Camp Swim Program


Swim lessons are an essential part of the Jewish Community Center’s award-winning summer camp. At the JCC, all campers three years old through fifth grade receive regular instruction from American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors. Our mission is to teach campers the skills they need for water safety, in addition to the fundamental skills and techniques of swimming. Lessons are designed utilizing the guidelines of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Instruction focuses on providing a safe and nurturing environment where each swimmer is encouraged and challenged, but never pressured or forced to participate. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with your child in the JCC Summer Camp Swim Program and look forward to helping each of our campers advance their aquatics skills.


On their first day of camp, swimmers will be evaluated to determine their appropriate start level. The evaluation consists of having the child demonstrate a series of skills based on the six levels of American Red Cross Guidelines. Class placement is based on ability and swim experience, not on the child’s age. A Swim Skills Report will be sent home every other week during summer camp so that you can track the progress or your camper. We are excited about your child’s participation in the JCC Summer Camp Swim Program and look forward to helping each of our campers advance their aquatic skills.


Swimmers must bring a bathing suit and towel to every swim lesson. (Goggles are optional.) Please remember to label all swim equipment that is brought to the pool. The Aquatics Department does not keep extra supplies of bathing suits or towels.


As a prerequisite for participation in the JCC Summer Camp Swim Program, campers must be potty trained and must be willing to participate in class without a parent’s assistance. If the JCC has to cancel a camp swim lesson due to situations beyond our control (i.e., weather related cancellations, power loss, pool repairs, etc.), the class will not be made up. Instruction will resume where the class left off on the following day during its normally scheduled session.


If you want to further advance your child’s swimming abilities, private swim lessons are available throughout the summer. In Metairie, lessons are provided by SELA Aquatis.  Online registration will be available beginning April 1. Contact PJ Jones at 504-887-5158 ext. 147 or with any questions and for additional information. Uptown lessons will be scheduled once the new pools open for the summer.