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.

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  • Private Swim Lessons
    One-on-one private swim instruction, ages 4 months and up. Learn and improve skills quickly with these specialized and intensive lessons! Lessons are by appointment only. Please fill out our online form and we will contact you as soon as possible.
  • Group Swim Lessons
    Fee: $155M/$235NM
    6 weeks – Parent and Me, 45 minutes;
    Level 1-4 60 minutes
    1 make-up class offered
    Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer sessions
  • Parent & Me Ages 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 -16 months) and Baby Dolphins
    (16 months-3 years)
    Swim diapers are required.
    $155 member/$230 non-member
  • 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.
    $160 member/$235 non-member
  • 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.
    $160 member/$235 non-member
  • 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.
    $160 member/$235 non-member
  • 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.
    $160 member/$235 non-member
    Upon level completion, swimmers will receive an official American Red Cross Swimming Card.


  • 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.
    $295 M/$430NM
    Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm & Sundays, 1:15-2:45pm or Fridays,
    7:30-9pm & Sundays,1:15-2:45pm
    2 sessions per year September – February; February-August
    (42 classes per session)
  • Trident Aquatics Club @ the JCC
    Ages 8-18
    This United States Swim Team is from September – August. There are five training groups. Placement will be based on experience,
    ability level and a tryout administered by the coaches. Placement is at the complete discretion of the coaches. Gerard Gibbons Head Coach: email For details and rates please visit


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.
Fee: $290M/$385NM


  • Triathlon Training/Masters Training
    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 $80/$100 or 24 classes $200/$265
    Tuesdays, 6-7am
  • 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.
  • Private Swim Lessons-Adult
    This class is designed for one-on-one instruction 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.  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 canceled 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.


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