semester:
W
  
Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 5 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 30 (No class Jan. 20, Feb. 17)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 1
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 1
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 4 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Spring Semester:
W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m. 
Apr. 19 – Jun. 7 (No class May 24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m. 
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $198 / Community $270 (9 sessions)

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 10 
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9 – 9:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 – Jun. 13 (No class May 23, May 30)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

 

Click here to register online.

 


 

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 child’s ability and plan lessons around his or her specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. Contact Aquatics Director Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org, for more information.

Private Lessons (1 person)
1 lesson: Member $50 / Community $60
5 lessons: Member $230 / Community $280
10 lessons: Member $410 / Community $510

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
1 lesson: Member $40 / Community $48
5 lessons: Member $180 / Community $220
10 lessons: Member $320 / Community $390

Group Private (3 or more people)
1 lesson: Member $38 / Community $44
5 lessons: Member $165 / Community $195
10 lessons: Member $290 / Community $350

 


 

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
Parent & 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 Aquatics Director Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org.
 


 

 

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