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Youth Lessons / Programs

The Springfield JCC offers American Red Cross Swim lessons. Below is a list of classes available based on your child’s ability.

Group lesson sessions are offered four times per year:

  • January – March
  • April – May
  • June – August
  • September – December

In order for our instructors to deliver the highest quality lesson, and the pool deck to remain safe, all parents are to remain on the main section of the bleachers during group lesson times.  If siblings are in the kids pool you will need to sit on that designated bench to watch your children at all times.

Class dates for the Winter Preschool and Progressive Lessons:
Mondays: January 13, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16
Tuesdays: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10
Saturdays: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29, March 7, 14

Contact

Erika Harrison
eharrison@springfieldjcc.org
Director of Aquatics & JCC Maccabi
413-739-4715 x382

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

One private 30-minute session –
$27 (JCC Member) / $42 (General Public)

Five private 30-minute sessions –
$130 (JCC Member) / $210 (General Public)

Ten private 30-minute sessions –
$250 (JCC Member) / $400 (General Public)

One semi-private 30-minute session –
$42/$21 each (JCC Member) / $58/$29 each (General Public)

Five semi-private 30-minute sessions –
$205/$102.50 each (JCC Member) / $290/$145 each (General Public)

Ten semi-private 30-minute sessions –
$400/$200 each (JCC Member) / $560/$280 each (General Public)

Super Tot Gym and Swim for 3 - 5 years old

This class serves the best of both worlds. This class consists of 45 minutes of physical education play, followed by swim instruction and play in the pool!

Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:45pm
January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10

$128 (JCC members), $152 (General Public)

Swim for Tots

Children become acclimated to the water and will learn how to blow bubbles, kick and move through the water with parental assistance.  This class requires parents to be in the pool with their child.  Children who are three years old on the first day of class or older must take preschool level one.

Mondays 10:30 – 11:00AM
January 13, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16
$88 (JCC members), $104 (General Public)

Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:00PM OR 6:05 – 6:35PM
January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10
$88 (JCC members), $104 (General Public)

Saturdays 10:00 – 10:30AM or 10:35 – 11:05AM
January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29, March 7, 14
$88 (JCC members), $104 (General Public)

Preschool Swim Lessons (ages 3 - 5 years)

Level 1: Water exploration is for children who have never taken swim lessons before including swim for tots.  Children are working on water acclimation, safety, and basic swimming skills. This is the class for children who are afraid and have separation anxiety.

Level 2: Advanced beginner level for children who have taken parent/child classes, or other forms of swim lessons. Children are working on basic swimming skills, safety, self-confidence in and around the water. Children swim independently with a bubble and
a noodle (children are not clinging to the instructor.)

Level 3: Intermediate level. Children work on swim strokes for front and back, safety,
self-confidence, and endurance. Children swim independently without floatation.

Progressive Swim Lessons (ages 6 - 12 years)

Level 1: Beginner level for children who have never taken lessons and are afraid of the water. Children work on water acclimation, safety, self-confidence, and basic swimming skills for front crawl and back stroke with a strong focus on kicking. Child swims with or without flotation.

Level 2: Advanced beginner level for children who have completed preschool lessons or other forms of swim lessons. Children must be able to swim 10 yards without stopping on their front or their back.  Children must have an understanding of putting their face in the water and are working to strengthen skill. Children will begin to learn rotary breathing at this level.  They will also focus on backstroke, safety, and endurance.

Level 3: Intermediate level.  Children swim the full length of the pool on their front or back with a break in between.  Children must have a basic understanding of rotary breathing and are working to perfect it. Children work on front crawl, backstroke, basic breaststroke, safety, and endurance.

Level 4: High Intermediate level.  Children must be able to complete 2 lengths (50 yards) of front crawl (with proper rotary breathing) and backstroke. Children work on front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, some basic butterfly skills, and endurance.

Stroke Development: This NEW class is replacing our levels 5 and 6 swim lessons. It is specifically designed to strengthen all four strokes of swimming.  The focus will be to prepare swimmers to join our spring/winter swim team.  Swimming competitively involves endurance, psychological readiness and the ability to maintain strong motivation toward competing.  Swimming is a lifelong skill and a sport with the correct foundation and fundamentals; it can be a sport for life.

Lifeguard Training

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding program gives participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course includes the latest science in first aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, emergency cardiac care, as well as the latest lifeguarding rescue skills and safety protocols.

$350/J Member and $450 /General Public

Dates: March 8 – 12, 2020, April 19 – 23, 2020 OR May 3 – 7, 2020

Need more information?  Contact Erika Harrison Aquatics Director, 413.739.4715 x382

Pre-requisites:

  • Minimum age: 15 years old by the last day of the class
  • Swim 300 yards continuously
  • Tread water for 2 minutes
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • Mandatory attendance for all classes in order to pass course
  • No refunds will be given for failure of pre-requisites requirements

Just need a re-certification?
Pick a day and register at the Welcome Desk of the J!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 (8am – 2pm)
Thursday, March 12, 2020 (5:30 – 9:30pm)
Thursday, April 23, 2020 (5:30 – 9:30pm)
Thursday, May 7, 2020 (5:30 – 9:30pm)

$150/J Member | $150/General Public

Need more information?  Contact Erika Harrison Aquatics Director, 413.739.4715 x382