JCCSF Swim School

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The JCCSF Swim School helps kids master the skills and strokes they’ll need to progress to new levels of confidence, comfort and ability in the water.

  • Fitness
  • Classes
  • Youth Classes
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The JCCSF Swim School is open to kids of all abilities. From first time in the pool to proficient swimmer, kids can progress through the levels of our program to reach their swimming goals. We offer group classes as well as private and semi-private lessons where swimmers will learn the different strokes and techniques needed to grow into confident swimmers.

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Gallanter Family Aquatics Center: Opening Fall 2021

Thanks to a generous grant from Sandy and Linda Gallanter, we are currently undergoing a much-needed renovations project to improve the overall experience for all our swimmers. That includes a new dehumidifying system along with several other improvements that will make your experience more enjoyable, including the ventilation and air quality.

We anticipate the new Gallanter Family Aquatics Center will open early November 2021, regardless of the status of other in-person JCCSF programs, due to public health guidelines related to COVID-19. Keep an eye on this page and our social media channels for updates.

Watch the video below to learn about our plans for the Gallanter Family Aquatics Center.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration for group swim lessons is now open!

Choose your desired class in the Levels & Descriptions section below to get started.

We’ve missed the energy your swimmers bring to the building and can’t wait for the Gallanter Family Aquatics Center to be filled with the splashes and shouts of swimming progress again! JCCSF Swim School group classes are scheduled to start in early November 2021, assuming our renovation project is completed on time.

Registration Details:
  • Swim School will open with limited availability across all swim levels and will gradually increase until we reach our maximum enrollment. This is to accommodate the hiring and training of all new Aquatics instructors and lifeguards as well as monitor class demand. If you’re waitlisted for your preferred class timeslot, we’ll notify you when more space becomes available.
  • A refundable deposit of November’s full tuition is due when you register. Visit our financial assistance page to learn about available payment aid options. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 30, 2021.
  • Pre-registration tip: Log in to your account and verify that all your family’s information, especially the date of birth for both you and your child, is accurate and up to date. Trouble logging in? Check out our FAQs here.

View our complete Swim School policies, processes and practices.

If you have questions about this process not answered above, you can reach out to our support team using the contact form below.

Levels & Descriptions

We use the award-winning Aquatic Concepts® Swim School program to help kids master the skills and strokes they’ll need to progress to new levels of comfort and ability in the water.

  • Water Babies Ages 6 – 36 months, with parent or caregiver in water
    Babies and parents become comfortable in and under the water through games, songs and toys. Babies and parents learn safety skills, floating on their back independently and propel themselves through the water with eyes down for a short distance.

  • Frogs Ages 3 – 5 years, nervous swimmers or the very beginner
    Frogs focus on self submersion and floating on their stomach and backs unassisted. Children learn to feel comfortable and safe in the water through games and play. Streamlining (correct body position and form) is introduced.

  • Gobies Ages 3 – 5 years, comfortable underwater and floating unassisted on their stomach and back
    Gobies learn the basics of streamlining, backstroke kicks and beginning stages of Freestyle. The swimmers also practice underwater swimming.

  • Tiger Barbs Ages 3 – 5 years, children can swim freestyle and backstroke kick over short distances, with correct form
    Tiger Barbs refine their Freestyle skills by learning side breathing (to preferred side) and complete Backstroke. Body positioning and concentration are key as students begin to put it all together. Breaststroke and Butterfly are introduced as well.

  • Puffers (equivalent to Frogs) Ages 6 – 12 years, nervous swimmers or the very beginner
    Puffers focus on self submersion and floating on their stomach and backs unassisted. Children learn to feel comfortable and safe in the water through games and play. Streamlining (correct body position and form) is introduced.

  • Stingrays (equivalent to Gobies) Ages 6 – 12 years, comfortable underwater and floating unassisted on their stomach and back
    Stingrays learn the basics of streamlining, backstroke kicks and beginning stages of Freestyle. The swimmers also practice underwater swimming.

  • Seals (equivalent to Tiger Barbs) Ages 6 – 12 years, children can swim freestyle and backstroke kick over short distances, with correct form
    Seals refine their Freestyle skills by learning side breathing (to preferred side) and complete Backstroke. Body positioning and concentration are key as students begin to put it all together. Breaststroke and Butterfly are introduced as well.

  • Dolphins Ages 6 – 12 years, children can swim complete backstroke and freestyle (with breathing to one side), all with correct body positioning
    Dolphins now learn freestyle breathing to the non-preferred side while continuing to refine their Freestyle and Backstroke skills. Breaststroke and Butterfly are developed further with an emphasis on arm movement. Flip Turns are introduced.

  • Sharks Ages 6 – 12 years, children are advanced in swimming all four competitive strokes
    Our most advanced level, geared towards preparing children for our Developmental Swim Team. Sharks focus on Breaststroke and Butterfly timing and breathing, bilateral side breathing for Freestyle, learn flip turns as they practice pushing off the wall in a back streamline and executing sit-down dives.

 

What Class Should My Child Take?

6 – 36 Months

Water Babies

Students in this class must have a parent or guardian in the class with them. Swim diapers are required and must be worn under the child’s swimsuit. There are no prerequisites to join this class. Students will learn to become confident in and under the water.

Ages 3 – 5

My child is new to swimming or is not yet swimming independently:

Frogs
Students will become confident swimming underwater and floating independently.

Prerequisites: None

My child is comfortable in the water:

Frogs
Students will become confident swimming underwater and floating independently.

Prerequisites: None

Gobies
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to float independently for 3 – 5 feet. Prospective students must be comfortable underwater and must be able to maintain their front and back float for a minimum of 5 seconds. Graduation from Frogs class confirms eligibility for this level.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Independently float 3 – 5 feet
  • Independently get into and hold a front float with face underwater for at least 5 seconds
  • Independently get into and hold a back float for at least 5 seconds
My child is comfortable swimming independently:

Gobies
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to float independently for 3 – 5 feet. Prospective students must be comfortable underwater and must be able to maintain their front and back float for a minimum of 5 seconds. Graduation from Frogs class confirms eligibility for this level.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Independently float 3 – 5 feet
  • Independently get into and hold a front float with face underwater for at least 5 seconds
  • Independently get into and hold a back float for at least 5 seconds

Tiger Barbs
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to swim freestyle (without breathing) for 7 – 10 feet. Prospective students must also able to streamline kick on their back. Graduation from Gobies confirms eligibility for this level.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Relaxed head-down freestyle swim without breathing
  • Correct streamline form
  • Correct backstroke kicks with arms in streamline

Ages 6 – 12

My child is new to swimming or is not yet swimming independently:

Puffers (equivalent to Frogs)
There are no prerequisites to register for this class. Students will become confident swimming underwater and floating independently.

Prerequisites: None

My child is comfortable in the water:

Puffers (equivalent to Frogs)
There are no prerequisites to register for this class. Students will become confident swimming underwater and floating independently.

Prerequisites: None

Stingrays (equivalent to Gobies)
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to float independently for 3 – 5 feet. Prospective students must be comfortable underwater and must be able to maintain their front and back float for a minimum of 5 seconds. Graduation from Puffers class confirms eligibility for this level.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Independently float 3 – 5 feet
  • Independently get into and hold a front float with face underwater for at least 5 seconds
  • Independently get into and hold a back float for at least 5 seconds
My child is comfortable swimming independently:

Stingrays (equivalent to Gobies)
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to float independently for 3 – 5 feet. Prospective students must be comfortable underwater and must be able to maintain their front and back float for a minimum of 5 seconds. Graduation from Puffers class confirms eligibility for this level.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Independently float 3 – 5 feet
  • Independently get into and hold a front float with face underwater for at least 5 seconds
  • Independently get into and hold a back float for at least 5 seconds

Seals (equivalent to Tiger Barbs)
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to swim freestyle (without breathing) for 7 – 10 feet. Prospective students must also able to streamline kick on their back. Graduation from Stingrays confirms eligibility for this level.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Relaxed head-down freestyle swim without breathing
  • Correct streamline form
  • Correct backstroke kicks with arms in streamline
My child would like to prepare for competitive swimming:

Dolphins
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to swim freestyle (with side breathing to one side) and backstroke. Prospective students must also be able to demonstrate correct breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Graduation from Tiger Barbs or Seals confirms eligibility for this level.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Freestyle with side breathing on one side
  • Correct backstroke with arms and kicks
  • Correct breaststroke kicks
  • Correct butterfly kicks

Sharks
To enroll in this class, your child must be able to swim the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Prospective students must also be able to do a proper sit-down dive and underwater somersault. Graduation from Dolphins class confirms eligibility for this level. Please contact the Aquatics Office to register for this class at 415.292.1268 or swimlessons@jccsf.org.

Prerequisites: Prospective students must be able to perform ALL of the following skills:

  • Freestyle with side breathing on both sides
  • Correct backstroke with arms and kicks
  • Correct breaststroke form with arms and kicks
  • Correct butterfly form with arms and kicks
  • Correct sit-down dive
  • Front somersault underwater

Ages 13+

There are currently no classes available for ages 13+. For further information, please contact support@jccsf.org.

Teen / Adult Beginner
Students in this class will develop confidence in the water by learning basic floating and freestyle skills. No swimming experience is needed for this class.

Teen / Advanced Adult
Prospective students should be comfortable swimming independently underwater. Students in this class will focus on technical skills for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Monthly Rates

Group Lessons

Weekdays
Member $125
Public $150
Weekends
Member $135
Public $160
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A refundable deposit of November’s full tuition is due when you register. Visit our financial assistance page to learn about available payment aid options. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 30, 2021.

FAQS

Do Community Members (Individual, Family and Older Adult) qualify for priority registration?

No. Community Memberships do not quality for priority registration, however, Family Community Memberships will receive the discounted member pricing at the time of enrollment.

Who qualifies for member pricing versus public pricing?

In order to receive member pricing for Swim School, you and your child must either have an active Family Fitness Memberships (both the parent and child are Fitness Center members) or active Family Community Memberships. (Individual and Older Adult memberships do not qualify)

What dates and times will be available?

We will offer group swim lessons Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 11:15 am & 3:00 – 7:15 pm, and Saturday – Sunday from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Will there be waitlists?

Yes. Each waitlist will have a maximum of 4 spots available and each child can be on a maximum of 3 waitlists at a time. If you register into a class, please be sparing with your selection of waitlists as we would like all families to be able to participate as soon as possible.

Will private and semi-private lessons be available?

Yes. Registration for our private and semi-private lessons will begin in December 2021.

Will the Swim Team be offered?

Yes. Swim Team registration will open in December 2021 and begin in January 2022.

Do I need to know the last level of Swim School my child participated in?

If you know your last class level, we recommend registering for that same class since it has been some time since we have all been in the pool. You can also use our level assessment tool on this page by answering a few skill questions to determine your child’s level.

What if my child’s swimming progress has regressed since they last took lessons?

If you feel your child may have regressed in levels, start by completing the level assessment tool. A good guide for level selection is to start with the lower level first. Choosing a level that is too challenging can affect confidence for future classes, moving up is always easier than moving down.

What health and safety protocols will be in effect?

  • All Aquatics staff will be fully vaccinated.
  • Class sizes will be no larger than 4 students (except Water Babies, which will have a maximum of 5 students, 5 parents and 1 instructor). With a maximum of 32 people in the recreation pool at one time including students and instructors.
  • Recreation swim before and after lessons will not be available so that we can limit the number of people inside the Aquatics Center at one time.
  • A new dehumidifying system with MERV-13 filters will be in place that changes out the air six times per hour, two more than the required minimum for indoor pools.
  • Reduced class offerings will result in less congestion in the locker room area.

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