Swim Lessons: Group & Private

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The Katz JCC Swim Program offers one of the highest levels of instruction in the area in both our indoor and outdoor heated pools. All instructors are certified lifeguards with CPR/AED and First Aid training. Our goal at the Katz JCC is to improve swimmers’ water safety, while being comfortable, gaining confidence, and having fun in a safe age-appropriate skill-centric approach. All swim lessons are offered in either a six-week or eight-week session with one lesson per week, and are open to Members and Non-Members of the Katz JCC.


In a peer influenced environment, swimmers will be able to develop their strokes and master the fundamentals with a comprehensive and result driven program that stresses water safety. Beginning at the Tadpole (6 months to 2 years) and Minnow levels (2 to 3 years), a parent accompanies their child in the pool and introduces them to the water using conditioning, progressions and technique. Skill sets are required for each level before moving on to the next level. Other levels include Frogs, Seahorses, and Turtles.

*Please note that swimmers will be placed in levels according to their age and ability level.

Once the Turtle level is mastered, the instruction advances to Otter (Beginner), Tiger Shark (Intermediate) and Great White Shark (Advanced) preparing them for our competition-based swim team, the Margate Sharks. These pre-swim team levels will enhance the student’s endurance training, stroke refinement and the introduction of new strokes.

2017 Rates and Schedule
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For More Information contact Alicia Fimple, Aquatics Director/Head Swim Coach
609-822-1167, Ext. 133


About the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 750 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash.


Swim Levels


(30 minute classes)

This class is more parent-based. Parents learn the basics of water safety and proper holding techniques to adjust their swimmer to the pool environment. Infants learn and develop swimming skills such as blowing bubbles, kicking, and floating and water submersion.

(30 minute classes)

This class is more instructor-based. Parents join their swimmer and transition their swimmer to the instructor. Infants continue to work on their skills with an instructor in the pool.

(30 minute classes)

Beginner swim lesson geared toward toddlers gaining comfort in the water.

  • Know pool rules
  • Letting go of swimming platform*
  • Head submersion*
  • Blow bubbles*
  • Back float*
  • 5-10 freestyle arms*
  • Introduce water treading*
  • Sit dive*
  • Introduce Streamline

*Assisted or Unassisted

(30 minute classes)

Beginner swim lesson geared toward preschool swimmers who are looking to gain more comfort in the water by themselves without an instructor. They learn the basics of floating, treading water, front to back rollovers and other beginner swimming skills.

  • Know pool rules
  • Letting go of swimming platform
  • Head submersion
  • 1-2-3 roll – freestyle 10 meters*
  • Front to back rollover
  • Back float for 10 seconds*
  • Jump in deep water*
  • Sit or kneel dive*
  • Introduce water treading unassisted

*Assisted or Unassisted

(30 minute classes)

This class is for swimmers to learn independent swimming after they have mastered the technique of floating and students start to build endurance by treading water, front to back and back to front rollovers, breathing techniques, jumping in water unassisted, as well as diving.

  • Head submersion
  • Tread water for 20 seconds
  • Streamline kick on front
  • Kick on side 10 meters
  • 15 yards of freestyle
  • Kick on back
  • Introduce Backstroke*
  • Jump in deep water from diving board or blocks
  • Kneeling or standing dive*

*Assisted or Unassisted

(45 minute classes)

This class is for swimmers who have obtained their comfort in the pool. Swimmers will learn and practice swimming one length of the pool unassisted, treading water, and diving to the bottom of the pool. The breaststroke is introduced.

  • Streamline kick on front 10 meters
  • Swim freestyle 25 meters
  • Kick on back
  • Backstroke 15 meters
  • Jump/dive off block and swim to ladder
  • Tread water for 45 seconds
  • Sitting/keeling or standing dive*
  • Introduce diving from blocks with assistance
  • Introduce Breaststroke

*Assisted or Unassisted

(45 minute classes)

This group can successfully swim a length of the pool in three different strokes and learn one more stroke, the Butterfly. Tiger Sharks become comfortable picking up objects off of the bottom of the pool and learn techniques to make them faster in the water.

  • Tread water 60 seconds
  • Freestyle 50 meters
  • Backstroke 25 meters
  • Breaststroke 25 meters
  • Introduce Butterfly – 10 meters
  • Pick up toy from the bottom of the pool
  • Dive from block without assistance
  • Introduce flip turns

(45 minute classes)

This class teaches racing fundamentals to swimmers – focusing on refining all strokes and introduces USA swimming rules. Instructors work with children on technique, strength and endurance.

  • Tread water 2 minutes
  • Freestyle 100 meters
  • Backstroke 50 meters
  • Breaststroke 50 meters
  • Butterfly 25 meters
  • Correct racing start off block
  • Flip turns and open turns
  • Proper technique in all facets of swimming (starts, turns, finishes)



Our experienced and dedicated swim instructors will develop a program based on the needs and goals of each individual swimmer in a one-on-one or three-on-one environment. Private and Semi-Private lessons are offered for children, adults and individuals who seek additional attention.