It’s never too soon to learn to swim!
The St Paul JCC offers multiple options for swimming lessons to get you or your child swimming at the desired level. Our patient and knowledgeable swim instructors are certified and offer year-round group, private and semi-private lessons for all ages. So, what are you waiting for? Jump in!
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): 3:1 Child to Instructor Ratio
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): 4:1 Child to Instructor Ratio
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): 4:1 Child to Instructor Ratio
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): 4:1 Child to Instructor Ratio
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): 5:1 Child to Instructor Ratio
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): 6:1 Child to Instructor Ratio
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: 8:1 Child to Instructor Ratio (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: 5:1 Swimmer to Instructor Ratio (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: 6:1 Swimmer to Instructor Ratio
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: 8:1 Swimmer to Instructor Ratio
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.