J Swim Academy

Ages 6 months+
Our J Swim Academy helps children grow in a happy, safe environment that fosters academic and physical excellence through the sport of swimming. Our year-round program advances from our J Babies to our J Squad (pre-team).
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J Babies | Ages 6 months to 3 years

This class helps young children to be happy and safe in, around, and under the water. This class creates special moments with mom, dad, or a special family member (with the help of a teacher) while children enjoy the water. Through games, songs, and routines, students learn to float on their backs and to be comfortable submerging and breathing. Students may advance to J Grads or J Prep, depending on their skill level.


J Grads | Ages 18 months to 3 years

This class is for children who have graduated from J Babies. Children are introduced to pop-up breathing, streamline kicking, advanced back float with kicking, and overarm freestyle stroke. Upon mastering these skills, students may advance to J Prep Level 1.


J Prep | Ages 3-5

Level 1 – J Prep Level 1 teaches children to prone float and to streamline kick unassisted for five yards with their faces in the water except when recovering to breathe. They also learn to back float. Upon mastering these skills, students advance to J Prep Level 2 or J School Level 2, based on age.

Level 2 – J Prep Level 2 teaches children the overarm freestyle stroke (no breathing) and kicking on their backs. Side breathing is introduced, as well as the butterfly and breaststroke kicks. Upon mastering these skills, students are eligible to advance to our J Prep Level 3 or J School Level 3, based on age.

Level 3 – J Prep Level 3 is geared towards strong swimmers who have achieved all the Level 2 skills. The main goal in this class is to master side breathing and backstroke arms with kicking. It also introduces butterfly and breaststroke arms. Upon mastering these skills and being able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards, students are eligible to advance to one of our J Squad programs.


J School | Ages 6+

Level 1 – This class is for school-age children who are learning to swim. Students become comfortable submerging and floating on their backs. Streamline floating and kicking are also taught. Upon achieving these skills, students can progress to J School Level 2.

Level 2 – This class is for children who are comfortable in the water but have limited swimming experience. Students learn overarm freestyle stroke for five yards, side breathing, backstroke kicking, and kicking for both butterfly and breaststroke. Upon mastering these skills, students can progress to J School Level 3.

Level 3 – This class concentrates on teaching freestyle with side breathing and correct backstroke. It also introduces butterfly and breaststroke arms. Students must be able to swim both freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards to advance to J Squad Level 1.


J Squad | Ages 6+

Pre-squads – This class is a half hour in duration and swimmers go the full distance of the pool. This is not a pre-requisite to Squads, but more of a recommendation from the instructor as a transitory half-step to prepare kids for Squads. In Pre-squads, swimmers will work on competitive starts, all four strokes, drills, endurance and continue to develop their timing and progression.

Squads – Emphasis is placed on endurance, performance, perfecting all four strokes, and mastering all competitive starts and turns. Upon mastering these skills, students may advance to the J Swim Club (JSC).

A swim evaluation must be completed prior to being placed in an appropriate group. Sign up below!

Hours + Rates


Mandatory Registration Fee: $25



Contact the Aquatics Department

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Competition Pool Schedule

Monday – Thursday 5:30am – 7:30pm
Friday 5:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 7:30am – 5:30pm

Activity Pool Schedule

Monday – Thursday Noon – 3pm
Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday Noon – 5pm

Holiday Hours

Sunday, January 1
New Years Day 2023
7am – 1pm
Wednesday, April 5
Erev Passover
5am – 5pm
Thursday, April 6
Passover First Day
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day
7am – 4pm
Tuesday, July 4
Independence Day
7am – 4pm
Monday, September 4
Labor Day
7am – 4pm
Friday, September 15
Erev Rosh Hashanah
5am – 5pm
Saturday, September 16
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 17
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 24
Erev Yom Kippur
7am – 5pm
Monday, September 25
Yom Kippur
Wednesday, November 22
Thanksgiving Eve
5am – 7pm
Thursday, November 23
7am – Noon
Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve
7am – 6pm
Monday, December 25
Christmas Day
7am – 1pm
Sunday, December 31
New Year’s Eve
7am – 6pm

Meet the Team

Click below to meet our expert instructors!

Each week that our son gets in the water with Anna, he is even more enthusiastic than the last. We love watching his progress and the smile on his face every lesson. We are thankful for J Babies and Aquatics at The J!

Amy Clousner J Swim Academy Participant
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