Early Childhood




Aquatics • Children

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Classes begin on September 12, 2018
Click here for the Fall Pool Schedule to  learn about lap swim hours.

“Hammerheads” Competitive Swim Team

Ages 5-18

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through March 15, 2019, 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
No practice on holidays; specific practice and swim-meet schedule will be provided.
Members: $950; Non-members: $1,150

Join the Hammerheads, the Shames JCC’s swim team, in its inaugural year!  Swimmers will practice 3 times per week at the Shames JCC; with our certified coaches, swimmers will continually improve their technique, discipline, speed, and endurance.  More importantly, they will learn self-confidence, team spirit, and good sportsmanship.  Swimmers will compete in the Westchester-Fairfield Swim League (meet schedule to be provided as it becomes available).  Parent involvement is encouraged and all swimmers are responsible for their own transportation to and from swim meets.  Enrollment includes team swim cap, swim suit, and other swim team apparel.

Try-outs will run from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM beginning August 20, 2018 and through August 24, 2018.  Additional try-out opportunities will be announced.  Try-out during the time most convenient for you; no appointment necessary.


Group Swim: Learn to Swim Levels 1-6

Ages 6-12
Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks, 30-minutes per class.


Learn-to-Swim Level 1

(6 Participants)

Thursdays, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

Saturdays, 11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

Sundays, 11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

LTS1 is a beginner level that may use 2-4 bubbles.  A swim evaluation is not required.  The goal of LTS1 is to learn basic personal water safety information skills, to help participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.  Participants have very little or no swim instruction, focuses on elementary aquatics skills, develops positive attitudes, good swimming habits, and safe practices in and around the water including safely entering/exiting the water, blowing bubbles, bobbing, opening eyes underwater to retrieve submerged objects, front and back gliding, alternating arm and leg action, combined stroke movement, and treading water.  Most skills are performed with support.


Learn-to-Swim Level 2

(6 Participants)

Wednesdays, 4:40 PM – 5:10 PM
Members: $135; Non-members $165

Saturdays, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

Sundays, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

LTS2 is a beginner-intermediate level that may use 1-3 bubbles.  A swim evaluation is required.  The goal of LTS2 is to help swimmers who have achieved comfort in the water gain familiarity with fundamental skills and achieve success without support.  LTS2 focuses on teaching swimmers to float and glide on their front and back, develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions, and lay a foundation for future strokes, all without support from the swim instructor.


Learn-to-Swim Level 3

(6 Participants)

Tuesdays, 4:00PM-4:45 PM
Members: $160; Non-members $190

Sundays, 8:00AM-8:45 AM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

LTS3 is an intermediate level that uses no bubbles.  A swim evaluation is required.  The goal of LTS3 is to build on previously learned skills and provide additional guided practice.  LTS3 is for swimmers who are able to swim with combined stroke on front and back (without assistance).  LTS3 focuses on making swimmers comfortable and safe in deep water, teaches front crawl and elementary backstroke (25 yards), builds on the fundamentals of treading water, introduces scissors and dolphin kicks as well as the rules of headfirst entries (seated entry dives).


Learn-to-Swim Level 4

(8 Participants)

Tuesdays, 5:00 PM-5:45 PM
Members: $160; Non-members $190

Sundays, 9:00 AM- 9:45 AM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

LTS4 is an intermediate-advanced level that uses no bubbles.  A swim evaluation is required.  The goal of LTS4 is to develop participants’ confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills.  LTS4 focuses on increasing endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke), and adding sidestroke, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and basics of turning at the wall.


Learn-to-Swim Level 5

(8 Participants)

Thursdays, 5:00 PM- 5:45 PM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

LTS5 is intermediate-advanced level that uses no bubbles.  A swim evaluation is required.  The goal of LTS5 is to coordinate and refine strokes.  LTS5 is for swimmers who are competent in all strokes as well as basic diving techniques.  LTS5 will focus on refining their stroke techniques, incorporate flip turns, and increase their swimming distance.


Learn-to-Swim Level 6

(8 Participants)

Thursdays, 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Members: $180; Non-members $220

LTS6 is an advanced level that uses no bubbles.  A swim evaluation is required.  The goal of LTS6 it to refine strokes so participants swim them with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances to increase endurance and aquatic fitness.  LTS6 skills include circle swimming, using a pack clock, using swimming equipment such as pull buoys and fins, with a final skills assessment of swimming 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes.


Private Swim Lessons

All Levels; Ages 3+

Single 30-minutes: $50
Semi-private single: $65
5-pack: $240
Semi-private 5-pack: $315

Single 30-minutes: $60
Semi-private single: $75
5-pack: $290
Semi-private 5-pack: $365

One-on-one and semi-private lessons are available to swimmers at all levels. Let us know days/times that work best for you from opening to closing, seven days a week.

We will match you with one of our certified Water Safety Instructors that have the same availability as your request and you can schedule directly with your assigned instructor.

Eric Hammermeister

Director of Aquatics

(914) 366-7898 x1140

Eric is a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran with over 15 years as an aquatics professional.  He is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, American Heart Association Instructor, and United States…

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