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


Babies R Swimming Baby Nemos”

Ages 6 months –2 &1/2

Introduces infants / toddlers to the pool with the comfort of their caregiver, an adult must accompany the child in the pool for the entire lesson.

5 week sessions with a make up at the end of each session

Fee:  $150M/$225NM

Swimming Lessons: The American Red Cross Way

Level 1 through Level 4

Ages 3–14

Level 1- Introduction to Water Skills (Sundays, 10am or Tuesdays, 4:30pm)

Level 2- Fundamental Aquatic Skills (Sundays, 10am or Tuesdays, 4:30pm)

Level 3- Stroke Development (Sundays, 11am or Thursdays, 4:30pm)

Level 4- Stroke Improvement (Sundays, 11am or Thursdays, 4:30pm)

5 week sessions with a make up at the end of each session

This year we will be offering group lessons in the summer of 2017

Fee:  $150M/$225NM

JCC Pre-Competitive/Trident Aquatics

Ages 6-18

Focus is on the four competitive strokes:  freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly and also promotes the perfection of starts and turns.  Designed for beginner swimmers with basic knowledge in all strokes, or the more advanced swimmer not quite ready for competition.  This is an ongoing program.  Please call for tryout times and appointments.

Trident Aquatics

Ages under-8 – 18

This United States Swim Team will begin in September and run into August. There are five training groups.  Placement into one of the five groups will be based on experience, ability level and a tryout administered by the coaches. Placement into the group is at the complete discretion of the coaches.

Triathlon Training/Masters Training

Adults 18 years and older

This is an 8 week course consisting of stroke improvement and conditioning for Tri-athletes and Masters Swimmers. The course is ongoing can be joined at any time.

Fee per 8 week course: $65M/$85M

18 week course now available: $190M/$250NM

Tuesdays, 6-7am

Private Lessons

1 participant only

Members: $35/half hour Non-members $50/half hour

10 packs of private lessons are available with a 10% discount. For new lessons one lesson may be purchased and then added to a 10 pack after the lesson. Members will receive a sibling discount of 15% for the 2nd and 3rd child. 10 packs may not be split or transferred to another student.

  • Only Staten Island JCC Aquatics Staff members are permitted to teach private swim lessons.
  • A completed Emergency Medical Form is due at time of registration.
  • Please arrive on time and allow ample time to change into a bathing suit. You will meet your instructor on the pool deck. Lessons more than 15 minutes late without notice will be cancelled and you will be charged for the lesson. Please keep in mind that most of our instructors teach back to back lessons; if you are 5 minutes late, your lesson will be 5 minutes shorter.
  • All pool rules MUST be followed; strollers and street shoes are prohibited on the pool deck. Anyone on the pool deck with street shoes or strollers will be asked to leave and wait upstairs.
  • All lessons must be paid in full prior to the swim lesson. Payments for swim lessons may be made at the front desk. You must bring the receipt to the lifeguard. Without a receipt, there will be no entry to the pool deck. Any remaining lessons in a 10 pack will not be refunded.
  • Parent or Guardian must remain in the JCC building for the duration of their child’s swim lesson. Parent or guardian must be return to the pool deck 5 minutes before the swim lesson is scheduled to end.
  • All swim lessons will expire 1 year after the purchase date.
  • Non-Members must provide their own towels.
  • The Staten Island JCC has the right to charge for any lesson if not cancelled within 24 hours notice.
  • No Refunds.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Justine Bergen at 718-475-5215      

Lifeguard Training and CPR

Must be 15 years old and pass a preliminary swim test.

Classes are 4 weeks, twice a week.

Begin in December and continue through July.

  • Regular lifeguard

$285 m

$380 nm

  • Lifeguard Blended learning cost

$250 m


NEW THIS YEAR Blended Learning Lifeguard Program

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that the First Aid/CPR/AED and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers programs have been updated to the latest science and are now available in a blended learning format. Blended Learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions conducted by a Red Cross certified instructor. The new blended learning courses build the same knowledge and skills as our traditional classroom training courses and provide our customers with another option for learning these important lifesaving skills.

How does Blended Learning differ from traditional classroom training?

Online sessions are self-paced and can be completed 24/7 from any location. Training is significantly shorter, especially for those recertifying. Blended Learning offers a pre-test option, students can test out of lessons using prior knowledge or training. Online session teaches the knowledge base needed for the in-person session. In-person session focuses on hands-on skills practice and assessment rather than lecture

Participants have access to the online content for a 2 FULL years, allowing them to refresh their knowledge

Fee: $253M/$348NM   

Both Members and Non Members must pay $35 online after pre-requisite is passed.

Splash/Aqua Zumba

Adult Splash classes consist of combining the resistance of water, the power of specialized water equipment to give you a non-impact, total body workout welcomes all fitness levels.This program is free to all members.  Look for the group schedule for the days and times.

Gender Swims

Please check the online schedule for all gender swim times.

Group Swimming Lessons

  • Parent & Me-4 months-3 years

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.  We offer our Parent and Me classes  in two separate age groups:

  • Baby Nemos (4 months-16 months)  and Baby Dolphins (16 months-3 years

Swim diapers are required.

  • Level 1 Suggested Age 3+ 

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.

  • Level 2 Suggested Age 4+

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.

  • Level 3 Suggested Age 5+

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.

  • Level 4 Suggested  Age 7+

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.

Upon level completion swimmers will receive an official American Red Cross Swimming Card.


6 Classes $150 M/ $225 Non-Member

Non-Members must supply their own towels. Street Shoes are NOT permitted on the pool deck. Please bring sandals to change into.

There will be no refunds given after the first class has started. If you have any questions please contact Justine Bergen at the Aquatics Office-718-475-5215.

We can't wait to give you a tour of the JCC and show you how your family will fit in with ours.


For Membership Inquiries Please Contact:
Membership Services 718.475.5223 

Avis/South Shore JCC

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