Take time to enjoy the Aquatic Center at the Bernikow JCC as you swim the beautiful Olympic size indoor pool overlooking the Green Belt and relax in the steam room, sauna and whirlpool. Plus, complimentary towel service and grooming stations will enhance your aquatic activities. We’ve thought of everything so you don’t have to! All aquatic classes & programs for children and adults are held in the JCC’s Bernikow building.


Justine Bergen, Aquatics Program Director, 718.475.5215 or



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Dog Pool Pawty

September 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Outdoor Pool Limit to 40 Dogs Louie's Legacy adoption will be here Advanced Registration Click HERE to download release form, print and return to Bernikow reception

Trident Aquatics Club @ the JCC Tryouts

September 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ages 8-18 This United States Swim Team is from September - August. Trident Aquatic Club at the JCC is a newly formed Staten Island unified team. We are a United States Swim program that recognizes that the swimmers entrusted to us are people first and swimmers second. We will meet swimmers where they are athletically and do everything possible to help them become better swimmers, teammates and people. We will provide an environment where success is not only possible but…

Group Swimming Lessons – Level 1 Suggested Age 3+

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, repeating until November 19, 2017

For the beginner who is comfortable in the water.

Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going underwater, supported front and back and back to front, supported gliding, supporting flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and jumping in.


Group Swimming Lessons – Level 2 Suggested Age 4+

October 15 @ 10:00 am - November 19 @ 11:00 am

Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put head under water. Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating, independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front to back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.

Group Swimming Lessons – Parent & Me-4 months-3 years

October 15 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:15am on Sunday, repeating until November 19, 2017

This is the exciting first dip into the pool for children and we make it special for everyone involved! Parents bring their children (ages 4 months to 3 years) into the pool for a fun lesson with one of our wonderful instructors. Children will learn to ask permission before entering the water and how to call for help. They will explore complete water submersion of the mouth ,nose, and eyes, buoyancy on the front and back and changing body position with support.

Group Swimming Lessons – Level 3 Suggested Age 5+

October 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until November 19, 2017

Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back. Swimmers will work on gliding, freestyle with side breathing , backstroke ,breaststroke, and dolphin kicks ,retrieving objects in deep water, treading water, jumping into water and compact dives.

Group Swimming Lessons – Level 4 Suggested Age 7+

October 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until November 19, 2017

Swimmers should already be able to: Swim front and back crawl 25 yards. Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and side stroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to flip turn, treading water, and diving.

Youth Stroke Development/ Pre-Competitive Skills Program

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday and Friday, repeating until March 11, 2018

An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until March 11, 2018

This program is designed for the future competitive swimmer. The child should be able to complete at least 1 lap of the pool in all strokes.

Triathlon Training/Masters Training

October 17 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am

Adults 18 years and older
This is an 24 week course consisting of stroke improvement and conditioning for Tri-athletes and Masters Swimmers. The course is ongoing and can be joined at any time.

8 classes

$65 members

$85 non members

24 classes

$190 members

$250 non members

Adult Group Lessons- Ages 16+

October 17 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 21, 2017

This class is for those who have not had swimming lessons before or who are not comfortable in the water. Basic swimming and water safety skills are taught in a relaxed, fun way.

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Private Swim Lessons-Youth and Adult

Beginning at the current level of the child or adult and working towards independent swimming skills or stroke improvement. Scheduled by appointment only. This class is designed for one-on-one instruction.
Fee: 30 minutes: $35M/$50NM;
Ten pack – 30 minute lessons: $315M/$450NM




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Membership Services 718.475.5223 

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Select JCC facilities are available to all organizations, groups and individuals for life cycle events, meetings and celebrations. Call 718.475.5261 for information.