Swimming Lessons

swim-lessons

It’s never too soon to learn to swim!

 

There has never been a better time to learn to swim! Starting September 8, the St. Paul JCC will be offering private swimming lessons to get you or your child swimming at the desired level. 

Please check out our amended protocols and procedures that will allow you to get back in the water while staying safe. It is always our goal to create a healthy environment for our members and staff. Let’s get ready to jump in!

 

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

  • All Levels: Parent/Child – Adult
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings
  • $28/per half hour; lessons will be charged in groups of 4
  • Lessons will be scheduled for the same day/time each week
  • Lessons will be billed on the 1st of each month; if you start mid-month we will pro-rate your billing

For more information or to schedule your lessons, contact Tara Freiberg at taraf@stpauljcc.org or 651 + 255 4761

Additional lesson times may become available later this fall. We will keep you updated.

 

PLEASE HELP US KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND SAFE:

  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled time. 
  • Enter pool area by Aquatics Lounge
  • Wait in the lobby on spots until your instructor calls you in
  • Come Dressed to Swim; if this is not possible, please change in the All-Gender bathroom in the aquatics lobby; if this is unavailable, proceed through pool deck to access the All-Gender Locker Room to change and get ready to swim.  Please return to the aquatics lobby and wait for your instructor
  • After participant is done swimming, use All-Gender Locker Room to change, return through pool deck and exit building via the aquatics lounge

PROTOCOLS:

  • Maintain 6’ of physical distancing
  • Bring your own towel
  • Bring your own goggles and a water bottle if desired
  • Leave immediately after class
  • A single parent or guardian may accompany one student, and up to three students in the same family
  • Swim Instructor will wear face shield while in the water.
  • Parent/Guardian must wear a mask to the pool’s edge; face masks can be hung on wall hooks
  • Swimmers must wear their mask to the pool’s edge; face masks can be hung on wall hooks
  • Lessons will be planned with 10-15 minutes in between to allow transition time between participants and for disinfection
  • At this time, lessons are for members only

DISINFECTION

  • Between lessons, instructors will disinfect high touch surfaces in alignment with the disinfection best practices used in Aquatics Center including railings, handles, towel hooks, and benches

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Parent/Child, Minnow, Tadpole, Sea Turtle, Seal
    • Parent/Guardian will be in the water with child for hands on demonstrations
    • Instructor will be in the water demonstrating while maintaining 6’ of social distancing
    • No additional spectators will be allowed in the facility or the deck
  • Jellyfish and Beginning Teen
    • Parent/Guardian will be in the water with child and will do all hands on instruction
    • Instructor will be in the water demonstrating while maintaining 6’ of social distancing
    • No additional spectators will be allowed in the facility or the deck
  • Otter, Dolphin, Stroke Development, Adult Beginner and Adult Intermediate
    • Parent/Guardian will be spaced out on the deck
    • Instructor will be either on deck or in the water, depending on the need for instruction.  While on the deck, instructor will wear their mask
    • No additional spectators on the deck or the facility – only 1 per child
    • The instructor will follow appropriate social distancing requirements and will teach from the deck or in the water


Parent & Child: Age 6 months to 3 years swimming with parent

Parent & Child: 10:1 Child to Instructor Ratio
This interactive class is designed for little ones to become comfortable in and around the water. Emphasis is placed on learning through fun. By using songs, games and colorful equipment we introduce: floating skills, breath control, gentle submersion and survival skills.

Preschool Levels: Ages 3-5

Tadpoles (Level 1)
This introductory class is for children who are new to swimming or nervous in the water. Our goal is to develop confidence, breath control and proper body position. Positive reinforcement is critical to help the child build trust and confidence. Graduates will be able to do 10 relaxed bobs, front float and kicks for 5 seconds, get in the ready position, jump to teacher from the wall and relax in an assisted back float.

Turtles (Level 2)
This class is for children who are comfortable in the pool and will go underwater willingly and happily. In this level the focus is on learning proper breathing techniques, improved floating skills, kicking strength and survival skills. Graduates will be able to do backfloat for 10 seconds, streamline with straight leg kicks, elementary backstroke, propulsive kicks on back, basic freestyle arms, rollovers and turnarounds.

Seals (Level 3)
This level is for children who are able to swim independently and are ready to learn the basics of all 4 competitive strokes. In this advanced level, graduates will be able to swim freestyle with rollovers for 10 yards, side breathing and side kicking with assistance, backstroke, dolphin kicks and breaststroke kicks.

Grade School Classes: Ages 6-11

Jellyfish (Level 1)
The focus of this level is to build confidence and learn basic water safety skills through fun and games. Graduates will be able to do streamline, front kicks and back kicks for 25 yards, jump in the water and recover safely, elementary backstroke, freestyle with rollovers and swim underwater to pick up toys.

Otters (Level 2)
This class focuses on introducing all four competitive strokes. Graduates will be able to start in ready position, swim 15 yards of freestyle with side breathing, 15 yards of backstroke, do a safe sit dive and have a basic understanding of breaststroke and dolphin kicks.

Dolphins (Level 3)
The goal of this class is to prepare swimmers for participation on our swim team. Graduates will be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke with good rotation, be able to swim 15 yards of butterfly and breaststroke with proper technique, be comfortable in deep water and able to tread water.

Teen and Advanced Swimmer

Stroke Development (Age 8-17)
The goal of this class is to increase endurance, efficiency, and confidence in the water. Emphasis will be placed refining technique in all four competitive strokes, introduce racing turns, including flip turns and pace clock usage. Graduates will be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and 25 yards of butterfly and breaststroke.

Beginning Teen (Age 12-17)
This class is designed to help teens who are learning to swim or are uncomfortable in the water. Basic swimming and water safety skills are taught in a fun, relaxed way. We will progress at each individual’s own pace in a supportive environment to prepare you to engage in water activities in a safe and enjoyable way.

Adult Classes: Age 18+

Beginning Adult
This class is designed to help those who are learning to swim or are uncomfortable in the water. We will progress at each individual’s own pace in a supportive environment so as to experience one of the most relaxing, body-friendly types of exercise. We will help you have fun in the water by using barbells, foam workout noodles, kick-boards and buoys.

Intermediate Adult
This class is designed for those who are comfortable underwater but need help swimming laps. We will develop technique and gracefulness. Freestyle will be the main focus with a lot concentration of proper breathing. Additionally, you’ll be introduced to the other variety of swim strokes such as breaststroke, backstroke, elementary backstroke and side stroke.

 

For more information, contact Tara Freiberg, Recreation Director
taraf@stpauljcc.org or call 651 + 255 4761.