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Swim Lessons

The Talmud, a written record of Jewish tradition, commands parents to teach their children to swim. Why? Some say the answer is obvious: it's important to be safe near the water. Others suggest that the answer is figurative. To grow up strong and confident, children need to try new things--to take risks under the watchful eyes of responsible adults.

At the Shaw JCC, our experienced, America Red Cross-certified swim teachers make sure children learn to swim well and practice good water safety skills. But most importantly, our teachers make sure that their young swimmers are safe and feel confident.

We offer American Red Cross Level 1-5 group lessons to children ages 4 and up, and also offer semi-private and private lessons to children and adults based on instructor availability. View the lesson schedule below, or call 330-835-0020 if you have questions.

Want to know more about learning to swim at the Shaw JCC? Please call Stephanie Dieringer at 330-835-0058.

Classes fill up quickly, so register today! Registration ends the Thursday before the swim lesson begins (June 5, 2014). To register please contact the front desk at (330) 867-7850. For a list of class dates and times please visit our program guide.

Shaw JCC members: $40
non-members: $60


Aqua Toddlers
This class will build your toddler’s confidence in the water through safe exploration of the water. Children should be at least 3 years old

We’ll introduce your child to being comfortable in the water for the first time in a group setting without mom and dad. They’ll learn basic swimming skills, blowing bubbles, kicking, floating on front and back while assisted and most importantly have fun!

Baby and Me
Learn how to handle your future swimmer! Come introduce your child to water fun. This American Red Cross IPAP program will guide you to become comfortable with your child in the water. Learn how to hold your child, develop basic swimming skills, songs, and water play to help build a positive parent-child relationship. We will work on kicking, floating, blowing bubbles, arm strokes and water safety. We ask that children who are not toilet- trained wear a swim diaper. Parents are required to be in the water for the class.

Level 1-Introduction to Water Skills
This class is designed to allow your child to learn basic swimming skills, to become comfortable in water, front crawl while assisted and kick and float unassisted.

Level 2-Fundamental Water Skills
Children must have passed Level 1 OR be able to submerge under water comfortably and float on back and front while supported.
Skills taught in Level 2 include paddling with face in water, front and back float unassisted, treading, side swimming
and rotary breathing.

Level 3-Stroke Development
Children must have passed level 2 OR be able to swim on front and back 15 ft. unassisted and be comfortable in deep water. Skills taught in Level 3 include elementary backstroke, treading, water front and back crawl 10 meters, front and back glides and butterfly kick.

Level 4-Stroke Improvement
Children must have passed level 3 OR be able to swim 15 yards front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, rhythmic breathing.
Skills taught in Level 4 include sidestroke, breaststroke, butterfly,
treading, turns, and endurance swimming.

Level 5-Stroke Refinement
Children must have passed Level 4 OR be able to swim 25 yards front crawl, back crawl & breaststroke kick. Skills taught in Level 5 include breaststroke, alternate breathing, sidestroke, flip turns, survival swimming and endurance.

Private Swim Lessons
Member Fee: $15/half hour
Non-Member Fee: $20/half hour

Semi-Private Lessons (2-3 children)
Member Fee: $25/half hour
Non-Member Fee: $30/half hour